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Porterdale offers safe space for online shoppers

PORTERDALE, Ga. - The City of Porterdale has a new designated spot for online and person-to-person sales right outside the Porterdale Police Department (PPD).

June 22, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Cities

Oxford College Organic Farm achieving its mission

OXFORD, Ga. - Three and a half years ago, the Oxford College of Emory University Organic Farm was just a dream, a house, and 11.5 ...

June 22, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Agriculture

Car runs into furniture store

COVINGTON, Ga. - Covington Police Department (CPD) Captain Philip Bradford said the CPD is actively working an accident at the Badcock furniture store.

June 21, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Crime

L.C. Farrow

L.C. Farrow, of Mansfield, passed away June 20, 2017, at the age of 87. From 1948 – 1952, Mr. Farrow proudly served his country in ...

June 21, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries

Inmates accused of killing prison guards face murder charges

EATONTON, Ga. (AP) - Two inmates accused of killing their guards on a Georgia prison bus have been brought before a judge on charges including murder ...

June 21, 2017 | Associated Press | State

BOC reverses stance on EMS

COVINGTON, Ga. – The Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) did an about-face on emergency medical services (EMS) in the county Tuesday night, voting 5-0 to ...

June 21, 2017 | Darryl Welch | County

PREP FOOTBALL: County schools to compete in Airo 7v7 passing tournament Thursday

COVINGTON, Ga. - The Airo 7v7 football tournament held Thursday at Walnut Grove High School will have a heavy Newton County feel, as all three County ...

June 21, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Sports

PREP BASKETBALL: Alcovy boys coach Mack Hardwick looking forward to senior-laden team next season

MORROW, Ga. - As far as summer basketball camps and leagues go, there are typically two types of high school coaches.

June 21, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Alcovy

Johnson denied bond

COVINGTON, Ga. – The Covington man accused of killing Michael Williams and setting his body on fire last month was denied bond by Superior Court Judge ...

June 21, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Crime

Covington City Council to review increased fees

COVINGTON, Ga. - The Covington City Council agreed to hold a separate work session to discuss the city's fee schedule after proposed increases were deemed ...

June 21, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Covington

City of Covington to utilize new “Covington Utilities” logo

COVINGTON, Ga. – Designed to complement the recently implemented City of Covington logo, the city's utility department will begin utilizing its own insignia immediately.

June 21, 2017 | Staff Report | Covington

Limb falls on powerline in Oxford

OXFORD, Ga. – Traffic was slowed on Emory Street Tuesday afternoon as crews removed a tree limb from a powerline.

June 20, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Cities

Christopher Ray ‘Bubba’ Tomlin

Mr. Christopher Ray "Bubba" Tomlin, age 58 of Williamson, passed away Monday, June 19, 2017 at Wellstar Spalding Regional Hospital.

June 20, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries

Sarah Adams

Sarah Adams, of Covington, went to be with her Savior on June 18, 2017, at 81 years of age. Born May 29, 1936, to Stewart ...

June 20, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries

Theft of iPad leads to drug arrest

COVINGTON, Ga. – The theft of an iPad at one Alcovy Road motel led to the drug arrests of a Covington man and woman by the ...

June 20, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Crime

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Regional meet track results show sectionals qualifiers

All three Newton County schools wrapped up regional track meets this past week and will now prepare for sectionals. The top four qualifiers in regionals will qualify for sectionals and a chance to advance to the state meet.

April 23, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Sports

Newton's Jaquan Henderson, Josh Tukes get glimpse of Georgia Tech future

ATLANTA, Ga. - Josh Tukes and Jaquan Henderson got a glimpse of their future Friday night.

April 23, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Newton

Alcovy football ready for freshman focus this week

By the time the Alcovy football team's freshman-to-be get through with coach Chris Edgar this week, he'll be expecting the current eighth graders to execute a wardrobe change.

April 23, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Alcovy

Peachtree Academy spring sports excelling down season's stretch

Peachtree Academy is having a successful spring on the court, field and track. During the last weekend, the Panthers placed two baseball and three softball players in the annual Georgia Independent Christian Athletic Association (GICAA) All star games. Hosted by Peachtree Academy, selected by the GICAA, the Georgia State Newton Campus field came alive with players and families from all over Georgia. With Georgia State serving as the Peachtree AcademyPanthers' home fields, this was quite an honor for the school to host the event.

April 23, 2017 | Staff Report | Peachtree Academy

JJ Holloman finds comfort on big stage at UGA's G-Day

ATHENS, Ga. - According to second year Georgia football coach Kirby Smart, the reason why 66,000-plus fans came out on a Saturday to watch a glorified spring practice is to be entertained by a high octane passing game.

April 23, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Newton

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson feels good about spring progress

ATLANTA, Ga. - The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets - future homes of Newton High standouts Jaquan Henderson and Josh Tukes - played their annual Gold vs. White spring football game to approximately 8,000 fans in Historic Bobby Dodd Stadium on Friday night.

April 23, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Sports

Roseberry: Team of cities

Why do Newton County's cities seem to be able to go about the business of governing without a lot of controversy? At public forums, that question was often asked of Newton County mayors. It was prompted, of course, by the seemingly endless string of controversies at the county level.

April 23, 2017 | Jerry Roseberry | Columnists

Yarbrough: Georgia’s first ladies make their own mark in state

You may have read about the sudden resignation of Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley last week. The "Luv Guv" as he was known in the local media was facing impeachment proceedings for campaign finance violations and allegations of some boy-girl hanky-panky with one of his top aides.

April 23, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists

GSU celebrates Earth Day

Georgia State University's Newton Campus celebrated Earth Day April 20 by bringing in vendors and exhibitors from all over Newton County, including a beekeeper, representatives from Snapping Shoals EMC local artists, Burge Organic Farm, Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful, and others. The program was coordinated by Dr. Sallie Paschal, the Newton Campus faculty advisor for the campus Earth Club.

April 23, 2017 | Staff Report | Education

Have You Ever Thought… You might find yourself attending the Annual Hornyhead tournament, festival?

It is time again for the Hornyhead Fishing Tournament and Festival in Newborn. It will be this coming Saturday, April 29. With the competition for catching the winning fish starting at 8 a.m. This will mark the 31st time the Festival has been held.

April 23, 2017 | Wiley Stephens | Living

Owens: Hurry up and wait

For Spring Break my wife and I decided to take a trip to Baltimore. The trip went great until the terrible weather on that Wednesday that cancelled flights.

April 23, 2017 | Rev. E. Chip Owens | Religion

Don’t miss this free, fun outdoors event: 21st Annual J.A.K.E.S. Day at Charlie Elliott

MANSFIELD, Ga. – Come get "wild" at a free outdoor fun day celebrating the 21st annual J.A.K.E.S. DAY at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center near Mansfield, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sat., May 20.

April 23, 2017 | Staff Report | Agriculture

Marshall’s Music Minute: Goodbye to ‘The Minute’

Hello again, dear readers, and it's so good to be back with you again on the pages of The Covington News, this fine publication that strives to tell the story of our lives.

April 23, 2017 | Marshall McCart | Living

Covington Police: Led by experience

COVINGTON, Ga. - With more than 128 years of combined policing experience under the belts of the Covington Police Department (CPD) command staff, Police Chief Stacey Cotton said he could not do his job without the men and women in his department.

April 22, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Covington

Back for court: Murder suspect returns to court annually

COVINGTON, Ga. - Vasile Chisinau Ciorba first appeared in Newton County courtroom nearly 13 years ago charged with the bludgeoning death of his wife. He was back in court Thursday for a competency hearing.

April 22, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Crime

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