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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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Some stores open, governments closed

Authorities are advising residents to stay at home and the local governments are closed, but if you need groceries or other goods, Covington's major retailers are open today. Here's a look at their hours, which could change if the weather worsens:

January 11, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Power restored at Conyers Walmart

Update, 1:32 p.m.: Power was restored to the Conyers Walmart and all 1,400 Snapping Shoals customers at 1:24 p.m. The outage occurred at 12:40 p.m. and was caused by a material failure and was unrelated to the weather, Snapping Shoals spokesperson Leigh-Anne Burgess said in an e-mail.

January 11, 2011 | | LOCAL


WEATHER UPDATE: I-20 reopens in Rockdale

One lane eastbound of I-20 has been opened through Conyers. Westbound lanes are open as well.

January 11, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


I-20 reopens in Rockdale

One lane eastbound of I-20 has been opened through Conyers. Westbound lanes are open as well.

January 11, 2011 | | LOCAL


State road-clearing efforts get a boost

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Transportation is bringing in crews from central Georgia to help deal with the ice and snow that continue to coat highways in the Atlanta area.

January 11, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Paper deliveries may be delayed Wed.

The Covington News will go to press on an earlier schedule tonight. Our press facilities are located in Gainesville, and due to the weather, deliveries may be delayed.

January 11, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


High school games cancelled

Tuesday's high school sports events have been cancelled. Check back for makeup times and dates.

January 10, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mexican restaurant coming to Covington

With the new year comes some new developments, a new Mexican restaurant, and some old rumors, there's still no movement at the old Walmart in Martin's Crossing.

January 10, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


In spite of snow, legislature open for business

ATLANTA - The Georgia Legislature kicked off its 2011 session on Monday with snow blanketing the Capitol's gold dome and dozens of new faces among the House and Senate lawmakers that took the oath of office.

January 10, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Downtown scenic in snow

Traffic was light and few walkers were out late Monday morning to enjoy the site of downtown Covington in the snow.

January 10, 2011 | Tharon Giddens | LOCAL


Snow Day Pictures

Covington was a winter wonderland Monday morning as snow blanketed the town. While schools were closed for the day, many area businesses remained open for those willing to brave the icy roads. Others enjoyed their morning off by exploring the the likes of Turner Lake on foot.

January 10, 2011 | Tyler Smith | LOCAL


Commuter alert: Traffic shift coming to Highway 142

Expect a traffic shift for construction beginning at 10 a.m. on Jan. 12 on Georgia Highway 142 from Wheat Street to Lochridge Boulevard in Covington.

January 10, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Governor declares state of emegency for weather

Governor Sonny Perdue, in close coordination with Governor-elect Nathan Deal, issued an executive order declaring a state of emergency in anticipation of a severe winter storm that is expected to impact much of the state.The executive order allows for state resources to be available for response and recovery activities, and calls for the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) / Office of Homeland Security to activate the state's Emergency Operations Plan. GEMA / Homeland Security has activated the State Operations Center (SOC) to support the state in its response and recovery efforts to a severe weather system that is expected to ...

January 09, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Ice on roads, several accidents reported

According to Covington/Newton County 911 several roads are already becoming treacherous. Drivers are urged to use extreme caution and to stay off the roads if at all possible. Below is a list of icy areas as they are reported:

January 09, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Volunteers help in Day of Service

Over 100 volunteers converged on the Newton County FFA/FCCLA Center Saturday, braving the cold temperatures and blustery winds, to clean up the grounds and plant trees in honor of the upcoming inauguration of Georgia Governor-elect Nathan Deal.

January 09, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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