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Donations for Deputy White accepted at local bank

Donations to the family of Newton County Sheriff's Deputy Justin White can now be made at any branch of Bank of North Georgia by ...

November 18, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


Photos: A Holiday Illumination

The Christmas season officially started in downtown Covington Thursday evening with the Lighting of the Tree.

November 17, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Fire Services selling Cajun Fried Turkeys for a cause

The Newton County Fire Services (NCFS) will host a Cajun Fried Turkey fundraiser to benefit the Salvation Army's Angel Tree program.

November 17, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


District 4 commissioner makes accusations against fellow commissioners

District 4 Commissioner J.C. Henderson accused District 3 Commissioner Nancy Schulz and District 5 Commissioner Levie Maddox of corruption, and the Newton County Board ...

November 16, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Georgia DNR issues Code Red air quality alert

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Environmental Protection Division issued a Code Red (unhealthy) air quality alert for Atlanta today due to the smoke from ...

November 16, 2016 | Jasmine Floyd | LOCAL


2017 SPLOST list approved

More than $18 million for transportation, just under $4 million for the Emergency-911 Center, just under $2 million for expansion of the Senior Service Center ...

November 16, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Santa’s appearance on Square drawing closer

The Covington Square is decorated and ready for the arrival of Santa during Thursday night's Lighting of the Tree.

November 16, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


BOC summary: Developments of Community Impact zoning approved

After District 1 Commissioner John Douglas requested any language of burial be removed and the acreage increased from four to 10 acres, the Newton County ...

November 16, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Water restrictions imposed

Newton County residents are now under restrictions for water use after the Board of Commissioners (BOC) unanimously approved to raise the county's Drought Response ...

November 16, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


NCSO Capt. Banks speaks to BOC of fallen deputy

The Newton County Board of Commissioner's meeting started off on a somber note Tuesday as Newton County Sheriff's Office Capt. Sammy Banks spoke ...

November 15, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Deputy succumbs to injuries from crash

Update (Nov. 16, 2 p.m.): Funeral arrangements have been made for Newton County Sheriff's Deputy Justin White.

November 15, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


Georgia DNR issues Code Orange air quality alert

UPDATE (Nov. 15, 1:40 p.m.):

November 15, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


Accreditation assessment team invites public comment

A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) will arrive Nov. 28 to examine all aspects of the ...

November 14, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


GDOT awards $868,000 for SR 142 in Newton

Newton County will receive more than $800,000 of the recently announced $7 million in resurfacing contracts awarded by the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT).

November 14, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Voters reject Opportunity School District

Georgia voters rejected Amendment 1, or the Opportunity School District, proposition on this year's ballot.

November 13, 2016 | Duane M. Ford | LOCAL


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Festival of Trees raises $9,000

If this year's success is any indication, the annual Festival of Trees celebration is going to be a holiday mainstay in Covington for years to come.

December 08, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Sheriff's office hosts motorcycle ride Sat.

The Newton County Sheriff's Office is hosting its 14th annual Toy Run Motorcycle Ride at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Covington Kmart.

December 07, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Shop with a Hero

Thirty-three local children received a special treat Thursday, after receiving gifts thanks to Walmart and the Covington Police Department, Newton County 911 Center, Georgia State Patrol and the Covington Fire Department during their annual Shop with a Hero event.

Previously called Shop with a Cop, this year expanded to include more city emergency workers.

December 06, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Local completes GBI Special Agent course

Brandon Tisdale, formerly of Covington, recently completed the Special Agent Candidate Course at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth.

December 06, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Committee discusses filming policy

The Covington Filming Committee met again on Monday morning and discussed a possible policy that will be established for filming in the city of Covington.

Mayor Ronnie Johnston and committee members Willie Davis, the city's human resources department training manager; columnist Barbara Morgan; John Howard, chairman of the Covington Municipal Airport Authority; Irene Smith local TV show host; Teresa Waters with the "About Covington to Madison" magazine; and Susan Kirk, owner of Scoops, attended the meeting.

December 06, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Accused child molesters remain at large

Authorities are still searching for two accused sex offenders, believed to be hiding out in Newton County after allegedly assaulting a local child.

December 06, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


County approves tobacco ban at parks

Parks and recreational facilities in the county will soon prohibit the use of tobacco products on its premises.

December 06, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Judicial expansion over SPLOST budget

The Newton County Board of Commissioners listened to expansion plans for the Judicial Center at their meeting Tuesday and heard at the meeting that the expansion would go over the SPLOST budget.

December 06, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Holiday fun this weekend

The holiday spirit will be alive and well this weekend as locals ring in the season with several fun, family-friendly events.

Friday, Dec. 7, Porterdale will host its Annual Christmas Parade with Santa and his live tiny reindeer at 7 p.m. in Downtown Porterdale. Following the parade will be the lighting of Porterdale's Historic Star and Christmas Tree. There is no cost for the parade. For more information on the event call (770) 786-2217 or visit www.cityofporterdale.com.

December 06, 2012 | Hayley Williams | LOCAL


Pine Shadow home ransacked

A deputy responded to a call at a home on Pine Shadow Circle on Wednesday at 11:47 a.m. after a man reported that he saw three black males in a Gold Toyota Camry in his cousin's driveway. The man said the first time he passed by the home, the garage door of the house was closed.

When the man passed the house again leaving the subdivision, he observed the garage door had been opened and the men were leaving the house. The man said he believed he knew the man in the front passenger seat, but he ...

December 06, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Joy in the midst of tragedy

Editor's note: Few stories we've heard are as tragic as the one that saw a wife lose her husband on a wedding anniversary and two sons lose their father on a trip to see Santa. Our reporter Amber Pittman was moved to organize a special Christmas gift for the grieving Evans family. She contacted and coordinated with the Covington Police Department and the local Covington Santa to surprise the family with gifts and some Christmas joy in the midst of a tragedy.

December 06, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Couple's death ruled murder-suicide

UPDATE, Thursday, 9:18 a.m.: The deaths of Robert and Lendene Dendy have been determined to be a murder-suicide, according to officials.

December 06, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


County approves tobacco ban at parks

Parks and recreational facilities in the county will soon prohibit the use of tobacco products on its premises.

The Newton County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved at their meeting Tuesday an ordinance that would prohibit the use of tobacco products.

December 05, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Murderer Benson seeks new trial again

Originally convicted in 2009 of the murder and dismemberment of his one-time girlfriend 49-year-old Leslyan Williams, Franklin Elliott Benson, 53, recently requested a new trial for the fourth time, once again citing ineffective legal counsel.

December 04, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Twilights event shines brightly

Chimney Park was packed Sunday evening as more than 1,200 people attended the park's annual Christmas celebration.

December 04, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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