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Woman charged with incest, sodomy

The Newton County Sheriff's Office responded to a complainant residing near Robertson Rd. who said they observed some inappropriate text messages to her 15-year old son from someone known to the family.

September 12, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Cousins Middle commemorates 9/11

The students and faculty of Cousins Middle School commemorated September 11, 2001 during a Thirteenth Anniversary Program Thursday. The CMS BETA Club presented the colors for the program, which featured the school's band and chorus. Newton County Sheriff's Office Deputy Johnny Robinson layed a wreath, and the guest speaker was Army Chief Warrant Officer 3rd class Phillip Carswell.

September 11, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


GPC Newton students scholarship eligible

From a scholarship for community service to scholarships for education majors to a healthcare scholarship specifically for Walton County residents, students enrolled at the Georgia Perimeter College Newton Campus can find ways to help fund their education - but first, they have to apply.

September 11, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Work continues on 278 CID

The effort to form a self-taxing "Community Improvement District" on U.S. 278 in Covington is picking up steam - and it has to, with a deadline of Nov. 1 to take the next step.

September 11, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Bill to track, reduce military gear to police

U.S. Congressman Hank Johnson of Georgia, District-4, will introduce a bill to House members that's taking aim at the Pentagon's 1033 Program, which gives military-grade weapons and equipment to state and local law enforcement departments for free.

September 11, 2014 | Martin Rand III | LOCAL


Mmmm ... Tastes like home

Around 20 restaurants participated in the annual Taste of Newton, held at the Porter Memorial Gymnasium Thursday evening.

September 11, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


Bomb threat to 3 schools deemed hoax

Three high schools went on lockdown the morning of Thursday, Sept. 11 for a brief period of time due to an online bomb threat before it was determined the threat was a hoax.

September 11, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


What is happening with content

As The Covington News changes to a Sunday-only publication in print, our coverage of Newton County will show no signs of decline.

September 11, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Alcovy, Liberty lockdowns lifted

UPDATE: Both lockdowns have been lifted, according to a tweet by the school system and the NCSO.

September 11, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Henderson supporters might march

Some residents of Newton County's District 4 are deeply upset about last week's Board of Commissioners' decision to strip Commissioner J.C. Henderson of most of his powers as an elected official.

September 10, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


A sustainable publishing model

The Covington News was first published in 1865, and is the oldest continuous business in Newton County. Our company is committed to this community and has been privileged to be the steward and owner of this critical community advocate for the last 28 years.

September 10, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Feds accepting Bear Creek comments again

The Savannah District of the U.S. Corps of Engineers is accepting comments until Sept. 19 for the county's recently proposed changes to the site of the Bear Creek Reservoir dam in southern Newton County.

September 10, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


'God was holding my hand'

Covington First United Methodist Church recently hosted guest speaker Elizabeth Ungar Lefkovits - a Holocaust survivor. For two hours Lefkovits took her audience through an intimate portrayal of her personal experiences in the Holocaust.

September 10, 2014 | Rasheera Dopson-Robinson | LOCAL


Missing person

A Covington woman reported a missing person after not seeing or hearing from her daughter for three and a half weeks.

September 10, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Covington church burglarized

A local church is hoping for a different kind of confession after it was burglarized and no arrests.

September 10, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


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Accident slows traffic on I-20

Traffic shutdown: A wreck involving a tractor-trailer truck and a smaller car brought Interstate 20 westbound at Almon Road to a halt for an hour Thursday afternoon. The wreck occurred at about 1:30 p.m. The driver of the car, seen wedged under the truck above, sustained minor injures. Have a breaking news tip? Email us at news@covnews.com or call the newsroom at (770) 787-6399.

March 31, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County unemployment rate drops slightly

Newton County's unemployment rate declined slightly, from 12.4 percent in January to 12.1 percent for February, according to information released Thursday from the Georgia Department of Labor.

March 31, 2011 | | LOCAL


Sun returns for weekend

If you're tired of clouds and rain, hang in there: Bountiful sun and warmth should arrive for the weekend.

March 31, 2011 | | LOCAL


Tax overhaul stalls

ATLANTA - An overhaul of Georgia taxes has stalled amid objections from Democrats and tea party activists.

They said the plan hikes taxes on the middle class while handing wealthier Georgians a tax break.

March 31, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Senate panel approves immigration bill

ATLANTA - A Georgia Senate committee on Wednesday approved an altered version of a House bill that aims to crack down on illegal immigration but kept intact many provisions similar to those in a tough law enacted last year in Arizona.

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the bill sponsored by Rep. Matt Ramsey, R-Peachtree City, but the version that cleared the panel is a hybrid of Ramsey's bill and a similar measure sponsored by Sen. Jack Murphy, R-Cumming. A House committee on Monday had gutted Murphy's bill and substituted the text of Ramsey's bill.

March 31, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Wife of slain cop: "We wanted forever"

One of the first things Melissa Rutledge noticed about Buddy Christian 18 years ago was his eyes.

March 30, 2011 | Douglas Moser Barrow County News | LOCAL


Newton lags in county health rankings

Newton County is a leader in Georgia in some unfortunate categories when it comes to health: Obesity, smoking, teen birth rate and in the number of sexually transmitted disease cases, according to a health survey released today.

March 30, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Doctors: Lakemper ‘antisocial’

Attorneys spent much of Monday and Tuesday questioning forensic psychiatrists as to whether Cobey Wade Lakemper was mentally ill during his 2005 crime spree as he's claimed.

March 30, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Bats invade foreclosed Atlanta home

ATLANTA - Neighbors living near a bat-infested Georgia home in foreclosure are trying to figure out what to do about the flying mammals.

They say the smell outside is so overwhelming they can't sit on their porches and enjoy the spring weather.

March 30, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


County facing more cuts or taxes

Newton County commissioners are in for another tough budget cycle as they have to decide whether to cut the budget yet again or raise the millage rate, this time above the rollback rate, to account for declining tax revenues.

March 30, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Vampire fans flock to Covington

Sandra Lesny received an early birthday present from her husband for 2011. And 2012. And 2013. A trip to the EyeCon convention last week in Atlanta to see her favorite stars of the hit TV show "The Vampire Diaries."

She was joined by fans from all around the United States. Lesny is from Bremen, Germany, and she was far from the only foreign citizen to make the trip.

March 30, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log - March 30

o Donrico Marcellous Smith, 18, 330 Mountainview Drive, Covington, March 16. Speeding, license required (surrender of), obstruction or hindering law enforcement officer.

March 30, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


The Cheerios Challenge

Registration is open through April 12 for the 10th Annual Covington Cheerios Challenge.

March 29, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Panel OK's tax plan

ATLANTA - A legislative committee has approved a tax overhaul plan that would cut the personal income tax rate but slap a sales tax on some new goods and services.

The Special Joint Committee on Georgia Revenue Structure voted to send the bill to a full House vote. It will be on the House floor Wednesday.

March 29, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Scout cookie crackdown crumbles in Villa Rica

VILLA RICA, Ga. - After Girl Scout leaders said some of the younger girls feared being arrested during a February confrontation with police in Villa Rica at their cookie stand, another troop of Girl Scouts from the area decided to show their support for the officers.

Members of Troop 10442 visited the police station this week and surprised officers with plaques of appreciation, Girl Scout cookies and a scrapbook of thank you cards, the Times-Georgian of Carrollton reported.

March 29, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


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