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Armed robbery at local Dunkin Donuts

A local Dunkin Donuts was robbed Tuesday morning, according to the Covington Police Department (CPD).

October 05, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | LOCAL

Community comes together for Change the World Day

A community of faith will come together for Change the World (CTW) Day on Oct. 8.

October 05, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Performing Center officially opens

A variety of elected officials and staff representing a number of organizations and governing bodies throughout Newton County gathered together for the ribbon cutting of ...

October 05, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Chad Baker earns rank of Eagle Scout

Jerry Chadwick "Chad" Baker, III, son of Jerry and Charity Baker of Covington, earned the rank of Eagle Scout on Sept. 24.

October 05, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

BOC wrap-up: Water Authority looking to purchase county’s water assets

A first step for the Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority (WSA) to purchase the county's water infrastructure was taken Tuesday night.

October 04, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Mackenzie Mallard named Eastside Homecoming Queen

Mackenzie Mallard was named Eastside High School's 2016 Homecoming Queen Friday night. Mallard was escorted by her father Leo Mallard. Her mother is Renee ...

October 04, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

NCSO identifies body found at Factory Shoals Park

The body found Monday morning at Factory Shoals Park after a report of a missing person has been identified as Ciera Evans, 20, of Covington ...

October 03, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

NAACP honors Pastor Clara Lett at annual gala

On Sept. 24, the Newton County National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) held its Annual Freedom Fund and Scholarship Gala at the ...

October 02, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Art and yard sale combined for Porterdale event

It's not just a yard sale. It's also a place where buyers can pick up original art work at reasonable prices.

October 02, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

The decline and likely fall of Donald Trump

A recent essay in The Wall Street Journal described Donald Trump thusly: "Rather like the crazy boy-emperors after the fall of the Roman Republic, he ...

October 02, 2016 | Froma Harrop | LOCAL

Debbie Hillman pays her rent in service

Listening to Debbie Hillman talk about her life's passion is enough for anyone to learn why she was selected as a finalist for The ...

October 02, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

NCSS takes lead in creating poverty-informed community

It's not just the poor who are affected by poverty. It's the entire community.

October 02, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Hometown Hero: 14-year-old Marlee Anne Hopkins named Hometown Hero

Earlier this year, Marlee Anne Hopkins raised more than $23,000 for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) in honor of her siblings. She stood ...

October 02, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Initiative asks parents to ‘Talk with Me Baby’

A student who can't read on grade level by third grade is four times less likely to graduate by the age of 19 than ...

October 02, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Hometown Hero: Kaitlyn Cole continuing service at young age

When Kaitlyn Cole was 7-years-old she needed a community service project for her work in pageants.

October 01, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

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Mecca: Pilot sees first combat in days following D-Day

It's been an extraordinary journey for an Alabama boy to become the oldest active member of Mansfield United Methodist Church. Covington resident Frank Harris was born into the tiny farming community of Jamison, Ala. in 1923. His railroading father eventually moved the family to Birmingham where Harris attended school until the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor during his senior year. A Golden Gloves boxing champion, tough and ready to fight, he wanted to join the Marines, but a buddy talked Harris into signing up with the Army Air Corps.

Harris said with a grin, "I passed the written and physical ...

October 16, 2012 | Pete Mecca | LOCAL

Guru says county needs more housing

Newton County's housing market has hit rock bottom, but the future is bright.

October 13, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Local movie focuses on homelessness

Covington resident and local actor Travis Breedlove is using his talent for a good cause this holiday season by helping produce a movie to raise awareness and money for the neediest in Newton County.

October 13, 2012 | By Anastasia Graves | LOCAL

Chimney Park’s icon stable

The iconic chimney in Chimney Park was stabilized last week and is no longer in danger of falling down, thanks to $19,300 in donations from the Friends of Chimney Park nonprofit.

October 13, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Interim fire chief could be full-time soon

A temporary appointment may become a full-time position for the interim fire chief of Newton County Fire Service.

October 13, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL

Miracle League to receive $100K grant

The city of Covington received a $100,000 grant for the Miracle League of Newton County. The grant will go towards purchasing artificial turf for the fields at the complex dedicated for the use of special needs children, which began construction on Sept. 17.

October 13, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL

Obamacare pushes fewer readmissions

Hospitals all across the nation are seeking to reduce patient readmissions following the Oct. 1 implementation of an Obamacare regulation that penalizes hospitals for having high readmission rates due to complications within 30 days of being discharged.

October 13, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


October 13, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Football parent charged after child acts unruly

A parent was arrested after he reportedly tried to discipline a 7-year-old boy at football practice on Thursday. Covington police responded to a call about child abuse at the Turner Lake complex around 1951 and spoke with a Newton Recreation employee.

October 13, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL

Change the World Event

Residents gathered Saturday in hopes of changing the world and having a good time with family and friends.

October 13, 2012 | Rachel Goff | LOCAL

Dressing up for a cause

You don't have to look far. She's in your church, scout troop and neighborhood. Afraid to upset him again, she's always rushing home. Skilled in explaining away mysterious bruises, she avoids your questions. You hope that your suspicions are wrong. You haven't known what to do.

October 13, 2012 | Lisa Hetzel | LOCAL

Top 5 Halloween costumes for kids

Walking into a Halloween store or even the grocery store is scary this time of year. There are costumes and candy and various levels of crap being peddled all over the place. As the mother of a 3½ year old, he wants it all, which is cool. I get wanting things. I always want things. But how do you manage that without a full out war in the middle of Kroger? It's all in the pitch.

October 13, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

40 years of teaching in Newton

Family and friends plan to celebrate a woman who has dedicated most of her life to teaching with a retirement party on Sunday afternoon.

Jani Roberts said she retired in July after teaching for 40 years in Newton County at two Christian schools.

October 11, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL

Newborn post office cuts

Despite contention from various residents in the small town of Newborn, hours at their post office will be cut. Though it is still unclear when this will happen, or what the new hours for Monday through Friday will be.

October 11, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Lifetime of achievement for Oxford icon

Pierce Cline's philanthropic spirit and passion for education are imprinted all across the campus of Oxford College.

October 11, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

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