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Lanners, others honored by chamber of commerce

It was a banner night for the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce at the Charlie Elliot Wildlife Center Tuesday evening, with awards going to several ...

January 20, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Hillman, Craig, Fuhrey receive MLK honors

The 31st annual Newton County Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a time of tribute, worship and celebration at Newton High School Sunday.

January 20, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Kerr recommends closing some recycling centers

At the Newton County Board of Commissioner (BOC) work session Jan. 12, Interim County Manager Lloyd Kerr recommended that some of the county's recycling ...

January 18, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


BOC could go ahead on waste authority

Indicating they wanted to move forward with a solid waste authority, the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) instructed Attorney Megan Martin of Jarrard and ...

January 18, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


County ends annual hauling contract with Hilliard

Despite repeated attempts to explain the validity of cancelling a county contract for professional services at a Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) work session ...

January 18, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Hwy 278 improvement district now in the hands of legislators

Business owners on Hwy. 278 are awaiting Gov. Nathan Deal's signature on a piece of legislation that is approximately a year and half in ...

January 17, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Belton: The state of our state is better than the rest

Governor Nathan Deal gave his annual State of the State speech this week, and in general, Georgians can be proud that things are much better ...

January 17, 2016 | Dave Belton | LOCAL


Hightower Elementary class tours Capitol with State Sen. Van Ness

Newly elected State Senator JaNice Van Ness, of District 43, met Mrs. Iris Downs class from Hightower Elementary School at the Georgia capitol recently.

January 17, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Stephens: Why do we observe a day for Martin Luther King Jr.?

Have you ever thought why, we as a nation, set aside a day every year to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.? The third Monday ...

January 17, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LOCAL


Our Thoughts: Welcome, GSU

Newton County has long been home to colleges such as Oxford College of Emory University and Georgia Piedmont Technical College, but now it can boast ...

January 17, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Teenager will stand up to raise money for UGA Miracle

It's called a dance marathon, but the annual University of Georgia (UGA) Miracle fundraiser isn't all about dancing.

January 17, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


SPLOST: looking at the needs of the community

Newton County had its first meeting on a possible 2017 SPLOST referendum on Thursday, discussing such items as a new animal shelter, veteran's park ...

January 17, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Southern Heartland Arts to host annual fundraiser

Art has been proven to help develop motor skills, visual-learning, decision-making, creativity and more in children, but it is not always made a priority in ...

January 16, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Full-tuition scholarships for three Newton High seniors

Adam Fallah, Irma Soriano-Diaz and Crystal Sermon no longer have to worry about paying for their college educations.

January 16, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Sheriff Ezell Brown to seek third term in Newton County

Sheriff Ezell Brown will seek a third term as Newton County Sheriff after making the announcement before a large group of church members at Bethlehem ...

January 16, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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Covington News canned food drop-off location

Throughout this holiday season you can help feed local families simply by coming by The Covington News.

November 28, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Interim legal firm hired by BOC

The Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) approved a contract with Jarrard and Davis, LLP, of Cumming, Georgia to serve as the county's interim attorneys for the next 90 days.

November 23, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Meeting to approve legal team Monday

The Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) announced a special called meeting for Monday, Nov. 23, at 7 p.m. to approve a contract with an interim legal team.

November 23, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Two suspects in the Walmart murder arrested in Tennessee

A man and woman were arrested in connection with the Covington Walmart murder yesterday in Manchester, Tn., after a citizen tipped off the local media.

November 22, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Learn from history

A day after our president called ISIS "contained" the Islamic State launched a well-coordinated attack on the City of Light. ISIS just took down an airliner and conducted a suicide attack in Beirut. More than 900 citizens of our allies have been murdered by ISIS in a little more than a week.

November 22, 2015 | Dave Belton | LOCAL


Pastor announces candidacy for District 113

As a pastor, Sharon Henderson has been serving the community since 1989. Now she wants to take that service to a broader level, and has announced her candidacy for the Georgia House of Representatives, District 113.

November 22, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


BOC approves money for community afterschool meals

Newton County will cover the cost of pre-packaged foods purchased for the afterschool program at Nelson Heights Community Center.

November 21, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Rezoning recommendation denied

Though attention focused heavily on the future of Newton County's legal counsel at Tuesday night's Board of Commissioners (BOC) meeting, the board did work on other agenda items.

November 21, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Video released of suspects in Walmart death

The Covington Police Department (CPD) issued a "Be on the look-out" (BOLO) tonight for the murder/robbery suspects in the Nov. 16 death of Marsha Johnson at the Covington Wal-Mart.

November 20, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Rodney Clark arrested in murder of Newton man

Rodney Carter Clark was arrested Wednesday in the murder of Mario Demonte Johnson.

November 19, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Police seek Walmart murder suspect in Chattanooga

The Covington Police Department (CPD) has been ardently trying to find the subjects of a senseless killing at Walmart Monday, searching from Covington to Tennessee.

November 19, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Kicking off the season

Local musicians started the Christmas season off in Covington with the annual Lighting of the Square.

November 19, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Wedding ring, thousands in cash stolen from church

A wedding ring, thousands of dollars in cash and a gun permit were among the items stolen from cars in the parking lot of Solid Rock Baptist Church on Brown Bridge Road Sunday.

November 18, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Ellis, Ewing object to JDA land sale

The Joint Development Authority voted to sell land in Stanton Springs to developer Kippy Clarke and partners for a new residential neighborhood Monday, but the authority's two Newton County delegates were not in favor of the deal.

November 18, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Crop production rises

It's been a good year for soybean and corn production, while cotton is down almost 20 percent from a year ago.

November 18, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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