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Fowler to represent Eastside in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Add Katie Beth Fowler, 16 year-old junior, to a very short list of talented local youth. A member of the Pride of Eastside Marching Band ...

November 23, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Covington

Covington agrees on incentives for Holiday Inn Express

The Covington City Council approved the incentive pricing during its meeting Monday night for the new Holiday Inn Express being built on Paras Drive just ...

November 16, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | Covington

Two found dead on Deer Trail identified

The Newton County Sheriff's Office found two dead near Oxford Friday after receiving calls of a shooting on Deer Trail.

October 26, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | Covington

Covington city council wrapup

Several roads will be closed throughout the city of Covington for Halloween, Saturday, Oct. 31.

October 20, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | Covington


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Arrest made in gas station burglaries

On March 11, the Newton County Sheriff's Office responded to and investigated a burglary at the BP gas station located at 3501 Salem Road. Responding deputies and NCSO investigators were able to obtain store video which showed a black male in a silver vehicle make entry into the store.

May 29, 2009 | Staff Report | Covington

2 teachers caught smoking marijuana

Two Newton County special education teachers were arrested for possession of marijuana after an off-duty officer reportedly saw the duo using drugs last Friday in a vehicle parked in the Covington Corners parking lot after they left school following field day activities.

May 29, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Covington

Board reaches consensus on budget

The citizens and county employees who had filled the Newton County Historic Courthouse broke out in applause Wednesday night after Chairman Kathy Morgan announced that the Newton County Board of Commissioners had reached a consensus on a budget for next year.

May 29, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington

Jovial drunk asks officer permission to pass gas

 A woman driving a vehicle with her 9-year-old daughter inside was arrested Friday evening for DUI.

May 27, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Covington

Increased rates coming for utilities

Covington residents will pay higher natural gas rates, water rates and garbage collection fees beginning July 1. The city council approved the second and final reading for all three increases Monday.

May 24, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington

BOC at impasse over FY10 budget; Henderson to hold public meeting Saturday

Update, May 22, 12:52 p.m.

May 22, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington

Student’s poster wins in state

Ashley Simmons, a third grade student at Heard-Mixon, won first place in the state in the Drug Awareness Poster Contest for students from third to fifth grade sponsored nationally by the Elks and Elkadettes and locally by the Covington Elks and Elkadettes. She received a check for $50 from the Northeast District Elks and Georgia Elks Auxiliary. She also received a $100 check for placing first in the state of Georgia. The contest takes place annually in the fall, and her entry competed this spring with those of students around the state. Simmons is in Ms. Harris's class at ...

May 22, 2009 | Staff Report | Covington

Sheriff’s Office implements new shift rotation

On April 26, Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown implemented a new 12 hour shift rotation system for the Uniformed Patrol Division of the Sheriff's Office. During the first quarter of this year alone (Jan. 1-March 31), Newton County Sheriff's Office deputies have answered over 15,000 documented calls for service. Under the old shift rotation system, deputies were working extra days, long hours and a lot of overtime to cover the necessary demands of the NCSO Patrol Division. Brown said that deputies under the antiquated shift rotation system would have to work every six weeks before they had ...

May 22, 2009 | Staff Report | Covington

Mr. Galloway goes to Washington

Newton County Farm Bureau President and Georgia Farm Bureau Middle Georgia Vice President Brent Galloway recently traveled to Washington, D.C., with other Georgia Farm Bureau members to meet with Georgia's congressional delegation to discuss agriculture issues.

May 22, 2009 | Staff Report | Covington

Director of Benton House named

Cathy Harville has been selected to serve as executive director of Benton House of Covington Senior Living Community. Harville brings many years experience to Benton House.

May 22, 2009 | Staff Report | Covington

Man hits bus after 'drinking whiskey all day'

 A Newborn man was arrested and charged with DUI after striking a bus for children with special needs.

May 20, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Covington

WSCC BikeFest set for June 6

 The Washington Street Community Center will host their second annual Bike Fest at 9 a.m. June 6 at the center. The event - cosponsored by the Covington Conyers Cycling Club (C4), Conte's Bicycles & Fitness and the Covington Police Department - is open to children ages 5 through 13. Volunteers from the cycling club will be on-hand to inspect, safety check and make minor repairs to bicycles ridden by Bike Fest participants. While supplies last, children without a bike, or whose bike is deemed unsafe, will be given a bicycle to take home. The give-away bikes come through a program where ...

May 20, 2009 | Staff Report | Covington

Intoxicated drivers crash vehicles into ditch, home

Officers called to Ozone Bar and Grill to break up a fight ended up arresting a man for drunk driving after he drove his car from the bar's parking lot into a ditch in front of the officers.

May 20, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Covington

Generous donation

 At a time when county departments cannot afford to spend money on anything but necessities, the Newton County Sheriff's Department has received donations from several people that have enabled them to improve their four-person traffic unit.
 The NCSO has received a new motorcycle, bringing the total on the road to two, and various people have donated time and money to make sure the unit is top-notch. Chris Bell, owner of Bell's Grocery, donated $1,500 to go toward a kennel for the unit's narcotics K-9, Rin. All the unit's vehicles have been tinted by Custom Tint ...

May 20, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Covington

School board approves proposed budget

The Newton County School Board unanimously approved the Fiscal Year 2010 general fund budget at their monthly meeting. See Sunday's story at

May 19, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Covington

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