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Chamber of Commerce ‘voice is strong and growing’

The Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce has seen growth in membership, area jobs, Main Street program businesses and tourism revenue within the last year.

October 12, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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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County approves bid for resurfacing

The Newton County Board of Commissioners at their meeting Tuesday approved a low bid contract with ER Snell Contractor for $492,392.96 for the resurfacing of Kirkland Road.

October 20, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Sentencing scheduled for two in murder trial

The sentencing date for two of the four accused in the 2009 murder of landscaper Timothy Clements has been set for Nov. 1, just over two months since the alleged ringleader Pablo Maldonado, received the death penalty for his role in the murder.

October 20, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


County moves forward with 2050 plan

The 2050 Plan is moving forward, as both the Newton County Board of Commissioners and Covington City Council unanimously approved last week spending $50,000 each to develop and implement zoning ordinances that will put teeth into the future land use plan.

October 20, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Explorers receive excellence award

The Newton County Sheriff's Office Explorers recently received the 2012 National Explorers Excellence Award from Boy Scouts of America after exceeding specific objectives in order to obtain the award.

October 20, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local revives talent for stained glass

Covington resident Cheria Veal understands light - how it strikes her stained-glass pieces and is reflected and altered into shimmering patterns of color on the walls and floor.

October 20, 2012 | Anastasia Graves | LOCAL


Several schools celebrate Red Ribbon Week

Several Newton County Schools will celebrate Red Ribbon Week with a plethora of activities. A national campaign observed annually in October, Red Ribbon Week is an alcohol, tobacco and drug and violence prevention awareness campaign.

October 20, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Celebrating cultures of the world

CultureFest 2012 was in downtown Covington on Saturday.

October 20, 2012 | Rachel Goff | LOCAL


Bradley running against incumbent for coroner

After spending more than 30 years as a contractual licensed embalmer in Florida and four in Georgia, Robert Bradley is running against Tommy Davis for the position of coroner of Newton County.

October 20, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Post office celebrates breast cancer

Post office employees raised awareness to breast cancer by wearing pink shirts to work.

October 20, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Merryvale’s Bark in the Park

The cutest dogs and puppies in Newton County strutted their stuff Saturday morning.

October 20, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Simple but Powerful

Though the new Church at Conyers Christian Ministries holds their Sunday services on Saturday, Pastor Moses Little and his wife Arleshia Little want to be clear they are not a Jehovah Witness church or a Seventh Day Adventist church.

October 20, 2012 | Nhi Ho | LOCAL


Get your sample ballot!

Download the attached PDF to grab your sample ballot for this year's 2012 General Election.

October 18, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSS energy update

Energy saving measures made by the Newton County School System has shown a decrease in the money spent out the last two years.

October 18, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


New sprinkler law could help businesses

The council, at their meeting Monday, approved the first reading of an ordinance that would make changes to the occupancy requirements before a building would need to have automatic sprinklers.

October 18, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Vampire Diaries donates decorations

With Main Street Covington approving to spend up to $35,000 to purchase new decorations and donations from the set of "The Vampire Diaries," the downtown square will continue to be filled with the holiday spirit as the holiday season approaches.

October 18, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


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