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Newton Federal introduces Kasasa

Newton Federal Bank becomes the next financial institution in Georgia to launch Kasasa checking.

December 09, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man left Waffle House driving with beer, gin, vodka

A man was driving with an open beer, bottle of vodka and bottle of gin after being told to leave a Waffle House early Sunday morning.

December 08, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Santa photos at The News Thursday

Santa's elves are busy stocking his sleigh for his global flight, but Jolly Old St. Nicholas himself will take some time at The Covington News before Christmas Eve.

December 08, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Oxford's roots run deep

The city of Oxford is another year older - and it's people, another year wiser.

December 06, 2014 | Randy Schafer | LOCAL


Christmas comes to town

Santa came to town this weekend, as Christmas activities dotted the Newton County calendar. Friday, along with the Grinch visiting the Covington Square and Santa Claus visiting The Covington News, Porterdale held its annual Christmas Parade. The Porterdale Police department and its K-9 unit led the way, and the Newton High School Sound Factory band heralded Santa Claus pulled in his sleigh by two live reindeer. Saturday the Covington Lions Club held its annual parade, with 100 floats and marching bands going through Floyd Street and the Square, before Santa Claus paraded his way into town. Various other concerts filled ...

December 06, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Medical marijuana bill to be proposed

Georgia legislator Allen Peake will make the case for a bill legalizing cannabis oil for medicinal purposes this Monday in Covington as part of an event organized by Newton Conservative Liberty Alliance.

December 06, 2014 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Purple Heart for ‘Mama Bear’

Maj. Patty Justice was awarded a Purple Heart at a ceremony held on Friday, Dec. 5, at the Walk of Heroes Veterans memorial at Black Shoals park in Rockdale. She was wounded on Aug. 7, 2012 by an improvised explosive device while she was serving as a surgical nurse at Forward Operating Base Shank in Afghanistan. Visits CovNews.com to see her Veteran's Story.

December 06, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Homeless, hopeful

Emmett Mauzy and his family had a tough time staying at the home of someone who he thought was a friend and needed to leave. As the Mauzy family approached its storage unit where all its possessions were stored, things went from bad to terrible to horrific.

December 06, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Social Circle of Lights

Social Circle's Lighting of the Tree will take place today at 5:30 p.m.

December 06, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


'Redemption Forum' faces hard truths

Rockdale and Newton officials answered youths' questions about racial disparities in policing and government at an extraordinary forum held Dec. 3 at Springfield Baptist Church in the wake of the Ferguson protests.

December 06, 2014 | John Ruch | LOCAL


Twilights at Chimney Park

Christmas is right around the corner.

December 05, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Six Piper Road businesses broken in to

The Newton County Sheriff's Office has no suspects and no witnesses in the break-ins that occurred along Piper Road last weekend.

December 04, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Armed robbery suspect arrested

A Covington man was arrested Wednesday night, after a robbery left someone shot in the right elbow and in an Atlanta hospital Tuesday.

December 04, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Bullet hits house, man ticketed

After hearing gun shots from behind her house, a woman on Spring Valley Court noticed a hole in the wall the size of a bullet in the left side of her house Tuesday.

December 04, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Local educators named to advisory board

Two people from the Newton County School System have been handpicked to join Governor Nathan Deal's Education Advisory Boards.

December 03, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Newborn Council Briefs

 Newborn City Council held a meeting on Oct. 5.

October 21, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NMC’s Wound Care Center receives 2 state-of-the-art hyperbaric chambers

 A large 18-wheeler truck will pull up to The BirthCare Center entrance at Newton Medical Center on Oct. 15 loaded with two new Sechrist hyperbaric oxygen chambers.

October 21, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


A tasty donation

Pasta for police: Covington Elks Lodge No. 1806 recently sponsored a Spaghetti Dinner to raise funds to purchase much-needed Level III bullet-proof vests for the Newton County Sheriff's Department. Shown left to right are Captain Doug Kitchens, Elks State President Larry Capes, Exalted Ruler Butch Woodruff and Sheriff Ezell Brown. To donate contact the NCSO at (678) 625-1400.

October 21, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man sentenced to life for murder of his girlfriend

It took a Newton County jury less than an hour to convict 56-year-old Rick Ray Breedlove of the death of his former girlfriend Pamela Spencer. Judge John Ott then sentenced him to life in prison plus five years for malice murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

On Nov. 6, 2007, a call came in to Newton County 911. No one spoke on the tape, but what could clearly be heard were three piercing screams from Spencer and then two loud gunshots. After there was silence, save for the heavy breathing and groaning coming from ...

October 21, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Harristown to get senior living facility

 The Harristown Neighborhood will be getting a $9 million affordable senior housing facility in late 2010 or early 2011.

October 21, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Walton County Sheriff's Office employee dies at DeKalb Tech

A Walton County Sheriff's employee died Friday during training at the DeKalb Technical College's law enforcement academy.

October 21, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Breedlove found guilty on all charges

A jury found Rick Ray Breedlove guilty of murder in the 2007 death of his then-girlfriend Pamela Spencer. Judge John Ott sentenced him to life in prison plus five years on the charges of malice murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

October 20, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Vioces from the past

On a damp, dreary mid October evening, visitors to the Historic Covington Cemetery were treated to more than tombstones and flowers. At nine selected graves around the cemetery, voices from the past told the story of each site's occupant. From preachers to gypsies, they told a variety of stories that all ended in death.

October 18, 2009 | Tyler Smith | LOCAL


Sen. Douglas seeks funding for recent Crowell Road damage

Sen. John Douglas recently began talks with state and federal Department of Transportation (DOT) officials in order to receive vital funds needed to repair the damage to Crowell Road in Newton County. A section of the essential access road to Interstate 20 at exit 88 was washed out in the recent flooding which devastated many communities in Georgia. Like many areas in Georgia that are facing significant budget shortfalls, Newton County was not able to foresee the need in this year's budget for the type of funds needed to fix severe damages associated with this natural disaster.

October 18, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Benson found guilty

A jury found Franklin Elliott Benson guilty of murder Saturday evening and Judge Horace J. Johnson, Jr. sentenced the 49-year-old to life plus 11 years, as family members of both Benson, and the victim, cried.

October 17, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Benson takes the stand in murder trial

Franklin Elliott Benson took the stand Friday afternoon to defend himself against charges that he murdered Leslyan Williams nearly two years ago, and the inconsistencies jurors had been hearing throughout the prosecutions case were explained away by Benson who admitted to lying to anyone who asked about his whereabouts on Oct. 29, 2007.

October 16, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Trial begins for Franklin Benson

It was like a macabre Halloween prank when Brandy Snellgrove came home to her secluded house at around 2:45 a.m. Oct. 30, 2007, and found that her dog Foxy had brought a human foot on her porch. But within the hour she would find out that what she thought may be a joke was anything but funny.

October 16, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Prosecution calls witnesses in Benson case

The last time Leslyan Williams was heard from was Oct. 29, 2007, according to Franklin Benson when she called him with a flat tire in Tennessee. More than a week later it was her son Charles who reported her missing to DeKalb County police - not the man who witnesses say lived with her at least part time.

October 16, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


H1N1 vaccine available Saturday at health center

Newton County's Health Center, located at 8203 Hazelbrand Road, will be open Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to offer the nasal spray H1N1 vaccine. No appointment is necessary and the vaccine is free of charge.

October 16, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Porterdale to hold public hearing on preliminary comprehensive plan

At Tuesday night's Porterdale work session, consultant Chris McGahee presented council members with an outline of a 25-year comprehensive plan.

October 16, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


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