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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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Newton unemployment drops

The unemployment rate in Newton County declined for a second straight month in October, with the rate at 11.4 percent, a .5 percent drop from September, according to information released today by the Georgia Department of Labor.

November 24, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Double lung transplant recipient thankful

During the holiday season it's easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle, to forget about being thankful for what we have and focus on other things. That won't be a problem this year For Jo Ellen Kimball. She is thankful just to be alive after recently surviving a double lung transplant.

November 24, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


African Art

Sharing a culture: The first African and African American Festival was held on Saturday, Nov. 13. Event Coordinator Mary (Terri) James said, "I feel we all should know our history after reading the book 'The Middle Passage.' I felt it was my duty to make a difference in educating people. The event was educational, informative, and enriching to all, history as we know it and live it, featuring African Folk Tales, Slave Ship dialog, local designers and hair stylists. Look for us in Feb. 2011 for Black History Month."

November 23, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Molestation suspect nabbed in Tennessee

A man accused of child molestation was arrested in Tennessee last week after fleeing a warrant for his arrest out of Newton County.

November 23, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newborn prepares budget

The Newborn Town Council is expected to vote on a $306,026 budget for fiscal year 2011 at its Dec. 6 council meeting. The town's fiscal year runs from January to December.

November 23, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Spread the cheer

The holidays are all about giving. Here are some agencies that provide help to the needy. Is your group doing something special for others during the holidays? Send an e-mail to tiddens@covnews.com, or post on our Facebook page. You can suggest additions to our list at Covnews.com/helpers.

November 23, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


State patrol roll out Operation C.A.R.E.

Expect plenty of company on the roads this Thanksgiving holiday, and expect to pay more for gas, too.

The Georgia State Patrol says its officers will be watching for impaired drivers, seat belt violations and speeders, according to a release.

November 23, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Meet the new Congressman at 7 p.m.

Newly elected U.S. District 7 Representative Rob Woodall (R-Lawrenceville) will speak at the Newton County Republican Party's monthly meeting at 7 p.m. at the Covington Women's Club, located behind Amici's Italian Cafe on College Avenue.

November 22, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newborn Opry ending 10-year run

The stage will fall silent in December at the Newborn Schoolhouse as the Newborn Opry is set to end its 10-year run with a final show.

November 22, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Gas costs up for Thanksgiving

Expect plenty of company on the roads this Thanksgiving holiday, and expect to pay more for gas, too.

November 22, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


SPLOST list pared to $57.6 million

Despite the split among the Board of Commissioners, it did reach an informal consensus on a final SPLOST list Thursday night, totaling $57.6 million in projects.

November 21, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


County divided over SPLOST

A divided Board of Commissioners continued to disagree Friday about whether Thursday night's 3-2 consensus decision in favor of Commissioner Mort Ewing's SPLOST proposal was the result of backroom politics or a show of leadership.

November 21, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Garden Club gathering

Leading ladies: The Satsuki Garden Club of Covington recently held their first membership meeting of the year. Club officers from left to right: Elaine Luginbill and Ellen Drossman, Co-Secretaries; Beverly Copeland, 1st Vice President; Christy Lassiter, President; Mary Mansker, 2nd Vice President; Cora Tilley, Treasurer; Bettye Robertson, Chaplain; Susie Jefferson, Parliamentarian.

November 21, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Something to cheer about

Winning ladies: Five Newton County girls were on cheer team that recently won second-place at a United Youth Football Conference Cheer Competition and was awarded the "Atlanta Falcon's Cheer Squad of the Week" in early November. The ladies are Mikenzie Armstead, fifth grade at Fairview Theme Elementary, N'kia Johnson, fifth grade at Ficquett Elementary, Kiara Cannon, fifth grade at Live Oak Elementary, Jamiah Giles, sixth grade at Cousins Middle School and Amayyah Smith-Browning, seventh grade at Indian Creek Middle School.

November 21, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Governor's tree has Newton roots

In 1980, JoAnn Sims dug up a 1-foot pine tree from the forest and moved it to a pot. Thirty years later, the tree is nearly twice as tall as her house and will soon find itself in front of the Governor's Mansion, where it will play a part in the annual state tree lighting ceremony.

November 21, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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