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Armed robbery at local Dunkin Donuts

A local Dunkin Donuts was robbed Tuesday morning, according to the Covington Police Department (CPD).

October 05, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | LOCAL

Community comes together for Change the World Day

A community of faith will come together for Change the World (CTW) Day on Oct. 8.

October 05, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Performing Center officially opens

A variety of elected officials and staff representing a number of organizations and governing bodies throughout Newton County gathered together for the ribbon cutting of ...

October 05, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Chad Baker earns rank of Eagle Scout

Jerry Chadwick "Chad" Baker, III, son of Jerry and Charity Baker of Covington, earned the rank of Eagle Scout on Sept. 24.

October 05, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

BOC wrap-up: Water Authority looking to purchase county’s water assets

A first step for the Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority (WSA) to purchase the county's water infrastructure was taken Tuesday night.

October 04, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Mackenzie Mallard named Eastside Homecoming Queen

Mackenzie Mallard was named Eastside High School's 2016 Homecoming Queen Friday night. Mallard was escorted by her father Leo Mallard. Her mother is Renee ...

October 04, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

NCSO identifies body found at Factory Shoals Park

The body found Monday morning at Factory Shoals Park after a report of a missing person has been identified as Ciera Evans, 20, of Covington ...

October 03, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

NAACP honors Pastor Clara Lett at annual gala

On Sept. 24, the Newton County National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) held its Annual Freedom Fund and Scholarship Gala at the ...

October 02, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Art and yard sale combined for Porterdale event

It's not just a yard sale. It's also a place where buyers can pick up original art work at reasonable prices.

October 02, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

The decline and likely fall of Donald Trump

A recent essay in The Wall Street Journal described Donald Trump thusly: "Rather like the crazy boy-emperors after the fall of the Roman Republic, he ...

October 02, 2016 | Froma Harrop | LOCAL

Debbie Hillman pays her rent in service

Listening to Debbie Hillman talk about her life's passion is enough for anyone to learn why she was selected as a finalist for The ...

October 02, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

NCSS takes lead in creating poverty-informed community

It's not just the poor who are affected by poverty. It's the entire community.

October 02, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Hometown Hero: 14-year-old Marlee Anne Hopkins named Hometown Hero

Earlier this year, Marlee Anne Hopkins raised more than $23,000 for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) in honor of her siblings. She stood ...

October 02, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Initiative asks parents to ‘Talk with Me Baby’

A student who can't read on grade level by third grade is four times less likely to graduate by the age of 19 than ...

October 02, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Hometown Hero: Kaitlyn Cole continuing service at young age

When Kaitlyn Cole was 7-years-old she needed a community service project for her work in pageants.

October 01, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

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I-20 WB reopened after crash at Sigman Road

UPDATED (June 1, 12:04 p.m): The single-car crash that shut down I-20 westbound sent four children and one adult to the hospital.

June 01, 2012 | | LOCAL

Thunderstorms to last until midnight

After seeing very hot temperatures dominate the Newton County area during the past holiday weekend into the early portion of this week, the pattern is flipping to a cooler one as the jet stream dives southward causing stormy weather, according to

May 31, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Man called gay slurs, attacked

When a Covington police officer arrived at the scene of an assault call, Elijah Bagby said he was jogging down the street when he was approached by three men.

Bagby told the officer that Quindarious Webb, Quincy Jackson and Ronald Hayes started following him while yelling expletives and saying they did not like gay people on their street. The three men grabbed Bagby.

May 31, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL

Kicking off our school Report Card series

(To see the full infographic that goes with today's story see today's newspaper. The graphic contains data about the theme school's budget, test scores, student-teacher ratio, police calls and demographics.)

May 31, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Warm weather brings more DUI arrests

The Newton County Sheriff's Office and the Covington Police Department reported eight arrests for driving under the influence and several noise complaints this Memorial Day weekend.

With the warmer weather, police departments do not expect the increase in DUI arrests and noise complaints to lessen.

May 31, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL

Meet Social Circle’s new superintendent

Longtime Atlanta-area principal and former Social Circle educator Todd McGhee is returning to Social Circle City Schools as its new superintendent.

The Social Circle Board of Education chose McGhee last week to man the school system's top spot and replace longtime Superintendent Bettye Ray, who is retiring June 30. He received a three-year contract with an annual salary of $138,500.

May 31, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

7 structure fires over holiday weekend

The Memorial Day weekend was a busy one for the Newton County Fire Department, which ran a total of 68 calls from Friday evening through Monday evening.

Of those calls, seven were for structure fires, three of which were total losses. The first occurred Saturday around 1 a.m. on Cornish Mountain Road. Firefighters arrived within five minutes of the call and found the home fully engulfed. With the nearest fire hydrant roughly a mile and a half away, the 10,000-square foot home was a total loss in both property and contents. Homeowners were out of town for the ...

May 31, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Water authority to raise rates in July

Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority customers should expect to see their monthly bill increase almost $1.50. The increase will be used to bring the water system up to regulatory requirements, replace worn out equipment and combat the increased costs of purchasing water.

For the average household that consumes 5,000 gallons of water per month, the monthly increase will be $1.43. For customers receiving water and wastewater service, the monthly increase will be $3.79 based on the same usage.

May 31, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Lower county ISO could save you money

Newton County's Fire Service improved its Insurance Services Office rating this year which could lead to lower insurance payments for some residents.

May 31, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Nonprofit hosts Jazz by the River

Newton County's not known for its vibrant night life, but next Friday, residents will have the opportunity to enjoy a picnic dinner by candlelight on the banks of the Yellow River while listening to the soothing sounds of jazz music.

The Washington Street Community Center, a local nonprofit group, is hosting its annual Jazz by the River concert fundraiser from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday, June 8, at the Porterdale Mill Lofts. The doors open at 6 p.m.

May 31, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Team “Pinkalicious” to hold family fun day

On a bright Saturday, the ladies of Team Pinkalicious brought food, games and prizes to Covington.

May 31, 2012 | Meghan de St. Aubin | LOCAL

Tech trends: Twitter tips

All aboard the Twitter train! The tiny "microblogging" service that lets people send out short, 140-character posts known as "tweets" is one of the most popular social networks out there. As of 2012, there are over 140 million active users, who generate over 340 million tweets a day.

In my experience, people seem divided into two camps when it comes to Twitter: those who use it and those who don't "get it." I'm firmly in the pro-Twitter camp. I love it. I use it to get news, for entertainment and to interact with various people, both people I ...

May 31, 2012 | William Brawley | LOCAL

Oh, what a night

I remember in 1971, Frankie Valli, who had been singing on his own, had just reunited with the Four Seasons and they were touring the country.

On a warm Saturday in June, a friend and I went to Carowinds, an amusement park located in South Carolina, and joined 5,000 other devoted fans and sat through one of the most enjoyable concerts I had ever attended. During the middle of the concert, a horrific summer rain storm struck, and for 15 minutes, it rained so hard that you could barely see the covered stage and not one person left.

May 31, 2012 | T. Pat Cavanaugh | LOCAL

Man enters WWII in waning months

As a young 17-year-old man, Covington resident Bill Henderson enlisted in the U.S. Navy in the waning months of World War II in April 1945, and though he thought he'd entered a war, Henderson ended being a part of the world's recovery.

May 29, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL

Gas prices fall 4.8 cents in last week

Average retail gasoline prices in Atlanta have fallen 4.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.42/gal yesterday. This compares with the national average that has fallen 3.6 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.65/gal, according to gasoline price website

Including the change in gas prices in Atlanta during the past week, prices yesterday were 30.5 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 26.0 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 15.7 cents per ...

May 29, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

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