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Mock disaster drill coordinated by Covington Police Department

The City of Covington Police Department (CPD) recently teamed with 10 other agencies to conduct a large-scale active shooter drill. Held last Friday at Peachtree ...

August 06, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Staffins appointed to Chamber Association board

Ralph Staffins, president of the Covington-Newton Chamber of Commerce was appointed to fill a one year term on the Georgia Association of Chamber of Commerce ...

August 06, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Solid Waste Authority lets citizens know its history

Two nights after citizens showing concern for the possible closure of the county's convenience centers packed the Newton County Historic Courthouse for a board ...

August 04, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Citizens show displeasure during BOC meeting

The Newton County Solid Waste Authority (SWA) was granted the legal ability to work on the county's solid waste stream after the board of ...

August 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Newton County approves $54 million budget

Newton County tax payers will see an increase on their bills now that the board of commissioners (BOC) approved the 2017 budget and millage rate ...

August 02, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Photos: Construction around the community

New Dining Hall at Oxford College of Emory University, Oxford: With construction almost half way complete, the dining hall is anticipated to open and begin ...

August 02, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Topic of gazebo makes return to council agenda

Despite knowing Newton Federal Bank was no longer willing to give the money to build a gazebo on the Square, Covington Mayor Ronnie Johnston left ...

August 02, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


4-H’er wins third in state

Did you know the blue tongued skink, a lizard found in Australia, gives birth to live young? Or that you can see one at Bear ...

August 01, 2016 | Terri Fullerton | LOCAL


How Newton County compares to its neighbors

Editor's Note: This is part of an ongoing look at crime and law enforcement in and around Newton County by The Covington News.

August 01, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | LOCAL


Father of man arrested for bringing gun into movie theater speaks out

Earlier this week, news broke that a Covington man named William Dakotah Gossett was arrested and jailed in Western Pennsylvania on July 24 for bringing ...

July 31, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | LOCAL


City of Covington Work Session

The Covington City Council met for a work session Monday night to discuss topics from financial support for Newton County Tomorrow (NCT) to cemetery maintenance ...

July 31, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Roseberry makes case for NCT at Covington work session

The Covington City Council met for a work session Monday night to discuss topics from financial support for Newton County Tomorrow (NCT) to cemetery maintenance.

July 31, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Covington man suspected of murder found in Conyers

The Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) arrested Deante Hall on Flat Shoals Road in Conyers, Georgia on Friday, July 29, according to a press ...

July 29, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Archive By Section - LOCAL


Jeffares: at the halfway point

We have passed the half-way point of the 2016 legislative session and are rapidly approaching Crossover Day as we finish week six. We had the opportunity to hear a number of bills this week, all of which I'm sure will benefit many in our state.

February 23, 2016 | Rick Jeffares | LOCAL


Indian Creek math team take 3rd in regional

The Indian Creek Middle School math team accomplished something no other Newton County School system middle school has accomplished before.

February 21, 2016 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


BOC Wrapup: Fourth of July fireworks to launch from Judicial Center

The fireworks display during the 2016 Fourth of July Celebration will be launched from the roof of the Newton County Judicial Center.

February 21, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Georgia State professor celebrates the music of poetry

Words are music, and they are the notes poets use to write.

February 21, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Gospel comes to Covington

More than just the average service will be given at the Church of Covington Sunday.

February 20, 2016 | Hezekiah Rodgers | LOCAL


McCollough gets life in prison without parole

A Newton County jury sentenced Brawny Jarvis McCollough to life in prison without the possibility of parole on Friday.

February 20, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Valor, excellence and service honored by NCSO

As Newton County Sheriff's Office Deputy Freda Holloway entered the rear of a residence on Hwy. 36, Dec. 9, the barn exploded, and the male homeowner was sent airborne.

February 19, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Arrest made in Gum Tree Court shooting case

A 22-year-old woman was arrested by the Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) on Feb. 5 in connection with the death of 23-year-old Divante Simmons of Covington.

February 19, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


STAR students honored by Covington Kiwanis Club

Three Newton County School System (NCSS) students were honored by the Kiwanis Club of Covington Tuesday for being 2016 STAR students. Alcovy High School's Baylee Friedman, Newton High School's Christopher Lightsey and Eastside High School's Jackson Hall were all recognized for having the highest SAT scores at their respective schools.

February 19, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Thieves steal wheels off vehicles at Ginn, Covington Ford

Two Covington auto dealerships were robbed overnight Saturday with thieves making off with truck wheels and tires.

February 18, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Cato’s robbed at gun point

Two men allegedly robbed Cato's at gun point and made off cash from the store at 7153 Turner Lake Road Monday.

February 17, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Civil Rights leader inspires middle school students

Teachers, students, staff, even the Newton County Sheriff's Office deputy on duty at Cousins Middle School snapped photos, excited to meet the 86-year-old Civil Rights activist who marched with Dr. Martin Luther King, met Rosa Parks, and worked with Amelia Boynton Robinson, a fellow member of the Dallas County (Alabama) Voters League (DCVL) in Selma, Alabama.

February 17, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Preserving the Oxford oak

For about 200 years, the white oak stood on the land that would become part of the Oxford College campus, offering shade to the native Americans who lived on the land, and later, to the Europeans and Africans who came later.

February 17, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Sunbelt hired by city to build terminal

Local construction company, Sunbelt Builders, was awarded the contract to build the new terminal at the Covington Municipal Airport at Monday night's Covington City Council meeting.

February 16, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Your Pie to open Saturday

Andrew Williams and Ross Bradley left Covington after graduating from George Walton Academy in 2007 and have now returned to bring a new restaurant to the Covington Square.

February 16, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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