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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


Silent auction to help single parents

Spring Ministries, a new ministry aiming to help single parents in Newton, Jasper and Butts counties, is hosting a tea party and silent auction to raise money.

March 22, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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


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Preparing the roads

Assistant Roads Superintendent Chris Malcolm speaks about the impending ice/snow storm.

February 10, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


Special delivery for winter weather

Due to the wintry weather conditions predicted by the National Weather Service for Wednesday, that day's edition of The Covington News will be delivered Tuesday.

February 10, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


More wintry weather expected

North central Georgia is once again preparing for an icy situation.

February 10, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Good food, free admission on tap at livestock show

Do not despair!

February 08, 2014 | Terri Kimble Fullerton 4-H Forever columnist | LOCAL


House votes on 12 bills and resolutions

Last week in the House the focus on committee work continued. A few more items made it to the floor for consideration, and we voted on 12 bills and resolutions. All concerned fairly minor topics; a couple are of some interest.

February 08, 2014 | Rep. Doug Holt R-Social Circle | LOCAL


Main Street program to move under chamber

Main Street Covington, the program responsible for promoting and developing downtown, has been in a holding pattern with uncertainty about its future and no permanent director, but the program will finally transition under the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce next week.

February 08, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newborn to remember Sheridan at Arbor Day event

Newborn is preparing for a day of remembrance and awareness and another of celebration and tradition.

February 08, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Flipping for flapjacks

Stacks of pancakes were gobbled down and runners hit the pavement Saturday morning as more than 500 people participated in the Kiwanis Club of Covington's second annual pancake breakfast and the Newton Education Foundation's Pancake Stampede 5K.

February 08, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Details released from BOC exec session

In light of continuing public questions and complaints, County Attorney Tommy Craig, with permission from a majority of commissioners, released some details from the Jan. 21 executive session in which commissioners discussed choosing the next county manager.

February 08, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


County to discuss form of govt, org chart

Though Newton County's next county manager is set to take over later this year, the Board of Commissioners is still planning to review its organizational chart and charter.

February 08, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


2nd Whitehead twin pleads guilty

Jasmiyah Whitehead, one of the young twins charged with the bloody 2010 killing of their mother in Conyers, followed her sister in admitting to the crime Friday.

February 08, 2014 | | LOCAL


CPD arrests two after road signs reportedly taken

Two men were arrested late last week after reportedly trying to steal a street sign.

February 08, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


NMC Fitness Forum plans Heart Health Fair

In recognition of Cardiac Rehabilitation Week, Newton Medical Center's Fitness Forum will host a Heart Health Fair for the community from 8 a.m.-noon Feb. 11 in the lobby of the Knox Surgical Center.

February 08, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton Farm Bureau holds Legislative Dinner

The Newton County Farm Bureau's Legislative Dinner was held Jan. 30 at the Newton College and Career Academy.

February 08, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Brown fires up spelling bee win

Ralph Brown, an eighth-grader at Newton County Theme School at Ficquett, picked up a trophy and the title as the 2014 Newton County Spelling Bee Champion after competing in the county-wide spelling competition at Newton High School Friday.

February 08, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


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