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NCSS given Golden Radish

After featuring local food 10 times in school meals, and helping to promote farm-to-school programs, the Newton County School System (NCSS) was recognized with the Golden Radish Award.

October 09, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


CID gets motion from council, BOC

The Hwy. 278 Community Improvement District has the resolutions it needs to head to the Georgia state Legislature in late January or early February.

October 08, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


BOC agrees to contract worth $218,000

For Newton County about $218,000 actually does grow on trees.

October 08, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Gubernatorial candidate Carter visits Rockdale

It was a standing room only crowd as Democratic gubernatorial challenger Jason Carter came to visit with Rockdale Democrats, stumping on issues of funding the public education system, economic development for the middle class and ethics.

October 08, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Wall of Hope celebrates 12 Newton County breast cancer survivors

For those who are diagnosed with it, breast cancer can be terrifying.

October 08, 2014 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Eastside High receives bomb threat

Early Wednesday morning Eastside High School received a bomb threat against the school, via email to Principal Jeff Cher.

October 08, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Motion to stop funding The Center fails

A motion by Newton County District 1 Commissioner John Douglas to suspend funding to The Center for Community Preservation and Planning failed due to lack of support at Tuesday's Board of Commissioners public meeting.

October 07, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Woman forced from Flash Foods

A Flash Foods clerk told a Newton County Sheriff's Office deputy that they observed a male and a female in the parking lot of the Salem Road store arguing.

October 07, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Woman assaults sister with knife

A woman involved in an argument, pulled a knife on her sister early Tuesday morning, shortly after 2 a.m.

October 07, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


NCSO shows breast cancer awareness support

In show of support of breast cancer awareness, the Newton County Sheriff's Office will tie a pink ribbon on all marked patrol vehicles assigned to the Sheriff's Office during October.

October 07, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Walmart employee brings drugs to work

An employee of Walmart on Salem Road left his back pack in the back room, where it was found by the store's manager.

October 07, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Alcovy Homecoming Court

Alcovy High School announced its homecoming court ahead of its Oct. 31 homecoming football game.

October 07, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newborn council may install new speed bumps

The Newborn City council meeting started off with a small prayer following an introduction of guest attendee Elect Pasty Harris who is running for State House Representative of district 112. Here's what you need to know from the meeting:

October 07, 2014 | Rasheera Dopson-Robinson | LOCAL


NCSS SAT scores up, still below state

Newton County School System students showed an improvement in SAT scores in 2014 compared to the previous year.

October 07, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Voter Registration deadline is today

If you're planning to vote in this year's general election and runoff, today is the last day you can register.

October 06, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Winter storm warning in effect until 4 a.m. Saturday

 The national weather service in Peachtree City has issued a winter storm warning for heavy snow, which is in effect until 4 a.m. Saturday. The winter weather advisory is no longer in effect.

The storm system responsible for the winter weather is tracking across the northern Gulf of Mexico and continues to increase in intensity. Snowfall will continue across much of north and central Georgia through the afternoon and into the evening. Roadways across the area are becoming slick and hazardous and conditions are expected to deteriorate as temperatures fall.

February 12, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Friday Scrapbook

Through the eyes of the community: A colorful sunrise fills the sky over Brown Bridge Road. Colorful trees accent the lake on Drypond Road. Photographer Heather Barrett find and photographs beautiful nature scenes. A neighbor's cat hides behind a bush before being shooed away.

February 12, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


100 percent chance of snow Friday

The National Weather service is predicting an 100 percent chance of snow Friday with temperatures in the upper 20s. Light snow is expected at daybreak, followed by heavier snow later in the day. A new snow accumulation of one to two inches is possible.

February 12, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County Water Resources cited by EPD

When the water conservation practices of recent years met the deluge of rainfall in the last few months, the water treatment process was caught in the middle.

February 12, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Celebrating all Local Artists!

The Arts Association in Newton County welcomes all local artists/musicians to share information about your specific artistic genre or area of interest in the performing or fine arts. As the umbrella organization of the arts, AANC attempt to assist local artists in promoting their art form, serving as a gateway for aspiring or established artists to share their talents with the community. By helping organizations and individuals looking for artists, the Arts Association may bring these needs together for the benefit of community members and patrons as well as artists. If you are interested in sharing your information, please ...

February 12, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man of Valor

A rare kind of hero: Newton County Firefighter Paul Douglas received an award for valor from Liberty Mutual Thursday afternoon for his valiant effort to save the life of a Newton County man. Douglas went into a burning home by himself the night of Sept. 8 and was able to rescue a man from the flames, although that man later died, Douglas' fast thinking and bravery allowed him to "live another day," according to Chief Mike Satterfield. Douglas is only the second in the state to receive this award.

February 12, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


InVEST in the NCSO - Feb. 12

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 12, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Solar power to come to Covington

Solar power is coming to Covington, as property owners in Clark's Grove were awarded a $250,000 grant this week to install solar panels on their commercial buildings.

February 12, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Hambrick captured, charged with murder

The search for Brandon Hambrick is over. The 18-year-old who was wanted in connection of the murder of 44-year-old Alvin Hall, whose charred remains were found in a burning car on McGiboney Lane New Year's Eve, was located and charged with murder.

Hall was last seen alive earlier that evening in the area of Empire Park in Atlanta. He was a employee of the city of Atlanta and had a family. He had not yet been reported missing.

February 11, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Dawkins denied bond in murder case

Bond was denied for 45-year-old Sam Dumas Dawkins, one of four men being charged in the murder of 38-year-old Robert Andrew "Drew" Nichols, whose body was found by a deer hunter in Social Circle on Dec. 6.

Dawkins is charged with felony murder, kidnapping, aggravated battery, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, concealing the death of another, theft by receiving stolen property, trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute. He was originally before ...

February 11, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Lack of water use in 2009 led to EPD violation

Press Release, Feb. 10:

February 10, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Eating healthy on a budget

As the economic crisis continues, Americans continue to closely watch their budgets, including what they spend on groceries. Farm Bureau is helping consumers become more aware of how to stretch their grocery dollars during Food Check-Out Week, Feb. 21-27.

February 10, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Eddie Phillips a behind-the-scenes helper

As with many selfless men, no one person ever knew just how much Eddie Phillips gave to his friends, family and community.

February 10, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Setting precedent

Richard Johnson, 71, remembers most of the names of generations of Newton County's black families. He remembers what they raised on their farms, what kind of buses they drove and who married whom. He also remembers when everything began to change.

February 10, 2010 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Improper parking leads to more serious charges

Four men were arrested and charged with possession of a sawed-off shotgun after catching Porterdale Police Officers' attention by illegally parking in a handicap space.

February 10, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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