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Former deputy gets 5 years in prison

Former Newton County Sheriff's Office deputy Darrell Mathis was sentenced to five years in federal prison stemming for possessing a firearm during a drug transaction, stemming from his Sept. 19 arrest by the FBI for selling drugs.

March 27, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Fire reported at NyloBoard industry

Update: Final report from Covington Fire Marshal Tony Smith on the fire at NyloBoard: The fire damaged one machine where the fire started; Smith estimated the damage to be between $5,000-$10,000.

March 27, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Stolen credit card numbers at Mystic Grill

Three women reported to the Covington Police Department that their debit or credit card had been compromised after using it at the Mystic Grill Restaurant after dining there Feb. 21.

March 27, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Police, man scuffle over crack pipe

Covington Police arrested Norman Eugene Bryant, reportedly with a cocaine pipe after having to tackle him to the ground shortly after 7 p.m. Tuesday.

March 26, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Groundbreakings and bridge replacements

Work is starting on the $14 million Georgia BioScience Training Center in Stanton Springs Industrial Park, a perk that accompanied Baxter International's $1 billion manufacturing campus on the Newton/Walton county line.

March 25, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Legion honors Veteran's Story columnist

The American Legion, the American Legion Riders, Son of the American Legion and the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary hosted presented Pete Mecca, The Covington News and The Rockdale News with certificates of appreciation at a breakfast held at The Remington House in Conyers Tuesday morning.

March 25, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local man caught in child porn case

A Covington resident and former Barrow County middle school teacher, William Kimbrell, was indicted by a Federal Grand Jury on child pornography charges the day after resigning, the Unites States Attorney's office announced in a release Monday.

March 25, 2014 | Zac Taylor Barrow County News | LOCAL


Wind knocks out power on 278

The options for ordering pizza in Covington were a little more limited Tuesday afternoon and evening as heavy winds caused a power outage to parts of Newton Plaza and U.S. Highway 278.

March 25, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Four arrested in Depot bar ruckus

Police officers put a man in an arm bar, Tasered a woman to the ground and arrested two others, who, reportedly, attempted to incite the crowd that gathered to watch the encounter outside of the Depot bar around 2 a.m. Sunday.

March 25, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Man assaults couple with a gun

Police talked a man into lowering his gun outside of Five O'clock Somewhere 1:20 Saturday morning.

March 24, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Washington Street center gets extra $8,000

The Washington Street Community Center is getting an additional $8,000 this year to help pay for programming.

March 22, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


International leaders tour Covington

Newton County leaders showed off Covington to a group of diplomats from 26 countries, praising the county's filming and economic development successes and hoping to make future connections with more international companies.

March 22, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Candidates vie for District 10 seat

Seven Republicans vying to replace Paul Broun as the representative for Georgia's 10 district took the stage Friday in Newton County to give their takes on some of the most pressing issues facing Congress.

March 22, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


Vampire Diaries filming Wednesday and Thursday

The Vampire Diaries will be filming scenes for the upcoming fifth season Wednesday and Thursday.

March 22, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Construction begins on library roof

Construction is finally starting next week on the Covington Branch Library's leaky roof and could last for two months.

March 22, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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Local tree shining brightly at Governor's Mansion

A new home: Covington resident JoAnn Sims' 35-foot tall red cedar tree was cut and placed in the Governor's Mansion front yard for Christmas, and on Dec. 5 the lights came on. Sims donated the tree, which she planted 30 years ago.

December 10, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Third-grader brings knife to school

A 9-year-old student was removed from school and is facing felony charges after bringing a knife to school and reportedly issuing threats to another student today at Oak Hill Elementary School.

December 09, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Thieves snatch manhole covers, storm grates

Newton County officials want the public to be on the lookout for both missing manhole covers, and for the people stealing them from neighborhoods across the county.

December 09, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Have some holiday fun

Some folks go all out for the holidays, lighting up their yards like mini cities. We're compiling a list of the best-decorated (or just most elaborately decorated) homes that are worthy of a drive to take a look at, and we need your help. We need a street address and a brief description of what's there. It can be your yard, or a neighbor's, or a place that's part of your personal light tour each year. You can send us a photo of what's there too. Send your information to tgiddens@covnews.com. We're ...

December 08, 2010 | Tharon Giddens | LOCAL


Newborn Christmas party Saturday

Newborn is having its town Christmas party from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the old schoolhouse on Ga. Highway 142.

December 08, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Christmas light tour: Social Circle

The Covington News is looking for suggestions on which houses in the area are all dressed up for the holidays and worth a drive to see.
Here's a suggestion from columnist Beth Rowe.
This house is on the corner of Dogwood and East Hightower Trail in Social Circle. It is a two-story house with guest quarters in back that are also decorated in lights. Beth says to be sure to check out the huge tree on the back side covered in lights.
The house is the former home of chef Natalie Dupree.
To get there from Covington, take I-20 ...

December 08, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Unemployment benefits to end soon

Melissa Cowan has done the math, and the numbers won't add up. The former human resources professional has been unemployed since February 2009. She's received two job offers during that time, but after paying for childcare and gas, she would have netted $15 a week.

December 08, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Five arrested for drug sales

After a four-month investigation, the Covington/Newton County Special Investigation Unit has arrested five people in connection with a drug sales in a house in the Spring Hill community.

December 08, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


County approves money for trail grant

The Newton County Board of Commissioners voted 3-2 to conditionally spend $100,000 on the library to Eastside High School trail Tuesday night, to serve as a 20 percent match for a $400,000 state grant.

December 07, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Pearl Harbor remembered

America's World War II veterans are slipping the surly bonds of Earth more quickly than ever. Too soon, no one will remain to recount where they were Sunday, Dec. 7, 1941, when accounts of Japan's treacherous attack at Pearl Harbor hit radio airwaves. The number of Pearl Harbor survivors at the annual commemorative service aboard the USS Arizona Memorial on Tuesday will attest to that sad fact.

December 07, 2010 | Nat Harwell | LOCAL


School rezoning session tonight

Information sessions on the rezoning of Newton County elementary schools for the 2011-2012 academic year will be held at 6 tonight at Newton High School.

December 06, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Share your unemployment story with us

Around 25,000 Georgians will receive their last unemployment check, or direct deposit, this week, following the expiration of the federal government's extended unemployment benefits.

December 06, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


SPLOST work session at 6 tonight

The Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) will get a review when the Newton County Board of Commissioners holds a work session at 6 tonight at the Historic Courthouse.

December 06, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Annual Turkey trot draws runners from all over Georgia

The Georgia Elks Aidmore Center held its 12th Annual Turkey Trot 5K Cross Country Run/Walk Fundraiser on Nov. 20. From across Georgia, one hundred and fifty four Turkey Trotters joined the Georgia Elks Aidmore Children's Center in its Run/Walk. The annual Turkey Trot is a major fundraiser for the Aidmore Center and all funds raised are used to support ongoing programs. Ghost runner opportunities are available through Dec. 31 for individuals who want to donate to the Center in lieu of participating in the Turkey Trot.

December 05, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Breaking down the SPLOST

The Board of Commissioners continues to work toward putting together a 2011 SPLOST list to present to the voters at a March 15 referendum. Below are brief descriptions of all county-wide projects included on a proposal created by Commissioner Mort Ewing, which the board supported through informal consensus. The list and dollar amounts are subject to change, as the board will vote on a finalized list at its Dec. 21 meeting.

December 05, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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