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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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Burglars hit homes in same neighborhood

Deputies with the Newton County Sheriff's Office are investigating two burglaries on Myrtle Grove Lane in Covington. Burglars hit the homes in the same neighborhood Dec. 11 and Dec. 16, making off with more than $13,000 worth of property.

According to the Dec. 11 incident report, burglars stole more than $4,500 worth of jewelry and office equipment. The victim reported missing 17 pieces of jewelry including several rings, necklaces and bracelets, and a fire proof safe.

January 05, 2009 | Tisa Smart Washington | LOCAL


Holiday Gifts

Friendly fashion: Students in Indian Creek Middle School's Couture Club assisted the Bethabara Missionary Baptist Church missions ministry in a community outreach project. They carolled for the residents at Covington Manor and also brought them polar fleece blankets. Pictured are Kiah Brown, left, Tammy Minter, Emilie Liebert, Wendy Rodriguez, Kareana Medouze and Aliyah Davis.

January 04, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Santa comes early

Good boys and girls: George Smith from Eastridge Community Church donned a Santa outfit Sunday and visited the children at the Pine Valley Mission. Approximately 50 children received gifts from their wish lists. Eastridge and Harvest Baptist helped the mission supply the toys. The mission served their Christmas meal to the High Point community on Dec. 14. The mission's focus is on the needs of underprivileged children. School supplies, clothing, shoes and coats are furnished the entire year. The mission is located at 12185 Ga. Highway 36 and has been in operation for 18 years and is facilitated solely ...

January 04, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


A walk by faith

Organizers estimated between 1,500 – 2,000 people turned out on a foggy, damp Saturday morning for the second annual "Walk by Faith" event to raise food donations and funds for Newton and Rockdale charities, including the Covington Food Bank. • Led by an energetic Newton High School Sound Factory Marching Band and the Heritage High School Marine Corps Jr. ROTC carrying the colors, participants went on a mile-long walk that ended with an interdenominational unity worship service at the Church in the Now. • Churches and organizations involved include Church in the Now, Springfield Baptist Church, Bethelbara Baptist Church, Rainbow Covenant ...

January 03, 2009 | Mandi Singer | LOCAL


Welcome to the world

Newton County welcomed its first baby of 2009 Friday morning – Timothy Whitlock – born in the wee hours at 1:13 a.m. at Newton Medical Center.

January 03, 2009 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Making the shade

Winter is the best season to plant trees and some took advantage of their holiday time off work to do so.

January 03, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Home invasion thwarted

Deputies with the Newton County Sheriff's Office are investigating an attempted break-in Dec. 28 at a home on Salem Road.

January 03, 2009 | Tisa Smart Washington | LOCAL


State sees drop in gas sales tax

The Georgia Department of Revenue is giving motorists a present at the start of the new year – a drop in motor fuel taxes.

January 03, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | LOCAL


Bring one for the chipper

Tree for a tree: Covington resident Eric Spell, left, accepts two free tree seedlings from Home Depot Sales Associate Tamla Nevraumont as he takes part in the Bring one for the Chipper event Saturday. Community members who recycled their Christmas trees at the Home Depot, Oxford's Maintenance Facility or at any Neighboorhood Recycling Center on Saturday received a nursery seedling as a thank-you gift. The event was sponsored by Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful who distrubuted Green Ash, Dogwood, Swamp Chestnut Oak and Catalpa seedlings during the event Saturday.

January 03, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Israeli ground forces enter Gaza in escalation

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Israeli tanks and infantry entered Gaza after nightfall Saturday, launching a ground offensive that the military said would be a "lengthy operation" in a widening war on Gaza's Hamas rulers.

January 03, 2009 | By IBRAHIM BARZAK and JASON KEYSER Associated Press | LOCAL


Accident victim remembered

They say you should live your life so there's standing room only at your funeral, and that was certainly the case for one Covington man.

More than 600 people turned out for Milford Dale Hefton's visitation on Friday evening, and between 200 to 300 people showed up for his funeral the following day.

January 03, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Progress slow for Bear Creek Reservoir

Nearly a year after the county applied for a permit to the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers to build the Bear Creek Reservoir, progress on the long awaited and still somewhat controversial project is slow and plodding.

January 03, 2009 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Little Drummer Boys

James Cruikshank, 5, takes drum lessons at McKibben Music on the square. He can play the beat to the theme song of Scooby Doo. James has a simple reason for deciding to take up the drums.

"Because I wanted to," he said.

January 03, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Dare to be Different

Approximately 110 students from East Newton Elementary School graduated from the anti-drug and anti-violence DARE program Dec. 19. Pictured are Newton County Sheriff's Deputy Nikki Benton, left, Outstanding Self-Esteem Award winner Noah Quick, the official DARE mascot Daren and Outstanding DARE Student Award winner Reilly Walker. The DARE program equips children with the tools necessary to resist pressures to use drugs and to stay away from violence. The program is taught in all 13 elementary schools in Newton County by a joint effort between the Covington Police Department and the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

January 03, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Murder suspect caught near Oxford

 Deputies with the Newton County Sheriff's Department and the U.S. Marshals Department arrested fugitive Tony Fantauzzi Dec. 17 at a residence on Boogers Hill Road in Oxford. Fantauzzi was wanted for a 1987 rape and murder of a woman at a mall in St. Petersburg, Fla.

January 03, 2009 | Tisa Smart Washington | LOCAL


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