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Covington woman shoplifts with children

A Covington woman was arrested for allegedly stealing nearly $2,000 worth of items from a retail store with the assistance of her two juvenile sons.

March 02, 2015 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


Who is hungry in Newton? Around 18,000

The Covington News Digital Edition cover story (covnewsdigital.com):

March 02, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Champion for change

From the base of a rural Georgia court room, Judge Sheri Roberts carries a message across her home state and the nation: we can do a lot better by the young people served by our courts.

March 02, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Proclamation signed for Youth Art Month

Members of the Arts Program at GFWC Service Guild of Covington gathered at Covington City Hall to have Mayor Ronnie Johnston sign a Proclamation partnering the National Council for Art Education and the National Council for the Arts with Covington and Newton County schools, encouraging public support of quality student art programs.

March 02, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Closing the child pornography loophole

Kelsey Upton was just 15 years old when she received a terrifying text from a registered sex offender in another state. The middle-aged man had seen a pornographic image of another woman that had been posted online along with Kelsey's name, phone number and address in Oxford.

March 01, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Covington looking at utilities changes

The Covington City Council will vote on amending provisions of the electric system and water system ordinances during Monday's council meeting, possibly reducing city revenue by approximately $700,000.

March 01, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Sarah Frances Hardeman to be honored

A long time Covington citizen, Sarah Frances Hardeman, born to George Washington Thompson and Lillie Davis- Thompson in 1918, is being recognized and honored for her legendary acts and community service in Covington.

March 01, 2015 | | LOCAL


Celebrating Black History

During its 5th Annual Black History Program Covington held a celebration, themed "A Century of Black Life, Culture & History" in the Newton County Historic Courthouse.

February 28, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man convicted of 2001 Newton County murder scheduled for execution

Brian Keith Terrell, the man convicted of killing 70-year-old John Watson in his Covington home in 1992 is scheduled to be executed March 10 at 7 p.m., Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens announced Friday.

February 27, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Their last meal

More than one in five children in Newton County do not know where their next meal will come from, according to the most recent study by food bank umbrella group Feeding America.

February 26, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Newton County Schools closed Wednesday

Newton County Schools will be closed for both students and staff Wednesday due to predicted inclement weather.

February 24, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington Police Explorers enjoy national success

The Covington Police Explorers recently participated in a national competition designed to showcase their law enforcement skills and placed third in one category.

February 24, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Deputies arrest armed robbery suspect

Sheriff's deputies arrested 17-year-old Ladarius Lockhart and charged him in connection with an armed robbery at the Oak Hill BP station that occurred Saturday morning.

February 24, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


NCSO to host Citizen's Firearm Safety Course

The Newton County Sheriff's Office will hold its Citizen's Firearm Safety Course March 28, teaching the public on laws governing use of deadly force, firearm safety, at and away from the firing range, nomenclature of the basic revolver and semiautomatic pistols and giving citizens a chance to complete a course of fire at the Newton County Sheriffs Office Firing Range.

February 24, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Winter Storm Watch for Wednesday

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch in effect for Newton, Rockdale and surrounding counties from Wednesday through Thursday.

February 24, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Deadline approaching for direct and counter Cyclical Payments Program enrollment

Hobby Stripling, State Executive Director of USDA's Georgia Farm Service Agency, reminds farmers of the approaching deadline to enroll eligible farms into the 2010 Direct and Counter Cyclical Payments Program or DCP. To enroll, contracts must be recorded in the applicable County FSA Office by June 1, 2010, and all persons sharing in the payments generated from the contract must have signed the contract by the deadline or the contract cannot be approved.

May 30, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Free tuition grants available for Natural Resources Camp at ABAC

Twenty tuition grants will be available to high school students who want to participate in the 49th Annual Natural Resources Conservation Workshop on June 13-17 at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. These tuition grants are for rising 10th – 12th grade students from Georgia. The deadline for applications for the grants is June 4.

May 30, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Organic experience

Nicolas Donck is a business owner, but he wouldn't mind if his competition increased tenfold. In fact, he'd probably help those competitors get started.

May 30, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Fixing up the old school

Time for a fix-up: Peachtree Construction Services President Tom Smithdeal, Newborn Mayor Roger Sheridan and project engineer Michael Clark stand in front of the Newborn Community Center after signing a contract to begin renovations.

May 30, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Infantryman glad to be alive this Memorial Day

It has been almost four months since a suicide bomb attack in Afghanistan nearly made Staff Sgt. Marty Brownlee someone remembered on Memorial Day rather than someone observing it.

Brownlee's National Guard unit had been assigned to a desolate border outpost in November 2009. On Feb. 10 Brownlee and his comrades were relaxing in their bunks watching a movie after an all-day training session with the Afghan National Police. He had just hung up with his wife, Autumn, when a large explosion blew the metal door of the barracks into tiny missiles mixed with dirt, concrete and glass.

May 30, 2010 | By Janet Jernigan | LOCAL


Railroad not being abandoned; service being discontinued

Norfolk Southern is no longer in the process of abandoning its 14.9 mile portion of rail line running from Porterdale to Newborn, but has instead applied to discontinue service, said Director of Public Relations Susan Terpay.

"The rules around abandoning and discontinuing are different … If we apply for discontinuance we may not have to maintain it [the line], however, the tracks stay there. If we resume service we can still use it. If we abandon it we will have forfeited all opportunity to use the tracks," she said in a phone interview.

May 30, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Crowell Rd. McDonalds robbed at gunpoint

Authorities are searching for the two men who robbed the McDonalds on Crowell Road Friday morning.

May 29, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Troopers prepare for busy Memorial Weekend

The 78-hour Memorial Day holiday travel period begins this Friday evening and the Georgia State Patrol will be watching for impaired drivers and other traffic violations that could potentially cause a traffic crash. The holiday period begins at 6 p.m. Friday and ends Memorial Day.

May 28, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Raceway gas station a total loss

The Raceway gas station is being called a total loss after fire raced through the walls and roof of the building Wednesday morning.

May 28, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Local farming better for health, environment

Local agriculture experts say until Americans are willing to spend more money, they'll have to continue to make do with less healthy and less flavorful food and small to medium locally owned farms will continue to vanish.

May 28, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Hoping for a miracle

Aiden and Brayden Coglianese, identical twins, were born at Rockdale Medical Center on Feb. 6. Their mother, 20-year-old, Kristina Coglianese previously had been ordered to bed rest because of an early labor scare.

May 26, 2010 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Power restored to Alcovy Road area

Around 500 City of Covington electric customers and 120 Georgia Power customers in the Alcovy Road area lost power during an approximately hour window after 11 a.m. Area businesses, including restaurants and hotels were affected as well as some of the industries in Lochridge Industrial Park.

May 26, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Reimagining Orchard Park

When Stephanie Davis moved to Orchard Park in 2006 she had been recently married and was a looking for that special place to live, to start a family, to start a new life. When she moved, the promise of a unique community was all around her; new homes were still being built along her street. The first phase of the anticipated traditional neighborhood development was firmly underway.

May 26, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Striving for safety

Law enforcement officers and members of the Covington/Newton County SWAT Team participated in the Active Shooter program last week, an annual event that brings authorities together to teach them how to respond in a crisis situation.

May 26, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Residents speak out against budget cuts

The Board of Commissioners held their final budget work session Monday night, and residents and county department heads used the opportunity to let the board know they opposed the proposed $5.25 million of cuts to this year's budget.

May 25, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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