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New Children’s book takes imagination to a whole new level

"Imagination Interactive Counting Coloring Book" is designed to help children develop their imaginations and sense of personal accomplishment, according to the book's creator.

July 02, 2016 | Jasmine Floyd | LOCAL


Square Perk closes

After almost six years of serving local residents coffee, lunch and community fellowship, Square Perk Café has closed its doors starting Friday.

July 01, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


New airport terminal celebrated

State, county and local dignitaries turned out early Thursday to celebrate the groundbreaking for the new terminal at the Covington Municipal Airport.

June 30, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Covington’s Fourth of July celebration to be bigger, brighter this year

As the two grand finales of fireworks went off simultaneously during the 2015 Independence on the Square in Covington, some spectators staring up at the ...

June 29, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Independence Day celebrations across Newton County

Several cities in Newton County are hosting celebrations for the 2016 Independence Day holiday. Check below for events in Covington, Oxford, Porterdale and Social Circle.

June 29, 2016 | Jasmine Floyd | LOCAL


NCSO announces SWAT Team graduates

Several Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team members of the Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) have completed or will complete specialized training at Barrow ...

June 29, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


‘Go-to site for entertainment’ coming to Covington

A "one of a kind, massive, film, TV, music and video gaming production site" is close to coming to Covington.

June 28, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Alcovy, Flint Hill eligible for school choice

Flint Hill Elementary School and Alcovy High School have been identified by the Newton County School System (NCSS) as potentially eligible schools for school choice.

June 28, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Finding alternatives to gangs

It may just look like someone got creative with a spray can of paint, but law enforcement sees graffiti as a possible sign of gang ...

June 27, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Hampton Inn Covington awarded 2016 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award

The Hampton Inn Covington has received a 2016 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award. Now in its sixth year, the achievement celebrates hospitality businesses that have ...

June 26, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County Senior Services receives new shuttle bus

Newton County Senior Services is the proud recipient of a new shuttle bus that will soon hit the road to transport senior residents to and ...

June 26, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Three Newton County deputies graduate from Georgia Public Safety Training Center

The 286th Graduation Class of the Georgia Public Safety Training Center-Athens Academy held their graduation on June 10 at the Winder Community Center.

June 26, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Learning the signs of gang interest

Newton County Sheriff's Office Captain Keith Crum suggested that if parents start seeing gang symbols on their child's school, the need to pay ...

June 26, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Memorial honors former El Charro manager in wake of tragedy

Since the death of Enrique Ramirez Trejo, the El Charro family has banded together to support the Trejo family and one another.

June 26, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | LOCAL


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Facebook threats leads to stolen phone

A parent of an Indian Creek Middle School student reported her child's phone stolen and that the unknown person who stole the phone was posing terroristic threats on the Internet.

September 25, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Local recalls gruesome Vietnam War

On Sept. 24, 1970, Bobby Gayton stopped drinking and gave his life to Christ. He's been preaching ever since, and our country should be grateful he wasn't required to give his life in Vietnam.

September 25, 2012 | Pete Mecca | LOCAL


Vampire Diaries shoots in Olde Town Conyers

IN BRIEF: Parts of Olde Town Conyers are being transformed into New Orleans as the CW's show "Vampire Diaries" shoots scenes for its fourth season. The shoot, scheduled to run until Friday in Olde Town, will be mainly at night and will shut down parts of some streets at night. Traffic will also be directed during a few times in the day, according to Main Street Conyers' Monica Coffin. Much of the indoor shooting will take place at the Celtic Tavern. Some of the main stars of the hit television show will reportedly be on set for these scenes.

September 25, 2012 | | LOCAL


Vehicle fire blocks WB I-20 lanes near exit 98

A vehicle fire on I-20 westbound near mile marker 97 has blocked off all but one lane.

September 25, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local artist featured in Atlanta gallery

His walls were covered with art - a few of his paintings mixed with the works of others - and several pieces were lined up in the foyer, an appropriate look for an aspiring artist and single man.

September 22, 2012 | By Anastasia Graves | LOCAL


Newton Medical saves $2.1 million

Newton Medical Center was able to trim costs by $2.1 million over the past four months by switching to generic drugs, shopping more competitively for products and streamlining internal processes.

September 22, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Where does the Fuzz Run money go?

The annual Fuzz Run is one of the top 5K races in the state. Wrapping up its 29th year, it is also one of the longest-running annual races in the state, with funds going to the Police Who Care fund. Now a popular race for thousands of runners, the Covington Police Department is making enough on the race to focus on really helping those who need it.

September 22, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


BOE, water authority settle fee dispute

A long-lasting dispute over sewer tap fees at the new Newton High School, which is under construction on Crowell Road, was finally settled this week between the Newton County Board of Education and Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority.

September 22, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Skrobot guilty of child molestation

Former Covington baker Charles Leslie Skrobot, pleaded guilty to child molestation Thursday.

September 22, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Recent Births

Baby Boy Sims, Sept. 13, Jalisha Sims and Damian Dukes, 7 pounds, 20 inches, Covington.

September 22, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Artists showcase work at annual Artful Harvest awards

The awards presentation for SHA's annual Artful Harvest visual arts exhibit, sponsored by United Bank, was held at the Newton County Library Thursday evening, Sept. 13. The judging was conducted by acclaimed artist Thomas Reis, currently residing in Atlanta.

September 22, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Friend of the forest

Drive around enough of Newton County and you're sure to see a tree, or a few dozen, that's been planted by forester Beryl Budd.

September 22, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Murder trials dates to be set

The deaths of Andrew Nichols and Ketitra Jones may have happened months, and for Nichols, years ago, but those charged in their cases are still making their way through the court system.

September 22, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Crime Briefs - Sept. 23

Trailers stolen from packaging facility on Alcovy Rd.

September 22, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Today's weather: Small chance of rain

The National Weather Service is calling for a small chance of rain later in the day, with highs in the mid-80s for the first day of fall.

September 22, 2012 | Rachel Goff | LOCAL


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