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CPD: Be wary of phone scams

The Covington Police Department is warning residents to be wary of phone calls asking for any financial or personal information.

June 28, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


BOC increases budget, lowers millage

Newton County Board of Commissioners came to a consensus of a budget of $47.71 million and a millage rate (property tax) of 11.225 for its constituents at its budget meeting Thursday night.

June 27, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


A final look into CRCT scores

Amid announcements of and preparations for a new testing system for public schools throughout the state, signs of both growth and decline were represented in the final year of Criterion Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in Newton County schools.

June 26, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Keeping Georgia’s communities safe

Covington residents Gregory Dozier, assistant commissioner and chief of staff for the Georgia Department of Corrections, and Inspector Sandra Putnam with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation returned from Israel after spending two weeks learning new public safety techniques and technologies.

June 26, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Rotary Club delivers snacks for Sunshine

Around 400 campers descended on Rutledge from June 22-July 4 for a week-long respite from cancer and a chance to be children again, and several of Covington's most philanthropic business owners and leaders were there to greet them.

June 26, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


More construction this weekend

Travelers should avoid I-20 this weekend if possible, as roadwork continues, weather permitting.

June 26, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Social Circle Main St. accredited

A group of hardworking and dedicated residents have made sure "Georgia's Greatest Little Town" remains in the national spotlight for historic preservation and economic development.

June 26, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


School CRCT scores released

The following information was provided by the Newton County School System. Look in Friday's paper for the full story.

June 25, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Man caught in act near Alcovy Fitness

A man fled the scene after allegedly exposing himself outside of Alcovy Fitness early Wednesday morning.

June 25, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Crime Briefs: Full moons and stars in Rockdale

It was a full moon - or moons - in Rockdale Sunday night as two drunk men were arrested for public indecency after being caught pulling down their pants and mooning motorists. One suspect even knocked himself out running into a tree as he attempted to flee.

June 25, 2014 | | LOCAL


Newton Newsflash: 4th of July weekend

Main Street Covington invites residents to a Mix and Mingle for the Fourth of July Independence in the Park to discuss event details and answer questions.

June 24, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Water and sewer rates changing

Some Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority (NCSWA) users will have lower rates starting July 1.

June 24, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


GPC renews accreditation

Georgia Perimeter College, which has a campus in Newton County, received good news recently.

June 24, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


‘When all else fails, ham radio works!’

Despite the Internet, cell phones, email and modern communications, every year whole regions find themselves in the dark. In such cases, the one consistent service that never fails is amateur radio. Over the past year, the news has been full of reports of "ham" radio operators providing critical communications during unexpected emergencies in towns across America including the California wildfires, winter storms, tornadoes and other events world-wide. Next weekend, Newton County "hams" will join with thousands of other Amateur Radio operators across the nation in demonstrating their emergency capabilities.

June 24, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Rotary club installs new officers, president

The Rotary Club of Covington inducted its new officers Tuesday, as Brad Bettis handed over the president's gavel to Janet Brewer.

June 24, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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2050 Plan garners national award

Newton County's plan for the future was praised this week by a national group of expert planners, offering more outside validation for an effort that's been under way for a decade.

April 29, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


2014 Election Candidate Profiles: Pam Dickerson

State Rep. Pam Dickerson, D-Conyers, is seeking re-election to a third term in the Georgia General Assembly because she wants to continue working to improve education.

April 29, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


2014 Election Candidate Profiles: Sharon Sawyer

Sharon Sawyer is taking a second shot at unseating Democratic incumbent state Rep. Pam Dickerson in the May 20 Primary, and Sawyer's campaign message is simple: vote for Sawyer, because she actually lives in Newton County.

April 29, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Young Americans presents Peter Pan

Head to the second star from the right this weekend.

April 29, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington woman wins poetry award

A Covington woman won an award for her poetry entry in the 2014 edition of "Sirocco," Georgia Southwestern State University's Arts Magazine.

April 29, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Outdoor burn ban begins May 1

Georgian's are being asked not to add to the expected summer heat and air quality during the coming months, according to the Georgia Forestry Commission (GFC).

April 29, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Candy bar in gas tank

A woman went to put gas into her 2008 Chevy at 10:30 a.m. Friday when the lever would not lock, and no gas would go into the tank, as if it was full.

April 29, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


CPD arrest check-cashing head

The Covington Police Department has arrested a person Thursday believed to have spearheaded the theft of thousands of fraudulent funds in Newton, Rockdale and Walton counties.

April 29, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Dial named 2013 Hometown Hero

Superior Court Judge Samuel Ozburn said it best in helping to honor the two 2013 General Mills and The Covington News Hometown Hero finalists, who both happen to be handicapped.

April 29, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Hazardous weather in store for Newton

Update, Tuesday morning: Newton County is one of dozens of Georgia counties under a "Hazardous Weather Outlook" that warns residents to be prepared for:

April 28, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


A stormy week

Thunderstorms are expected in the area throughout the week, possibly bringing damaging winds, hail and chance of tornadoes, according to the National Weather Service.

April 28, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Waters named municipal court judge

Covington attorney Billy Waters was sworn in as Covington Municipal Court judge last week, and the Covington City Council hopes the Newton County native will bring some stability to the position.

April 26, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Y volunteers make a difference

The Covington Family YMCA had a record setting 1,365 participants in its Covington Cheerios Challenge event on Saturday, April 19. This event would not be possible without many people volunteering behind the scenes.

April 26, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Early voting kicks off Monday

Early voting kicks off Monday, and there are several contested local, state and federal seats for Newton County voters, including a couple that will be decided outright in the Primary election.

April 26, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Full-time chair, manager supported

County commissioners agree the county needs both a full-time election chairman and a full-time county manager or administrator, but they still need to decide which official will have ultimate firing and hiring authority and to whom county employees are ultimately responsible.

April 26, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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