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Road closures due to flooding

After the National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for Newton County due to heavy rain, several roads were closed throughout Newton County.

December 31, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Sexual assault, robbery investigated

The Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) is investigating a robbery that occurred in a home off Cooper road on Dec. 20.

December 30, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Trash piles up outside recycling center

Newton County Sheriff's Deputies were on site at the McGiboney Road Convenience Center Monday morning after residents dumped their trash outside the gates and ...

December 30, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Flash Flood warning for Covington

A flood watch is in effect for Newton and surrounding counties through Friday evening and a flash flood warning is in effect until 6:45 ...

December 30, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Remains may be those of one of FBI's most wanted

The skeletal remains found on City Pond Road near Bob Williams Parkway may be David Lee Sheffield, a man from Atkin, South Carolina, wanted by ...

December 30, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Most county roads reopened after flooding caused closings

Driving by the Yellow and Alcovy rivers in Newton County is a visible example of the record rainfall that's fallen in the Southeast in ...

December 30, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Skeletal remains found off City Pond Road

As clouds darkened the sky, threatening rain, Covington City police officers and firefighters joined officers from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) in a search ...

December 28, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Young mother fighting cancer finds love, support from family and friends

A 19-year-old engaged girl should be thinking about weddings, future husbands and bachelorette parties.

December 27, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Two finalists for county manager named

Newton County officials announced that Adam C. Mestres, the current County Administrator for Jefferson County, and Ronnie Cowan, Director of Human Resources for the City ...

December 27, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Important steps taken in 2015, promising future ahead

For Newton County, 2015 felt more like the set-up to the movie everyone is really waiting to see.

December 27, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


For Forehand It’s hard to say good-bye

Leaving is often bittersweet. Torn between the excitement of a challenging new position and the sadness at leaving those who have become family, the final ...

December 27, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Newton County Chairman Keith Ellis will not seek a second term

Newton County Chairman Keith Ellis will not seek a second term.

December 26, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Ellis and Ewing resign from JDA

Citing their protest to the sale of land to a residential developer at "below market" value, Keith Ellis, Chair of the Newton County Board of ...

December 23, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Owens resigns as Interim County Manager

Just as Newton County's Director of Human Resources sent notices to the media on Tuesday, Dec. 22 that the Board of Commissioners (BOC) may ...

December 23, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Rockdale Sheriff's Office files robbery charges against woman

Charges were filed against a 31-year-old female, suspected of being involved with Tuesday's attempted robbery of Lowe's Home Improvement Center in Conyers and ...

December 23, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


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Man arrested for child molestation

A 20-year-old Loganville man was arrested and charged with child molestation early Tuesday morning.

Officers from the Covington Police Department were called to a home in the Settlers Grove neighborhood just after 3 a.m. Tuesday. Once there, they met with the mother of a 12-year-old girl who said she had last seen her daughter around 11 p.m. before heading to bed. When the child's father woke up around 2:30 a.m. to check on the children, he noticed his daughter was not downstairs with the rest of them. Upon checking her bedroom, he found her bed ...

June 21, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Letting out their inner star

For lovers of "Glee" and others who dream of their name in lights, the Musical Theater Camp is beginning this summer for grades 4th-12th.

The camp will run from July 9-20, at Newton High School in the Porter Auditorium. Participants will receive training in three areas: voice, acting and dancing.

June 21, 2012 | Meghan de St. Aubin | LOCAL


Political forum to be held Tuesday

Newton County citizens will have an opportunity to learn more about the candidates for Board of Commissioners District 1 and sheriff from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday at the Mansfield Community Center.

June 21, 2012 | Elizabeth Park news@covnews.com | LOCAL


Citations issued in school bus crash

The Georgia State Patrol today issued citations to four drivers involved in the May 19 school bus crash on Interstate 20 in Newton County that injured 61 people.

June 21, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County approves $44.89 million budget

The Newton County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a $44.89 million budget for the 2012-2013 year Tuesday and voted to keep the millage rate at its current 10.91 rate, but did not promise to devote any additional revenue to economic development.

June 20, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Anonymous bloggers remain so for now

The anonymous bloggers will be allowed to remain so for now, according to a ruling by Newton County Superior Court Judge Eugene Benton, who also ordered Stephanie Lindsey, attorney for Alcovy High School Principal LaQuanda Carpenter, to notify the bloggers of the lawsuit.

June 19, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Main Street moves office to city building

Main Street Covington will soon be moving its offices into the Covington's planning and zoning building next to city hall, after the Covington City Council decided not to pay the organization's rent and utility costs at the 2104 Washington St. building owned by Rob Fowler III.

June 19, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


City budget approved with no fanfare

Without hesitation or discussion, the Covington city council unanimously approved the 2012-2013 budget.

June 19, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Study: Oconee Metal not too noisy

The Covington city council heard a presentation from a study conducted by Vibra-Tech, which hired it to test the noise and vibration levels produced from the car shredding machine at Oconee Metal Recovery on Washington Street.

June 19, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Rep. Scott takes stand for 4th amendment

U.S. Congressman Austin Scott, GA-08, recently authored and introduced H.R. 5925, Preserving Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act of 2012. This legislation would ensure that the use of domestic drones does not infringe on an American's Fourth Amendment rights. Rep. Scott offered the following comments upon introducing the legislation:

"H.R. 5925 would require the government to obtain a warrant before conducting drone surveillance in the United States. Recognizing that there are situations where the use of drones is both necessary and appropriate, my bill aims to balance privacy concerns and the ability to harness drone technology for ...

June 19, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Gas prices fall 3.5 cents in past week

Average retail gasoline prices in Atlanta have fallen 3.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.29/gal yesterday. This compares with the national average that has fallen 3.2 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.53/gal, according to gasoline price website AtlantaGasPrices.com.

Including the change in gas prices in Atlanta during the past week, prices yesterday were 28.7 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 20.4 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 17.6 cents per ...

June 19, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Crime Briefs - June 20

An alleged gunshot heard behind the old Ozone bar and grill led to law enforcement seizing drugs from inside a man's vehicle on Monday.

June 19, 2012 | Meghan de St. Aubin | LOCAL


Dinah Watts Pace: a Covington legend

On a tree-lined street in Covington, just a stone's throw from the hurly-burly of the Interstate, time slows to the pace of an earlier era. The air is thick and unhurried and cicadas drawl their summer songs they way they did more than 125 years ago when the street's namesake - a light-complexioned woman with serious eyes - first stepped into town.

June 19, 2012 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Fazio: Is the future of football changing?

Baseball is America's favorite pastime.

June 19, 2012 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Should Newton support the T-SPLOST?

Years after Atlanta's population boom, local voters have grown weary of the region's traffic snarls, while at the same time becoming ever more leery of government's attempts to raise taxes in the wake of lingering effects from the housing market collapse and economic recession.

June 19, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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