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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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Dead body found on fire in woods off I-20

Authorities in Social Circle are investigating a body found late Thursday night. According to Social Circle director of public safety Tom Fox, a 911 call placed at 11:44 p.m. reported seeing a fire being started in the woods off exit 101 near Interstate 20 and Ga. Hwy. 278. According to Fox, firefighters responded to the blaze and discovered a black male, possibly in his 30s.

Both the GBI and Social Circle Police Department were working the scene throughout the day Friday morning. The GBI conducted an autopsy Saturday but have yet to release the name of the victim ...

March 31, 2012 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL


Covington debates saggy pants law

While Covington council members seem to unanimously dislike the practice of people wearing pants that sag below their waists, they were divided on whether the city should seek to outlaw the practice through an ordinance.

March 31, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Keeping it real

Sharon Sawyer fusses over her husband Forrest, arranging his headphones, as the two sit in the whitewashed, brick radio station on Hendricks Street. In the community, Forrest is known for his vocal activism, but in the studio Sharon is the boss.

"I'm not really the boss. I'm the director," said Sharon laughing.

March 31, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Meneguzzo named principal of Theme School at Ficquett

With the announcement of theme school principal Ruth Anne Smith's retirement, James Meneguzzo has been named principal of the Newton County Theme School at Ficquett.

Meneguzzo, currently an assistant principal at Indian Creek Middle School, will take over at the theme school the start of the next school year. The Newton County Board of Education voted unanimously at a called meeting March 29 to appoint him.

March 31, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Free wireless internet around downtown

As part of its efforts to attract more people to the square, the city of Covington is now offering free wireless internet service on and surrounding the square.

March 31, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Palm Sunday kicks off full week of Easter events

Easter will be celebrated this year on April 8. Local churches have gathered together to present a week full of fun events that the whole family can enjoy during this holiday.

On April 1, the First Baptist Church of Covington will present a musical called "God with Us." It will be performed in the sanctuary of the church at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. During the week after the musical, there will be

March 31, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Covington YMCA gears up for 11th annual Cheerios Challenge

On Saturday, April 21 the Covington family YMCA will be hosting the 11th annual Cheerios Challenge on the square. The event will begin at 7:30 a.m. with the 10K run. The one mile fun run will begin at 9 a.m. followed by the 5K run beginning at 9:30 a.m. All races will start and finish at the Covington Family YMCA located at 2140 Newton Drive.

"The great thing about the race is the fact it is USATF certified," event coordinator Kacie Brown said. "Anyone who plans of running in the Atlanta Journal Constitution's Peachtree ...

March 31, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Woman arrested after hiding crack pipe in pants

While patrolling, two Newton County officers observed a group of three males and one female talking loudly in the backyard of a residence that has been known for drug activity.

Both officers had made numerous arrests in and around the residence and have received complaints about the homeowner and his involvement in drug trading.

March 31, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Woman arrested for stealing from Walmart with her son

A woman was arrested Tuesday afternoon after she and her mentally handicapped son allegedly attempted to steal from Walmart.

According to reports, a loss prevention employee at the Industrial Boulevard store recognized Melva Montgomery and her son from watching them shoplift from the store on video the day before.

March 31, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Body found in Social Circle

Authorities in Social Circle are investigating a body found late last night. According to Social Circle director of public safety Tom Fox, a 911 call placed at 11:44 p.m. reported seeing a fire being started in the woods off exit 101 off Interstate 20 and Ga. Hwy. 278. According to Fox, firefighters responded to the blaze and discovered a black male, possible in his 30s.

March 30, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington warms on natural gas vehicles

In the wake of ever-increasing diesel and gasoline prices, Covington officials continue to warm to the idea of building a compressed natural gas fueling facility that would be available to the city and public.

March 29, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Smith found guilty of '09 murder

Ricky Lewis Smith, 46, of Covington was found guilty of the shooting death of a woman last Wednesday by a Newton County jury.

He was found guilty of malice murder, felony murder, two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of possession of firearms during the commission of a felony and possession of firearm by convicted felon.

March 29, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


NMC to celebrate National Doctor’s Day

The Newton Medical Center will celebrate National Doctors' Day Friday by providing lunch for its doctors.

March 29, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Porterdale seeks $266K community grant

Substandard housing is the target of a $266,623 grant the city is seeking as part of an overall effort to upgrade neglected areas.

March 29, 2012 | | LOCAL


Jail ministry offers chance for a better life

Being enclosed in a room filled with inmates is something most people might find unsettling, but it's something Ken Horstmann and Robert Washington have done every week for the past three years.

March 29, 2012 | Rachel Goff | LOCAL


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