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New tourism trolley makes its debut

The Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony for its newly leased trolley Tuesday.

April 15, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Mansfield settles wrongful termination

Former longtime Mansfield city clerk Pat Mullins accepted a $14,000 settlement from the city stemming from her claim of wrongful termination after she was fired in 2012.

April 15, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Couple sues neighbors, deputies

When they tried to get into their newly-purchased Newton County home the evening of April 19, 2012, Jean-Joseph and Angelica Kalonji were held at gunpoint by their next-door neighbors and eventually arrested by Newton County Sheriff's deputies.

April 15, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Mansfield council OK's '14 budget

Mansfield officials have big plans for the city, and they hope they'll be able to make more progress with a clearer financial picture after approving Monday a $1.07 million budget for 2014.

April 15, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Meth, funny money production found in search

What appeared to be a counterfeit money printing operation and methamphetamine were found at a Rockdale residence when Rockdale County Sheriff's Office and Newton County Sheriff's Office deputies served a search warrant for a wanted suspect.

April 14, 2014 | | LOCAL


Town painted purple for Relay

The Newton County Relay for Life Committee, alongside the Marks Family and Friends Relay Team, conducted the Paint the Square Purple Event for the first time ever.

April 12, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Domestic violence memorial dedication of Audrey Atkinson

Audrey Atkinson, a 19-year-old mother to then eight-month-old son, Aiden, was gunned down by her boyfriend at the Liberty Station off Almon Rd. in Covington on May 7, 2010.

April 12, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Spring Fling at The News

Cleaning out your closet or garage? Do you create crafty creative accessories and just need a place to sell them? Join The News' Spring Fling on Saturday, May 10, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the parking lot of The Covington News, 1166 Usher Street, Covington. Don't miss your chance to sell your crafts and treasures. $50 for a 10-foot by 10-foot booth; this includes advertising in The News. For more information, call 770-728-1407.

April 12, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Fireside chat brainstorms BOC structure

About 40 people showed up to a public fireside chat on April 10 at 7 p.m. at The Oaks Course to discuss the Newton County Board of Commissioners structure.

April 12, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Six Flags and summer camp

It feels a little weird to be working on the 2014-2015 calendar already, but it's nearly summer and time will soon be flying as we head off to camps and summer fun.

April 12, 2014 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


Dozens of Jeeps rally to raise funds

Tara Simpson appreciated the work done for Toys for Tots runs and other rides to help good causes, and had a cause of her own she wanted to raise awareness for.

April 12, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Two drop out of GOP rally

The Newton County Republican Party's April 15 political rally has had some minor changes, as the May 20 primary date approaches.

April 12, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Bank honors 4 students in budding artist contest

Community & Southern Bank (CSB) recently congratulated the four Peachtree Academy elementary school students chosen as this year's winners of the inaugural Budding Artist contest.

April 12, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Atkinson domestic violence memorial dedication April 13

A stark reminder of the deadly outcomes of domestic violence will be dedicated on Almon Road this Sunday, April 13.

April 11, 2014 | Jessica Smith | LOCAL


Armed robbery suspects arrested with 6,000 pills

Two suspects wanted for the Omnicare Pharmacy armed robbery were arrested after officers and agents found $250,000 of prescription drugs in a joint Georgia Bureau of Investigations and Conyers Police Department investigation.

April 10, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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City, county to finalize plans for using foreclosure aid funds

Covington will likely purchase its first foreclosed and bank-owned residential properties in June as part of the Neighborhood Stabilization Program. The county is also finalizing its NSP project and both the city and county are holding public hearings to give updates and receive feedback on the NSP.

May 10, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Training at Camp Shelby

I heard an explosion behind me and turned in time to see smoke issuing from a pickup truck that had been crashed into the National Guard headquarters in this small Afghan village. Soldiers and Afghan villagers were running and yelling and a handful of wounded people were strewn around the blast radius.

Luckily no U.S. soldiers were injured, but they were busy attending to Afghan soldiers and villagers who had been standing nearby when the suicide bomber attacked. A helicopter was called in to airlift some of the more severely wounded, while others were bandaged and sent home.

May 10, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Man arrested for armed robbery of Long John Silver’s

Covington Police Department detectives have made an arrest in the armed robbery of Long John Silver's restaurant on April 14.

May 10, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Crime Briefs

Officers from the Covington Police Department were called to the Hong Kong King restaurant after a couple who went there for an afternoon meal ate more food than they paid for.

May 09, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Fallen tree blocking lanes on Interstate 20

A tree in the road is blocking two right lanes on Interstate 20 near Exit 80, bringing traffic to a near stand-still. Drivers are encouraged to use an alternate route.

May 09, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Car crashes into Bank of North Georgia

An elderly woman crashed her vehicle into the back of another driver who was sitting in the drive-thru lane at Bank of North Georgia Friday morning.

May 08, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Locks of love

Growing it out: Connor Hewell recently grew his hair out to donate to the Locks of Love organization. Connor saw a picture of a child who had lost all his hair due to illness in his classroom at school. He noticed a young girl who had been diagnosed with brain tumors and was losing her hair due to the treatments and he felt compassion. He wanted to help but he didn't know how until he heard about Locks of Love, a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children under age 18 suffering from long-term medical hair ...

May 08, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO staff attend advanced training to reduce traffic deaths

Traffic crashes are a leading cause of injury death in Georgia and present a major public health problem. The tragic loss of life to traffic crashes not only devastates families both emotionally and financially, but also imposes far-reaching societal cost to employees and government agencies as well as public and private insurers.

Highway safety is a major concern for our sheriffs' offices. The sheriffs of Georgia are committed to continuing and enhancing their collective effort at reducing these injuries and tragic deaths. In the past, limited funds were a barrier in providing specialized highway safety enforcement training for sheriffs and ...

May 07, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


National Weather Service issues tornado watch for Newton until 7 p.m.

THE PRIMARY HAZARDS OF THIS STORM WILL BE FREQUENT LIGHTNING... PENNY TO NICKEL SIZE HAIL... WIND GUSTS TO 70 MPH... AND ISOLATED TORNADOES.

May 06, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Deputies look for stabbing information

A man was stabbed early Sunday morning following an altercation at an Almon Road residence and investigators from the Newton County Sheriff's Office are seeking tips to make sure they catch the right person.

According to NCSO 1st Lt. Mark Mitchell, deputies were called to the residence just before 2 a.m. When they arrived ,they met with a group of people who reportedly told them the suspect had followed them home from an establishment in Conyers to the residence thinking there was a party happening there.

May 06, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Man arrested with counterfeit cash

Officers from the Covington Police Department were called to an area discount store after a man attempted to use a counterfeit bill, and ended up confiscating roughly $970 in counterfeit currency.

May 06, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Almost 100 Bard workers to lose jobs

C.R. Bard Inc. announced that it is cutting 98 jobs in Covington as it consolidates the urological and medical divisions. Public affairs spokeswoman Holly Glass said the Harland Drive facility will close by June 22 as part of Bard's strategic adjustment plan to improve its overall cost structure and improve efficiency.

She said the first jobs will likely be eliminated on June 22 and that employees will receive severance and outplacement benefits. However, Bard will continue to sell all products made by both the urological and medical divisions, which will both be housed in the Industrial Boulevard facility.

May 06, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Covington OKs SUP for private K-12 academy

Mayor Kim Carter once again cast the tie-breaking city council vote Monday night in further support of a special use permit for Janice VanNess' Christian Peachtree Academy, which would be built off McGuirts Bridge Road. In what was at times a contentious discussion, VanNess, area residents and city councils members made arguments for and against the building of the school. The most important issue for council members was increased traffic.

May 06, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Telecast to benefit local Miracle Field

Current and aspiring leaders in Newton County can listen to business leaders, best-selling authors, a sports superstar and former world leader Tony Blair if they buy a ticket to the Maximum Impact Simulcast. The simulcast is an all-day leadership conference in Atlanta that will be broadcast to facilities around the county, including Newton County's Turner Lake Recreation Center on May 8 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The event is being sponsored by Chick-fil-A and Covington's local franchise is holding a fundraiser with the Newton County Recreation Department to benefit the Miracle League Field, which is ...

May 06, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Henry Co. academy suspends classes, student has swine flu

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia health officials have shut down a suburban Atlanta private high school after a 14-year-old student tested positive for swine flu.

Eagle's Landing Christian Academy in Henry County has suspended all classes for 14 days, though no other students are displaying symptoms of the potentially fatal H1N1 virus, said Dr. Elizabeth Ford, head of the state's Division of Public Health. State health officials believe the student's illness is linked to a group of his classmates returning from a trip to Panama in mid-April, Ford said during a news conference.

May 04, 2009 | By Dorie Turner The Associated Press | LOCAL


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