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Newton County Dixie Boys advance to 14u World Series

A somewhat small-but-growing Newton County will be represented in a huge way in the baseball scene in just a few weeks' time as the Newton ...

July 23, 2017 | Tyler Williams | Sports

Yarbrough: This recruit blows off opportunity to blow up

KNOCK! KNOCK! "Sir, you wanted to see me?"

July 16, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists

Crawford: Is Kemp already shooting himself in the foot?

When you look over the Republican field of candidates for the governor's race, two names stand out as front runners: Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle ...

July 16, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Columnists

STOVALL: Passing out some summer accolades to our readers

So I'm nine months into this thing, here as The Covington News sports editor, and there's a lot I could say about my ...

July 15, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Sports

Former FBI Agent Enters Guilty Plea in Federal Court in Georgia

COLUMBIA, S.C. ---- United States Attorney Beth Drake stated today that Kenneth W. Hillman, III, age 47, formerly of Dalton, Georgia, has entered a guilty ...

July 14, 2017 | Staff Report | State

Local residents look to contain homelessness

COVINGTON, Ga. - A Newton County family has plans to donate land and develop a non-profit organization all to help local homeless people get the step ...

July 13, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Living

Female Bank Robber hits again

ATLANTA - David J. LeValley, special agent in charge, FBI Atlanta Field Office, continues to request the public's assistance in its efforts to identify and ...

July 12, 2017 | Staff Report | State

Newton County celebrates Minority Mental Health Month

When speaking about wellness, oftentimes physical health is the first thing that comes to mind. This usually includes conversation with one's primary care physician ...

July 09, 2017 | Naran Butler-Houck & Tara Echols | Health

Concealed handguns allowed at local public colleges

COVINGTON, Ga. - As of July 1 weapons carry license holders may carry concealed handguns in certain places on public college campuses. License holders are responsible ...

July 09, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Education

Gingrich Cushman: Feeling Free

According to a recent write up by Jon Clifton, a managing partner at Gallup, we have a lot to work on in our country, starting ...

July 09, 2017 | Jackie Gringrich Cushman | Columnists

NCFS offers fireworks safety tips for the Fourth of July

COVINGTON, Ga. - Newton County Fire Services wants you to have a safe and Happy Fourth of July holiday and offered additional tips and reminders for ...

July 02, 2017 | Darryl Welch | County

Students attend summer leadership camp

COVINGTON, Ga – This summer eight students from the Piedmont Academy FFA chapter attended Summer Leadership Camp (SLC) at the Georgia FFA-FCCLA Center in Covington, on ...

June 25, 2017 | Staff Report | Agriculture

Owens: What Really Matters?

Recently, we have seen some interesting political occurrences. From the sixth district race to congressional hearings about Russia, it has caused me to wonder what ...

June 25, 2017 | Rev. E. Chip Owens | Religion

GPTC announces Advanced Manufacturing Lab roll-out

COVINGTON, Ga. - Monday, before a packed room of invited guests, Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) officially announced the roll-out of its new Advanced Manufacturing Lab.

June 23, 2017 | Staff Report | Education

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

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Suspected Emergency Pawn burglar killed in Clayton wreck

CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. - The Covington Police Department (CPD) is investigating if one of the men responsible for the March burglary at Emergency Pawn Shop was killed in a May 15 motor vehicle accident in Clayton County.

May 23, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Crime

Pace: Traveling Through Europe with Oxford College Students

The idea for this trip began with a suggestion from Oxford College's Communications Director, Cathy Wooten. Five years ago she looked at me and said, "You know that 2017 is the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, right?" I hadn't given it a lot of thought to be honest, but I knew she was right, and I could tell where she was going with it.

May 21, 2017 | Lyn Pace | Religion

Nikkita Warfield to be NCSS director for secondary education

COVINGTON, Ga. - Nikkita Warfield, current principal at Porterdale Elementary School, will become the Newton County School System's (NCSS's) Director of Secondary Schools in July. In that position, she will replace Shannon Buff who will be the new principal at Newton High School. The NCSS Board of Education (BOE) officially appointed Warfield at its May 16 meeting.

May 18, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Education

Kemp: New record set for annual business registrations filed in Georgia

Secretary of State Brian Kemp announced a new Georgia record in the Corporations Division. During this year's annual registration season from January 1 to April 4, staff processed an all-time high of 588,427 annual business registrations, up from the previous record of 532,062 registrations in 2016, in the Peach State. Kemp attributes this success to the office's eCorp platform, rolled out in 2015 as a user-friendly and easily navigable interface for electronic filings.

May 16, 2017 | Staff Report | State

Oxford College’s Theodosia Wade diving into retirement

OXFORD, Ga. - Theodosia Wade, professor of pedagogy in biology at Oxford College of Emory University, is retiring this summer. She has served for 29 years as a laboratory coordinator and teacher for biology and environmental science.

May 14, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Education

Mahathre: Despite declines in teen pregnancy and birth rates, there is still more work to be done

Despite historic declines in the rates of teen pregnancies and births in the United States, and a 63 percent reduction in the teen pregnancy rate in Georgia, the U.S. teen birth rate is still higher than that of many other developed countries. The state of Georgia has the 16th highest teen pregnancy rate in the country. According to the Georgia Department of Public Health, Newton County has had a substantial decrease in teenage pregnancy rates, currently 27.9 births per 1,000 females ages 15 to 19. However, the county's rate is still higher than many other counties ...

May 14, 2017 | Veronica Mahathre | Health

Newton Education Foundation supports book bus

COVINGTON, Ga. - Loucy Hay, chair for the Newton Education Foundation, presented a big check to the Newton County School System (NCSS) Board of Education (BOE) May 9. The check for $5,000 will support the purchase of books for the NCSS Book Bus program.

May 10, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Education

Reach Thrift Store: Serving the community through ministry

COVINGTON, Ga. - Tina Clark, the manager of Reach Thrift Store had a vision for opening a thrift store as part of her church's outreach ministry.

May 07, 2017 | Samelia Bankole | Business

Snapping Shoals named Education Partner of the Year

COVINGTON, Ga. - Snapping Shoals Electric Membership Corporation is the 2017 Cornerstones Partners in Education Partner of the Year.

May 05, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Education

Adult education classes offered free of charge

COVINGTON, PORTERDALE, Ga. - Action Ministries, Newton County Community Partnership and Newton READS have partnered together with Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) to provide free Adult Basic Education/GED classes.

May 01, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Education

WILLIAMS: Covering Special Olympics was a more-than-special time

This week, I had the amazing privilege of going to the Special Olympics to cover the annual event at Sharp Stadium.

May 01, 2017 | Tyler Williams | Sports

Special Olympics success elicits gratitude from participants

COVINGTON, Ga. -- LaTrelle Cawthon can rattle off the numbers with ease, and to a "t."

May 01, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Sports

Gingrich Cushman:A meaningful life

This month has included the passing of my friend Julie who, at 41 years of age, was almost a decade younger than I.

April 30, 2017 | Jackie Gringrich Cushman | Columnists

Eastside boys golf team punches ticket to state tournament

Eastside's boys golf team ensured Monday night that they'll keep the clubs out through the end of may.

April 26, 2017 | Staff Report | Eastside

Eastside golf teams flex muscles in Newton Cup

The Eastside Eagles boys and girls golf teams both took home wins over their county rivals in the Newton Cup finals Wednesday.

April 16, 2017 | Tyler Williams | Eastside

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