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Army Corps clarifies 'withdrawn' in reference to Bear Creek Reservoir project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

Craig replies to Corps of Engineers letter

In a 10-page letter with 68 pages of attachments, Newton County Attorney W. T. "Tommy" Craig told Edward B. Johnson Jr., Chief of the Piedmont ...

September 21, 2015 | Sandra L. Brands | LOCAL

NMC to host events for Breast Cancer Awareness

Anchored in Hope is the theme for this year's Hope events for breast cancer awareness sponsored by Newton Medical Center's Women's Diagnostic ...

September 21, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Investigation busts meth headquarters in hotel room

CONYERS - Four people have been arrested for selling a large amount of methamphetamine while using a hotel room in Rockdale County as their base of ...

September 21, 2015 | Martin Rand | LOCAL

Corps of Engineers at standstill on reservoir permit

Newton County's request for a special leniency in its Section 404 Permit application, needed for the proposed Bear Creek Supply Reservoir, was denied, adding ...

September 20, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Covington shows off Legion Park

The green space on Mill Street, behind the Covington Family Y, has long been an area Newton County residents have gone to for a little ...

September 19, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

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Making a pedigree chart

How did your hunt go this week? Were you able to visit relatives? Have you filled in your family group sheets? It is time now to decide which surname we are going to follow first.

Let's make a pedigree chart or you can print one from To make one yourself, get a blank piece of paper. At the bottom, write your name, remember if you are married to write your maiden name. Now draw a line up between your name and across like a T.

May 01, 2012 | Ellen Blakeslee Columnist | LOCAL

Society of St. Vincent de Paul hosts silent auction and wine tasting Friday

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul members hosted their second Silent Auction and Wine Tasting (Fox Vineyards) this past Friday evening. Sherry Odum's selection of hors d'oeurvres complimented the wines along with Wing Zone's zesty wings. The guests were greeted by Peggy Mercer and Nancy East. Inside Moore Hall of St. Augustine Catholic Church, Michael Frederick played music while the guests helped themselves to the Fox Vineyards' wines and the hors d'oeurvres which included great flavors as stuffed dates, blueberry brie puffs, chicken 'n cranberry salad spread, spanakopita, various cheeses and crackers - just to mention ...

May 01, 2012 | Christy Lassiter | LOCAL

Yarbrough: Federal judge sees majesty in the law, not jokes

While May 1st is designated Law Day in the United States, Judge Lisa Godbey Wood, chief judge of the U.S. Southern District of Georgia, says we Americans should remember that every day is a day of law in this country. There would be anarchy without it.

I had the privilege of following Judge Wood on a program in Savannah a couple of weeks ago and I have never heard anyone explain our system of law better or with more passion than she did. When it was my turn to speak, I felt like Tiny Tim and his ukulele following ...

May 01, 2012 | Dick Yarbrough | LOCAL

Illegal dumping of trash and toilets

Newton County officers responded to a call of illegal dumping.

After observing, the officers determined that someone had illegally dumped three commodes, a box that a new commode had come in and two large plastic bags of trash.

May 01, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL

Attacker says man got bruised face from falling

When Newton County officers responded to a call about an assault, James Norris stated that Timothy Gawenda had attacked him.

According to Norris, Gawenda and his girlfriend had come home and began accusing Norris of stealing items from their bedroom. Norris denied that he stolen anything from Gawenda's bedroom and Gawenda went outside to smoke a cigarette.

May 01, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL

Two arrested for forgery after gun shot incident at CVS

Covington officers pulled over a vehicle believed to contain individuals connected to a shot that was fired near the CVS on Highway 278. According to dispatch, a male had shot at a car in the CVS parking lot. Shortly after, a male came into the store and yelled out the name Denise.

The officer identified the vehicle's two occupants as Denise Smith and Keldrin Perry. When the officer questioned Smith about the shot, Smith stated that she had just come from CVS, but knew nothing about a shot being fired. She also stated that Perry did yell her name ...

May 01, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL

Student punched after showing off good grade

A father filed a report with the Newton County Sheriff's Office after his daughter was punched in the face by another student on the school bus.

While showing off a good grade she had made on a test that day, a male student who lives in her subdivision slapped the paper out of her hands and punched her in the face.

May 01, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL

Man knocks on door, strips naked

When Newton County officers responded to a suspicious call, the officer observed a black male in front of the garage door standing naked.

When the officer exited his vehicle, the man was putting on blue boxers and blue jeans. Holding his Taser as a precaution, the officer placed the man, Michael Keith Valentine, in hand restraints.

May 01, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL

Special Olympics Parade

Newton County Special Olympians and their supporters gathered Monday morning for a parade to kick off the annual spring games. The games will continue Tues. and Wed. at Sharp Stadium.

April 30, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Watterson plans to run for sheriff

After over two decades of dedicated service with the Newton County Sheriff's Office, Bill Watterson announced his own candidacy for Sheriff of Newton County in the upcoming election. Watterson, who recently resigned from the current administration, said in a press release that he regrets that he had to voluntarily leave the job he loved after 23 years of service. He joined the NCSO in 1990 and has literally worked in every division of the department.

April 30, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

CPD looks into local prostitution claims

If Covington police have it their way there will be no happy ending for local massage parlors that are allegedly offering more then just standard massage services to their clients.

April 28, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Covington recycling to accept more items

Covington is totally revamping its recycling program and now nearly everything is recyclable and the more that's recycled the more money the city will earn.

April 28, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Cottonwood Farm has new instructor

Cottonwood Farm in Covington will welcome its newest employee Amy McKaughan this coming week.

April 28, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL

11-year-old charged with exposure

A Flint Hill Elementary student has been charged with indecent exposure and electronically furnishing obscene material to minors following an incident where he reportedly exposed himself to two classmates and also sent obscene text messages to others.

April 28, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

$241K raised for ‘Life’

Newton County residents raised $241,922 for Relay for Life this year as 64 teams and 950 people participated in the annual fundraiser for the fight against the cancer.

April 28, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

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