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Smith: 'the mayor betrayed the trust of me and this council'

Covington City Councilman Chris Smith used his portion of council comments Monday night to address a letter Mayor Ronnie Johnston submitted to The Covington News ...

October 05, 2015 | Councilman reads letter that argues against a proposed development project | LOCAL

Johnston breaks tie against expanding stage

Covington Mayor Ronnie Johnston was the deciding vote not to expand the stage on the Square Monday night.

October 05, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

3 share Nobel medicine prize for tropical disease drugs

STOCKHOLM (AP) - A Chinese scientist who turned to ancient texts to discover a powerful malaria drug shared the Nobel Prize in medicine on Monday with ...

October 05, 2015 | Associated Press | LOCAL

A portrait of hope

Eighteen-year-old Lofton Wheeles was by his mother's side as cancer survivors, cancer patient care-givers, friends and family enjoyed the music of The Drive Time ...

October 05, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Vickers named Alcovy homecoming queen

Katelyn Vickers was crowned as Alcovy High School's homecoming queen Friday night.

October 03, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Response to Heat Homecoming leads to changes in event locations

Though the event was only promoted on Facebook and in the local papers, response to the upcoming Heat Homecoming 2015 has been so good, changes ...

October 03, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

First county adopt-a-pet day a success

By noon, most of the puppies and dogs had been adopted, and many of the cats and kittens.

October 03, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

October registration renewal notices delayed

The Department of Revenue (DOR) announced renewal notices for October motor vehicle tags will be delayed due to a contractor problem.

October 03, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Georgia burning guidelines

Fall weather means cooling temperatures, dropping leaves and for a lot of people, yard work. State of Georgia residents can now legally burn natural wood ...

October 03, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Local lawyer recognized for service to State Bar's Board of Governors

He seems to embody the image of a country lawyer-sharp, smart and laid back. Stories, one after the other, pour out of his memory ...

October 02, 2015 | Sandra L. Brands | LOCAL

Newton Medical becomes Piedmont Newton

Piedmont Healthcare is in Newton County.

October 01, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Chamber president discusses year-long plans

The Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce hopes to become a state wide leader in job creation, a retail hub for northeast Georgia, leverage its Hollywood ...

October 01, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Alcovy's homecoming court

Alcovy High School announced its 2015 homecoming court Wednesday, ahead of its homecoming game Friday night.

September 30, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Abigail Ozburn named Eastside homecoming queen

Abigail Ozburn was crowned Eastside High School's homecoming queen during halftime of Eastside's football game against Eagle's Landing.

September 30, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

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Prison ministry changing lives

Scripturally Sound is a ministry that, while being faith-based, is dedicated to encouraging and assisting in building healthy lifestyles. Its mission statement is "To Inspire a Desire for Healthy Lifestyles Through Spiritual Growth."

May 03, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Local crime briefs for May 4

Dana Williams-Crawford called Covington police alleging that her boyfriend Kermit Thomas was going to hurt her and that she wanted him to leave. Officers advised Williams-Crawford that since Thomas lived at the residence she would need to have him evicted. Williams-Crawford then became very frustrated and loud stating that the police never do anything for anyone.

May 03, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL

An afternoon of music

Residents were serenaded Thursday afternoon with the sweet sounds of the Newton High School Band and the Newton County Honor Band.

May 03, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Canoles, Kilonjis get fresh start

Branden Canoles brought his new next-door neighbors a basket of bright pink flowers Wednesday afternoon, while Jean-Joseph and Angelica Kalonji, professional bakers, returned the favor with an alternating cheese and white cake display.

May 03, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Pam Dew named 2011 Hometown Hero

Pam Dew can't help but be involved in enriching the lives of people with special needs. After retiring as coordinator of Newton County Special Olympics for the past 23 years, Dew simply decided to start another nonprofit, this time aimed at adults with special needs.

May 02, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Jumping for joy

Despite the hot weather, nearly 500 local special needs children participated in the annual Newton County Special Olympics this week.

On Tuesday, hundreds of special needs children sat under tents out of the harsh sun eating peanut butter sandwiches during lunch.

May 02, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL

3 arrested in Lakeview Drive drug bust

At least three people were arrested after a search warrant was served by the Covington/Newton County Special Investigation Unit with the help of the Newton County SWAT team Wednesday morning on Lakeview Drive.

May 02, 2012 | | LOCAL

Alcovy principal addresses lawsuit

With hundreds of comments swirling around the Internet and accusations being thrown from all sides following a lawsuit filed against 11 anonymous bloggers, Alcovy High School Principal LaQuanda Carpenter said she is baffled by the animosity but determined to follow her case through to the bitter end.

May 01, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Conyers man killed Saturday

A Conyers man was killed early Saturday morning after his motorcycle ran off the road on County Line Road.

May 01, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Watterson throws hat in race for Sheriff

Bill Watterson has announced that he intends to run for Sheriff of Newton County once again this term. This comes after resigning from the NCSO after more than two decades in order to pursue the office.

Watterson started his career with the NCSO in 1990 as a jailer in the detention center and has worked in a variety of positions with the force, including supervisor over patrol, CHAMPS, community outreach, civil division, traffic division, school resource officer, drug task force, investigations, traffic division/accident reconstruction, court services and vehicle maintenance.

May 01, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Making a pedigree chart

How did your hunt go this week? Were you able to visit relatives? Have you filled in your family group sheets? It is time now to decide which surname we are going to follow first.

Let's make a pedigree chart or you can print one from To make one yourself, get a blank piece of paper. At the bottom, write your name, remember if you are married to write your maiden name. Now draw a line up between your name and across like a T.

May 01, 2012 | Ellen Blakeslee Columnist | LOCAL

Society of St. Vincent de Paul hosts silent auction and wine tasting Friday

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul members hosted their second Silent Auction and Wine Tasting (Fox Vineyards) this past Friday evening. Sherry Odum's selection of hors d'oeurvres complimented the wines along with Wing Zone's zesty wings. The guests were greeted by Peggy Mercer and Nancy East. Inside Moore Hall of St. Augustine Catholic Church, Michael Frederick played music while the guests helped themselves to the Fox Vineyards' wines and the hors d'oeurvres which included great flavors as stuffed dates, blueberry brie puffs, chicken 'n cranberry salad spread, spanakopita, various cheeses and crackers - just to mention ...

May 01, 2012 | Christy Lassiter | LOCAL

Yarbrough: Federal judge sees majesty in the law, not jokes

While May 1st is designated Law Day in the United States, Judge Lisa Godbey Wood, chief judge of the U.S. Southern District of Georgia, says we Americans should remember that every day is a day of law in this country. There would be anarchy without it.

I had the privilege of following Judge Wood on a program in Savannah a couple of weeks ago and I have never heard anyone explain our system of law better or with more passion than she did. When it was my turn to speak, I felt like Tiny Tim and his ukulele following ...

May 01, 2012 | Dick Yarbrough | LOCAL

Illegal dumping of trash and toilets

Newton County officers responded to a call of illegal dumping.

After observing, the officers determined that someone had illegally dumped three commodes, a box that a new commode had come in and two large plastic bags of trash.

May 01, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL

Attacker says man got bruised face from falling

When Newton County officers responded to a call about an assault, James Norris stated that Timothy Gawenda had attacked him.

According to Norris, Gawenda and his girlfriend had come home and began accusing Norris of stealing items from their bedroom. Norris denied that he stolen anything from Gawenda's bedroom and Gawenda went outside to smoke a cigarette.

May 01, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL

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