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Thunderstorm watch in effect

Caution is urged this evening after the National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Newton, Rockdale and surrounding counties through 10 p.m. Wednesday.

June 24, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Grace Christian Academy celebrates academic, artistic achievements

Newton County's Grace Christian Academy's academic quiz bowl team became international champions for the third time in four years recently at the Accelerated Christian Education International Student Convention in Las Cruses, New Mexico.

June 24, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO deputies arrest Fla. fugitive

COVINGTON- An attempted murder suspect in a case out of Escambia County in Florida was arrested by deputies last week, the Newton County Sheriff's Office announced Thursday.

June 24, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local Prayer Vigil for Charleston

COVINGTON- The public is invited to attend a prayer vigil for the victims of the mass shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, Wednesday, June 24, at the St. Paul AME Church, 13108 Brown Bridge Road, Covington.

June 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Cavanaugh retires from The News

T. Pat Cavanaugh, publisher of The Covington News, The Rockdale News, and their respective digital products, has announced his retirement from The News Company.

June 21, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Eastside students travel to Galapagos

Although school is out for the summer, Newton County students are still busy learning. Such a group recently had the ultimate in science and ecological learning experience, heading to Ecuador and the Galapagos islands.

June 21, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local teachers participate in institute for environmental education

The 2015 Oxford Institute for Environmental Education (OIEE) recently concluded at Oxhouse Science Center, science field station of Oxford College. Teachers from across Georgia wrapped up an intensive week of professional development. Founded in 1992, OIEE provides an opportunity for teachers in grades K-12 to collaborate with college biology faculty, gaining new science teaching methods and investigative techniques.

June 21, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Gardening for and as a community

Nothing tastes like a still-warm from the sun, freshly picked beefsteak tomato. It's juicy, red and taste like, well, a tomato.

June 21, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Shifty Business

The stories seem to follow a pattern.

June 21, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Covington celebrates Juneteenth

Tommy Gregory Sr. told the crowd gathered at Nelson Heights Community Center that summer was the season to celebrate two of America's independence days.

June 20, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Jimmy Johns to open in Covington by end of summer

As a child, he waited tables in his mother's restaurant. Since then, John Nissan, 25, has worked every station in food service, most recently as a server at Cheddar's Casual Café in Columbus; Locos Grill and Pub in Athens; and Buffalo Wild Wings in Kennesaw.

June 20, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Community to celebrate Juneteenth

COVINGTON- Today marks the Juneteenth celebration for many members of the Newton County Community.

June 19, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Porterdale mom wins $1M Powerball prize

A Porterdale mother of four erupted with excitement, having picked up a winning Powerball ticket worth $1 million. Kimberly Little, 43, matched the first five winning numbers of the June 13 Powerball drawing, winning a $1 million prize.

June 19, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Metro PCS burglary suspect caught

COVINGTON- A suspect wanted for the burglary and attempted burglary of Metro PCS stores in Conyers and Covington was caught by Rockdale deputies and U.S. Marshals on Tuesday, June 17.

June 18, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


City retirees can be rehired with benefits

COVINGTON- Elections for the position of Covington mayor and three of the city's council seats may not be until November, but the first political salvo was fired at Monday night's council meeting, some five months before the Nov. 3 election day.

June 17, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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First daughter

 No one believed Francheska Wesley when she told them she would have her baby on New Year's Day, but mother's intuition was right and she welcomed her daughter at 1:13 a.m. on Jan. 1 at Newton Medical Center.

January 03, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newton Co. firefighters find remains in charred car

 Deputies from the Newton County Sheriff's Office were called to a vehicle fire late Wednesday night and when they arrived found not only a burning vehicle, but also the charred remains of a body inside.

January 03, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Lease rates at Cov. airport change

The Covington City Council approved Dixie Jet Services' proposal to change ground lease rates at the Covington Municipal Airport.

January 01, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Wynne appointed Superior Court judge

Newton County District Attorney W. Kendall Wynne Jr. has been appointed the fifth judge for the Alcovy Circuit by Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue.

January 01, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Auld lang syne

The experiences in Sara Groves' life are as varied as the plants she grows on her property in Oxford. Her home sits in the middle of her gardens and she in the middle of her home, commanding the space like a famous general with whom she once rode horses.

January 01, 2010 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Remains found in burning vehicle

On Wednesday evening at approximately 10:45 pm. Newton County Sheriff's Office Deputies were dispatched to McGiboney Lane off Spring Rd. in reference to a report of a vehicle fire. When Deputies and Newton County Firefighters arrived they located the burning vehicle on some vacant property off McGiboney Lane. As the fire was being extinguished, authorities located the unidentified remains of a body in the charred vehicle.

December 31, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Wynne named Superior Court Judge

Newton County District Attorney W. Kendall Wynne Jr. has been selected by Gov. Sonny Perdue to fill the position of the fifth Superior Court Judge for the Alcovy Judicial Circuit.

December 31, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Person of the Year: Samuel Ozburn

Superior Court Judge Samuel D. Ozburn was disappointed when the governor's office called to tell him he would not be the next Georgia Supreme Court Justice. However, as a man who values family and community service, Ozburn considers it an honor and a blessing to continue to be able to interpret the law locally.

December 30, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Year in Review: Newton County

Monetary concerns facing the nation and state were no less pressing for local governments.

December 30, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Story of the Year: Rising waters

Compared to 2008, 2009 was wet - really wet. This year marked the end of the three-year-long, earth-scorching level IV drought much of the state was in as well as posted record-breaking rainfall amounts in Newton County.

December 30, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Year in Review: Crime & Courts

The past year has seen numbers fluctuate where law enforcement is concerned. The number of murder victims is down from 2008's eight to only five in 2009, but the number of people charged with the crime has increased in the county. But while violent crimes may be down, robberies have gone up. The year also saw several murder cases put to rest when their murderers were officially tried and punished for their crimes. And one notorious convicted murderer was laid to rest, but not without protest. What follows is a brief look into crime and courts in Newton County ...

December 30, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Year in Review: Economics and Housing

To find the most important stories of 2009, one simply has to follow the money.

December 30, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Oxendine urges fireworks safety for new year’s night celebration

Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John W. Oxendine and the National Association of State Fire Marshals urges parents to protect their children - and themselves - from the dangers of fireworks during the New Year's holiday.

The sale and individual use of any type of firework, except certain kinds of sparklers, is illegal in Georgia. The penalties are a maximum fine of up to $1,000 and/or a sentence of up to one year in jail. Professional fireworks displays are permitted provided they are licensed through the local judge of probate court.

December 29, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Dropping winter temperatures bring rising need to prepare

As winter weather begins to move across the South, Georgians are being asked to take the time to prepare for what could be colder temperatures this season.

December 27, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


2010 Girl Scout Cookie Program has kicked off

Place your order for Girl Scout Cookies a little earlier this year as girls now have their order cards in hand. Beginning Feb. 20 Girl Scout Cookie Booths will be at local grocery and retail stores.

December 27, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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