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Decorating the dead

Memorial Day is a special day, a day to reminisce, a time to mourn, and an occasion to praise the men and women that fought and died for our hard-earned freedoms. Originally dubbed Decoration Day to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died during the Civil War, the term 'Memorial Day' as we now know it was first used in 1882. Even more common after WWII, the expression became official by Federal law in 1967.

May 24, 2014 | Pete Mecca | LOCAL


The accidental photographer

Newton County native Cpl. Bryce Burton might be an accidental photographer.

May 24, 2014 | By Samantha Reardon news@covnews.com | LOCAL


Four students get full ride to college

Making it through college debt-free is a common goal for students and parents, and four area high school graduates are on their way to keeping a comfortable wallet for the next four years.

May 24, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Porterdale may get disc golf course

Flying discs in the forest may soon be coming to Porterdale, an effort the mayor and council members hope will indirectly bring revenue and modernization to the small downtown while retaining and highlighting the history.

May 24, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


County plans to professionally staff volunteer fire stations

Newton County's growing population is leading to more fire and medical emergency calls, and Newton County Fire Chief Kevin O'Brien wants to more effectively use the county's multiple remaining volunteer fire stations in the public safety fight.

May 24, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


OPINION: Ditch the new EPA water rules

In 1972 the Clean Water Act (CWA) was passed with a goal of improving water quality across the nation. To achieve this goal the CWA established a system of cooperative federalism that preserves primary state authority over land and water uses, but prohibits certain "discharges" into "navigable waters" from a "point source" unless authorized by federal permit. The law states that "navigable waters" are "waters of the U.S." Two sections of the law have particular impacts on agriculture. Section 404 allows the Corps to issue permits for discharges of "dredge and fill" material into navigable waters. This section deals ...

May 24, 2014 | By Crystal Powell-Hyatt Newton County Farm Bureau | LOCAL


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Mitcham Farm to host strawberry festival

Strawberries have always been available at Mitcham Farm, and for the first time, the Oxford establishment will host a strawberry festival to kick off spring.

May 08, 2014 | Zach Lang | LOCAL


Fatal shooting under investigation

An exchange of gunfire led to a man being shot and killed Tuesday evening.

May 08, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


RCSO deputy arrested on family violence charge

A Rockdale deputy is facing an internal investigation by the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office after a fight with his wife at Walmart led to an arrest for battery and family violence charges in Newton County.

May 08, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Senior living complex proposed

A debate over the need for more affordable senior housing broke out at the Covington City Council meeting Monday, as the Council considered whether to provide monetary support to a proposed $9 million private complex.

May 08, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Fire caused Washington St closure

Washington Street, near Oconee Metal Recovery, will be blocked off until around 2 p.m. because of a smoldering fire at the metal recycling business, north of Porterdale.

May 08, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


District 4 SPLOST park projects get OK

District 4 is getting more public parks.

May 07, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Councilman upset over unsafe golf cart usage

Councilman Mike Whatley believes people are abusing the city's golf cart ordinance, and he's asking the Covington Police Department to crack down on the problems.

May 06, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Meth, marijuana and guns

Covington Police officers arrested a car full of people and procured suspected marijuana, methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and two handguns.

May 06, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Rolling in Dough

The Newton County School System food program has more dough than it knows what to do with. And not the kind that can turn into an excess of bread.

May 06, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Robertson given cross of military service

Newton County native and retired Lt. Col. William (Ike) Robertson was awarded the "cross of military service" by the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC).

May 06, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


MLK Jr. movie to film in Covington

Hollywood is coming back to downtown Covington, this time in the form of feature drama "Selma" about Martin Luther King Jr.'s 1965 voting rights campaign in Selma, Alabama, which is regarded as the peak of the U.S. Civil Rights movement.

May 06, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Crash in Rockdale ties up I-20 eastbound

IN BRIEF: crash involving a dump truck and a box truck closed at least the right lane of I-20 eastbound in Rockdale County, just past the entrance/exit to Ga. Hwy 138. Minor injuries are reported in the crash, which occured before 6:50 a.m. and is expected to be cleared by 8 a.m. The truck and dump truck are in the ditch awaiting a tow service.

May 06, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Suspected bank robber caught in underwear

The Rockdale County Sheriff's Office arrested a man over the weekend that had recently escaped from prison, stole a truck and is suspected in two recent bank robberies.

May 05, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Dobbs devoted decades to Covington

Family and friends gathered around Dr. Bill Dobbs bedside at Newton Medical Center Sunday as he passed away after complications from a fall he suffered days earlier.

May 05, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Saved by sprinklers

A sprinkler system will cost some money up front - about $2 per square foot, though some of the cost could be offset by lower insurance premium payments - but it could save a home, possessions and even a life.

May 03, 2014 | Matt Smith | LOCAL


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