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Convenience centers now require proof of purchase

Newton County residents wanting to throw away their trash at one of the 11 Newton County Neighborhood Recycling Centers were required to show proof of ...

October 29, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


Polls open tomorrow for Saturday voting

On Saturday, Oct. 29, the polls will be open in all 159 Georgia counties for individuals to cast their ballots early leading up to Election ...

October 28, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


CFD offers safety tips for burning in dry weather

Severe drought conditions have plagued not only the City of Covington but the entire state of Georgia for the past few months. Citizens should use ...

October 28, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Housing authority initiates audit after theft suspicion

The City of Covington Housing Authority is undergoing an audit of its financial department after a theft by an employee was suspected, according to a ...

October 28, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


NCSS denied request for waiver of 2017 Milestones Assessment System

Newton County School Superintendent (NCSS) Samantha Fuhrey received a letter from Georgia School Superintendent Richard Woods denying her request for a waiver of the 2017 ...

October 27, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Introducing the future home of Three Ring Studios

Driving along Highway 142 across from the Orchard Park Subdivision there is a slight change in the scenery of trees and shrubs off to the ...

October 26, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Rotary Park dedicated in Covington

Newton County and the Rotary Club of Covington came together to provide a new area for residents to rest and relax in downtown Covington and ...

October 25, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Understanding a breast cancer diagnosis

Family Features

October 25, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Women with breast cancer may find comfort in support groups

No woman should have to face breast cancer alone. There are a number of resources available that can provide support, such as family members, friends ...

October 25, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Sheriff’s vehicle rolls into parked car

A Newton County Sheriff's Office patrol vehicle rolled into a parked car Sunday morning after an officer stepped out of the vehicle without properly ...

October 25, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


CPD requesting help in two robberies

The Covington Police Department (CPD) is seeking help in identifying the suspect or suspects involved in two robberies within the last week.

October 24, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Trails, Chimney Park, Senior Center, Washington Street make SPLSOT presentations

Representatives from the Newton County Trails, the Newton County Senior Center, Friends of Newton Parks and the Washington Street Community Center presented their cases for ...

October 24, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Mayfield Ace Hardware to relocate

Mayfield Ace Hardware will close in its current location and relocate to 2171 Elm Street, Northeast on Jan. 2.

October 24, 2016 | Xavier I. Lewis | LOCAL


Community in Unity a gathering of fellowship

Jacob Mast saw a need to bring people together and build relationships between two diverse groups of Newton County residents, from the east side of ...

October 24, 2016 | Xavier I. Lewis news@covnews.com | LOCAL


Mayfield Ace Hardware to relocate

Mayfield Ace Hardware will close in its current location and relocate to 2171 Elm Street, Northeast on Jan. 2.

October 23, 2016 | Xavier I. Lewis | LOCAL


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Man arrested in restaurant owner killing

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta police say they've made an arrest in connection with the slaying of an Atlanta restaurant owner last month.

Authorities say 53-year-old Vanessa Thrasher was preparing to testify in an upcoming murder trial when she was gunned down at her northwest Atlanta business, OT's Lounge and Soul Food Grill, on Aug. 16.

October 08, 2012 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Online opinions can lead to legal tests

Online commenting. Facebook. Blogging, Social media.

October 07, 2012 | By Norman Baggs Gainesville Times General Manager | LOCAL


City retired employees to get pavers

Covington City Council members approved for pavers that would recognize former employees and city officials to be placed on the sidewalks around the square at their meeting on Monday.

October 06, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


City to spend $4K to evaluate Main Street

The city agreed to fund bringing in a consultant to conduct an evaluation on Main Street Covington at their meeting on Monday.

October 06, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


BOE to discuss local charter school

Newton County's Board of Education will discuss Tuesday whether or not to renew Challenge Charter Academy's charter. This comes on the heels of a resolution, signed by all members but District 1 representative Jeff Meadors, requesting that voters oppose the Constitutional amendment relative to the state approval of charter schools.

October 06, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Shelter gets nearly $15K in donations

The residents of Newton County came to the rescue of the local homeless shelter Friday, donating a combined $14,800 to keep the lights on and the water running.

October 06, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Oak Hill sets the standard

In the lobby of Oak Hill Elementary, the trophy case is packed full of recognition.

In barely more than 10 years since opening, the students, faculty and staff have earned a variety of trophies, but eight bear the 4-H logo.

October 06, 2012 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


Crime: Money taken from Coke machine

A manager and employees at Food Depot reported that two unknown men took money out of the outside Coca-Cola vending machine. According to a report, a Covington police responded to the Food Depot on U.S. Highway 278 on Wednesday around 9 a.m. in reference to someone breaking into the Coke machine.

October 06, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Child molester to be sentenced

Charles Leslie Skrobot is scheduled to be sentenced on charges that he molested a 4-year-old female relative in 2010.

October 06, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Continuance requested in child exploitation case

An attorney for Andrew Patrick Harper, charged with 15 counts of sexual exploitation of children, has asked for a continuance in the case, which was on the trial calendar for Newton County Superior Court Judge Horace Johnson during the week of Oct. 8.

The charges against Harper, 22, stem from his April, 2011 arrest.

October 06, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Woman sets woods on fire

A local woman charged with setting the woods on fire near City Pond and Alcovy Road was ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation.

Alecia Charlette Jackson, 28, was charged at the beginning of the year with arson of lands in the third degree, a felony.

October 06, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


2012 Newton County Mutt Show

Dozens of puppies and dogs came out Saturday morning to strut their stuff for the Humane Society's annual Newton County Mutt Show fundraiser.

The show, hosted on the Covington square, began at 10 a.m. and featured five different categories: Face Only a Mother Can Love, Most Beautiful, Most Handsome, Best Dressed, and Best Trick. First, second, and third place ribbons were awarded in each category.

October 06, 2012 | Rachel Goff | LOCAL


Conyers cracks down on local spa

Two people were recently charged under Conyers' new regulations on spa businesses, the first such charges after the city began cracking down massage parlors.

October 06, 2012 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Help keep our ‘Rivers Alive’

Update: Laurie Riley, executive director of Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful, said the staging area for the "Rivers Alive" event has changed.

October 05, 2012 | Hayley Williams | LOCAL


Lane closures begin Oct. 9

Georgia DOT maintenance crews have scheduled to continue tractor mowing on Ga. Highway 212 and Ga. Highway 36 and have scheduled to continue roadway ditch maintenance requiring a single lane closure on Ga. Highway 12, Ga. Highway 142 and Ga. Highway 162 in Newton County. This work is tentatively scheduled daily between 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., weather permitting.

Flagmen may be used for this work. Motorists are asked to use caution, reduce their speed and be alert to changing traffic conditions.

October 04, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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