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Unemployment rate drops

Newton County's unemployment rate dropped to 8 percent in February, down from 8.3 percent in January, but the number of employed workers also fell as the overall number of people looking for work dropped.

March 27, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Fire causes minor damage at NyloBoard

A small flash fire caused minor injuries to two employees, damaged a piece of equipment and shut down part of local industry NyloBoard's manufacturing plant Thursday morning, but overall fire and company officials said the damage was minimal.

March 27, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Deputy Mathis 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


A tribute through a birthday party

Local Indian Creek seventh grader Katlyn Williams is celebrating her 13th birthday party tonight, but the celebration won't be all about her.

March 27, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Ella Kate helps kick off March of Babies

Six-month-old Ella Kate Rider laughed and paid vigorous attention to everyone around her enjoying lunch and speeches about her journey and the care given at Newton Medical Center's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit facilities.

March 27, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Orphans, pickpockets and music

The Arts Association in Newton County will be hosting a stage production of Oliver!, performed by OYS and OSC at Porter Auditorium on March 27th-30th.

March 27, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Unemployment rate drops; fewer looking for work

Newton County's unemployment rate dropped to 8 percent in February, down from 8.3 percent in January, but the number of employed workers also fell as the overall number of people looking for work dropped.

March 27, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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


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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


Candidate Collins offers government overhaul ideas

Congressional candidate Mike Collins has a 10-point plan to overhaul Washington, D.C., and ease the anger and fear he hears when he talks to Georgia residents.

January 28, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Theme School to take applications next week

Newton County Theme School at Ficquett will soon be accepting applications for enrollment for the 2014-'15, school year.

January 28, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Serious crime on the rise in Conyers

Serious crime in Conyers increased nearly 8 percent in the past year, Police Chief Gene Wilson reported at the city's Winter Retreat in Stone Mountain.

January 28, 2014 | John Ruch jruch@rockdalenews.com | LOCAL


Man reportedly steals nearly $5K from Covington Lodge

A man reportedly entered a hotel office and got away with more than $4,000 in cash.

January 28, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Reps. Holt, Dickerson spend day at local farm

State Reps. Doug Holt and Pam Dickerson visited a local farm last month as part of a workplace exchange.

January 28, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton Medical to hold emergency drill

The Newton Medical Center is used to handling emergencies, and will take on another one this week.

January 28, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Snowmagedon

The warning was clear, "stay home."

January 28, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


SNOW CENTRAL: Closings, roads, etc.

CLOSINGS (this list is being constantly updated):

January 28, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County Schools closed tomorrow

Newton County Schools will be closed tomorrow, Wednesday Jan. 29. Due to inclement weather all Newton County Schools will be closed, Sherri Davis-Viniard, NCSS Director of Public Relations said in a new release Tuesday. No employees should report.

January 28, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


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