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GOVERNMENT 101 – Balancing liberty and security

Fifteen years ago, the Chief Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court spoke on liberty and security in a time of war at a joint meeting ...

November 06, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Water officials say lack of rain ‘getting a little serious’

With concerns over the recent dry spell, Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority (NCWSA) Director, Mike Hopkins said an educational process will begin to let ...

November 06, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


BOC summary: New juvenile building contract awarded

Garland and Associates Contractors, Inc. were awarded the bid to build a new building for juvenile court by the Board of Commissioners (BOC) Tuesday evening.

November 01, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Dine Out for a good cause on Nov. 10

Just under $8,000 was raised due to Newton County residents deciding to eat out on Dine Out, Do Good restaurant night in 2016.

November 01, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Princes, princesses on parade at 1st Presbyterian

Students at Covington First Presbyterian Church go on parade dressed in their Halloween Costumes Monday.

October 31, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Covington man dead after quadruple shooting in Henry County

A Covington man was killed during a quadruple shooting in Henry County Thursday.

October 31, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


Deputy in Atlanta ICU after wreck

Newton County Sheriff's Deputy Justin White, 28, was involved in a single-vehicle crash in the early morning hours of Oct. 30 on Highway 162.

October 31, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


Historic Newborn Schoolhouse hosts festival

The annual Historic Newborn Schoolhouse festival is set for this Saturday, Nov. 12 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

October 29, 2016 | Xavier I. Lewis | LOCAL


Safety is top priority this Halloween

Ghouls, ghosts and goblins will fill the streets of Newton County Monday night as residents embark on Halloween festivities throughout the county. Local emergency services ...

October 29, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


Georgia Ophthalmologists to open new surgery center

Georgia Ophthalmologists will host the grand opening of its new 8,000 square foot state-of-the-art ambulatory surgery center housed in its existing patient care facility ...

October 29, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


The News introduces Best of Newton contest

Newton County residents can now nominate and vote for their favorite events, businesses, civic organizations and more in The Covington News' Best of Newton contest.

October 29, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


Rotary Park dedicated in Covington

Newton County and the Rotary Club of Covington came together to provide a new area for residents to rest and relax in downtown Covington and ...

October 29, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Convenience centers now require proof of purchase

Newton County residents wanting to throw away their trash at one of the 11 Newton County Neighborhood Recycling Centers were required to show proof of ...

October 29, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


Polls open tomorrow for Saturday voting

On Saturday, Oct. 29, the polls will be open in all 159 Georgia counties for individuals to cast their ballots early leading up to Election ...

October 28, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


CFD offers safety tips for burning in dry weather

Severe drought conditions have plagued not only the City of Covington but the entire state of Georgia for the past few months. Citizens should use ...

October 28, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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$10K worth of computers stolen

Covington Police continue to investigate a burglary where more than $10,000 worth of computers were reported stolen from Peachtree Academy.

September 13, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


GSP reverses findings in crash

The Georgia State Patrol has reversed its findings in the Sept. 2 fatality crash that killed drivers Kati Womack, 21, of Oxford and Trinity Campbell, 39, of Monticello.

September 13, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Two men arrested for molestation

Two men were arrested recently for molesting young girls, according to law enforcement officials.

September 13, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


2 students arrested for pot brownes

Two 16-year-old, female Alcovy High School students have been suspended after an incident in which one baked brownies containing marijuana and another ate the brownies before school Monday.

September 13, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


GPC produces harvest for food pantry

Tomatoes, okra and cucumbers, oh my! GPC Newton math professor Sallie Paschal was among faculty and students who worked the gardens on the Newton Campus this summer. In between teaching math courses online, the math professor "adopted" and worked three garden plots, which produced more than 150 pounds of vegetables and a few watermelons this summer.

September 13, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Sounds of Motown to fill the square

Residents of all ages are invited to come out to the square tonight at 7 p.m. to enjoy the sounds of Motown at the last free, Friday night concert of the year.

September 13, 2012 | Anastasia Graves | LOCAL


Crime briefs: Man snatches purse

A woman said an unknown man stole her purse while she was walking to a gas station on Alcovy Road Wednesday early morning.

September 13, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Crime Briefs: Man punches another

Police arrested a man Wednesday night after he reportedly hit another man in the face because he would not give him a cigarette.

September 13, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Officials discuss excise tax

County and city officials met Tuesday afternoon to discuss whether or not Newton County would levy a local excise tax on energy used in manufacturing.

September 13, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Exploring the human body

Students at the Newton County Theme School at Ficquett learned about body health a little differently Thursday morning when they had the opportunity to explore a larger than life display of the human body called "The Body Walk" exhibit. The tour began when students walked through a giant ear and then through a giant mouth followed by other major parts of the body. The exhibit took years to come to fruition and was able the work of numerous volunteers, HealthMPowers, parents, faculty and staff.

September 13, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Deputy, suspect hospitalized after fight

UPDATE: The passenger who injested the drugs has died. Identified as Terry Dean Gore, 43, he had a lengthy criminal history, and was last arrested in July of this year. An autopsy is being performed by the GBI Medical Examiner Thursday morning to determine exact cause of death.

September 13, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Case Update: Whitehead twins trial postponed

(September 12, 2012) The trial of the teen Whitehead twins who allegedly killed their mother by beating and stabbing her to death in 2010 has been postponed until a later date to be decided. The trial had been due to start Sept. 26.

September 12, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Racial slurs written on a woman’s car

A woman said someone wrote a racial slur on her vehicle some time between Friday night and Saturday morning. According to a report from the Newton County Sheriff's Office, someone walked onto a property at Trotters Court and wrote three words on the rear windshield of the woman's 1999 Mercury Grand Marquis with white shoe polish or soap.

September 11, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Court upholds ’03 murder conviction

The Georgia Supreme Court reversed a ruling Monday that threw out the murder convictions and death sentence for William David Riley, convicted of killing his three young children in a fire on Aug. 16, 2000.

September 11, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Murderer sues Newton jailers

Convicted murderer Pablo Maldonado may have left Newton County for death row, but the lawsuits he filed still linger on, including one against the Newton County Sheriff's Office, Sheriff Ezell Brown and several NCSO deputies working in the jail.

September 11, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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