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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


Water officials say lack of rain ‘getting a little serious’

With concerns over the recent dry spell, Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority (NCWSA) Director, Mike Hopkins said an educational process will begin to let ...

November 06, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


BOC summary: New juvenile building contract awarded

Garland and Associates Contractors, Inc. were awarded the bid to build a new building for juvenile court by the Board of Commissioners (BOC) Tuesday evening.

November 01, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Dine Out for a good cause on Nov. 10

Just under $8,000 was raised due to Newton County residents deciding to eat out on Dine Out, Do Good restaurant night in 2016.

November 01, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Princes, princesses on parade at 1st Presbyterian

Students at Covington First Presbyterian Church go on parade dressed in their Halloween Costumes Monday.

October 31, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Covington man dead after quadruple shooting in Henry County

A Covington man was killed during a quadruple shooting in Henry County Thursday.

October 31, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


Deputy in Atlanta ICU after wreck

Newton County Sheriff's Deputy Justin White, 28, was involved in a single-vehicle crash in the early morning hours of Oct. 30 on Highway 162.

October 31, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


Historic Newborn Schoolhouse hosts festival

The annual Historic Newborn Schoolhouse festival is set for this Saturday, Nov. 12 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

October 29, 2016 | Xavier I. Lewis | LOCAL


Safety is top priority this Halloween

Ghouls, ghosts and goblins will fill the streets of Newton County Monday night as residents embark on Halloween festivities throughout the county. Local emergency services ...

October 29, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


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Covington’s 4-H rein-lambs bring Santa to town

Legend has it that Santa's reindeer just couldn't hack it in Australia.

November 10, 2012 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


Celebrating local veterans

The Sunday edition of The Covington News will feature a special Veterans Day section in celebration of our local servicemen.

November 09, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Council passes new utility deposit policy

Several new policy changes for the city of Covington's utilities services offered to residential and commercial customers were approved at a council meeting on Monday.

The council unanimously approved the first reading of an ordinance which made changes to the deposit guidelines required by residential and commercial customers for utility services; approved a new policy that forms an agreement that will be offered by the city to assist customers with past due balances; and approved a new policy that formed an optional landlord agreement for continuous service.

November 08, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


American Legion to hand out poppies Sat.

After World War I, Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae wrote a poem, "In Flanders Fields," and spoke of red poppies that grew around the white crosses which were planted into fields of only dirt and mud where soldiers were buried. It wasn't long before the poppies became a symbol of the blood shed by those soldiers, and by 1920, the American Legion named the poppy the official flower for veterans.

November 08, 2012 | Hayley Williams | LOCAL


Teacher, student save choking teen

A Woodlee Christian Academy teacher and student are being hailed as heroes after saving a student's life after he started to choke on a snack.

History teacher Ashley Tamasi and eight grader DeAngelo Gibbs credit quick response and teamwork to saving eight-grade student Eric Goodman's life.

November 08, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Efforts continue to land industry

Covington City Council approved changing zoning conditions for Gwinnett Industries on two parcels of land located in the Lochridge Industrial Park in an effort to land prospect Project Dove.

November 08, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


County to resurface Lake Varner road

The Newton County Board of Commissioners approved a bid for the resurfacing of Lake Varner's entrance road and park at their meeting on Tuesday.

November 08, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Obama takes Newton again

President Barack Obama once again made history Tuesday, winning his re-election bid in sweeping fashion, and he captured an even higher percentage of Newton County's votes than four years ago, despite a still sluggish economy and Georgia's staunchly Republican tendencies.

November 08, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Farewell, Pierce

Called a visionary, a gentleman and a kind and generous man, Covington suffered a blow with the death of Pierce Cline on Nov. 3. None can feel the loss like his widow Margie. What started as a blind date in 1958, turned into the love of a lifetime.

Margie came to Covington to teach in 1957 and met her husband in March of 1958. The two spent summer vacations, enjoying time with family and having dinners with family and friends. They were married in Brookhaven on Nov. 2, 1958 - 54 years and one day before Pierce died of Amyotrophic lateral ...

November 08, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Parents complain about Obama cookies

Several parents have complained about Barack Obama cookies being served at Alcovy High School following the presidential election Tuesday. Although cookies were served, they were not exclusively Obama cookies.

November 08, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Woman name drops to avoid arrest

Deputies rushed to Ga. Highway 162 Wednesday, after a prison guard in charge of inmate workers called about a woman screaming that someone was going to kill her and a man with a shotgun.

November 08, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Love, passion art

This story can be told from two different perspectives, but in either case, it's about love and passion. It's a story about a woman whose passion is rescuing dogs and cats founded abandoned, neglected, abused or hurt, then giving them a safe and secure life. It's a story about how she turned the hunter she married into a passionate advocate for abused and neglected pets, as well. And it's a story about the unique gift he commissioned to commemorate the passion they share. "...Just because I love her," he said.

November 08, 2012 | Barbara Morgan | LOCAL


Obamacare overhaul turns into a sprint

WASHINGTON (AP) - Its place assured alongside Medicare and Medicaid, President Barack Obama's health care law is now in a sprint to the finish line, with just 11 months to go before millions of uninsured people can start signing up for coverage.

November 08, 2012 | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press | LOCAL


Veterans Day ceremony, Nov. 12

Veterans Day may fall on a Sunday this year, but that doesn't mean that the annual remembrance ceremony on the square will be canceled; the ceremony will be held on the next day, Nov. 12, instead.

Beginning on the square at 11 a.m. Monday, there will be a speech by keynote speaker Doug Gilreath, senior pastor of Covington First United Methodist Church. The Marine Junior ROTC will be posting colors.

November 06, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Pros, cons of filming “Vampire Diaries”

Covington City Council members agreed to form a committee at their next meeting that would address filming issues in neighborhoods after several residents and businesses discussed the pros and cons of having "The Vampire Diaries" film in Covington.

Mayor Ronnie Johnston told the council that he would like them to bring in suggestions of who should serve on a committee that would primarily focus on setting guidelines for filming crews in the city. Johnston said he would like the committee to consist of residents, business owners and representatives from Bonanza Productions, which films "The Vampire Diaries."

November 06, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


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