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Two GDOT Newton County road projects to begin this summer

The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) announced its schedule for construction this summer and beyond. While there are four projects on the GDOT list, only ...

May 26, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Former county fire chief appears in court Thursday

Former Newton County Fire Chief Kevin O'Brien appeared in court Thursday as his lawyer, John L. Straus, filed a request for continuance. Judge Horace ...

May 26, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


What about those questions on the ballots?

Ballot questions made an appearance on Tuesday's primary ballots - four on the Democratic ballot, one on the Republican.

May 25, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


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Pumpkin patches abound

Eight-year-old Jake Branan said it best about this year's pumpkin displays.

October 09, 2012 | Rachel Goff | LOCAL


Middle school sisters practice leadership, service, speaking

"If you have a free Saturday, you don't have to sit around 'vegging' out in front of the TV or computer; you can be part of something special in our community," said Kacie Gartner, a Liberty Middle eighth grader.

October 09, 2012 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


Reporter gets second threatening letter

For the second time in two months, a threatening note was left at the front door of the Covington home of a reporter for The Covington News, and once again it appears to be related to the ongoing civil defamation lawsuit involving a high school principal and anonymous online commenters.

October 09, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Social Circle super talks new school

Social Circle business owners had the chance to meet and greet Social Circle City Schools superintendent Todd McGhee at a monthly Merchant Coffee event held at the Social Circle welcome center on Tuesday.

October 09, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


No bond for alleged child murderer

A Covington man accused of the death of 7-year-old Ethan Israel Martinez was denied bond last week.

October 09, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Covington First UMC hopes to ‘Change the World’

This Saturday, Oct. 13 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Covington First United Methodist Church will host the Change the World Event at the church, which is located at 1113 Conyers St. in Covington. The event is free and open to everyone.

October 09, 2012 | Haley Williams | LOCAL


Festival of Trees returns, donations needed

Covington's Festival of Trees is back, and residents will once again be able to bid on a variety of pre-decorated Christmas trees courtesy of area nonprofits and businesses.

October 09, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Surviving Vietnam’s jungles

The 173rd Airborne Brigade was established in 1917 as an infantry brigade before serving in France during World War I. Redesignated in 1942 as the 87th Recon Troop, the 173rd fought in three European campaigns. Inactivated in 1951, it was reactivated in March 1963 and allotted to the regular Army on Okinawa as the 173rd Airborne Brigade, a quick reaction force. Extensive training in mass parachute jumps earned them the nickname "Tien Bien" meaning "Sky Soldiers."

October 09, 2012 | Pete Mecca | LOCAL


Happy 4-H week!

We hope you'll join in the festivities as we celebrate 108 years of 4-H in Newton County.

October 09, 2012 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


Man robbed while doing laundry

A man was reportedly robbed while he was in his back yard hanging laundry on Saturday. A Covington police officer responded to Nixon Circle at noon and spoke to a woman who said her son had been robbed. The police officer spoke with the woman's son who said he was in the back yard of his residence hanging clothes on a clothes line when a man later identified as Devonte Hightower came up behind him, stuck something sharp in his back and said, "Give me your money." The man said he told Hightower he did not have any money ...

October 09, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


GA ranks high for identity theft

According to data from the Federal Trade Commission, Georgia had the second highest number of identity theft complaints in 2011; only Florida ranked higher. More than 11,000 complaints were filed by Georgia residents, a 20 percent increase from 2010.

October 09, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Resurgens welcomes Dr. Miller

Resurgens Orthopaedics - Georgia's largest orthopaedic practice - continues to grow and expand its services with the addition of orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Chealon D. Miller to its Covington office (3211 Iris Drive).

October 09, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Carpenter dismisses defamation lawsuit

Alcovy High School Principal LaQuanda Carpenter has decided to dismiss the defamation lawsuit against school board member Jeff Meadors.

October 09, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Today is the deadline to register for general election

Today is the deadline for Georgians to register to vote if they want to participate in the general election on Nov. 6.

October 09, 2012 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Man arrested in restaurant owner killing

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta police say they've made an arrest in connection with the slaying of an Atlanta restaurant owner last month.

Authorities say 53-year-old Vanessa Thrasher was preparing to testify in an upcoming murder trial when she was gunned down at her northwest Atlanta business, OT's Lounge and Soul Food Grill, on Aug. 16.

October 08, 2012 | Associated Press | LOCAL


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