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Jet soars to spelling bee win

The third time was the charm for Indian Creek Middle School student Jet Rawls, winner of the 2015 Newton County School System Spelling Bee. Rawls, a sixth-grader, participated in the NCSS Spelling Bee as the East Newton Elementary School champion during his fourth and fifth grade years but just missed out on the top prize each time. This year, the super speller successfully spelled "ominous" and "disguise" to clinch the championship. Clements Middle School student Jayden Wheeler was this year's runner up.

February 14, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Anna Davis, Ian Cole named Valedictorians

Now that the spring semester is under way and winter break is behind us, the Newton County School System's high schools are announcing their top 10 students and 2015 Valedictorian and Salutatorian.

February 14, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Dr. Washington gives back

Dr. Andrea Washington purchased hundreds of eyeglasses to donate to the Oxford Lions Club. On Wednesday, Dr. Washington and her staff gifted the eyeglasses to Mr. Richard Henderson and Martha Molyneux at her office.

February 14, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton's cutest couple is ...

Christy and her husband were selected as The Covington News' Cutest Couple via voting from our readers.

February 13, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Wintry weather possible for Monday

Dry, cold weather this weekend will make way for wet, cold weather Monday.

February 13, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Is this your dog?

A missing dog was found wondering around lost and scared near Social Circle Fairplay and Hawkins Academy Road Thursday.

February 12, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Camp Invention coming to NCCA

A summer camp program for youngsters that focuses on innovation and building inventions will be held at the Newton College and Career Academy, 144 Ram Drive, Covington, this year.

February 12, 2015 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


A Day in the Life of a 12-year-old Ballet Dancer

For 12 hours, on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, Covington News reporter Randy Schafer shadowed 12-year-old ballet dancer Abby Boivin - delving into the young dancer's life, her experience as a homeschooled student, and a ballet dancer who just received a full-merit scholarship to the School of American Ballet, in NYC, for the summer of 2015.

February 11, 2015 | Randy Schafer | LOCAL


Newton High School's top 10 named

The top 10 students in Newton High School's Class of 2015 were named Tuesday, with Ian Cole earning Valedictorian and Brittany Webb Salutatorian honors.

February 10, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington woman arrested for forgery

After a check from a local law office was cashed at Big EZ, a Covington Police Department investigation led to the arrest of Teresa Lynn Knight.

February 10, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Opposition at Atlanta hearing for permit to allow more sewage in South River

A number of people spoke out Thursday night during a public hearing against the proposed permits that the city of Atlanta is seeking from the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD).

February 09, 2015 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


Flow out of Water Fund unchecked

Hundreds of thousands and possibly millions of dollars have been flowing out of the enterprise Water Fund to County Attorney Tommy Craig with little or no oversight by elected officials, an investigation by The News found.

February 08, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Independent review finds Master Water Plan flawed

A Master Water Plan that was never completed and for which the county paid Krebs Engineering over $200,000 was found to contain serious flaws in an independent review submitted to county officials recently by the Water and Sewerage Authority.

February 07, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Say health is important: Go Red

On Friday, February 6, I was wearing red. Were you? I got many comments (and compliments) on my red shirt. I, in turn, used it as a way to start conversation about women's heart disease awareness. So basically I wore red, got compliments, and got to talk about a good cause.

February 07, 2015 | Hosanna Fletcher | LOCAL


Citizens, officials favor 2011 form of gov't

County officials and citizens alike expressed frustration with the current form of government and appeared to favor returning to a model closer to that which was in place before 2011 during a public hearing Thursday night.

February 06, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


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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


April is National Child Abuse month

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. This month and throughout the year, Prevent Child Abuse Newton encourages all individuals and organizations to play a role in making Newton County a better place for families. By ensuring that parents have the knowledge, skills and resources they need to care for their children, we can help prevent child abuse and neglect by strengthening families and communities.

March 29, 2011 | Special to The News | LOCAL


Atlanta pastor slain

ATLANTA - Authorities say the associate pastor of an Atlanta church was found shot to death Monday at a home in Atlanta.

WSB-TV reports that Derek Moses sustained multiple gunshot wounds to his head.

March 29, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


MD: Lakemper has antisocial personalty

Attorneys spent much of Monday questioning the state's expert forensic psychiatrist as to whether Cobey Wade Lakemper was mentally ill during his 2005 crime spree as he's claimed.

March 29, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Crystal Organic Farm honored

Crystal Organic Farm has been named Newton County's Conservationist of the Year by the Upper Ocmulgee River Soil and Water Conservation District.

March 28, 2011 | | LOCAL


Senate panel approves budget

ATLANTA - A Senate panel on Monday signed off on an $18.2 billion budget for the coming fiscal year that adds millions of dollars in new borrowing for capital projects for the state's university system and also finds funds for new investigators to track down tax cheats.

The spending plan for the fiscal year that begins July 1 was approved unanimously in the Senate Appropriations Committee. It's expected to face a vote by the full Senate later this week as Georgia's 2011 legislative session heads into its final days.

March 28, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Construction will close Settler's Grove

The entrance to Settler's Grove Road at Ga. Highway 142 will close for two months beginning Monday, April 4, for roadwork.

March 28, 2011 | | LOCAL


Man charged in officer's death waives hearing

ATHENS, Ga. - A man charged with killing one Athens police officer and wounding another has waived an initial court hearing.

The Athens-Clarke County magistrate court says 33-year-old Jamie Hood waived a hearing Monday morning. The court did not have the name of Hood's attorney.

March 28, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


House guts Senate immigration bill

ATLANTA - A Georgia House committee took up a Senate bill aimed at cracking down on illegal immigration in the state and substituted the text of a more comprehensive House bill.

The House Judiciary Non-Civil Committee on Monday gutted the Senate bill proposed by Sen. Jack Murphy. It then inserted the text of a bill proposed by Rep. Matt Ramsey.

March 28, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Sheriff wants to figure out budget dilemma

Sheriff Ezell Brown has issued an open invitation to the Newton County Board of Commissioners, as they prepare for the 2012 fiscal year.

March 28, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Court Sentencings - March 27

Barry Burgess, violation of probation. 120 to 180 days detention center.

March 27, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Tornado watch in effect until 4 a.m. Sunday

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch effective until 4 a.m. Sunday for Newton County and much of metro Atlanta.

March 26, 2011 | | LOCAL


Little Springs Farm

Wayne Allen and Patrick Greene consider themselves a dying breed. Dressed in cowboy hats and boots, along with their Wrangler jeans and vests, they are the image of the iconic cowboy. As cattle farmers, both men agree they could do no other profession.

March 26, 2011 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


Mayfield hosting Chair-ity event

The Mayfield Hardware Company is sponsoring a delightfully punny fundraiser for local non-profits: The Helpful Chair-ity Event.

March 26, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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