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Salem Camp meeting begins July 8

A Newton County tradition that goes back almost 200 years returns this week.

July 02, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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


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Arrest made in Gum Tree Court shooting case

A 22-year-old woman was arrested by the Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) on Feb. 5 in connection with the death of 23-year-old Divante Simmons of Covington.

February 19, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


STAR students honored by Covington Kiwanis Club

Three Newton County School System (NCSS) students were honored by the Kiwanis Club of Covington Tuesday for being 2016 STAR students. Alcovy High School's Baylee Friedman, Newton High School's Christopher Lightsey and Eastside High School's Jackson Hall were all recognized for having the highest SAT scores at their respective schools.

February 19, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Thieves steal wheels off vehicles at Ginn, Covington Ford

Two Covington auto dealerships were robbed overnight Saturday with thieves making off with truck wheels and tires.

February 18, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Cato’s robbed at gun point

Two men allegedly robbed Cato's at gun point and made off cash from the store at 7153 Turner Lake Road Monday.

February 17, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Civil Rights leader inspires middle school students

Teachers, students, staff, even the Newton County Sheriff's Office deputy on duty at Cousins Middle School snapped photos, excited to meet the 86-year-old Civil Rights activist who marched with Dr. Martin Luther King, met Rosa Parks, and worked with Amelia Boynton Robinson, a fellow member of the Dallas County (Alabama) Voters League (DCVL) in Selma, Alabama.

February 17, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Preserving the Oxford oak

For about 200 years, the white oak stood on the land that would become part of the Oxford College campus, offering shade to the native Americans who lived on the land, and later, to the Europeans and Africans who came later.

February 17, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Sunbelt hired by city to build terminal

Local construction company, Sunbelt Builders, was awarded the contract to build the new terminal at the Covington Municipal Airport at Monday night's Covington City Council meeting.

February 16, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Your Pie to open Saturday

Andrew Williams and Ross Bradley left Covington after graduating from George Walton Academy in 2007 and have now returned to bring a new restaurant to the Covington Square.

February 16, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


New traffic light on Crowell Road easing traffic

First, traffic was controlled by a stop sign. The cars began to back up. Next, a flashing red light was installed, and people waited.

February 14, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Boutique hotel may open in downtown Covington

Covington is on track to get a high-end boutique hotel in the next few years.

February 14, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Covered, smothered and serenaded

Waffle House is known for serving up such classics as waffles, hash browns and patty melts but at one Waffle House, located on Highway 278 at State Route 142, one cook also offers up a heaping helping of music with every meal.

February 14, 2016 | Hezekiah Rodgers | LOCAL


Chamber embraces student businesses

A DJ, digital marketer, maker of duck calls and baker are among the most recent members of the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce. They are also members of the Newton College and Career Academy (NCCA).

February 13, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Jeffares: Week Five Updates from the State Senate

The days are going by quickly now, as we wrap up our fifth week of the 2016 legislative session. We worked four efficient days this week and were able to get a lot of work done.

February 13, 2016 | | LOCAL


Belton: A significant week in the state legislature

The fifth week of Georgia Legislative Session this year was by far the most significant, as the House passed a bill that would protect preachers from performing weddings and other ceremonies that would violate their religious convictions.

February 13, 2016 | Dave Belton | LOCAL


New concession stand coming to City Pond

The T-ball and peewee fields at City Pond Park will have a new addition.

February 13, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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