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Voters reject Opportunity School District

Georgia voters rejected Amendment 1, or the Opportunity School District, proposition on this year's ballot.

November 13, 2016 | Duane M. Ford | LOCAL


Velinda Hardy: November and December full of activities on the Square

Fall is a beautiful time of year in Covington, and there are few places better to find activities and moments of reflections than downtown.

November 13, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Steps being taken for water conservation

Water resources from around the entire state are suffering, according to James Brown, Newton County water resources director.

November 12, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Newton County to send financial report to law enforcement

After reviewing a forensic audit of various departments within the Newton County Government Thursday evening, the board of commissioners (BOC) voted to send the financial ...

November 12, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Photos: Veteran's Day 2016

The northwest corner of the Covington Square was full of Veterans, friends, family and supporters Friday morning as homage was paid to Newton County's ...

November 11, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Washington Street Community Center hosts casino night Saturday

The Washington Street Community Center's annual casino night fundraiser is Saturday, Nov. 11, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Covington Ford ...

November 11, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Deputy improving after wreck

Newton County Sheriff's Deputy Justin White is improving daily, according to a statement from the Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) Friday.

November 11, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


Newton County to send financial report to law enforcement

After reviewing a forensic audit of various departments within the Newton County Government Thursday evening, the board of commissioners (BOC) voted to send the financial ...

November 10, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Four charged with drug possession at Newton High

Four students were charged with possession of marijuana, in two separate incidents, at Newton High School Tuesday.

November 10, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Dispute over election erupts at Alcovy High

A verbal dispute broke out at Alcovy High School Wednesday morning concerning the results of Tuesday night's Presidential Election.

November 09, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Smoke in area from north Georgia fires

The haze and odor of smoke was prevalent in Newton County Wednesday morning due to forest fires burning in North Georgia, according to Brad Stapp ...

November 09, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Piedmont Newton Hospital earns top marks for patient safety

Piedmont Newton Hospital has received an "A" grade for its commitment to patient safety, according to the fall 2016 Hospital Safety Score, which grades hospitals ...

November 09, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County’s vote paves the way for 150 jobs, $52.8 million investment

The Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) elected not to exercise their first right of refusal on two tracts of land on the corner of ...

November 07, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Bomb threat reported at Covington Waffle House

Employees and patrons of the Covington Waffle House, located at 10106 Alcovy Road, received quite the wakeup call Nov. 3 when they received a phone ...

November 07, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


GOVERNMENT 101 – Balancing liberty and security

Fifteen years ago, the Chief Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court spoke on liberty and security in a time of war at a joint meeting ...

November 06, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Two roads to see drainage improvements

County officials at their Dec. 4 board meeting approved a new fee proposal for design of alignment and drainage improvements to Livingston Lane and Veal Road.

County engineer Tom Garrett made the recommendation to the board to replace the existing purchase order with Hatch Mott McDonald, which has a remaining balance of $135,759.06, with a purchase order to Moreland Altobelli Associates in the amount of $87,687.80.

December 08, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


‘River of Words’ contest winners

"River of Words" poetry and art contest winners were recognized by the Newton County Board of Commissioners.

The contest, which is sponsored by Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful, required local students to create art or poetry that must feature water.

December 08, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


A holiday classic

The Arts Association of Newton County continued its holiday tradition Saturday with its annual production of "The Nutcracker" at Porter Hall at Newton High School. Dancers let the audience's imagination take over as they led them through the fields of battle, the land of snow and finally into the land of sweet in the classic holiday favorite.

December 08, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County OKs Baxter loan

The Newton County Board of Commissioners at their meeting Tuesday approved a resolution and intergovernmental agreement for a $5.9 million GEFA loan that will help to fund a wastewater pretreatment facility for Baxter International.

December 08, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


CPD earns eighth accreditation award

The Covington Police Department has earned its eighth accreditation award from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. The award was presented at the recent conference held in Jacksonville, Fla. The program has 480 standards and the department is required to meet all applicable standards. The department was the first agency in Georgia to be accredited in 1985 and the 10th in the nation. Of the original 10 agencies, only four have remained accredited.

During the exit interview, the assessors said they were very impressed with the entire department and their obvious commitment to the accreditation process. CPD ...

December 08, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


911 Center receives third accreditation

The Covington-Newton County 911 Center has received its third accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.

The Covington-Newton County 911 Communications Center attended the CALEA Conference in Jacksonville, Fla., in November, where they received their Gold Standards accreditation, according to a release from the communications center.

December 08, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Festival of Trees raises $9,000

If this year's success is any indication, the annual Festival of Trees celebration is going to be a holiday mainstay in Covington for years to come.

December 08, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Sheriff's office hosts motorcycle ride Sat.

The Newton County Sheriff's Office is hosting its 14th annual Toy Run Motorcycle Ride at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Covington Kmart.

December 07, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Shop with a Hero

Thirty-three local children received a special treat Thursday, after receiving gifts thanks to Walmart and the Covington Police Department, Newton County 911 Center, Georgia State Patrol and the Covington Fire Department during their annual Shop with a Hero event.

Previously called Shop with a Cop, this year expanded to include more city emergency workers.

December 06, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Local completes GBI Special Agent course

Brandon Tisdale, formerly of Covington, recently completed the Special Agent Candidate Course at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth.

December 06, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Committee discusses filming policy

The Covington Filming Committee met again on Monday morning and discussed a possible policy that will be established for filming in the city of Covington.

Mayor Ronnie Johnston and committee members Willie Davis, the city's human resources department training manager; columnist Barbara Morgan; John Howard, chairman of the Covington Municipal Airport Authority; Irene Smith local TV show host; Teresa Waters with the "About Covington to Madison" magazine; and Susan Kirk, owner of Scoops, attended the meeting.

December 06, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Accused child molesters remain at large

Authorities are still searching for two accused sex offenders, believed to be hiding out in Newton County after allegedly assaulting a local child.

December 06, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


County approves tobacco ban at parks

Parks and recreational facilities in the county will soon prohibit the use of tobacco products on its premises.

December 06, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Judicial expansion over SPLOST budget

The Newton County Board of Commissioners listened to expansion plans for the Judicial Center at their meeting Tuesday and heard at the meeting that the expansion would go over the SPLOST budget.

December 06, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Holiday fun this weekend

The holiday spirit will be alive and well this weekend as locals ring in the season with several fun, family-friendly events.

Friday, Dec. 7, Porterdale will host its Annual Christmas Parade with Santa and his live tiny reindeer at 7 p.m. in Downtown Porterdale. Following the parade will be the lighting of Porterdale's Historic Star and Christmas Tree. There is no cost for the parade. For more information on the event call (770) 786-2217 or visit www.cityofporterdale.com.

December 06, 2012 | Hayley Williams | LOCAL


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