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BOC approves raises for Sheriff's office

The Board of Commissioners voted 3-1 Tuesday to approve $135,000 in raises for Sheriff's office and another $48,000 in pay increases for the Fire Department over the next three months until a budget can be drawn up for next year.

April 07, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


New group works on Newton planning

In Newton County's past government groups worked separately, so when the water authority heard that the school board was working to build a high school down Hwy. 36 it was a bit of a surprise.

April 07, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Lions Club hosts 43rd BBQ Chicken sale

For the 43rd year the Covington Lions Club will host its Annual Chicken BBQ, Wednesday, April 15 from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. at its Academy Springs Park Club house on Conyers Street.

April 07, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Live: Newton Board of Commissioners meeting

April 07, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


'Dukes of Hazzard' sheriff dies at 88

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The prolific character actor best known for his role as Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane on "The Dukes of Hazzard" has died. James Best was 88.

April 07, 2015 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Form of Government meeting: April 13

The Form of Government Citizen Committee will meet publicly Monday, April 13, at 5:30 p.m. at the Turner Lake Recreation Complex/Crowell Boardroom, 6185 Turner Lake Road, Covington.

April 07, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Minor police-involved accident on 278

A Covington Police officer was involved in a minor accident read the Raceway gas station on 278 Tuesday morning, with no injuries reported. State police were called in, as per protocol, to conduct an independent investigation.

April 07, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington to budget $20,000 for Christmas lights

The city of Covington will take $20,000 from its general fund in the 2015-16 fiscal year budget and help fund the Christmas lights on the Square this year.

April 06, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Everyone safe after fire on West St.

A kitchen fire set an apartment complex on West Street abalxe Monday afternoon.

April 06, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Hwy. 278 Improvement Association delayed

The Hwy. 278 Improvement Association took a big step forward when it was approved as a community improvement district by the Georgia General Assembly in March.

April 06, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Ag Career & College Expo highlights job opportunities in agriculture

More than 300 agriculture students from high schools in Newton, Henry, Jasper and Butts counties had the chance to learn about potential careers in agriculture during the 3rd Annual Ag Career & College Expo held March 17 at the FFA Camp in Covington. The event, organized by the Newton County Farm Bureau, gave students the chance to meet with representatives of 12 colleges and representatives of 16 agribusinesses in Newton and surrounding counties.

April 05, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton legislators law passes at 11th hour

Newton County State Representatives Pam Dickerson and Dave Belton welcomed the passage of two pieces of legislation this week to crack down on potentially dangerous cyberbullying.

April 05, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Faulkner leaving behind a long legacy

When Dr. Robert "Bob" Faulkner first began practicing medicine in Newton County 50 years ago, an office appointment cost $3. Waiting rooms were segregated by race. There were no mental health facilities, and delinquent children were subjected to the regular court system.

April 05, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Covington council discusses blighted houses

The Covington City Council spent a full day of work at the Carl Vinson Institute of Government in Athens during its 2015 retreat Tuesday, hashing through several issues for the city going forward.

April 04, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Oxford dedicates maintenance faciltiy

Oxford's City Maintenance Facility was named the Thomas Turner Building during a ceremony in Oxford Friday.

April 04, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Write-in candidate for Covington mayor

The Rev. James T. Walden will be a write-in candidate for the Covington mayor seat.

September 09, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Council divided on city charter update

The city charter was originally written in 1962 and council members agree it needs to be updated; they can't just agree on how.

September 09, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


9/11 remembrance Sunday at courthouse

Newton County's official remembrance of the 10th anniversary of 9/11 will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30a.m. Sunday in front of the Historic Courthouse.

September 09, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Literacy Festival scheduled for Saturday

For the ninth year Covington will set aside a time to promote and celebrate reading and the written word, with the annual Literacy Festival on the square.

September 09, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Sandhill-Texas Alley hosting reunion

Current and former residents of Sandhill and Texas Alley take a lot of pride in their neighborhoods as evidenced by the more than 500 people expected to attend a reunion celebration Saturday.

September 09, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Covington man killed in crash

Richard Arthur Swift, 24, was killed Thursday afternoon when he lost control of his motorcycle.

September 08, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


County gets free used van, buses

The Newton County Board of Education and Snapping Shoals EMC helped out the county recently by donating used vehicles.

September 08, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Man charged with molesting two boys

A Covington man was arrested Saturday evening and charged with molesting two boys.

September 07, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Woman slaps other’s false teeth out

An argument between two women turned physical Monday night when one woman smacked the other's false teeth out.

Annette Aikens was staying at a home on Emory Street with an acquaintance when that man's daughter, Sherry Hill-Devoe, came to the home to get a check. During that time the women got into an argument which is when Hill-Devoe slapped Aiken's false teeth out of her mouth.

September 07, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Mother swipes beers with child in tow

A woman was arrested over the weekend after she allegedly stole several cases of beer from a local grocery store while her toddler was with her.

September 07, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Fuzz run takes off Saturday

The Covington Police Department is on the lookout once again, but instead of searching for rule breakers, they are looking for record breakers for the 28th annual Fuzz Run.

September 07, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


The real world of pageants

Madaleine Nicolette Moye-Lowery is pageant royalty, but you won't see any screaming fits or sassy mouth on her. Nor will you ever see her wearing fake hair and spray tans, because despite what television might show, the real world of children's pageants is far from "Toddlers and Tiaras."

September 07, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Three vie for open Porterdale seat

Three candidates qualified for Porterdale council Post 3 Friday, turning the race into the most contested in the county.

September 07, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Spell of rain helps amidst dry summer

Covington residents largely got what they wanted this weekend, a little bit of rain without any damage from Tropical Storm Lee.

September 07, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Court Sentencings - Sept. 7

Anthony L. Freeman, violation of probation, 90 days Newton County Jail.

September 07, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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