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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


Mock disaster drill coordinated by Covington Police Department

The City of Covington Police Department (CPD) recently teamed with 10 other agencies to conduct a large-scale active shooter drill. Held last Friday at Peachtree ...

August 06, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Staffins appointed to Chamber Association board

Ralph Staffins, president of the Covington-Newton Chamber of Commerce was appointed to fill a one year term on the Georgia Association of Chamber of Commerce ...

August 06, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Solid Waste Authority lets citizens know its history

Two nights after citizens showing concern for the possible closure of the county's convenience centers packed the Newton County Historic Courthouse for a board ...

August 04, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Citizens show displeasure during BOC meeting

The Newton County Solid Waste Authority (SWA) was granted the legal ability to work on the county's solid waste stream after the board of ...

August 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Newton County approves $54 million budget

Newton County tax payers will see an increase on their bills now that the board of commissioners (BOC) approved the 2017 budget and millage rate ...

August 02, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Photos: Construction around the community

New Dining Hall at Oxford College of Emory University, Oxford: With construction almost half way complete, the dining hall is anticipated to open and begin ...

August 02, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Topic of gazebo makes return to council agenda

Despite knowing Newton Federal Bank was no longer willing to give the money to build a gazebo on the Square, Covington Mayor Ronnie Johnston left ...

August 02, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


4-H’er wins third in state

Did you know the blue tongued skink, a lizard found in Australia, gives birth to live young? Or that you can see one at Bear ...

August 01, 2016 | Terri Fullerton | LOCAL


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Ga.’s oldest active police officer honored

The Newton County Sheriff's Office honored Jack Simpson, 88, the oldest active police officer in the state of Georgia on Tuesday.

June 05, 2012 | Meghan de St. Aubin | LOCAL


Water rates raised for fourth year

Water customers in Newton County and its cities will pay higher water prices for the third or fourth straight year beginning in July, thanks to stricter regulations and more expensive materials that are driving up costs even in a depressed economy.

Newton County's government produces water through its operation of the Lake Varner reservoir and then sells that water to the Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority, Covington and other cities.

June 05, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Former candidate to be arraigned

Former Covington mayoral candidate Bobby Sigman will be formally arraigned on charges stemming from allegedly paying someone to steal current-Mayor Ronnie Johnston's campaign signs in October.

A grand jury true billed the charged of making a false statement, criminal trespass (two counts) and theft by taking (two counts) in May.

June 05, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Civic center talks pick up in Baxter wake

The long-awaited Covington civic center isn't close to being built as the project lacks funding and a firm site, but talks have renewed following the arrival of mega-medical industry Baxter International and a new site option that would also house a proposed agricultural center.

June 05, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Barcode fraud costs Home Depot

On June 1 at roughly 7:30 a.m., Covington police responded to the a shoplifting at the Home Depot on Industrial Park Boulevard.

June 05, 2012 | Meghan de St. Aubin | LOCAL


Lions Club gives away bikes

Each year the Oxford Lions award a bicycle to a boy and girl from the 3rd, 4th and 5th grades at Flint Hill Elementary School whom the teachers have chosen as the most improved students. Pilot Club provided the helmets.

June 05, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


How to survive in a car with no air conditioning

My parents bought me my first car as a present for my graduation from high school. Like most teenagers, I was absolutely ecstatic.

June 05, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


How to survive in a car with no air conditioning

My parents bought me my first car as a present for my graduation from high school. Like most teenagers, I was absolutely ecstatic.

It had dings in the paint, a few dents on the outside and a hole in the carpet in the back floorboard, but to me it was perfect.

June 05, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Finishing out my top 13 list

I hope all my genealogy hunters had a great and productive memorial weekend. Were you able to talk and record some war stories from your veteran relatives? Maybe you have questions about their stories and want to prove them and don't know where to start?

Finishing out my top 13 free websites:

June 05, 2012 | Ellen Blakeslee | LOCAL


Gas prices down from previous week

Average retail gasoline prices in Atlanta have fallen 4.9 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.37/gal yesterday. This compares with the national average that has fallen 4.5 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.61/gal, according to gasoline price website AtlantaGasPrices.com.

Including the change in gas prices in Atlanta during the past week, prices yesterday were 28.1 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 26.7 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 18.2 cents per ...

June 05, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


BOE member named in AHS lawsuit

The lawsuit filed by Alcovy High School Principal LaQuanda Carpenter against several anonymous bloggers was amended late Friday afternoon to add one person: Newton County School Board District 1 representative Jeff Meadors.

June 04, 2012 | By Amber Pittman and Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Health scores - June 3

Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar, 5176 Highway 278, Covington, April 26, Score 96.

June 02, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Public can weigh in on alcohol by drink

Alcohol by the drink in unincorporated Newton County is moving toward a vote in November, but first the public will have a chance to comment on the proposed ordinance, which will strictly control where alcohol sales are allowed.

June 02, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Fire Department awarded safety, prevention grant

Newton County Fire Service has been awarded the Chesney Fallen Firefighters Memorial Grant Award by the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation.

The grant is for $2,826 and will be used to support local fire safety and burn prevention efforts in Newton County.

June 02, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


CPD Officer’s vehicle hit by drunk driver

A Covington Police Officer was rear-ended by a suspected drunk driver last week.

The accident occurred on U.S. Highway 278 at approximately 1:45 a.m. Friday, May 25. Officer Bob Yarbrough was backing up another officer on a traffic stop when a vehicle driven by 37-year-old Conson Wilson Starr struck the car and drug it roughly 40-feet.

June 02, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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