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City OKs changes for mini-warehouses

"Non-conforming" is a designation no business owner wants. It means a business can't be rebuilt if more than 65 percent of the building is burned, or if things are put on hold for more than six months. And it makes selling such a business much more difficult.

August 21, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Newton High to lift new weights

The Newton High School weight room will be getting a heavy facelift after the Newton County Board of Education approved Superintendent Samantha Fuhrey's recommendation to purchase new equipment due to the current equipment's condition.

August 21, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


3 blood drives remain through August

The Red Cross is continuing to ask for blood, with three more blood drives in Newton County through the end of August.

August 21, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Rockdale AP named NCCA principal

The Newton College and Career Academy (NCCS) has a new CEO, and he's coming from just nearby.

August 20, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Family & Laughter

The familiar hum of the customers meets the sound of the vintage milkshake machine as it spins up a strawberry shake. Townhouse Café makes the old time milkshakes - thick, not foamy. They are just thin enough to sip through a straw.

August 19, 2014 | | LOCAL


Custom-embroidery store to open on Pace St

You won't find any frogs at the new Ribbity Ribbitz store opening on Pace Street, but the embroidery business is not lacking a prince and a strong family foundation.

August 19, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Urban ‘won’ his 100-mile run for Taylor

Joe Urban's goal was to run 100 miles in 30 hours to raise money for cancer research, and because he'd told his young friend, Austin Taylor, that he would.

August 19, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Rockdale collaborative group begins

Rockdale's highest officials have decided that it's best if they move forward with forming a collective that'll work together to benefit the community.

August 19, 2014 | Martin Rand III | LOCAL


Remember the basics of financial planning

As someone who has been dealing with finances for decades, I thought I would share some information that may be beneficial to the planning of the readers of The Covington News.

August 19, 2014 | Mike Lassiter | LOCAL


CAEC donates backpacks to Middle Ridge

The stuffed backpacks keep rolling in, with or without accessorized wheels.

August 19, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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


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


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Commissioner Henderson not to hold press conference about battery charges

Update, Monday, 5:18 p.m.: Commissioner J.C. Henderson will not hold a press conference to discuss his battery charges this week. Anthony Carter, Henderson's attorney, said he told Henderson that he'd like to do an investigation before anything like a press conference takes place.

October 12, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Flood warning issued for Newton County

The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for the Yellow River near Conyers below Milstead from this afternoon until Wednesday evening.

At 10 a.m. Monday the stage was 6.0 feet - the flood stage for the Yellow River is above 11.0 feet. The forecast is for the river to rise above flood stage by this afternoon and continue to rise to near 15.9 feet by tomorrow morning. At 16.0 feet, moderate flooding begins.

October 12, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man steals from Wal-Mart, attempts to flee across I-20 on foot

Covington Police Officers were forced to chase a man across a street and into the woods after he reportedly stole a digital tape recorder from Wal-Mart.

October 11, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Cars for a cause

Under the hood: The square was alive with nostalgia and the sounds of the Golden oldies as local folks came out to admire the antique cars on display last Sunday. The Covington Rotary sponsored the event, and raised over $13,500 for the benefit of the Miracle Field, according to Rotary Chairman Lanier Sims.

October 11, 2009 | T. Pat Cavanaugh | LOCAL


Good eats, good Times

Tender, fall-off-the-bone ribs, smoked to perfection and coated in the mouth-watering spice rub. That was only one of the types of delicious barbecue served up at the fourth annual Sherman's Last Burning Fall Festival and BBQ Cook-Off, hosted by the Covington Lions Club, which took place Friday and Saturday at American Legion Field.

October 11, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Boom town: Newton County grew at a rapid rate - but the jobs weren't following

This is the first of a three-part series examining how explosive growth and the housing market collapse have changed the face of Newton County.

October 10, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Alpha Delta Kappa Month

Sorority sisters:

October 09, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Elkadettes lend a helping hand

Helpful smiles: The Covington Elkadettes recently gathered much-needed items to be delivered to the local women's shelter, Project ReNeWal. Project ReNeWal services Newton, Rockdale and Walton counties and offers assistance to women in crisis. The Covington Elkadettes are a part of the local Covington Elks Lodge No. 1806. Pictured are Peggy Hudgins, left, Elk Artis Standard, Elkadette President Pat Pippin and Betty Standard.

October 09, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Early voting for Nov. 3 elections open until Oct. 30

City council elections aren't until Nov. 3, but residents in Newton County's cities will be able to cast their vote early.

October 09, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Baby formula bandits busted

Three people were arrested after an attempt to shoplift several thousand dollars worth of baby formula from a local grocery store Friday afternoon.

October 09, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


InVest in the NCSO campaign - Oct. 9

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 ...

October 09, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Nelson Heights management under dispute

Before the Newton County Recreation Commission decided whether it would operate the Nelson Heights Community Center, it naturally had a few questions, including:

October 09, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Local teens take leadership roles throughout the state

Middle and high school 4-H'ers in Newton County are members of Sigma Lambda Chi 4-H.

October 09, 2009 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


Sprucing up Sharp

Sharp Learning Center is all about change. Students are at the school to make a change in themselves and on Thursday morning several of those students worked hard to make a change in the front of the school as well.

October 09, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Housing group hosts auction to benefit non-profits

Richport Properties is inviting the community to come out Saturday to its newest property from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Brookline subdivision, located one mile south of the square at Highway 36 and Eagle Drive, to bid at a silent auction, enjoy some free food and entertainment, learn more about local community groups and explore new houses.

October 08, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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