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Budget discussion heats up

Newton County faces some tough decisions for next year's budget with the Sheriff seeking a $6.2 million increase and county employees impatient for raises.

May 02, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Kindergarten round-up this week

Newton County School System will hold its annual Kindergarten Round-Up during the week of May 4- May 7. Children must be 5 years old by Sept. 1, 2015 (child must have been born on or before September 1, 2010) to register for the 2015-2016 school year. Parents should bring the prospective kindergarten student with them to the roundup so teachers can conduct screenings with the children.

May 02, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Kroger to host racing theme Fan Fest

The Kroger on Salem Road is celebrating racing and its customers today during Fan Fest from 3-7 p.m.

April 30, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


No vote from BOC after executive session

The Newton County Board of Commissioners did not conduct a vote or public business following an executive session to discuss personnel Wednesday.

April 30, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Rotary Club celebrates top 30 students

The Covington Rotary Club held its 50th annual Top Ten Reception and Awards Ceremony Tuesday evening.

April 29, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Form of Government Committee grapples with structure, accountability

The citizen committee reviewing Newton County's form of government is closing in on a final draft report as it continues to wrestle with fundamental questions of structure and accountability.

April 29, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


CPD looking for 3 women in credit card "fraud"

The Covington Police Department is searching for three females who allegedly attempted to purchase food at Zaxby's with stolen credit card numbers.

April 28, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


NCSS procedures for HB91 petitions for diplomas

As a result of the passage of House Bill (HB) 91 in the Georgia General Assembly, former Newton County School System (NCSS) students who did not earn a diploma due to failing one or more portions of the Georgia High School Graduation test or the Georgia High School Writing Test now have the opportunity to petition the Newton County School System to receive their high school diploma.

April 28, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


CARE benefit raises money for scholarships

Come Saturday, May 2, the Tiger Bragg Band will play a benefit concert at the Porterdale Memorial Gymn, 2201 Main Street, to raise money for the Community Assistance Relief Effort (CARE) scholarship fund.

April 28, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Coyote jumps into kitchen chasing cat

A Newton County Sheriff's deputy responded Sunday to a call about an animal problem at a residence on Highway 212.

April 27, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


About the FFA-FCCLA Center?

When you pass by the entrance to the FFA-FCCLA Center, have you ever thought what in the world happens there?

April 26, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LOCAL


First graduate of resource court program recognized

It seemed appropriate that Daniel Pittman wore a T-shirt with the word "Hope" emblazoned on it.

April 26, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Purchasing policy committee hits snag

A standoff is brewing over the purchasing policy committee with Commissioner John Douglas backing Commissioner J.C. Henderson's last minute attempt to appoint a vendor to the committee seeking to tighten oversight of county spending.

April 26, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Nearly $900,000 owed in county taxes

As the county approaches the budgetary event horizon, the Board of Commissioners will face tough decisions as department heads compete for resources and county employees grow increasingly impatient for raises.

April 26, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man arrested for missing jury duty

Brandon Lee Cooper failed to appear for jury duty and a hearing to explain why last week, and thus was sentenced to two days in jail.

April 25, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Some stores open, governments closed

Authorities are advising residents to stay at home and the local governments are closed, but if you need groceries or other goods, Covington's major retailers are open today. Here's a look at their hours, which could change if the weather worsens:

January 11, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Power restored at Conyers Walmart

Update, 1:32 p.m.: Power was restored to the Conyers Walmart and all 1,400 Snapping Shoals customers at 1:24 p.m. The outage occurred at 12:40 p.m. and was caused by a material failure and was unrelated to the weather, Snapping Shoals spokesperson Leigh-Anne Burgess said in an e-mail.

January 11, 2011 | | LOCAL


WEATHER UPDATE: I-20 reopens in Rockdale

One lane eastbound of I-20 has been opened through Conyers. Westbound lanes are open as well.

January 11, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


I-20 reopens in Rockdale

One lane eastbound of I-20 has been opened through Conyers. Westbound lanes are open as well.

January 11, 2011 | | LOCAL


State road-clearing efforts get a boost

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Transportation is bringing in crews from central Georgia to help deal with the ice and snow that continue to coat highways in the Atlanta area.

January 11, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Paper deliveries may be delayed Wed.

The Covington News will go to press on an earlier schedule tonight. Our press facilities are located in Gainesville, and due to the weather, deliveries may be delayed.

January 11, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


High school games cancelled

Tuesday's high school sports events have been cancelled. Check back for makeup times and dates.

January 10, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mexican restaurant coming to Covington

With the new year comes some new developments, a new Mexican restaurant, and some old rumors, there's still no movement at the old Walmart in Martin's Crossing.

January 10, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


In spite of snow, legislature open for business

ATLANTA - The Georgia Legislature kicked off its 2011 session on Monday with snow blanketing the Capitol's gold dome and dozens of new faces among the House and Senate lawmakers that took the oath of office.

January 10, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Downtown scenic in snow

Traffic was light and few walkers were out late Monday morning to enjoy the site of downtown Covington in the snow.

January 10, 2011 | Tharon Giddens | LOCAL


Snow Day Pictures

Covington was a winter wonderland Monday morning as snow blanketed the town. While schools were closed for the day, many area businesses remained open for those willing to brave the icy roads. Others enjoyed their morning off by exploring the the likes of Turner Lake on foot.

January 10, 2011 | Tyler Smith | LOCAL


Commuter alert: Traffic shift coming to Highway 142

Expect a traffic shift for construction beginning at 10 a.m. on Jan. 12 on Georgia Highway 142 from Wheat Street to Lochridge Boulevard in Covington.

January 10, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Governor declares state of emegency for weather

Governor Sonny Perdue, in close coordination with Governor-elect Nathan Deal, issued an executive order declaring a state of emergency in anticipation of a severe winter storm that is expected to impact much of the state.The executive order allows for state resources to be available for response and recovery activities, and calls for the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) / Office of Homeland Security to activate the state's Emergency Operations Plan. GEMA / Homeland Security has activated the State Operations Center (SOC) to support the state in its response and recovery efforts to a severe weather system that is expected to ...

January 09, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Ice on roads, several accidents reported

According to Covington/Newton County 911 several roads are already becoming treacherous. Drivers are urged to use extreme caution and to stay off the roads if at all possible. Below is a list of icy areas as they are reported:

January 09, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Volunteers help in Day of Service

Over 100 volunteers converged on the Newton County FFA/FCCLA Center Saturday, braving the cold temperatures and blustery winds, to clean up the grounds and plant trees in honor of the upcoming inauguration of Georgia Governor-elect Nathan Deal.

January 09, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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