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New events for Christmas, New Year’s Eve highlight downtown lineup

When people gathered around the Newton County Historic Courthouse in downtown Covington for the lighting of the Square and Christmas tree and Santa's return ...

October 11, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Caldwell and Cowan embalmer completes advanced training

Christine Banks, embalmer at Caldwell and Cowan Funeral Home, completed more than 130 hours of specialized embalming and reconstructive training in Springfield, Missouri recently.

October 10, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Butterfly Garden dedicated at Academy Springs park

The Satsuki Garden Club hosted a dedication to Covington's new pollinator garden in Academy Springs Park, off Conyers Street and Legion Drive, Monday.

October 10, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Students celebrate day of peace

Students at the Montessori School of Covington gathered around the school's peace pole to celebrate the International Day of Peache on Sept. 21.

October 10, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


FMA entertains while educating middle school students

Using hip hop, dance, film and comedy, Forces in Motion (FMA) Live! made Sir Isaac Newton's Three Laws of Motion and Universal Law of ...

October 09, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


WSA and county to move forward on water initiative

The proposal could help Newton County out of its financial woes.

October 09, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Jason Smith named Teacher of the Year

Jason Smith wept and hugged his wife and sons when he was announced as the Newton County School System's top teacher.

October 09, 2016 | Duane M. Ford | LOCAL


Village completes community housing initiative

After three years, the Village of Porterdale completed the Georgia Initiative for Community Housing and Mayor Arline Chapman and City Manager Bob Thomson were part ...

October 09, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


NCWSA plan may not include Bear Creek

When discussing the Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority's plan to purchase the county's water infrastructure, Hopkins said the topic of the proposed ...

October 08, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


WSA and county to move forward on water initiative

Newton County elected officials this week heard a plan that could help the county out of its financial woes.

October 08, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Lloyd Kerr appointed county manager

Lloyd Kerr was officially named Newton County's Manager Tuesday.

October 08, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


NCSO and Crime Stoppers seeks help identify suspects in armed robberies

The Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) seeks assistance from the public to identify two suspects believed to be involved in two separate armed robberies ...

October 07, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton's Jason Smith named Teacher of the Year

Newton High School's Jason Smith was named Newton County School System's Teacher of the Year Thursday.

October 06, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Former Newton County fire chief sentenced to one year in prison

Former Newton County Fire Services Chief Kevin O'Brien was sentenced to 20 years' probation with the first year spent in prison, fined $1,000 ...

October 06, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


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Smart Growth hosts forum Thursday

One of voters' last chances to hear from county chair, commission and school board candidates before the July 31 primary election will take place at Smart Growth Newton County's forum at 7 p.m., Thursday at the Washington Street Community Center.

Because of the large number of candidates expected to attend, 18 or 19, Smart Growth President Jonathan Paschal said there will be no formal question-and-answer session, but each candidate will instead be given five minutes to speak and there will be time to mingle and speak to candidates one-on-one afterward. Paschal said he expects the forum to last ...

July 17, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Gas prices expected to increase

Average gas prices in Atlanta will be rising this week. The average retail price for gasoline has risen 5.2 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.31/gal on Sunday.

The national average this week stands at $3.45/gal, 3 cents higher than a few days ago, according to gasoline price website AtlantaGasPrices.com.

July 17, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Davis seeks re-election as coroner

For almost three decades, Tommy Davis has been in the funeral business, as deputy coroner since 2003 and coroner since 2009. The 44-year-old is running once again, all because of his love for Newton County.

"This is a position that I truly enjoy serving in and serving the people of Newton County," he said. "I am truly devoted and dedicated to the position. I work hard every day to ensure that the people of Newton County are represented professionally."

July 17, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Thunderstorms possibile through 6 p.m.

Though the severe thunderstorm warning has passed, thunderstorms are expected to continue in Covington until after 6 p.m., according to The Weather Channel.

July 17, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Car crashes into Kelly's Pool Service

A woman accidentally drove her car into the front of Kelly's Pool Service Monday afternoon damaging part of the store's brick exterior, breaking a window and knocking down the railing in front of the store.

July 16, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Newton County Sentencing, July 15

Richard W. Galban, manufacture of marijuana, 10 years probation, 5 years confinement, $2,000. Possession with intent to distribute marijuana, nolle pross. Trafficking in marijuana, merged with count 1. Testify truthfully, no contact, banished from Newton County.

July 14, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Chi Tau Omega awards scholarships

Chi Tau Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. awards thousands of dollars in scholarships to deserving high school students in Newton and Rockdale County. Our scholarships recognize outstanding high schools seniors who have been accepted to an accredited four-year college or university. The awards are given to students who have high scholastic achievement, proven leadership, and have actively participated in community service.

Since 2005, Chi Tau Omega has proudly awarded nearly $33,000 to students in an effort to promote, encourage, and prepare our next generation of leaders with higher education.

July 14, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSS sets Technology nights

Eastside High School and Newton County Schools' Technology Department are sponsoring a "Back to School with Technology Night" tomorrow from 5 to 8 p.m. Three NCSS-approved computer companies - Apple Computers, ByteSpeed Computers and Dell Computers will have numerous products on display which parents and students can touch and test.

At approximately 7 p.m., each company will make a presentation highlighting their special educational programs and discount pricing available for parents attending the event.

July 14, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Judge and coroner candidates speak

Two of the lesser publicized local races are Alcovy Judicial Circuit Superior Court judge and county coroner. Candidates for both seats spoke at a Democratic party forum this week.

July 14, 2012 | Danielle Everson Special to The News | LOCAL


Chemical spill injures one at Nisshinbo

A worker at Nisshinbo, a brake manufacturer off Ga. Highway 142, suffered second degree burns Thursday afternoon, when several hundred gallons of hydrogen peroxide spilled out of a container that was being loaded onto a truck.

According to Covington Assistant Fire Marshal Tony Smith, roughly 350 gallons of highly concentrated hydrogen peroxide spilled when a forklift driver lost control of his truck, dropping the container which then split. Other than the one worker who was transported to Grady Hospital "in pain, but in good spirits," no one else was injured.

July 14, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Williams elected to GMA board of directors

Covington Councilwoman Hawnethia Williams was elected to the Board of Directors for the Georgia Municipal Association during the association's annual meeting in Savannah June 25.

Williams will serve as president of GMA's 5th District. The district includes cities in the following counties: Jackson, Madison, Elbert, Barrow, Clarke, Oglethorpe, Morgan, Greene, Newton, Jasper, Walton and Oconee.

July 14, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Woman reports missing peaches

Irvine Duplan of Covington reported a theft at her home on Bear Creek Trail to officers on Thursday.

July 14, 2012 | Meghan de St. Aubin | LOCAL


Recreating remnants from the past

When local artist Andrew Sabori visited Ellis Island to find out more information about his ancestors, his encounter with a small photo of a mural would change his life.

July 14, 2012 | Elizabeth Park | LOCAL


Oxford native goes to Air War College

Oxford native William "Buddy" Smith is about to embark on a new journey in the 24th year of a military career that's already seen a multitude of new experiences.

July 14, 2012 | Meghan de St. Aubin | LOCAL


From the set of ‘42’

Filming crews dressed Ga. Hwy 11 to resemble 1950s America for the film '42.' The movie tells the story of Jackie Robinsion, who broke the black color barrier in Major League Baseball when he was signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. Robinson is being played by Chadwick Boseman, who has mainly had smaller roles on TV shows, while the role of the famous Dodgers manager Branch Rickey is being played by Harrison Ford. Alan Tudyk, Christopher Meloni, Lucas Black and John C. McGinley are also starring in the movie.

July 14, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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