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Militia group plans protest for Tuesday evening

Though a special called meeting of the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) was cancelled. a local militia group announced it will continue with a ...

September 13, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Meeting on lifting moratorium cancelled

A special called meeting at which two Newton County commissioners said they were going to vote to lift the moratorium on permits for places of ...

September 13, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Traffic lights, gazebo and parks topics at town hall meeting

Around 30 people, some retirees of the city, turned out for a town hall meeting hosted by the Covington City Council at Covington First United ...

September 12, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Alcohol availability changed in the county

There will be some new options for business owners wanting to sell alcohol in Newton County. The board of commissioners (BOC) approved changes to the ...

September 11, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Rabbits, chickens and cows, oh, my!

"I just can't believe how much 4-H has changed as kids changed!" a 4-H alum from the 1950s told me this summer.

September 11, 2016 | Terri Fullerton | LOCAL


Bringing lessons learned in Israel back to Newton County

Counter-terrorism isn't always a violent response to extremism. It is also about building partnerships and offering alternatives that make extremism less attractive.

September 11, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Trash fees

Starting Oct. 15 Newton County residents will need to have a tag hanging from the mirrors of their vehicles in order to access one of ...

September 11, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


CPD from Georgia to Georgia

It wasn't that he and some of his officers have been invited three times to train the Republic of Georgia's police in response ...

September 11, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Brotherhood of firefighters will ‘never forget’

The hunk of steel is the upper section of an I-beam. A chunk of concrete with a few strands of rebar bent back hand on ...

September 10, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


New city logo to be drafted by UGA Design Studio students

Sixteen landscape design students from the University of Georgia's Design Studio presented information about creating memorable logos to the Covington City Council Monday night.

September 10, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


33rd CPD Fuzz Run

The largest annual fund raiser for the Covington Police Department's Police Who Care Fund went off without a hitch Saturday.

September 10, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Level 1 drought declared in Newton County

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) declared a Level 1 drought in 53 counties, including Newton County.

September 09, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Farm to table dinner to benefit Action Ministries

Dining at one table to provide meals for another is the idea behind the Farm-to-Table Dinner on the historic Covington Square on Sunday, Sept. 18 ...

September 09, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Explore Covington rail trail section at preview

Technically, the trail section isn't open to the public, yet.

September 09, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Pilot Club donates to Sheriff Brown, Project LifeSaver

The Pilot Club of Covington presented Sheriff Ezell Brown with a $700 donation for Project LifeSaver, according to a press release by the Newton County ...

September 09, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Carpenter finalist for superintendent job

Dennis Carpenter has been named as one of the two finalists for the position of superintendent in Jackson, Miss.

April 03, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Oxford city council to hold work session on sanitation

Oxford City Council planned for a work session to discuss how to handle the city's sanitation service during its regular meeting Monday.

April 03, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Arts Association presents two different versions of "Grease"

The Newton County Arts Association is proud to present "Grease." A musical that will feature performance groups Oxford Youth Singers and Oxford Singing Children. Two different versions of the show will be performed by each group.

The Oxford Singing Children will perform the school version of "Grease" on April 13 at 7 p.m. and April 14 at 4 p.m. Tickets for adults are $10, $8 for senior citizens and $5 for children and students.

April 03, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Three local officers honored for service

An academic achievement award is given to the top graduate of the police academy each year based on their grade point average and performance during their time at the academy. The Covington Police Department has had three graduates receive this honor for three years in a row which is rare for any police department, but what is even rarer is the fact that they are all women.

The Sheriff Franklin Thornton Award, named after the long-time Walton County Sheriff, is a prestigious award for any upcoming law enforcement officer.

April 03, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Driving growth

Golf fans around the world have their attention focused on Augusta this week as the game's best descend on The Masters.

However, attention should also be brought elsewhere in Georgia. Bridgestone Golf in Covington is providing more than the thrill of competition and the pageantry of Amen Corner.

April 03, 2012 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Lawyer Strauss to run for BOC seat

Local attorney John Strauss announced Tuesday that he will run as a Republican for the District 1Board of Commissioners seat.

April 03, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Possible probation company audit

The city's former probation services provider, East Georgia Correctional Services, turned over its records to the city Friday, and interim Municipal Court Judge Ben Hendricks recommended that the city approve an audit of the records.

"For the protection and edification of all the parties involved, both the outgoing and the incoming probation services for the court as well as the permanent judge, when appointed, I respectfully request that an audit of the court be done by the city auditors. I am not aware that a comprehensive audit of the court has been done in recent memory," Hendricks wrote in ...

April 03, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


City council drops pants ordinance

The Covington City Council voted Monday to table a proposed sagging pants ordinance, after the majority of council members remained unconvinced they could or should legislate how people wear their pants.

Councilman Chris Smith had asked the city attorneys to research the topic, and after the council had a lively debate at a Wednesday work session, Smith asked the council Monday whether it wanted to move forward.

April 03, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Teacher accused of sex with student

A Conyers high school teacher who lives in Covington was arrested Friday on charges of a teacher having sexual contact with a student.

April 03, 2012 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Annual McDonough festival adds evening concert

Downtown McDonough will host its 35th annual Geranium Festival on May 19 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. followed by an evening concert.

The festival will host exhibitors from all over the Southeast who will be selling homemade crafts. Food vendors will also offer festival goers a wide selection of options. Admission and parking are free.

April 03, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Commemorating the past

The seventh annual gathering on the square to commemorate Black Easter, Covington's most famous civil rights event, will take place Sunday at 3 p.m.

The gathering will feature singing, fellowship and speakers like Georgia Rep. Tyrone Brooks, D-Atlanta.

April 03, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Hicks found not guilty of child molestation

A man accused of molesting his adopted daughter was found not guilty last week on all charges.

Daniel Lee Hicks, 46, was originally arrested in May 2009 and charged with four counts of child molestation.

April 03, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Social Circle murder victim ID’d

The body found burning off Interstate 20 in Social Circle late Thursday night has been identified as 36-year-old Akili Jabari Stewart of Stone Mountain. According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, he was killed as a result of gunshot wounds.

A press release issue by the GBI confirms what Social Circle authorities have already released, that around 11:45 p.m. a motorist on I-20 called 911 to report what they believed was a brush fire near U.S. Highway 278 and I-20. When firefighters began to extingush the blaze they found Stewart's body.

April 03, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newton County: sentencing

Francisco Jarier-Serraro, first degree forgery, 5 years probation, 60 days confinement, $1000. Speeding, 12 months probation, $150. Driving without license, 12 months probation, $200. Credit for time served.

April 03, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local church group to give away scholarship

Covington residents Ralph and Gerri Murphy were surprised recently when the Sunday school class they teach created a scholarship in their honor.

"Murphy's Gang," a couple's class at the First Baptist Church in Covington, will award one deserving graduating senior this year with an undisclosed amount of money to help the student in college.

April 03, 2012 | Rachel Goff | LOCAL


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