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Crashes on I-20 EB in Rockdale

A crash between a tractor trailer and a minivan briefly shut down Interstate 20 eastbound in Rockdale Saturday morning, around 9:30 a.m. Minor injuries were reported in that crash, which occured near Ga. Hwy 138.

October 04, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Ram royalty

Jacquila Butler was named Newton High Schools 2014-15 Homecoming Queen Friday night. The king is Jessie Haynes.

October 04, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSS names Teacher of Year finalists

After tense deliberation, three Newton County School Systems teachers are a step closer to being named the 2015 Teacher of the Year.

October 03, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


'Vacation' reboot filming in Covington

Twelve Oaks has been the backdrop to many film and TV scenes, but the iconic historic building that most associate with "Gone with the Wind" transformed into something completely different for three days this week: a sorority house in Tennessee, littered with red cups, partying college students and a few A-list movie stars.

October 03, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Backup on I-20 westbound

IN BRIEF: Traffic is backed up on Interstate 20 westbound, before the West Avenue exit in Rockdale County. The backup extends at least to the Parker Road bridge. Drivers are advised to use alternate routes. Check back for more later.

October 03, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Strong storms moving through Newton, Rockdale

Strong thunderstorms are predicted for Rockdale, Newton, Walton and Henry counties until 10:30 a.m. according to the National Weather Service in Peachtree City.

October 03, 2014 | | LOCAL


CFD kicks off fire prevention month

The Covington Fire Department kicked off Fire Prevention Month with a 120 first graders from the Newton County Theme School.

October 02, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


General Mills Covington layoffs unknown

No announcements have been made from General Mills concerning layoffs at the Covington plant.

October 02, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Burglary leads to school lockdown

A suspected trio of burglars fled form a residence Thursday, causing the lockdown of four Newton County schools.

October 02, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Hoffman, Covington radio pioneer dies

In 1957 Bill Hoffman reached out to much of the Newton County community through the airwaves.

October 02, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Today in Pictures

a look at our hometown through the camera.

October 01, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


SSEMC linemen to wear pink hardhats

Snapping Shoals EMC's linemen will be making a fashion statement and an effort to educate members and employees about breast cancer prevalence and early detection during the month of October.

October 01, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Rivers Alive cleanup next Saturday

The annual Rivers Alive cleanup is quickly approaching.

October 01, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Speech meet winners announced

Providence Christian School is proud to announce the winners of the second annual speech meet for the Upper School, which was held on Thursday, Sept. 25. The finalists and winners are listed as follows:

September 30, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Outdoor burn ban lifted

The statewide burn ban for Georgia is lifted as of Wednesday, Oct. 1, according to the Covington Fire Department.

September 30, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Land for public park in Fairview purchased

After eight months of public discussion and around 20 meetings, Newton County has finally purchased the 18.14-acre lot in Fairview Estates, planned for a public park, as well as 11 houses in various neighborhoods.

The 12 properties cost a combined $1.05 million. Newton County received $1.74 million in Neighborhood Stabilization Program money, with $1.1 million allocated for purchasing properties. The county expects to purchase one more house with its remaining $43,350. The rest of the NSP money will go toward house rehabilitation, creation of the park, homeowners assistance and administration costs.

January 31, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


County closer to stopping private landfill

The Supreme Court of Georgia ruled in Newton County's favor Monday, ending a 12-year old lawsuit against Newton County that brings the county one step closer to preventing a private landfill from opening.

January 31, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Fund, fundraiser to support local man’s pancreas transplant

 Jake Gilbert, 32, has suffered for many years with Type I diabetes. During Gibert's battle with diabetes he has endured many medical problems including vision loss, neuropathy, stage 3 kidney disease, hypertension, depression and damage to all of his major organs. Gilbert has gone into diabetic keytoacidosis twice in the last year and both times the doctors have told his family that they came very close to losing him.

January 31, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Chick-Fil-A donates to InVest

Smart InVestments: On Jan. 9, Chick-fil-A hosted a fundraiser for the Newton County Sheriff's Office vest fund. Chris Giella and his wife Amy, the sponsors of the event, donated ten percent of the total sales toward the InVest fund. The event took place at 3130 Highway 278 in Covington. Deputy Wesley Atha and Deputy James Trent were both in attendance. Throughout the day citizens and patrons visiting the restaurant contributed to the vest fund. From its inception, the NCSO has received donations from retirees, individual citizens, social groups, churches and private companies.

January 31, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Ready for District

4-H in the classroom: Fifth Grade students in Mrs. Galloway's class have been presenting 4-H projects during the past week. The students have been judged by Ms. Kasey Reid, Jasper County 4-H Extension Agent. All of the projects were deemed ready for District Project Achievement because the students had done such a great job on their speeches and posters. Piedmont Academy will have 20 fifth grade students that will be able to attend District Project Achievement next month.

January 31, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Repairers thanks community for its holiday season support

Repairers of the Breach had another busy holiday season handing out toys, clothes and food to families in need. CEO Shirley Smith said it couldn't have been done without the support of numerous groups around Newton County.

January 31, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


First love

On Jan. 14, Covington resident, singer and emerging songwriter Cindi Hall was sitting at her desk at C.P. Richard's Construction Company when she received a call on her cell phone from Dave Petrelli, director of events with NSAI, the Nashville Songwriters Association International. After asking how her day was going, he said, "I'm about to make it better."

Hall and co-writer friend Derek Toomey entered the CMT (Country Music Television) Listeners' Choice Award contest in November 2009. Out of 2,000 entries, their song, "Your First" made the top 10.

January 31, 2010 | Colleen Capes Jackson | LOCAL


Mock trial students take the stands in County courtrooms

Local high school students are getting firsthand knowledge of what it would be like to go before a judge - both as an attorney, witness, victim and suspect - while preparing for Newton County's mock trial regional competition.

January 29, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Friday Scrapbook

Verdant nature: Heather Barrett has traveled throughout Newton County to gather these colorful, vibrant images. The railroad tracks are off Cook Street in Covington. The pink dogwood and the purple iris lilies were photographed in the garden of the Rev. Jackson on Moore Street.

Nice Catch! Smokie Christopher caught this fish in a small lake near Mansfield. It took both Dennis Christopher and Roy Boy to bring it in. Smokie is currently a resident at Riverside Health Care Center in Covington.

January 29, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


InVEST in the NCSO campaign - Jan. 29

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 ...

January 29, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Wynne may not have to run in 2010 election

Although District Attorney Ken Wynne may have to wait until July to be sworn in as a Alcovy Circuit Superior Court judge, he likely won't have to worry about running for reelection this November.

January 29, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Mentoring makes a difference

David Burke may have had five fathers growing up, but he never had that one stable male influence in his life.

January 29, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


On the issues

If elected, Republican gubernatorial candidate Karen Handel plans to continue to cut the state budget, promote entrepreneurs and small businesses, lower the state's tax burden and endorse more technical school education and corporate-educational cooperation.

January 27, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Fond remembrance

Recently the Covington Elks and Elkadettes held a memorial service for their departed members of the Lodge 1806. Larry Capes, Georgia State Elks President, gave the eulogy. Jack Wheeler, Past Exalted Ruler, was in charge of the program. Kati Moss sang several songs during the service and is the granddaughter of Larry and Adrian Capes. Refreshments were prepared by the Covington Elkadettes for the service.

January 27, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Community activist speaks about gang prevention

Most kids join gangs for one reason: money. Clint Bryant, who is involved with preventing gang activity in Augusta, said the best way to keep teens and young adults on the straight and narrow is to provide them with decent paying jobs.

January 27, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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