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Nelson Heights Community Center management may change again

After a discussion of a Bright from the Start grant, the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) voted 4-1 to shift organization of management for ...

October 28, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

James Michael Atkins shot, killed his wife, then himself

Amanda Atkins was shot to death at 275 Deer Trail on Oct. 23, and her husband James Michael Atkins was found dead from self-inflicted gunshot ...

October 28, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

State DNR announces contest for artwork on licenses

Artists are being called on to design agency's hunting and fishing card, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced.

October 28, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Tuskegee Airman to speak at Porterdale

The village of Porterdale and CARE will hold its second annual Veterans Day event on Wednesday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m. at Veterans Memorial ...

October 28, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

What will be the small business of the year?

The Covington/Newton County Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for the annual "Dick James Small Business of the Year" award, to be given at ...

October 28, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

GPTC to host Law Enforcement Academy

Georgia Piedmont Technical College will host a career fair for aspiring deputies and officers from 9 a.m. until noon at its Law Enforcement Academy ...

October 28, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Proposed county charter could be ready Dec. 1

The Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) could have legislation for a new charter ready to take to its General Assembly delegation as early as ...

October 27, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

A look at Keith Dalton for Post 3 East Ward

Keith Dalton is seeking his third term on the Covington city council, facing off against newcomer Joshua McKelvey.

October 27, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

A look at Joshua McKelvey Post 3 East Ward

Joshua McKelvey is challenging Keith Dalton for the Post 3 East Ward seat on the Covington City Council.

October 27, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | LOCAL

A look at Eric Threets for Post 2 East Wrd

Eric Threets is challenging Michael Whatley for the Post 2 East Ward seat on the Covington City Council.

October 27, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | LOCAL

A look at Mike Whatley for Post 2 East Ward

Who is Mike Whatley: Whatley, who is running for fifth term as Council member from Post 2 East Ward is a lifelong resident of Covington ...

October 27, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

A look at Kenneth Morgan for Post 1 West Ward

Kenneth Morgan is challenging Janet Goodman for the Post 1 West Ward seat on the Covington City Council.

October 27, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

A look at Janet Goodman for Post 1 West Ward

Janet Goodman is running to retain the seat on the Covington City Council, that she first was elected to in 1978.

October 27, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

A look at Covington's 2015 election

The signs dotting Covington is proof that election season is upon us.

October 27, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Newton High School's homecoming court

Newton High School named its 20015 homecoming court, with the queen to be announced during Friday's game, 7:30 p.m. at Sharp Stadium.

October 26, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

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Oxford city council to hold work session on sanitation

Oxford City Council planned for a work session to discuss how to handle the city's sanitation service during its regular meeting Monday.

April 03, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL

Arts Association presents two different versions of "Grease"

The Newton County Arts Association is proud to present "Grease." A musical that will feature performance groups Oxford Youth Singers and Oxford Singing Children. Two different versions of the show will be performed by each group.

The Oxford Singing Children will perform the school version of "Grease" on April 13 at 7 p.m. and April 14 at 4 p.m. Tickets for adults are $10, $8 for senior citizens and $5 for children and students.

April 03, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL

Three local officers honored for service

An academic achievement award is given to the top graduate of the police academy each year based on their grade point average and performance during their time at the academy. The Covington Police Department has had three graduates receive this honor for three years in a row which is rare for any police department, but what is even rarer is the fact that they are all women.

The Sheriff Franklin Thornton Award, named after the long-time Walton County Sheriff, is a prestigious award for any upcoming law enforcement officer.

April 03, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL

Driving growth

Golf fans around the world have their attention focused on Augusta this week as the game's best descend on The Masters.

However, attention should also be brought elsewhere in Georgia. Bridgestone Golf in Covington is providing more than the thrill of competition and the pageantry of Amen Corner.

April 03, 2012 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Lawyer Strauss to run for BOC seat

Local attorney John Strauss announced Tuesday that he will run as a Republican for the District 1Board of Commissioners seat.

April 03, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Possible probation company audit

The city's former probation services provider, East Georgia Correctional Services, turned over its records to the city Friday, and interim Municipal Court Judge Ben Hendricks recommended that the city approve an audit of the records.

"For the protection and edification of all the parties involved, both the outgoing and the incoming probation services for the court as well as the permanent judge, when appointed, I respectfully request that an audit of the court be done by the city auditors. I am not aware that a comprehensive audit of the court has been done in recent memory," Hendricks wrote in ...

April 03, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

City council drops pants ordinance

The Covington City Council voted Monday to table a proposed sagging pants ordinance, after the majority of council members remained unconvinced they could or should legislate how people wear their pants.

Councilman Chris Smith had asked the city attorneys to research the topic, and after the council had a lively debate at a Wednesday work session, Smith asked the council Monday whether it wanted to move forward.

April 03, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Teacher accused of sex with student

A Conyers high school teacher who lives in Covington was arrested Friday on charges of a teacher having sexual contact with a student.

April 03, 2012 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL

Annual McDonough festival adds evening concert

Downtown McDonough will host its 35th annual Geranium Festival on May 19 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. followed by an evening concert.

The festival will host exhibitors from all over the Southeast who will be selling homemade crafts. Food vendors will also offer festival goers a wide selection of options. Admission and parking are free.

April 03, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL

Commemorating the past

The seventh annual gathering on the square to commemorate Black Easter, Covington's most famous civil rights event, will take place Sunday at 3 p.m.

The gathering will feature singing, fellowship and speakers like Georgia Rep. Tyrone Brooks, D-Atlanta.

April 03, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL

Hicks found not guilty of child molestation

A man accused of molesting his adopted daughter was found not guilty last week on all charges.

Daniel Lee Hicks, 46, was originally arrested in May 2009 and charged with four counts of child molestation.

April 03, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Social Circle murder victim ID’d

The body found burning off Interstate 20 in Social Circle late Thursday night has been identified as 36-year-old Akili Jabari Stewart of Stone Mountain. According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, he was killed as a result of gunshot wounds.

A press release issue by the GBI confirms what Social Circle authorities have already released, that around 11:45 p.m. a motorist on I-20 called 911 to report what they believed was a brush fire near U.S. Highway 278 and I-20. When firefighters began to extingush the blaze they found Stewart's body.

April 03, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Newton County: sentencing

Francisco Jarier-Serraro, first degree forgery, 5 years probation, 60 days confinement, $1000. Speeding, 12 months probation, $150. Driving without license, 12 months probation, $200. Credit for time served.

April 03, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Local church group to give away scholarship

Covington residents Ralph and Gerri Murphy were surprised recently when the Sunday school class they teach created a scholarship in their honor.

"Murphy's Gang," a couple's class at the First Baptist Church in Covington, will award one deserving graduating senior this year with an undisclosed amount of money to help the student in college.

April 03, 2012 | Rachel Goff | LOCAL

Georgia gas prices rose five cents over the last week

The average gasoline price in Atlanta rose five cents per gallon in the past week to $3.83 per gallon.

According to the gasoline price website, the national average increased 3.2 cents in the last week to $3.89 per gallon.

April 03, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL

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