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Newton County Farm Bureau receives district awards

Newton County Farm Bureau was recently recognized during the Georgia Farm Bureau 3rd District Annual Meeting for its outstanding member programs. Brent Galloway is the ...

September 26, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Alcovy FFA to host Aggie Academy during Fall Break

Alcovy Future Farmers of America (FFA) is offering a day camp for Newton County School System elementary students for fall break, Oct. 19 through 23 ...

September 26, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Top of the class

Surprising each teacher in their classroom Friday morning, Newton County School Superintendent Samantha Fuhrey presented a bouquet of flowers and balloons to the three finalists ...

September 25, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

New 350-seat Irish Bred pub to open in 2016

Newton County's Director of Commercial Development Serra Hall stated it simply, "The Square is definitely changing."

September 24, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Months of deliberation ends in city retirement debate

Months after the initial discussion of changing a retirement provision in the city of Covington's Defined Benefit Plan was brought up by the Covington ...

September 24, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

County unemployment rate drops slightly

Newton County's unemployment rate dropped infinitesimally in August, down from 7.1 percent in July to 6.7 percent. The slight decline mirrors metro ...

September 24, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

I-20 lane closures continue near Exit 90

Reconstruction on the Interstate-20 bridge at Exit 90 continues this weekend, causing possible congestion from 9 p.m. Friday through 5 a.m. Monday.

September 24, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Three new officers sworn in to CPD

Three new Covington Police Officers were sworn in by Mayor Ronnie Johnston during Monday's city council meeting.

September 23, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Two candidates announce for 5th District BOC seat

Local business owners Jared Rutberg and Travis Moore have announced that they will run for the District 5 seat on the Newton County Board of ...

September 23, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Covington heats up for series reunion in October

It's been 21 years since the TV series "In the Heat of the Night" went off the air, but for fans of the Southern ...

September 23, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Army Corps clarifies 'withdrawn' in reference to Bear Creek Reservoir project

In a 10-page letter, Newton County Attorney W. T. "Tommy" Craig told the Army Corps of Engineers that the number of project managers assigned to ...

September 23, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

What to do with downtown parking?

If Mystic Grill is any indication, the influx of people coming to Covington for lunch and dinner will increase with the opening of the Irish ...

September 23, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Newton County files motion against Sam Hay

Newton County Attorney W.T. "Tommy" Craig and attorney Edward Tolley filed a response to Sam Hay's lawsuit against Newton County Monday, answering several ...

September 22, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Southern Heartland announces Artful Harvest winners

The painting "Three Sisters," by Bernadette Smith won first place recently at the Southern Heartland's Annual Artful Harvest Art Show.

September 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

School system, chamber select teachers of the year

Twenty-three teachers have been named Newton County School System and the New County Chamber of Commerce's 2014 to 2015 teachers of the year.

September 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

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Sheriff’s Office participates in roundtable discussion in NYC

Recently at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square, N.Y., a roundtable discussion was held during the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences that focused on some of the key challenges sheriffs' offices face across the state of Georgia. The panelists who served on this roundtable discussion were Sheriff Ezell Brown of Newton County and Sheriff Ira Edwards Jr. of Clarke County. The roundtable discussion was titled "In Focus: Exploring the Challenges and Related Implications Facing Georgia's Sheriffs." Dr. Brian N. Williams, Associate Professor of Public Administration and Policy at the University of Georgia, moderated ...

May 08, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Georgia gas prices fall 6.4 cents since previous week

Average retail gasoline prices in Atlanta have fallen 6.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.61/gal yesterday. This compares with the national average that has fallen 2.9 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.77/gal, according to gasoline price website

Including the change in gas prices in Atlanta during the past week, prices yesterday were 29.0 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 25.3 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 13.4 cents per ...

May 08, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Officers use Taser on suspect after chase

Covington officers responded to an in-progress vehicle break in. Upon arriving, the first responding officer witnessed Dagger Grier looking out the back window of a 1999 black Ford Super Duty truck and slump down into the passenger seat.

When the officer approached the vehicle and gave a command for Grier to show his hands, he jumped out of the truck's passenger window and ran towards the woods.

May 08, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL

Family returns from vacation to ransacked home

Upon arriving home from vacation, the Jacobs family found their master bedroom ransacked. Further investigation to the rest of the house, the family noticed other items missing as well.

Two windows on the front side of the house were open and another front window had a small hole in it.

May 08, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL

Missing man found

UPDATE: Missing 72-year-old Jack McCarty was located at the home of relatives in Waycross.

May 08, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Boy miraculously survives brain cancer

Ask Jonah Barnett what his favorite drink is, and he'll tell you it's strawberry milk.

May 05, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Lassiter: NMC hosts annual Spring Gala

The Gala Committee, consisting of members of the Newton Medical Center Auxiliary along with support from members of the Covington Garden Club, planned a spectacular Annual Spring Gala Saturday, April 28.

The home of Drs. Caralyn and Leon Leonard was the perfect setting for this Asian-flair theme affair. The guests were greeted by the hosts along with some of the Gala Committee members. Professional photos were offered before entering the Leonard's estate and allowing guests to view the personal effects of the owners.

May 05, 2012 | Christy A. Lassiter | LOCAL

Georgia Piedmont graduates Law Enforcement Academy recruits

Georgia Piedmont Technical College's Law Enforcement Academy held its 10th commencement ceremony Friday, April 27 at the college's Covington campus. Five recruits have completed the 17 week law officer training academy. While the class size was low, the caliber of students was high. "This is the smallest graduating class we've had since we began operating. It presented some challenges from an instruction standpoint, however, I believe these students benefited greatly from the small class size. I feel confident they learned the knowledge and skills needed to move forward and do a good job for the community that ...

May 05, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Searching the Internet

Have you had a chance to visit that older relative? Did they give you lots of information and maybe some pictures?

Did you fill out the pedigree chart and decide on your surname? Is the surname on your mother's or father's side?

May 05, 2012 | Ellen Blakeslee Columnist | LOCAL

Fairy House Festival enchants Covington

Chimney Park was transformed yesterday into an enchanted fairy forest, full of visitors young and old.

Children with fairy wings and glittered, painted faces decorated fairy wings and other crafts. Some also listened to story time as they sat on logs.

May 05, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL

Man fails sobriety tests after "one drink"

While on patrol, a Covington officer observed a vehicle weaving in and out of the lane and crossing into the left lane. The vehicle also accelerated faster than the posted speed limit.

May 05, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL

Woman says wallet stolen at food bank

A Covington police officer responded to a call about stolen property. The officer spoke with Audra Gude who told the officer that her wallet was stolen while she was at the Community Food Bank.

May 05, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL

Father calls police on bullying brothers

A Covington police officer responded to a call of a juvenile problem. The officer spoke with Joseph Hawkins Jr. who stated that when his 8-year-old son and other young children get off the school bus at the apartment, two older juvenile brothers bully the younger children.

Hawkins said that on Monday when the brothers started harassing his son, the boy started running to his house. While running, one of the brothers tripped the son causing him to fall on the asphalt.

May 05, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL

Woman gives her social security number to scammer on phone

A Covington police officer responded to a call of fraud. Pauline Sullivan stated that a female had called claiming to be with an insurance company.

The woman said that because Sullivan was diabetic, a free diabetic test meter would be sent to her. To receive the meter, Sullivan needed to provide the number on her Medicare card.

May 05, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL

Woman chases off ex with butcher knife

Upon arriving home from a friend's house, a woman was closing the door of her home when her ex-boyfriend, Lanier Sanchez Mathis forced his way into the house.

May 05, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL

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