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Village completes community housing initiative

After three years, the Village of Porterdale completed the Georgia Initiative for Community Housing and Mayor Arline Chapman and City Manager Bob Thomson were part ...

October 09, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


NCWSA plan may not include Bear Creek

When discussing the Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority's plan to purchase the county's water infrastructure, Hopkins said the topic of the proposed ...

October 08, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


WSA and county to move forward on water initiative

Newton County elected officials this week heard a plan that could help the county out of its financial woes.

October 08, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Lloyd Kerr appointed county manager

Lloyd Kerr was officially named Newton County's Manager Tuesday.

October 08, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


NCSO and Crime Stoppers seeks help identify suspects in armed robberies

The Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) seeks assistance from the public to identify two suspects believed to be involved in two separate armed robberies ...

October 07, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton's Jason Smith named Teacher of the Year

Newton High School's Jason Smith was named Newton County School System's Teacher of the Year Thursday.

October 06, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Former Newton County fire chief sentenced to one year in prison

Former Newton County Fire Services Chief Kevin O'Brien was sentenced to 20 years' probation with the first year spent in prison, fined $1,000 ...

October 06, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Newton County Theme School gets national recognition

Not many schools are invited by the U.S. Department of Education to apply for recognition as a National Blue Ribbon School. But that is ...

October 05, 2016 | Duane M. Ford | LOCAL


Chamber serves up a Taste of Newton

A chance to dig into a variety of tasty foods and gather for a lively feast of people is coming in the sixth annual Taste ...

October 05, 2016 | Xavier I. Lewis news@covnews.com | LOCAL


Armed robbery at local Dunkin Donuts

A local Dunkin Donuts was robbed Tuesday morning, according to the Covington Police Department (CPD).

October 05, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | LOCAL


Community comes together for Change the World Day

A community of faith will come together for Change the World (CTW) Day on Oct. 8.

October 05, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Performing Center officially opens

A variety of elected officials and staff representing a number of organizations and governing bodies throughout Newton County gathered together for the ribbon cutting of ...

October 05, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Chad Baker earns rank of Eagle Scout

Jerry Chadwick "Chad" Baker, III, son of Jerry and Charity Baker of Covington, earned the rank of Eagle Scout on Sept. 24.

October 05, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


BOC wrap-up: Water Authority looking to purchase county’s water assets

A first step for the Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority (WSA) to purchase the county's water infrastructure was taken Tuesday night.

October 04, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Mackenzie Mallard named Eastside Homecoming Queen

Mackenzie Mallard was named Eastside High School's 2016 Homecoming Queen Friday night. Mallard was escorted by her father Leo Mallard. Her mother is Renee ...

October 04, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Mansfield man killed in Afghanistan

Mansfield resident Joseph Griffin, 49, was killed on Christmas Eve in Kabul, Afghanistan by a policewoman who reportedly shot him when she decided her plans to kill the governor, police chief or an investigator would be too difficult.

December 27, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Carpenter named Mo. superintendent

Newton County School System's Deputy Superintendent for Operations Dennis Carpenter has been named superintendent of the Hickman Mills C-1 School District in Kansas City, Mo.

December 27, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Pittman: Proceed with care in '13

As most people are aware, because I remind them regularly, I'm pretty awesome. I have handled this whole single mom thing like a champ. Christmas, however, was a lot harder than I thought it would be. It was hard to keep up the whole Elf on the Shelf, baking cookies, looking at lights (to whoever had the huge light display on Forrest Drive, thank you!), happy time that my son is used to. At least this first Christmas as a single mom/divorcee (almost) is over, and I am bound and determined that 2013 will not suck like 2012 ...

December 27, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


AMBER Alert issued for two missing boys

An AMBER Alert was just issued on behald of the Roswell Police Department for two missing boys, ages 9 and 7.

December 27, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Carpenter named Mo. superintendent

Newton County School System's Deputy Superintendent for Operations, Dennis Carpenter has been named superintendent of the Hickman Mills C-1 School District in Kansas City, Mo.

December 27, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Carpenter named Mo. superintendent

Newton County School System's Deputy Superintendent for Operations, Dennis Carpenter has been named superintendent of the Hickman Mills C-1 School District in Kansas City, Mo.

December 27, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


End of Year SALE! $3 subscriptions!

Don't miss out on the best deal of the year! Subscribe to The Covington News for only $3.00 per month!

December 27, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


150 Years of Freedom

Civil Rights icon and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Rev. Dr. Joseph E. Lowery will be the keynote speaker at the Sesquicentennial Emancipation Proclamation Community Worship Service hosted at Springfield Baptist on Dec. 30, at 4:30 p.m.

December 26, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Piedmont Cattlemen sponsors 4-H and FFA beef clinic

Students from Newton and Jasper County FFA and 4-H chapters braved the cold at the Georgia FFA-FCCLA Center on Saturday to learn how to care for their show calves.

December 26, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Kiwanis donates $500 to Salvation Army

The Kiwanis Club of Covington donated $500 in cash and 43 Kiwanians each sponsored a child for the Salvation Army's Angel Tree giveaway and spent around $50 a piece on each child. The Angel Tree Program is designed to provide everyday necessities, clothing and Christmas gifts to disadvantaged young children and the elderly. The local Salvation Army is located at 5193 Washington Street SW in Covington.

December 26, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Excerpts from aboard the H.M.S. Victorious

While dining recently at Outback Steakhouse in Conyers, my wife and I were having our usual pleasant chitchat with Shannon Smith, a long-time Outback employee and family friend, when he conveyed his admiration of "A Veteran's Story." Shannon said he loved the articles, especially the stories of our aging warriors of World War II, and asked if I'd consider writing a story about his grandfather, a British fighter pilot. You bet'cha.

December 26, 2012 | Pete Mecca | LOCAL


Ellis looking to move the county forward

Newton County's new Board of Commissioners Chairman is positive about the future of the county and looking forward to working with the board as a team player.

December 26, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Newton County Business Licenses - Dec. 26

Environmental Resources Inc., Adam Womack, 10135 Twin Oaks Drive, (770) 722-8759, Sept. 21, other services.

December 26, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Gas prices fall below $3, drop 19 cents

Average retail gasoline prices in Covington have fallen 19 cents per gallon to $2.99 in the past week, averaging $3.18/gal last week.

December 26, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


SunCrest collects 500 lbs of food for food pantry

The SunCrest Healthcare family, based out of Madison, Tenn., joined together to hold a Soup for Seniors soup drive this December. For the past month, more than 70 branch locations collected canned soups, along with other canned goods and boxed items that can be used to make soup, such as noodles, canned vegetables, beans and broth.

December 26, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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