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The News hosts Autumn Fest

Mark your calendar and join the community for a weekend event to provide fun, entertainment and even some early holiday shopping for anyone in the family.

September 16, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Social Circle school, rec center broken into

No suspects had been narrowed down as of Tuesday for the Saturday, Sept. 13 break-ins at an elementary school and recreation center.

September 16, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Dog ordered to attack deputies shot

A man who allegedly attacked his wife sent his dogs toward Newton County Sheriff's deputies, shouting "sic 'em" Saturday.

September 16, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Fees announced for downtown events

Downtown Covington has become a popular place for events, with various festivals, concerts, parades and gatherings scheduled seemingly every week.

September 16, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Henderson’s powers restored

In light of legal research and amid public backlash, the Board of Commissioners abandoned a two-week-old decision.

September 16, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Carter named Livingston Elem. Principal

Dr. Patrick Carter was approved as Principal of Livingston Elementary School Tuesday night.

September 16, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local marketing options

As we continue our series explaining the value of going to an expanded Sunday publication, we want to explain why going through this change not only will improve readership enjoyment for our subscribers, but also will enhance the power of our marketing pull for advertisers.

September 16, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington Academy celebrates new location

Covington Academy has a new home to teach its students, and the "Home of the Bulldogs" is open for business. The private school celebrated its new location at 396 Elks Club Road in Covington with a ribbon cutting ceremony, attended by the Covington/Newton County Chamber of Commerce.

September 16, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Funds cut off for 2050 Plan

Newton County and the City of Covington voted unanimously in their respective meetings this week to stop funding the 2050 Plan Baseline Ordinances that were being facilitated by The Center for Community Preservation and Planning.

September 16, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Covington Fire Chief, McNeil resigns

Covington Fire Department Chief John McNeil turned in his letter of resignation to Covington City Manager Leigh Anne Knight Monday, citing personal reasons for leaving the department.

September 15, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Hospital seeks partner to survive

Newton Medical Center is seeking an "equity relationship" with another healthcare system in the metropolitan Atlanta area, hospital officials announced Monday.

September 15, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Fireworks likely at county meeting

Tuesday's Newton County Board of Commissioners meeting should be an interesting one, particularly since leaders of the county's African-American community expect hundreds of people to show up to defend District 4 Commissioner J.C. Henderson.

September 13, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


City to talk CID, Center, speed limits

Expect a long meeting Monday at Covington City Hall.

September 13, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Resident to protest Dist. 4 sanctions

More than 200 voters turned out for a town hall meeting Thursday to vent about the County Commission's recent actions to strip District 4 Commissioner J.C. Henderson of his financial powers. They weren't happy, but they were calm.

September 13, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Schools get grants for after-school

One grant recently awarded to the school district will be bigger and more inclusive, and three more grants will be completely new and even larger.

September 13, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


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10 years of giving celebrated

Some of Newton County's biggest hearts gathered at The Center on Tuesday to celebrate a decade of philanthropy and volunteerism.

November 13, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Marshall to hold another town hall meeting Sat.

U.S. Congressman Jim Marshall is hosting another town hall meeting at 10 a.m., Saturday at the Alcovy High School Auditorium. Marshall will take questions about the economy, health care and energy prices.

November 12, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Flood warning issued for Alcovy River

The National Weather Service in Peachtree City has issued a flood warning for the Alcovy River near Covington. At 2:15 p.m. Thursday the stage was 12.1 feet and rising slowly. Flood stage for the Alcovy River is 12.0 feet.

November 12, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Veteran's Day ceremony on the square

Despite the weather, many people gathered on the square Wednesday morning to honor our veterans. The Social Circle High School JROTC presented the colors, Ric Chiapetta sang patriotic songs, Glenn Whitaker spoke praising words of ordinary people doing extraordinary things, and Terry Moore and Don Floyd presented a red, white and blue wreath.

November 11, 2009 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Newton County remains under flood warning

The National Weather Service has extended a Yellow River flood warning for Newton County until Thursday evening.

November 11, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Director of free clinic wins Pat Patrick Big Heart Award

The second annual Pat Patrick Big Heart Award was given to Ed Jenkins Tuesday at The Center for his work as director of the free Willing Helpers Medical Clinic.

November 11, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Volunteers, donations needed for Community Thanksgiving Dinner

The Newton County Minister's Union is in need of monetary and food donations and volunteers for its annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner.

November 11, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Santa Claus is coming to town

The Covington Lion's Club and Main Street Covington is calling all groups who want to participate in the 2009 Covington/Newton Hometown Christmas Parade.

November 11, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Pine Valley Mission

Helping those who need it: Children from the Pine Valley Mission enjoyed hot dogs, refreshments, a hayride and other fun activities on Nov. 1 at Knox Farms. This annual event was made possible by the farm and volunteer helpers from Eastridge Community Church. The Pine Valley Mission has assisted needy children for 20 years. Winter coats, wind breakers, hoodies and sweatshirts were given to the children recently. School supplies, uniforms and shoes are furnished year round. The mission is run solely by volunteers and is located a 12185 Ga. Highway 36.

November 11, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Red ribbon friends

Fighting against drugs with puppet power: A second grade class at Rocky Plains Elementary School got treated to a puppet show sponsored by the Elks Club during Red Ribbon Week. They watched the puppeteers put on the drug awareness puppet show and wore their red ribbons in support of being drug free. The Elks present (L-R) were State Elks President Larry Capes, Ann Graham, Jack Wheeler, Penny Blakeney, Linda Chadwick, Mary Frances Royster. and T.A. and Eleanor Haney, and they helped to set up the show and played the part of the various puppets.

November 11, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Once a Marine...

Gerald "Bud" Hipps joined the Marines at age 17. The year was 1942.

"When they bombed Pearl Harbor, all my buddies was going into the war and I wanted to go too," Hipps said.

November 11, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


2 shot, 1 killed Sunday night in Porterdale

Ricky Lewis Smith, age 44, has been arrested and charged with the shooting death of a woman in Porterdale Sunday evening.

According to Newton County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer 1st Lt. Mark Mitchell, deputies were called to a home on Bell Street off Ga. Highway 162 in south Porterdale at 7:49 p.m. When they arrived they found 36-year-old Tajuana Lashawn Stroud dead from an apparent gunshot wound. They also located 42-year-old Steven Cadet Smith - the brother of the alleged shooter - who had been seriously wounded by a gunshot as well. He was transported to an Atlanta ...

November 11, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


2 Gubernatorial candidates speak at local Dem. event

Speeches by gubernatorial candidates Dubose Porter and David Poythress highlighted the Newton County Democratic Party's first ever banquet on Saturday.

November 11, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Armed robbery closes Wal-Mart

A man who reportedly robbed a United Bank inside of Wal-Mart remains at large as of press time, but according to Covington Police Captain Craig Treadwell, authorities are confident the thief's freedom will be short-lived.

Law enforcement officials responded to the popular discount store at around 2:04 p.m. Monday afternoon after receiving calls of an armed robbery at the bank. When they arrived, the suspect had already fled the area but had left behind a black, plastic box that he had reportedly told tellers at the bank was filled with explosives.

November 10, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Flash flood watch issued until Wednesday

The National Weather Service out of Peachtree City issued a flash flood watch for portions of north and central Georgia, including Rockdale and Newton counties, in effect until Wednesday morning.

November 09, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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