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Newton County FFA members attend summer leadership camp

This summer 19 students from Newton High School and Newton County FFA were challenged to grow as leaders to find their "hero within." They were part of more than 2,500 students who attended the FFA-FCCLA Summer Leadership Camp at the Georgia FFA-FCCLA Center in Covington. Summer Leadership camp provides a fun and exciting environment for students to develop their leadership and teamwork skills and to interact with other students from across the state.

July 19, 2014 | Ashley Vilmenay Newton County FFA | LOCAL


County OKs tax increase

The Newton County Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 to adopt a 5 percent tax increase as part of its new annual budget.

July 17, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Hospital asks for more from county

Officials say the combination of Obamacare with an increase in people using the emergency room as their primary doctors is putting Newton Medical Center in trouble.

July 17, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Starbound Dance Studio owner arrested

The former owner of Starbound Dance Studio in Porterdale was arrested on Wednesday by the Newton County Sheriff's Office on 13 counts of theft by conversion.

July 17, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Newton Newsflash: More construction this weekend

If you're out and about this weekend, avoid sections of I-20 in Newton County as construction continues. Lane closures and long delays can be expected in the following areas and times:

July 17, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Social Circle home moving to new location

It took about five years to get funds and to complete the process to move the 186-year-old home, said Mike Owens, owner of Magnolia Manor, the new location of the home. The Historic Preservation Society of Social Circle (HPSSC) had pledged $10,000 for anyone who promised to move and restore the home, which was a significant chunk of the fundraising efforts needed to make the move official. The money was officially presented to Owens Monday by HPSSC President Dena Johnston and Treasurer Charles Thompson. Owens, utility workers and others who are invested in the preservation of the building worked ...

July 17, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


County tightens Salem/Crowell zoning overlay

There will be no pawn shops or check-cashing businesses in the Salem/Almon/Crowell roads overlay district, according to changes adopted Tuesday night by the Newton County Board of Commissioners.

July 17, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Golfing for Laurie

More than six months of fundraising efforts by donors, including Covington residents, will come to a head this Saturday at the Golfing for Laurie golf tournament at Ashton Hills.

July 17, 2014 | Samantha Reardon | LOCAL


Get the beat

Students attending Arts Association in Newton County's Musical Theater Camp rehearse for their final performance of the summer.

July 17, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Crowell, Ga. 81 to get stoplights

County Commission chairman Keith Ellis describes the intersection of Georgia Highway 81 and Crowell Road as the worst in the county. But not for much longer.

July 17, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Riley announces candidacy for Mansfield mayor

Although the full ballot has not yet been revealed for the upcoming special election for Mansfield's mayor, one candidate is known.

July 17, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Hospital asks for more from county

Officials say the combination of Obamacare with an increase in people using the emergency room as their primary doctors is putting Newton Medical Center in trouble.

July 16, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Starbound Dance Studio owner arrested

The former owner of Starbound Dance Studio in Porterdale was arrested on Wednesday by the Newton County Sheriff's Office on 13 counts of theft by conversion.

July 16, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Firearms, stolen diesel and thrown ice cream

The reluctant felon

July 15, 2014 | Samantha Reardon | LOCAL


Newton County children wrap up musical theatre camp with finale performance

The '80s get a second life at "We Got the Beat!"

July 15, 2014 | Samantha Reardon | LOCAL


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Rams in command

It's not often you get a regular season matchup between two Final Four teams from the previous year but that's what Newton faced Wednesday on the road at Westlake. And while the Rams lost in last year's semifinals and Westlake went on to play for a state title, it was Newton rolling to a 74-61 win.

January 27, 2011 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL


Bandits bind clerk, steal guns

Authorities are searching for four men who reportedly tied up a clerk and robbed her at gunpoint at Direct Gold and Pawn on Ga. Highway 36 today.

January 27, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


CovNews photo reprints

The Covington News photographs many events each week and you may not know it, but we also upload those photos - hundreds of photos - to our website. We do this so that you, our valued reader, can see what didn't make it into our print edition and even purchase your favorites.

January 27, 2011 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Children find body in DeKalb woods

LITHONIA - Children playing in a wooded area in DeKalb County on Wednesday came across the body of a man who had been slain.

January 27, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Newton's Henry sets scoring milestone

Newton guard Derrick Henry scored his 1,500 career point in the Rams' 61-40 win at Langston Hughes Tuesday. His 22 points propelled the Rams to their seventh straight region win on the year and 24th straight dating back to 2008.

January 26, 2011 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL


Computer glitch snatched tax refunds

ATLANTA - The head of the Georgia Department of Revenue says the agency tried to head off a computer glitch that removed tax refunds from the bank accounts of more than 30,000 taxpayers over the weekend before the payments were processed.

January 26, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Wind advisory until 6 p.m.

A wind advisory, issued by the National Weather Service out of Peachtree City, is now in effect until 6 P.M. this evening over much of central Georgia including Covington.

January 26, 2011 | | LOCAL


Two arrested after drawing officer’s eye

A Covington Police Officer finishing his meal break at a Waffle House was in the right place at the right time to catch a couple apparently breaking the law early Saturday morning.

January 26, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Monte Carlo arts benefit returns

Enjoy an evening of good food, casino games, an auction and a raffle on Feb. 5 at the annual Monte Carlo for the Arts benefit at the Porterdale Mill Event Center.

January 26, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local astrophotographer shares pics

Social Circle resident Theo Ramaker has his eyes focused skyward.

January 26, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Restaurant Inspection Scores - Jan. 26

Waffle House No. 1740, 12985 BROWN BRIDGE ROAD, STE A, July 7, 96.

January 25, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Gun ban in churches upheld

ATLANTA - A federal judge upheld Georgia law banning guns in churches and other places of worship by dismissing a lawsuit Monday that claims the ban violates constitutional rights to freedom of religion and bearing arms.

January 25, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Immigration bill in works in General Assembly

ATLANTA - A key Republican state lawmaker on Tuesday outlined a bill he plans to file intended to crack down on illegal immigration in Georgia.

January 25, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Eastside's Cook signs golf scholarship

Addison "Ace" Cook II has been playing golf competitively since age 7. He's also been an accomplished artist for almost as long. Beginning in the fall, he'll take both skills to Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta after signing a letter of intent to join the burgeoning golf program. Cook was part of last year's Region 8-AAA champion golf team and is often considered Eastside's top player.

January 25, 2011 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL


Loganville man kills ex-wife then dies

MONROE, Ga. - Investigators in Walton and Greene counties say they believe a Loganville man killed his ex-wife, then died at a relative's home.

January 25, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


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