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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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Morgan drops ordinance challenge

The county's sign ordinance remains intact and Jack "Buddy" Morgan has found an alternative to putting up more roadside signs on Interstate 20.

November 20, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Community Pillars

Hundreds of citizens converged on the square for the official start of the holiday season in Newton County Thursday night and to see T.K. and Louise Adams granted the honor of lighting the courthouse.

November 20, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


County to expand NSP target area

So many foreclosed homes have been purchased by private owners in Fairview Estates that Newton County will likely have to purchase most of its Neighborhood Stabilization Program homes elsewhere.

November 20, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Mount Tabor Road now open

Mount Tabor Road opened at 10 a.m. Wednesday, after the road's bridge was closed in late September when the Yellow River flooded.

November 20, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Henderson: District 4 treated unfairly

Commissioner J.C. Henderson's decision to try to get Newton County cut off from federal funding has angered leaders around the community.

November 19, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Man arrested in armed robbery that shut down Wal-Mart

Willard Anthony Montgomery, age 52, was arrested today and charged with armed robbery and use of a hoax devise in robbery of United Bank that shut down Wal-Mart 10 days ago.

November 19, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


InVEST in the NCSO

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. Checks should be made payable to Newton Co. Sheriff's Office and earmarked for safety vests and equipment. Please mail donations to NCSO c/o April Jones, 15151 Alcovy ...

November 19, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


East Metro Hosts Saturday H1N1 Clinics

East Metro Health District will host H1N1 vaccination clinics at the Newton County Health Center from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday, November 21 for CDC priority groups.

The vaccine will be available to persons who fall into the priority groups recommended by the CDC:

November 18, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local Scout completes Eagle project

During the Newton county school system fall break, most kids took it easy, vacationed or slept in and enjoyed relaxing with their friends.

November 18, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Cheer champions

Newton's best: The Cousins Middle School Competition Cheerleading Squad recently won the Newrock Cheerleading Championship. They also won the title of Newton County Champions for the second year in a row. Individual awards were also won by Hannah Green for the Tumble Off and Kaitlyn Bouchillon, Jenna Hicks, Mishay Allen and Kayla Aaron for the Lib Off. Pictured above are: Front row: Kaitlyn Bouchillon, Alex Garner. Second row: Delani Kitchens, Madison Fortt. Third row (kneeling): Madison Sauls, Mishey Allen, Kayla Aaron, Cori Rogers, Hallie Wheeler, Hailee Patilleo, Hannah Green. Back row (standing): Mandy Rape, Elizabeth McDaniel, Jenna Hicks, Coach ...

November 18, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Sheriff's Office investigator tracks online child predators

Attention: this story contains graphic details of an undercover investigator that works to apprehend online predators.

As an investigator with the Newton County Sheriffs Office, Sharron Stewart works with runaways and child molestations and the families of missing persons. She also assists on the more gruesome felonies such as homicides, but it's her part-time position that garners the most attention: her work as an undercover investigator in charge of catching online predators.

November 18, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Douglas to run for 4th state senate term

State Senator John Douglas (R-Social Circle) announced he will run for a fourth Senate term in the 2010 race.

Douglas represents District 17, which includes Newton County and parts of Henry, Rockdale, Spalding and Walton counties, and has been a state senator since January 2005. He said his experience, including a term in the Georgia House and on the Newton County Board of Education, make him the best candidate in 2010.

November 18, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Local food banks nearly empty as holidays approach

Local food banks are hoping that thankful citizens will share the wealth this holiday season and help re-stock their bare pantries.

According to Rosalee Thompson who works with the Newton County Community Food Pantry, they are exceedingly low right now and need all the help they can get from citizens.

November 18, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Sen. Douglas announces 2010 reelection bid

State Senator John Douglas (R-Social Circle) announced today his bid for a fourth term in the 2010 race.

November 16, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Santa’s Helpers

Rotarians or elves? As sure as St. Nick is readying his gifts for all of the good boys and girls in Newton County, the members of Rotary are getting ready to help him. Rotarians will be taking applications for their annual stocking delivery from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday at the Salvation Army located at 5193 Washington Street. You must have a driver's license or some type of proof that you reside in Newton County. Pictured above are Rotary elves Andrea Hammond, left, Brooks Collins, Jonny Tatum and Mike Petroff (sitting).

November 15, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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