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Covington's Chimney Park may get off-leash dog area

Covington-The Friends of Newton County Parks' proposal to create a dog park has been shared with the Covington City Council and the reception was pretty positive, said the organization's chair, Melvin Allen.

June 07, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


NCSO's annual Back to School giveaway begins

School may have just ended, but the Newton County Sheriff's Office Annual Back to School Supply Giveaway is underway.

June 07, 2015 | | LOCAL


Newton County faces tough choices on budget

Newton-By limiting spending, increasing revenue, the Board of Commissioners is seeking to tidy the books while keeping the budget within range of this year's $47 million.

June 07, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Hometown Hero: Todd Scott

Covington-Todd Scott was down on the floor staring into the eyes of a stranger. He didn't think the gunshots that forced him to take safety were real initially, but then he smelled the gunpowder. The stranger was just another customer like Scott, and Scott knew he had to do something for both their sakes.

June 07, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | LOCAL


County settles wrongful termination suit

Newton-Newton County has agreed to settle with former landscaping contractor William Durden for $45,000 after the latter filed a wrongful termination suit in 2013.

June 07, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Newton County turns out for Family Fun Day

Family Fun Day attracted happy crowds to Turner Lake Park Saturday with music, food, and prizes. The event was sponsored by Congressman Hank Johnson, Senator Ronald Ramsey, Re. Pam Dickerson, Sheriff Ezell Brown, and Commissioner Lanier Sims.

June 06, 2015 | | LOCAL


5 Covington men arrested for pandering

The Covington Police Department, in a joint operation with the Conyers Police Department, arrested 20 males for pandering and other charges throughout a five day period recently.

June 05, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Magnet shooter, Pitts, death ruled a suicide

Jeffrey Scott Pitts, 36, committed suicide during a shootout with Rockdale County deputies Sunday, May 31, according to an autopsy report.

June 05, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Library to get $1,000,000, new HVAC

Dr. Steve Whatley, Chairman of the Newton County Board of Trustees, said there was a time when he thought the Covington branch would have shut its doors. The HVAC unit was beyond repair, and the air in the library would be too hot and humid for its many guests and its many books.

June 04, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


County contracts in committee crosshairs

Covington-The Newton County Purchasing Policy Committee has agreed to recommend requiring a contract, scope of work, and purchase order for professional services, which would include services such as legal counsel, engineering, and appraising.

June 04, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Salem Camp meeting speakers announced

Salem-The 187th Salem Camp meeting begins July 10 with supper at the Salem Hotel and the Covington UMC Picnic at the pavilion at 6 p.m.

June 04, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Outpouring of love at vigil for Covington man and Magnet package shop owner killed in rampage

CONYERS - Tears and hugs flowed freely as hundreds of mourners and supporters packed the parking lot of Magnet Bottle Shop Wednesday night to celebrate the lives of owner Mun "Moon" Cha and Covington resident Jimquez Aikens, who were brutally gunned down Sunday.

June 04, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Blimpie reopens after truck crashes into it

Covington-The Blimpie sandwich shop on Elm Street was open Tuesday after being forced to close by Covington Fire Marshall Tony Smith Sunday.

June 03, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Family Fun Day Saturday!

Covington-The Pavilion at Turner Lake Park will be the site of Family Fun Day featuring food, prizes, and music this Saturday, June 6, from 12:00-4:00 p.m.

June 03, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Air Methods coming to Covington airport

Covington-As the city of Covington looks toward expanding its airport, a new tenant will help pave the way.

June 03, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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Pridgett guilty on all counts

It took a Newton County jury just two-and-a-half hours to convict 20-year-old Jamaal Marquez Pridgett for the Oct. 7, 2008, murder of one man, and the aggravated assault of three others, Thursday afternoon.

The case, which began Tuesday morning in the courtroom of Superior Court Judge Eugene Benton, centered around a dice game that turned deadly in a home on West Street. Pridgett claimed self-defense, saying he did shoot Glover, 18-year-old Martec "Pumpkin" Barkley, 30-year-old Tavorris "T-Rock" Shy and 23-year-old Sedarius "Ronte" Stephens, but he did so out of fear for his own life. The prosecution argued that the shooting ...

September 16, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Pridgett found guilty

Jamaall Pridgett has been found guilty on all counts in Newton County Superior Court. Sentencing will be held until Tuesday, Sept. 21.

September 16, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Picture of the Day - Sept. 16

Del Sumner, from the Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority, inspects a sample of water from a fire hydrant Thursday morning.

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

September 16, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Closing statements expected today in Pridgett murder trial

Closing arguments begin this morning in the murder trial of Jamaall PRidgett.

September 15, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Pridgett case back to trial

For the second time this year, a jury convened on Tuesday to hear the murder case against Jamaall Marquez Pridgett, the 20-year-old who is charged with opening fire during a dice game in October 2008. The prosecution claims Pridgett opened fire in cold blood, while the defense says Pridgett shot only to defend himself.

September 15, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Picture of the Day - Sept. 15

Heritage High School, Rockdale County High School and Salem High School displayed their marching bands' halftime shows during a marching exhibition at Robert Reid Stadium Tuesday night.

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

September 15, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Kickboxing Covington kid set to represent U.S. in international competition

At 13, Micah Williams Jr. is a straight-A QUEST student at Veterans Memorial Middle School and a point guard on the basketball team. He lived several years in Italy where his father, who is in the military, was stationed. His family adores him and teachers praise his dedication and demeanor.

September 15, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Home sales up; foreclosure rate steady

The housing market continues to send mixed signals, but overall sales numbers are up in Newton County.

September 15, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Picture of the Day - Sept. 14

Micah Williams, Jr., a thirteen-year-old Veterans Memorial Middle School student, will travel to Belgrade, Serbia from September 19 - 26 to represent the United States at the World Junior Championships in martial arts. To see the complete story, see Wednesday's edition of The Covington News.

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

September 14, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Social Circle Council meets tonight

Social Circle City Council members will get to meet some junior ambassadors in a called meeting at 6:30 tonight in the community room in city hall at 138 E. Hightower Road.

September 14, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


SAT scores decline in Newton County, state

SAT scores for high school students in Newton County and in Georgia showed a slight decline in 2010, according to data released today.

September 13, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Picture of the Day - Sept. 13

A sidewalk chalk art competition was one of the features at the annual Literacy Festival on the square Saturday morning.

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

September 13, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Paul Davis provides tips for National Preparedness Month in September

Paul Davis Emergency Services of Newton County is participating in National Preparedness Month, sponsored by The Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to raise awareness of the importance of being prepared for catastrophic events and natural disasters. Paul Davis offices respond to thousands of emergency calls throughout the U.S. - providing property owners and insurance professionals with specialized water and fire damage restoration solutions.

September 12, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Suburban disconnect threatens sense of community

Bradd Shore loves Covington because of weekends like this one. Community weekends. Connected weekends.

September 12, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


A tighter leash on tethering laws

The county is set to crack down on the improper tethering of dogs, after the Board of Commissioners approved a more stringent animal control ordinance Tuesday night.

September 12, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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