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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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Child calls police on negligent mother

A juvenile called the police on her mother and her mother's boyfriend for smoking marijuana and child neglect last Sunday.

March 28, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Water pipe breaks in judicial center

A pipe broke Sunday at the Newton County Judicial Center, damaging portions of the first floor, including the juvenile, magistrate and probate courtrooms and offices.

March 28, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Dancing the night away

This year, Eastside High School's junior/senior prom was held at The State Botanical Gardens in Athens. A section of the garden was blocked off for the students who attended the prom. For mostly everyone, it was a night to remember.

March 28, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Church in the Now land to be purchased

Springfield Baptist Church head Pastor Eric Lee confirmed that the 132-year-old church has "entered into an agreement" with the mortgage holder Evangelical Christian Credit Union to purchase the former Church in the Now property on Iris Drive.

March 26, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Water pipe breaks in courthouse

A pipe broke Sunday at the Newton County Judicial Center, damaging portions of the first floor, including the juvenile, magistrate and probate courtrooms and offices.

March 26, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Alleged child molestation investigated

Detectives are looking into an accusation of child molestation reported early Friday morning.

March 24, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newton tries to woo Caterpillar suppliers

Caterpillar is moving quickly to build its $200 million manufacturing plant near Athens, breaking ground March 16, and Newton County is aggressively marketing itself to the company's suppliers.

March 24, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Crowder sentenced to life plus 35 years

Darrell Antonio Crowder was sentenced to life plus 35 years Friday for the murder of his estranged wife. The sentence is more then what he originally pleaded to in 2009.

March 24, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Holt: Session nears its end for the year

During the second last week of the session, the House began working through Senate bills in earnest. We spent a lot of time in committee, and voted on 25 pieces of legislation on the House floor.

HB 386, a package of tax code changes, was the most significant item we voted on. It proposes a number of cuts, as well as several increases. Among the tax cuts, the two largest are the phase out of the sales tax on energy used in manufacturing, and an elimination of the marriage penalty in the state income tax. The energy tax has seen ...

March 24, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County to plan future of Salem Road

County officials view the Salem Road corridor as a commercial driver and future home to its own pseudo-city, and they've embarked on an in-depth planning process to clarify that vision.

March 24, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Piedmont Academy visits Georgia capitol

March 22, was a special day for Piedmont Academy's football program including the players, coaching staff, managers, ball boys, and cheerleaders and for the school's One-Act Play cast and crew. Both teams were invited to the Georgia's state capitol by House of Representative Susan Holmes (125th District) of Jasper County and Senator Johnny Grant (25th District) of Baldwin County to be recognized for their accomplishment of winning the GISA AA state title "back-to-back" in football and drama. The football team completed an undefeated thirteen-game 2011 season with a streak of twenty-six games for 2010 and 2011. The ...

March 24, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


The excitement of prom

Prom is a big deal for every teenager. Senior prom is an even bigger deal. When it's your senior prom, things are different.

This year will be my senior prom, and I couldn't be more excited. I have a date this year, which is pretty awesome. I wouldn't want to be going with anyone else either. He's been in my life for a long time now, and I can't think of any way to end our senior year together except celebrating with our friends at prom. Although getting through these past few months have been ...

March 24, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Rasmussen: For voters, tax reform means tax equality

There's a reason President Obama, Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan and many others are touting tax reform these days. On the campaign trail, it taps into deeply held beliefs about the way American society ought to work and the role of government.

Seventy-seven percent think it's important to replace the entire federal tax code with something simpler. Seventy-one percent favor a tax code with lower tax rates and very few deductions.

March 24, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


MasTer Landscape Supply

Mark A. Smith and Tim E. Reed first met at Mobile Oil, where they worked within the chemical division for 15 years. They didn't know each other very well, and neither realized they would be running a business together-years after they left the oil company.

Both men had worked in the landscaping field on the side, unbeknownst of each other. Coincidentally, after they left Mobile, they ran into each other while on separate contracting jobs.

March 24, 2012 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


Kimble: Summer camps available for age 9 to 12th grade

"Dear Mom, Have you ever been to 4-H camp?" starts a letter from a fifth grade 4-H student.

She lists her reasons in the persuasive letter, but my favorite has to be this paragraph:

March 24, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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