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Piedmont Newton Hospital earns top marks for patient safety

Piedmont Newton Hospital has received an "A" grade for its commitment to patient safety, according to the fall 2016 Hospital Safety Score, which grades hospitals ...

November 09, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County’s vote paves the way for 150 jobs, $52.8 million investment

The Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) elected not to exercise their first right of refusal on two tracts of land on the corner of ...

November 07, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Bomb threat reported at Covington Waffle House

Employees and patrons of the Covington Waffle House, located at 10106 Alcovy Road, received quite the wakeup call Nov. 3 when they received a phone ...

November 07, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


GOVERNMENT 101 – Balancing liberty and security

Fifteen years ago, the Chief Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court spoke on liberty and security in a time of war at a joint meeting ...

November 06, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Water officials say lack of rain ‘getting a little serious’

With concerns over the recent dry spell, Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority (NCWSA) Director, Mike Hopkins said an educational process will begin to let ...

November 06, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


BOC summary: New juvenile building contract awarded

Garland and Associates Contractors, Inc. were awarded the bid to build a new building for juvenile court by the Board of Commissioners (BOC) Tuesday evening.

November 01, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Dine Out for a good cause on Nov. 10

Just under $8,000 was raised due to Newton County residents deciding to eat out on Dine Out, Do Good restaurant night in 2016.

November 01, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Princes, princesses on parade at 1st Presbyterian

Students at Covington First Presbyterian Church go on parade dressed in their Halloween Costumes Monday.

October 31, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Covington man dead after quadruple shooting in Henry County

A Covington man was killed during a quadruple shooting in Henry County Thursday.

October 31, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


Deputy in Atlanta ICU after wreck

Newton County Sheriff's Deputy Justin White, 28, was involved in a single-vehicle crash in the early morning hours of Oct. 30 on Highway 162.

October 31, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


Historic Newborn Schoolhouse hosts festival

The annual Historic Newborn Schoolhouse festival is set for this Saturday, Nov. 12 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

October 29, 2016 | Xavier I. Lewis | LOCAL


Safety is top priority this Halloween

Ghouls, ghosts and goblins will fill the streets of Newton County Monday night as residents embark on Halloween festivities throughout the county. Local emergency services ...

October 29, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


Georgia Ophthalmologists to open new surgery center

Georgia Ophthalmologists will host the grand opening of its new 8,000 square foot state-of-the-art ambulatory surgery center housed in its existing patient care facility ...

October 29, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


The News introduces Best of Newton contest

Newton County residents can now nominate and vote for their favorite events, businesses, civic organizations and more in The Covington News' Best of Newton contest.

October 29, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


Rotary Park dedicated in Covington

Newton County and the Rotary Club of Covington came together to provide a new area for residents to rest and relax in downtown Covington and ...

October 29, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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Thin mints and altruism

Few things in life are better than a Girl Scout cookie. While words fail to describe just how delicious their cookies are, the 25 remarkable Girl Scouts of troop #25536 are so much more than cookie sellers.

November 25, 2012 | Nivi Kumaran | LOCAL


Why seniors love Social Circle

Liola Thornton is a retired high school teacher living in Town Park, an active adult community in Social Circle. She moved into the community from the Conyers area about three years ago.

November 25, 2012 | Madeline Burgess | LOCAL


Suspicous activities found at Tire Depot

Officers were called to Tire Depot Tuesday morning after an employee came into work and found what he thought was a homemade explosive device.

November 24, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Record-breaking food drive

Fighting hunger becomes more difficult each year as our county pulls together to help the unemployed and others living from paycheck to paycheck.

November 24, 2012 | By Colleen Jackson | LOCAL


Kimble: Don’t worry about the doughnut hole

Do you ever wonder about the doughnut hole?

November 24, 2012 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


Housing dilemma for buyers, sellers

Local officials are working hard to attract Baxter executives and employees to live in Newton County, but there's a dilemma. The county doesn't appear to have enough moderate-to-large, high-quality homes available on the market and officials aren't sure if more can become available.

November 24, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Possible tobacco ban at parks

The Newton County Recreation Commission presented the Newton County Board of Commissioners with a proposed ordinance that would prohibit the use of tobacco products at county parks and recreation facilities.

November 24, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Local Marine protects, serves

Covington native Tyler Crook stands proud as a man who believes in sacrificing for others. The 21-year-old Marine will serve as a Towed Artillery Systems Technician and lead as a gunner for convoy security operations for his upcoming deployment before the end of the year.

November 24, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Santa returns to Covington Saturday

Santa's Workshop has returned to Ramsey's Furniture Annex again this year.

November 23, 2012 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Heartland Gallery hosts holiday themed classes

The Southern Heartland Art Gallery hopes to deck the halls with holiday paintings as they invite artists of all ages to the gallery for several workshops and classes focused on painting holiday themed paintings.

November 23, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Festival of Trees underway

Covington's Festival of Trees is back, and residents once again are able to bid on a variety of pre-decorated Christmas trees courtesy of area nonprofits and businesses.

November 23, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


City looking to replace 27 miles of waterlines

The city looks to replace about 27 miles of waterlines under their Waterline Replacement Program.Covington City Council approved for grant writer Randy Conner to apply for a loan for $5,981,115.25 with the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority under the State Revolving Fund to replace aging water lines in the city's water system; and approved for Richard Aiken with Rindt-McDuff Associates to assist with the engineering for the project.

November 23, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Downtown gets a little brighter

Downtown Covington is shining a little more after the installation of new lights around the square.

November 22, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


County takes next steps for reservoir

The Newton County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved accepting a $21 million, low-interest state loan for the construction of the long-proposed Bear Creek Reservoir and spending $2 million to have an engineering firm to design the reservoir's dam.

November 22, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


A gift helps rebuild

Snapping Shoals EMC recently donated $5,000 to the Project ReNeWal domestic violence shelter for women and families. The donated funds come from SSEMC's unclaimed capital recovery credits. The shelter building was gutted earlier this year after a sprinkler malfunction dumped 18,000 gallons of water and ruined all the shelter's donated supplies for families. Pictured, from left: Project ReNeWal executive director Vickie Stephenson receives a check from Snapping Shoals EMC's manager of member services Danny Stone.

November 21, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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