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The Covington News was first published in 1865, and is the oldest continuous business in Newton County. Our company is committed to this community and has been privileged to be the steward and owner of this critical community advocate for the last 28 years.

September 10, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Feds accepting Bear Creek comments again

The Savannah District of the U.S. Corps of Engineers is accepting comments until Sept. 19 for the county's recently proposed changes to the site of the Bear Creek Reservoir dam in southern Newton County.

September 10, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


'God was holding my hand'

Covington First United Methodist Church recently hosted guest speaker Elizabeth Ungar Lefkovits - a Holocaust survivor. For two hours Lefkovits took her audience through an intimate portrayal of her personal experiences in the Holocaust.

September 10, 2014 | Rasheera Dopson-Robinson | LOCAL


Missing person

A Covington woman reported a missing person after not seeing or hearing from her daughter for three and a half weeks.

September 10, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Covington church burglarized

A local church is hoping for a different kind of confession after it was burglarized and no arrests.

September 10, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Fuzz Run T-shirts unveiled

Here is the design for this year's Fuzz Run T-shirt (modeled by CPD's Kristi Greco). CPD's Health Expo is Friday from 8 p.m.-6 p.m.. Our Health Expo is Friday from 8-6 p.m. We have over 600 door prizes to give away at the Expo, and more than 25 vendors will be there Friday in the Conyers Street Gym.

September 10, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Bobby Weaver’s family still looking for answers

Wyatt Weaver got his driver's license Tuesday. He should have been celebrating by taking a drive to see friends or showing up at school on his own accord.

September 10, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Chase ends on I-20 in Newton County

The Covington Police Department assisted in a vehicle chase on I-20 shortly after noon on Tuesday.

September 09, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


What is that saying about how God laughs when we make plans?

One of the most valuable things I've learned working with youths is to always be open to change and to enjoy life as it comes.

September 06, 2014 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


March to sea: Silent witness to Sherman

"The paths of glory lead but to the grave" wrote the poet Thomas Gray. He was talking about the common folk residing forever in an 18th century English churchyard. A century later and an ocean away are the graves of local soldiers who fought in the Civil War. They are found behind the homes of long-time residents in Starrsville and Mansfield, for example, or in the Confederate Cemetery at Conyers and Davis Streets in Covington.

September 06, 2014 | | LOCAL


ICMS student named STEM semifinalist

A local middle school student is working her way to the top of a national STEM competition by becoming one of only two semifinalists in Georgia.

September 06, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Newton County Q&A with Hal Dally

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.

September 06, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


NCSS announces 54 AP Scholar Awards

A chunk of local recent high school graduates and students received honors for posting high scores on their AP exams.

September 06, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


County considering alcohol catering changes

There are two ways to hold catered parties with cash bars in some areas of Newton County.

September 06, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Center says it’s losing city, water money

The director of the Center for Community Preservation and Planning, the group tasked with forming the 2050 Plan and its accompanying ordinances, recently sent a note to groups that have supported its efforts saying that Covington and the Water and Sewer Authority will cut off its funding.

September 06, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


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Archive By Section - LOCAL


Taking the Cheerios Challenge

The Cheerios Challenge returns to the Covington YMCA on April 18 with a 10K/5K Road Race and 1-mile Fun Run/Walk.

February 19, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


BOC delays salary cut talks

At a packed Newton County Board of Commissioner's meeting Tuesday, Chairwoman Kathy Morgan and County Administrative Officer John Middleton proposed three options for balancing the roughly $5 million deficit for Fiscal Year 2009.

February 19, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


High Point hit hard

According to the National Weather Service, the fierce storms that blasted Newton County Wednesday night, leaving downed trees and destroyed property in their wake and pelting the southern end of the county with golf ball-sized hail were courtesy of an EF1 tornado with winds reaching 109 m.p.h.

February 19, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Tornado watch for Newton until 11 p.m. Wednesday

Tonight: Showers and thunderstorms likely before 1am, then a slight chance of showers. Some of the storms could be severe and produce heavy rainfall. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 42. West wind between 5 and 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent.

February 18, 2009 | The National Weather Service | LOCAL


Experts share tips on how to grow the local economy

If Newton County wants to attract more industry, it needs to develop a stronger consumer base, produce a more highly educated and talented work force and promote itself to the state's department of economic development.

February 18, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Council says no to raises

The Covington City Council voted unanimously to remove a discussion of pay raises for council members from the agenda of Monday night's council meeting, effectively dropping the issue.

February 18, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


If terror strikes...

School resource and day officers from the Newton County Sheriffs Department and the Covington Police Department joined forces with drama students from local high schools to prepare themselves for the worst should terror strike the schools of Newton County.

February 18, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Man attacked in home

A local man received a beating after others disagreed with the way he was disciplining his child Monday night.

February 18, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


County breaks with collaborative to save on pest control services

When the Leadership Collaborative first decided to contract out services together, they were hoping that buying in bulk would result in savings for everyone involved. Their trial run with pest control services didn't work out as planned, but still led to savings for most entities, including $8,000 in savings for Newton County.

In November, the Newton County Board of Commissioners, the Newton County School System, the Newton County Water and Sewage Authority, the city of Covington and Social Circle City Schools joined together to search for a single pest control provider to service all five entities. Nine pest ...

February 15, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Salary cuts loom for county personnel

At a special called meeting Saturday, members of the Newton County Board of Commissioners concluded that, in light of an anticipated $5 to $5.5 million budget shortfall, payroll adjustments would have to be made in order to make up the deficit.

"This is very painful," said District 5 Commissioner Tim Fleming, "but these are hard times we're in."

February 15, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Local awarded for lifetime achievement

During his four decades in broadcast journalism, Bob Furnad worked behind the scenes to cover the world's biggest events. On Tuesday, Furnad's work was brought to the forefront with the Di Gamma Kappa broadcasting society's Distinguished Achievement Award in Broadcasting.

Furnad had many successes in his professional career, working 18 years at ABC and more than 17 at CNN. He was senior producer for Good Morning America, CNN's first political director and the president of CNN Headline News. He covered the first Gulf War, the explosion of the Space Shuttle Challenger, the fall of the Berlin ...

February 15, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Blue ribbon beauties

Spicing it up: Newton County High School FFA Show Team member Jacquelyn Leissa, a junior, smiles with joy moments after the announcment that she and her heifer named Cinnamon were the winners of Cattle Showmanship category at the 2009 Newton County Classic Livestock Show Saturday on the campus of Newton High School. About 40 competitors from the Eastside High School, Alcovy High School and Newton High School FFA clubs as well as Newton County 4-H members participated in the annual countywide livestock competition held in the Livestock barn at Newton High School. Students show cattle and swine in showmanship and ...

February 14, 2009 | Mandi Singer | LOCAL


Doing the Healthy Hearts Dance

Happy feet: South Salem Pre-K student Jonathan Morris, left, dances with Physical Education Teacher Scott Sloop during the Healthy Hearts Dance.

 The two classes of Pre-K students studied a unit on good nutrition and learned how exercise helps to keep them healthy. The Healthy Hearts Dance was planned close to Valentine's Day and included 40 Pre-K students dancing for more than 30 minutes to increase their heart rates with cardiovascular exercise.

February 14, 2009 | Mandi Singer | LOCAL


Cousins High Students March

Editor's note: This article was published in the March 5, 1970 edition of The Covington News.

Negro students from R. L. Cousins High School Marched from their school into Covington, around the square several times and on to the office of the Board of Education Friday morning in protest of the "7-5 Integration Plan" adopted by the Board and the proposed changing of the name of their school. The students, some 500 strong, were led by some members of the local youth branch of the S.C.L.C., who were not members of the Cousins student body. They ...

February 13, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Stepping Forward

As a student leader of the Covington civil rights movement, who once spent 45 days in jail for protesting segregation, watching President Barack Obama take the oath of office at the Capitol in Washington, D.C. was a seminal experience for Forrest Sawyer Jr.

February 13, 2009 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


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