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Covington swears in 4 new officers

The city of Covington and the Covington Police Department swore in four new officers at Monday night's city council meeting, amid trying times for police officers.

January 05, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Ann Brewer: A legacy of service

Ann Capolino Brewer was a natural leader known for her relentless efforts to better her community. She was especially known for her work on behalf of those suffering from cystic fibrosis, and was a champion of Georgia farmers as one of the first organizers of the organic food movement.

January 05, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


History speaks from beyond the grave

The old Dover Cemetery is all but invisible from the road save for a few heavily worn headstones peeking out from a family plot overgrown with long, dry grass and pine saplings. Further back, some of the more recent headstones have been tended to, but a collapsed wire fence and thickets of brambles stand as evidence of years of neglect.

January 03, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


New Year Nutrition

2015 is here! And if you are like me, you enjoy your family traditions surrounding this holiday.

January 03, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Storms predicted this weekend

Storms will usher in more rain, followed by cold temperatures across Newton, Rockdale and surrounding counties this week.

January 03, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO deputy's vehicle catches fire

A Newton County Sheriff's Deputy patrol vehicle is currently under investigation by the Jasper County Fire Service after it caught fire shortly after 3:30 on Monday.

January 02, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Lions Club helps JROTC Toys for Tots

The Covington Lion's Club lent their support to the Newton High School JROTC Unit's Toys for Tots Campaign this Christmas.

January 02, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Karter Thomas is first born of 2015 in Newton

Karter Thomas, of Covington, was the first baby born in Newton County during 2015.

January 02, 2015 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


Isolated acts of violence mar holiday week

The suspect in a stabbing at Lawnwood Cemetary was still at large Wednesday, following a holiday week marred by several violent incidents, including a bloody altercation between roommates and a birthday party that devolved into a family fight where shots were fired.

December 31, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO graduates one from Public Safety training

The Newton County Sheriff's Office had one graduate from the 273rd Graduation Class of the Georgia Public Safety Training Center at the Athens Academy Friday, Dec. 12.

December 31, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Locals home safe from quake-stricken Haiti

The church was newly built, and the group of American missionaries and Haitians were standing in it and thanking God through prayer. Suddenly, a deafening roar filled the church, as if Niagara Falls had been transplanted to the Haitian mountains.

January 17, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


No place like home

The following is the second in a three-part series looking at domestic violence in Newton County. Names have been changed to protect the victims and their families.

January 17, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


5th judge may not be sworn in until July

District Attorney Ken Wynne will most likely not be sworn in as the fifth Superior Court Judge of the Alcovy Judicial Circuit until at least July 1.

Alcovy Chief Justice John Ott recently received a call from the governor's office telling him to prepare to remain at the status quo - no permanent fifth judge.

January 17, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


2010 Arnold Award winners announced

When friends of Lee and Jerry Aldridge speak about the couple, listeners can hear the passion in their voices.

And when long-time friend Nonie Needham introduced the couple as co-recipients of the 2010 R.O. Arnold Award to an assembled crowd of friends, the response was a standing ovation.

January 16, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Oak Hill Animal Hospital charity drive a success

Even with the current economic downturn, Oak Hill community members proved that the Christmas Spirit still exists. In spite of high unemployment rates, furloughs and other financial strains, the Christmas Charity Drive at Oak Hill Animal Hospital has raised much-needed funds and supplies to benefit the Newton County chapter of the Humane Society.

The drive, conducted during the entire month of December, collected food, paper towels, pet carriers, cat litter and other necessary pet items, and raised a total of $150 in cash donations. Oak Hill Animal Hospital matched the contributions, making a $300 donation for needy animals in Newton ...

January 16, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


YMCA Boot Camp: be careful what you ask for

The Covington YMCA is getting ready for a new session of Boot Camp under the direction of Instructor Crystal Hounschell. This program is available to members and non-members of the YMCA. Boot Camp is a 12-week program which meets Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 5:45 p.m. Boot Camp will begin its 12-week session on Friday, Jan. 25, and will conclude with participating as a group in the YMCA's Annual Cheerios Challenge on April 17.

January 15, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


InVEST in the NCSO campaign - Jan. 15

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 ...

January 15, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Several non-profits awarded needed grants

A group of Newton non-profits received a significant financial boost Thursday morning. The Newton Fund, a group that supports non-profits and philanthropy in general, held its annual grant reception and awarded $18,000 to seven needy and deserving local organizations.

January 15, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


City grant writer has FDIC violation in past

Following the December hiring of Randy C. Conner as a grant writer for the City of Covington, some residents and elected officials have expressed concern about a previous banking violation on Conner's record.

January 15, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Jerry and Lee Aldridge win R.O. Arnold Award at annual Chamber meeting

One of the county's most prestigious awards was given to two of the county's longest serving citizens. Jerry and Lee Aldridge were the announced as the co-recipients of the 2010 R.O. Arnold Award, which was presented to them at the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce annual meeting Thursday night.

January 14, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Dawkins dismisses public defender

One of the four men charged in the murder of 38-year-old Robert Andrew "Drew" Nichols announced this morning that he had hired a private attorney to represent him and requested his bond hearing be continued.

January 14, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Type O neg and B neg blood levels drop to emergency levels

As a result of the recent bad weather across the country, on the heels of the holiday season, the blood supply has drastically decreased in the Southern Blood Services Region. Type O negative and type B negative blood supplies have dropped to emergency levels and help is needed now. Since type O negative blood can be used for any patient when there is not time to determine the patient's blood type, it is crucial that there is a sufficient supply.

January 13, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


UnitedBank donates gift to local charities

Passing the gift along: UnitedBank recently made donations to the Repairers of the Breach Fund and the Covington YMCA for the holiday season. For a second year, UnitedBank directors and employees opted to give these donations instead of receiving individual Christmas gifts from their organization. "We consider ourselves blessed as 2009 comes to a close. The Newton community has supported UnitedBank since 2007; it is an honor to give these gifts to help families during this Christmas season," commented Reed Beard, President of UnitedBank.

January 13, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local mayors give updates at group meeting

Newton County's six mayors, including Social Circle, held their bi-monthly meeting in Social Circle Friday to provide city updates and discuss common issues.

January 13, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


The legacy lives on

For the third straight year, Hands On Newton is conducting a community service event to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. on his national Day of Service.

January 13, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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