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Trick or treats in Covington

Thousands of children put on their best princess, super hero, fireman, policeman and pumpkin costumes for Halloween Saturday.

November 01, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Johnston: The time is now

The retail development referred to by Mr. Dalton in his letter to the citizens of Covington and Newton County, is one of the most important ...

November 01, 2015 | Ronnie Johnston | LOCAL

Chamber Board: Project Kitchen Sink

Dear Citizens of Covington and Newton County:

November 01, 2015 | Chamber Board of Directors | LOCAL

Development seeks 99 acres of city land

A large commercial development could be close to arriving in Covington.

November 01, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Bobby Weaver search ends after remains found near Hwy. 142

For more than 25 months the family of Robert "Bobby" Weaver has been looking for the Oxford resident who took his dog for a walk ...

November 01, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

To vote or not to vote?

It's election time, and you know all about it-debates have been going on for months; that Trump guy is all over the TV ...

November 01, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Newton County leads the way in state roundabouts

Like many residents of the county, Newton County Board of Commissioners Chair Keith Ellis, was skeptical.

October 31, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Referendum next step in urban redevelopment

Porterdale voters are being asked to give the city to go-ahead in the next step of its urban redevelopment plan.

October 31, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

CPD officer John Laudermilk arrested

Covington Police Department (CPD) Officer John Alex Laudermilk was arrested by the Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) Wednesday.

October 29, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Remains identified as those of Bobby Weaver

During a search by the Community United Effort (CUE) Center for Missing Persons and the Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) for missing person Robert ...

October 29, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Daylight Saving Time set to end; time to replace smoke alarm batteries

Sunday morning -- really early, as in 2 a.m. -- the clocks roll back for daylight savings time.

October 29, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

CPD officer placed on leave during internal affairs investigation

A Covington police officer has been placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation into an anonymous tip that alleged the officer might have possession ...

October 28, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Candidates for Senate District 43 debate ahead of election

The field for the vacated District 43 seat in the Georgia Senate is a crowded one.

October 28, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Nelson Heights Community Center management may change again

After a discussion of a Bright from the Start grant, the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) voted 4-1 to shift organization of management for ...

October 28, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

James Michael Atkins shot, killed his wife, then himself

Amanda Atkins was shot to death at 275 Deer Trail on Oct. 23, and her husband James Michael Atkins was found dead from self-inflicted gunshot ...

October 28, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

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Interstate 20 east near Wal-Mart has one lane open

A trailer carried by a pickup truck caught fire near exit 96 eastbound on Interstate 20.

June 14, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL

U.S. C-SOG dynamic cell extraction training to be held in Newton

Sheriff Ezell Brown is inviting local law enforcement agencies to participate in Dynamic Cell Extraction training at the Newton County Sheriff's Office on July 27. The training will be conducted by United States Corrections-Special Operations Group. Presently, 12 agencies will be participating in the eight-hour instructional course.

June 13, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL

NCSO offering second firearms safety course

Sheriff Ezell Brown and the Newton County Sheriff's Office are offering a Citizens Firearm Safety Course for 2010. These classes will consist of information on laws governing the use of deadly force, firearm safety at and away from the range, nomenclature of the basic revolver and semiautomatic pistols. Additionally, participants will have a chance to complete a course of fire at the Newton County Sheriff Firing Range.

June 13, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Creative and Colorful Kids

Many rising first through sixth-graders from all over Newton County packed up their musical, dramatic and artistic talents and traveled to Oxford College this week for the 12th annual Creative Kids Camp, held by the Arts Association in Newton County.

June 13, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL

Flag Day honors America's stars and stripes

Flag Day was originally conceived by schoolteacher BJ Cigrand to honor the anniversary of the Flag Resolution of 1777. According to, He first referred to the observance as "Flag birthday." Some years later, George Balch, another teacher, would influence the State Board of Education of New York to officially observe Flag Day. After years of local and state celebrations, President Woodrow Wilson established Flag Day through an official proclamation in 1916. President Harry Truman would later sign an Act of Congress in 1949 to designate June 14 as National Flag Day.

Bobby Hamby, member of the American Legion ...

June 13, 2010 | By Sabastian Wee | LOCAL

Once in a lifetime

Anybody driving down Floyd Street in the last two decades may have seen the giant cactus-like plant outside the home of Ann May. The plant, commonly known as a century plant, is now beginning to bloom after all these years of wowing passersby.

May, a longtime resident of Covington, could not be more proud of her plant, which she named Mother.

June 13, 2010 | By Sabastian Wee | LOCAL

Breaking down recent state bills

Tuesday was the deadline for Gov. Perdue to sign or veto the remaining bills from the 2010 Georgia legislative session and many bills could affect local residents and governments.

Below is a description of some of the recently signed bills. To read any bill, visit and type in the appropriate bill number in the upper right hand corner.

June 13, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Man pleads guilty to aggravated child molestation of stepsisters

Warning: The following article contains some details that may be disturbing to more sensitive readers. In order to protect their identity, the juvenile victims have not been named.

June 13, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Local officials take leadership positions

More than 100 county officials from across the state recently were recognized by the Association County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG) for completion of the Commissioners Training Program, including local county commissioners Nancy L. Schulz and Earnest Simmons.

June 13, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL

A New Old Look

One of the hottest retail trends is actually a return to an old idea. The clothing resale industry is booming, despite a down economy, and local businesses are cashing in a wide variety of forms.

June 12, 2010 | Jessica Smith | LOCAL

Woman attempts to rob bank

Covington Police officials are looking for a woman who attempted to make off with funds from the United Bank in Newton Plaza on U.S. Highway 278 on Thursday morning.

June 11, 2010 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL

Rotary awards Lassiter

Outstanding Rotarian: Mike Lassiter, member of the Rotary Club of Covington, received the Rotary Foundation District Service Award at the Rotary District 6910 Conference held at Jekyll Island in April. The award is presented annually to a Rotarian providing outstanding service in promoting the Rotary Foundation. The most significant project of the Foundation has been the eradication of Polio throughout the world. Mike has served as Foundation Chair of the Covington Club for 10 years. Covington has been one of the top Foundation Fund raisers in District 6910 with over 55 Paul Harris Fellows awarded in the past two years ...

June 11, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Moving work in house could save 21 county jobs

The county could save as many as 20 jobs, by cancelling its service contract for the county's recycling centers and reallocating existing employees to take over that work.

June 11, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Tournament at the Oaks raises money for Miracle League

Fore! The Charter Charity Classic, was held at the Oaks on Wednesday and raised between $18,000 and $20,000 for the Miracle League in Newton County. The first place team was National Bank Products, with team members Brandon Slade, Stan Gann, Gordon Slade and Shaw Blackmon. Charter took second place, team members were Terrance Lewis, Rusty Lehman, Philip Lehman and Patrick Harrell. Conyers Flower Shop placed third, team members were Scot Ward, Alan Sherrill, Chuck Groover and Paul Dailey.

June 11, 2010 | Lee Sandow | LOCAL

NSCO on the hunt for burglar

The Newton County Sheriff's Office is searching for a burglary suspect and is asking residents to be on the lookout as well.

June 11, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL

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