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Two GDOT Newton County road projects to begin this summer

The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) announced its schedule for construction this summer and beyond. While there are four projects on the GDOT list, only ...

May 26, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Former county fire chief appears in court Thursday

Former Newton County Fire Chief Kevin O'Brien appeared in court Thursday as his lawyer, John L. Straus, filed a request for continuance. Judge Horace ...

May 26, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


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Skrobot gets 2 years for molestation

Charles Leslie Skrobot was sentenced Oct. 4 after pleading guilty to the molestation of a 4-year-old female relative in 2010. Although the state had asked for Skrobot to serve five years, a judge sentenced him to two years on the charges.

October 16, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


News, chamber to host forum Wed.

To hear local candidates answer questions and question each other live one last time before the Nov. 6 General Election, come to the 2012 Candidates forum hosted by The Covington News and chamber at 6 p.m. tonight at the Newton College and Career Academy, 144 Ram Drive, Covington.

October 16, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Christmas in October

Winter creeps into Covington this week, but there's no reason to break out the sweaters just yet.

Well, maybe turtlenecks, as "The Vampire Diaries" have brought a winter wonderland into the Covington square.

October 16, 2012 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


City talks limits on night filming

As "The Vampire Diaries" prepped for major filming downtown, Covington City Council members discussed at their Monday meeting whether or not they should have time restrictions on filming in neighborhoods within the city limits.

Mayor Ronnie Johnston told the council that an agreement was made with Bonanza Productions, the company that films Vampire Diaries, that said if filming was going to be done in neighborhoods and residential areas after 11 p.m., the filming crews would first have to notify and get permission from all of the residents within a 500-square-foot radius.

October 16, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


A call to leadership for 10th and 11th graders

Do you know a sophomore or junior in high school who shows leadership potential?

October 16, 2012 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


$580 stolen from church preschool

Employees with a church preschool reported that a woman stole money and checks from their purses on Friday afternoon. A deputy with the Newton County Sheriff's Office responded to Stewart Baptist Church Road to the preschool in reference to a theft just before 2:30 p.m.

October 16, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Railroad donates new box car to P'dale

A box car restroom for Yellow River Park is in the works for the city of Porterdale.

October 16, 2012 | Anastasia Graves | LOCAL


Spires Interiors offers discount with donation

Spires Interiors & Gifts is hosting a promotion for the rest of the October in an effort to help the nearly bare Community Food Pantry, 7125 Turner Lake Circle SW, in Covington.

October 16, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Israeli officers visit Covington on US tour

The Covington Police Department is the first stop for high ranking police officials from Israel, hoping to enhance and expose them to the U.S. form of public safety and policy. For two weeks, they will be in Georgia, learning new ways to take on problematically tasks in Israel. During their stay, they will train and participate in several areas of law enforcement.

The program GILEE, (Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange) is behind their visit to the state, federal and international law enforcement agencies throughout Georgia. The CPD has been participating in this program since the early 90s, with former ...

October 16, 2012 | Anastasia Graves | LOCAL


Mecca: Pilot sees first combat in days following D-Day

It's been an extraordinary journey for an Alabama boy to become the oldest active member of Mansfield United Methodist Church. Covington resident Frank Harris was born into the tiny farming community of Jamison, Ala. in 1923. His railroading father eventually moved the family to Birmingham where Harris attended school until the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor during his senior year. A Golden Gloves boxing champion, tough and ready to fight, he wanted to join the Marines, but a buddy talked Harris into signing up with the Army Air Corps.

Harris said with a grin, "I passed the written and physical ...

October 16, 2012 | Pete Mecca | LOCAL


Guru says county needs more housing

Newton County's housing market has hit rock bottom, but the future is bright.

October 13, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Local movie focuses on homelessness

Covington resident and local actor Travis Breedlove is using his talent for a good cause this holiday season by helping produce a movie to raise awareness and money for the neediest in Newton County.

October 13, 2012 | By Anastasia Graves | LOCAL


Chimney Park’s icon stable

The iconic chimney in Chimney Park was stabilized last week and is no longer in danger of falling down, thanks to $19,300 in donations from the Friends of Chimney Park nonprofit.

October 13, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Interim fire chief could be full-time soon

A temporary appointment may become a full-time position for the interim fire chief of Newton County Fire Service.

October 13, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Miracle League to receive $100K grant

The city of Covington received a $100,000 grant for the Miracle League of Newton County. The grant will go towards purchasing artificial turf for the fields at the complex dedicated for the use of special needs children, which began construction on Sept. 17.

October 13, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


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