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Champion for change

From the base of a rural Georgia court room, Judge Sheri Roberts carries a message across her home state and the nation: we can do a lot better by the young people served by our courts.

March 02, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Proclamation signed for Youth Art Month

Members of the Arts Program at GFWC Service Guild of Covington gathered at Covington City Hall to have Mayor Ronnie Johnston sign a Proclamation partnering the National Council for Art Education and the National Council for the Arts with Covington and Newton County schools, encouraging public support of quality student art programs.

March 02, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Closing the child pornography loophole

Kelsey Upton was just 15 years old when she received a terrifying text from a registered sex offender in another state. The middle-aged man had seen a pornographic image of another woman that had been posted online along with Kelsey's name, phone number and address in Oxford.

March 01, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Covington looking at utilities changes

The Covington City Council will vote on amending provisions of the electric system and water system ordinances during Monday's council meeting, possibly reducing city revenue by approximately $700,000.

March 01, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Sarah Frances Hardeman to be honored

A long time Covington citizen, Sarah Frances Hardeman, born to George Washington Thompson and Lillie Davis- Thompson in 1918, is being recognized and honored for her legendary acts and community service in Covington.

March 01, 2015 | | LOCAL


Celebrating Black History

During its 5th Annual Black History Program Covington held a celebration, themed "A Century of Black Life, Culture & History" in the Newton County Historic Courthouse.

February 28, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man convicted of 2001 Newton County murder scheduled for execution

Brian Keith Terrell, the man convicted of killing 70-year-old John Watson in his Covington home in 1992 is scheduled to be executed March 10 at 7 p.m., Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens announced Friday.

February 27, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Their last meal

More than one in five children in Newton County do not know where their next meal will come from, according to the most recent study by food bank umbrella group Feeding America.

February 26, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Newton County Schools closed Wednesday

Newton County Schools will be closed for both students and staff Wednesday due to predicted inclement weather.

February 24, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington Police Explorers enjoy national success

The Covington Police Explorers recently participated in a national competition designed to showcase their law enforcement skills and placed third in one category.

February 24, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Deputies arrest armed robbery suspect

Sheriff's deputies arrested 17-year-old Ladarius Lockhart and charged him in connection with an armed robbery at the Oak Hill BP station that occurred Saturday morning.

February 24, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


NCSO to host Citizen's Firearm Safety Course

The Newton County Sheriff's Office will hold its Citizen's Firearm Safety Course March 28, teaching the public on laws governing use of deadly force, firearm safety, at and away from the firing range, nomenclature of the basic revolver and semiautomatic pistols and giving citizens a chance to complete a course of fire at the Newton County Sheriffs Office Firing Range.

February 24, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Winter Storm Watch for Wednesday

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch in effect for Newton, Rockdale and surrounding counties from Wednesday through Thursday.

February 24, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Problem lies in water management, not supply: Water Authority

On November 5, 2014, County Attorney Tommy Craig posted an alarming series of photographs at a work session for the proposed Bear Creek Reservoir.

February 23, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Alcovy names Val and Sal, Top 10

With the Class of 2015's graduation approaching Alcovy High School announced its top 10 graduates, and Valedictorian and Salutatorian Friday.

February 21, 2015 | Associated Press | LOCAL


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Eyesore of the week - July 3

Watch your step: This eyesore is located on Conyers Street. A reader commented on the rusty barbed wire near the street. If you would like to submit an "Eyesore of the Week," send a picture to news@covnews.com or by mail to 1166 Usher St., Covington, GA 30014. Please do not submit residential properties that are occupied.

July 02, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local chorus in France for Fourth

The Covington/Conyers Choral Guild makes its European debut on Monday at an awe-inspiring venue - the Normandy American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, France.

July 02, 2011 | By Jessica Smith news@rockdalenews.com | LOCAL


Financial aid back on for youth sports

Financial aid will still be available to youth athletes next fiscal year, after the Newton County Recreation Commission reversed course Thursday.

July 02, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


GSP ticketing for seat belt violations

The Georgia State Patrol has issued 29 citations in Newton County so far this holiday weekend, with about half of citations being for people not wearing seat belts or buckling up children, said public information officer Gordy Wright.

July 02, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Check out the Fourth festivities

The city of Covington will have its 2011 Independence in the Park festival on Sunday.

July 02, 2011 | AJ Archer | LOCAL


Nuke project could exceed budget

ATLANTA - Georgia Power says building two more reactors at Plant Vogtle near Augusta could take longer and cost more than expected.

July 02, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


No charges in Savannah dog attack

SAVANNAH - Authorities say no criminal charges will be filed after two dogs attacked children on a Savannah playground last month.

July 02, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Three hurt as Buford home explodes

BUFORD - An explosion early today left three injured and flattened a home in Buford.

July 01, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Summer enrichment

For nearly 30 years, Bethlehem Baptist Church's Youth Summer Feeding and Enrichment Program has provided Newton County children with valuable social and educational skills.

July 01, 2011 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


Black Masons celebrate 131 years in Covington

Local black Masons celebrated their 131st anniversary in Covington Saturday, and Mayor Kim Carter proclaimed June 25, 2011, as Friendship Lodge 20 Day.

July 01, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Covington resident awarded by Red Cross

The International Committee of the Red Cross has honored Mark Burton, a lifetime Covington resident, with a Florence Nightingale medal.

July 01, 2011 | AJ Archer | LOCAL


Facebook hookup leads to rape charge

A 19-year-old has been charged with raping a girl he met on Facebook.

June 30, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Man charged with molesting babysitter

A Covington man charged with molesting his children's babysitter served two days in jail before bonding out.

June 30, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Flurry of motions in death penalty case

An attorney for accused murderer Pablo Fernando Maldonado on Thursday filed 18 motions in the death penalty case against the defendant.

June 30, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Troopers preparing for July fourth holiday

The Georgia State Patrol is reminding motorists to buckle up this weekend and to plan travel activities with safety in mind.

June 30, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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