We were on alert, the midnight sky charcoal black, odd noises coming from the distant jungle beyond the perimeter. My vision battled reality vs. apparitions in black pajamas. I was ready to kill, not so much an enemy, but the aggressive mosquitoes attempting to construct a housing project inside my left ear. I dared not slap or even curse my ear tenants for fear of exposing my so-called fighting position.
The Covington News will be collecting new toys, canned goods and non-perishables beginning Dec. 2 at our office at 1166 Usher St.
A deputy with the Newton County Sheriff's Office found a 16-year-old with gunshot wounds Saturday.
Fall and winter are when most people begin to stockpile wood for their fireplaces. Of course, some keep a large supply of wood year-round.
I took a road trip with one of my daughters last week. The purpose of the trip was not pleasure, but somehow the trip itself (not the business part of the trip) was fun.
A hazardous winter weather outlook has been issued by the National Weather Service for Newton County and other counties in the Northern and Central portions of Georgia.
The lowest price for regular fuel is $3.12 at Kroger, located at 5341 Ga. Highway 20 S near Brown Bridge Road.
The lowest price for regular fuel is $3.12 at Marathon, located at 1814 Ga. Highway 11 S near Ga. Highway 142.
This week I hit the streets with my camera and ask a simple question. "What are you thankful for this year?"
The Georgia FFA-FCCLA Center has been named Newton County's Conservationist of the Year by the Upper Ocmulgee River Soil and Water Conservation District. The award was presented after a small farmer workshop at the district's annual program.
Two Newborn men were arrested early Friday morning after a deputy found drugs in a vehicle.
Lake Varner is one of the county's most scenic gems, and the county is continuing to invest in making the reservoir and fishing lake a recreational destination.
Even with the current economic downturn, Oak Hill community members proved that the Christmas Spirit still exists. In spite of high unemployment rates, furloughs and other financial strains, the Christmas Charity Drive at Oak Hill Animal Hospital has raised much-needed funds and supplies to benefit the Newton County chapter of the Humane Society. The drive, conducted during the entire month of December, collected food, paper towels, pet carriers, cat litter and other necessary pet items, ...
The Covington YMCA is getting ready for a new session of Boot Camp under the direction of Instructor Crystal Hounschell. This program is available to members and non-members of the YMCA. Boot Camp is a 12-week program which meets Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 5:45 p.m. Boot Camp will begin its 12-week session on Friday, Jan. 25, and will conclude with participating as a group in the YMCA's Annual Cheerios Challenge on ...
The parents of recently injured Deputy Wesley Atha have organized a fundraising campaign to purchase these vests for every county deputy. Their fundraising goal is $113,000. Each vest costs between $500-$700, depending on the size. Each Friday The Covington News will publish a list of individuals, businesses and civic groups who have donated to the cause that week as well as the total amount raised. Donations are tax deductible. ...
A group of Newton non-profits received a significant financial boost Thursday morning. The Newton Fund, a group that supports non-profits and philanthropy in general, held its annual grant reception and awarded $18,000 to seven needy and deserving local organizations.
Following the December hiring of Randy C. Conner as a grant writer for the City of Covington, some residents and elected officials have expressed concern about a previous banking violation on Conner's record.
One of the county's most prestigious awards was given to two of the county's longest serving citizens. Jerry and Lee Aldridge were the announced as the co-recipients of the 2010 R.O. Arnold Award, which was presented to them at the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce annual meeting Thursday night.
Family members of juvenile court judge Sherri Roberts were sentenced Jan. 8 for a family fight that ended with several arrests at the end of 2008.
One of the four men charged in the murder of 38-year-old Robert Andrew "Drew" Nichols announced this morning that he had hired a private attorney to represent him and requested his bond hearing be continued.
While several roads were closed during September's flooding, others were damaged by the repeated rainfall of November and December.
The life and works of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be celebrated Sunday afternoon with the 25th annual community celebration at 3 p.m. at Olive Swann Porter Auditorium at Newton High School.
As a result of the recent bad weather across the country, on the heels of the holiday season, the blood supply has drastically decreased in the Southern Blood Services Region. Type O negative and type B negative blood supplies have dropped to emergency levels and help is needed now. Since type O negative blood can be used for any patient when there is not time to determine the patient's blood type, it ...
Passing the gift along: UnitedBank recently made donations to the Repairers of the Breach Fund and the Covington YMCA for the holiday season. For a second year, UnitedBank directors and employees opted to give these donations instead of receiving individual Christmas gifts from their organization. "We consider ourselves blessed as 2009 comes to a close. The Newton community has supported UnitedBank since 2007; it is an honor to give these gifts to ...
Newton County's six mayors, including Social Circle, held their bi-monthly meeting in Social Circle Friday to provide city updates and discuss common issues.
For the third straight year, Hands On Newton is conducting a community service event to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. on his national Day of Service.
Investigators are looking for three men who witnesses say displayed a handgun and possibly fired it at their vehicle.