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Georgia Supreme Court upholds murder conviction

The Georgia Supreme Court upheld the 2013 murder conviction of a Rockdale County man earlier this week.

September 16, 2015 | Sandra L. Brands | LOCAL

Covington Lions 5th Annual Pancake Supper

The Covington Lions Club is hosting its 5th Annual Pancake Supper Thursday, Sept. 24.

September 15, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Former State Representative announces candidacy for Chair of BOC

Long-time county resident and former Georgia State Representative Philip Johnson announced that he would run for Chair of the Newton County Board of Commissioners in ...

September 14, 2015 | Sandra L. Brands | LOCAL

Public hearing scheduled on refinancing county building, funding new library systems

Residents will have a chance to comment on refinancing the Newton County Administration Building to pay for a new HVAC system for the Covington branch ...

September 14, 2015 | Sandra L. Brands | LOCAL

Craig removed as project manager from neighboring water board

According to documents obtained by The Covington News, Newton County Attorney W. T. "Tommy" Craig was removed as project manager for the South Fulton Municipal ...

September 13, 2015 | Sandra L. Brands | LOCAL

Georgia celebrates BioScience Training Center

The focus of Baxalta's arrival to Newton County and the development of Stanton Springs has been the more than 1,000 jobs and direct ...

September 12, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Porter Hall to become Newton civic center

The Newton County School Board (BOE) officially approved of an intergovernmental agreement with the Newton County Board of Commission (BOC) that will give the school ...

September 12, 2015 | Martin Rand | LOCAL

NMC Auxiliary to host Books Are Fun fair

Newton Medical Center Auxiliary is hosting its popular Books Are Fun book and gift fair on Monday, Sept. 14 through Wednesday, Sept.16 from 7 ...

September 12, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Bard honors 20-year employees

C.R. Bard recently honored employees who have 20 or more years of service, along with Director of Global Logistics, John Curtis.

September 12, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Cookies delivered to firefighters

Members of the American Heritage Girls helped make the day a little sweeter for Newton County firefighters Tuesday.

September 12, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Thousands hit the streets for Fuzz Run

Around 3,000 runners and walkers came to Covington to support the Covington Police Department and participate in the annual Fuzz Run Saturday.

September 12, 2015 | Kevin Nixon | LOCAL

Law enforcement: Social media threats not credible

In response to questions from residents, local law enforcement is letting the public know that the threats on social media towards schools and officers on ...

September 10, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

NCSO responds on the scene at Silos

UPDATE: West Newton Elementary School buses resumed taking students home after Newton County Sheriff's Office deputies declared the area all-clear.

September 09, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

NCSS students to get released early Friday

All Newton County public schools will release students early Friday for parent/teacher conferences.

September 09, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Porterdale PD swears in Jajuan Shaw

In December of 2011 13-year-old Jajuan Shaw wrote a column that concluded with the sentence "God has blessed me with so much and my autism ...

September 06, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

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Suspects charged in Clements murder now in court

It has been just over a year since Conyers landscaper Timothy Clements, 53, was found murdered and dumped in a creek. One person has pleaded guilty, but three others are still accused of the crime and are currently making their way though the Newton County judicial system.

June 16, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Juanita Bynum to hold book signing at Mall at Stonecrest

Dr. Juanita Bynum II will perform live music from her newly released EP, Soul Cry, at the Mall at Stonecrest on Saturday, June 26, at 3 p.m. Following Bynum's live performance, guests are invited to access the VIP meet and greet with purchase and receipt of her new book, No More Sheets II: Starting Over from Borders Stonecrest.

June 16, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Prior millage rates tell interesting history

There has been a lot of discussion about the rollback millage rate and whether the county should approve it. Although it's called the rollback rate, the 10.9 rate would obviously be higher than the current 9.73 rate.

However, the 10.9 rate is the rate necessary to bring the county the same amount of property tax revenue as it collected the year before. Property tax revenue in this past fiscal year was projected to be nearly $27.7 million, around 57 percent of the budget.

June 15, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Woman who attempted to rob bank caught

A woman who attempted to rob the United Bank located in Newton Plaza on June 10 was arrested Tuesday and charged with attempted robbery.

June 15, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Interstate 20 east near Wal-Mart has one lane open

A trailer carried by a pickup truck caught fire near exit 96 eastbound on Interstate 20.

June 14, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL

U.S. C-SOG dynamic cell extraction training to be held in Newton

Sheriff Ezell Brown is inviting local law enforcement agencies to participate in Dynamic Cell Extraction training at the Newton County Sheriff's Office on July 27. The training will be conducted by United States Corrections-Special Operations Group. Presently, 12 agencies will be participating in the eight-hour instructional course.

June 13, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL

NCSO offering second firearms safety course

Sheriff Ezell Brown and the Newton County Sheriff's Office are offering a Citizens Firearm Safety Course for 2010. These classes will consist of information on laws governing the use of deadly force, firearm safety at and away from the range, nomenclature of the basic revolver and semiautomatic pistols. Additionally, participants will have a chance to complete a course of fire at the Newton County Sheriff Firing Range.

June 13, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Creative and Colorful Kids

Many rising first through sixth-graders from all over Newton County packed up their musical, dramatic and artistic talents and traveled to Oxford College this week for the 12th annual Creative Kids Camp, held by the Arts Association in Newton County.

June 13, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL

Flag Day honors America's stars and stripes

Flag Day was originally conceived by schoolteacher BJ Cigrand to honor the anniversary of the Flag Resolution of 1777. According to, He first referred to the observance as "Flag birthday." Some years later, George Balch, another teacher, would influence the State Board of Education of New York to officially observe Flag Day. After years of local and state celebrations, President Woodrow Wilson established Flag Day through an official proclamation in 1916. President Harry Truman would later sign an Act of Congress in 1949 to designate June 14 as National Flag Day.

Bobby Hamby, member of the American Legion ...

June 13, 2010 | By Sabastian Wee | LOCAL

Once in a lifetime

Anybody driving down Floyd Street in the last two decades may have seen the giant cactus-like plant outside the home of Ann May. The plant, commonly known as a century plant, is now beginning to bloom after all these years of wowing passersby.

May, a longtime resident of Covington, could not be more proud of her plant, which she named Mother.

June 13, 2010 | By Sabastian Wee | LOCAL

Breaking down recent state bills

Tuesday was the deadline for Gov. Perdue to sign or veto the remaining bills from the 2010 Georgia legislative session and many bills could affect local residents and governments.

Below is a description of some of the recently signed bills. To read any bill, visit and type in the appropriate bill number in the upper right hand corner.

June 13, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Man pleads guilty to aggravated child molestation of stepsisters

Warning: The following article contains some details that may be disturbing to more sensitive readers. In order to protect their identity, the juvenile victims have not been named.

June 13, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Local officials take leadership positions

More than 100 county officials from across the state recently were recognized by the Association County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG) for completion of the Commissioners Training Program, including local county commissioners Nancy L. Schulz and Earnest Simmons.

June 13, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Woman attempts to rob bank

Covington Police officials are looking for a woman who attempted to make off with funds from the United Bank in Newton Plaza on U.S. Highway 278 on Thursday morning.

June 11, 2010 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL

Rotary awards Lassiter

Outstanding Rotarian: Mike Lassiter, member of the Rotary Club of Covington, received the Rotary Foundation District Service Award at the Rotary District 6910 Conference held at Jekyll Island in April. The award is presented annually to a Rotarian providing outstanding service in promoting the Rotary Foundation. The most significant project of the Foundation has been the eradication of Polio throughout the world. Mike has served as Foundation Chair of the Covington Club for 10 years. Covington has been one of the top Foundation Fund raisers in District 6910 with over 55 Paul Harris Fellows awarded in the past two years ...

June 11, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL

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