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Square Perk closes

After almost six years of serving local residents coffee, lunch and community fellowship, Square Perk Café has closed its doors starting Friday.

July 01, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


New airport terminal celebrated

State, county and local dignitaries turned out early Thursday to celebrate the groundbreaking for the new terminal at the Covington Municipal Airport.

June 30, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Covington’s Fourth of July celebration to be bigger, brighter this year

As the two grand finales of fireworks went off simultaneously during the 2015 Independence on the Square in Covington, some spectators staring up at the ...

June 29, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Independence Day celebrations across Newton County

Several cities in Newton County are hosting celebrations for the 2016 Independence Day holiday. Check below for events in Covington, Oxford, Porterdale and Social Circle.

June 29, 2016 | Jasmine Floyd | LOCAL


NCSO announces SWAT Team graduates

Several Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team members of the Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) have completed or will complete specialized training at Barrow ...

June 29, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


‘Go-to site for entertainment’ coming to Covington

A "one of a kind, massive, film, TV, music and video gaming production site" is close to coming to Covington.

June 28, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Alcovy, Flint Hill eligible for school choice

Flint Hill Elementary School and Alcovy High School have been identified by the Newton County School System (NCSS) as potentially eligible schools for school choice.

June 28, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Finding alternatives to gangs

It may just look like someone got creative with a spray can of paint, but law enforcement sees graffiti as a possible sign of gang ...

June 27, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Hampton Inn Covington awarded 2016 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award

The Hampton Inn Covington has received a 2016 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award. Now in its sixth year, the achievement celebrates hospitality businesses that have ...

June 26, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County Senior Services receives new shuttle bus

Newton County Senior Services is the proud recipient of a new shuttle bus that will soon hit the road to transport senior residents to and ...

June 26, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Three Newton County deputies graduate from Georgia Public Safety Training Center

The 286th Graduation Class of the Georgia Public Safety Training Center-Athens Academy held their graduation on June 10 at the Winder Community Center.

June 26, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Learning the signs of gang interest

Newton County Sheriff's Office Captain Keith Crum suggested that if parents start seeing gang symbols on their child's school, the need to pay ...

June 26, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Memorial honors former El Charro manager in wake of tragedy

Since the death of Enrique Ramirez Trejo, the El Charro family has banded together to support the Trejo family and one another.

June 26, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | LOCAL


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Sakamoto pleads not guilty to terroristic threats

A former Oxford College of Emory University student pled not guilty to two charges of making terroristic threats last fall.

February 26, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


67-year-old Covington man dies in wreck

A Covington man died on the scene after his vehicle was struck by another on Butler Bridge Road early Thursday morning.

February 26, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


New application process for theme schools

The Newton County Theme School has modified its application process for the 2016 to 2017 school year.

February 24, 2016 | Staff Report | 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


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