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Bill to track, reduce military gear to police

U.S. Congressman Hank Johnson of Georgia, District-4, will introduce a bill to House members that's taking aim at the Pentagon's 1033 Program, which gives military-grade weapons and equipment to state and local law enforcement departments for free.

September 11, 2014 | Martin Rand III | LOCAL


Mmmm ... Tastes like home

Around 20 restaurants participated in the annual Taste of Newton, held at the Porter Memorial Gymnasium Thursday evening.

September 11, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


Bomb threat to 3 schools deemed hoax

Three high schools went on lockdown the morning of Thursday, Sept. 11 for a brief period of time due to an online bomb threat before it was determined the threat was a hoax.

September 11, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


What is happening with content

As The Covington News changes to a Sunday-only publication in print, our coverage of Newton County will show no signs of decline.

September 11, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Alcovy, Liberty lockdowns lifted

UPDATE: Both lockdowns have been lifted, according to a tweet by the school system and the NCSO.

September 11, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Henderson supporters might march

Some residents of Newton County's District 4 are deeply upset about last week's Board of Commissioners' decision to strip Commissioner J.C. Henderson of most of his powers as an elected official.

September 10, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


A sustainable publishing model

The Covington News was first published in 1865, and is the oldest continuous business in Newton County. Our company is committed to this community and has been privileged to be the steward and owner of this critical community advocate for the last 28 years.

September 10, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Feds accepting Bear Creek comments again

The Savannah District of the U.S. Corps of Engineers is accepting comments until Sept. 19 for the county's recently proposed changes to the site of the Bear Creek Reservoir dam in southern Newton County.

September 10, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


'God was holding my hand'

Covington First United Methodist Church recently hosted guest speaker Elizabeth Ungar Lefkovits - a Holocaust survivor. For two hours Lefkovits took her audience through an intimate portrayal of her personal experiences in the Holocaust.

September 10, 2014 | Rasheera Dopson-Robinson | LOCAL


Missing person

A Covington woman reported a missing person after not seeing or hearing from her daughter for three and a half weeks.

September 10, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Covington church burglarized

A local church is hoping for a different kind of confession after it was burglarized and no arrests.

September 10, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Fuzz Run T-shirts unveiled

Here is the design for this year's Fuzz Run T-shirt (modeled by CPD's Kristi Greco). CPD's Health Expo is Friday from 8 p.m.-6 p.m.. Our Health Expo is Friday from 8-6 p.m. We have over 600 door prizes to give away at the Expo, and more than 25 vendors will be there Friday in the Conyers Street Gym.

September 10, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Bobby Weaver’s family still looking for answers

Wyatt Weaver got his driver's license Tuesday. He should have been celebrating by taking a drive to see friends or showing up at school on his own accord.

September 10, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Chase ends on I-20 in Newton County

The Covington Police Department assisted in a vehicle chase on I-20 shortly after noon on Tuesday.

September 09, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


What is that saying about how God laughs when we make plans?

One of the most valuable things I've learned working with youths is to always be open to change and to enjoy life as it comes.

September 06, 2014 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


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Waffle House hit by counterfeiters

Officers from the Covington Police Department were called to the Waffle House on U.S. Highway 278 Oct. 4 when restaurant managers realized a customer passed a counterfeit bill to the store two days earlier.

December 19, 2008 | Tisa Smart Washington | LOCAL


2008 Covington Christmas Parade

2008 Covington Christmas Parade Winners

December 19, 2008 | Mandi Singer | LOCAL


Carter calls for Obama to take action on human rights

At a panel discussion on human rights at the Carter Center on Wednesday, former President Jimmy Carter said President-elect Barack Obama should immediately sign an executive order forbidding all American agencies from engaging in torture.

December 17, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Friends of the Library sponsor gift tree fundraiser

The Friends of the Newton County Library are sponsoring a Gift Tree just inside the lobby at the Newton County Library. The tree is decorated with colorful paper ornaments each listing a type of book or audio visual item with the amount it takes to purchase the item.

December 17, 2008 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Nichols bids fond farewell Friday after 39 years

Friends, family and colleagues of retiring Sheriff Joe Nichols gathered Friday evening in the historic Newton County Courthouse to acknowledge his decades of service to local law enforcement and wish him well in the next stage of his life.

December 17, 2008 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Alcohol reportedly involved in crash

A head-on collision at the intersection of Salem Road and Kirkland Road sent two drivers to Grady Hospital on Dec. 3, in an accident where alcohol was allegedly involved, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

December 17, 2008 | Staff Report | LOCAL


10-year-old student arrested for carrying toy handgun

A 10-year-old Fairview Elementary School student was taken into custody by authorities Dec. 3 for carrying a weapon - a toy gun - and making terroristic threats. The student allegedly threatened to shoot his schoolmates and a neighborhood child, who called 911 to report the incident.

"The caller was a juvenile male in the subdivision who said he (the perpetrator) was going to shoot him with a gun," said Lt. Mark Mitchell, public information officer for the Newton County Sheriff's Office. "When officers arrived, they learned that on the previous day, the same juvenile was allegedly on a Newton County school ...

December 16, 2008 | Tisa Smart Washington | LOCAL


O.J. Simpson sentenced to 15 years

LAS VEGAS - A broken O.J. Simpson was sentenced Friday to at least 15 years in prison for a hotel armed robbery after a judge rejected his apology and said, "It was much more than stupidity."

The 61-year-old football Hall of Famer stood shackled and stone-faced when Judge Jackie Glass quickly rattled off his punishment soon after he made a rambling, five-minute plea for leniency, choking back tears as he told her: "I didn't want to steal anything from anyone. ... I'm sorry, sorry."

December 16, 2008 | By Ken Ritter Associated Press Writer | LOCAL


Over and out

 For nearly four decades Newton County Sheriff Joe Nichols has served the public - first in the Army and then in law enforcement. For many, the stern public facade is all they will ever know of Nichols, but according to friends and family, there's a side to the sheriff that Newton County rarely sees.

December 15, 2008 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


JDA switches insurers for Stanton Springs park

 In another domino effect of the Wall Street meltdown, the Joint Development Authority, of which Newton County is a member, has had to pursue evasive maneuvers to avoid paying a higher insurance rate on the bonds for Stanton Springs Industrial Park.

December 15, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Mortgage fraud cases prevalent

 Newton County is no stranger to mortgage fraud - having seen several fraud rings busted in recent years, including one involving Eastside High head football coach Rick Hurst that came to light this week.

December 15, 2008 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Paraprofessional charged with child molestation

The Newton County Sheriff's Office arrested paraprofessional Brandi McMichael yesterday in connection with a relationship McMichael allegedly had with a 13-year-old student at Cousins Middle School, where she worked. McMichael, who turns 29 years old Dec. 8, faces one count of first degree child molestation, one count of transmitting illicit materials through a cell phone to a minor, one count of enticing a child for indecent purposes and one count of interfering with custody.

December 15, 2008 | Tisa Smart Washington | LOCAL


Lions host Christmas parade

 Because the National Guard unit stationed in Covington will deploy overseas next year, "Celebrate the Season and Salute the Troops" is the theme for the Covington Lions Club and Main Street Covington 2008 Christmas Parade beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday on the square.

December 15, 2008 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Nominees sought for MLK award

Do you know people who go above and beyond the call of duty in their volunteer work? Are they advocates for the downtrodden and helpless? Do they give of themselves without any thought of personal gain?

December 13, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Vandals hit resident with racial, other slurs

A Covington man is looking for ways to keep his family safe after his 1995 Nissan truck was spray painted Wednesday with racial slurs and sexual references.

December 13, 2008 | Tisa Smart Washington | LOCAL


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