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.
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.
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.
Christy and her husband were selected as The Covington News' Cutest Couple via voting from our readers.
Dry, cold weather this weekend will make way for wet, cold weather Monday.
A missing dog was found wondering around lost and scared near Social Circle Fairplay and Hawkins Academy Road Thursday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Crystal Organic Farm has been named Newton County's Conservationist of the Year by the Upper Ocmulgee River Soil and Water Conservation District.
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.
The entrance to Settler's Grove Road at Ga. Highway 142 will close for two months beginning Monday, April 4, for roadwork.
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.
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.
Sheriff Ezell Brown has issued an open invitation to the Newton County Board of Commissioners, as they prepare for the 2012 fiscal year.
Barry Burgess, violation of probation. 120 to 180 days detention center.
The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch effective until 4 a.m. Sunday for Newton County and much of metro Atlanta.
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.
The Mayfield Hardware Company is sponsoring a delightfully punny fundraiser for local non-profits: The Helpful Chair-ity Event.