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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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Man's body found in Baldwin County

A 30-year-old Covington man was found dead in Baldwin County early Wednesday morning and his death is being investigated as a homicide.

November 01, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Hurricane Sandy's aftermath

As most residents prepared their costumes for Halloween Wednesday, area volunteers gathered and prepared their disaster relief gear to travel hundreds of miles north to help Hurricane Sandy victims.

November 01, 2012 | Rachel Goff | LOCAL


What happens to lost pit bulls?

At any given time, the Newton County Animal Control could have pit bulls make up as much as 90 percent of its furry occupants. Considered un-adoptable by animal control, does that mean that a huge population of these animals - both feared and coveted - has been given a death sentence? Not quite.

November 01, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Students learn math with pumpkins

Second grade students at Fairview Elementary School learned how to count and do math with pumpkin seeds on Wednesday.

November 01, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Taste of Eastside coming

Helping out Eastside's athletic teams has never been as tasty as it will be Saturday.

November 01, 2012 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Woman robbed at Walmart

A Covington police officer and a 51-year-old Oxford woman are being treated for injuries sustained during a robbery at the Covington Walmart on Industrial Boulevard around 12:47 p.m. Wednesday.

November 01, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


How to survive a zombie attack in Newton

Tales of zombies may have originated in Haiti, but if TV has taught us anything, it's that a deadly disease can pass quickly, from the monkey in "Outbreak," people taking bath salts and "The Walking Dead," the threat of a destructive disease is real, and Covington needs to be prepared.

October 30, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Zero tolerance policy by the handbook

One Newton County parent is incensed that her 8-year-old son has been suspended pending a tribunal for accidentally bringing a BB gun to school and turning it over to administrators when he realized his mistake, but according to zero tolerance policy and law, how the situation is handled is largely out of the hands of Newton County school officials.

October 30, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Daycare shooter pleads guilty

The man who shot his estranged wife and step-daughter outside a Rockdale County daycare last year will spend the next 50 years in prison after pleading guilty Friday.

October 30, 2012 | Kathy Hooks | LOCAL


Women steal $500 in Kroger groceries

Covington police caught up with two women after they reportedly stole shopping carts full of groceries from Kroger and Walmart on Saturday.

October 30, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Local scammed by fraudulent check scheme

Times are tough with the economic downturn and no one would not be faulted for looking for ways to relieve some of their monetary stresses and burdens.

October 30, 2012 | Annette Godwin | LOCAL


Early voting starts strong

Update, Oct. 30: Early voting turnout continues to be strong and could get an even bigger boost this week as a satellite early voting center is open this week from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Porter Memorial Branch Library, 6191 Highway 212, Covington, Ga. 30016. Early voting is also still available at the Newton County Board of Elections, 1113 Usher St., Covington, Ga. 30014; people can also still mail in absentee ballots.

October 30, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Farm Bureau seeks essays for contest

Newton County, Ga. - The Newton County Farm Bureau encourages 6th, 7th and 8th grade students to enter the Georgia Farm Bureau Middle School Essay Contest. Students should address the topic "How has agriculture changed in the last 75 years?" The winner of the Newton County Farm Bureau Essay Contest will receive $50.00.

October 27, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


DA Zon appeals dropped charges

The felony racketeering case against Victor Hill, Clayton County's former sheriff who is currently seeking re-election, has been delayed for possibly as long as a year, but Newton County District Attorney Layla Zon, the special prosecutor on the case, said she will respect the court's wishes and believes several important issues in the case should be examined by appellate courts before moving forward.

Hill served as sheriff of Clayton County from 2005-2008. During his controversial term, several of his actions were questioned, including the immediate firing of 27 employees, who were escorted from the building, while snipers were ...

October 27, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Adams plays Denzel’s father in ‘Flight’

T.K. Adams is set to hit the big screen in the new movie "Flight."

October 27, 2012 | Anastasia Graves | LOCAL


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