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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

Time line for proposed Bear Creek Reservoir water supply project

1980's – Alternatives analysis conducted for Lake Varner Reservoir; Bear Creek deemed second best place for reservoir

October 25, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Farm Bureau celebrates farm-city week

Here's a piece of trivia you may not know: One bale of cotton contains enough of the "Fabric of Our Lives" to make 215 ...

October 25, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

What’s next for Newton County’s water supply

The Bear Creek Water Supply Reservoir project has been a hot topic for its questions of validity and expenses. But the overlying issue is the ...

October 25, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Snapping Shoals awards $15,000 in grants

Snapping Shoals EMC awarded $15,000 in grants to 21 projects in Newton County through the co-op's Bright Ideas program. The grants, which are ...

October 24, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Peachtree Academy to Host Annual Harvest Festival Fundraiser

Peachtree Academy will host its annual Harvest Festival fundraiser Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1801 Ellington Road ...

October 24, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Search continues for missing Newton County man

The Community United Effort (CUE) Center for the Missing will be in Covington Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 24 and 25, searching for missing Newton County ...

October 23, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

County suspends Purchasing Cards

The suspension of Newton County Fire Chief Kevin O'Brien pending investigation into the misuse of county purchasing cards, or P-cards, last week seemed to ...

October 22, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Newton's unemployment rate drops

The Georgia Department of Labor announced a decline in Newton County's unemployment rates for September, as well as for the Metro Atlanta area as ...

October 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

NCSO sponsors Halloween Shut-In

Newton County Sheriff's Office and the Department of Community Supervision will sponsor its Ninth Annual Halloween Shut-In on Oct. 31, 2015 from 6 to ...

October 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Computer believed to be taken from homeless shelter

The Covington Police Department received a call of unlawful entry at the Rainbow Community Shelter on Turner Lake Circle after a witness saw three black ...

October 21, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Convenience centers to stop accepting tires

The Newton County convenience centers will stop accepting tires on Nov. 1.

October 21, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Eat out and feed the hungry

Breakfast, lunch or dinner -- it doesn't matter which.

October 21, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Watch: BOC suspends all work on Bear Creek Reservoir

All work on the Bear Creek Reservoir has been suspended by a 4-0 vote of the county commission, with Commission J.C. Henderson abstaining.

October 20, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

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Taser brings down drunken man at The Depot

When officers arrived at The Depot after receiving a call in reference to an intoxicated man attempting to leave on his motorcycle, they observed a man fighting with one of The Depot's security guards.

The responding officers told the man to stop fighting, turn around and put his hands behind his back.

April 24, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL

Copper stolen from church’s air conditioning units

Officers responded to a report of copper theft at the Hebron World Church.

Pastor Mark Barratt stated that when he went to the rear of the church building, he noticed that three of the air conditioning units had been tampered with.

April 24, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL

Three males arrested for shoplifting condoms

An officer responded to the Walmart on Industrial Blvd in reference to shoplifting.

The loss prevention representative along with two other associates, observed three males shoplift $7.47 worth of condoms.

April 24, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL

Daughter’s comment sparks family feud

Officers responded to a domestic dispute that resulted from a daughter making a comment about her father's girlfriend's backside.

When the officer arrived, the daughter stated that her younger sister had told her father's girlfriend that she had a "big booty." However, the girlfriend stated that the daughter made a comment about one of the kids "wanting her booty."

April 24, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL

Kimble: Throw a snag on the barbie

We crossed the International Date Line and the equator, and so far have traveled nearly 40 hours by plane.

I'm still no fan of Vegemite (I tried Mighty Mite, which is supposed to be less strong), but the rest of Australia is incredible.

April 24, 2012 | Columnist | LOCAL

Couple arrested trying to enter new home

The neighbors who allegedly prevented Jean-Joseph and Angelica Kalonji from entering their recently purchased Newton County home at gunpoint have been charged with aggravated assault, false imprisonment and criminal trespass.

April 24, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Insurance tax helps county budget

Newton County commissioners will not have to cut their budget for the first time in four years, in part thanks to receiving $1.28 million more in insurance premium tax money, a little discussed revenue source.

In order to receive insurance coverage, people must pay a premium to their insurance company. Those premium payments are then taxed by the state, with revenues split between the state and local governments.

April 21, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Boy tells escape tale to students

Hundreds of students filled the Oxford Chapel Thursday to listen to a single boy speak. But this was no ordinary boy. His name is Santos and he had escaped only a few years ago from the child armies of Ugandan guerilla leader Joseph Kony.

Santos came to Oxford with the organization Invisible Children to speak out about the evils of Kony and what local students can do to stop his reign in Africa.

April 21, 2012 | Nicole Goetz | LOCAL

Accreditation Assessment Team invites public comment on local law enforcement

A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies will arrive April 29 to examine all aspects of the Covington Police Department's policies and procedures, management, operations and support services, Police Chief Stacey Cotton said recently.

Verification by the team that the CPD meets the commission's state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation - a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence, he said.

April 21, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Ardent volunteer bids farewell

Jim Means hates to sit around and has spent most of his retirement volunteering with organizations - lots of them.

April 21, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Nonprofit hosts Scrabble tournament

Residents can test their vocabulary for a good cause at the annual Scrabble tournament and fundraiser for Newton County READS from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Card Student Center at Oxford College.

April 21, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Two arrested for loitering and prowling

Two men were arrested Friday night after loitering around vacant houses in the city.

April 21, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

The history of Earth Day

Each year on April 22 the world celebrates Earth Day to recognize what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement back in 1970.

The goal of Earth Day 2012 is to "Mobilize the Earth." The original idea for Earth Day came from founder Gaylord Nelson who was a U.S. senator from Wisconsin. After witnessing the horrendous damage left behind by the massive 1969oil spill in Santa Barbara, Calif., Nelson decided that it was time to stand up for Mother Earth.

April 21, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL

Earth Day in Newton County

Some local organizations have events planned to celebrate Earth Day and keep Newton County green and beautiful.

Front Door Litter Challenge

April 21, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL

Arrests for attempt to steal alcohol

One man and one teen were arrested early Thursday morning, after an observant delivery driver alerted authorities to two suspicious men hanging out around the back of Walmart.

When officers met with the driver, he explained that there had been approximately 25 burglaries in the Atlanta area in the last month, and when he saw the two men hanging out behind the store where no one should be, he called 911. Walmart management was also notified when the two entered the store around 2:57 a.m.

April 21, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

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