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Covington man says gun was pointed at him in shower

COVINGTON- A Covington man told the Covington Police Department that while in the shower at a house he was staying in, a group of boys opened the shower curtain and had a gun pointed at him, and were also recording it on a cell phone.

June 10, 2015 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Newton County mulling tax increase

Newton County could see the County M&O millage increase from 11.225 to 12.990, bringing the total millage without fire services and schoolboard to 13.491, unless the board can find additional cuts in the budget for next year.

June 10, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Jason Nord, Newton Water Resources Director, resigns

Newton-Newton County Water Resources Director Jason Nord has resigned to pursue an opportunity in the private sector, according to a press release he sent Tuesday.

June 09, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Rockdale Deputies look for cell phone burglary suspect

Rockdale-Rockdale County Sheriff's Office deputies are asking for the public's help finding a suspect who broke into cell phone stores Sunday.

June 09, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington's Chimney Park may get off-leash dog area

Covington-The Friends of Newton County Parks' proposal to create a dog park has been shared with the Covington City Council and the reception was pretty positive, said the organization's chair, Melvin Allen.

June 07, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


NCSO's annual Back to School giveaway begins

School may have just ended, but the Newton County Sheriff's Office Annual Back to School Supply Giveaway is underway.

June 07, 2015 | | LOCAL


Newton County faces tough choices on budget

Newton-By limiting spending, increasing revenue, the Board of Commissioners is seeking to tidy the books while keeping the budget within range of this year's $47 million.

June 07, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Hometown Hero: Todd Scott

Covington-Todd Scott was down on the floor staring into the eyes of a stranger. He didn't think the gunshots that forced him to take safety were real initially, but then he smelled the gunpowder. The stranger was just another customer like Scott, and Scott knew he had to do something for both their sakes.

June 07, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | LOCAL


County settles wrongful termination suit

Newton-Newton County has agreed to settle with former landscaping contractor William Durden for $45,000 after the latter filed a wrongful termination suit in 2013.

June 07, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Newton County turns out for Family Fun Day

Family Fun Day attracted happy crowds to Turner Lake Park Saturday with music, food, and prizes. The event was sponsored by Congressman Hank Johnson, Senator Ronald Ramsey, Re. Pam Dickerson, Sheriff Ezell Brown, and Commissioner Lanier Sims.

June 06, 2015 | | LOCAL


5 Covington men arrested for pandering

The Covington Police Department, in a joint operation with the Conyers Police Department, arrested 20 males for pandering and other charges throughout a five day period recently.

June 05, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Magnet shooter, Pitts, death ruled a suicide

Jeffrey Scott Pitts, 36, committed suicide during a shootout with Rockdale County deputies Sunday, May 31, according to an autopsy report.

June 05, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Library to get $1,000,000, new HVAC

Dr. Steve Whatley, Chairman of the Newton County Board of Trustees, said there was a time when he thought the Covington branch would have shut its doors. The HVAC unit was beyond repair, and the air in the library would be too hot and humid for its many guests and its many books.

June 04, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


County contracts in committee crosshairs

Covington-The Newton County Purchasing Policy Committee has agreed to recommend requiring a contract, scope of work, and purchase order for professional services, which would include services such as legal counsel, engineering, and appraising.

June 04, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Salem Camp meeting speakers announced

Salem-The 187th Salem Camp meeting begins July 10 with supper at the Salem Hotel and the Covington UMC Picnic at the pavilion at 6 p.m.

June 04, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Satsuki Garden Club donates to Benton House

On Oct. 14, the Satsuki Garden Club met at the Library for their meeting and arranged flowers in vases for the residents of the Benton House. The club purchased flowers from A Bouquet by Betty and the flower shop, in turn, gave a most generous amount of yellow carnations to add to the project.

November 27, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Special Olympic Equestrian Team rides in Perry

The Newton County Special Olympic Equestrian Team consists of 12 athletes with various special needs and disabilities but also great talents.

November 27, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man with walker threatens police officers

A 60-year-old man with a walker was arrested Tuesday night after allegedly threatening officers from the Covington Police Department.

November 27, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Mama Bee's Holiday Tip of the Week - Nov. 27

My favorite gifts are those that people have made themselves. Homemade gifts demonstrate caring, creativity, and passion. You don't have to be super crafty to pull together a meaningful (and frugal!) gift for your friends and family. Think about what you can do and go from there. Do you bake, cook, or scrapbook? Offer homemade cookies, soup, or a small book. Are you handy with a camera? Give a small framed print. Can you offer baby sitting? Give a coupon for a night of service. A DIY Christmas gift is the frugal and thoughtful way to go this year.

November 27, 2011 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | LOCAL


Shining through service

Servants like Rucker Ginn are the soul of Covington. They've spent their whole lives building a community, working in town, building a family there and serving in their churches and community service organizations.

November 26, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


City to provide wireless service on square

Free, wireless internet service will soon be available on the Covington square and could be expanded elsewhere downtown courtesy of the city of Covington.

November 26, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Local council of Knights of Columbus celebrates 16

The Covington council of the Knights of Columbus is a community service organization that has 50 members and about 16 years of service.

November 24, 2011 | Douglas Moser | LOCAL


City has $9 million left from '07 Cable sale

Covington sold its cable TV system to Charter Communications for $27. 2 million in August 2007, and after four years of land purchases, paying down debt and airport improvements $8.9 million remain.

November 24, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


True Newton Blue

The Newton boys' basketball team honored Becky Rutledge, widow of former longtime administrator J.W. Rutledge, for donating new blazers and ties in a pre-game ceremony Tuesday. She donated a new set of the patented blue blazers and ties Newton players and coaches wear before games to replace the set the Rutledge family donated several years ago.

November 24, 2011 | Anthoney Banks | LOCAL


Newspaper delayed by mechanical problems

Due to mechanical problems with the printing press, print edition of The Covington News will be delivered late this morning.

November 23, 2011 | | LOCAL


Upcoming Arts Association events

Community Band Holiday Concert - December 5, 7:30 p.m. Free. Eastside High School

November 23, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Social Circle to hold annual tree lighting on Dec. 3

Social Circle will hold its annual tree lighting at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 3 on the lawn of city hall.

November 23, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Sunday sales to go into effect in Dec.

Covington and Porterdale voters approved Sunday package sales Nov. 8, but customers can't yet buy any form of alcohol on Sundays and they may not be able to buy liquor on Sunday anytime soon.

November 20, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Morgan working to reverse gov’t switch

As Newton County's government is transitioning to a county manager form, Chairman Kathy Morgan continues to investigate recourse - including the possibility of a lawsuit - to restore full administrative oversight to the chairman as called for in the county's charter.

November 20, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Sheriff Brown to seek reelection

Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown has announced that he plans to seek reelection as sheriff in the 2012 election.

November 20, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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