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Williams receives Missouri governor’s economic development award

Covington native Otis Williams received the Missouri Governor's Career Service in Economic Development Award at the 2016 Governor's Conference on Economic Development held ...

September 14, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

State driver services reminds voters to prepare for election

A driver's license with current address or a photo identification card is required to cast a ballot in Georgia. The state's Driver Services ...

September 14, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Armed militia protests on Covington Square

About a dozen members of the militia group, Georgia Security Force III%, conducted an armed protest on the Covington Square Tuesday night.

September 13, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Militia group plans protest for Tuesday evening

Though a special called meeting of the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) was cancelled. a local militia group announced it will continue with a ...

September 13, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Meeting on lifting moratorium cancelled

A special called meeting at which two Newton County commissioners said they were going to vote to lift the moratorium on permits for places of ...

September 13, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Traffic lights, gazebo and parks topics at town hall meeting

Around 30 people, some retirees of the city, turned out for a town hall meeting hosted by the Covington City Council at Covington First United ...

September 12, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Alcohol availability changed in the county

There will be some new options for business owners wanting to sell alcohol in Newton County. The board of commissioners (BOC) approved changes to the ...

September 11, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Rabbits, chickens and cows, oh, my!

"I just can't believe how much 4-H has changed as kids changed!" a 4-H alum from the 1950s told me this summer.

September 11, 2016 | Terri Fullerton | LOCAL

Bringing lessons learned in Israel back to Newton County

Counter-terrorism isn't always a violent response to extremism. It is also about building partnerships and offering alternatives that make extremism less attractive.

September 11, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Trash fees

Starting Oct. 15 Newton County residents will need to have a tag hanging from the mirrors of their vehicles in order to access one of ...

September 11, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

CPD from Georgia to Georgia

It wasn't that he and some of his officers have been invited three times to train the Republic of Georgia's police in response ...

September 11, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Brotherhood of firefighters will ‘never forget’

The hunk of steel is the upper section of an I-beam. A chunk of concrete with a few strands of rebar bent back hand on ...

September 10, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

New city logo to be drafted by UGA Design Studio students

Sixteen landscape design students from the University of Georgia's Design Studio presented information about creating memorable logos to the Covington City Council Monday night.

September 10, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

33rd CPD Fuzz Run

The largest annual fund raiser for the Covington Police Department's Police Who Care Fund went off without a hitch Saturday.

September 10, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Level 1 drought declared in Newton County

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) declared a Level 1 drought in 53 counties, including Newton County.

September 09, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

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Local helps fight deadly disease

Covington resident Shelley Campbell has traveled all over the world studying deadly diseases from the caves of Uganda to the town of Pune, India to the diverse country of South Africa.

For her most recent work on a vaccine for Rift Valley Fever, a potentially lethal mosquito-borne disease that affects animals and humans, Campbell won the Charles C. Shepard Science Award for Laboratory Science.

July 24, 2012 | Elizabeth Park | LOCAL

Pilot Club announces officers

Average retail gasoline prices in Atlanta have risen 10.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.42/gal yesterday. This compares with the national average that has increased 4.9 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.49/gal, according to gasoline price website

July 24, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Principals from the private sector?

By next school year, school-level leadership could come from the private sector.

July 24, 2012 | By Lee Johnson | LOCAL

Man arrested after Gaither Street fire

Richard Douglas Norton, 31, was arrested late Tuesday in connection with a fire that destroyed the home at 3126 Gaither St. earlier in the day.

Norton was one of the renters and, at this time, is believed to have set the fire for insurance purposes. He was arrested in Athens and charged with obstruction of justice Tuesday, but Assistant Fire Marshall said he planned to bring three other charges against Norton today including insurance fraud, arson in the first degree and criminal damage of property.

July 24, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Education millage rate stays the same

Despite declining property tax revenues, the Newton County Board of Education was unable to raise its millage rate because it was already at the max rate of 20 mils.

July 24, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Paratrooper tells tales from WWII

Born into a Fayetteville farming community in 1924, Lofton Lee Hill helped harvest cotton and corn until joining the CCC (civilian conservation corps) during the Great Depression. He helped complete the paratrooper jump school at Fort Benning, on Nov 11, 1941. Hill said, "Little did I know I'd be going through the same jump school in 1943."

July 24, 2012 | Pete Mecca | LOCAL

Survival kit for the road

As we go full swing into the summer months, are you thinking about taking a genealogy trip out of town? Are you planning to go to the State and National Archives, State College Libraries, out of town cemeteries, out of town Probate Court Office? Wherever you go, you will need a survival kit and be well prepared.

July 24, 2012 | Ellen Blakeslee | LOCAL

Man gets disorderly at Mexican restaurant

On Monday, an officer was walking into El Charro when a blue Honda, occupied by two men, drove into the parking area.

July 24, 2012 | Meghan de St. Aubin | LOCAL

House destroyed on Gaither Street

A fire broke out this morning at 3126 Gaither Street in Covington. The cause of the fire is still being investigated, officials said, but the fire was under control by around 8:40 p.m.

July 24, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

More industrial interest in Newton

More and more industries are showing interest in Newton County, representing millions in investment and thousands of jobs, and Covington Mayor Ronnie Johnston believes Covington could be set for its own boom.

July 21, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

SCLC talks T-SPLOST, education

The Southern Christian Leadership Conference held a planning meeting Saturday in Covington to discuss SCLC's Take Five Initiative that addresses voter registration, education and mobilization, the current T-SPLOST referendum and also seeks to re-ignite chapters across Georgia and the Southeast.

July 21, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Dry dog food stolen from animal control

Thirty-three bags of dry dog food and three bags of cedar chips were allegedly stolen from the Newton County Animal Control, according to employee Terry Keyhooson.

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

City can't get downed trees on private land

As Diahann Thames got ready to leave her Covington home during Saturday morning's storm, she heard a loud "thump" which turned out to a tree crashing down on her driveway and narrowly missing her parked car. She was relieved she had already gotten into the car, but found her and her family blocked in.

July 21, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Susie Loy Gunn

Susie Loy (Jeffries) Gunn, 92, of Mansfield, passed away July 18. She loved gardening, traveling and spending time with her family. She was preceded in death by her husband Grady Gunn and parents Robert Lee and Lenora (Digby) Jeffries.

July 21, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

A Look Into the Future

In some ways, you could say it's taken Rockdale's new superintendent Richard Autry more than four decades to travel 10 miles in from where he grew up.

July 21, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

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