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Missing Covington teen found in NOLA

The teenage girl who went missing from Covington in May has been found, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

August 19, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Douglas: abandon 2050 Plan

At Tuesday's Board of Commissioners work session, commissioner John Douglas called for the abandonment of the 2050 Plan.

August 19, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Hospital evacuated due to faulty AC unit

A faulty air handling unit filled with smoke and caused the evacuation of Newton Medical Center's emergency room Sunday evening.

August 17, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Town House Cafe (video)

The Town House Cafe Story

August 17, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


Banjos and barbecue

Steve and Vicki Deal have been serving the rural community at Cowboy's BBQ for four years. Their restaurant in Social Circle is going strong, and Steve is looking to expand to a second location within the next year.

August 16, 2014 | Samantha Reardon | LOCAL


Newton County Q&A with Porterdale Mayor Arline Chapman

This is part of an ongoing series of Q&A sessions with various top elected officials in Newton County. To suggest questions for specific city or county issues, email reporter Rob Dewig at rdewig@covnews.com.

August 16, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Covington businessman runs for lost boy

A year ago, Joe Urban chose to do something for a co-worker's young son with cancer - run 100 miles, nonstop, in the Colorado Rockies. To raise money for a fund set up in the boy's name.

August 16, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Fighting to live

When Georgia lawmakers killed the medical cannabis oil bill in the last hour of the March 20 legislative session, Kelli and Mike Hopkins hoped any of the dozens of seizures their six-year-old son, Abe, had a day would not be his last. That the bill would be passed in 2015's session, giving Abe a chance. Because Kelli and Mike feel like they've tried everything.

August 16, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Suicide numbers scary in Georgia

When a plane crashes, it's national news.

August 16, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


A muddy good time

Local runners, mudders and thrill-seekers from around the Peach State braved the summer heat in the dirtiest of ways Saturday, August 16 at the 2014 Rugged Maniac 5K Obstacle Race made its way to the Georgia International Horse Park

August 16, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


US sees surge in Cuban rafters

MIAMI (AP) - One early morning this April, Dairon Morera climbed onto a raft of aluminum tanks with 22 other people, revved up a Volvo car motor and pushed off the Cuban shore, joining a never-ending stream of islanders desperate to reach the United States.

August 15, 2014 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Florence continues to push forward

Tichelle Florence's doctor told her she'd never walk again once her disease forced her into a wheelchair.

August 14, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Athens Tech campus coming to Social Circle

For Georgia's "Greatest Little Town," Social Circle is about to get a bigger spotlight.

August 14, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Jimbo’s on liquor license probation

A pre-hearing negotiation with the owner of a Porterdale restaurant laid out guidelines to follow if he wants to keep his alcohol license.

August 14, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


No NCSS schools on Alert list

It's an exclusive list that Newton County School System is glad it's not on.

August 14, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


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Man shot in head by step-son

A man was shot in the head early Saturday morning after reportedly attacking his juvenile step-son.

December 16, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newton County juvenile court receives grant from Promoting Safe and Stable Families program

Newton County Juvenile Court received a grant award in the amount of $36,562.50 from the Department of Human Services Promoting Safe and Stable Families Program. The court will use these funds to launch its first program targeted specifically to girls. Girl STEPS, Sisters Teaching Empowering Parenting Sisters, will help adolescent girls redirect disruptive behavior and improve family relationships. The Juvenile Court in Newton County was one of only six Georgia agencies to receive funding for new programs through the Promoting Safe and Stable Families program this year.

December 16, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Student charged with battery, teacher injured

A Newton High School student was arrested and charged with battery on a school teacher Friday afternoon.

December 16, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log - Dec. 16

o Kenneth Patrick Simpson, 24, 12480 Ga. Highway 36, Covington, Nov. 19. Probation violation.

December 16, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Red Cross looking for blood donors to give this holiday season to offset shortage

The holidays are a time to spend with loved ones, and a time to reflect.

People donate blood because they care. People donate blood because they want to help save lives. But most importantly, people donate blood because they can. Thousands of people donate blood in our area each year, and their generous gift has helped save countless lives. With every donation, there's always a reason behind it. So this winter, the American Red Cross is asking blood and platelet donors, "Why Do You Give?"

December 15, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Holiday safety tip of the week - Dec. 13

The holidays are a time when thieves and con artists are frequently on the prowl. Here are some tips from the Newton County Sheriff's Office to help keep your home, your car, your possessions and your family safe.

December 13, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Following up on foreclosures

Three months after Ronda Wilkerson's home was foreclosed, she finally found a place she could once again call her own.

December 13, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Four AHS students injured in wreck earlier this week

Four Alcovy High School students were injured when the truck they were in crashed into a tree and caught on fire as the students headed home from school Wednesday afternoon.

December 13, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Can Food Drive running until Dec. 21

The Miracle League of Newton County is proud to be the sponsor of the 2009 annual can food drive.

December 13, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


IBM offers Covington chance to be Smarter City

Covington and Newton County may join 19 other cities around the world by signing up for IBM's Smarter Cities program.

December 13, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


The Nutcracker

A holiday classic: (Top) Clara, (Elise Barksdale) waves farewell to the Land of Sweets. (Left) The Snow Queen (Rachel Sandman) crowns Clara as a princess of the Land of Sweets. (Right) The Snow Queen and Snow King (Patrick Faircloth) dance.

December 13, 2009 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Democratic party members make special holiday deliveries

The Newton County Democratic Party was out and about Saturday delivering bags of food and toiletries to needy families during the holiday season. Members drove around the county and handed out 25 bags of goodies, including oranges, apples, bananas, onions, green beans, canned salmon, mouthwash, toothpaste and toothbrushes.

December 13, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newton County Farm Bureau Honored At GFB Convention

The Newton County Farm Bureau was recognized as one of the top county Farm Bureau programs in the state during the 71st Annual GFB Convention held Dec. 6-8, on Jekyll Island. The county chapter was named a finalist for the prestigious McKemie Award - the highest honor that a county Farm Bureau in the state can receive - in recognition of the activities it sponsored during the past year to promote agriculture.

December 13, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Ex-employee charged with 98 theft counts

Newton County Home Builders Association former Executive Officer Andrea Hammond was arrested Friday and charged with stealing from the company.

December 12, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Holly jolly breakfast

Breakfast with Santa: The Pilot Club of Covington hosted it's annual pancake breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus from 8 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. on Saturday morning. Children got the opportunity to enjoy a home cooked breakfast (right), and many also went to have a talk with the Santa, who came all the way from the North Pole (left). A secret Santa shop (bottom left) was also set up for children to shop for their parents. All proceeds went to help the Pilot Club. The pilot club is a service organization focused on helping people with ...

December 12, 2009 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


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