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Students gather Porterdale demographics

A group of University of Georgia students could be seen walking around certain neighborhoods in Porterdale recently, but they weren't just roaming. They were enjoying a refreshing college field trip while learning about Porterdale's demographics.

August 30, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Henderson’s check not the first

Newton County Commission Chairman Keith Ellis cut fellow Commissioner J.C. Henderson a loan, or "paycheck advance," for $4,500 on Aug. 12. Henderson said he needed the money to send his son to college after financial aid promises from Tuskegee University fell through.

August 30, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


No surprises on county agenda

Tuesday's Newton County Board of Commissioners' meeting agenda contains nothing out of the ordinary. Specifically, there's nothing there to talk about the form of government, which was put off for a month in a work session last week but has been lingering just under the surface since.

August 30, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Thieves swipe metal grates from I-20

Newton County's Interstate 20 is missing its metal.

August 30, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Mansfield to work on square of its own

August was a busy month in Mansfield.

August 30, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


NCSO detention officer fired

A Newton County Sheriff's Office detention officer was arrested Thursday, Aug. 28 for inappropriate contact with a minor and, as of Friday, remained in custody at the Newton County Detention Center, according to NCSO Sgt. Cortney Morrison.

August 29, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Ellis' letter about Henderson check

Following is the letter Newton County Commission Chairman Keith Ellis sent the Covington News about the $4,500 paycheck advance given to Commissioner J.C. Henderson. It is reprinted here in its entirety.

August 29, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Lorraine Elementary evacuation ends after sweep due to possible bomb threat

A lockdown on Lorraine Elementary after a possible bomb threat was lifted shortly after noon Friday after a security sweep found the campus to be clear.

August 29, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


I-20 construction postponed

Don't worry much about orange cones on the area's highways this holiday weekend. Instead, just worry about all those other cars.

August 28, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


GPTC hosts healthy choices fair

Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) recently hosted a series of events targeting health and wellness on its DeKalb and Newton campuses. As a part of its "Be ACTive" initiative to encourage faculty, staff and students to engage in healthy choices that will nourish the mind, body and spirit, GPTC held a "Healthy Choices Fair" in the Conference Center on the college's DeKalb Campus.

August 28, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Lunchtime concerts set for Thursdays

A series of concerts, all featuring different styles of music, are set for noon each Thursday in September. All will be held on the Square in Covington, and all are free to the public.

August 28, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Student plans fundraising walk

Tammy Hammonds's daughter is the chair for a committee that worked all year to organize fundraising events to bring awareness to a rare but serious disease the needs a brighter spotlight. And Tammy Hammonds's daughter is only 16.

August 28, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


NHS student arrested for pot, knife

A local high school student was in the custody of the Newton County Sheriff's Office Thursday afternoon after being arrested on campus.

August 28, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Middleton career reaches end

The end of an era of Newton County government is quickly approaching.

August 28, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


County cuts Henderson pay advance

Newton County Commissioner J.C. Henderson was issued a paycheck advance of $4,500 on Aug. 15. He paid everything back by Aug. 25.

August 27, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


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Court sentencings - June 12

o Demario A. Morgan, violation of probation, revoke 2 years. Possession of cocaine, 10 years probation, 2 years confinement, $1,000. Criminal trespass, 12 months confinement concurrent. Driving without lights, 12 months confinement concurrent.

June 12, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Suspicious package just a suitcase at store

A suspicious package located at Home Depot was found to be nothing more than an empty suitcase, according to Covington Police Captain Ken Malcom.

June 10, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


The News wins 13 Georgia Press awards

The Covington News earned 13 awards Friday in the Georgia Press Association's 2011 Better Newspaper Contest.

June 10, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Summer concert series opens Friday

The bluegrass band the Freight Hoppers opens the Second Friday Summer Concert Series with a performance at 7 p.m. Friday on the square downtown.

June 10, 2011 | | LOCAL


Grants in for I-20 pedestrian bridge

Covington has received $500,000 in state grants to place a pedestrian bridge across Interstate 20, parallel to the Ga. Highway 81 overpass.

June 10, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Rail proponents nearly out of options

The Newton County Board of Commissioners voted 3-2 not to purchase the out-of-use Norfolk Southern railroad corridor Tuesday night, joining the Covington City Council in bowing out of the controversial discussion.

June 10, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Naked man arrested running on U.S. 278

A man found wandering naked down Chaney Drive, later escaped hospital staff and began running down Ga. Highway 278 - with nothing but an IV on earlier today.

June 10, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Drivers beware: Bump robberies on rise

WINDER - Police in the north Georgia city of Winder are warning motorists about crimes they describe as "bump robberies," when a suspect bumps a car and then robs the occupants.

June 10, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Looking for Livers

Two Newton County residents are in need of liver transplants, and a local church is helping them out.

June 10, 2011 | AJ Archer | LOCAL


Man charged after sex with tween

A 28-year-old Covington man has been arrested and charged with having sex with a 12-year-old girl he met online.

June 09, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Storms give short respite from heat

Strong storms rocked Newton County and environs on Thursday, dropping the temperature into the low 80s in a brief respite from the two weeks of 90-degree heat.

June 09, 2011 | | LOCAL


Severe thunderstorm warning in Walton

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning effective until 5 p.m. for Walton County.

June 09, 2011 | | LOCAL


FBI looking for Decatur bank robbers

The FBI needs your help in identifying and locating bandits who robbed the Bank of America branch at 2850 Candler Road in Decatur on Wednesday.

June 09, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mom charged with throwing baby in trash

ALBANY - Authorities say a south Georgia mother is facing charges after they say she concealed her baby's death by throwing the infant into a trash can.

June 09, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Home invasion turns deadly in Waycross

WAYCROSS - Authorities say a 49-year-old Waycross man was shot to death and a woman was wounded during a home invasion.

June 09, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


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