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NCSO seeking help in Publix theft

The Newton County Sheriff's Office is seeking assistance from the public in identifying two females who may have information about a theft that occurred ...

November 05, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Blanket contacting heater causes Wheat St fire

The Covington Fire Department responded to a residential fire at 5131 Wheat Street Wednesday evening.

November 04, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Bear Creek makes Dirty Dozen list

The Bear Creek Reservoir water supply project made a statewide list Wednesday, marking it as one of 12 entities the Georgia Water Coalition considers the ...

November 04, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

BOC looks at options on solid wastes

Even if the changes brought in an $800,000 revenue stream, creating a new convenience center at the landfill and shutting down all others might ...

November 04, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Georgia State names Dean of Perimeter College

Peter Lyons, Georgia State University's associate provost for institutional effectiveness and a professor of social work in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies ...

November 04, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Early release day Friday for NCSS students

All Newton County schools will release students early on Friday, Nov. 6 so teachers can participate in professional learning activities.

November 04, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

NCSO to receive accreditation from ACA

After a standards compliance audit from The American Correctional Association on Nov. 2-4, the Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) will be awarded accreditation at ...

November 04, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Van Ness top vote-getter; district 43 heads to runoff

There already had to be a special called election for State Senate District 43, and now there will need to be one more reason to ...

November 04, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Election Results 2015

Live streaming coverage of Election Day 2015 from Newton County's Board of Election conference room.

November 04, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Morgan, McKelvey elected, Whatley retains seat

There will be two new Covington city council members in January.

November 03, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Free paper shred event coming to Covington

Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful (KCNB) asks Newton County residents to bring paper documents to its next Paper Shred Event at the Newton County Library parking ...

November 03, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Riverside mobile park floods due to heavy rains

Heavy rains have caused the Yellow River to rise to 12-to-13 feet this week, spilling out of its banks to flood a nearby RV park.

November 03, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

632 votes cast for council seats in early voting

Slightly less than 11 percent (10.9 percent) of Covington's registered voters have already filled out their ballots for the 2015 city council elections.

November 02, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Chamber to host build-a-biz event

The Newton County Chamber of Commerce will hold a "Build a Business" presentation on Thursday, Nov. 5 at 5:30 p.m. at The Center ...

November 02, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

What will be the small business of the year?

The Covington/Newton County Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for the annual "Dick James Small Business of the Year" award, to be given at ...

November 02, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

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Arts Association presents two different versions of "Grease"

The Newton County Arts Association is proud to present "Grease." A musical that will feature performance groups Oxford Youth Singers and Oxford Singing Children. Two different versions of the show will be performed by each group.

The Oxford Singing Children will perform the school version of "Grease" on April 13 at 7 p.m. and April 14 at 4 p.m. Tickets for adults are $10, $8 for senior citizens and $5 for children and students.

April 03, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL

Three local officers honored for service

An academic achievement award is given to the top graduate of the police academy each year based on their grade point average and performance during their time at the academy. The Covington Police Department has had three graduates receive this honor for three years in a row which is rare for any police department, but what is even rarer is the fact that they are all women.

The Sheriff Franklin Thornton Award, named after the long-time Walton County Sheriff, is a prestigious award for any upcoming law enforcement officer.

April 03, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL

Driving growth

Golf fans around the world have their attention focused on Augusta this week as the game's best descend on The Masters.

However, attention should also be brought elsewhere in Georgia. Bridgestone Golf in Covington is providing more than the thrill of competition and the pageantry of Amen Corner.

April 03, 2012 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Lawyer Strauss to run for BOC seat

Local attorney John Strauss announced Tuesday that he will run as a Republican for the District 1Board of Commissioners seat.

April 03, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Possible probation company audit

The city's former probation services provider, East Georgia Correctional Services, turned over its records to the city Friday, and interim Municipal Court Judge Ben Hendricks recommended that the city approve an audit of the records.

"For the protection and edification of all the parties involved, both the outgoing and the incoming probation services for the court as well as the permanent judge, when appointed, I respectfully request that an audit of the court be done by the city auditors. I am not aware that a comprehensive audit of the court has been done in recent memory," Hendricks wrote in ...

April 03, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

City council drops pants ordinance

The Covington City Council voted Monday to table a proposed sagging pants ordinance, after the majority of council members remained unconvinced they could or should legislate how people wear their pants.

Councilman Chris Smith had asked the city attorneys to research the topic, and after the council had a lively debate at a Wednesday work session, Smith asked the council Monday whether it wanted to move forward.

April 03, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Teacher accused of sex with student

A Conyers high school teacher who lives in Covington was arrested Friday on charges of a teacher having sexual contact with a student.

April 03, 2012 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL

Annual McDonough festival adds evening concert

Downtown McDonough will host its 35th annual Geranium Festival on May 19 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. followed by an evening concert.

The festival will host exhibitors from all over the Southeast who will be selling homemade crafts. Food vendors will also offer festival goers a wide selection of options. Admission and parking are free.

April 03, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL

Commemorating the past

The seventh annual gathering on the square to commemorate Black Easter, Covington's most famous civil rights event, will take place Sunday at 3 p.m.

The gathering will feature singing, fellowship and speakers like Georgia Rep. Tyrone Brooks, D-Atlanta.

April 03, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL

Hicks found not guilty of child molestation

A man accused of molesting his adopted daughter was found not guilty last week on all charges.

Daniel Lee Hicks, 46, was originally arrested in May 2009 and charged with four counts of child molestation.

April 03, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Social Circle murder victim ID’d

The body found burning off Interstate 20 in Social Circle late Thursday night has been identified as 36-year-old Akili Jabari Stewart of Stone Mountain. According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, he was killed as a result of gunshot wounds.

A press release issue by the GBI confirms what Social Circle authorities have already released, that around 11:45 p.m. a motorist on I-20 called 911 to report what they believed was a brush fire near U.S. Highway 278 and I-20. When firefighters began to extingush the blaze they found Stewart's body.

April 03, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Newton County: sentencing

Francisco Jarier-Serraro, first degree forgery, 5 years probation, 60 days confinement, $1000. Speeding, 12 months probation, $150. Driving without license, 12 months probation, $200. Credit for time served.

April 03, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Local church group to give away scholarship

Covington residents Ralph and Gerri Murphy were surprised recently when the Sunday school class they teach created a scholarship in their honor.

"Murphy's Gang," a couple's class at the First Baptist Church in Covington, will award one deserving graduating senior this year with an undisclosed amount of money to help the student in college.

April 03, 2012 | Rachel Goff | LOCAL

Georgia gas prices rose five cents over the last week

The average gasoline price in Atlanta rose five cents per gallon in the past week to $3.83 per gallon.

According to the gasoline price website, the national average increased 3.2 cents in the last week to $3.89 per gallon.

April 03, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL

Teacher accused of sexual contact

A Covington man who was a Conyers high school teacher was arrested Friday on charges of a teacher having sexual contact with a student.

April 02, 2012 | | LOCAL

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