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Holocaust survivor to speak at 1st UMC

When Elizabeth Ungar Lefkovits was 20 years old in June of 1944, she was separated from most of her family, never to see them again. She was forced on a train with 100 people packed into a cattle car for a 10-day journey, having to feed her 2-year-old nephew the little food she had brought with them.

September 04, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Weekend I-20 lane closures resume

Question: How do you know you live in the South?

September 04, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Bridge to reconnect county nearly finished

It's been a busy week on the Little River, as construction crews from Newton County have worked hard and fast to finish rebuilding a bridge connecting a handful of residents to the rest of the county.

September 04, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Leadership uncertainty dogs Nelson Heights

Last Tuesday, the Newton County Board of Commissioners voted to remove Commissioner J.C. Henderson as chairman of the Nelson Heights Center, a facility dedicated to helping children after school. The matter seemed open and closed - he was the chairman, then he wasn't.

September 04, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


NCSO Sgt. wins Instructor of Year award

Newton County Sheriff's Office Sergeant Randy Downs received the Dale Moorefield award for Firearms Instructor of the Year at the 2014 Georgia Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (GALEFI) conference on Aug. 26.

September 03, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Ellis’ responsibilities changed by BOC

Newton County Board of Commissioners Chairman Keith Ellis lost at least some of his power Tuesday night, as the board voted to strip him of his control of the county's vehicle fleet and engineering department.

September 02, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Henderson stripped of financial powers

The Newton County Board of Commissioners simply crushed Commissioner J.C. Henderson Tuesday night, stripping him of all financial powers and forcing him off the boards of the Nelson Heights Community Center and the Recreation Commission.

September 02, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


NCSS announces Scholars of the Week

Newton County School System plans to highlight exceptional students with a new weekly spotlight. Two high school seniors will be recognized each week as NCSS Scholars of the Week starting in October and will be chosen to recognize and promote "exemplary academic performance and outstanding contributions to their school and community."

September 02, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


DOE offers free digital textbooks

As the 2014-2015 academic year begins, teachers, school leaders, parents and students should be aware they can access free, interactive digital textbooks through the Georgia Department of Education's website.

September 02, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO dep. restores heartbeat to boy

A Newton County Sheriff's Office deputy may have saved the life of a minor who was not breathing after drowning.

September 02, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Man subdued by Taser

After a call concerning an intoxicated male riding his bicycle into a trash can, police officers had to subdue the suspect by deploying a Taser.

September 02, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Legality of Henderson’s check questionable

There's a clause in the Georgia constitution that says governments can't give money without receiving a "benefit" in exchange. It's reiterated in numerous handbooks for local governments.

September 02, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Family to move to CO for med. marijuana

It may be their last resort, but the Hopkins family is making a big move with full hopes they will find sanctum for one of their daughters in Colorado's medical marijuana. Still, they'll be packing their family minus one.

September 02, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


New pavers to honor longtime businesses

Covington City Councilwoman Janet Goodman wants to honor the handful of families who have maintained their businesses on the Square for 50-plus years.

September 02, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Weather, granite delay Square’s reopening

Don't get blue, the jazz concert set for Thursday on the Covington Square will still happen – just not on the Square.

September 02, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


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Officers urge safety during Thanksgiving

 What is meant to be a time of togetherness and giving thanks can easily turn into a nightmare if residents are not mindful of their surroundings and property this Thanksgiving, according to officials at the Georgia State Patrol, Covington Police Department and Newton County Sheriff's Department.

December 06, 2008 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Make a joyful sound

With the economy in the doldrums and wallets feeling the pinch, there's nothing to lift the spirit quite like a free concert from the Newton County Community Band.

December 06, 2008 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Christmas magic at Chimney Park

For the first time in what is hoped to become an annual holiday tradition, Newton County families can enjoy Christmas lights and figurines in the woods at "Twilights at Chimney Park" on Sunday, Dec. 7.

December 06, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


A chat with Valdora Roachford

Below is a transcript of the chat with Valdora Roachford from Monday morning. The Roachford family was featured in the ABC reality show "Wife Swap," which aired this past Friday.

December 05, 2008 | Staff Report | LOCAL


New home day cares no longer allowed in county

A number of home businesses will now be illegal under new zoning regulations approved by the Board of Commissioners which now bars day cares in residential districts and home occupation hair salons and barbershops.

December 05, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


One dead in College Avenue blaze

A fire Saturday morning claimed the life of one Covington man, according to Covington Fire Department Captain Rob Christopher.

December 05, 2008 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


A day in her shoes

Covington resident Valdora Roachford had no idea what she would be up against when producers from the television series "Wife Swap" drove her to a home in the suburbs of Chicago last summer.

December 03, 2008 | Carrie Huenke | LOCAL


Books on parade

Mansfield Elementary School Principal G.W. Davis Jr. drives a tractor pulling a float filled with front office staff dressed as farm animals during the school's 16th Annual Book Parade on Friday. The front office staff themed their float after the book "Click, Clack, Moo, Cows that Type" by author Doreen Cronin.

December 03, 2008 | Mandi Singer | LOCAL


Vince Dooley visits Covington

December 02, 2008 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Lighting of the Courthouse

December 02, 2008 | Mandi Singer | LOCAL


Shots fired at home

A home on Gum Creek Trail was shot several times Nov. 13, and investigators are looking for help from the community to find those responsible.

December 01, 2008 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newton emergency radios now connected

After years of labor, an idea for a better way of communicating between different agencies that began after the public safety disaster that was 9/11, was officially completed and welcomed into the county.

December 01, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Roll into the holidays with Bunco

With a toss of the pink dice and a cry of "Bunco," holiday stress rolls away and another child goes to school ready to read and succeed. The Learning Center is hosting an evening of Ladies' Big Bunco at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 20, at The Center on Washington Street. Players don't need experience or skill to play: roll three dice, add your points to your partner's, and move to the next table. No gambling, just lots of laughter and conversation with friends and new acquaintances.

November 29, 2008 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Tis the season

Church Street Antique Market vendor Holly Frank places a butterfly ornament on one of the many Christmas trees on display at the local store Tuesday. Frank was hard at work placing the finishing touches on the store's Christmas display to prepare for Santa's arrival to Covington and the Lighting of the Courthouse on Thursday evening. The wide variety of collegiate themed ornaments and nutcrackers carried at the local store seem to be the most popular holiday items this year, according to Frank. Church Street Antique Market, along with many of the other stores in the downtown district, will ...

November 29, 2008 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Guns, drugs netted during arrests

Deputies from the Newton County Sheriff's Department were able to get several guns off the streets after two arrests on two different dates this month.

November 28, 2008 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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