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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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Oak Hill sets the standard

In the lobby of Oak Hill Elementary, the trophy case is packed full of recognition.

In barely more than 10 years since opening, the students, faculty and staff have earned a variety of trophies, but eight bear the 4-H logo.

October 06, 2012 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


Crime: Money taken from Coke machine

A manager and employees at Food Depot reported that two unknown men took money out of the outside Coca-Cola vending machine. According to a report, a Covington police responded to the Food Depot on U.S. Highway 278 on Wednesday around 9 a.m. in reference to someone breaking into the Coke machine.

October 06, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Child molester to be sentenced

Charles Leslie Skrobot is scheduled to be sentenced on charges that he molested a 4-year-old female relative in 2010.

October 06, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Continuance requested in child exploitation case

An attorney for Andrew Patrick Harper, charged with 15 counts of sexual exploitation of children, has asked for a continuance in the case, which was on the trial calendar for Newton County Superior Court Judge Horace Johnson during the week of Oct. 8.

The charges against Harper, 22, stem from his April, 2011 arrest.

October 06, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Woman sets woods on fire

A local woman charged with setting the woods on fire near City Pond and Alcovy Road was ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation.

Alecia Charlette Jackson, 28, was charged at the beginning of the year with arson of lands in the third degree, a felony.

October 06, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


2012 Newton County Mutt Show

Dozens of puppies and dogs came out Saturday morning to strut their stuff for the Humane Society's annual Newton County Mutt Show fundraiser.

The show, hosted on the Covington square, began at 10 a.m. and featured five different categories: Face Only a Mother Can Love, Most Beautiful, Most Handsome, Best Dressed, and Best Trick. First, second, and third place ribbons were awarded in each category.

October 06, 2012 | Rachel Goff | LOCAL


Conyers cracks down on local spa

Two people were recently charged under Conyers' new regulations on spa businesses, the first such charges after the city began cracking down massage parlors.

October 06, 2012 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Help keep our ‘Rivers Alive’

Update: Laurie Riley, executive director of Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful, said the staging area for the "Rivers Alive" event has changed.

October 05, 2012 | Hayley Williams | LOCAL


Lane closures begin Oct. 9

Georgia DOT maintenance crews have scheduled to continue tractor mowing on Ga. Highway 212 and Ga. Highway 36 and have scheduled to continue roadway ditch maintenance requiring a single lane closure on Ga. Highway 12, Ga. Highway 142 and Ga. Highway 162 in Newton County. This work is tentatively scheduled daily between 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., weather permitting.

Flagmen may be used for this work. Motorists are asked to use caution, reduce their speed and be alert to changing traffic conditions.

October 04, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Teen seeks help for lap throw nonprofit

Around this time last year, Miranda Brunn, a 12-year-old from Oak Hill, decided to start her very own nonprofit organization with help from her mother, Colette Brunn.

October 04, 2012 | By Hayley Williams | LOCAL


Strut your mutt Saturday

Tomorrow, Oct. 6, mutts from around the county are invited to participate in the Humane Society's annual Newton County Mutt Show fundraiser.

It will be hosted on the Covington square.

October 04, 2012 | Hayley Williams | LOCAL


Operation Sandbox ‘Ride for the Troops’

What started out as a way for Virginia Pearson to help her daughter cope with what she calls 'deployment blues' turned into a true calling. Now in its eighth year, Operation Sandbox is still working hard to make sure that those serving their country have everything they need to make their lives more bearable during active duty.

October 04, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


County tables $21M loan for Bear Creek

The Newton County Board of Commissioners at their meeting Tuesday tabled a resolution that would enter into an agreement with the Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority for $21 million in financing for the planned Bear Creek Reservoir.

October 04, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Trial for teen charged with incest, rape

The trial of Vichai Lee, the 19 year old who is charged with rape, child molestation, enticing a child for indecent purposes and incest, is set to begin the week of Oct. 8.

October 04, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


4 accused murderes to have hearings

The four young men charged with the death of 59-year-old Fred Layne Beeler are in court today for motion statuses in their cases.

October 04, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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