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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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Furniture delivery reportedly leads to theft

A woman's money reportedly went missing after she had a new bed delivered to her home in the Silo's community.

January 25, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


NMC to conduct emergency drill

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

January 25, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County has big retail plans

Newton County needs more shopping options. For local residents, that's an obvious statement, one they've been harping on for decades as Covington lost clothing stores and its lone movie theater and bowling alley.

January 25, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Arbor Day program to honor memory of Jinx Faulkner

Covington will host its Arbor Day celebration at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 21, at the Covington Woman's Club, 1122 College St.

January 25, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Garrett begins Monday

Tom Garrett will start as assistant county manager Monday, and he's looking forward to using his experience and education to serve the citizens and help the county run efficiently.

January 25, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


A view from the House

During the second week of the legislative session, the House focused its efforts on budget work as part of the emphasis on an expedited session. Initial, informational hearings on the state's finances, which normally don't start until the second week of the session, were completed last week. Thus the nitty-gritty of appropriations work was already underway, somewhat to the exclusion of other legislating. This allowed the House to compose and consider the first component of our budget work on Friday. This was the "little" budget, as the update to the current fiscal year budget is known.

January 25, 2014 | Rep. Doug Holt Special to the News | LOCAL


4-H Forever: Kids taste independence at summer camp

Getting your young ones to branch out on their own is a tough thing to do, but it's part of human nature, and in fact all nature.

January 25, 2014 | Terri Kimble Fullerton Columnist | LOCAL


K9 Nina

Porterdale police Lt. J. Cripps demonstrates K9 Nina's skills.

January 25, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


Garrett accepts asst. county manager job

Update, 1:02 p.m.: Tom Garrett "enthusiastically accepted" the position of assistant county manager and has agreed to a salary of $82,316, according to County Attorney Tommy Craig. The salary must still be approved by the Board of Commissioners.

January 24, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Officials push promotion of Stanton Springs

Stanton Springs, the industrial park housing Baxter International's $1 billion manufacturing campus, could soon be promoted to passersby on Interstate 20.

January 23, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Small fire at Cousins Middle School

The Covington Fire Department responded to a small fire in the ceiling of Cousins Middle School Wednesday afternoon.

January 23, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Rescue in tight spaces

A blaze raging through acres of woodland or threatening to hop to a neighboring house is something all firefighters are trained to handle.

January 23, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Woman sought after man cut with knife

A warrant has been issued for a woman in connction with an incident in which a man's lip was cut with a knife.

January 23, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Newton County jail log

Taurus O'Neal Baynes, 29, 145 Avontea Drive, Covington, Jan. 21. Probation violation.

January 23, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


BOE chooses new leaders

The Newton County Board of Education has elected a new chairwoman and vice-chairwoman, approved an online payment system to be used for school activities, and decided that students won't need to make up the day of school they missed this month due to frigid weather.

January 23, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


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