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Are service clubs outdated?

After speaking to the Lions Club of Oxford this week about 4-H opportunities, I noticed yet again that my old classmates simply aren't present in service clubs.

April 06, 2014 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


Joint effort helped stem fire damage

Five Social Circle police officers responded with fire personnel to an alarm received through 911 on Tuesday in an effort that both departments said helped prevent widespread damage or injuries.

April 03, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Woman, who takes 15-pill cocktail, drives on curb

A woman who told police "it wasn't against the law" and "it wasn't a big deal, no one was on the road" in reference to her scrubbing the curb on Jefferson Blvd was arrested for failure to maintain lane and DUI Wednesday.

April 03, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Covington man arrested in sting

A Covington man was one of three arrested during a Conyers Police Department prostitution sting at a Conyers hotel Wednesday.

April 03, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Murder victim's identity released

A 45-year-old Newton County woman was fatally shot around 8 p.m. Tuesday, and Aaron Garsua McClain, also age 45 and the women's alleged domestic partner, is being charged with the murder.

April 03, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County talking to grant writing co.

Newton County is getting closer to hiring a firm to write grants to seek out more state and federal funding.

April 02, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


BOC not behind Henderson SPLOST plans

County Commissioner J.C. Henderson wanted to move forward with purchasing land to expand some existing parks and build some new ones using 2011 SPLOST money, but his fellow commissioners weren't on board with his plan Tuesday.

April 01, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


State superintendent forum Friday

With Common Core's place in Georgia schools being hotly debated and education being linked ever closer with business needs and the health of the economy, Georgia's state school superintendent race has no shortage of pressing issues.

April 01, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Tips that could help get a job at Baxter

While state and local officials celebrated breaking ground on a training center that will serve Baxter International and help recruit future bioscience industries, area residents want to know how they can get a shot at one of Baxter's high-quality jobs.

April 01, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Basketball leads to pepper spray

During a fight, a woman's daughter was reportedly hit with a pipe and a group of juveniles pepper sprayed on West Street Sunday, between 6 and 7 p.m.

April 01, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


BioScience training center breaks ground

Officials celebrated construction starting on the Georgia BioScience Training Center, a facility set to open in early 2015 that will both help train future Baxter International employees and be used to recruit other life sciences industries to Georgia.

April 01, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Rotary’s Public Service Person of 2014

The Rotary Club of Covington's motto is simple, "service above self."

April 01, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Gun pulled in Turner Lake hoops game

After a shoving spat during a basketball game at the Turner Lake Recreational Complex, a man pulled a gun from his bag Thursday.

April 01, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Rolling lane closures planned

Newton County State route 81 will have rolling closures from mile marker 0-11 from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday, March 31 through April 3, weather permitting.

March 31, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO involved in fatal shooting

A woman who, was shot by Newton County Sheriff's deputies and died in a nearby hospital Monday afternoon, has been identified as Shirley Joyce Brown.

March 31, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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Archive By Section - LOCAL


PHOTOS: The Snow Day

While schools and many businesses were closed Wednesday, many Newton County residents had a rare snow day. Check out the photos and share your own. Send any photos you take to us through our Facebook page or to news@covnews.com.

January 29, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton Medical cancels drill

The Newton Medical Center has cancelled its Code Silver drill, originally slated for Thursday.

January 29, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Tales from the snowstorm

Our former webmaster Tyler Smith tells his story of getting stranded in the Atlanta snow (the story had to be typed on a cell phone).

January 29, 2014 | By Tyler Smith Former webmaster | LOCAL


No major accidents, 1 fire overnight

No major incidents were reported throughout Tuesday evening and into Wednesday morning.

January 29, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


UPDATE: Paper deliveries after noon due to icy roads

UPDATE: While Interstate 20 may be passable, many of the side roads are still treacherous and covered in ice. Our carriers will attempt to begin delivery after 12 p.m. today. Some deliveries may stretch into Thursday morning, depending on the condition of the roads. Please bear with us as we work to get The Covington News to you as soon as is safely possible. Check www.covnews.com for updates on road conditions, closures and more.

January 29, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Rhett Butler: one unforgettable cat

When I was growing up, my family always had a cat. I can't remember them all. And after I got married, my home followed that tradition. We always had a cat. But after nearly 50 years of marriage, I can't remember all of their names, either. Most, however, followed a literary tradition, from the first, "Milton," to the last to die, "Earnest" (from "The Importance of Being Ernest"). There were exceptions when my children or a grandchild named a cat. That would include my present cat Julianne, a stray who took up with us and who was named ...

January 28, 2014 | Paula Travis | LOCAL


German pilot showed humanity amidst the inhumanity of WWII

The B-17 pilot was 21 years old, a farm boy from Weston, W. Va., on his first combat mission over the German heartland. His adversary, a former Bavarian airline pilot from Regensburg, Germany, was now a crack pilot for the Luftwaffe, with 22 kills to his credit. He was one victory away from winning the celebrated Knight's Cross. The date: Dec 20, 1943.

January 28, 2014 | Pete Mecca | LOCAL


Several arrested after house party

A house party hosted by a 16-year-old led to several people being arrested Saturday.

January 28, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


BOC: Progress needed on tax cut

When commissioners raised the property tax rate in July, they pledged to lower the rate within two years, but six months later commissioners have made little progress on finding ways to increase revenue and cut costs.

January 28, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Candidate Collins offers government overhaul ideas

Congressional candidate Mike Collins has a 10-point plan to overhaul Washington, D.C., and ease the anger and fear he hears when he talks to Georgia residents.

January 28, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Theme School to take applications next week

Newton County Theme School at Ficquett will soon be accepting applications for enrollment for the 2014-'15, school year.

January 28, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Serious crime on the rise in Conyers

Serious crime in Conyers increased nearly 8 percent in the past year, Police Chief Gene Wilson reported at the city's Winter Retreat in Stone Mountain.

January 28, 2014 | John Ruch jruch@rockdalenews.com | LOCAL


Man reportedly steals nearly $5K from Covington Lodge

A man reportedly entered a hotel office and got away with more than $4,000 in cash.

January 28, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Reps. Holt, Dickerson spend day at local farm

State Reps. Doug Holt and Pam Dickerson visited a local farm last month as part of a workplace exchange.

January 28, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton Medical to hold emergency drill

The Newton Medical Center is used to handling emergencies, and will take on another one this week.

January 28, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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