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What to do with downtown parking?

If Mystic Grill is any indication, the influx of people coming to Covington for lunch and dinner will increase with the opening of the Irish ...

September 23, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Newton County files motion against Sam Hay

Newton County Attorney W.T. "Tommy" Craig and attorney Edward Tolley filed a response to Sam Hay's lawsuit against Newton County Monday, answering several ...

September 22, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Southern Heartland announces Artful Harvest winners

The painting "Three Sisters," by Bernadette Smith won first place recently at the Southern Heartland's Annual Artful Harvest Art Show.

September 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

School system, chamber select teachers of the year

Twenty-three teachers have been named Newton County School System and the New County Chamber of Commerce's 2014 to 2015 teachers of the year.

September 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Craig replies to Corps of Engineers letter

In a 10-page letter with 68 pages of attachments, Newton County Attorney W. T. "Tommy" Craig told Edward B. Johnson Jr., Chief of the Piedmont ...

September 21, 2015 | Sandra L. Brands | LOCAL

NMC to host events for Breast Cancer Awareness

Anchored in Hope is the theme for this year's Hope events for breast cancer awareness sponsored by Newton Medical Center's Women's Diagnostic ...

September 21, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Investigation busts meth headquarters in hotel room

CONYERS - Four people have been arrested for selling a large amount of methamphetamine while using a hotel room in Rockdale County as their base of ...

September 21, 2015 | Martin Rand | LOCAL

Corps of Engineers at standstill on reservoir permit

Newton County's request for a special leniency in its Section 404 Permit application, needed for the proposed Bear Creek Supply Reservoir, was denied, adding ...

September 20, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Covington shows off Legion Park

The green space on Mill Street, behind the Covington Family Y, has long been an area Newton County residents have gone to for a little ...

September 19, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

NMC to host events for Breast Cancer Awareness

Anchored in Hope is the theme for this year's Hope events for breast cancer awareness sponsored by Newton Medical Center's Women's Diagnostic ...

September 19, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Parrotheads to find paradise in Newton County

Nearly four decades ago, Jimmy Buffet started bringing his unique style of Reggae and islander inspired Country music to a very welcoming audience. Today, those ...

September 19, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Keeping the Yellow River alive

Volunteers (top) started near the Mt. Tabor overpass, heading seven miles downstream to Yellow River Park, Porterdale. Even children (right) like Chad Allen and Enzleigh ...

September 19, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Three arrested in Silos fatal shooting

COVINGTON - Three arrests have been made in the shooting that left a 26-year-old Newton man dead in the Silos of Ellington neighborhood in September.

September 18, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Newton man charged with killing wife and son

Bernadene S. Lebert-Davis, 43 of Newton County and Robert M. Kelli-Davis, 21 of Newton County, were shot and killed in a residence on the 100 ...

September 18, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Double homicide on Helm Drive

Newton County Sheriff's Office deputies are on the scene of a double homicide on the 100 block of Helm Drive, near Almon Road and ...

September 17, 2015 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL

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Third-grader brings knife to school

A 9-year-old student was removed from school and is facing felony charges after bringing a knife to school and reportedly issuing threats to another student today at Oak Hill Elementary School.

December 09, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Thieves snatch manhole covers, storm grates

Newton County officials want the public to be on the lookout for both missing manhole covers, and for the people stealing them from neighborhoods across the county.

December 09, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Have some holiday fun

Some folks go all out for the holidays, lighting up their yards like mini cities. We're compiling a list of the best-decorated (or just most elaborately decorated) homes that are worthy of a drive to take a look at, and we need your help. We need a street address and a brief description of what's there. It can be your yard, or a neighbor's, or a place that's part of your personal light tour each year. You can send us a photo of what's there too. Send your information to We're ...

December 08, 2010 | Tharon Giddens | LOCAL

Newborn Christmas party Saturday

Newborn is having its town Christmas party from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the old schoolhouse on Ga. Highway 142.

December 08, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Christmas light tour: Social Circle

The Covington News is looking for suggestions on which houses in the area are all dressed up for the holidays and worth a drive to see.
Here's a suggestion from columnist Beth Rowe.
This house is on the corner of Dogwood and East Hightower Trail in Social Circle. It is a two-story house with guest quarters in back that are also decorated in lights. Beth says to be sure to check out the huge tree on the back side covered in lights.
The house is the former home of chef Natalie Dupree.
To get there from Covington, take I-20 ...

December 08, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Unemployment benefits to end soon

Melissa Cowan has done the math, and the numbers won't add up. The former human resources professional has been unemployed since February 2009. She's received two job offers during that time, but after paying for childcare and gas, she would have netted $15 a week.

December 08, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Five arrested for drug sales

After a four-month investigation, the Covington/Newton County Special Investigation Unit has arrested five people in connection with a drug sales in a house in the Spring Hill community.

December 08, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

County approves money for trail grant

The Newton County Board of Commissioners voted 3-2 to conditionally spend $100,000 on the library to Eastside High School trail Tuesday night, to serve as a 20 percent match for a $400,000 state grant.

December 07, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Pearl Harbor remembered

America's World War II veterans are slipping the surly bonds of Earth more quickly than ever. Too soon, no one will remain to recount where they were Sunday, Dec. 7, 1941, when accounts of Japan's treacherous attack at Pearl Harbor hit radio airwaves. The number of Pearl Harbor survivors at the annual commemorative service aboard the USS Arizona Memorial on Tuesday will attest to that sad fact.

December 07, 2010 | Nat Harwell | LOCAL

School rezoning session tonight

Information sessions on the rezoning of Newton County elementary schools for the 2011-2012 academic year will be held at 6 tonight at Newton High School.

December 06, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Share your unemployment story with us

Around 25,000 Georgians will receive their last unemployment check, or direct deposit, this week, following the expiration of the federal government's extended unemployment benefits.

December 06, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL

SPLOST work session at 6 tonight

The Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) will get a review when the Newton County Board of Commissioners holds a work session at 6 tonight at the Historic Courthouse.

December 06, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Annual Turkey trot draws runners from all over Georgia

The Georgia Elks Aidmore Center held its 12th Annual Turkey Trot 5K Cross Country Run/Walk Fundraiser on Nov. 20. From across Georgia, one hundred and fifty four Turkey Trotters joined the Georgia Elks Aidmore Children's Center in its Run/Walk. The annual Turkey Trot is a major fundraiser for the Aidmore Center and all funds raised are used to support ongoing programs. Ghost runner opportunities are available through Dec. 31 for individuals who want to donate to the Center in lieu of participating in the Turkey Trot.

December 05, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Breaking down the SPLOST

The Board of Commissioners continues to work toward putting together a 2011 SPLOST list to present to the voters at a March 15 referendum. Below are brief descriptions of all county-wide projects included on a proposal created by Commissioner Mort Ewing, which the board supported through informal consensus. The list and dollar amounts are subject to change, as the board will vote on a finalized list at its Dec. 21 meeting.

December 05, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

“O Come Ya’ll To Covington”

An original community Christmas musical, "O' Come Y'all to Covington," will be staged at 7 p.m. on Dec. 16 and Dec. 17 at First United Methodist Church of Covington.

December 05, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL

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