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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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Oak Hill leads the way for 4-H success

Eight years ago, Oak Hill Elementary 4-H clubs began winning their series of "School of the Year" trophies for 4-H work.

October 11, 2012 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


BOE discusses charter school contract

The Newton County Board of Education won't vote on the requested renewal for Challenge Charter Academy until Oct. 16, but parents, teachers and students let their voices be heard at a called meeting Tuesday. And their common plea is for the board to renew their contract and let CCA continue.

October 10, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


One Day Sale on The Covington News!

One Day Sale! Subscribe to the Covington News for $48.00 a year and your name will be entered into a drawing for a $100.00 gas card! Offer is good until 5:00 pm today.

October 10, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Housing update, political forum Thurs.

The Newton County Home Builders Association wants to revitalize Newton County and come up with solutions to get it out of housing slump and back on a path to prosperity, so the association's Executive Officer Genevieve Compton is putting a new twist on the standard political forum.

October 09, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Pumpkin patches abound

Eight-year-old Jake Branan said it best about this year's pumpkin displays.

October 09, 2012 | Rachel Goff | LOCAL


Middle school sisters practice leadership, service, speaking

"If you have a free Saturday, you don't have to sit around 'vegging' out in front of the TV or computer; you can be part of something special in our community," said Kacie Gartner, a Liberty Middle eighth grader.

October 09, 2012 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


Reporter gets second threatening letter

For the second time in two months, a threatening note was left at the front door of the Covington home of a reporter for The Covington News, and once again it appears to be related to the ongoing civil defamation lawsuit involving a high school principal and anonymous online commenters.

October 09, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Social Circle super talks new school

Social Circle business owners had the chance to meet and greet Social Circle City Schools superintendent Todd McGhee at a monthly Merchant Coffee event held at the Social Circle welcome center on Tuesday.

October 09, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


No bond for alleged child murderer

A Covington man accused of the death of 7-year-old Ethan Israel Martinez was denied bond last week.

October 09, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Covington First UMC hopes to ‘Change the World’

This Saturday, Oct. 13 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Covington First United Methodist Church will host the Change the World Event at the church, which is located at 1113 Conyers St. in Covington. The event is free and open to everyone.

October 09, 2012 | Haley Williams | LOCAL


Festival of Trees returns, donations needed

Covington's Festival of Trees is back, and residents will once again be able to bid on a variety of pre-decorated Christmas trees courtesy of area nonprofits and businesses.

October 09, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Surviving Vietnam’s jungles

The 173rd Airborne Brigade was established in 1917 as an infantry brigade before serving in France during World War I. Redesignated in 1942 as the 87th Recon Troop, the 173rd fought in three European campaigns. Inactivated in 1951, it was reactivated in March 1963 and allotted to the regular Army on Okinawa as the 173rd Airborne Brigade, a quick reaction force. Extensive training in mass parachute jumps earned them the nickname "Tien Bien" meaning "Sky Soldiers."

October 09, 2012 | Pete Mecca | LOCAL


Happy 4-H week!

We hope you'll join in the festivities as we celebrate 108 years of 4-H in Newton County.

October 09, 2012 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


Man robbed while doing laundry

A man was reportedly robbed while he was in his back yard hanging laundry on Saturday. A Covington police officer responded to Nixon Circle at noon and spoke to a woman who said her son had been robbed. The police officer spoke with the woman's son who said he was in the back yard of his residence hanging clothes on a clothes line when a man later identified as Devonte Hightower came up behind him, stuck something sharp in his back and said, "Give me your money." The man said he told Hightower he did not have any money ...

October 09, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


GA ranks high for identity theft

According to data from the Federal Trade Commission, Georgia had the second highest number of identity theft complaints in 2011; only Florida ranked higher. More than 11,000 complaints were filed by Georgia residents, a 20 percent increase from 2010.

October 09, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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