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Ag Day celebration

Governor Nathan Deal and Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black hosted the annual Ag Day at the Freight Depot on Tuesday. Ag Day is the kickoff for National Agriculture Week and provides an opportunity to promote and raise awareness of the state's largest industry. Agriculture contributes $76.9 billion annually to the state's economy. The event once again proved to be a great success bringing hundreds of participants from all over the state. Visitors sampled various Georgia grown products while learning about the state's largest industry.

March 22, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


House passes SB 213 - Flint River amendments

Last week, by a vote of 164-3, the House overwhelmingly passed SB 213, or the Flint River Drought Protection Act. The bill was amended in the House of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Committee on Monday to strengthen the original intent of the legislation.

March 22, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Spring Fling to be held at Gaither’s Planation

A new event is starting up at Gaither's Planation in a few weeks, and the organizer hopes it will become an annual rite of Spring.

March 22, 2014 | Xavier McKnight | LOCAL


Covington Fire Department to launch explorer program

The Covington Fire Department is expanding its community outreach with an Explorer Program, open to young men and women 15-20 interested in the Fire/Medical fields as a career.

March 22, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man shot after alleged robbery

After receiving a burglary call on Hwy. 162 South, Newton County Sheriff's deputies reported a man had been shot in the back.

March 22, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Lawmakers finalize $20.8 billion budget

The House and Senate agreed to the conference committee's report on HB 744 – the FY 2015 budget on Tuesday. Of particular interest, funding was restored to Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission as well as leaving GSWCC as a stand-alone agency. GSWCC Executive Director Brent Dykes said, "The Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission appreciates GA Farm Bureau's strong support of conservation during the 2014 Legislative Session. GFB has been a great partner. The state's 40 conservation districts remain committed to protecting and improving our natural resources". This was a GFB priority issue and one in which ...

March 22, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington YMCA prepares for Covington Cheerios challenge

The Covington YMCA is preparing for the 13th Annual Covington Cheerios Challenge on Saturday, April 19, which will include a 10K/ 5K Road Race, 1-mile Fun Run/Walk and new this year, a Tot Trot for children 5 and under.

March 22, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


21 youths honored at 4-H district project achievement

For 4-H members in the seventh through 12th grades, project work begins on Jan. 1 of the previous year.

March 22, 2014 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


Watching 'Clueless in Covington'

My husband, Mike and I went to the DAP Theatre's performance of Lamar Townley's "Clueless in Covington" February 15th and were pleasantly surprised by the caliber of performance in Covington! This troupe was amazing. Casting was hysterical, especially if you personally know the people. We happen to know "Ms. Harlot"! (not pictured) The other actors portrayed in this spoof are: Professor Greengenes, Mrs. Pricilla Cock, Rev. Black, Captain Cat Chupp, Professor Pemberton Pinkney, Ms. White and Mr. White. The production is based on the popular game of CLUE. This murder-mystery engages the audience to participate by voting "Whodunit ...

March 21, 2014 | Christy A. Lassiter | LOCAL


Y prepares for Cheerios Challenge

The Covington YMCA is preparing for the 13th Annual Covington Cheerios Challenge on Saturday, April 19th, which will include a 10K/ 5K Road Race, 1-mile Fun Run/Walk and new this year, a Tot Trot for children 5 and under.

March 21, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


2 Newton men caught in prostitution sting

Four more "johns" were busted in an undercover prostitution sting operation by Conyers Police Tuesday.

March 20, 2014 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Keep your hands out of your pants

After assisting with a locked vehicle Tuesday, Covington Police officers noticed the car parked next to their vehicle showed a no insurance/registration suspended alert on their license plate reader.

March 20, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Thomas' Buffet begs for 2nd chance

Some of Thomas' Country Buffet servers have been working at the repurposed train depot for several years and they think of their customers as family, but the business is on the verge of closing down in the aftermath of a failed health inspection.

March 20, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


More than $2,700 raised

Newton County firefighters came together as a family last Saturday, spending a day fishing to raise money for the son of their fallen brother.

March 20, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Future of Salem Rd businesses

Despite impassioned pleas by a prospective business owner, the Newton County Board of Commissioners refused to grant an exemption to the strict Salem Overlay zoning standards the board placed on the Salem Road corridor and surrounding area in early 2013.

March 20, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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Covington honors 2013 retirees at reception

The City of Covington held its retirement reception Thursday evening honoring the 19 former employees who made 2013 their swan song.

January 30, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man charged with drag racing

A Covington man was arrested for reportedly "laying drags" in the early hours of Sunday morning.

January 30, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


NCSS schools closed for students Jan. 31

Due to continued icy conditions on the roadways, all Newton County Schools will be closed for students tomorrow, Jan. 31, a release from the school system said.

January 30, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Snow Storm 2014: Day 3 closures

The Covington News will continue to update residents throughout the day as Newton County recovers from Snow Storm 2014. Please visit throughout the day to find out more on closures, weather, traffic and any possible emergencies.

January 30, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County roads getting better; list

Newton County roads are clearing up, and the county offices will open at 10 a.m. Thursday.

January 29, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Newton County Schools closed Thurs.

Newton County Schools will be closed tomorrow, Thursday, Jan. 30, due to inclement weather.

January 29, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


PHOTOS: The Snow Day

While schools and many businesses were closed Wednesday, many Newton County residents had a rare snow day. Check out the photos and share your own. Send any photos you take to us through our Facebook page or to news@covnews.com.

January 29, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton Medical cancels drill

The Newton Medical Center has cancelled its Code Silver drill, originally slated for Thursday.

January 29, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Tales from the snowstorm

Our former webmaster Tyler Smith tells his story of getting stranded in the Atlanta snow (the story had to be typed on a cell phone).

January 29, 2014 | By Tyler Smith Former webmaster | LOCAL


No major accidents, 1 fire overnight

No major incidents were reported throughout Tuesday evening and into Wednesday morning.

January 29, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


UPDATE: Paper deliveries after noon due to icy roads

UPDATE: While Interstate 20 may be passable, many of the side roads are still treacherous and covered in ice. Our carriers will attempt to begin delivery after 12 p.m. today. Some deliveries may stretch into Thursday morning, depending on the condition of the roads. Please bear with us as we work to get The Covington News to you as soon as is safely possible. Check www.covnews.com for updates on road conditions, closures and more.

January 29, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Rhett Butler: one unforgettable cat

When I was growing up, my family always had a cat. I can't remember them all. And after I got married, my home followed that tradition. We always had a cat. But after nearly 50 years of marriage, I can't remember all of their names, either. Most, however, followed a literary tradition, from the first, "Milton," to the last to die, "Earnest" (from "The Importance of Being Ernest"). There were exceptions when my children or a grandchild named a cat. That would include my present cat Julianne, a stray who took up with us and who was named ...

January 28, 2014 | Paula Travis | LOCAL


German pilot showed humanity amidst the inhumanity of WWII

The B-17 pilot was 21 years old, a farm boy from Weston, W. Va., on his first combat mission over the German heartland. His adversary, a former Bavarian airline pilot from Regensburg, Germany, was now a crack pilot for the Luftwaffe, with 22 kills to his credit. He was one victory away from winning the celebrated Knight's Cross. The date: Dec 20, 1943.

January 28, 2014 | Pete Mecca | LOCAL


Several arrested after house party

A house party hosted by a 16-year-old led to several people being arrested Saturday.

January 28, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


BOC: Progress needed on tax cut

When commissioners raised the property tax rate in July, they pledged to lower the rate within two years, but six months later commissioners have made little progress on finding ways to increase revenue and cut costs.

January 28, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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