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7 qualify for District 43 Special Election as of Tuesday

With qualifying for the State Senate District 43 seat this week, candidates are revealing their desires to be state senators and grab a hold of ...

September 16, 2015 | Martin Rand III, Michelle Kim | LOCAL

Georgia Supreme Court upholds murder conviction

The Georgia Supreme Court upheld the 2013 murder conviction of a Rockdale County man earlier this week.

September 16, 2015 | Sandra L. Brands | LOCAL

Covington Lions 5th Annual Pancake Supper

The Covington Lions Club is hosting its 5th Annual Pancake Supper Thursday, Sept. 24.

September 15, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Former State Representative announces candidacy for Chair of BOC

Long-time county resident and former Georgia State Representative Philip Johnson announced that he would run for Chair of the Newton County Board of Commissioners in ...

September 14, 2015 | Sandra L. Brands | LOCAL

Public hearing scheduled on refinancing county building, funding new library systems

Residents will have a chance to comment on refinancing the Newton County Administration Building to pay for a new HVAC system for the Covington branch ...

September 14, 2015 | Sandra L. Brands | LOCAL

Craig removed as project manager from neighboring water board

According to documents obtained by The Covington News, Newton County Attorney W. T. "Tommy" Craig was removed as project manager for the South Fulton Municipal ...

September 13, 2015 | Sandra L. Brands | LOCAL

Georgia celebrates BioScience Training Center

The focus of Baxalta's arrival to Newton County and the development of Stanton Springs has been the more than 1,000 jobs and direct ...

September 12, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Porter Hall to become Newton civic center

The Newton County School Board (BOE) officially approved of an intergovernmental agreement with the Newton County Board of Commission (BOC) that will give the school ...

September 12, 2015 | Martin Rand | LOCAL

NMC Auxiliary to host Books Are Fun fair

Newton Medical Center Auxiliary is hosting its popular Books Are Fun book and gift fair on Monday, Sept. 14 through Wednesday, Sept.16 from 7 ...

September 12, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Bard honors 20-year employees

C.R. Bard recently honored employees who have 20 or more years of service, along with Director of Global Logistics, John Curtis.

September 12, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Cookies delivered to firefighters

Members of the American Heritage Girls helped make the day a little sweeter for Newton County firefighters Tuesday.

September 12, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Thousands hit the streets for Fuzz Run

Around 3,000 runners and walkers came to Covington to support the Covington Police Department and participate in the annual Fuzz Run Saturday.

September 12, 2015 | Kevin Nixon | LOCAL

Law enforcement: Social media threats not credible

In response to questions from residents, local law enforcement is letting the public know that the threats on social media towards schools and officers on ...

September 10, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

NCSO responds on the scene at Silos

UPDATE: West Newton Elementary School buses resumed taking students home after Newton County Sheriff's Office deputies declared the area all-clear.

September 09, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

NCSS students to get released early Friday

All Newton County public schools will release students early Friday for parent/teacher conferences.

September 09, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

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Man killed in fire March 5th

Johnny Allen Smith, 64, was killed March 5, when his Capes Drive residence caught on fire.

March 12, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

inVest in the NCSO - March 12

The parents of Deputy Wesley Atha, injured last summer in the line of duty, 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 ...

March 12, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Social Circle land could be de-annexed

Rep. Doug Holt (R-Social Circle) has stated that he is planning on introducing legislation to the state house that would de-annex one or several pieces of property from the city of Social Circle.

March 11, 2010 | Lee Sandow | LOCAL

Scouts plant tree on square to honor BSA centennial

Monday afternoon several Cub, Boy and Venture Scouts gathered on the square with their families to plant and dedicate a tree marking the 100th anniversary of Boy Scouts of America as well as a symbol of the Scouts' continuing journey.

March 10, 2010 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL

Care bears

C-FARE is an initiative between the 10th District GaFWC clubs and DFCS Region 5 resource development unit. C-FARE stands for Community Foster and Adoption Recruitment Effort. The initiative invites community members, either as individuals or with organizations, to join with DFCS to find foster and adoptive homes. This was the 2nd annual C-FARE event. The first was held in Oconee County in June 2008. During the past two years of Tina Daniel Reasey's 10th District GaFWC Presidency, GaFWC clubs have been encouraged to assist local agencies in advertising the need for foster and adoptive homes, as well as being ...

March 10, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Man shoots ex-fiancée; kills self after standoff

Warning: The following article contains some details that may be disturbing to more sensitive readers.

March 10, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

McCain/Palin billboard to be replaced

John McCain lost his bid to become U.S. President, but the memory of his campaign has lived on in Newton County through the billboard prominently displayed along Interstate 20.

March 10, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

County’s mayors discuss railroad at bi-monthly meeting

Though Newton County residents are split on their opinions toward purchasing the Norfolk Southern railroad, the mayors of Newborn and Mansfield appear to be in support of the idea and said Friday they'd like to see the rails converted to trails in their small cities.

March 10, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Victim identified in Sunday murder

The victim of Sunday night's shooting has been identified as 19-year-old Audrey Atkinson. The man investigators believe responsible – 22-year-old Anthony Michael Barrow – was transported to Grady Hospital with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound, and later died.

March 08, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


 Agreeing to construct stained glass windows for the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd's bell tower last spring began what church member J.J. Hayden believes is the most memorable experience performing his craft.

March 07, 2010 | Nikita Britt | LOCAL

Adopt-A-Mile through KCNB

 Adopt-A-Mile is a litter control program sponsored by Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful to attract public involvement in picking up litter along Georgia streets and roads.

March 07, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL

The Great American Cleanup

Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful (KCNB) needs volunteers to clean up litter and complete beautification projects during the Great American Cleanup, the nation's largest annual community improvement program. KCNB's kickoff events will be held on Saturday, March 27, at two area Kroger locations.

March 07, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Sweet treats for the troops

Special delivery: Approximately 8,000 boxes of Girl Scout cookies were transferred from a U-Haul to a semi-trailer truck at the National Guard Armory Wednesday morning in preparation to be given out to troops as they board an overseas-bound airplane. For the second year, Ginny Fahs, 18, of Girl Scout Troop 20352, headed up the local donation project as a simple way for people to send Girl Scout cookies to soldiers overseas. Though this year's donations equaled approximately 2,000 boxes less than last year's, Fahs was very pleased with the amount of support given.

March 07, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL

County, cities will not receive new state money during March

Because of a miscommunication, Newton County and its municipalities will not receive any new money from the state during the month of March.

March 07, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Taking it to the streets

The more Norris Freeman listened to Superintendent Whitlow Richardson present his plan for school desegregation, the less he liked what he heard. By the end of Richardson's speech, Freeman and the others were nearly in a fury.

March 07, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

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