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Banjos and barbecue

Steve and Vicki Deal have been serving the rural community at Cowboy's BBQ for four years. Their restaurant in Social Circle is going strong, and Steve is looking to expand to a second location within the next year.

August 16, 2014 | Samantha Reardon | LOCAL


Covington businessman runs for lost boy

A year ago, Joe Urban chose to do something for a co-worker's young son with cancer - run 100 miles, nonstop, in the Colorado Rockies. To raise money for a fund set up in the boy's name.

August 16, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


A muddy good time

Local runners, mudders and thrill-seekers from around the Peach State braved the summer heat in the dirtiest of ways Saturday, August 16 at the 2014 Rugged Maniac 5K Obstacle Race made its way to the Georgia International Horse Park

August 16, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Suicide numbers scary in Georgia

When a plane crashes, it's national news.

August 16, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Fighting to live

When Georgia lawmakers killed the medical cannabis oil bill in the last hour of the March 20 legislative session, Kelli and Mike Hopkins hoped any of the dozens of seizures their six-year-old son, Abe, had a day would not be his last. That the bill would be passed in 2015's session, giving Abe a chance. Because Kelli and Mike feel like they've tried everything.

August 16, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


US sees surge in Cuban rafters

MIAMI (AP) - One early morning this April, Dairon Morera climbed onto a raft of aluminum tanks with 22 other people, revved up a Volvo car motor and pushed off the Cuban shore, joining a never-ending stream of islanders desperate to reach the United States.

August 15, 2014 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Florence continues to push forward

Tichelle Florence's doctor told her she'd never walk again once her disease forced her into a wheelchair.

August 14, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Athens Tech campus coming to Social Circle

For Georgia's "Greatest Little Town," Social Circle is about to get a bigger spotlight.

August 14, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Jimbo’s on liquor license probation

A pre-hearing negotiation with the owner of a Porterdale restaurant laid out guidelines to follow if he wants to keep his alcohol license.

August 14, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


No NCSS schools on Alert list

It's an exclusive list that Newton County School System is glad it's not on.

August 14, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Abandoned house burns during demolition

A vacant home on Brown Bridge Road near Woodland Lane was completely destroyed by fire Wednesday - ironically as crews were demolishing it to reclaim old wood.

August 14, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Hall: Chamber in a good ‘state’

2014 has been a great year for the Newton County Chamber of Commerce, President Hunter Hall told members at the annual "State of the Chamber" luncheon Thursday.

August 14, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Timber sale to help county coffers

Newton County officials plan to ask for bids on harvesting timber from 200 or so acres near the intersection of Lower River Road and New Mote Road south of Covington.

August 14, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


DOT: Peachtree Academy to get school zone

It may be a parent's worst nightmare. Cars speeding by their child's school every morning and afternoon, thinking they won't be the one to hit a student.

August 14, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Porterdale PD gets social media policy

Even law enforcement employees have rules, and that doesn't exclude what they post on Facebook, Twitter or any other social media network.

August 14, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


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Commissioner Henderson not to hold press conference about battery charges

Update, Monday, 5:18 p.m.: Commissioner J.C. Henderson will not hold a press conference to discuss his battery charges this week. Anthony Carter, Henderson's attorney, said he told Henderson that he'd like to do an investigation before anything like a press conference takes place.

October 12, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Flood warning issued for Newton County

The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for the Yellow River near Conyers below Milstead from this afternoon until Wednesday evening.

At 10 a.m. Monday the stage was 6.0 feet - the flood stage for the Yellow River is above 11.0 feet. The forecast is for the river to rise above flood stage by this afternoon and continue to rise to near 15.9 feet by tomorrow morning. At 16.0 feet, moderate flooding begins.

October 12, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man steals from Wal-Mart, attempts to flee across I-20 on foot

Covington Police Officers were forced to chase a man across a street and into the woods after he reportedly stole a digital tape recorder from Wal-Mart.

October 11, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Cars for a cause

Under the hood: The square was alive with nostalgia and the sounds of the Golden oldies as local folks came out to admire the antique cars on display last Sunday. The Covington Rotary sponsored the event, and raised over $13,500 for the benefit of the Miracle Field, according to Rotary Chairman Lanier Sims.

October 11, 2009 | T. Pat Cavanaugh | LOCAL


Good eats, good Times

Tender, fall-off-the-bone ribs, smoked to perfection and coated in the mouth-watering spice rub. That was only one of the types of delicious barbecue served up at the fourth annual Sherman's Last Burning Fall Festival and BBQ Cook-Off, hosted by the Covington Lions Club, which took place Friday and Saturday at American Legion Field.

October 11, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Boom town: Newton County grew at a rapid rate - but the jobs weren't following

This is the first of a three-part series examining how explosive growth and the housing market collapse have changed the face of Newton County.

October 10, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Alpha Delta Kappa Month

Sorority sisters:

October 09, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Elkadettes lend a helping hand

Helpful smiles: The Covington Elkadettes recently gathered much-needed items to be delivered to the local women's shelter, Project ReNeWal. Project ReNeWal services Newton, Rockdale and Walton counties and offers assistance to women in crisis. The Covington Elkadettes are a part of the local Covington Elks Lodge No. 1806. Pictured are Peggy Hudgins, left, Elk Artis Standard, Elkadette President Pat Pippin and Betty Standard.

October 09, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Early voting for Nov. 3 elections open until Oct. 30

City council elections aren't until Nov. 3, but residents in Newton County's cities will be able to cast their vote early.

October 09, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Baby formula bandits busted

Three people were arrested after an attempt to shoplift several thousand dollars worth of baby formula from a local grocery store Friday afternoon.

October 09, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


InVest in the NCSO campaign - Oct. 9

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 ...

October 09, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Nelson Heights management under dispute

Before the Newton County Recreation Commission decided whether it would operate the Nelson Heights Community Center, it naturally had a few questions, including:

October 09, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Local teens take leadership roles throughout the state

Middle and high school 4-H'ers in Newton County are members of Sigma Lambda Chi 4-H.

October 09, 2009 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


Sprucing up Sharp

Sharp Learning Center is all about change. Students are at the school to make a change in themselves and on Thursday morning several of those students worked hard to make a change in the front of the school as well.

October 09, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Housing group hosts auction to benefit non-profits

Richport Properties is inviting the community to come out Saturday to its newest property from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Brookline subdivision, located one mile south of the square at Highway 36 and Eagle Drive, to bid at a silent auction, enjoy some free food and entertainment, learn more about local community groups and explore new houses.

October 08, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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