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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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Student reportedly found with alcohol

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 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


A Scout's life

Jerry Aldridge loves teaching and few in Newton County have helped as many boys develop into young men as the former educator and current scoutmaster.

September 18, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


NCSS to have early release Friday

Students will be released early Friday for teacher professional learning activities, and also will be the upcoming week (Sept. 24-28) for fall break.

September 18, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Man crashes into 2 power poles

An accused drunk driver was hospitalized after crashing into two power poles early Sunday morning in Porterdale.

September 18, 2012 | Rachel Goff | LOCAL


Order of Eastern Star donates clinic supplies

Members of the Order of Eastern Star Madison Chapter recently donated much needed clinic supplies to Mansfield Elementary School.

September 18, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Manning, Yankees and Star Wars

Gas prices fell by 8.7 cents in the Covington area last week, and, according to AtlantaGasPrices.com, prices in Covington range from $3.69 per gallon to $3.79 per gallon.

September 18, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Taste of Newton draws a crowd

Almost 300 people sampled some of Covington and Newton's restaurants at the Taste of Newton event hosted by the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce Thursday night.

September 18, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Man crashes into two power poles

An accused drunk driver was hospitalized after crashing into two power poles early Sunday morning in Porterdale.

September 18, 2012 | Rachel Goff | LOCAL


Local shares love of Civil War

The fifth-grade classroom at Heard-Mixon Elementary School gazed in awe, as they were shown numerous artifacts from the Civil War. Some chimed in, while the teachers called out classroom rules of using your inside voice, while others sat, not confused or uninterested, but waiting to see what would be shown next.

September 15, 2012 | Anastasia Graves | LOCAL


Yellow River unveiled as Atlanta gem

Dozens of enthusiastic canoeists, kayakers and paddlers took to the Yellow River in Porterdale Saturday morning to help clean up the river, learn some of its history and enjoy a lazy day cruising down the river.

September 15, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Slanderous letter sent about BOE member

Shakila Henderson-Baker, District 3 representative for the Newton County Board of Education, reported that someone delivered several slanderous letters about her to homes on Village Drive Thursday.

September 15, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Crime Briefs - Sept. 16

Woman attempts to steal breast pump, car battery

September 15, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


More than skin deep

Most children would learn from a spanking, and Beth Rockmore is no different. She learned, but not the lesson her mother had hoped. She learned that no matter what happened, her art was worth fighting for.

September 14, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Deadline for voter registration, Oct. 9

Secretary Brian Kemp joined fellow members of the National Association of Secretaries of State in reminding citizens that September 2012 is National Voter Registration Month. Secretary Kemp is working with government and election officials across the state to make eligible voters aware of registration deadlines and requirements for the Nov. 6 General Election, as well as promoting state resources to help with the registration process.

September 13, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


CPD searches for would-be robber

Covington police are searching for a man who allegedly attempted to rob a customer at gunpoint at Don's Superette around 2 p.m.

The victim was pumping gas at the service station. When he got into his vehicle to leave, a slender black male in his 20s, wearing a red shirt, blue jeans and a ball cap pulled low over his face, jumped into the passenger side of his vehicle and told the victim to drive, according to Capt. Ken Malcom.

September 13, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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