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Spearman installed as state Pilot Club governor

Cynthia Spearman, a member of the Pilot Club of Covington, was installed April 8, 2016 as the governor of the Georgia District of Pilot International ...

April 19, 2016 | Scott Rasmussen | LOCAL


Everybody Walk Newton series continues in Porterdale

The third of a series of four walks in Newton County Trails' Everybody Walk Newton campaign will be Wednesday at 6 p.m. in Porterdale.

April 19, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Johnston, Friedman highlight Alcovy’s 2016 class

Anthony Johnston is Alcovy High School's 2016 Valedictorian and Baylee Friedman is the school's Salutatorian, leading the top 10 graduates of this year ...

April 17, 2016 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Unlocking history

The cells on the second floor remain a reminder of the building's original purpose. When it was built, the Newton County Jail on Stallings ...

April 17, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Government 101: Unneeded legislation

Prior to 2016, Georgia law prohibited anyone except law enforcement from having weapons of any kind on school property. The current legislature passed a bill ...

April 17, 2016 | Jerry Roseberry | LOCAL


Kiwanis Club gives $2,000 for scholarship endowment to Southern Heartland

The Kiwanis Club of Covington is Southern Heartland Arts, Inc.'s newest scholarship sponsor, as the Newton County arts organization celebrates its 11th year of ...

April 13, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mayor, CPD Chief to discuss safety on trails

The second of a series of walks in April sponsored by Newton Trails will feature comments by Covington Mayor, Ronnie Johnston and Covington Chief of ...

April 13, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Former Governor endorses local candidate

Former Georgia Governor Roy Barnes was in Newton County Monday, attending a reception for Newton County Board of Commissioners Chair candidate Phil Johnson.

April 12, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Action Ministries benefits from Your Pie training event

Even before Your Pie opened on the downtown Covington Square, the owners knew they wanted to be more than just a restaurant.

April 12, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Bread and Butter earns award

Kelley Johnston, right, of Bread and Buttery Bakery received an award for the best product of a week-long class at the University of Georgia's ...

April 10, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Jeffares: We’ve adjourned Sine Die

The papers went flying and the confetti showered on the Chamber as the gavel promptly fell at midnight on Thursday, signifying the conclusion of the ...

April 10, 2016 | Rick Jeffares | LOCAL


Bowls to hold beads of courage turned out by local woodworking club

Just as charms on a bracelet tell a story, beads in the hands of a critically ill child can trace his or her medical experiences.

April 10, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


High school student raising funds to build electric Beetle

If Grayson Eady reaches his goal, in just more than three years, he'll be driving an electric car north to the Massachusetts Institute of ...

April 09, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


VanNess: Update from the Capitol

The 2016 legislative session was filled with many changes that will impact lives in our District and across the State of Georgia. I look forward ...

April 09, 2016 | JaNice VanNess | LOCAL


Belton: Newton County legislation wraps up season

First, while I do not speak for my fellow legislators, I feel I must address the new form of government for Newton County that will ...

April 09, 2016 | Dave Belton | LOCAL


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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


County to be charged for oil

Newton County will be charged to pick up refuse oil at its convenience centers.

February 13, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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