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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


Caldwell and Cowan embalmer completes advanced training

Christine Banks, embalmer at Caldwell and Cowan Funeral Home, completed more than 130 hours of specialized embalming and reconstructive training in Springfield, Missouri recently.

October 10, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Butterfly Garden dedicated at Academy Springs park

The Satsuki Garden Club hosted a dedication to Covington's new pollinator garden in Academy Springs Park, off Conyers Street and Legion Drive, Monday.

October 10, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Students celebrate day of peace

Students at the Montessori School of Covington gathered around the school's peace pole to celebrate the International Day of Peache on Sept. 21.

October 10, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


FMA entertains while educating middle school students

Using hip hop, dance, film and comedy, Forces in Motion (FMA) Live! made Sir Isaac Newton's Three Laws of Motion and Universal Law of ...

October 09, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


WSA and county to move forward on water initiative

The proposal could help Newton County out of its financial woes.

October 09, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Jason Smith named Teacher of the Year

Jason Smith wept and hugged his wife and sons when he was announced as the Newton County School System's top teacher.

October 09, 2016 | Duane M. Ford | LOCAL


Village completes community housing initiative

After three years, the Village of Porterdale completed the Georgia Initiative for Community Housing and Mayor Arline Chapman and City Manager Bob Thomson were part ...

October 09, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


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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


I-20 partially closed

An accident on Interstate 20 eastbound has the slow lane shut down currently. Proceed with caution.

September 21, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


First footage from locally filmed '42'

Scenes from "42" were shot in and around Social Circle this past July.

September 21, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Upset mom plans national 'nurse-in'

The Douglasville woman who said she was asked to leave Applebee's for breast-feeding has hired an attorney to represent her, and has started a Facebook page for supporters, calling for a Nurse-In at Applebee's restaurants nationwide Sept. 29.

September 20, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


City offers industry incentive to stay

Covington council members voted unanimously to offer an existing industry a 10-year tax abatement worth $1.1 million to keep its business in the county.

September 20, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Lake Varner to get two pavilions

Newton County residents will soon have another picturesque place to enjoy a picnic.

September 20, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Seasonal consignment store looks to help others

A local consignment store is looking to lift the economic burden off residents with discounted clothes and help homeless men, women and children in the local area.

September 20, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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