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Action Ministries offers training for Smart Lunch Smart Kid program

With the school year coming to an end, the Smart Lunch Smart Kid program is setting up sites throughout the county. So far, lunch sites ...

May 17, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Two local students named to last class of Gates Millennium Scholars

Two Newton County students have been named 2016 Gates Millennium Scholars and will receive good-through-graduation, full-ride scholarships to use at any accredited college or university ...

May 15, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Judge Horace J. Johnson, Jr., named President of Council of Superior Court Judges

Alcovy Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Horace J. Johnson, Jr. became president of the Council of Superior Court Judges on May 1. Judge Johnson will ...

May 14, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


AT&T gives to Arts Association of Newton County

The Arts Association of Newton County was presented with a $5,000 check from AT&T to support Independence on the Square.

May 14, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Eight hands are better than two

Forty fingers will come together to make a joyful noise at the First Presbyterian Church of Covington Sunday, May 22, courtesy of Alice Walker and ...

May 14, 2016 | Hezekiah Rodgers | LOCAL


Update: Oxford man found in Lamar County

The Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) cancelled the BOLO for Ernest Lamar Stanton, who went missing from his residence yesterday at 4 p.m.

May 14, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Be on the lookout issued for Newton man

The Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) has issued a Mattie's Call for Ernest Stanton.

May 13, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Vampires flock to Covington Square

A large crowd gathered on the Covington Square Friday to watch the season eight finale of The Vampire Diaries.

May 13, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Oxford Lions to hold yard sale to benefit those needing eye exams

The Oxford Lions will hold their annual yard sale on Saturday, May 14, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the corner of ...

May 13, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


BOC moves Tuesday’s meeting to May 31

The Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) postponed its May 17 meeting to May 31 after three commissioners voted in favor of the change during ...

May 13, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Oxford Lions to hold yard sale to benefit those needing eye exams

The Oxford Lions will hold their annual yard sale on Saturday, May 14, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the corner of ...

May 13, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Forensic audit questions spending at Nelson Heights

Forensic accountant David Sawyer reported findings of questionable spending, possible preferential treatment and inadequate financial documentations concerning the Nelson Heights Community Center to the Newton ...

May 12, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Sims to replace Craig on IDA

Lanier Sims will represent the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) on the Industrial Development Authority (IDA) after a 4-1 vote by the BOC Wednesday.

May 12, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Leighlynn Shine a must-see

Hello, C-town! It's so good to be back with you for another installment of the Minute. And what's with this cold weather?! I ...

May 12, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LOCAL


NCSS students will retake assessment test

Multiple problems, including inability to log in, stalled tests and frozen screens, were thought to effect the test results of third, fifth and eighth grade ...

May 11, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


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Trial to begin for accused killer

Jury selection in the death penalty case against accused murderer Pablo Fernando Maldonado began this week.

August 14, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


2 arrested for making synthetic pot

Thousands of bags of synthetic marijuana were seized from a home on Trelawney Place Monday, and two women were arrested, charged with possession.

August 14, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Imprisoned man charged with murder of inmate

Five prison inmates, including Covington resident Dante Ray Myles, have been charged with the murder of fellow inmate Laderick Cornellius Chappel at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson.

Myles, 27, was charged with armed robbery and murder along with four other Georgia inmates after allegedly throwing Chappel off the second floor of the prison dormitory.

August 14, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Lost boy found walking through neighborhood

A young boy was reportedly found walking through a neighborhood looking for his mom on Friday. A deputy with the Newton County Sheriff's Office said he responded to a call about a lost child at Lakeside Circle. According to a report, a man told the deputy that he was outside exercising and he came across a young boy who looked to be about 4 years old crying for his mother.

The deputy said he had the boy show him where he lived, and the child directed him to the next street over at Lake Birch Drive. The deputy walked ...

August 14, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Civil Service secretary experiences Europe

A seldom mentioned group of patriots from World War II were the dedicated men and women of the Civil Service. From the Civil Air Patrol to a clerk typist, members of the Civil Service played a vital role. Their willingness to dedicate talents and time in non-combat positions released untold thousands of men for essential military duties. Miriam "Mickey" Stanley Hogan was one such talent.

Born in 1918 into the tiny farming community of Mendes, Ga., Covington resident Miriam "Mickey" Hogan experienced the Great Depression. "Food and jobs were scarce," she said. "We moved around a lot, including Florida."

August 14, 2012 | Pete Mecca | LOCAL


Inmate from Covington charged in murder

Five prison inmates, including Covington resident Dante Ray Myles, have been charged with the murder of fellow inmate Laderick Cornellius Chappel at Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson, Ga.

August 13, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Update: I-20 reopened after two crashes

UPDATE: Interstate 20 westbound was reopened around 7:30 p.m.

August 11, 2012 | | LOCAL


Early voting Monday for runoff races

Early voting for Newton County's two primary runoff races begins Monday and will last all week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Newton County Board of Elections, 1113 Usher St., Covington.

August 11, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Judge dismisses lawsuit against county

A lawsuit filed against Newton County by Grady Healthcare Systems of Atlanta seeking more than $87,000 for in medical cost reimbursement was dismissed by a judge July 27, because the hospital failed to provide proper notice to the county.

August 11, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Whooping cough on the rise

Reported cases of pertussis/whooping cough in the Gwinnett, Newton and Rockdale County Health district are trending similar to both state and national cases.

August 11, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Menacing letter left at reporter’s home

A potentially-threatening letter was left at the front door of the Covington home of a reporter for The Covington News sometime late Friday evening or early Saturday morning, apparently relating to the ongoing civil suit involving Alcovy High School Principal LaQuanda Carpenter and anonymous bloggers.

August 11, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO awarded state certification

The Newton County Sheriff's Office, is one of the "top 100 law enforcement agencies" in Georgia. On July 17, the NCSO received official notification that they were awarded state certification by the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police. This notification confirmed that they successfully completed all aspects of the accreditation process. Achieving state certification places them in the company of 76 sheriff's offices, 17 police departments and five other state departments, including, the Georgia Bureau of Investigations, colleges and the Marshals Office.

August 11, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Rain delays golf course opening

The recent spat of rainfall has pushed back the public opening of the Ashton Hills Golf Club to Tuesday, Aug. 21 as crews were unable to finish work on the course's bunkers and rough.

August 11, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Two-year colleges seeing drop in enrollment

A recent cut to the University System of Georgia is spelling trouble for many two-year colleges, which are seeing a decline in enrollment, which translates into less money from tuition revenue.

August 11, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


A night of honor

Main Street Covington presented several awards to businesses making an impact in downtown Covington and shared their excitement about the year ahead at their annual general meeting Thursday night.

August 11, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


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