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Man robs Chevron gas station in Covington

An armed robbery occurred at the Almon Road Chevron Saturday morning, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

August 20, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


How it happened – Newton County

Editor's note: The following is a statement from Lloyd Kerr, Newton County Manager.

August 19, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


How it happened – Phil Johnson, seller’s agent

Editor's note: The following is a statement from Philip Johnson, agent to Neely Farms Family.

August 19, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Convenience center hours changed

The hours of Newton County's 11 trash collection convenience centers were changed by the county's Solid Waste Authority (SWA) Thursday night.

August 18, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Unknown duo throws fruit at church sign

A complainant claims two people threw cantaloupes at Early Hope Church in Covington, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO).

August 18, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | LOCAL


Proposed place of worship spurs moratorium

Newton County will have a five-week moratorium on permit applications for places of worship after a motion proposed by District 1 Commissioner John Douglas passed ...

August 18, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


County discusses moving community centers under city of Covington

An attempt by some Newton County commissioners to move the operation of Washington Street and Nelson Heights community centers to the city of Covington during ...

August 17, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Covington Town Center project resurrected

A development for retail shopping, Class A business space and a hotel has been in the works for two years. First it was on. Then ...

August 17, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


NCSO forms Body Worn Camera standard operating procedure

The Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) became one of only three agencies in Georgia to receive a Department of Justice Body Worn Camera (BWC ...

August 16, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Government 101: Leadership and teamwork

This year's presidential election campaign has reached a rarely explored depth of absurdity. One candidate makes claims that few believe and still fewer take ...

August 14, 2016 | Jerry Roseberry | LOCAL


Miller attends Washington D.C. Summit on Mort Ewing WLC scholarship

Allen Miller attended the Washington Leadership Conference (WLC) for the Eastside High School Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapter. The Mort Ewing WLC scholarship made ...

August 14, 2016 | Xavier McKnight | LOCAL


One bad decision changed and is changing lives

The hundreds of teens gathered outside on a hot and muggy night weren't checking their phones. They didn't talk over each other to ...

August 14, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


2017 SPLOST discussions underway

The process for a possible vote on the 2017 SPLOST is under way.

August 13, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Reform and outreach in the community

Editor's note: This is part of an ongoing look at crime and law enforcement in and around Newton County by The Covington News.

August 08, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | LOCAL


$40 million in investment, Chili’s announced

One hundred thirty five jobs and around $42,750,000 in investment were announced by Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce President Ralph Staffins to the ...

August 08, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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Community pillar Pierce Cline dies

Community pillar Pierce Cline died Saturday morning at the age of 85.

November 03, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


4-H'ers continue recycling, earn state award

That's right-in under five years, with your help, we have recycled 10,000 books back into our own community.

November 03, 2012 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


A not-so-welcomed Halloween scare

A woman went to the Newton County Sheriff's Office to report harassing phone calls.

November 03, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Last of early voting draws a crowd

Early voting lines wrapped around the Newton County Administration Building Friday as residents tried to cast their vote before Nov. 6.

November 03, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


NHS parapro fired, charged with enticing a child

A Newton High School assistant coach and paraprofessional has been fired, after being charged with enticing a child for indecent purposes.

November 02, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Crime briefs: Women fight over parking

Two women were charged with disorderly conduct after a disagreement over a parking space that turned physical. An officer with the Covington Police Department responded to Johnson Drive around 8 p.m. on Wednesday after receiving a call about a fight.

November 01, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Farm Bureau seeks entries for essay contest

The Newton County Farm Bureau encourages 6th, 7th and 8th grade students to enter the Georgia Farm Bureau Middle School Essay Contest. Students should address the topic "How has agriculture changed in the last 75 years?" The winner of the contest will receive $50.00.

November 01, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Live auction benefit to be held on Nov. 3

Saturday, Nov. 3rd, Community Assistance Relief Effort Inc. (C.A.R.E. Inc.), a non-profit group dedicated to helping people of Porterdale, will host a live auction at the Porterdale Mill Lofts. The event will take place from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

November 01, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local churches host fall events

This Saturday, Mansfield Baptist Church will host a run to benefit Operation Christmas Child, a nonprofit organization that provides under privileged children in other countries with Christmas gifts and offers to children the word of God.

November 01, 2012 | Hayley Williams | LOCAL


Santa, smurfs to visit Stonecrest

Ring in the Christmas season with a visit to Santa Claus at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17 at the Mall at Stonecrest in Lithonia. Santa's workshop will be located on the lower level of the mall outside Sears.

November 01, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Holbrook to replace McCollum as state wildlife president

The Georgia Wildlife Federation announced that Todd Holbrook, former Deputy Commissioner of Georgia's Department of Natural Resources (DNR), as its new President and CEO, effective January 1, 2013.

November 01, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Wells Fargo gives $2,000 to the arts

Wells Fargo has donated $2,000 dollars to the Arts Association in Newton County. This is the first time the company has donated to the Arts Association.

November 01, 2012 | Hayley Williams | LOCAL


Suspended student returns to school

A Newton County Theme School 8-year-old student is back in class, after being suspended last week for bringing to attention a BB gun he had inadvertently left in his book bag after a weekend with his grandfather.

November 01, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Man's body found in Baldwin County

A 30-year-old Covington man was found dead in Baldwin County early Wednesday morning and his death is being investigated as a homicide.

November 01, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Hurricane Sandy's aftermath

As most residents prepared their costumes for Halloween Wednesday, area volunteers gathered and prepared their disaster relief gear to travel hundreds of miles north to help Hurricane Sandy victims.

November 01, 2012 | Rachel Goff | LOCAL


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