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Water and sewer rates changing

Some Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority (NCSWA) users will have lower rates starting July 1.

June 24, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


GPC renews accreditation

Georgia Perimeter College, which has a campus in Newton County, received good news recently.

June 24, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


‘When all else fails, ham radio works!’

Despite the Internet, cell phones, email and modern communications, every year whole regions find themselves in the dark. In such cases, the one consistent service that never fails is amateur radio. Over the past year, the news has been full of reports of "ham" radio operators providing critical communications during unexpected emergencies in towns across America including the California wildfires, winter storms, tornadoes and other events world-wide. Next weekend, Newton County "hams" will join with thousands of other Amateur Radio operators across the nation in demonstrating their emergency capabilities.

June 24, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Rotary club installs new officers, president

The Rotary Club of Covington inducted its new officers Tuesday, as Brad Bettis handed over the president's gavel to Janet Brewer.

June 24, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local teacher attends space camp

A Rockdale County teacher joined 204 middle school math and science teachers to take a teacher-only field trip out of this world.

June 24, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Testing overhaul

What students, parents and teachers have been doing to prepare for and take tests until now may not cut it next year, and the Newton County Schools administration is doing its best to prepare for a more rigorous year.

June 24, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


2050 Plan to be discussed in series of meetings

The 2050 Plan, both lauded and applauded, will be discussed in a series of public meetings starting July 14.

June 24, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


GPC has accreditation reaffirmed

Georgia Perimiter College, which has a campus in Newton County, received good news recently.

June 23, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington to lower property tax rate

Editor's note: The article "City joins rail case, OKs budget" in Wednesday's newspaper contained a reporter's error regarding the millage rate, and this article was written, in part, to correct that error and clarify the situation.

June 21, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Dive into summer

June 21, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


News given 14 APME awards

The Covington News was honored with 14 Associated Press Media Editors awards at a ceremony in Atlantic Station Saturday.

June 21, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington's fire ISO rating improves

Covington residents could be seeing some savings on their homeowners insurance in coming years thanks to the city's fire protection rating improving.

June 21, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Grace Christian Academy needs funding to continue

A Covington private school is in desperate need of funding to buy the property it sits on or face an even steeper Plan B or C.

June 21, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Practicing healthy living at 4-H day camp

What if the SWAT team never practiced?

June 21, 2014 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


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Remembering the Black Easter March

Black Easter will be commemorated at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Covington square, as city and county leaders remember the 5,000 black men and women who marched in protest of racial segregation in Newton County in 1970.

April 10, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Two roads named after Newton residents

Three Newton County residents - Jack Hays Morgan, Davis Morgan and Lamar B. Hays - were honored during the recently completed 2009 Georgia legislative session by having two roads named in their honor.

April 10, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Pet of the Week

Puppy eyes: The Newton County Animal Shelter's pet of the week is a 10-12-month-old Chihuahua, beige. Also available for adoption are two terrier mix puppies, 7-weeks-old, black and white; a great Pyraneese, adult, white; a friendly collie mix, 3-4-months-old, red; a brown and black shepherd mix, 4-months-old, with John Deere Collar; a black and white Lab mix; a 9-month-old blue tick hound, gray merle with brown; a brown 2-year-old Lab mix named River; three beagles, one adult and two 7-week-old puppies; a yellow Lab mix; a beagle/Bassett mix, 2-3-years-old, tri colored. The shelter also has beautiful cats and ...

April 10, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Suspect arrested after local man shot in both of his legs

The man who deputies say shot a local man in both legs on March 29 has been arrested and charged with a myriad of things, including armed robbery.

April 08, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Phone cards for soldiers

Calling home: Sgt. Campbell (left) and Cpl. Wilks (right), at the Covington National Guard Armory, display some of the 238 phone cards presented by Benny Stephenson (center) thanks to the efforts of the American Legion Post 77's Honor Guard. The cards will be used by the unit when serving in Afghanistan.

April 08, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


The Rockdale News hits the stands

Charles Hill Morris Jr., the publisher of 144-year-old Covington News, recently announced the creation of a new publication for Conyers and Rockdale County.

The new weekly newspaper will be called The Rockdale News and will feature local news and sports coverage of Rockdale County. The first edition was published Saturday, April 4.

April 08, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Military briefs 4/08/09

James Almand

April 08, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Hospital Spring Gala on April 25

Newton Medical Center will hold it's Annual Spring Gala on April 25. Hosted by Linda and Reginald McFarland of Social Circle, the event promises to be an elegant and entertaining night to remember.

The Gala is the Hospital Auxiliary's signature fund-raising event of the year, raising thousands of dollars over the years for the purchase of medical equipment. This year, the Auxiliary will raise money for the new neonatal intensive care unit. Tickets are $90 per person.

April 08, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County projects $8.6 mill. deficit

The Newton County Board of Commissioners got their first look at the preliminary budget for fiscal year 2010, and the sight wasn't pretty. The county is projecting an $8.6 million deficit.

April 05, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Festival and Ride for Child Abuse Prevention

Roughly 50 people participated in the ride from the old Wal-Mart to The Church at Covington Saturday morning to raise awareness and funds for preventing child abuse. Attendees also enjoyed live music, free popcorn and cotton candy and the beautiful spring weather.

April 05, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Gresham indicted by grand jury

A Newton County grand jury indicted Don Gresham for lying about his past as a convicted sex offender in an unsuccessful bid for the District 2 seat on the Newton County Board of Education.

April 05, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Gresham indicted by grand jury

A Newton County man who lied about his past as a convicted sex offender in a bid for a seat on the Board of Elections was indicted by a grand jury Friday in connection with that attempt.

April 04, 2009 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Journey to the moon

Man in the moon: Oxford astronomy professor Jim Honeycutt visited the AP physics class at Newton High School Tuesday with microscopic samples of lunar rock and soil. He gave a short presentation about lunar features as well as basic information about meteors, asteroids and comets. The International Astronomical Union has declared 2009 the International Year of Astronomy.

April 03, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Feeding the hungry, one sack at a time

The prolonged economic recession is hitting Covington hard and many families can't afford to feed themselves on a daily basis. That's why Tom Rea and other members of the Church of the Good Shepherd Episcopal began the "Sack Lunch Saturday" program in February.

April 03, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Woman arrested during bar crawl

A bar-hopping woman was arrested early Wednesday morning after allegedly striking a parked vehicle as she left one bar and headed to another.

April 03, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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