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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


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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6 ways to celebrate Halloween

With Halloween just days away, there is plenty for Newton County residents on all sides of the county to look forward to, from the popular trick or treating on the square to ghost tours. So get your costumes on and get ready for a spook-tacular good time!

Tour of Southern Ghosts - Oct. 28

October 27, 2012 | Anastasia Graves | LOCAL


Parker happy to be giving back

Lydia Parker has been going to the Covington Y since the early 2000s, but a decision to run in the annual Cheerios Challenge seven years ago led her to where she is today as the Y's Volunteer of the Year.

October 27, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Parent upset at school reaction to gun

A Newton County Theme School third grader was suspended Monday for accidentally bringing an unloaded pellet gun to school and his family is accusing the school of punishing the 8-year-old boy for doing the right thing and telling his teacher the gun was in his book bag.

October 27, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


NCSO to shut in sex offenders for Halloween

Newton County Sheriff's Office and the Covington Probation Office will sponsor its Sixth Annual Halloween Shut-In on Oct. 31, from 6 to 10 p.m.

October 27, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


UGA students to design study Porterdale

A group of students and faculty with the University of Georgia's College of Environment and Design plans to hold a public design session with the city of Porterdale.

October 27, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Kimble: Forget your troubles, remember your blessings

You're late for another deadline. There are 16 emails waiting for responses with more coming in every time you turn around. Two programs need to be scheduled, but the calendar is already packed. The phone is ringing...

October 27, 2012 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


Women steal Georgia Dawg hat

5-finger discount on Dawg items

October 27, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Sure shot: welcome to the gun show

It's been a tough few months for me, what with people leaving notes on my front door and sending me nasty messages on Facebook. I started thinking about how to protect myself and - more importantly - my son, and then a friend made a brilliant suggestion: Learning to shoot.

October 27, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Daycare shooter pleads guilty

The man who shot his estranged wife and step-daughter outside a Rockdale County daycare last year will spend the next 50 years in prison after pleading guilty Friday.

October 27, 2012 | Kathy Hooks | LOCAL


Daycare shooter pleads guilty

The man who shot his estranged wife and step-daughter outside a Rockdale County daycare last year will spend the next 50 years in prison after pleading guilty Friday.

October 26, 2012 | Kathy Hooks | LOCAL


Newton County's Shining Educator

The auditorium burst into applause as East Newton fourth grade teacher Julie Thompson was named Newton County School System's 2013 Teacher of the Year; however, as in years past, Thompson accepted the award on behalf of not only herself, but her family, friends, co-workers and students.

"You are the reason I do what I do and that I love what I do," she said to her students, cheering from the audience. "These students make it a pleasure to come to work every day."

October 25, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newton jobless rate back under 10 %

The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that the preliminary unemployment rate in Newton County declined to 9.6 percent in September, down four-tenths of a percentage point from a revised 10 percent in August. The rate was 12 percent in September 2011.

October 25, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Educators remember girl killed by car

The child killed on Ga. Highway 81 Wednesday morning has been identified as 12-year-old Lynneah Browning, and while many are working to come to grips with the tragedy, the Georgia State Patrol is working to figure out why the child was walking along the road.

October 25, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Downtown preps for courthouse lighting

From writing competitions to shining individuals and organizations, Main Street Covington invites the community to participate in several events in its preparations for the Lighting of the Courthouse event to be held on Nov. 15 at 6 p.m.

October 25, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Still unclear if city probation co. took $

The city of Covington will put policy changes in place after receiving results from an audit performed on the former probation services company at an Oct. 15 council meeting. However, there is still no clear answer as to if funds were mishandled by the previous company.

October 25, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


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