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Georgia Tech, Covington, Newton County partner to offer free LEAP online courses

COVINGTON, Ga. - The City of Covington and Newton County have partnered with Georgia Institute of Technology to provide a pilot program to help spur growth ...

June 14, 2017 | Staff Report | Local


Outdoor grill safety for the summer

Grilling during the summer time is a fun and exciting activity, but we should not forget about fire safety. Agent Tina Barrick of Newton County ...

May 30, 2017 | Staff Report | Local


Learning some tips from Hollywood

Local officials traveled to Los Angeles, Calif., to learn about the film industry out west in preparation for Three Ring Studios breaking ground locally.

May 28, 2017 | Staff Report | Local


Newton County remembers Sam B. Hay Jr.

COVINGTON, Ga. - A pillar of the community, Sam B. Hay Jr.'s calm and steady presence will be remembered for his role on the Newton ...

May 28, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Local


Lions Club celebrates 100 years

COVINGTON, Ga. - The Covington Lions Club celebrated 100 years of service Thursday night. In the celebration, Newton County Chairman Marcello Banes proclaimed June as Lions ...

May 26, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Local


Newton High teacher killed in accident

COVINGTON, Ga. – A Newton High School teacher was killed in a two-car collision Thursday morning on Brown Bridge Road.

May 19, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Local


Chamber hires new Main Street Director

COVINGTON, Ga. – The Covington/Newton County Chamber of Commerce announced today that Lauren Singleton has been hired as the new Main Street Director.

May 18, 2017 | Staff Report | Local


Pictures of Progress: Crossfit Unyielding cuts ribbon

Crossfit Unyielding, located at 80 Piper Road, joined the Covington-Newton Chamber of Commerce Thursday with a ribbon cutting ceremony at the gym. Crossfit Unyielding prides ...

May 14, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Local


House fire reported in Oxford

UPDATE, May 12, 3:20 p.m.: The scene of the house fire has been cleared and traffic is free to travel as normal.

May 12, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Local




Sen. Anderson, Rep. Dickerson host Town Hall Meeting

COVINGTON, Ga. - Representative Pam Dickerson and Senator Tonya Anderson host a Town Hall Meeting Thursday night in this historic courthouse on the Covington Square. The ...

May 05, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Local


BD to acquire Bard

COVINGTON, Ga. – BD (Becton Dickinson and Company) has announced an agreement under which it will acquire C.R. Bard, Inc., according to an April 23 ...

May 03, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Local


Covington Highway 142 widening shifting traffic

COVINGTON, Ga. - A Georgia DOT contractor will begin traffic shift setup Monday on the State Route (SR) 142/Industrial Park Boulevard widening and bridge project ...

May 03, 2017 | Staff Report | Local


Rep. Jody Hice visits Rotary

U.S. Congressman Jody Hice (R-GA) paid a visit to the Rotary Club of Covington during its April 25 meeting to update the club on ...

April 25, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Local


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Kidnapper pleads guilty, gets 40 years

The suspect arrested after an attempted armed robbery and kidnapping of a woman and her infant grandson outside the Hobby Lobby in Conyers last March entered a guilty plea in Rockdale County Superior Court last Wednesday.

January 19, 2013 | Amber Pittman | Local


District Attorney chooses new leaders

Newton County District Attorney Layla Zon has decided on some new leadership in the local DA's office, but not all the faces are unfamiliar. After a decade there, Melanie Bell has been named new chief assistant district attorney.

January 19, 2013 | Amber Pittman | Local


Businesses honored at chamber meeting

Bradley's Bar-B-Que has been serving up sandwiches, ribs and BBQ-sauce stains for years and Thursday night, the community gave back to the Covington square establishment and other area businesses.

January 19, 2013 | Danielle Everson | Local


The Verdict: Winner

Superior Court Judge Samuel D. Ozburn was at a loss for words as he was presented with the prestigious 2013 R.O. Arnold Award at the Newton-Covington Chamber of Commerce's annual meeting on Thursday.

January 19, 2013 | Danielle Everson | Local


District Attorney chooses new leaders

Newton County District Attorney Layla Zon has decided on some new leadership in the local DA's office, but not all the faces are unfamiliar. After a decade there, Melanie Bell has been named new chief assistant district attorney.

January 19, 2013 | Amber Pittman | Local


Y board chair and vice-chair are named

The executive team for the Covington Y has spoken, and the new board chairman and vice-chairman for the next two years are Layla Zon and Bob Stansfield, both active members of the Y for several years.

January 19, 2013 | Amber Pittman | Local


'Monster' burglarizes house, scares toddler

Deputies are still searching for a man who burglarized a house and traumatized a 3-year-old girl early Thursday morning.

January 19, 2013 | Amber Pittman | Local


Judge awarded R.O. Arnold award

Superior Court Judge Samuel D. Ozborn was at a loss for words as he was presented with the 2013 R.O. Arnold Award, one of the most prestigious local awards, at the chamber's annual meeting Thursday night.

January 18, 2013 | Staff Report | Local


Local Trial Lawyers Association meets

The Alcovy Rockdale Trial Lawyers Association held a luncheon for its first regular meeting Thursday at The Center.

January 17, 2013 | Amber Pittman | Local


NCWSA to install waterlines for Baxter

Wastewater infrastructure for Baxter International continues to move forward as the Joint Development Authority approved for the Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority to install sewer lines and mains for the manufacturing facility.

January 17, 2013 | Danielle Everson | Local


More meetings set for Salem overlay

Citizens either looking to give feedback about the Salem Overlay District project or who missed the public meetings in 2012, now have a chance to learn more about the project and voice their concerns at two additional meetings.

January 17, 2013 | Danielle Everson | Local


CPD starts neighborhood watch program

The Neighborhood Watch program is becoming a thing of the past in Covington. But in its place is a program that combines public safety from a variety of sources and community involvement that will hopefully work with the city's strategic action plan to promote Covington as a safe environment.

January 17, 2013 | Amber Pittman | Local


Salem Road widening top road priority

The county has a number of roads that need improving, but the widening of Salem Road tops the list of road projects that needs to be presented during the state legislative delegation.

January 17, 2013 | Danielle Everson | Local


Sen. Jeffares chair of Senate ethics

Sen. Rick Jeffares, R- Locust Grove, has been named Chairman of the Senate Ethics Committee for the 2013- 2014 legislative term by the Senate Committee on Assignments.

January 17, 2013 | Staff Report | Local


Kroger gas station down for testing

The gas station at the Covington Kroger on U.S. Highway 278 will be down for the next four to five hours for required state compliance testing, according to store manager Horace McCullough.

January 16, 2013 | Bryan Fazio | Local


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