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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


Accreditation assessment team invites public comment

A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) will arrive Nov. 28 to examine all aspects of the ...

November 14, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


GDOT awards $868,000 for SR 142 in Newton

Newton County will receive more than $800,000 of the recently announced $7 million in resurfacing contracts awarded by the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT).

November 14, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Voters reject Opportunity School District

Georgia voters rejected Amendment 1, or the Opportunity School District, proposition on this year's ballot.

November 13, 2016 | Duane M. Ford | LOCAL


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Voters League to host meet and greet

The Newton County Voters League is once again active and has taken the ambitious step of hosting a meet and greet for all county, state and federal candidates who represent Newton County.

June 26, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Local landlord hit with 8 violations

A local landlord was fined after a judge found him responsible on eight different code violations for a rental property in Porterdale, where, among other things, was infested with cockroaches and the doors would not latch.

June 26, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Heat of the Night 5K race a success

Newton County Home Builders held their annual Heat of the Night 5K race in Covington recently. With all the runners gathering together at the start point at 7p.m., the heat held off as the clouds and approaching storm brought in a cool breeze and a wonderful evening to run the 5K Heat of the Night race. The final awards were announced to all first, second and third-place runners in 15 different gender age groups. The Wheeler family (pictured) took home five trophies.

June 26, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Jail Log: June 26, 2012

Carlos Alberto Castro, 29, 80 Fairway Drive, Covington, June 14. No seat belts, driving while license suspended or revoked, first offense, bench warrant (theft by shoplifting).

June 26, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Crime Briefs: Ex makes harassing calls

A Covington man stated on Monday that his ex-girlfriend was allegedly threatening to "shoot the house up."

June 26, 2012 | Meghan de St. Aubin | LOCAL


Conyers The Y to anchor development

Local leaders got a peek Monday at the renewed effort by developers 4A International, which owns 600-plus acres of Conyers land south of Interstate 20, to design a community centered around healthy living anchored by a potential new Metro Atlanta the Y facility.

June 25, 2012 | | LOCAL


Two worlds take 21 years to bridge

Melissa Roster spent so much time with Glenn Hayes the past 21 years that his friends affectionately called her Mrs. Hayes. She took a little bit of time to get used to that title, but after yesterday, it's the one she officially goes by.

Roster and Hayes were married Saturday at Burnt Pines Plantation, ending a 21-year on-and-off courtship that saw a southern, country boy finally manage to woo his northern city girl.

June 23, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


News, chamber to hold primary forum

Several local races will be contested in this year's primary election, two of which will be decided completely, and The Covington News and Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce are hosting a forum for local contested races from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday at The Center for Community Preservation and Planning, 2104 Washington St. Covington.

June 23, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Road work closes lanes on 278

Drivers traveling U.S. Highway 278 in Covington during the work week could run into traffic delays as construction on the highway's medians and turn lanes will close one lane in each direction for the next handful of months.

June 23, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Citations issued for last month’s bus crash

Four drivers involved in the school bus crash on Interstate 20 last month were issued citations for following too closely by the Georgia State Patrol Thursday.

June 23, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Oxford resident earns Human Resources certification

Elizabeth VanTassell, HR Manager, SRG Global recently earned certification as a Professional in Human Resources.

June 23, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Morgan apologizes over Cook Road

Board of Commissioner Chairwoman Kathy Morgan apologized Tuesday night for possibly not following county policy in wrongfully authorizing a repair project on Cook Road.

June 23, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


County Chairman earns certification

Kathy Morgan, Chairman of the Newton County Board of Commissioners received certification as an Economic Development Finance Professional from the National Development Council. EDFP Certification is a professional credential given to individuals who successfully complete NDC's intensive economic development finance training series.

June 23, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Crime Briefs: Cat talk leads to catfight

An argument over a cat led to two women getting into a physical altercation Thursday.

June 23, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Berry, berry good

When Bill and Carolyn Kitchen moved to Social Circle from Tucker 30 years ago, they never would have guessed the few blueberry bushes they planted would turn into a full blueberry farm years later.

June 23, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


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