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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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Man Charged with Child Molestation

Charles L. Skrobot resigned from the Covington Redevelopment Authority last week after being charged with child molestation on Oct. 5.

October 13, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Police Respond to Family Dispute

A heated clash between a mother and daughter got officers from the Covington Police Department called to Turner Street Thursday evening.

October 13, 2010 | Nic Walter | LOCAL


Covington man dies in Sunday wreck on I-20

A 28-year-old Covington man died early Sunday after his car crashed into the median wall on Interstate 20 near the Salem Road exit in Rockdale County, state troopers reported.

October 11, 2010 | | LOCAL


‘Tides’ author Pat Conroy speaks At Burge Plantation

Pat Conroy, native Atlantan and quintessential Southern writer, entertained an audience of about 300 Thursday evening at Burge Plantation.

October 10, 2010 | Janet Jernigan | LOCAL


Candidates, voters both active early

Georgia has one of the longest early voting periods in the nation, increasing voter access and pushing candidates to campaign longer and establish platforms earlier.

October 10, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Jim Dial gets judicial sendoff

Jim Dial worked only a few hours each day at the judicial center as its mail clerk, but his sunny personality and loving attitude has left an indelible mark on his co-workers.

October 10, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newborn celebrates schoolhouse grand opening

The Town of Newborn celebrated the grand opening of its historical schoolhouse Oct. 2 with free lunch and music. Several residents from near and far came back to reminisce about their experiences as students, including Mary Formo, who traveled all the way from Washington.

Formo made the cross-country trip because she spent a few years of her childhood here on a 70-acre farm. She remembers skipping school and hiding in the honeysuckle with her best friend Anne.

October 09, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newton to try to qualify for pilot program

Newton County Commissioners agreed Tuesday to try to qualify for participation in a pilot program to protect the integrity of agricultural areas in the county.

If selected, Newton County will receive help from the Northeast Georgia Regional Commission staff through its Local Agricultural Protection Guide Pilot Program.

October 08, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Digest Drop

Newton County governments might have to slash budgets by another 12 percent to 15 percent next year because of zero growth and a new state bill designed to have property tax assessment valuations reflect actual sales prices on homes.

Newton County Chief Tax Assessor Tommy Knight said Tuesday that a natural decline in property values will account for about 5 percent of the drop. An additional 7 percent or 8 percent decline will be caused by S.B. 346, which requires local governments to appraise property at the price it was sold, including foreclosures and short sales.

October 08, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Covington declared Camera Ready

State officials said Thursday that they view Covington as the model of a film-friendly community and will be promoting Newton County more aggressively than ever as the state seeks to increase its entertainment market share.

October 08, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Pumpkins now available at church patch

The star attractions are in and available at the fourth annual Great Pumpkin Patch at Covington First United Methodist Church, 1113 Conyers St.

October 08, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


First-hand knowledge guides 4-H for 106 years

By 1910, a Newton County innovation was catching on across the country.

October 08, 2010 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


Career Fair today

A career fair featuring 17 employers will be staged from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at Mars Hill Missionary Baptist Church, 387 W. Hightower Trail in Social Circle.

October 08, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Benson requests new trial

Nearly a year after his first trial, convicted murderer Franklin Elliott Benson on Thursday went before Newton County Superior Court Judge Horace J. Johnson, Jr. to request a new trial, citing ineffective assistance of council and inefficiency of evidence.

Benson, 50, was convicted of the murder and dismemberment of 49-year-old Leslyan Williams, whose body parts were found off Georgia Highway 212 on Oct. 30, 2007. Williams' head and torso were never found.

October 08, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


National GOP donating to Scott

Austin Scott, the Republican candidate for the Eighth Congressional District, is getting a boost from the national party in his campaign against Democratic incumbent Jim Marshall.

October 08, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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