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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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NSCO fixes underreporting stats error

Newton County School Resource Officers have a refined process for reporting incidents that happen in Newton County schools after an oversight caused around 1,200 reports to be omitted from those given to local media.

September 08, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Locals moved by spirit of convention

Sharron Brown-Willis didn't get to attend Barack Obama's historic nomination as the presidential candidate for Democratic Party in 2008, but she was thrilled to settle for attending the second time around.

September 08, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


21 industries looking at Newton Co.

More than 20 industries are looking to locate or relocate to Newton County, and officials hope that means bright economic times are ahead.

September 08, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Road construction projects coming

Newton County residents will see more construction on roads around the county by the end of this year after the board of commissioners approved four road projects on Tuesday.

September 08, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Eastside’s first drum major visits

Eastside began playing varsity football on Sept. 6, 1996 and the high school's inaugural drum major was a sophomore Lori Johnson.

September 08, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local rock band vying for big break

At first glance, Newton County natives might have trouble believing Chris Nichols is a Mansfield boy. Sure he's the soft-spoken, 30-year-old head chef at Bess' Place in Newborn, but his exterior tells a different tale of his true passion.

September 06, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


‘Vampire Diaries’ films for 4th season

Fans gathered in downtown Covington Wednesday to try to get a glimpse of their favorite stars from the hit TV show "The Vampire Diaries."

September 06, 2012 | Rachel Goff | LOCAL


9th annual Ride for the Cure Sept. 29

Snapping Shoals EMC is getting ready for its annual community benefit for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. The 9th Annual Ride for the Cure will take place on Saturday, Sept. 29, and this year it will include a car show.

September 06, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Deputy investigated for sexual assault

The Newton County Sheriff's Office has asked the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to investigate allegations of a deputy being involved in a sexual assault.

September 06, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


RCSO employee’s wife arrested

The wife of a Rockdale County Sheriff's Office employee was arrested on Sunday after she drove a 2000 Chevrolet Malibu into her husband's 2006 Dodge Charger Saturday night in Covington.

September 06, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


New GOP member for Board of Elections

William Perugino was appointed to fill an unexpired term for the Republican Party seat on the Board of Elections and Registration at the Newton County Board of Commissioner's meeting on Tuesday night.

September 06, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Bluegrass on the square

Residents gathered in the downtown area Thursday afternoon to mingle and enjoy their lunch hour listening to free music from the Sans Abri Band during the first September Luncheon Concert on the square.

September 06, 2012 | Rachel Goff | LOCAL


American Idol to perform at Fuzz Run

Bo Bice, American Idol season four runner-up, will perform at the 29th annual Fuzz Run in Covington this Saturday.

September 06, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County Sentencing, Sept. 5

Billy G. Crooms, violation of probation, 240-305 days detention center. Misdemeanor obstruction, 12 months probation consecutive, $500.

September 06, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Unwashed dishes, date lead to fights

A Covington woman was arrested on Tuesday after she reportedly hit her 39-year-old daughter for not washing the dishes. Covington police responded to a home on Dearing Street in reference to a family fight and spoke with Christy Sexton who said she got into a verbal altercation with her daughter because the dishes weren't washed. Sexton told police that her daughter and her daughter's 7-year-old son moved back in to her house several years ago after her daughter lost her job. Sexton said she left her house that day and when she came back home, she realized her ...

September 06, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


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