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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


Making cents of property tax dollars

Millage rates. Real and personal property. Taxes and rollback rates.

August 08, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


A walk among the tombstones

There is a tombstone lying on the bed of Ashley Shares' pick-up truck.

August 08, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Rotary Club to provide benches for park

The Rotary Club of Covington will help build out a park behind the Newton County Administrative Building.

August 08, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Fun with fall veggies

The fall is the best time to grow food in Georgia. You get to ride out the late season heat and you're rewarded with ...

August 07, 2016 | Corey Mosser | LOCAL


Yellow River offers Porterdale ways to build tourism product

Tourism is big business, a key part of economic development in the area.

August 07, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


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Nonprofit to host after-school event Thurs.

The Sojourner Truth Observational Study Hometel will host its annual fundraiser event "Lights on After school" from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Covington Walmart parking lot, 10300 Industrial Blvd.

October 17, 2012 | By Anastasia Graves news@covnews.com | LOCAL


Check out The News, chamber forum Wednesday night

An intense presidential debate just ended but don't forget about your local races as The News and chamber are hosting their debate-style forum at 6 p.m., Wednesday at the Newton College and Career Academy, next to Newton High School.

October 16, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Skrobot gets 2 years for molestation

Charles Leslie Skrobot was sentenced Oct. 4 after pleading guilty to the molestation of a 4-year-old female relative in 2010. Although the state had asked for Skrobot to serve five years, a judge sentenced him to two years on the charges.

October 16, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


News, chamber to host forum Wed.

To hear local candidates answer questions and question each other live one last time before the Nov. 6 General Election, come to the 2012 Candidates forum hosted by The Covington News and chamber at 6 p.m. tonight at the Newton College and Career Academy, 144 Ram Drive, Covington.

October 16, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Christmas in October

Winter creeps into Covington this week, but there's no reason to break out the sweaters just yet.

Well, maybe turtlenecks, as "The Vampire Diaries" have brought a winter wonderland into the Covington square.

October 16, 2012 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


City talks limits on night filming

As "The Vampire Diaries" prepped for major filming downtown, Covington City Council members discussed at their Monday meeting whether or not they should have time restrictions on filming in neighborhoods within the city limits.

Mayor Ronnie Johnston told the council that an agreement was made with Bonanza Productions, the company that films Vampire Diaries, that said if filming was going to be done in neighborhoods and residential areas after 11 p.m., the filming crews would first have to notify and get permission from all of the residents within a 500-square-foot radius.

October 16, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


A call to leadership for 10th and 11th graders

Do you know a sophomore or junior in high school who shows leadership potential?

October 16, 2012 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


$580 stolen from church preschool

Employees with a church preschool reported that a woman stole money and checks from their purses on Friday afternoon. A deputy with the Newton County Sheriff's Office responded to Stewart Baptist Church Road to the preschool in reference to a theft just before 2:30 p.m.

October 16, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Railroad donates new box car to P'dale

A box car restroom for Yellow River Park is in the works for the city of Porterdale.

October 16, 2012 | Anastasia Graves | LOCAL


Spires Interiors offers discount with donation

Spires Interiors & Gifts is hosting a promotion for the rest of the October in an effort to help the nearly bare Community Food Pantry, 7125 Turner Lake Circle SW, in Covington.

October 16, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Israeli officers visit Covington on US tour

The Covington Police Department is the first stop for high ranking police officials from Israel, hoping to enhance and expose them to the U.S. form of public safety and policy. For two weeks, they will be in Georgia, learning new ways to take on problematically tasks in Israel. During their stay, they will train and participate in several areas of law enforcement.

The program GILEE, (Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange) is behind their visit to the state, federal and international law enforcement agencies throughout Georgia. The CPD has been participating in this program since the early 90s, with former ...

October 16, 2012 | Anastasia Graves | LOCAL


Mecca: Pilot sees first combat in days following D-Day

It's been an extraordinary journey for an Alabama boy to become the oldest active member of Mansfield United Methodist Church. Covington resident Frank Harris was born into the tiny farming community of Jamison, Ala. in 1923. His railroading father eventually moved the family to Birmingham where Harris attended school until the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor during his senior year. A Golden Gloves boxing champion, tough and ready to fight, he wanted to join the Marines, but a buddy talked Harris into signing up with the Army Air Corps.

Harris said with a grin, "I passed the written and physical ...

October 16, 2012 | Pete Mecca | LOCAL


Guru says county needs more housing

Newton County's housing market has hit rock bottom, but the future is bright.

October 13, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Local movie focuses on homelessness

Covington resident and local actor Travis Breedlove is using his talent for a good cause this holiday season by helping produce a movie to raise awareness and money for the neediest in Newton County.

October 13, 2012 | By Anastasia Graves | LOCAL


Chimney Park’s icon stable

The iconic chimney in Chimney Park was stabilized last week and is no longer in danger of falling down, thanks to $19,300 in donations from the Friends of Chimney Park nonprofit.

October 13, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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