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City demolishing substandard housing

The city looks a little cleaner these days, as some of its worst homes have been torn down in recent years.

February 18, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


GPC's Daffodil Festival to be March 5-6

The annual Daffodil Festival will focus on defining the community - from its physical surroundings and history, to those who contribute to its growth and success - March 5-6 at Georgia Perimeter College's Newton Campus.

February 18, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington to hold citizens academy

The City Of Covington will soon start its next Public Safety Citizen's Academy.

February 18, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


A wintry lesson in perspective

It's not yet 10 a.m. on Wednesday Feb. 12, and the Peach State's 2014 Icemageddon already has Georgians in its Arctic grip.

February 18, 2014 | Pete Mecca | LOCAL


Man sets himself on fire at Kroger

Officials said a man set himself on fire at the Kroger on U.S. Highway 278 Tuesday afternoon.

February 18, 2014 | By Danielle Everson and Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Daddy's girls

Fathers and Daughters danced the night away on Valentines Day, Friday at the Covington First United Methodist Church.

February 17, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


309 compete at Newton 4-H event

Newton County 4-H hosted the district project achievement event for 309 Cloverleaf 4-H members and more than 500 additional guests last Saturday at Newton High.

February 15, 2014 | Terri Kimble Fullerton Columnist | LOCAL


Trio sought in teddy bear heist

A group of males apparently took Valentine's Day seriously despite the snow storm, when they reportedly took teddy bears from a drugstore Tuesday.

February 15, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Newton County jail log

Joy Angelique Savage-Moore, 41, 13481 Windsong Drive, Gulfport, Miss., Feb. 3. Probation.

February 15, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Famed sculptor Ike Hay dies

Ike Hay Jr., whose father, Isaac Kline Hay, along with brothers Sam M. Hay Jr. and W. Thomas Hay, was born in the old jail in Newton County, died Friday of an undiagnosed lung disorder at his home in Lancaster, Pa.

February 15, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


S.C. earthquake rattles Newton residents

Earthquakes are so rare in Georgia, many Newton County residents didn't realize they felt the effects of one Friday evening, instead attributing the brief shaking of their homes to strong winds, tornadoes, trains, a sonic boom and even a car crashing into a garage.

February 15, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Storm command center kept county running

Two weeks after a Jan. 28 winter storm that brought traffic to a standstill in Metro Atlanta, dubbed snowjam, and doused Newton County in snow, another one came through north central Georgia , this time being labeled "catastrophic" by the National Weather Service.

February 15, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


McDonough man has first court appearance in DUI homicide case

A Henry County man charged with vehicular homicide in the death of a Covington resident in January recently had his first appearance and will later appear before a grand jury.

February 15, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Unsung heroes: Remembering black soldiers

Fortunately, Black History Month basically assures us that young Americans will be taught about the immortals of African-American achievement. The contributions by Americans with the names Frederick Douglass, W.E. B. Du Bois, Booker T. Washington, George Washington Carver and Martin Luther King Jr. should be known to all teachers and students of American history.

February 15, 2014 | Pete Mecca | LOCAL


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Up in smoke

There was a big Christmas tree fire Wednesday afternoon on Pace Street. Luckily, it was started by firefighters.

December 12, 2013 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


EHS Academic Team competes in tourney

Eastside High's academics will have the spotlight on television Sunday.

December 12, 2013 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Belton seeks house seat

Dave Belton, a Republican Morgan County School Board member who spearheaded Caleb's Law, which made texting while driving illegal for drivers under 18 in Georgia, is the third candidate to enter the race to replace outgoing State Rep. Doug Holt, R-Social Circle.

December 12, 2013 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


One dead in hair weave transaction

UPDATE: Three more arrests were made Friday in last week's robbery-turned-killing of a Conyers woman over a hair weave sale - including the arrest of a man who had been suspected in the 2010 deadly shooting at a Conyers house party.

December 12, 2013 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Oxford police release annual numbers

The Oxford Police Department has released its numbers by fiscal year through November, and in many

December 12, 2013 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


I-20 eastbound down to one lane

Interstate 20 eastbound from Salem Road (exit 84) to Almon Road (exit 88) is down to one lane at the moment because of both a Georgia State Patrol investigation of a previous fatality on the interstate and some maintenance by the Georgia Department of Transportation.

December 12, 2013 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Lowest gas price - Dec. 12

The lowest price for regular fuel is $3.08 at Citgo, located at 14625 Ga. Highway 36 and Willow Springs Drive.

December 12, 2013 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Lowest gas price - Dec. 11

The lowest price for regular fuel is $3.09 at Kroger, located at 5341 Ga. Highway 20 S near Brown Bridge Road.

December 11, 2013 | Staff Report | LOCAL


During World War II, Hollywood got serious

Many years ago, in a galaxy far, far away, a metropolis called Hollywood hunkered down to stand up and man-up for its native land. Instead of marketing political correctness, Hollywood's residents put their lives on the line for grassroots notions called individualism, capitalism and freedom. A port called Pearl Harbor transformed the make-believers into freedom-fighters.

December 10, 2013 | Pete Mecca | LOCAL


'Play of Herod' to end 39-year run

When the Monastery of the Holy Spirit presents this year's performance of "The Play of Herod," it will mark the end of a 39-year-old tradition. Since 1974, this remarkable production has told the traditional Christmas story through a musical-drama more than 800 years old.

December 10, 2013 | Lee Udell news@covnews.com | LOCAL


Woman faces disorderly conduct charges

A woman was arrested on disorderly conduct charges Monday after her husband reported that she hit him with a beer bottle.

December 10, 2013 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Newton County jail log

Davante Sanchez Bailey, 19, 50 Wynfield Keep, Covington, Nov. 26. Probation violation criminal trespass, theft by taking.

December 10, 2013 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Morgan Co. resident running for state house

From the press release: Republican Dave Belton, a Morgan County school board member, announced late Tuesday his intention to run for the Georgia State House District 112 on the Republican ticket.

December 10, 2013 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local Brooks seeks to replace Rep. Holt

Aaron Brooks, a member of a local conservative citizens group, is seeking the Republican nomination for Georgia's 112th house seat after 10-year incumbent Rep. Doug Holt, R-Social Circle, announced that he won't seek re-election.

December 10, 2013 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Ester Fleming seeks to replace Rep. Holt

Republican Ester Fleming, a former Newton County commissioner and 2010 candidate for the Georgia State Senate, announced Tuesday he will run for the 112th Georgia house seat to replace outgoing incumbent Rep. Doug Holt, R-Social Circle.

December 10, 2013 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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