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Summer vacation: How to prevent home burglaries while away

With the summer months comes plenty of time for family vacations, but sadly unoccupied homes are easy targets for potential burglars.

June 19, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | LOCAL


Rocking in the park

Hundreds attended a grand opening celebration for Covington's Legion Field Park on Mill Street Friday night.

June 18, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Bicycle unit to patrol Porterdale

Come July 4, a new police patrol will hit the streets in Porterdale.

June 18, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Covington Pilot named governor of organization’s Georgia district

She does not fly planes, but Cynthia Spearman is a Pilot.

June 18, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Juvenile Court gets another tool in Casey Foundation

The Newton County Juvenile Court will have another tool to reduce juvenile detention and increase public safety starting in August.

June 18, 2016 | Jasmine Floyd | LOCAL


BOC approves transport vehicles for sheriff’s office

The Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) unanimously approved for the sheriff's department to purchase two Chevy Tahoe's during a special called meeting ...

June 15, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


$50 convenience center fee discussed by BOC

A fee of $50 for Newton County's convenience centers was close to being added to the tax bills of each property owner Wednesday when ...

June 15, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Summer Concert Series: Sensational Sounds of Motown

Downtown Covington Summer Concert Series started Friday night with the Sensational Sounds of Motown. A lively crowd turned out to dance the night away.

June 13, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington Police Specialized Patrol Unit closes ongoing drug investigation

The Covington police department (CPD) closed out an ongoing drug investigation on Thursday, according to Sgt. Chris Smith.

June 12, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | LOCAL


Nelson Heights to host 4th annual Juneteenth festival

Newton County is having our fifth annual Juneteenth Festival at Nelson Heights Community Center from 12:00pm to 8:00pm on Saturday, June 18, 2016.

June 12, 2016 | Jasmine Floyd | LOCAL


Newton County fire services to purchase new breathing apparatus

The Newton County Fire Services department will get 76 new self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) after the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) approved the purchase ...

June 08, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Covington police to get body cameras

Covington police officers will soon be outfitted with ProVision body cameras.

June 07, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Nursing home project receives extension permit

After tabling a request from developer Kippy Clarke of B&B Southside Holdings Company to extend a Special Use Permit (SUP) for Royal Hall Senior ...

June 07, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


BOC needs more than $2 million to balance budget

The Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) still hasn't resolved their budget, which will have a $2.6 million shortfall even if reductions are ...

June 07, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Government 101: Communication, compromise, collaborate

Chris Matthews, host of the MSNBC television show, "Hardball," is the author of a book entitled "Tip and The Gipper - When Politics Worked," that should ...

June 07, 2016 | Jerry Roseberry | 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 AtlantaGasPrices.com.

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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