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Today's concert moved to Turner Lake

The final Fall Luncheon Concert today will be moved from the Square to its rain location, Turner Lake at noon. Blues band the Bobby Swain Band will perform on at the recreation center. For more information call 770-385-2077 or 770-786-8188.

September 23, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


iHave it! Fan waits for iPhone 6

Ben Parchem was almost certainly the first person in Newton County to secure a brand new iPhone 6 Plus Friday morning.

September 20, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Mansfield Garden Club turns 75

Memories and warm thoughts filled the room as 16 women gathered to celebrate more than a lifetime of gardening and friendship.

September 20, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Eyesore of the Week

Here is this week's eyesore.

September 20, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


A taste of fall

The Covington News hosted its first-ever Autumn Fest Saturday, Sept. 20 right in the office parking lot just off the downtown Square. Dozens came to browse about 30 vendors and craftmakers and do some early holiday shopping. Products ranged from gourmet coffee to homemade preserves to handcrafted crocheted items and children's books. Live entertainment was provided by local Ashley Walden. Darrell Everidge, The News photographer, was available to take portraits. Here's a few scenes.

September 20, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County keeps Miracle Field going

The Newton County Board of Commissioners approved a lot of improvements to Miracle Field Tuesday night, voting unanimously to accept a bid for $117,970 for pavers around the new field's facilities.

September 20, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


NCSO receives grants, comm. system

Newton County Sheriff's Office got the go ahead for three grants and a communications system to be used for various programs within the county.

September 20, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Sheriff, Chief react to Johnson’s bill

A new bill, sponsored by U.S. Rep Hank Johnson, D-Georgia, focusing on the demilitarization of local law enforcement agencies is slated to be introduced before the U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday.

September 20, 2014 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


Jailer arrested for sexual assault

A local detention officer was arrested for alleged sexual assault on an inmate, police reports said.

September 20, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Social Circle annexes Newton land

Newton County and Social Circle have always been close next-door neighbors, but now they are in each other's front yards. That's right, Newton County now has a little bit of a sixth city within its boundaries.

September 20, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Summer sounds: concert on the Square

Residents gathered for some late summer music provided by the Drive Time Band Friday Night in the newly renovated Square.

September 20, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


An improved Sunday edition

We are excited about our new Sunday package, which will be delivered early Sunday morning by our experienced carrier force.

September 20, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Queen for a day: Eastside's homecoming

Eastside senior Shanila White was named the Eagles' Homecoming Queen at Friday night's game against Jonesboro.

September 20, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


‘Outlaw’ punches and runs at The Depot

A man, identified as being part of the Outlaw motorcycle group, punched another man at The Depot Bar and Grill Friday evening.

September 20, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Detention officer sexually assaulted inmate

A local detention officer was arrested for alleged sexual assault on an inmate, police reports said.

September 19, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


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Naked woman threatens to kill officers

A call for help to the Covington Police ended in a woman being arrested after she threatened to kill officers early Thursday morning.

Officers were called to a home on Johnson Drive, and as they pulled up, they noticed a man and woman struggling in a upstairs bedroom through the open window.

March 06, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


SIU nets 3 in separate drug busts

Newton County Special Investigation Unit conducted three major busts in February, removing marijuana and cocaine dealers off the streets of Newton County.

On Feb. 11, investigators from the SIU arrested 42-year-old Tommy Lee Smith, known around Newborn as Superman. After requests from several of the Newton County Commissioners, who had received complaints from their constituents of drug activity in the area, investigators began looking closely at Smith, who lives in the area of The Settlement on Valley Street.

March 06, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


911 center call volume up

Newton County has continued to experience growth, but the amount of calls for assistance to Covington/Newton County 911 went up only slightly in 2008 according to numbers released in their annual report.

Calls for service passed the 100,000 mark but calls for assistance increased by only .55 percent in 2008. The total calls generated by Covington Police were 27,209, Georgia State Patrol generated 93, Animal Control generated 899, Newton County Sheriff's Office generated 58,077, Oxford Police generated 1,731 and Porterdale Police generated 4,437 calls.

March 06, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


BOC will not help fund July fireworks

Newton County will not provide funding for the Covington July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza. On Tuesday the Board of Commissioners voted not to fund their $3,790 portion of the annual display in a 3-2 decision, with Commissioners Earnest Simmons and J.C. Henderson voting to fund the display.

Henderson said the fireworks display was an important community event that should be funded.

March 06, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Economic Development Strategy unveiled this week

Leadership Collaborative officials presented their Economic Development Strategy for Newton County to the media Wednesday. The strategy was written because collaborative officials think that Newton County is at an important crossroad in its development.

"We need to focus on economic development," County Chairman Kathy Morgan said. "Where are we now? Where do we want to be in 2020? In 2050?"

March 06, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Senate targets tax delinquents

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Senate leaders are pushing a change that would allow the chamber to sanction or oust legislators who haven't paid their taxes.

It comes as a Department of Revenue report revealed that 22 lawmakers are delinquent on their tax bills, some owing taxes that date as far back as 2002. That's roughly 10 percent of Georgia's 236 state lawmakers.

March 04, 2009 | The Associated Press | LOCAL


NCSO helps nab internet predator in Alaska

An Alaskan man was arrested on various sexual charges after reportedly chatting with a Newton County Sheriff's Office investigator that he believed was a 13-year-old girl.

March 04, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Former county chairman, state legislator, businessman passes away

Most of those who had come to call Jack Hays Morgan Sr. a friend met him through business, politics, church or through the many acts of kindness he humbly performed throughout his life.

March 04, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Little Mr. and Miss Newton County

Bright smiles: The winners of the 2009 Mr. and Miss Newton County are Austin Wilson, 5, (left) son of Billy Wilson and the late Alisha Rowe, and Cali Smith, 5, daughter of Cindy and David Smith.

Super dancer: Antonio Shy Jr., 4, winner of the talent category performs the Superman dance from hit song of rapper Souljah Boy.

March 04, 2009 | Anthoney Banks | LOCAL


2 saved from house blaze

Fast thinking from a passerby likely saved the lives of two Newton County residents when their home caught fire and began burning without their knowledge Monday morning.

March 03, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newton County pummeled with snow Sunday

Around 3,000 Newton County residents remained without power Monday afternoon because of the widespread nature of the power outages from Sunday's winter storm.

March 02, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Homestead tax exemption spared

Newton County property owners who received a homestead exemption last year won't have to give any of that money back thanks in part to the federal stimulus package. Stimulus money is allowing the state to reimburse Newton County entities for the $5.69 million in homestead exemptions they handed out in 2008.

March 01, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Keeping the arts alive

When budgeting for fiscal year 2009, Arts Association in Newton County Executive Director Buncie Hay Lanners anticipated a $45,000 shortfall because of a decrease in corporate funding.

March 01, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Mooner, drunk driver arrested

Newton County residents who happened to be at the area of U.S. Highway 278 and Turner Lake Road Thursday might have noticed an unusual sight - a full moon at around 5 p.m. when two women were driving around, one of them hanging her rear out of the window to moon those passing by.

March 01, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


General Mills donates more than $240,000 to local groups

Employees of General Mills' Covington plant donated about $240,000 to Newton and Rockdale nonprofit organizations at a reception Friday.

March 01, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


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