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Leadership uncertainty dogs Nelson Heights

Last Tuesday, the Newton County Board of Commissioners voted to remove Commissioner J.C. Henderson as chairman of the Nelson Heights Center, a facility dedicated to helping children after school. The matter seemed open and closed - he was the chairman, then he wasn't.

September 04, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


NCSO Sgt. wins Instructor of Year award

Newton County Sheriff's Office Sergeant Randy Downs received the Dale Moorefield award for Firearms Instructor of the Year at the 2014 Georgia Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (GALEFI) conference on Aug. 26.

September 03, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Ellis’ responsibilities changed by BOC

Newton County Board of Commissioners Chairman Keith Ellis lost at least some of his power Tuesday night, as the board voted to strip him of his control of the county's vehicle fleet and engineering department.

September 02, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Henderson stripped of financial powers

The Newton County Board of Commissioners simply crushed Commissioner J.C. Henderson Tuesday night, stripping him of all financial powers and forcing him off the boards of the Nelson Heights Community Center and the Recreation Commission.

September 02, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


NCSS announces Scholars of the Week

Newton County School System plans to highlight exceptional students with a new weekly spotlight. Two high school seniors will be recognized each week as NCSS Scholars of the Week starting in October and will be chosen to recognize and promote "exemplary academic performance and outstanding contributions to their school and community."

September 02, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


DOE offers free digital textbooks

As the 2014-2015 academic year begins, teachers, school leaders, parents and students should be aware they can access free, interactive digital textbooks through the Georgia Department of Education's website.

September 02, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO dep. restores heartbeat to boy

A Newton County Sheriff's Office deputy may have saved the life of a minor who was not breathing after drowning.

September 02, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Man subdued by Taser

After a call concerning an intoxicated male riding his bicycle into a trash can, police officers had to subdue the suspect by deploying a Taser.

September 02, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Legality of Henderson’s check questionable

There's a clause in the Georgia constitution that says governments can't give money without receiving a "benefit" in exchange. It's reiterated in numerous handbooks for local governments.

September 02, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Family to move to CO for med. marijuana

It may be their last resort, but the Hopkins family is making a big move with full hopes they will find sanctum for one of their daughters in Colorado's medical marijuana. Still, they'll be packing their family minus one.

September 02, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


New pavers to honor longtime businesses

Covington City Councilwoman Janet Goodman wants to honor the handful of families who have maintained their businesses on the Square for 50-plus years.

September 02, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Weather, granite delay Square’s reopening

Don't get blue, the jazz concert set for Thursday on the Covington Square will still happen – just not on the Square.

September 02, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Video purports to show beheading of US journalist

BEIRUT (AP) - An Internet video posted online Tuesday purported to show the beheading by the Islamic State group of U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff, who went missing in Syria last year.

September 02, 2014 | ZEINA KARAM, Associated Press | LOCAL


Hit-and-run driver strikes child in stroller

A Conyers driver who struck a Covington woman and a 2-year-old and then tried to flee the scene was arrested and charged with driving under the influence.

September 02, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Home on the Range (video)

A visit to Cottonwood Farm.

September 02, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


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Garden of Gethsemane shares the love in their hearts

After losing her job and being evicted from her apartment, Sabrina Ortiz now calls The Garden of Gethsemane Homeless Shelter in Covington her home. As part of a DeKalb Technical College cosmetology department project called "From Our Hearts to Yours" she recently received an eyebrow wax, a facial, hair styling and color as well as a manicure and pedicure.

February 21, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Woman claims to be “professional drinker”

Despite assuring officers that she was a "professional drinker" a 57-year-old woman was arrested on Feb. 14 for DUI.

February 21, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Shipmate scouts

In the Navy: Cub Scout Pack 2291 recently relived a part of history when they participated in the camping program aboard the World War II Aircraft Carrier USS Yorktown at Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum in Charleston Harbor. The scouts became "shipmates" with other youth as they toured the USS Yorktown, the submarine USS Clamagore, the Medal of Honor Museum, and the Vietnam Era Naval Support Base. Morning and evening meals were prepared and served in the "Chief's Mess" aboard the Yorktown to give the scouts the full effect of naval life. Pack 2291 also took a boat ...

February 21, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Former resident wins national science award

Jeff Johnson, a former resident of Covington, has been named Siemens National AP teacher of the year.

February 21, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington celebrates Arbor Day with recognitions, memorial planting

Friday marked Arbor Day in Georgia and the 19th Arbor Day celebration for the city of Covington. This year's celebration was held at Turner Lake Recreation Complex.

Covington Tree Board President Loy Summers greeted guests and Covington Mayor Kim Carter related a story about realizing the aesthetic quality of trees while on business in El Paso. She said she quickly grew weary of red, dusty landscapes scantily dotted with cacti.

February 19, 2010 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Friday Scrapbook

Snow day: Several inches of snow covered Newton County last Friday night and lasted well into the next day before it all melted away. Newton County residents snapped these photos around their homes and around town.

February 19, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


YMCA celebrates 10 years

The Covington Family YMCA has helped thousands of children and adults live happier and healthier lives during its nearly 25 years in Covington. Looking back into the history of the YMCA, one realizes it's taken just as many people to bring the organization to Covington and support it.

February 19, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


InVEST in the NCSO - Feb. 19

The parents of recently injured Deputy Wesley Atha have organized a fundraising campaign to purchase these vests for every county deputy. Their fundraising goal is $113,000. Each vest costs between $500-$700, depending on the size. Each Friday The Covington News will publish a list of individuals, businesses and civic groups who have donated to the cause that week as well as the total amount raised. Donations are tax deductible. Checks should be made payable to Newton Co. Sheriff's Office and earmarked for safety vests and equipment. Please mail donations to NCSO c/o April Jones, 15151 Alcovy ...

February 19, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


13 cars broken into – suspects still sought

Roughly 13 cars were burglarized in apartments on Gross Lake Parkway in the early hours of Monday morning and authorities are still searching for the men they believe responsible.

February 19, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Ford granted stay of execution

The scheduled execution of convicted murderer Melbert Ford will not happen Feb. 23 as planned. A stay of execution has been issued for up to 90 days due to a vacancy on the Board of Pardons and Paroles. To execute when there is not a full board is a violation of law. Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue is responsible for filling the vacant spot. The Newton County Superior Court ordered the execution of Ford earlier this month. The court ordered the department to carry out the execution on a date between February 23 and March 2. The execution was scheduled to ...

February 18, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Winter weather conditions led to crash that killed 2

A woman and her 10-year-old son were killed Friday evening when they collided with another driver on Ga. Highway 11 in Social Circle.

February 18, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Management of NHCC still undecided

After months of delays and conversations, little changed in the Nelson Heights Community Center situation as the Newton County Recreation Department remains the most likely management candidate.

February 18, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Former college professor arrested for sexual exploitation of children

A 73-year-old former professor at Georgia College and State University was arrested yesterday and charged with sexual exploitation of a child.

February 17, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Get the scoop

The 49th annual Little Mr. and Miss Newton County Pageant will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Alcovy High School Auditorium. The Newton County Recreation Commission sponsors the annual community event and admission is free to the public.

February 17, 2010 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Sug's store

Dorothy Smith has some old pictures of her grandfather that she has treasured over the years. The first shows Charlie "Sug" Gaither in his middle years. The second shows his daughter and his eight grandchildren.

February 17, 2010 | Lee Sandow | LOCAL


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