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Georgia Tech, Covington, Newton County partner to offer free LEAP online courses

COVINGTON, Ga. - The City of Covington and Newton County have partnered with Georgia Institute of Technology to provide a pilot program to help spur growth ...

June 14, 2017 | Staff Report | Local


Outdoor grill safety for the summer

Grilling during the summer time is a fun and exciting activity, but we should not forget about fire safety. Agent Tina Barrick of Newton County ...

May 30, 2017 | Staff Report | Local


Learning some tips from Hollywood

Local officials traveled to Los Angeles, Calif., to learn about the film industry out west in preparation for Three Ring Studios breaking ground locally.

May 28, 2017 | Staff Report | Local


Newton County remembers Sam B. Hay Jr.

COVINGTON, Ga. - A pillar of the community, Sam B. Hay Jr.'s calm and steady presence will be remembered for his role on the Newton ...

May 28, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Local


Lions Club celebrates 100 years

COVINGTON, Ga. - The Covington Lions Club celebrated 100 years of service Thursday night. In the celebration, Newton County Chairman Marcello Banes proclaimed June as Lions ...

May 26, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Local


Newton High teacher killed in accident

COVINGTON, Ga. – A Newton High School teacher was killed in a two-car collision Thursday morning on Brown Bridge Road.

May 19, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Local


Chamber hires new Main Street Director

COVINGTON, Ga. – The Covington/Newton County Chamber of Commerce announced today that Lauren Singleton has been hired as the new Main Street Director.

May 18, 2017 | Staff Report | Local


Pictures of Progress: Crossfit Unyielding cuts ribbon

Crossfit Unyielding, located at 80 Piper Road, joined the Covington-Newton Chamber of Commerce Thursday with a ribbon cutting ceremony at the gym. Crossfit Unyielding prides ...

May 14, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Local


House fire reported in Oxford

UPDATE, May 12, 3:20 p.m.: The scene of the house fire has been cleared and traffic is free to travel as normal.

May 12, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Local




Sen. Anderson, Rep. Dickerson host Town Hall Meeting

COVINGTON, Ga. - Representative Pam Dickerson and Senator Tonya Anderson host a Town Hall Meeting Thursday night in this historic courthouse on the Covington Square. The ...

May 05, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Local


BD to acquire Bard

COVINGTON, Ga. – BD (Becton Dickinson and Company) has announced an agreement under which it will acquire C.R. Bard, Inc., according to an April 23 ...

May 03, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Local


Covington Highway 142 widening shifting traffic

COVINGTON, Ga. - A Georgia DOT contractor will begin traffic shift setup Monday on the State Route (SR) 142/Industrial Park Boulevard widening and bridge project ...

May 03, 2017 | Staff Report | Local


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Mecca: Missing but not forgotten

On May 7, 1944, 2nd Lt. William Parkinson was reported missing in action after his B-24 Liberator heavy bomber disappeared over the jungles near Lea, New Guinea. On Jan. 18, two U.S. Army officers presented the urn containing Parkinson's remains to his descendants in Conyers. After 69 years, 2nd Lt. Parkinson was finally home.

February 09, 2013 | Pete Mecca | Local


Purse snatcher still at large

A woman had her purse snatched out of her shopping cart Saturday night at the Kroger on U.S. Highway 278.

February 09, 2013 | Amber Pittman | Local


Arbor Day events scheduled

A Roswell arborist with a knack for using a specialized knife to care for trees will headline Oxford's Arbor Day celebration on Feb. 16 at the Oxford City Hall and adjacent park.

February 09, 2013 | Staff Report | Local


Sheriff opposes giving BOC seized funds

Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown has come out against new legislation that could potentially cost the county thousands in seized drug investigations, and give control to the county's commissioners to determine what law enforcement purposes the funds could be used for.

February 09, 2013 | Amber Pittman | Local


County to fix several roads

Road repairs are on the way for a number of areas in Newton County that need improvements, but some citizens told the Newton County Board of Commissioners their community was not on the list.

February 07, 2013 | Danielle Everson | Local


Douglas gives conservative credentials

County Commissioner John Douglas called himself a combination of Ronald Reagan, former U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint, former Florida Congressman Allen West and U.S. Rep. Paul Broun Thursday as he sought to position himself as an ultra-conservative Republican voice in what's likely to be a crowded race to replace Broun, who is seeking U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss soon-to-be vacant seat.

February 07, 2013 | Gabriel Khouli | Local


One arrest made in shooting

Investigators have made one arrest in the Jan. 27 shooting at a birthday party in The Silos subdivision.

February 07, 2013 | Amber Pittman | Local


County Ok's controversial contracts

The Newton County Board of Commissioners voted to approve two five-year contracts for lawn care and recycling services without seeking bids at their meeting Tuesday night. It was a decision that caused dissension between board members, something that has happened over the last few years.

February 07, 2013 | Danielle Everson | Local


Sweet spell of victory

For the second consecutive year, McKenzie Snyder, a seventh grade student at Cousins Middle School took home top honors at the Newton County School System Spelling Bee. She will now represent the district in the regional spelling bee in Putnam County later this month. Clements Middle School student Casey Roberson was this year's runner-up.

February 07, 2013 | Staff Report | Local


Alert neighbor helps solve 2 breakins

Two men were arrested Tuesday afternoon when a watchful neighbor called police, solving not one, but two break-ins.

February 07, 2013 | Amber Pittman | Local


One arrested in Silos shooting

Investigators have made one arrest in the Jan. 27 shooting at a birthday party in The Silos.

February 07, 2013 | Amber Pittman | Local


Covington man killed in Macon wreck

MONTROSE, Ga. (AP) - A Covington man, Michael Jarome Smith, 52, was killed in a wreck on Interstate 16 as more than two dozen cars, pickup trucks and tractor-trailers collided Wednesday morning in a fiery pileup on a foggy Georgia interstate, killing at least four people and sending nine others to a hospital, officials said.

February 07, 2013 | RUSS BYNUM, Associated Press | Local


Welcome to the circus!

The Walker International Events circus came to Covington Tuesday and put on a show for locals, including acrobats, jugglers, lion tamers and elephant riders.

February 06, 2013 | By Darrell Everidge | Local


City manager finalists rejected

Covington will remain without a permanent city manager for a while longer after the city council rejected its initial three finalists at Monday's meeting and asked the consulting firm it hired to bring back another group of candidates for consideration.

February 06, 2013 | Danielle Everson | Local


Do you want fries with that?

A Covington man was advised to take out a Temporary Protection order against his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend after she reportedly harassed him at his job at Checkers early Saturday morning.

February 05, 2013 | Amber Pittman | Local


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