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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

Candidates for Senate District 43 debate ahead of election

The field for the vacated District 43 seat in the Georgia Senate is a crowded one.

October 28, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Nelson Heights Community Center management may change again

After a discussion of a Bright from the Start grant, the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) voted 4-1 to shift organization of management for ...

October 28, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

James Michael Atkins shot, killed his wife, then himself

Amanda Atkins was shot to death at 275 Deer Trail on Oct. 23, and her husband James Michael Atkins was found dead from self-inflicted gunshot ...

October 28, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

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Local mom supports "Duets" contestant

With eight No. 1 singles and several Grammys, American Country Music and Country Music Awards under her belt, it is obvious to mostly everyone that Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles is the person to beat on the new ABC show Duets which premiered last night at 8/7c.

May 24, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL

Children eat small packets of detergent

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Poison Center is warning parents to be on guard after young children have eaten laundry detergent "pods."

May 24, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Newton County's jobless rate drops

Newton County's unemployment rate dropped slightly from to 9.9 percent in April compared to 10.2 percent in March and 10.9 percent in April 2011.

May 24, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

County budget won’t need tax hike

Four county commissioners informally agreed at Monday night's work session to support a $44.89 million budget that will restore five paid working days to employees, but will not give the chamber of commerce any additional funding for economic development.

Commissioners Mort Ewing, Tim Fleming, Nancy Schulz and Lanier Sims said Monday they were comfortable with the proposed budget as created by County Manager John Middleton, Finance Director Michelle Kelly and staff. Commissioner J.C. Henderson did not attend the budget work session.

May 22, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Cousins had lockdown due to suicide threat

Cousins Middle School was on lockdown Monday for several hours, after calls came in to 911 about a man threatening suicide in the woods behind the school.

According to Newton County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Cortney Morrison, the man called 911 around 2:30 p.m. He gave a name but officials were - and are - unsure if it was a nickname. He also called from an untraceable cell phone. Morrison said he called several times, reiterating that he planned to kill himself.

May 22, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

The News wins 17 AP contest awards

The Covington News won 17 awards in this year's 2011 Georgia Associated Press contest, nabbing the second most awards among papers in its class size behind only sister paper The Statesboro Herald.

May 22, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Qualifying for political offices Wed-Fri

After a slow start to the political season, candidate's announcements have come fast and furious the past couple of weeks and official qualifying will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday and from 9 a.m. to noon Friday.

May 22, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

City approves water rate increase

The Covington city council voted 4-2 to increase the water rate by 30 cents for every 1,000 gallons used over the 3,000 minimum, with councilman Chris Smith and councilwoman Hawnethia Williams opposing.

The increase is based on usage and comes as a result of the county raising the wholesale price of water.

May 22, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL

Children hurt in bus accident back home

All 56 children from Burke County Middle School, who were injured in the chain collision involving six school buses on Saturday, are back home in Waynesboro.

May 22, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL

Trespasser cuts off tops of flowers

When Covington police arrived at the scene of a trespassing call, Kelly Smith told the officer that an unknown person had cut the tops out of several of her petunias.

The petunias were planted under her bedroom window. The damage was valued at approximate $10. Smith requested an extra patrol in the area.

May 22, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL

Man walks home after striking school bus

Newton County deputies arrived at the Riverside Mobile Home Park in reference to a motor vehicle accident involving a school bus. The school bus driver, told the deputies that a white station wagon had backed into the passenger side of the bus while children were getting off of the bus near the front of the park.

May 22, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Newton County Sentencing, May 23

Bobby R. Dennis, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, 30 years probation, 15 confinement, $2,500. Possession with intent to distribute marijuana, 10 years probation concurrent, $1,500. Sale of marijuana, 10 years probation consecutive, $1,500. 80 hours community service.

May 22, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Regional banks collect more than six tons of peanut butter and jelly to benefit locals

Bank of North Georgia and Bank of Coweta, divisions of Synovus Bank, collected 8,782 jars of peanut butter, 12,227 pounds worth, enough to make 97,818 sandwiches.

The fifth annual "Spread the Love" peanut butter and jelly food drive will benefit 37 food pantries in the banks' local communities.

May 22, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Apollo Staffing hosts fundraiser to benefit Wounded Warrior Project

Local staffing company Apollo Staffing is beginning a company-wide fundraiser to assist the Wounded Warrior Project.

Beginning on Memorial Day and continuing for 30 days, Apollo will be donating $1 to the Wounded Warrior Project for every new like their "Facebook" site receives, and selling T-shirts for $10 a piece, with all proceeds going to the Wounded Warriors Project.

May 22, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Benton House crowns new queen

Benton House of Covington assisted living has a special community tradition that gives senior residents the opportunity to sparkle, smile and shine in the spotlight. Saturday, May 19 marked the third annual Ms. Benton House pageant at the assisted living community that is home to around sixty seniors in Covington. Director of Activities Betty Britt coordinated this event. Britt said seven lovely seniors all over the age of seventy-five answered questions from three local judges on topics like the best advice for young mothers and the contestants modeled sparkly gowns. The 2012 Contestants include residents:

• Barbara Stokes

May 22, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

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