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Armed robbery suspects arrested with 6,000 pills

Two suspects wanted for the Omnicare Pharmacy armed robbery were arrested after officers and agents found $250,000 of prescription drugs in a joint Georgia Bureau of Investigations and Conyers Police Department investigation.

April 10, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Spring Festival at Gaither’s Plantation

Every spring is a great time to enjoy the cooler weather, the colorful scenery of the blooming flowers and more. This spring offers a more rare experience for are residents thanks to the Gaither's Plantation Spring Fling and Festival.

April 10, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Water main on Brown Bridge Rd breaks

An estimated four-hour repair job, extended to eight or nine hours, keeping residents along Brown Bridge Road without water for much of the day Tuesday.

April 09, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Woman reportedly on ‘Molly’ fights police

After allegedly taking the drug "molly," a woman fought with Covington police officers and grabbed for an officer's pepper spray and Taser Saturday morning at 2:20 a.m.

April 08, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Pricey auto insurance in Covington

Covington drivers are paying more than most in Georgia for auto insurance, going against assumed statistics about population and density as indicators of such rates.

April 08, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Spinning his wheels

A Covington man was arrested after he allegedly drove drunk with an open bottle of whisky in a truck and tried to make his passenger switch seats with him.

April 08, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Sheriff appeals to citizens in fight against crime

Responding to the increasing number of people who want to assist law enforcement officials and build a stronger partnership in the fight against crime, Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown announced that Newton County citizens are being invited to become Honorary Members of the Georgia Sheriffs' Association.

April 08, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Lions Club to host annual BBQ

The Covington Lions Club will hold their 42nd Annual Chicken BBQ at their pavilion on Conyers Street from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. on April 9.

April 08, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Fire shuts down Turner Lake Rd Arby's

A small electrical fire left the Arby's on Turner Lake Road shut down Sunday evening through Monday.

April 07, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Volunteers, cyclists come together

Residents in Social Circle pride themselves on their tight-knit community mentality and volunteerism. What better way to celebrate that aim than by gathering to fuel up 700 hungry and pollen-covered bicyclists from all over the state at a rest stop under the sun?

April 06, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


County studies Salem Rd zoning more

County officials want to make sure they're on the same page when it comes to future development in the Salem Road area, so they're placing a temporary ban on some zoning requests.

April 06, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Ribbon cut on CNG station

The City of Covington's Green Fuels Facility, a compressed natural gas station, held its grand opening Friday.

April 06, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


2014 Governor’s Honors Program finalists

Six Newton County School System high school students plan to spend part of their summer jump-starting their college learning after being selected to participate in the 2014 Governor's Honors Program.

April 06, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


GOP hosting candidate meet-and-greet

Newton County residents planning to vote in the Republican primary May 20 will have a chance to meet and question several candidates in one place at the Newton County Republican Party's April 15 political rally.

April 06, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Covington Student a Finalist at Mr. ABAC Contest

After speaking to the Lions Club of Oxford this week about 4-H opportunities, I noticed yet again that my old classmates simply aren't present in service clubs.

April 06, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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County investigates landscaper’s claims

Newton County is investigating claims made by former county lawn-care contractor Billy Durden, who informed the county in late November he is planning to sue, claiming wrongful termination and libel and slander.

February 01, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Former lawn care contractor to sue county

Update, 12:51 p.m.: County Attorney Tommy Craig said the county is investigating the claims made by Billy Durden in the ante litem notice and expects to finish the investigation shortly.

January 31, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


County could change leadership structure

Newton County's future county manager is already in place with transportation director Tom Garrett being appointed to assistant county manager, but what happens when Garrett leaves?

January 30, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Slippin' n' slidin'

The winter storm that came through Newton County Tuesday evening resulted in around 20 car accidents (five known by the Covington Police Department, and an estimate of around 15 from the Newton County Sheriff's Office), plenty of people out of school and work, and a closure of the county and local city offices.

January 30, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County Jail log

Taurus O'Neal Baynes, 29, 145 Avontea Drive, Covington, Jan. 21. Probation violation.

January 30, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man charged with stealing car after release

A LaGrange man, released from the Newton County Jail Tuesday under a charge of theft by receiving stolen property from May 2013, reportedly stole a man's car from a gas station the next day.

January 30, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


NCSS to hold spelling bee next week

S-P-E-L-L-I-N-G, B-E-E… Spelling Bee.

January 30, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Icy drive was snow going

Snow is an unfamiliar enough sight for Metro Atlanta residents, but ice-skating Fords, Hondas and Chevrolets? That's just plain out-there.

January 30, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Hackathon to connect local web developers, businesses

Businesses and organizations needing web help and local web designers and developers looking for work have a chance to connect Saturday at a first-of-its-kind event in Newton County.

January 30, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Covington honors 2013 retirees at reception

The City of Covington held its retirement reception Thursday evening honoring the 19 former employees who made 2013 their swan song.

January 30, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man charged with drag racing

A Covington man was arrested for reportedly "laying drags" in the early hours of Sunday morning.

January 30, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


NCSS schools closed for students Jan. 31

Due to continued icy conditions on the roadways, all Newton County Schools will be closed for students tomorrow, Jan. 31, a release from the school system said.

January 30, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Snow Storm 2014: Day 3 closures

The Covington News will continue to update residents throughout the day as Newton County recovers from Snow Storm 2014. Please visit throughout the day to find out more on closures, weather, traffic and any possible emergencies.

January 30, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County roads getting better; list

Newton County roads are clearing up, and the county offices will open at 10 a.m. Thursday.

January 29, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Newton County Schools closed Thurs.

Newton County Schools will be closed tomorrow, Thursday, Jan. 30, due to inclement weather.

January 29, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


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