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Durden's allegations formally denied

Former Newton County landscaper Billy Durden believes county officials and current county landscaper Gary Campbell conspired to cause him to lose his longtime contract with the county.

March 29, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Mystic Grill takes steps to prevent credit card theft

While credit card information is being stolen in multiple places, restaurants and other public places are the most visible businesses affected.

March 29, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Former teacher donates first book to school library

What started out as a former elementary school teacher's quest to explore her family tree ended in a pioneer authorship that reveals the history of an entire community.

March 29, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Jackson prison warden shares stories

Three Newton County criminals are on death row, and if they're ever put to death, the lethal injections will take place at Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson.

March 29, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


1 eastbound lane on I-20 to be closed

Bridge rehab work is continuing on I-20 eastbound next week and the far left lane will be closed for milling and asphalt work.

March 29, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Noted planet observer comes to Charlie Elliott

On Saturday, April 5, at 5:30 p.m., the Charlie Elliott Chapter of the Atlanta Astronomy Club will hold their monthly meeting with special guest Dr. Julius L. Benton, Jr.

March 29, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Unemployment rate drops

Newton County's unemployment rate dropped to 8 percent in February, down from 8.3 percent in January, but the number of employed workers also fell as the overall number of people looking for work dropped.

March 27, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Fire causes minor damage at NyloBoard

A small flash fire caused minor injuries to two employees, damaged a piece of equipment and shut down part of local industry NyloBoard's manufacturing plant Thursday morning, but overall fire and company officials said the damage was minimal.

March 27, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Deputy Mathis gets 5 years in prison

Former Newton County Sheriff's Office deputy Darrell Mathis was sentenced to five years in federal prison stemming for possessing a firearm during a drug transaction, stemming from his Sept. 19 arrest by the FBI for selling drugs.

March 27, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


A tribute through a birthday party

Local Indian Creek seventh grader Katlyn Williams is celebrating her 13th birthday party tonight, but the celebration won't be all about her.

March 27, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Ella Kate helps kick off March of Babies

Six-month-old Ella Kate Rider laughed and paid vigorous attention to everyone around her enjoying lunch and speeches about her journey and the care given at Newton Medical Center's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit facilities.

March 27, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Orphans, pickpockets and music

The Arts Association in Newton County will be hosting a stage production of Oliver!, performed by OYS and OSC at Porter Auditorium on March 27th-30th.

March 27, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Unemployment rate drops; fewer looking for work

Newton County's unemployment rate dropped to 8 percent in February, down from 8.3 percent in January, but the number of employed workers also fell as the overall number of people looking for work dropped.

March 27, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Former deputy gets 5 years in prison

Former Newton County Sheriff's Office deputy Darrell Mathis was sentenced to five years in federal prison stemming for possessing a firearm during a drug transaction, stemming from his Sept. 19 arrest by the FBI for selling drugs.

March 27, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Fire reported at NyloBoard industry

Update: Final report from Covington Fire Marshal Tony Smith on the fire at NyloBoard: The fire damaged one machine where the fire started; Smith estimated the damage to be between $5,000-$10,000.

March 27, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Traffic stop ends in marijuana arrest

 What started out as a traffic stop on a Friday afternoon turned into a drug bust after deputies located more than two pounds of marijuana inside a white Mitsubishi Galant.

March 21, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Morgan named chair of CFGA Newton Fund advisory board

 Barbara Morgan was named the new advisory board chair of the Newton Fund of The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta. For the past 10 years, the Newton Fund has brought together individual donors, nonprofits, government, corporate and civic leaders to strengthen the Newton County community through philanthropy - Morgan has served on the board since 2006.

March 21, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Spring has sprung

 A beautiful day complemented the fun had by all at the 19th Annual Cherry Blossom Charity Croquet Tournament at Legion Field Saturday. The Heartland Woman's Club hosted the event to raise funds for Covington YMCA, Habitat for Humanity of Newton County and Project ReNeWal.

March 21, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Eagle Scout Court of Honor

March 21, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Eagle Scout Court of Honor

March 21, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Spring has sprung

A beautiful day complemented the fun had by all at the 19th Annual Cherry Blossom Charity Croquet Tournament at Legion Field Saturday. The Heartland Woman's Club hosted the event to raise funds for Covington YMCA, Habitat for Humanity of Newton County and Project ReNeWal.

The games began at 10 a.m. Saturday as two-person teams took the field for competition. Each team competed in three round-robin rounds before breaking for lunch and to cool off in the shade of the pavilion. Once the championship bracket was posted, teams returned to the field to compete for the first place trophy.

March 21, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


InVEST in the NCSO campaign - March 19

The parents of Deputy Wesley Atha, injured last summer in the line of duty, have organized a fundraising campaign to purchase these vests for every county deputy. Their fundraising goal is $113,000. Each vest costs between $500-$700, depending on the size. Each Friday The Covington News will publish a list of individuals, businesses and civic groups who have donated to the cause that week as well as the total amount raised. Donations are tax deductible. Checks should be made payable to Newton Co. Sheriff's Office and earmarked for safety vests and equipment. Please mail donations to NCSO ...

March 19, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Standoff ends with suicide

A Covington woman arrived home Tuesday evening and found her ex-husband's car in her driveway and a window in her home broken out. She contacted the Covington Police Department at 5:30 p.m. to report the incident.

March 19, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


BOE, BOC refuse to pay stormwater

The City of Covington may have to sue Newton County and the Newton County School System if it wants to receive the more than $120,000 in stormwater fees it says it's owed.

March 19, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


City focuses housing in Harristown, Walker’s Bend

While blight is a problem in neighborhoods across Covington, city officials have chosen two neighborhoods to be the focus of their rehabilitation efforts: Harristown and Walker's Bend.

March 19, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Scout saplings

Planting partners: (L-R) Billy Stanley, Dwayne Mask, Mike Woods, Jason Johnson, Cheryl Delk, Tommy Hailey (Recreation Director), David Abercrombie (BSA District Executive) planted two pin oaks on behalf of the Yellow River district of the Boy Scouts of America Thursday afternoon at Nelson Heights Community Center.

March 19, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Warmer weather leads to disorderly conduct, underage drinking arrests

Deputies were called to a gas station after several men were confronted by 63-year-old man with a gun.

According to reports, the male victim had attempted to turn his vehicle around and became stuck on the side of the road. He reportedly contacted a friend to help him free his vehicle.

March 19, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Man breaks into ex-wife's house, kills self

A Covington woman arrived home yesterday evening and found her ex-husband's car in her driveway and a window in her home broken out. She contacted the Covington Police Department.

March 17, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Council moves to address high utility concerns

The Covington City Council will consider the formation of utility committee that will be composed of residents, city officials and utility experts, in an effort to connect better to a community suffering from high utility prices.

March 17, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


“Dog the Bounty Hunter” comes to Stonecrest

Duane "Dog" Chapman, known as the most famous bounty hunter in the world and star and inspiration to millions of fans on the No. 1 rated show on A&E "Dog the Bounty Hunter," will appear at the Mall at Stonecrest to sign his new book, "Where Mercy Is Given, Mercy Is Shown" on Saturday, March 27, at 5 p.m. Fans are invited to meet Dog and Beth Chapman and access the VIP meet and greet with purchase of his new book, "Where Mercy Is Given, Mercy Is Shown" from Borders Stonecrest. Proof of purchase is required. Each guest ...

March 17, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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