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Covington Police Specialized Patrol Unit closes ongoing drug investigation

The Covington police department (CPD) closed out an ongoing drug investigation on Thursday, according to Sgt. Chris Smith.

June 12, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | LOCAL


Nelson Heights to host 4th annual Juneteenth festival

Newton County is having our fifth annual Juneteenth Festival at Nelson Heights Community Center from 12:00pm to 8:00pm on Saturday, June 18, 2016.

June 12, 2016 | Jasmine Floyd | LOCAL


Newton County fire services to purchase new breathing apparatus

The Newton County Fire Services department will get 76 new self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) after the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) approved the purchase ...

June 08, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Covington police to get body cameras

Covington police officers will soon be outfitted with ProVision body cameras.

June 07, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Nursing home project receives extension permit

After tabling a request from developer Kippy Clarke of B&B Southside Holdings Company to extend a Special Use Permit (SUP) for Royal Hall Senior ...

June 07, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


BOC needs more than $2 million to balance budget

The Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) still hasn't resolved their budget, which will have a $2.6 million shortfall even if reductions are ...

June 07, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Government 101: Communication, compromise, collaborate

Chris Matthews, host of the MSNBC television show, "Hardball," is the author of a book entitled "Tip and The Gipper - When Politics Worked," that should ...

June 07, 2016 | Jerry Roseberry | LOCAL


Man robs CVS, steals Oxycodone and allergy medicine

A Covington man was arrested for robbing a CVS pharmacy Monday night, according to the Covington Police Department (CPD).

June 07, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | LOCAL


City of Covington to host free legion field grand opening event

Drive Time and the Newton County Community Band will perform at the official grand opening of Legion Field, hosted by the city of Covington.

June 07, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Certification could mean big things for Newton

Newton County was close to seeing 9,000 jobs and a $5 billion investment come to county, if only the timing was a little better.

June 05, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


At 85, Porterdale resident continues to serve others

Bobby Jack Savage is a road runner.

June 04, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


County hears of $11,237 owed on Nelson Heights property

When forensic accountant David Sawyer told the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) about some of the issues he found with spending at the Nelson ...

June 04, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Sweet music for Washington Street

Richard Shaw, of the Jazz band Creations, plays his saxophone through the crowd attending Local Grown Jazz by the River Friday. The concert was a ...

June 04, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Covington woman found with meth

A Covington woman was arrested for possession of methamphetamine following a traffic stop Wednesday, according to the Covington Police Department.

June 03, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | LOCAL


County enters hiring freeze

To help the county balance its budget, Newton County Interim Manager Lloyd Kerr asked the board of commissioners (BOC) to initiate a hiring freeze on ...

June 02, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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GOP Sheriff candidates face off at event

One thing the two Republican candidates running for sheriff agree on: current Sheriff Ezell Brown is lacking in the leadership necessary to run the office.

June 26, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Voters League to host meet and greet

The Newton County Voters League is once again active and has taken the ambitious step of hosting a meet and greet for all county, state and federal candidates who represent Newton County.

June 26, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Local landlord hit with 8 violations

A local landlord was fined after a judge found him responsible on eight different code violations for a rental property in Porterdale, where, among other things, was infested with cockroaches and the doors would not latch.

June 26, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Heat of the Night 5K race a success

Newton County Home Builders held their annual Heat of the Night 5K race in Covington recently. With all the runners gathering together at the start point at 7p.m., the heat held off as the clouds and approaching storm brought in a cool breeze and a wonderful evening to run the 5K Heat of the Night race. The final awards were announced to all first, second and third-place runners in 15 different gender age groups. The Wheeler family (pictured) took home five trophies.

June 26, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Jail Log: June 26, 2012

Carlos Alberto Castro, 29, 80 Fairway Drive, Covington, June 14. No seat belts, driving while license suspended or revoked, first offense, bench warrant (theft by shoplifting).

June 26, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Crime Briefs: Ex makes harassing calls

A Covington man stated on Monday that his ex-girlfriend was allegedly threatening to "shoot the house up."

June 26, 2012 | Meghan de St. Aubin | LOCAL


Conyers The Y to anchor development

Local leaders got a peek Monday at the renewed effort by developers 4A International, which owns 600-plus acres of Conyers land south of Interstate 20, to design a community centered around healthy living anchored by a potential new Metro Atlanta the Y facility.

June 25, 2012 | | LOCAL


Two worlds take 21 years to bridge

Melissa Roster spent so much time with Glenn Hayes the past 21 years that his friends affectionately called her Mrs. Hayes. She took a little bit of time to get used to that title, but after yesterday, it's the one she officially goes by.

Roster and Hayes were married Saturday at Burnt Pines Plantation, ending a 21-year on-and-off courtship that saw a southern, country boy finally manage to woo his northern city girl.

June 23, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


News, chamber to hold primary forum

Several local races will be contested in this year's primary election, two of which will be decided completely, and The Covington News and Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce are hosting a forum for local contested races from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday at The Center for Community Preservation and Planning, 2104 Washington St. Covington.

June 23, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Road work closes lanes on 278

Drivers traveling U.S. Highway 278 in Covington during the work week could run into traffic delays as construction on the highway's medians and turn lanes will close one lane in each direction for the next handful of months.

June 23, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Citations issued for last month’s bus crash

Four drivers involved in the school bus crash on Interstate 20 last month were issued citations for following too closely by the Georgia State Patrol Thursday.

June 23, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Oxford resident earns Human Resources certification

Elizabeth VanTassell, HR Manager, SRG Global recently earned certification as a Professional in Human Resources.

June 23, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Morgan apologizes over Cook Road

Board of Commissioner Chairwoman Kathy Morgan apologized Tuesday night for possibly not following county policy in wrongfully authorizing a repair project on Cook Road.

June 23, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


County Chairman earns certification

Kathy Morgan, Chairman of the Newton County Board of Commissioners received certification as an Economic Development Finance Professional from the National Development Council. EDFP Certification is a professional credential given to individuals who successfully complete NDC's intensive economic development finance training series.

June 23, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Crime Briefs: Cat talk leads to catfight

An argument over a cat led to two women getting into a physical altercation Thursday.

June 23, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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