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Audit reveals millions needed for county energy systems

The Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) voted three to two Tuesday night to approve negotiations with a comprehensive guaranteed energy savings performance contract for ...

July 24, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Newton County residents shower law enforcement with support

Editor's Note: This is part of an ongoing look at crime and law enforcement in and around Newton County by The Covington News.

July 24, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Photos from Snapping Shoals EMC Annual Roundup

The Snapping Shoals EMC Annual Roundup was held at the International Horse Park on July 21, 2016. Despite the heat, this annual event was well ...

July 21, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


The Enclave’s HOA: Peace, No Violence

Two men were killed earlier this month inside the gated Orchard Cove apartment complex. Because the apartments sit inside the entrance of The Enclave subdivisions ...

July 20, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Former Oxford student sentenced to five years on probation

Emily Sakamoto, 21, was sentenced to five years on probation with the first two years on house arrest by Judge Samuel Ozburn, according to Assistant ...

July 18, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Update: NCSO identifies victim of weekend truck fatality

The victim in the truck accident on the Access Road at the Yellow River Sunday evening has been identified as Valentine Gayle, 48, of Lithonia ...

July 17, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


By the Numbers: A deeper look at crime in Newton County

In less than two months, there have been five murders in Newton County.

July 17, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | LOCAL


Traffic light may be installed at dangerous intersection

There may be a traffic light coming to the intersection of Highway 212 and Bethany/Butler Bridge Road in the near future.

July 16, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Blood donors needed

The truth is blood cannot be manufactured.

July 16, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Five-year-old sells Lemonade to donate to Pregnancy Resource Center

At just five years old, Sadie Ozburn wanted to help. She also wanted to have a little fun, and combined both on Monday, July 4.

July 16, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Community center seeks afterschool instructors

The Washington Street Community Center is looking for instructors to teach afterschool homework instruction beginning Aug. 15.

July 16, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


NAN hands out school supplies

The National Action Network (NAN) gave out dozens of backpacks filled with school supplies Thursday evening. Cathlete Perry, NAN Youth Director, oversaw the backpack drive ...

July 16, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Community comes together to support giveaway

A box of crayons. A package of number two pencils. Blank notebook paper. A new backpack.

July 16, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


County settles storm water issue for $150,000

Newton County settled a lawsuit with owners of 54.5 acres on Gum Creek road for damages due to the county's storm water infrastructure ...

July 13, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Smith pleads guilty in Walmart murder

Brandon Shawn Smith entered a guilty plea in front of Judge W. Kendall Wynne, Jr. on Wednesday in the Newton County Judicial Court.

July 13, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | LOCAL


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Archive By Section - LOCAL


Jail log: Sept. 21, 2012

Howard Melville Astley, 60, homeless, Sept. 18. Possession of methamphetamine.

September 20, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Two men burglarize a nursing home

A resident at a nursing home was reportedly woken up by burglars on Thursday morning.

September 20, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Walmart employee punches manager

A Walmart manager said one of his employees punched him after having a meeting with him on Wednesday.

September 20, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Literacy Festival on Sept. 23

The 10th Annual Newton County Literacy Festival, co-sponsored by The Learning Center, Main Street Covington, and Newton County Community Partnership, brings together organizations and businesses committed to strengthening family literacy in an afternoon of fun.

September 20, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Wildlife Center hosts event Sept. 22

In honor of National Hunting and Fishing Day, an event will be held at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center in Mansfield tomorrow, Sept. 22 from 8 a.m. to noon.

September 20, 2012 | Anastasia Graves | LOCAL


Covington man shot on Salem Road

A 20-year-old Covington man was shot in the leg Thursday morning after he tried to run from and pointed an AK-47 rifle at a Georgia State Patrol trooper who was trying to pull the man over.

September 20, 2012 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Celebrate peace Friday

The community is invited to a peaceful event at the Covington Montessori School Friday.

September 19, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County approves tree service operation

The Newton County Board of Commissioners approved a tree service operation to start a business at 126 Larue Road, a street located on Ga. Highway 162, at their meeting Tuesday night.

Commissioners voted 3 to 2 on a proposal that modified the uses allowed on the site to include a tree service business, modified the site plan standards and modified the standards to construct an entrance that meet all commercial standards.

September 19, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Resident scolds BOE over various things

A disgruntled resident from Newton County School System's District 1 scolded board members Tuesday night for a variety of things, including not enforcing their own rules for public participation and for passing a resolution that asked voters to vote no for the charter school amendment.

September 18, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Police get new cars from drug funds

The Covington Police Department is getting nine new cars, thanks to forfeited drug funds.

September 18, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Panhandling not allowed in city

City of Covington council members were split on making a decision to amend an ordinance that would make it unlawful to engage in panhandling at their council meeting Monday night.

Council voted 3 to 3 on approving the first reading of an amended ordinance that would prohibit people from soliciting in public places in the city.

September 18, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Breast-feeding mother asked to leave

A Douglasville woman was reportedly asked to leave a Covington restaurant recently after she refused to leave the table to breast-feed her 20-month-old son.

September 18, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Farm Bureau recognized by state

The Newton County Farm Bureau was recently recognized during the Georgia Farm Bureau 3rd District Annual Meeting for its outstanding member programs. Brent Galloway is the NCFB President.

The NCFB Young Farmer Committee, chaired by B.J. Marks, was honored with the GFB 3rd District Outstanding Young Farmer Committee Award.

September 18, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County sentencing

Sherry Lynn Tyler, Family Violence Act simple battery, 12 months probation, 10 days confinement, $500. Cruelty to children, nolle pross. Hindering Emergency worker, 12 months probation consecutive, $500. No violent contact, no alcohol.

September 18, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log

A Newton High School student was arrested for underage drinking on Thursday. A deputy with the Newton County Sheriff's Office responded to the school's suspension room just before 1 p.m. where a juvenile male was sitting at a desk. According to the report, the teen was leaning against the desk and covered in vomit. An assistant principal searched the student's book bag and found a clear plastic water bottle containing a clear liquid, which was believed to be vodka. The deputy contacted EMS and called the teen's mother, who also arrived on the scene. The ...

September 18, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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