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Wreck closes I-20 overpass

A dump truck with its bed a little too high struck the underside of the Old Oxford Road Bridge Sunday, closing it to traffic for at least a week, and perhaps much longer.

August 12, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


GPTC’s Law Enforcement Academy celebrates national accreditation status

The Georgia Piedmont Technical College Law Enforcement Academy will welcome law enforcement, civic/community, state and local leaders Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 11 a.m. at their Newton Campus, to acknowledge the stellar achievement of becoming the first training academy in the State of Georgia to achieve accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA). CALEA, during its July Conference in Schaumburg, Illinois, voted unanimously to award accreditation status to the Academy.

August 09, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Kicking off Jersey Day

Newton Fund kicked off Jersey Day at the board room in Covington's historic courthouse on Friday. The Jersey Day initiative will focus on developing philanthropic opportunities with local businesses by donating a few dollars to wear their favorite jerseys to work each Friday. Proceeds will be awarded to Newton County nonprofits in early 2015.

August 09, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


Eastside teacher wins $1,000 Walmart grant

A local teacher recently received a big check. Literally.

August 09, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Landscaper’s lawsuit raises business license questions

Billy Durden's lawsuits against the county are proceeding apace, and the deposition phase of his suit alleging unlawful termination from his contract to maintain county property has yielded some new evidence that makes him confident in ultimate victory.

August 09, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Covington pedestrian killed on Ga. 81

A Covington resident and pedestrian was hit and killed by a vehicle Friday night on Ga. Highway 81 in Newton County.

August 09, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Lights, camera, money

Zombies, Katniss Everdeen and news anchors from the '70s have walked – or wandered in the zombies' case – the streets of Georgia throughout the years, recruiting civilians as extras and tourists as money-spenders.

August 09, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Back to the drawing board on 2050 Plan

With the final public hearing on the 2050 Plan's first version in the rear-view mirror, planners, officials and the new citizens' panel have their work cut out for them.

August 09, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


2014 road projects updated

Twenty-two road projects are either completed are underway in Newton County, all intended to keep roads up to snuff or make them far better.

August 09, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Woman robbed at Lawnwood cemetery

An elderly woman's purse was stolen from her car while she visited her sister's grave at Lawnwood Memorial Park cemetery in Covington Monday morning, she said.

August 09, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Cyberbullying: The internet’s dark side

A 13-year-old girl's science fair project to combat cyberbullying among teens secured her a spot in Google's 15 Global Science Fair finalists.

August 09, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Local civil rights activist’s son has died

The son of a prominent Social Circle family has died.

August 09, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Covington pedestrian killed on Ga. 81

A Covington resident and pedestrian was hit and killed by a vehicle Friday night on Ga. Highway 81 in Newton County.

August 09, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Suspect arrested 6 years after robbery

A Covington man is in the custody of the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office for an armed robbery committed six years ago.

August 08, 2014 | Martin Rand, III | LOCAL


Local civil rights activist’s son, 26, has died

The son of a prominent Social Circle family has died.

August 08, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


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DA: Maldonado will face death penalty at trial

Newton County District Attorney Ken Wynne formally announced that the state intends to seek the death penalty against 23-year-old Pablo Fernando Maldonado, the accused ringleader in the 2009 murder of Timothy Clements.

June 25, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


The News earns 10 GPA awards

Although The News did not place in General Excellence, as it did last year by winning top honors in Georgia Press Association's annual competition, its editorial staff still earned 10 awards, including four first place honors.

June 25, 2010 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Covington man arrested in Forsyth Co. for burglary

A burglary suspect's run from authorities was cut short Tuesday after he crashed in a neighborhood south of Cumming.

June 25, 2010 | By Julie Arrington | LOCAL


Man charged with bestiality

A 37-year-old man was arrested Tuesday morning and charged with bestiality after several witnesses allegedly saw him having sexual intercourse with several horses.

June 24, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


National FFA scholarship awarded to local student

The National FFA Organization recently awarded a $1,000 Rose Acre Farms scholarship to Jacquelyn Leissa, a graduate of Putnam County High School and formerly of Newton High FFA. Leissa plans to use the funds to pursue a degree in animal science at Berry College.

June 23, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


How to prepare your family for summer weather

Summer in Georgia brings camping trips, cookouts and afternoons by the pool. Unfortunately, the warm weather also brings severe storms and other heat-related hazards that can turn summer fun into summer threats.

June 23, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Affordable homes could be built in Walker’s Bend

The Covington Redevelopment Authority continues its efforts to remake Walker's Bend and has reached an agreement to sell 28 lots to private developer Affordable Equity Partners to build 32 single-family homes.

June 23, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Zombie sighted near Mansfield; residents urged to flee for lives

When the zombie apocalypse comes, even the small town of Mansfield might not be safe. Crews filmed for three days earlier this month along Highway 11, shooting footage for the pilot episode of "The Walking Dead," a six-episode series on AMC.

"The Walking Dead" is based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics ; Kirkman is also helping produce the television series.

June 23, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Officers take charge

Meet the officers: The Pilot Club of Covington held its 2010-2011 Officer Installation Ceremony June 17 at First Presbyterian Church of Covington. Officers are President - Ann Brooks; President-Elect - Mary Barnes; Vice President - Theresa Shields; Treasurer - Ann Phillips; Recording Secretary - Terry Ziemer; Corresponding Secretary; Directors - Cynthia Spearman, Sharon Leduc, Eleanor Scarborough. Pilot International is a global organization of executive, business and professional leaders working together to improve the quality of life in local communities and throughout the world. The Pilot Club of Covington, founded in 1958, has many projects to help the citizens of Covington and Newton County. They include holding ...

June 23, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Georgia Department of Driver Services announces dates of July closings

All Georgia Department of Driver Services licensing and testing centers will be closed on Saturday, July 3. Customer Service Centers statewide will reopen to serve customers on Tuesday, July 6th. (All DDS customer service centers statewide are always closed on Monday).
DDS Administrative Offices in Conyers - including the customer service telephone lines - will be closed on Friday, July 2. These administrative offices (and the contact center) will resume operation on Monday, July 5th.
The days following any closing are typically very busy days, so please plan ahead. DDS launched new hours of service statewide - opening earlier and staying later to ...

June 22, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Fire destroys home on Crowell Road

A home on Crowell Road between Brown Bridge Road and Interstate 20 was a complete loss after a fire Monday afternoon sent ferocious plumes of black smoke high into the air.

June 22, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Fast thinking by citizen nabs three suspects in burglary

Fast thinking and keen observational skills by a neighbor nabbed three burglary suspects last week.
According to reports, a man called 911 around 1:48 p.m. June 16 and reported that three men were burglarizing a home off Dearing Road. The man reportedly gave excellent descriptions of the three suspects while speaking with dispatch operators as well.
Deputies arrived and after speaking with the witness put out a BOLO (Be On The Lookout) for all three suspects. By the end of the day the men - 18-year-old Marcellus Nipple, 23-year-old Lorenzo Moore and 18-year-old Jelani Forde - had all been arrested ...

June 22, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Local man gets robbed after meeting woman from chat line

Two people were arrested in connection with a June 4 robbery that occurred after a man met up with a woman he spoke with on a chat line.

According to Newton County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Cortney Morrison, the man spoke with a female calling herself "Apple" on Quest Chat line, and after speaking with her for several days, set up a meeting at a clubhouse in the Neely Manor subdivision. When he arrived, she got into his car, and shortly thereafter two black males approached the vehicle, one pointing a gun, and demanded his belongings. The victim ...

June 22, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Father knows best

Fathers carry a heavy load. For centuries, if not since the beginning, men have juggled the roles of manhood and fatherhood. Some fathers walk that carefully balanced walk; others simply fall off, most accepting themselves for what they are: men first, father second.

June 20, 2010 | Sabastian Wee swee@covnews.com | LOCAL


Woman claims robbery to score more Xanax

A 29-year-old mother was arrested Wednesday morning after falsely reporting a robbery in order to get more prescription medication.

June 20, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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