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Magnet shooter, Pitts, death ruled a suicide

Jeffrey Scott Pitts, 36, committed suicide during a shootout with Rockdale County deputies Sunday, May 31, according to an autopsy report.

June 05, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Library to get $1,000,000, new HVAC

Dr. Steve Whatley, Chairman of the Newton County Board of Trustees, said there was a time when he thought the Covington branch would have shut its doors. The HVAC unit was beyond repair, and the air in the library would be too hot and humid for its many guests and its many books.

June 04, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


County contracts in committee crosshairs

Covington-The Newton County Purchasing Policy Committee has agreed to recommend requiring a contract, scope of work, and purchase order for professional services, which would include services such as legal counsel, engineering, and appraising.

June 04, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Salem Camp meeting speakers announced

Salem-The 187th Salem Camp meeting begins July 10 with supper at the Salem Hotel and the Covington UMC Picnic at the pavilion at 6 p.m.

June 04, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Outpouring of love at vigil for Covington man and Magnet package shop owner killed in rampage

CONYERS - Tears and hugs flowed freely as hundreds of mourners and supporters packed the parking lot of Magnet Bottle Shop Wednesday night to celebrate the lives of owner Mun "Moon" Cha and Covington resident Jimquez Aikens, who were brutally gunned down Sunday.

June 04, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Blimpie reopens after truck crashes into it

Covington-The Blimpie sandwich shop on Elm Street was open Tuesday after being forced to close by Covington Fire Marshall Tony Smith Sunday.

June 03, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Family Fun Day Saturday!

Covington-The Pavilion at Turner Lake Park will be the site of Family Fun Day featuring food, prizes, and music this Saturday, June 6, from 12:00-4:00 p.m.

June 03, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Air Methods coming to Covington airport

Covington-As the city of Covington looks toward expanding its airport, a new tenant will help pave the way.

June 03, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Car fire on I-20 westbound near Hwy 138

A vehicle caught fire around 3 p.m. Wednesday on Interstate 20 westbound just before the exit for Ga. Highway 138 in Conyers.

June 03, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton BOC confirms county manager

Covington-Newton County has a new interim county manager as of Tuesday night, when the Board of Commissioners voted to appoint Harry Owens to the position.

June 02, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Covington Citizens Academy holds graduation

Covington-The Covington Citizens Academy graduated its second class in front of the Mayor and City Council Monday night.

June 02, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Covington man who fired back at Magnet store shooter called 'hero'

Conyers - After Sunday's tragic events in Rockdale County, the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office staged a press conference to give updates on the investigation. The victim's names, criminal history of the shooter Jeffrey Pitts, and other details were made available.

June 02, 2015 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


Covington to donate $10,000 to library

Covington-The city of Covington will donate $10,000 to the Covington branch of the Newton County Library to help with a new HVAC unit.

June 01, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


2 vehicles broken into at a church in Covington

COVINGTON - Two vehicles were broken into during church service at Central Church Sunday.

June 01, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Two die in liquor store shooting in Rockdale

UPDATE (12:28 p.m. June 1): CONYERS - A customer returned fire at the shooter Jeffrey Pitts during his rampage at the Magnet Bottle Shop, possibly preventing even more deaths.

June 01, 2015 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


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BOC works on alcohol ordinance

The Newton County Board of Commissioners continued to revise a prospective alcohol by the drink ordinance last week, as the county looks forward to a 2012 vote on the issue.

February 14, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


The News hires new editor, ad head

The Covington News has made several changes over the past month as it continues to strive toward being Newton County's definitive source for local news. Those changes include the appointment of a new editor and the addition of several key members to both the advertising and editorial teams.

February 14, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


No arrests yet in county double murder

Authorities are investigating Tuesday's double homicide on Tempie Lane where 66-year-old Peggy Molden and her 56-year-old nephew Donald Eugene McCollough were found shot to death after authorities received a medical alert from inside the home around 9:30 a.m.

February 11, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Gas prices expected to continue to rise

Gas prices continue to rise in Atlanta, averaging $3.50 for a regular gallon Saturday, and are only expected to rise into the spring.

February 11, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County fire sees 877 more calls in '11

The Newton County Fire Department had 877 more calls in 2011, an 18 percent increase, and the vast majority of them were emergency medical and brush and grass fire calls.

February 11, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newborn celebrates Arbor Day

Newborn took another step toward recovering from a tornado last April by giving residents 250 seedlings Saturday at the town's Arbor Day celebration.

February 11, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newton High hosts livestock show

Newton High School played host to the Newton Classic Livestock Show in Covington Saturday.

February 11, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Jury selection continues for Young death penalty case

Jury selection for the death penalty case of Rodney Renia Young began Monday and has continued through this week.

February 11, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Aid coming from foreclosure-abuse deal

Newton County homeowners who have their mortgage with Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Citigroup or Ally Financial could receive some financial assistance in the coming months.

February 11, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Crash on I-20 eastbound in Conyers

Conyers police report an accident with injuries on Interstate 20 eastbound involving three vehicles, between West Ave and Ga. Highway 138. Another accident is reported on Ga. Highway 138 near Flat Shoals Road.

February 10, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Tuskegee native talks to students about airmen

The name Tuskegee stands tall in American history, especially among African Americans. It also looms large of the life of Wilbur G. Mason.

February 10, 2012 | Douglas Moser | LOCAL


Training for turmoil

Students from Georgia Piedmont College practiced their skills Thursday afternoon outside the Covington Fire Department on Pace Street. Local junkyards often donate totaled vehicles to the fire departments to use for training. Once they are done, they then come and pick the vehicles back up.

February 10, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO searching for homicide suspects

The area of Ga. Highway 162 in front of Tempie Lane was clogged Thursday morning, as deputies from the Newton County Sheriff's Office stopped drivers on the highway to hand out flyers, soliciting information on the double homicide that occurred in the out-of-the-way neighborhood Tuesday morning.

February 09, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Tennis: Alcovy boys, Eastside girls win

Tennis Alcovy boys def. Eastside 4-1

February 09, 2012 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL


Newborn offers free food, trees Sat.

Trees are even more valued in Newborn these days after more than 100 mature trees were destroyed or uprooted in a category F1 tornado last April.

February 09, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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