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Leadership uncertainty dogs Nelson Heights

Last Tuesday, the Newton County Board of Commissioners voted to remove Commissioner J.C. Henderson as chairman of the Nelson Heights Center, a facility dedicated to helping children after school. The matter seemed open and closed - he was the chairman, then he wasn't.

September 04, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


NCSO Sgt. wins Instructor of Year award

Newton County Sheriff's Office Sergeant Randy Downs received the Dale Moorefield award for Firearms Instructor of the Year at the 2014 Georgia Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (GALEFI) conference on Aug. 26.

September 03, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Ellis’ responsibilities changed by BOC

Newton County Board of Commissioners Chairman Keith Ellis lost at least some of his power Tuesday night, as the board voted to strip him of his control of the county's vehicle fleet and engineering department.

September 02, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Henderson stripped of financial powers

The Newton County Board of Commissioners simply crushed Commissioner J.C. Henderson Tuesday night, stripping him of all financial powers and forcing him off the boards of the Nelson Heights Community Center and the Recreation Commission.

September 02, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


NCSS announces Scholars of the Week

Newton County School System plans to highlight exceptional students with a new weekly spotlight. Two high school seniors will be recognized each week as NCSS Scholars of the Week starting in October and will be chosen to recognize and promote "exemplary academic performance and outstanding contributions to their school and community."

September 02, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


DOE offers free digital textbooks

As the 2014-2015 academic year begins, teachers, school leaders, parents and students should be aware they can access free, interactive digital textbooks through the Georgia Department of Education's website.

September 02, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO dep. restores heartbeat to boy

A Newton County Sheriff's Office deputy may have saved the life of a minor who was not breathing after drowning.

September 02, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Man subdued by Taser

After a call concerning an intoxicated male riding his bicycle into a trash can, police officers had to subdue the suspect by deploying a Taser.

September 02, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Legality of Henderson’s check questionable

There's a clause in the Georgia constitution that says governments can't give money without receiving a "benefit" in exchange. It's reiterated in numerous handbooks for local governments.

September 02, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Family to move to CO for med. marijuana

It may be their last resort, but the Hopkins family is making a big move with full hopes they will find sanctum for one of their daughters in Colorado's medical marijuana. Still, they'll be packing their family minus one.

September 02, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


New pavers to honor longtime businesses

Covington City Councilwoman Janet Goodman wants to honor the handful of families who have maintained their businesses on the Square for 50-plus years.

September 02, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Weather, granite delay Square’s reopening

Don't get blue, the jazz concert set for Thursday on the Covington Square will still happen – just not on the Square.

September 02, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Video purports to show beheading of US journalist

BEIRUT (AP) - An Internet video posted online Tuesday purported to show the beheading by the Islamic State group of U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff, who went missing in Syria last year.

September 02, 2014 | ZEINA KARAM, Associated Press | LOCAL


Hit-and-run driver strikes child in stroller

A Conyers driver who struck a Covington woman and a 2-year-old and then tried to flee the scene was arrested and charged with driving under the influence.

September 02, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Home on the Range (video)

A visit to Cottonwood Farm.

September 02, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


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Ex-employee charged with 98 theft counts

Newton County Home Builders Association former Executive Officer Andrea Hammond was arrested Friday and charged with stealing from the company.

December 12, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Holly jolly breakfast

Breakfast with Santa: The Pilot Club of Covington hosted it's annual pancake breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus from 8 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. on Saturday morning. Children got the opportunity to enjoy a home cooked breakfast (right), and many also went to have a talk with the Santa, who came all the way from the North Pole (left). A secret Santa shop (bottom left) was also set up for children to shop for their parents. All proceeds went to help the Pilot Club. The pilot club is a service organization focused on helping people with ...

December 12, 2009 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Ex-employee arrested for stealing from Newton County Home Builders Assocation

The Newton County Home Builders Association's former executive officer, Andrea Hammond, was arrested Friday and charged with stealing from the organization.

December 11, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


InVEST in the NCSO - Dec. 11

The parents of recently injured Deputy Wesley Atha have organized a fundraising campaign to purchase these vests for every county deputy. Their fundraising goal is $113,000. Each vest costs between $500-$700, depending on the size. Each Friday The Covington News will publish a list of individuals, businesses and civic groups who have donated to the cause that week as well as the total amount raised. Donations are tax deductible. Checks should be made payable to Newton Co. Sheriff's Office and earmarked for safety vests and equipment. Please mail donations to NCSO c/o April Jones, 15151 Alcovy ...

December 11, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Hwy. 20/212 intersection complete

One of Newton County's most congested intersections finally has stoplights, and they seem to be helping the traffic flow immensely.

December 11, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


It’s a cheer-off!

The Newton County Recreation Department held the 9th annual Cheer-off Competition on Nov. 21 at Alcovy High School. Approximately 21 squads competed in the three age divisions.

December 11, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Solid Rock Baptist Church mourns a life cut short

Monday night members of Solid Rock Baptist Church held a fireworks display for 9-year-old Kristin Beaucher. Kristin passed away from complications with a brain tumor early this week. Solid Rock members hoped she could look down on the display.

December 11, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Sheriff’s Office offers amnesty

The Newton County Sheriff's Office will offer an amnesty program from Dec. 11, 2009, through Jan. 15, 2010. The Newton County Sheriff's Office amnesty program will allow individuals listed with outstanding misdemeanor warrants to turn themselves in. Each person will be released on their own recognizance after bringing documentation which proves a valid address. Proof of valid address can be in the form of an electric bill, gas bill or water bill. If possible a valid driver's license is preferred. Processing will take place at the Newton County Sheriff's Office Detention Center. This process should take ...

December 11, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


On the grounds of Burge Plantation

Like a fairy tale cottage, the original Burge House sits surrounded by forest. Across the street from its original location, a bigger home has been erected and stands proudly on the land that has bore the Burge name since the 1830s. The original house, now a private residence, turned 200-years-old this November, celebrating a monumental anniversary in Newton County.

December 10, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


The Nutcracker returns

The Arts Association in Newton County presents the Covington Regional Ballet's annual performance of The Nutcracker on Saturday and Sunday at Newton High School's Porter Hall. This year's performance features guest dancer Adam Schiffer of the Carolina Ballet.

December 09, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Crowder gets life plus 5 for 2008 murder

Darrell Antonio Crowder pleaded guilty to malice murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony Monday in connection with the 2008 killing of his estranged wife, 43-year-old Catcilia.

December 08, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


More arrests made in Taco Bell robbery

The final two men that authorities believe responsible for robbing the Taco Bell on U.S. Highway 278 on Nov. 28 were arrested Friday.

December 08, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Local horse wins big at world show

 Rachel Scott of Social Circle is the proud breeder and owner of Alexis Acres' The Scotsman, who was recently named training level World Champion at the 37th annual Grand National & World Championship Morgan Horse Show in Oklahoma City.

December 06, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


City post office holds appreciation luncheon

Special delivery: On Nov. 5 Covington Post Master Shane Williams hosted an appreciation luncheon to present post office employees, past employees and surviving spouses of retired employees as well as veterans young and old. Covington Mayor Pro-Tem Hawnethia Williams shared her memories of past postal employees. Jackie B. Smith, clerk for Newton County Board of Commissioners, issued a proclamation from the BOC on behalf of all the retired postal workers and their families. The Rev. Hezekiah Benton of Bethlehem Baptist Church shared his thoughts America's veterans and gave thanks over the meal and for the postal employees.

December 06, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Arts Association inducts new board members, bids farewell to 5 others

 The Arts Association in Newton County recently announced five new members named to its Board of Directors and expressed gratitude to five outgoing board members.

December 06, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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