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Could Hacock fire happen here

The terrible fire that leveled the Hancock County Courthouse in Sparta on Aug. 13 destroyed more than just a building - it destroyed irreplaceable documents dating back to the 1700s.

August 14, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Lane closure on I-20 starts Sunday

From noon Sunday until noon Friday, Aug. 22 one lane at a time on I-20 east and west from mile marker 92-95 will be closed.

August 14, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Vacant house ablaze near Salem Rd

A vacant home on Brownbridge Road near Woodland Lane was completely destroyed by fire Wednesday – ironically as crews were demolishing it to reclaim old wood.

August 13, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


CPD nabs armed robber

After an alleged armed robbery of a Marathon Gas Station on Hwy. 278 in Newton County, the Covington Police Department quickly responded to a "be on the lookout" (BOLO) and arrested the suspect Monday.

August 12, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Construction begins on Square improvements

Get used to that orange fencing and construction on the Covington Square. It'll be there a few weeks.

August 12, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Cooper withdraws from 2050 panel

A second member of the proposed 2050 citizens' panel withdrew Tuesday, lowering the number of confirmed members to just two.

August 12, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Trooper English promoted to Sgt 1st

MONROE - On Aug. 1, 2014, Tracy H. English, a lifelong resident of Greene County was promoted to Sergeant First Class and appointed as Post Commander of Post 46 in Monroe. Post 46 Monroe is responsible for enforcement of traffic laws, accident investigation and assisting local law enforcement in the counties of Rockdale, Newton and Walton.

August 12, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Wouldn't change a thing: Life with Tourette's

There's a summer camp at Fort Yargo State Park in Winder that, at a glance, is just like any other.

August 12, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Local students, teachers rescue abandoned dogs

Teachers and students at Newton College and Career Academy (NCCA) joined forces last week to rescue three abandoned dogs who were found wandering the area of the school entrance, and school personnel were fearful they were in danger of being hit by a vehicle.

August 12, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Common sense best defense at night

The Friday night death of a pedestrian on Georgia Highway 81 near Alcovy Road should serve as a wake-up call to everyone - and that's everyone, at one time or another - who needs or wants to be out after dark.

August 12, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


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


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Sweet treats for the troops

Special delivery: Approximately 8,000 boxes of Girl Scout cookies were transferred from a U-Haul to a semi-trailer truck at the National Guard Armory Wednesday morning in preparation to be given out to troops as they board an overseas-bound airplane. For the second year, Ginny Fahs, 18, of Girl Scout Troop 20352, headed up the local donation project as a simple way for people to send Girl Scout cookies to soldiers overseas. Though this year's donations equaled approximately 2,000 boxes less than last year's, Fahs was very pleased with the amount of support given.

March 07, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


County, cities will not receive new state money during March

Because of a miscommunication, Newton County and its municipalities will not receive any new money from the state during the month of March.

March 07, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Taking it to the streets

The more Norris Freeman listened to Superintendent Whitlow Richardson present his plan for school desegregation, the less he liked what he heard. By the end of Richardson's speech, Freeman and the others were nearly in a fury.

March 07, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Resumes being taken for new General Mills plant

Update, April 29, 4:57 p.m. - The Ga. Department of Labor in Monroe is still accepting resumes on behalf of General Mills, but only for forklift positions. Interested applicants should fax resumes to (770) 207-4118 or call (770) 207-4111 for more details.

March 07, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Man arraigned for rape, incest and exploitation

Jeremy Christopher Lee Smith, 19, was arraigned this morning on charges of rape, incest, exploitation of a disabled adult and sexual battery.

March 05, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Check it Out!

SRG Global (formerly Guardian Automotive) donated $5,000 to the Newton County Sheriff's inVEST fund Thursday morning. From left to right: SRG Human Resources Manager Elizabeth Vantassell, Covington Plant Manager Mike Anderson, Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown and Operation Manager Jay Bailey.

March 05, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


InVest in the NCSO - March 5

The parents of recently injured Deputy Wesley Atha 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 c/o April Jones, 15151 Alcovy ...

March 05, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


4-H nixed as part of UGA budget cuts

Proposed reductions to the University System of Georgia of approximately $300 million could mean the end of 4-H programs in Newton County and a reduction of roughly $9 million to Georgia Perimeter College.

March 04, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Warning: scam artist selling fake Covington News subscriptions

It has come to our attention that an individual calling herself "Debbie" is conducting a scam by obtaining credit card numbers from people over the phone who think they are subscribing to The Covington News.

March 04, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Rec Commission will run NHCC

The Nelson Heights Community Center will be run by the Newton Recreation Commission – end of story.

After years of preparation and months of debate, the NHCC's future was finally decided Tuesday night, when the Board of Commissioners voted 3-2 in favor of the recreation commission's proposal to run the center.

March 03, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Next year's county budget could be 10 percent lower

Newton County department heads have been instructed to prepare for the possibility of a 10 percent total reduction in their budgets for the next fiscal year.

March 03, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Council votes to not pursue grant to spend on new pedestrian trails

New Grant Writer Randy Conner presented six grant opportunities to the Covington City Council Monday night, and the council approved pursuing all of them, except for one tied to the Norfolk Southern railroad.

March 03, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Pedestrian found ‘resting’ in road

Several residents called for assistance after noticing a man in the middle of the road Monday night.

March 03, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Couple robbed at gunpoint

Deputies are still search for the men who reportedly robbed a couple at gunpoint in the cul-de-sac off Paladin Drive Feb. 22.

March 03, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Trailers burglarized at Ficquett

Three modular classrooms at Ficquett Elementary School were burglarized over the weekend and officers are still searching for those responsible.

March 03, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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