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7 qualify for District 43 Special Election as of Tuesday

With qualifying for the State Senate District 43 seat this week, candidates are revealing their desires to be state senators and grab a hold of ...

September 16, 2015 | Martin Rand III, Michelle Kim | LOCAL

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

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Piedmont receives warm welcome at public hearing for hospital deal

Doctors and local officials praised the pending acquisition of Newton Health System by Piedmont Healthcare during a public hearing moderated by a representative of the Attorney General's office, as required by law.

August 09, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL

Congressman Johnson hosts town hall on hot national issues

Congressman Hank Johnson covered a broad range of topics during a town hall meeting at the Historic Courthouse Wednesday, which was briefly interrupted by an argument between constituents over accusations of engrained racism in the Republican Party.

August 09, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL

Happy 100th to Sarah Hardeman

The family and friends of Mrs. Sarah T. Hardeman celebrated her 100 years of life at Grace United Methodist Church on her birthday Sunday.

August 09, 2015 | | LOCAL

Nine-month investigation uncovers gang activity

Three defendants in a racketeering and conspiracy to commit murder case pled guilty before Judge Samuel D. Ozburn of the Alcovy Circuit Superior Court on Thursday in return for a negotiated plea bargain. A fourth defendant will return to court on Aug. 20 to accept or reject a negotiated plea.

August 09, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

CPD cites 10 clerks for selling alcohol to minors in undercover operation

Beginning July 24 the Covington Police Department, led by compliance/operations lieutenant Wendell Wagstaff and a specialized patrol division, led an undercover operation into underage alcohol sales at all off-premise sales establishments – anywhere you can buy alcohol and take it with you – inside the city limits of Covington. Of the 37 establishments, 10 clerks at 10 different locations sold alcohol to teenagers posing as adults able to buy alcohol.

August 08, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | LOCAL

Newton County to get Civic Center

The Newton County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to use $5 million in SPLOST funds to renovate Porter Memorial Auditorium as a civic center to be administered by the Newton County Arts Association.

August 06, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL

Severe thunderstorms possible 2 p.m. - 10 p.m. Thursday

The National Weather Service in Peachtree City issued a statement warning of scattered but severe thunderstorms possible Thursday 2 p.m. - 10 p.m. for most of central and north Georgia. There is a slight risk of hazards from possible strong winds of up to 60 miles per hour, lightning, heavy rainfall and hail. These storms are forecast for the metro Atlanta area just as schools let out and afterschool activities take place. Check back later for more.

August 06, 2015 | | LOCAL

Newton County schools searched after social media threat

Newton County schools were deemed clear after a night of searching by the Newton County Sheriff's Office in conjunction with school officials after a threat was made against the school system on social media Wednesday around 9:30.

August 06, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL

For Mansfield, home is where the art is

Last week, Mansfield cheered the unveiling of a new outdoor mural painted by local artist Tamara Haase celebrating the events, places and people that make the town special.

August 05, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL

Douglas feels the heat at BOC meeting

Newton County Commissioner John Douglas faced blistering criticism Tuesday night from angry members of the public over a racist, sexist comment he wrote on Facebook, with many calling for his resignation.

August 04, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL

Crash on I-20 eastbound near exit 80

An accident on Interstate 20 eastbound near Exit 80 in Rockdale County Sunday afternoon left a car on the median and traffic backed up. First responders are on the scene. Drivers are advised to use alternate routes. Check back later for more information.

August 02, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Arts Association to propose Porter Memorial for civic center

Officials with the Newton County Arts Association feel they have found a way to get its long-sought civic center up and running.

August 02, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Douglas faces fallout as more call for resignation

Calls for Newton County Commissioner John Douglas to resign grew louder this week following his racially charged comments on Facebook, with several groups announcing their intention to make their position known at Tuesday's Board of Commissioners' meeting.

August 02, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL

Oxford College prof. looks at tick populations


August 02, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Covington fire fighter leaving for higher calling

If you were to ask a room of firefighters why they chose their dangerous profession, the majority would give you the same answer: They were called to it.

August 02, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

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