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Toy Ride to be held Dec. 13

The Newton County Sheriff's Office 16th annual Toy Ride will take place Saturday, Dec. 13 to help benefit local children for Christmas.

November 25, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Shopping small businesses Saturday

At this year's Lighting of the Tree event on the Covington Square, visitors could stop at a table displaying promotions for "Shop small, shop local."

November 24, 2014 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Stolen truck chase ends in crash at used car lot

A stolen truck chase that started in DeKalb County ended with a crash in Rockdale at a used car lot Sunday morning.

November 24, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Bear Creek figures come to light

Campaign contributions from Schnabel Engineering to a Newton County commissioner who, along with the rest of the board, will consider a proposal to allow the company to carry out tens of thousands of dollars worth of additional surveys for the Bear Creek reservoir appear to undermine recent county efforts to increase transparency surrounding the project.

November 23, 2014 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


City to begin airport improvement plan

There will soon be more than just take offs and landings happening at the Covington Municipal Airport.

November 22, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Juvenile problems could lead to curfew

A brick was tossed through the window of Firehouse Subs on Hwy. 278 at around 4:56 a.m. on Sept. 10. Shortly after, another brick was tossed into Metro PCS, followed by a third burglary alarm at Little Caesars just after 5:30 a.m.

November 22, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Light up the holidays

The Covington News and Mainstreet Covington are teaming up to shine a little light on the 2014 Holiday season.

November 22, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSS to be recognized for improving student behavoir

Five schools in the Newton County School System are being recognized by the state superintendent's office for their work using the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support program, or PBIS.

November 22, 2014 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


Santa comes to The News

Santa's elves are busy stocking his sleigh for his global flight, but Jolly Old St. Nicholas himself will take some time at The Covington News before Christmas Eve.

November 22, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County prepares for winter

As some northern states struggle to cope with record snowfall, Newton County is slated to receive more than $22,000 of plow and sanding equipment that should improve services and help avoid costly and dangerous accidents.

November 22, 2014 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


The real cost of Thanksgiving

MACON, Ga. – The national average cost of a traditional Thanksgiving dinner for 10 increased less than 1 percent this year from last, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation's (AFBF) 29th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner Price Survey. The informal survey, conducted from Oct. 31 to Nov. 12 by 179 volunteer shoppers from 35 states, shows the national retail cost of menu items for a classic Thanksgiving dinner is $49.41, a 37-cent price increase from last year's average of $49.04. That makes the cost per person $4.94, less than the cost of most fast-food meals.

November 22, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Bomb threat called in to Bard

An employee monitoring the switchboard at Bard, on Industrial Blvd. in Covington, received a phone call at 12:47 p.m. Tuesday, stating "There's a bomb and it will go off in 10 minutes."

November 21, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


County approves Old Atlanta Hwy cell tower

The Newton County Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 in favor of a new, 150-foot cell tower at 10816 Old Atlanta Highway Tuesday evening.

November 19, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


$21 million spent to date on Bear Creek

Newton County has spent approximately $21.6 million dollars on the proposed Bear Creek Reservoir since 1998, with the bulk of those funds going towards land acquisition, County Attorney Tommy Craig revealed Tuesday during a Newton County Board of Commissioners meeting.

November 18, 2014 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Third person arrested in Smith murder

Jamarcus Tyrone Smith, of Covington, was the third person arrested in the investigation of the murder of 29-year-old Newton County resident Demario Smith.

November 18, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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Picture of the Day - Sept. 23

Eastside's Savannah Upshaw jumps for an overthrown ball during the softball game against Loganville Wednesday evening.

To see more photos, click on the links under Related Content.

September 23, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Security enhanced at courthouse for motion hearings of accused murderers

Security has been enhanced at the Newton County Judicial Center today because of motion hearings for several accused murderers. Newton County Superior Court Judge Samuel Ozburn is hearing from attorneys for Sam Dawkins, Robert Lambert, Michael West and Chad Allen. All men are accused of the late-2009 murder of Andrew Nichols. Additional law enforcement has been called in as a precaution.

September 23, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Picture of the Day - Sept. 22

Newton Rams' Markea Sheppard safely steals third base during the softball game against M.L. King Tuesday evening.

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September 22, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Woman alleges false imprisonment, assault

A 27-year-old woman was found running naked down Taylor Road around 6 a.m. Sunday. When authorities arrived, she told them she had escaped from her ex-boyfriend who had held her hostage and assaulted her.

September 22, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Swings, slides and supporters

Open for play: United Bank employees pose in front of the new playground in Denny Dobbs Park. The bank paid for the structure. (L-R) J. Joseph Edwards, Sr. Vice Chairman United Bank Board of Directors; the Rev. Ronny Brannen, Prospect United Methodist Church and Newton County Recreation Board Member; Ronnie Robert E. Mason, Chairman Board of Directors; Madison Division; James J. Edwards, Jr. CEO Richard Brown, member Covington Board of Directors; Denny Dobbs, Chairman Covington Board of Directors; Stanley Edwards, member Covington Board of Directors; Reed Beard, President Covington Division; Jeanette Berry, VP Covington Division; Doyle Baker, Banking Officer Covington ...

September 22, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Kurtz named chief assistant D.A.

Anne Kurtz has been named the chief assistant district attorney for the Alcovy Judicial Circuit, according to District Attorney Layla Zon.

Kurtz has been with the district attorney's office in Newton County since 2007. She earned a bachelor's degree in business management in 2004 from Georgia Tech and earned a law degree in 2007 from Georgia State College of Law. Kurtz worked for the Cobb County District Attorney's office during the summer of her second year of law school.

September 22, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Famous authors to visit

Authors Pat Conroy and his wife, Cassandra King, are set for a free reading at 7 p.m. Oct. 7 at the Burge Plantation, 2659 Georgia Highway 142 in Mansfield.

September 22, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Pridgett gets 4 life sentences plus 80 years

Convicted murderer Jamaal Marquez Pridgett, 20, was sentenced Tuesday to four life sentences plus 80 years in the 2008 death of 20-year-old Jerome Glover, and the shootings of three others.

September 22, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Picture of the Day - Sept. 21

Art students of Veterans Memorial Middle School show off the pinwheels for peace they made to express their feelings and thoughts on peace.

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September 21, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Pridgett sentenced to four life sentences

Jamaal Pridgett was sentenced today to serve four life sentences plus 80 years in the death of Jerome Glover and the shooting of Tavorris Shy, Matec Barkley and Sedarius Stephens in October of 2008.

September 21, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Pridgett to be sentenced Tuesday

Convicted murderer Jamaal Marquez Pridgett is scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday morning by Newton County Superior Court Judge Eugene Benton.

September 20, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington council meets at 6:30 tonight

The Covington City Council is holding its regularly scheduled meeting at 6:30 tonight at city hall. The meeting is always preceded by a work session at 5:30 p.m., where the council runs through the agenda and sometimes discusses issues in more depth than during the formal meeting

September 20, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Authors Pat Conroy, Cassandra King set for Newton County reading

Authors Pat Conroy and his wife, Cassandra King, are set for a free reading at 7 p.m. Oct. 7 at the Burge Plantation, 2659 Georgia Highway 142 in Mansfield.

September 20, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Motorcyclists set for cancer benefit ride on Saturday

Snapping Shoals EMC, in support of the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, will hold its seventh annual Ride for the Cure motorcycle ride fundraiser on Saturday.

September 20, 2010 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


Picture of the Day - Sept. 20

The pink sky and fluffy evening clouds create a stunning sunset.

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September 20, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


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