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Q&A with Coroner Tommy Davis

COVINGTON, Ga. – What does the coroner do? What does the elected position entail? The Covington News posed these questions to Newton County Coroner Tommy Davis ...

August 13, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Local

Townhome community breaks ground in Covington

COVINGTON Ga. – Dirt is moving on a 55-unit townhome community in Newton County as a local developer noticed a gap in the affordable home market ...

August 02, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Local

Hwy. 36/Henderson Mill Road construction behind

COVINGTON, Ga. – The completion date for the Highway 36 Henderson Mill Road intersection is still set for Aug. 31; however the work will not be ...

July 21, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Local

Covington man dies in Sunday morning car crash

COVINGTON, Ga. – A Covington man was killed and a Jackson man was flown from the scene by air ambulance after a two vehicle collision in ...

July 20, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Local

Governor attends ribbon cutting at FFA/FCCLA Center

COVINGTON, Ga. – Georgia Governor Nathan Deal was one of many state and local officials on hand in Newton County Tuesday morning for the ribbon cutting ...

July 18, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Local

Newton County citizens hear about LEAP program

COVINGTON, Ga – Approximately 100 people were on hand at the Newton County Historic Courthouse July 10 to attend an informational session on the Logistics Education ...

July 16, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Local


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Bear Creek project OK'd by Ga. EPD

The Bear Creek Reservoir project has received a stamp of approval from the Georgia Environmental Protection Division, as EPD has issued the final water withdrawal permits needed for the project. County attorney Tommy Craig made the announcement at the Feb. 5 Newton County Board of Commissioners meeting.

February 12, 2013 | Danielle Everson | Local

Councils ban tobacco use in area parks

The Covington and Porterdale city councils have both approved ordinances banning the use of tobacco products in city parks and recreation facilities as a part of the tobacco ban ordinance recently approved by the Newton County Board of Commissioners.

February 12, 2013 | Danielle Everson | Local

Free Health and Fitness Expo Saturday

The Covington News is still on its health kick for the new year and is inviting the public to come out to the second annual Health and Fitness Expo to get some free health screenings and tips for how to stay healthy in 2013.

February 12, 2013 | Gabriel Khouli | Local

EMC donation helps veterans

On Jan. 16, members of the Snapping Shoals EMC Trust Board presented $5,000 from Operation Round Up funds to Honor Flight Conyers president Dave Smith. Operation Round Up is a voluntary program for Snapping Shoals EMC members in which they allow their monthly power bills to be rounded up to the next dollar. The funds are used to help qualifying charitable/community organizations with specific needs that they have or to directly help people in need of assistance with household or living expenses, home repairs or equipment and medical or health needs.

February 12, 2013 | Staff Report | Local

Monte Carlo fundraiser rolls dice

If you didn't attend this year's Monte Carlo for the Arts, the annual fundraiser held by Southern Heartland Arts Inc., you missed a good time. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

February 12, 2013 | Paula Travis | Local

Man leaves truck on train tracks

A man was arrested early Saturday morning after reportedly parking his vehicle on the train tracks on Turner Street.

February 12, 2013 | Amber Pittman | Local

Mecca: Wolfe thrives in military 'boys' club'

Raised in the traditions and customs of the Tsalagi Native American Indians (more familiar as the Cherokees of North Carolina), Peter Elizabeth Wolfe was destined to shatter stereotypes and bring down the walls of the most exclusive Boys' Club in America - the United States military.

February 12, 2013 | Pete Mecca | Local

Single vehicle crash kills one on Saturday

IN BRIEF: A single-vehicle crash reportedly killed one person and sent another to the hospital on Saturday early morning. The crash reportedly occured on Costley Mill Road near Ga. Highway 138 in Rockdale County around 4:30 a.m. The passenger of the vehicle was killed and the driver was reportedly taken to an Atlanta area hospital. Check back for more information later.

February 11, 2013 | | Local

Goodman attends Mayors’ Day

Covington Councilwoman Janet Goodman was among nearly 800 city officials to attend the Georgia Municipal Association's annual Mayors' Day Conference in Atlanta recently.

February 09, 2013 | Staff Report | Local

Locals not in support arming educators

Following last year's tragic shooting in Newtown, Conn., lawmakers across the country began preparing legislation that would allow school employees and administrators to be armed. Although the debate continues to rage on, Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown said he is opposed to the idea.

February 09, 2013 | Amber Pittman | Local

Criminals seek new trials, public pays

It seems simple enough. A criminal is convicted and given a life or death sentence. There is justice for the victim's family and the county gets rid of an inmate that was costing taxpayers by sending that person to prison. But inmates that have been tried and convicted in Newton County, and sent to neighboring prisons to serve out their time are still costing taxpayers thousands, thanks to appeals.

February 09, 2013 | Amber Pittman | Local

CPD seeks to make cars last longer

The Covington Police Department has kicked off a new program that will allow some of the department's vehicles to get a rest and create more of a visible police presence in the city.

February 09, 2013 | Danielle Everson | Local

Roots of black education

A solid education may be taken for granted by some of today's youth, but black residents who have seen the past with their own eyes cherish today's opportunities, because they remember the decades-long journey to get here.

February 09, 2013 | Danielle Everson | Local

Mecca: Missing but not forgotten

On May 7, 1944, 2nd Lt. William Parkinson was reported missing in action after his B-24 Liberator heavy bomber disappeared over the jungles near Lea, New Guinea. On Jan. 18, two U.S. Army officers presented the urn containing Parkinson's remains to his descendants in Conyers. After 69 years, 2nd Lt. Parkinson was finally home.

February 09, 2013 | Pete Mecca | Local

Purse snatcher still at large

A woman had her purse snatched out of her shopping cart Saturday night at the Kroger on U.S. Highway 278.

February 09, 2013 | Amber Pittman | Local

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