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Man arrested in Nov. 1 shooting

Jevantae Toreandus Jester was arrested in connection with a shooting at a Newton County gas station Tuesday.

November 04, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Ram royalty

Jacquila Butler was named Newton High Schools 2014-15 Homecoming Queen Oct 3. The king is Jessie Haynes.

November 04, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Early release for NCSS Friday

All Newton County public schools will release students early on Friday, November 7 for teacher professional learning

November 04, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Holiday fun on the Square starts Nov. 20

Santa-and shoppers-will have pedestrian access to Main Street, Covington this holiday season.

November 04, 2014 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Conyers St train tracks to be removed

The Council also unanimously approved the closing of a section of Conyers Street, while city crews remove existing train tracks and resurface the road. The work is expected to take three or four days and begin approximately Nov. 17. Deputy City Manager Billy Bouchillon said a detour for Elizabeth and Mill Streets would temporarily divert traffic.

November 04, 2014 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


County briefed on Ebola

Newton County leadership feels it is prepared to handle issues that may be posed by the Ebola virus.

November 03, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


County hires Development Services Coordinator

Lloyd Kerr will start as Newton County's new Development Services Coordinator in November, according to County Manager Tom Garrett.

November 03, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


BOC to discuss NCSO pay

For months Newton County Sheriff's deputies have been asking the Board of Commissioners for a way to keep people from leaving the office and a raise. Monday night, Commissioner J.C. Henderson asked his fellow commissioners to start looking into granting that request.

November 03, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Looking behind in time

Daylight Saving Time is here once again had everyone turn their clock back an hour Sunday morning.

November 03, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Washington Street Community Center Fundraiser

Washington Street Community Center Casino Royale Fundraiser.

November 02, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


A place to call home

Winter is coming.

November 02, 2014 | Randy Schafer | LOCAL


For a quality of life

Pete Leonetti Sr. needs a kidney.

November 01, 2014 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


More than 11,000 vote early in Newton

The 2014 midterm election is just days away and already more than 11,000 people have voted in Newton County.

November 01, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


BOC lifts hiring freeze for public defenders office

When Newton County adopted its budget of $47.71 million in July, an agreed upon six-month hiring freeze was included. For the first time since then, the Board of Commissioners has agreed to lift the freeze for one position due to special circumstances.

November 01, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Giving back to troops

At the time, Julie Pearson just wanted to do something for her fiancé, who was beginning his second tour of Iraq. With her mother, Virginia, she put together 32 Christmas stockings stuffed with 420 pounds of snacks, toiletries and other items and sent them to her fiancé to share with his unit.

November 01, 2014 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


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Athletic Club remains vacant

The beloved Covington Athletic Club is in the process of foreclosure and all of the exercise equipment has been sold.

February 07, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Scout Central

On my honor: Boy Scout troops in Newton and Rockdale counties came together on Saturday for a centennial scouting expo. Different troops had booths set up, displaying various scout activities. Bean bag tosses, fire-making classes, a rope course and more were offered. The event was held at the Parker Road Government Center in Rockdale.

February 07, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Bridgestone asks for refund after tax error

Bridgestone Golf is asking Newton County for a tax refund of $108,000, because some of Bridgestone's equipment was incorrectly assessed on its tax filings in 2006 and 2007.

February 07, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Execution order signed for Ford

Newton County Superior Court Judge Horace J. Johnson Jr signed a warrant Friday for the execution of Melbert Ray Ford Jr who was convicted of killing his girlfriend and her niece in 1986.

February 07, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Friday Scrapbook

Through the eyes of the community: Trevor Cargile takes a picture of the ominous sky above his home. A bull throws it's rider off at a rodeo held at the Georgia Horse Park in Conyers. The walking path at the Newton County Recreation Department is peaceful. A frog sits on a rock in Michelle Simpson's pond. A hummingbird gets ready to land on the feeder on Simpson's front porch.

February 05, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Newton Medical Center auxiliary celebrates 50 years of service

The Newton Medical Center Auxiliary's theme for 2010 is "volunteers are golden treasures." During its 50 years in existence, volunteers have logged more than half a million hours of service and have helped raise more than $2 million for hospital equipment.

February 05, 2010 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Shelter finally signs lease with housing authority

The Garden of Gethsemane homeless shelter has been open in Covington since June, but it finally signed a lease last week.

February 05, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


InVest in the NCSO - Feb. 5

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 05, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Returning the Appreciation

A soldier's gratitude: CW5 Robert Tadlock with the Ga. Army National Guard in Macon presents Virginia Pearson, co-founder of Operation Sandbox a plaque in appreciation for outstanding service and support of the 48th IBCT. If you would like to support our troops, please visit www.operationsandboxga.com.

February 05, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


'We are one people'!

Roy Barnes has seen integration and the advancement in racial equality in Georgia's schools firsthand, but the Newton High School students he spoke to Thursday weren't alive for many of those changes.

February 05, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Crime Briefs: Driver’s story changes several times

A 20-year-old woman was arrested after officers reportedly noticed her driving erratically and found that the vehicle had no insurance on it.

February 05, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Dream Achiever

When Janet Goodman thinks about Black History Month, her mind immediately goes back to the local civil rights battles of the 1960s and 70s. She grew up during the time when blacks in Covington were fighting for equality, whether it was the right to eat in the same restaurants, work in the same stores or attend the same schools.

February 03, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


NCSO seeks suspects in 5 car break-ins

Investigators from the Newton County Sheriff's Office are asking for help in locating the person(s) responsible for breaking into five cars in the Eastwood Forrest subdivision between late-Monday night and early-Tuesday morning.

February 03, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Library celebrates black history month

For more than three decades, Black History Month has been recognized in the United States, and throughout the month of February, the Newton County Library will display a timeline of history from the 1600s through today.

February 03, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Two arrested in burglary

On Friday January 29, at approximately 11:15 a.m. Newton County Sheriff's Deputies were dispatched to a burglary in progress on Shenandoah Court. When deputies arrived they heard movement inside the residence and were attempting to surround the house when two males ran out of the back door toward the woods as an alert deputy gave chase. A NCSO K-9 tracking unit arrived on scene and picked up the scent of the two males. The Bloodhound tracked them directly through the woods an address on Pickens Road where deputies took them into custody without incident.

February 02, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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