From the locations to the cast, almost everything in the new movie "Operator" might be recognizable by Newton County residents - and that is because the film's team utilized mostly local resources for the action-thriller.
This is the second in a series of columns in partnership with Georgia Perimeter College professors concerning the Civil War and its local ties to Newton County some 150 years after the war that divided America.
"I was dispatched to a duplex in reference to an elderly woman requesting a deputy go to the adjoining apartment and tell the occupant to stop sending voodoo through the wall into her apartment. The complainant stated nobody ever did anything when she called and she wanted a report and for it to stop," wrote Deputy Mark Lovell in an incident report taken Sunday, July 20, 2014 at 7:05 p.m.
Last week I attended two informal meetings of citizens and two Chamber of Commerce moderated meetings on the 2050 Plan and a meeting on the Highway 278 Community Improvement District. I came away with an appreciation of just how similar is the end result most of us want for Newton County and yet how distant are the means that we would employ to accomplish that end.
Yes, I am a rocket scientist specializing in deep space propulsion. However that is no asset when it comes to understanding the reason for the extreme "Plan." I would like to point out that the sessions are unlike anything I have ever experienced due to the fact there are no objective points made by the presenters. It is like, "Hey, it's all good!" And we know better than that.
The 2050 Plan gives us, the citizens of Newton County, a chance to control our own destiny, rather than leaving future growth and development up to those whose primary interest is lining their own pockets. It gives us a chance, as a community, to unite behind a shared vision of what our county should be in the future. Over the past decade, our local governments, school system and water and sewage department have struggled to deal with the adverse effects of accelerated growth and poor development practices. Our residents have been subjected to the undue stress resulting from overburdened services ...
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"You just want to teach a little lesson," said retired principal Linda Hooper, and then you wake up one day and there is a movie about your school on Netflix.
Kevin and Jayn Lawson of Covington announce the engagement of their daughter Jenna Marie Lawson to John Michael Leissa of Covington. Leissa is the son of Mike and Angela Leissa of Lake Wylie, South Carolina. The bride elect's grandparents are Janis Weldon of Shady Dale, Alan Phillips of Snellville, Karen Kinard of Phenix City, Alabama and Ken and Carol Lawson of Jacksonville. The groom elect's grandparents are the late John and Jacquelyn Crumpton of Lithonia and the late Carl and Ruth Leissa of Orlando. Jenna Marie Lawson is currently studying toward a bachelor of science in nursing at ...
This is the first of a series of Q&A sessions with various top elected officials in Newton County. To suggest questions for specific city or county issues, email reporter Rob Dewig at rdewig@covnews.
How tightly do you hold on to things? I'm not talking about holding on to handrails. Everyone knows you should hold on tightly to handrails, especially in stairwells where the fluorescent bulbs are always flickering, and the stair treads are made out of those slippery glazed tiles that are like walking on ice. No, what I mean is, "How tightly do you hold on to personal possessions?" This can include all kinds of knickknacks, mementos, you name it. You don't have to admit to being a full-blown hoarder, but many of us have a tough time letting go ...
The Occupy Wall Street movement is moving into its third month across the country. While the original goals of the group may have had a bit of merit, their tactics and stubborn refusal to work with those they attack and to seek real solutions exhibits their true colors, anarchy and destruction.
Police responded to a Porterdale City Councilor's house earlier this month when he found furniture dumped on his property.
Take a Hike Newton is a non-profit organization for those within the community who want to start living a more healthy life, but also to enjoy the fun that hiking has to offer. These hikes have been known,for shedding weight while cleaning the environment at the same time. Matchbook Pr + Media's CEO, Taylor Owenby, lost a significant amount of weight, and it started from hiking. Matchbook is now affiliated with Take a Hike Newton.
Thanksgiving is the great American holiday: no flag-waving, gift-giving, fireworks or lights, just family, friends and food.
My article "Have We Lost Our Civility in Politics," printed on Nov. 18, has drawn some criticism in the form of Letters to the Editor penned by Bob Furnad and Maurice Carter.
Due to mechanical problems with the printing press, print edition of The Covington News will be delivered late this morning.
Mudslinging by federal reports of local school achievement aside, now comes the Newton College and Career Academy (NCCA).
Turkey day is approaching and it is a wonder time.
To the editor: Columnist William Perugino has taken to task those who were in opposition to the actions of three County Commissioners who have stolen the votes of the county's voters with their actions. (By the way, Mr. Perugino lives in Rockdale County, not Newton.) If you didn't read Perugino's column, he says, "The group opposing the county manager position catcalled and booed comments supporting the position and whistled and clapped on comments opposing the position...This is totally unacceptable behavior lacking any civility or perceived intelligence." Mr. P, are you saying members of the British Parliament ...
To the editor: In Friday's News, columnist William Perugino took to task as a group anyone expressing opposition Tuesday night to actions by the Newton County Board of Commissioners stripping Chairman Morgan of powers granted by the County Charter and bestowing them upon John Middleton as newly appointed County Manager. While Mr. Perugino listened keenly to and was offended by public outcries during the vote, he seems not to have listened closely to comments after the vote.
We Americans have always been noted for our ability to have opposing political groups playing hardball politics while remaining civil and non-violent. When the campaigning, debating and voting was over, we returned to running the government and moving forward. The night time threats of physical violence to an opponent and his family was reserved for the banana republics and dictatorships. Sadly, some citizens of Newton County have recently displayed banana republic political behavior.
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED TORNADO WATCH 890 IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM EST THIS EVENING FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS
An overturned tractor-trailer stalled traffic this morning on I-20 East. The accident occured between the Covington and Alcovy exits.
The aging process is a strange thing.