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New Children’s book takes imagination to a whole new level

"Imagination Interactive Counting Coloring Book" is designed to help children develop their imaginations and sense of personal accomplishment, according to the book's creator.

July 02, 2016 | Jasmine Floyd | LOCAL


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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Taste of Newton draws a crowd

Almost 300 people sampled some of Covington and Newton's restaurants at the Taste of Newton event hosted by the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce Thursday night.

September 18, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Man crashes into two power poles

An accused drunk driver was hospitalized after crashing into two power poles early Sunday morning in Porterdale.

September 18, 2012 | Rachel Goff | LOCAL


Local shares love of Civil War

The fifth-grade classroom at Heard-Mixon Elementary School gazed in awe, as they were shown numerous artifacts from the Civil War. Some chimed in, while the teachers called out classroom rules of using your inside voice, while others sat, not confused or uninterested, but waiting to see what would be shown next.

September 15, 2012 | Anastasia Graves | LOCAL


Yellow River unveiled as Atlanta gem

Dozens of enthusiastic canoeists, kayakers and paddlers took to the Yellow River in Porterdale Saturday morning to help clean up the river, learn some of its history and enjoy a lazy day cruising down the river.

September 15, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Slanderous letter sent about BOE member

Shakila Henderson-Baker, District 3 representative for the Newton County Board of Education, reported that someone delivered several slanderous letters about her to homes on Village Drive Thursday.

September 15, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Crime Briefs - Sept. 16

Woman attempts to steal breast pump, car battery

September 15, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


More than skin deep

Most children would learn from a spanking, and Beth Rockmore is no different. She learned, but not the lesson her mother had hoped. She learned that no matter what happened, her art was worth fighting for.

September 14, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Deadline for voter registration, Oct. 9

Secretary Brian Kemp joined fellow members of the National Association of Secretaries of State in reminding citizens that September 2012 is National Voter Registration Month. Secretary Kemp is working with government and election officials across the state to make eligible voters aware of registration deadlines and requirements for the Nov. 6 General Election, as well as promoting state resources to help with the registration process.

September 13, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


CPD searches for would-be robber

Covington police are searching for a man who allegedly attempted to rob a customer at gunpoint at Don's Superette around 2 p.m.

The victim was pumping gas at the service station. When he got into his vehicle to leave, a slender black male in his 20s, wearing a red shirt, blue jeans and a ball cap pulled low over his face, jumped into the passenger side of his vehicle and told the victim to drive, according to Capt. Ken Malcom.

September 13, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Man who fought with deputy died Wednesday

The man who reportedly ingested drugs during a traffic stop, then attacked a Newton County Sheriff's Deputy, has died.

The cause of 43-year-old Terry Dean Gore's death is pending autopsy results by the state medical examiner; however, witnesses who saw Gore during the traffic stop Wednesday afternoon reportedly said Gore began acting odd just after swallowing what the deputy believed was drugs.

September 13, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


$10K worth of computers stolen

Covington Police continue to investigate a burglary where more than $10,000 worth of computers were reported stolen from Peachtree Academy.

September 13, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


GSP reverses findings in crash

The Georgia State Patrol has reversed its findings in the Sept. 2 fatality crash that killed drivers Kati Womack, 21, of Oxford and Trinity Campbell, 39, of Monticello.

September 13, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Two men arrested for molestation

Two men were arrested recently for molesting young girls, according to law enforcement officials.

September 13, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


2 students arrested for pot brownes

Two 16-year-old, female Alcovy High School students have been suspended after an incident in which one baked brownies containing marijuana and another ate the brownies before school Monday.

September 13, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


GPC produces harvest for food pantry

Tomatoes, okra and cucumbers, oh my! GPC Newton math professor Sallie Paschal was among faculty and students who worked the gardens on the Newton Campus this summer. In between teaching math courses online, the math professor "adopted" and worked three garden plots, which produced more than 150 pounds of vegetables and a few watermelons this summer.

September 13, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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