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Piedmont Newton Hospital earns top marks for patient safety

Piedmont Newton Hospital has received an "A" grade for its commitment to patient safety, according to the fall 2016 Hospital Safety Score, which grades hospitals ...

November 09, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County’s vote paves the way for 150 jobs, $52.8 million investment

The Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) elected not to exercise their first right of refusal on two tracts of land on the corner of ...

November 07, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Bomb threat reported at Covington Waffle House

Employees and patrons of the Covington Waffle House, located at 10106 Alcovy Road, received quite the wakeup call Nov. 3 when they received a phone ...

November 07, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


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


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Local farm to produce Italian cheeses

Russell Johnston is tired. He's tired of putting in 90 to 100 hours a week producing milk, bottling it, marketing and selling the popular beverage and driving it around the region. He's tired of missing out on his life and that of his two sons.

August 25, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Zoning administrator resigns

Branin Burdette will no longer be Newton County's zoning administrator. Board of Commissioner Chairman Kathy Morgan made the announcement at their meeting on Tuesday night as she thanked Burdette for his services to the county saying he has done an excellent job.

Burdette's last day with the county will be on Aug. 29. He said he will move back to his hometown of Seattle, Wash. to take a new position as a zoning inspector.

August 25, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Company to dredge South River

The board of commissioners approved an operational use permit at their meeting on Tuesday night, after a sand dredging business petitioned to continue its operations at a portion of the South River in Newton County.

August 25, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Social Circle municipal judge resigns

Social Circle municipal court judge Jeff Foster is stepping down, after Social Circle city council members unanimously accepted his resignation at their meeting on Tuesday night.

August 25, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Newton County Reads names new chair

Newton County Reads, a nonprofit, community service organization, has taught adults in Newton County to read since 2000. Their free classes in basic reading skills and GED preparation are conducted through small group instruction and one-on-one tutoring at six locations throughout the county, providing program access to Newton County residents in their own neighborhoods.

August 25, 2012 | Lisa Dorward Special to The News | LOCAL


More students take ACT, score rise

A record high number of Newton County School System students took the ACT college entrance exam in 2012 and in the process, increased scores in three content areas (English, reading and science) and the composite score. The district also matched scores from the previous year on the math portion of the test. Although NCSS students increased or maintained in each category, the district's overall scores are still below state and national averages.

August 25, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Neil Armstrong, 1st man on the moon, dies at 82

CINCINNATI (AP) - Neil Armstrong was a quiet, self-described nerdy engineer who became a global hero when as a steely-nerved pilot he made "one giant leap for mankind" with a small step onto the moon. The modest man, who had people on Earth entranced and awed from almost a quarter-million miles away, died Saturday. He was 82.

August 25, 2012 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Stolen vehicle found engulfed in fire

Covington police, deputies with the Newton County Sheriff's Office and the fire department responded to the intersection of Henderson Mill Road and Lackey Road on Thursday at 11:50 p.m. in reference to a vehicle being on fire. According to a report from the NCSO, officials found a burgundy 2000 Nissan Maxima on fire. Firefighters extinguished the fire from the car and then deputies looked up the tag number on the vehicle and located the owner.

August 25, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Kimble: Box up the books for a good cause

Who remembers the little stuffed animal mouse tucked into a hole in the wall at the children's library?

I've heard those murals are still painted on some of the walls over at the building near the square where so many of my generation spent the summer checking out towering stacks of books and listening to library programs.

August 25, 2012 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


Graphic details shared in day 2 of trial

Although nearly impossible to confirm, Georgia Bureau of Investigations Medical Examiner Dr. Eric Eason testified Thursday that Tim Clements could have died not only from blunt force trauma to the head, but also smothering.

August 23, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


T.K. Adams directs band for 20 years

T.K. Adams is dedicated. He's a dedicated husband and father; he is a dedicated teacher and he has used that dedication for the last two decades in making sure the Newton County Community Band is the absolute best it can be. Not because he has to, but because of his dedication to the music.

August 23, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Local teen paddles through part of Minn.

Hunter Ferrell of Oxford was selected to attend North Country Rock-n-Wilderness in northern Minnesota. This STUDIO 2B destination is one of many trips offered through Girl Scouting around the U.S. Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin Lakes and Pines Council has offered this program for the past 18 years and has hosted girls from throughout the world.

August 23, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


More than 70 apply to Interact Club

Rotarian Nicole Fleming met new Interact Club applicants at Eastside High School.

August 23, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Commissioners dedicate highway

Family and friends of the late J. Dixon Hays were in attendance at the Board of Commissioners meeting on Tuesday night as a portion of a highway was dedicated in his name.

August 23, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Second co-defendant pleads guilty

Christian Caldwell, one of the four people charged in the 2009 murder of Timothy Clements, pleaded guilty Thursday to several charges, including malice murder and promised to testify against the alleged mastermind Pablo Maldonado, who is currently on trial and facing the death penalty for the murder of Clements.

August 23, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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