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Young men told to ‘do the little things’

University of Georgia and NFL football player, author and musician Rennie Curran told 21 young men assembled last Friday in the Media Center at Newton ...

November 21, 2016 | Duane M. Ford | LOCAL


Rowe: Making America Great Again

When the Presidential Election ended, I thought the debating, tension and division would be finished as well. But we have more to talk about than ...

November 20, 2016 | Beth Rowe | LOCAL


Alcohol suspension overturned for The Social House

The Social House, located at 2101 Main St. in Porterdale, is able to serve alcohol again after a unanimous vote from the Porterdale City Council ...

November 18, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


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


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Production company looking for help

London-based TV company Atlantic Productions is looking for fun, interesting stories about wildlife making appearances in every day urban life.

November 17, 2012 | Hayley Williams | LOCAL


A good deed rewarded

A Covington family was awarded Thursday after providing the Covington Fire Department with information that led them to solving an arson case.

November 17, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


County to discuss reservoir Monday

The long-planned Bear Creek Reservoir is once again taking center stage these days as the project moves closer to reality.

November 17, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Stealing sister act at Walmart

Two women, Jessica Lauren Catlett and Michelle Lee Catlett, were both arrested Tuesday evening at their jobs at the Salem Road Walmart.

November 17, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Covington’s shining lights

Seven of the people who took home Shining Light awards at Thursday night's annual courthouse lighting never thought such recognition would come to them.

November 17, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Retired principal to fill in at AHS

Retired Newton County principal Vic Lee will step in to temporarily fill the shoes vacated at Alcovy High School, while current principal LaQuanda Carpenter is on maternity leave.

November 17, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Goodman shines as activist for politics

Serving as one of Covington's leaders who has wanted to shine behind the scenes, council woman Janet Goodman's leadership during the civil rights era in Covington back in the 70s and her work with city council for more than 33 years, has made her a well-known community activist and one of the recipients of the 2012 Shining Light awards.

November 17, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Horton reflects on a lifetime of learning

Covington City Manager Steve Horton has been on a farewell tour of sorts as he approaches retirement after serving his hometown for more than three decades, including being at the helm for the past seven years.

November 17, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

I received tickets to see the puppetry adaptation of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer at the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta. When I told people about it, they laughed thinking that I made it up. Apparently not very many people know that there is such a thing as puppetry arts, much less that Atlanta has a center for puppetry arts.

November 17, 2012 | Nhi Ho | LOCAL


Antique Roadshow

Merryvale Assisted Living hosted its annual Antiques Roadshow recently. More than 70 items were brought to be appraised by Tim Hunter from Lingering Memories Antiques. The crowd enjoyed watching the show and enjoyed refreshments and tours of the community afterwards.

November 17, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


SLIDESHOW: Christmas in Covington

At the lighting of the Courthouse on Nov. 15, the Covington News staff gave out hot chocolate and cookies to local families. The staff also took fun pictures of local smiling children with the front page of the newspaper.

November 16, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


City accepts $594K grant for bridge

The city of Covington council approved at their Nov. 5 meeting to accept a joint grant with the city of Oxford for $594,000 that was awarded by the Atlanta Regional Commission under their Last Mile Connectivity program for the replacement of a pedestrian bridge that crosses over Interstate 20 in October.

City of Covington grant writer Randy Conner previously said the grant is additional funding for the Emory Street pedestrian bridge between Covington and Oxford. He explained why Covington and Oxford decided to apply for the grant together.

November 15, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


No one runs for soil and water position

The election is over, but one local seat remains unfilled after no one qualified to run for the office.

No Newton County resident qualified for a vacant elected seat to the Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission, which seeks to protect both the quality of Georgia's soils and water resources.

November 15, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Historic courthouse lighting

Residents flocked to the square Thursday night for Covington's annual Lighting of the Courthouse event, and Covington Councilwoman Janet Goodman, City Manager Steve Horton and seven longtime bus drivers for the Newton County School System were named this year's "Shining Lights."

November 15, 2012 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


Walk for stomach cancer Saturday

Though most people are not aware, November is Stomach Cancer Awareness Month. Tomorrow, Nov. 17, the first Laps for Life event will be held on the tracks at Alcovy High School. The walk, Laps for Life, will take place from 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Winston H. Kelly Sr. Memorial Foundation. All proceeds will be donated to stomach cancer research.

November 15, 2012 | Hayley Williams | LOCAL


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