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632 votes cast for council seats in early voting

Slightly less than 11 percent (10.9 percent) of Covington's registered voters have already filled out their ballots for the 2015 city council elections.

November 02, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Chamber to host build-a-biz event

The Newton County Chamber of Commerce will hold a "Build a Business" presentation on Thursday, Nov. 5 at 5:30 p.m. at The Center ...

November 02, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

What will be the small business of the year?

The Covington/Newton County Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for the annual "Dick James Small Business of the Year" award, to be given at ...

November 02, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Trick or treats in Covington

Thousands of children put on their best princess, super hero, fireman, policeman and pumpkin costumes for Halloween Saturday.

November 01, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Johnston: The time is now

The retail development referred to by Mr. Dalton in his letter to the citizens of Covington and Newton County, is one of the most important ...

November 01, 2015 | Ronnie Johnston | LOCAL

Chamber Board: Project Kitchen Sink

Dear Citizens of Covington and Newton County:

November 01, 2015 | Chamber Board of Directors | LOCAL

Development seeks 99 acres of city land

A large commercial development could be close to arriving in Covington.

November 01, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Bobby Weaver search ends after remains found near Hwy. 142

For more than 25 months the family of Robert "Bobby" Weaver has been looking for the Oxford resident who took his dog for a walk ...

November 01, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

To vote or not to vote?

It's election time, and you know all about it-debates have been going on for months; that Trump guy is all over the TV ...

November 01, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Newton County leads the way in state roundabouts

Like many residents of the county, Newton County Board of Commissioners Chair Keith Ellis, was skeptical.

October 31, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Referendum next step in urban redevelopment

Porterdale voters are being asked to give the city to go-ahead in the next step of its urban redevelopment plan.

October 31, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

CPD officer John Laudermilk arrested

Covington Police Department (CPD) Officer John Alex Laudermilk was arrested by the Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) Wednesday.

October 29, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Remains identified as those of Bobby Weaver

During a search by the Community United Effort (CUE) Center for Missing Persons and the Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) for missing person Robert ...

October 29, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Daylight Saving Time set to end; time to replace smoke alarm batteries

Sunday morning -- really early, as in 2 a.m. -- the clocks roll back for daylight savings time.

October 29, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

CPD officer placed on leave during internal affairs investigation

A Covington police officer has been placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation into an anonymous tip that alleged the officer might have possession ...

October 28, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

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Kicking off our school Report Card series

(To see the full infographic that goes with today's story see today's newspaper. The graphic contains data about the theme school's budget, test scores, student-teacher ratio, police calls and demographics.)

May 31, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Warm weather brings more DUI arrests

The Newton County Sheriff's Office and the Covington Police Department reported eight arrests for driving under the influence and several noise complaints this Memorial Day weekend.

With the warmer weather, police departments do not expect the increase in DUI arrests and noise complaints to lessen.

May 31, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL

Meet Social Circle’s new superintendent

Longtime Atlanta-area principal and former Social Circle educator Todd McGhee is returning to Social Circle City Schools as its new superintendent.

The Social Circle Board of Education chose McGhee last week to man the school system's top spot and replace longtime Superintendent Bettye Ray, who is retiring June 30. He received a three-year contract with an annual salary of $138,500.

May 31, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

7 structure fires over holiday weekend

The Memorial Day weekend was a busy one for the Newton County Fire Department, which ran a total of 68 calls from Friday evening through Monday evening.

Of those calls, seven were for structure fires, three of which were total losses. The first occurred Saturday around 1 a.m. on Cornish Mountain Road. Firefighters arrived within five minutes of the call and found the home fully engulfed. With the nearest fire hydrant roughly a mile and a half away, the 10,000-square foot home was a total loss in both property and contents. Homeowners were out of town for the ...

May 31, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Water authority to raise rates in July

Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority customers should expect to see their monthly bill increase almost $1.50. The increase will be used to bring the water system up to regulatory requirements, replace worn out equipment and combat the increased costs of purchasing water.

For the average household that consumes 5,000 gallons of water per month, the monthly increase will be $1.43. For customers receiving water and wastewater service, the monthly increase will be $3.79 based on the same usage.

May 31, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Lower county ISO could save you money

Newton County's Fire Service improved its Insurance Services Office rating this year which could lead to lower insurance payments for some residents.

May 31, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Nonprofit hosts Jazz by the River

Newton County's not known for its vibrant night life, but next Friday, residents will have the opportunity to enjoy a picnic dinner by candlelight on the banks of the Yellow River while listening to the soothing sounds of jazz music.

The Washington Street Community Center, a local nonprofit group, is hosting its annual Jazz by the River concert fundraiser from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday, June 8, at the Porterdale Mill Lofts. The doors open at 6 p.m.

May 31, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Team “Pinkalicious” to hold family fun day

On a bright Saturday, the ladies of Team Pinkalicious brought food, games and prizes to Covington.

May 31, 2012 | Meghan de St. Aubin | LOCAL

Tech trends: Twitter tips

All aboard the Twitter train! The tiny "microblogging" service that lets people send out short, 140-character posts known as "tweets" is one of the most popular social networks out there. As of 2012, there are over 140 million active users, who generate over 340 million tweets a day.

In my experience, people seem divided into two camps when it comes to Twitter: those who use it and those who don't "get it." I'm firmly in the pro-Twitter camp. I love it. I use it to get news, for entertainment and to interact with various people, both people I ...

May 31, 2012 | William Brawley | LOCAL

Oh, what a night

I remember in 1971, Frankie Valli, who had been singing on his own, had just reunited with the Four Seasons and they were touring the country.

On a warm Saturday in June, a friend and I went to Carowinds, an amusement park located in South Carolina, and joined 5,000 other devoted fans and sat through one of the most enjoyable concerts I had ever attended. During the middle of the concert, a horrific summer rain storm struck, and for 15 minutes, it rained so hard that you could barely see the covered stage and not one person left.

May 31, 2012 | T. Pat Cavanaugh | LOCAL

Man enters WWII in waning months

As a young 17-year-old man, Covington resident Bill Henderson enlisted in the U.S. Navy in the waning months of World War II in April 1945, and though he thought he'd entered a war, Henderson ended being a part of the world's recovery.

May 29, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL

Gas prices fall 4.8 cents in last week

Average retail gasoline prices in Atlanta have fallen 4.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.42/gal yesterday. This compares with the national average that has fallen 3.6 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.65/gal, according to gasoline price website

Including the change in gas prices in Atlanta during the past week, prices yesterday were 30.5 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 26.0 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 15.7 cents per ...

May 29, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Fuzz Run seeks sponsors, participants

September may seem worlds away right now, but before long it will be here, bringing with it the 29th annual Fuzz Run, so now is the time to start signing up to participate or to donate to or become a sponsor of the fundraiser.

May 29, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Local Sawyer to run for state rep 113

Newton County resident Sharon Sawyer has qualified for the newly drawn District 113 for the Georgia House of Representatives.

May 29, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Porterdale Police start landlord association

In an effort to open the lines of communication between landlords and the city with the goal of improving the rental properties within the city, the Porterdale Police Department has established the Porterdale Landlord's Association.

The main goals of the association will be to improve the quality of the rental properties and therefore, the quality of life for tenants. There will be classes offered for landlords to learn the city's codes, as well as how to deal with those and other related topics.

May 29, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

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