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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


Dollar General, McDonald’s coming to east side

A Dollar General and McDonald's are planning to come to Newton County's east side, and officials and residents hope the stores are a precursor to future development.

May 22, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Gray ribbons for Team Traci

When Traci Mask dropped a weight at the gym because her hand went numb, she thought back to all the scattered symptoms she had been experiencing. Headaches, numbness in her right arm, hand and side of her face, trouble walking, tiredness, memory problems and even passing out while driving one day seemed unrelated and spread out to her before, but now she decided to see a doctor.

May 22, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Readers vote on Covington's best burger

#1 - Hester's Restaurant and Pool Room

May 22, 2014 | Samantha Reardon | LOCAL


To answer or not to answer

I rarely, if ever, answer my home phone. That is not to say it doesn't ring. It rings a lot. However, I no longer have that Pavolvian response to respond immediately to its siren call. A response those of us of a certain age remember. And a response that many far younger than I am feel when their cell phones ring or beep indicating that a text message has arrive.

May 22, 2014 | Paula Travis | LOCAL


Man flees police with gun near school

A man running from a police chase didn't make it far before tossing a gun near Middle Ridge Elementary School on Friday, May 16.

May 22, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Former area teacher of year arrested

Georgia's 2014 Biotechnology Teacher of the Year, according to Georgia Bio, was arrested for cruelty to children May 12.

May 22, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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Hit, Run and Ride for a Cure

An American Cancer Society fundraiser featuring family-friendly games and activities will be held Saturday at the Quad at Oxford College.

March 16, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


SPLOST passes with 54 percent of vote

The 2011 SPLOST has passed and Newton County's sales tax rate will remain at 7 percent for at least the next couple of years.

March 15, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Final results in for SPLOST

The 2011 SPLOST has passed, 2,168 to 1,851.

March 15, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Wrong lottery ticket wins $300,000

ATLANTA - An 84-year-old woman was upset she hit the wrong button on a lottery ticket vending machine at an Atlanta grocery store, delivering a different scratch-off game than she wanted to play.

That is, until she saw she won $300,000 from the Taxes Paid game.

March 15, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Teen charged in rape of 3-year-old

A 19-year-old Covington teen remains in the Newton County Jail after he allegedly raped a 3-year-old girl early Saturday morning.

March 15, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newton County joins Secure Communities

Newton County is one of the latest counties to join the "Secure Communities" program, which seeks to curb illegal immigration in Georgia.

March 15, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


HOPE changes signed into law

ATLANTA - Just three weeks after unveiling legislation to overhaul the state's cash-strapped HOPE scholarship, Gov. Nathan Deal has signed the measure into law.

March 15, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


"Senior" senior choir performs March 20

Choir performance: A 50-member choir sponsored by Newton County Senior Services will perform at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church at 5 p.m. Sunday, March 20.

The average age of members of "Voices of Wisdom" is 70, with the youngest being 61 and the oldest 84. Most members perform in their local churches, but some sing only with the Voices of Wisdom. The group debuted in a September 2010 play entitled "I Simply Say Thank You."

March 15, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Rain ending, warm temps, sunshine on the way

Rain should taper off today, giving way to bountiful sunshine and warm temperatures through the week.

March 15, 2011 | | LOCAL


Molestation charge filed against Morgan County teacher

MADISON - The Georgia Bureau of Investigation says a 27-year-old Morgan County middle school teacher is charged with child molestation, enticing a minor and sexual assault.

March 15, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Hurry: Polls close at 7 p.m. for SPLOST vote

It's up to Newton County voters on Tuesday to decide the fate of the 2011 SPLOST.

March 15, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Church in the Now facing foreclosure

Church in the Now's properties on Iris Drive in Conyers are going into foreclosure, according to a March 10 listing.

The nondenominational megachurch entered into an $18.5 million agreement with the Evangelical Christian Credit Union in June 2007 for the properties and buildings at 1873, 1875 and 1877 Iris Drive.The market value of 1873 Iris Drive was listed as $11.8 million in 2010 and the assessed value was listed as $4.7 million, according to the Rockdale County Tax Commissioner's office.

March 14, 2011 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Newton teen charged in rape of toddler

A 3-year-old was reportedly raped Saturday and a 19-year-old man was arrested on multiple charges in connection with the assault, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

March 14, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Senate may consider Sunday booze sales after all

ATLANTA - The issue of Sunday liquor sales may have found new life in the Senate now that the bill's sponsor sees renewed support for the measure.

March 14, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Japan earthquake won't stall Votgle

The head of the Atlanta-based Southern Co. does not expect an earthquake that has caused a nuclear crisis in Japan will delay the construction of two more nuclear reactors in eastern Georgia.

Southern Co. CEO Tom Fanning said in a statement that his company is monitoring events in Japan, but it remains committed to building two new reactors at Plant Vogtle near Waynesboro. Fanning said he still expects the project will keep its current construction schedule and remain on budget. Its principal owners are Georgia Power, Oglethorpe Power Corp. Dalton Utilities and MEAG Power. The City of Covington is a ...

March 14, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


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