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CPD warns of utility scam

The Covington Police Department is warning City of Covington utility customers against a scam.

September 12, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Residents turn out for District 4 meeting

More than 200 voters turned out for a town hall meeting Thursday to discuss the County Commission's recent actions to strip District 4 Commissioner J.C. Henderson of his financial powers. They weren't happy, but they were calm.

September 12, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Woman charged with incest, sodomy

The Newton County Sheriff's Office responded to a complainant residing near Robertson Rd. who said they observed some inappropriate text messages to her 15-year old son from someone known to the family.

September 12, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Cousins Middle commemorates 9/11

The students and faculty of Cousins Middle School commemorated September 11, 2001 during a Thirteenth Anniversary Program Thursday. The CMS BETA Club presented the colors for the program, which featured the school's band and chorus. Newton County Sheriff's Office Deputy Johnny Robinson layed a wreath, and the guest speaker was Army Chief Warrant Officer 3rd class Phillip Carswell.

September 11, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


GPC Newton students scholarship eligible

From a scholarship for community service to scholarships for education majors to a healthcare scholarship specifically for Walton County residents, students enrolled at the Georgia Perimeter College Newton Campus can find ways to help fund their education - but first, they have to apply.

September 11, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Work continues on 278 CID

The effort to form a self-taxing "Community Improvement District" on U.S. 278 in Covington is picking up steam - and it has to, with a deadline of Nov. 1 to take the next step.

September 11, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Bill to track, reduce military gear to police

U.S. Congressman Hank Johnson of Georgia, District-4, will introduce a bill to House members that's taking aim at the Pentagon's 1033 Program, which gives military-grade weapons and equipment to state and local law enforcement departments for free.

September 11, 2014 | Martin Rand III | LOCAL


Mmmm ... Tastes like home

Around 20 restaurants participated in the annual Taste of Newton, held at the Porter Memorial Gymnasium Thursday evening.

September 11, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


Bomb threat to 3 schools deemed hoax

Three high schools went on lockdown the morning of Thursday, Sept. 11 for a brief period of time due to an online bomb threat before it was determined the threat was a hoax.

September 11, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


What is happening with content

As The Covington News changes to a Sunday-only publication in print, our coverage of Newton County will show no signs of decline.

September 11, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Alcovy, Liberty lockdowns lifted

UPDATE: Both lockdowns have been lifted, according to a tweet by the school system and the NCSO.

September 11, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Henderson supporters might march

Some residents of Newton County's District 4 are deeply upset about last week's Board of Commissioners' decision to strip Commissioner J.C. Henderson of most of his powers as an elected official.

September 10, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


A sustainable publishing model

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


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Bond denied again in dismemberment case

 Franklin Benson, who is accused of allegedly killing and dismembering the body of his girlfriend in 2007, was denied bond for the third time in Newton County Superior Court Thursday.

February 06, 2009 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


NCSO helps snag man for cyber sex crime

 A Flowery Branch man was arrested Tuesday after allegedly providing sexually explicit material to a person he believed was a 13-year-old female.

February 06, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


A life apart

From her small home in the historically black Sandhill community in Covington, 78-year-old Emogene Williams has seen it all. She's seen crosses burned by members of the local Ku Klux Klan in neighbors' lawns and she has seen the first black president elected to office.

February 06, 2009 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


NHS class of 2009 hosts candlelight vigil at school

Students, teachers and parents braved below freezing temperatures Thursday night to pay tribute to slain Newton High School student T.J. Dorsey who was killed Sunday morning.

February 06, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Covington woman claims $250,000 prize for office pool

ATLANTA - A Covington woman, who is the treasurer of a Forest Park lottery pool, has claimed a quarter-million dollar lottery win. Candice Goodson, and eight of her co-workers at Premier Transportation, matched the first five winning numbers in the Jan. 27 Mega Millions drawing and won a second prize of $250,000.

The others in the lottery pool with Goodson are ecstatic. Members of the group chose to use their date of hire for the lucky combination.

February 04, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Climate Coalition raises awareness of carbon footprint

At a recent showing of the environmental documentary "Kilowatt Ours" members of the Newton Climate Action Coalition swapped ideas of ways they could reduce their carbon footprint and encourage the greater Newton County community to do the same.

Shown at the Newton County Library on Tuesday, the documentary by filmmaker Jeff Barrie examines the effects of the Southeast's coal-based electricity grid on things such as higher rates of asthma among children and drastically altered mountaintops from coal mountain blasting.

February 04, 2009 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Local shoots man

 A Newton County man was arrested Monday night after allegedly shooting another man during an altercation.

February 04, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Student remembered at school, online

 Though things are slowly getting back to normal at Newton High School, the death of 17-year-old Terrence J. Dorsey, known as T.J., is still weighing heavily on the students, both those who knew him and those who did not.

February 03, 2009 | By Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Designer parking

Well spoken: (Right) Two conceptual models created by University of Georgia Landscape Architecture students at the Metropolitan Design Studio in Covington are displayed at The Center for Community Preservation and Planning Tuesday during a presentation of 10 creative bike racks designed for use throughout Covington. (Above) UGA Student Ansley White makes her bike rack presentation. White's design is modeled after a reel of film - a tribute to Newton's Hollywood history.

February 03, 2009 | Mandi Singer | LOCAL


Gun drawn in parking lot fight

Two men were arrested last week after an altercation at Newton Medical Center led to one man allegedly pulling a gun on the other.

February 01, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


County faces $5.3 million shortfall

It is highly likely that Newton County will have to layoff some of its employees in the next budget cycle in order to balance a projected $5.3 million deficit.

February 01, 2009 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Getting ready for the big game

For the fans: Five O'Clock Somewhere Bartender Melissa SanFelice hangs Super Bowl themed balloons and streamers over the pool tables Saturday afternoon in preparation for the Super Bowl party hosted by the local Covington establishment. The big game will be featured in surround sound on the 106" theater screen at Five O'Clock Somewhere and a free buffet will be available starting 4 p.m. Sunday.

Porterdale Bar and Grill is also hosting a Super Bowl BBQ Party and two-year anniversary celebration starting 1 p.m Sunday. Customers eat for free.

January 31, 2009 | Mandi Singer | LOCAL


Unemployment soars in Newton County

 Newton County's unemployment rate climbed to new heights in December to 10.4 percent, according to figures released by the Georgia Department of Labor on Thursday.

January 30, 2009 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Smurfit-Stone files for Ch. 11 bankruptcy protection

 Smurfit-Stone Container Corp., the largest producer of cardboard box materials in North America and a large manufacturing employer in Covington, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

January 30, 2009 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Donated car stolen

An attempt to register a recently purchased vehicle proved fruitless when a Covington man realized the car was still owned by someone else who thought she had donated it to charity.

According to reports, officers from the Covington Police Department were called to a location on Washington Street in reference to a stolen automobile. When they arrived, they spoke to the victim who reportedly said he had purchased a 1994 Saturn station wagon from a man named "Ray" at a gas station on Washington Street and Flat Shoals Road. According to reports, the man told officers he paid "Ray" $700 ...

January 30, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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