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Patriot Guard rider on the lookout for “Lil Bear”

James Royster has used his love for riding his motorcycle to help others in a time of grief.

October 12, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Piedmont Newton hospital to become tobacco and smoke-free campus

Piedmont Newton Hospital will be a tobacco and smoke-free campus starting Nov. 17.

October 12, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Red Cross to conduct Home Fire Campaigns

The Red Cross of Georgia will look to set the record for the highest number of smoke alarms installed in a single day during more ...

October 12, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County finance director resigns

Michelle Kelly has resigned as Newton County's Director of Finance.

October 11, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


New events for Christmas, New Year’s Eve highlight downtown lineup

When people gathered around the Newton County Historic Courthouse in downtown Covington for the lighting of the Square and Christmas tree and Santa's return ...

October 11, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


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A holiday classic

The Arts Association of Newton County continued its holiday tradition Saturday with its annual production of "The Nutcracker" at Porter Hall at Newton High School. Dancers let the audience's imagination take over as they led them through the fields of battle, the land of snow and finally into the land of sweet in the classic holiday favorite.

December 08, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County OKs Baxter loan

The Newton County Board of Commissioners at their meeting Tuesday approved a resolution and intergovernmental agreement for a $5.9 million GEFA loan that will help to fund a wastewater pretreatment facility for Baxter International.

December 08, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


CPD earns eighth accreditation award

The Covington Police Department has earned its eighth accreditation award from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. The award was presented at the recent conference held in Jacksonville, Fla. The program has 480 standards and the department is required to meet all applicable standards. The department was the first agency in Georgia to be accredited in 1985 and the 10th in the nation. Of the original 10 agencies, only four have remained accredited.

During the exit interview, the assessors said they were very impressed with the entire department and their obvious commitment to the accreditation process. CPD ...

December 08, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


911 Center receives third accreditation

The Covington-Newton County 911 Center has received its third accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.

The Covington-Newton County 911 Communications Center attended the CALEA Conference in Jacksonville, Fla., in November, where they received their Gold Standards accreditation, according to a release from the communications center.

December 08, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Festival of Trees raises $9,000

If this year's success is any indication, the annual Festival of Trees celebration is going to be a holiday mainstay in Covington for years to come.

December 08, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Sheriff's office hosts motorcycle ride Sat.

The Newton County Sheriff's Office is hosting its 14th annual Toy Run Motorcycle Ride at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Covington Kmart.

December 07, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Shop with a Hero

Thirty-three local children received a special treat Thursday, after receiving gifts thanks to Walmart and the Covington Police Department, Newton County 911 Center, Georgia State Patrol and the Covington Fire Department during their annual Shop with a Hero event.

Previously called Shop with a Cop, this year expanded to include more city emergency workers.

December 06, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Local completes GBI Special Agent course

Brandon Tisdale, formerly of Covington, recently completed the Special Agent Candidate Course at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth.

December 06, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Committee discusses filming policy

The Covington Filming Committee met again on Monday morning and discussed a possible policy that will be established for filming in the city of Covington.

Mayor Ronnie Johnston and committee members Willie Davis, the city's human resources department training manager; columnist Barbara Morgan; John Howard, chairman of the Covington Municipal Airport Authority; Irene Smith local TV show host; Teresa Waters with the "About Covington to Madison" magazine; and Susan Kirk, owner of Scoops, attended the meeting.

December 06, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Accused child molesters remain at large

Authorities are still searching for two accused sex offenders, believed to be hiding out in Newton County after allegedly assaulting a local child.

December 06, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


County approves tobacco ban at parks

Parks and recreational facilities in the county will soon prohibit the use of tobacco products on its premises.

December 06, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Judicial expansion over SPLOST budget

The Newton County Board of Commissioners listened to expansion plans for the Judicial Center at their meeting Tuesday and heard at the meeting that the expansion would go over the SPLOST budget.

December 06, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Holiday fun this weekend

The holiday spirit will be alive and well this weekend as locals ring in the season with several fun, family-friendly events.

Friday, Dec. 7, Porterdale will host its Annual Christmas Parade with Santa and his live tiny reindeer at 7 p.m. in Downtown Porterdale. Following the parade will be the lighting of Porterdale's Historic Star and Christmas Tree. There is no cost for the parade. For more information on the event call (770) 786-2217 or visit www.cityofporterdale.com.

December 06, 2012 | Hayley Williams | LOCAL


Pine Shadow home ransacked

A deputy responded to a call at a home on Pine Shadow Circle on Wednesday at 11:47 a.m. after a man reported that he saw three black males in a Gold Toyota Camry in his cousin's driveway. The man said the first time he passed by the home, the garage door of the house was closed.

When the man passed the house again leaving the subdivision, he observed the garage door had been opened and the men were leaving the house. The man said he believed he knew the man in the front passenger seat, but he ...

December 06, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Joy in the midst of tragedy

Editor's note: Few stories we've heard are as tragic as the one that saw a wife lose her husband on a wedding anniversary and two sons lose their father on a trip to see Santa. Our reporter Amber Pittman was moved to organize a special Christmas gift for the grieving Evans family. She contacted and coordinated with the Covington Police Department and the local Covington Santa to surprise the family with gifts and some Christmas joy in the midst of a tragedy.

December 06, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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