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Georgia Tech, Covington, Newton County partner to offer free LEAP online courses

COVINGTON, Ga. - The City of Covington and Newton County have partnered with Georgia Institute of Technology to provide a pilot program to help spur growth ...

June 14, 2017 | Staff Report | Local


Outdoor grill safety for the summer

Grilling during the summer time is a fun and exciting activity, but we should not forget about fire safety. Agent Tina Barrick of Newton County ...

May 30, 2017 | Staff Report | Local


Learning some tips from Hollywood

Local officials traveled to Los Angeles, Calif., to learn about the film industry out west in preparation for Three Ring Studios breaking ground locally.

May 28, 2017 | Staff Report | Local


Newton County remembers Sam B. Hay Jr.

COVINGTON, Ga. - A pillar of the community, Sam B. Hay Jr.'s calm and steady presence will be remembered for his role on the Newton ...

May 28, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Local


Lions Club celebrates 100 years

COVINGTON, Ga. - The Covington Lions Club celebrated 100 years of service Thursday night. In the celebration, Newton County Chairman Marcello Banes proclaimed June as Lions ...

May 26, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Local


Newton High teacher killed in accident

COVINGTON, Ga. – A Newton High School teacher was killed in a two-car collision Thursday morning on Brown Bridge Road.

May 19, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Local


Chamber hires new Main Street Director

COVINGTON, Ga. – The Covington/Newton County Chamber of Commerce announced today that Lauren Singleton has been hired as the new Main Street Director.

May 18, 2017 | Staff Report | Local


Pictures of Progress: Crossfit Unyielding cuts ribbon

Crossfit Unyielding, located at 80 Piper Road, joined the Covington-Newton Chamber of Commerce Thursday with a ribbon cutting ceremony at the gym. Crossfit Unyielding prides ...

May 14, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Local


House fire reported in Oxford

UPDATE, May 12, 3:20 p.m.: The scene of the house fire has been cleared and traffic is free to travel as normal.

May 12, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Local




Sen. Anderson, Rep. Dickerson host Town Hall Meeting

COVINGTON, Ga. - Representative Pam Dickerson and Senator Tonya Anderson host a Town Hall Meeting Thursday night in this historic courthouse on the Covington Square. The ...

May 05, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Local


BD to acquire Bard

COVINGTON, Ga. – BD (Becton Dickinson and Company) has announced an agreement under which it will acquire C.R. Bard, Inc., according to an April 23 ...

May 03, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Local


Covington Highway 142 widening shifting traffic

COVINGTON, Ga. - A Georgia DOT contractor will begin traffic shift setup Monday on the State Route (SR) 142/Industrial Park Boulevard widening and bridge project ...

May 03, 2017 | Staff Report | Local


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Local landfill legal battle continues

A company wanting to build a private landfill in Newton County could yet get its way after the Georgia Supreme Court this week overturned a ruling that had effectively ended any chance of a landfill.

March 23, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | Local


Woman arrested for shoplifting for fourth time

A Covington woman was arrested for the fourth time for shoplifting in Newton County Tuesday, this time at Kmart.

A store employee noticed Margaret Watkins, 26, take clothing and jewelry into the fitting room, then leave the store immediately after exiting the fitting room.

March 23, 2012 | Amber Pittman | Local


Two arrested for marijuana

A call to a Bent Pine Court home early Sunday morning for stalking led to several arrests, including two for marijuana.

As the officers approached the front door of the residence they could immediately smell marijuana, and although they could see two males asleep on the couch through the blinds, officers knocked for about five minutes before anyone came to the front door.

March 23, 2012 | Amber Pittman | Local


Covington health care experts use speech therapy to help senior citizens

The simple act of swallowing is something many of us take for granted. Yet every year, approximately 10 million Americans are diagnosed with swallowing disorders, known as dysphagia. Nearly all dementia patients develop dysphagia, and swallowing disorders are associated with stroke, progressive neurological disorders including multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's.

March 23, 2012 | Staff Report | Local


Fashion show to raise money for local cancer patient

Two years ago, Cheryl East received news that would change her life and the lives of all who knew her. That's when she found out she had breast cancer. She's been fighting for her life ever since - a fight which hasn't been easy because of her rare blood type.

March 23, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | Local


Victim fights off kidnapper, saves baby

The brave actions of a victim, police and shoppers outside the Hobby Lobby on Ga. Highway 138 helped fend off an armed kidnapper and potentially saved the lives of a Conyers woman and her grandchild Wednesday afternoon.

March 22, 2012 | Michelle Kim | Local


Council votes to cut water, sewer fees in half

The Social Circle City Council approved to temporary cutting water and sewer fees in half to spur home construction.

March 22, 2012 | Jay Jones | Local


I-20 east down to one lane at exit 88

Interstate 20 eastbound was down to one lane around exit 88, because the state's Specialized Collision and Reconstruction Team was mapping the fatal crash scene from a pedestrian fatality, Georgia State Patrol spokesman Gordy Wright said in an email.

March 22, 2012 | Staff Report | Local


Guilty verdict in '09 death

Roland L. Wilson was found guilty in the 2009 murder of 21-year-old William Okafor, who died as a result of injuries sustained from being struck in the head with a brick following an argument outside his home.

March 21, 2012 | Amber Pittman | Local


Convicted murder's brother arrested

Police arrested Jamarcus Pridgett, the younger brother of convicted murderer Jamaal Pridgett, late Friday morning, after he reportedly tied up and assaulted his girlfriend.

March 20, 2012 | Amber Pittman | Local


Man arrested for cocaine possession

A vehicle stop for a busted tail light turned into an arrest on drug charges early Sunday morning on Alcovy Road.

March 20, 2012 | Amber Pittman | Local


Local teen competes for Miss Jr. Teen

Faith Eller of Covington will participate in the 2012 Miss Jr. Teen Atlanta pageant Saturday. Eller submitted an application and took part in an interview session conducted by this year's Atlanta Pageant Coordinator.

March 20, 2012 | Staff Report | Local


March is a busy time for trials

The end of March is a busy time for the Newton County Judicial Center, with several trials, including those for murder, coming before the Superior Court judges.

March 20, 2012 | Amber Pittman | Local


NCSS under fire after false bomb threat

Rocky Plains Elementary School may have been cleared after a prank call warned the school of a bomb in the building, but the Newton County School System is under fire from several parents who are furious they had to learn of the threat through Facebook.

March 20, 2012 | Amber Pittman | Local


Gas prices rise more than three cents

Average retail gasoline prices in Atlanta have risen 3.3 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.72 per gallon Sunday. Across the country, the average price rose 4.3 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.80 per gallon, according to gasoline price website AtlantaGasPrices.com.

March 20, 2012 | Staff Report | Local


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