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Porterdale takes out loan to pay officer

Council members in Porterdale agreed to take out a loan in order to re-hire a furloughed officer Monday night - but not before a heated conversation between the mayor, the chief of police and the mayor pro tem, during which the chief was accused of sensationalizing and choreographing portions of the meeting.

October 18, 2008 | Amber Pittman | Porterdale


Grandpa arrested after Internet sting

A 56-year-old grandfather was arrested late Monday morning after he reportedly arrived at a rendezvous point where he thought he was meeting a 13-year-old girl he had met online.

October 18, 2008 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Robbery victims arrested

A routine check on a call of gunfire Tuesday night turned tricky when deputies found out they were really dealing with an armed robbery where at least one person had been tied up, according to reports. Things turned stranger still when several people at the home were arrested on drug charges.

October 15, 2008 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Man threatens his children’s mother with a firearm

Deputies from the Newton County Sheriff's Office were called to a burglary on Sept. 22 and learned en route there was a pistol involved, according to reports.

October 15, 2008 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


3 schools meet AYP after retesting

Three Newton County schools have met Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) after scores from summer retests from the Criterion Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) came in, according to information released Wednesday by the Newton County School System and the Georgia Department of Education.

October 13, 2008 | Amber Pittman | Education


Man charged with kidnapping, rape

 A woman was reportedly kidnapped off the street and raped early Tuesday morning and Covington Police arrested 50-year-old Stoney Lamar Usher and charged him with the crime.

October 13, 2008 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Petite preservationists

A decision by teachers and their students to practice what they preached on Earth Day has paid off and the Covington Montessori School has received a statewide award from Keep Georgia Beautiful for their waste reduction program.

October 13, 2008 | Amber Pittman | Education


Early morning fire destroys most of Double G bar

 A citizen driving down U.S. Hwy 278 called 911 this morning after noticing flames coming out of the back of Double G Sports Bar & Grill.

October 13, 2008 | Amber Pittman | Covington


Mutts show off skills for a good cause

According to Charles Schultz "happiness is a warm puppy," and it will certainly seem that way Saturday morning when the Newton County Humane Society hosts their annual Mutt Show on the square.

October 12, 2008 | Amber Pittman | ENTERTAINMENT


Grandma bitten by pit bulls

 An elderly woman and her 1-year-old granddaughter were attacked by two pit bulls on Spillers Drive late Monday morning.

October 12, 2008 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Burglar left trail of blood at crime scene

 Grace United Methodist Church on Washington Street was burglarized and the thief left plenty of blood behind for officers from the Covington Police Department to use for identification.

October 12, 2008 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Students arrested for weapons at school

 A 15-year-old male student at Newton High School was taken into custody Sept. 17 after a teacher noticed him with what turned out to be a homemade shank.

October 12, 2008 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Porterdale to hold city-wide reunion

 The Friends of Porterdale, city of Porterdale and Porterdale Woman's Club invite everyone to attend the 2008 Porterdale Reunion/Festival which will be held Oct. 4, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. in the city of Porterdale.

October 12, 2008 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Sherman burns again

The Covington Lions Club hopes to make their third annual Sherman's Last Burning bigger and better than ever, with multiple events, live bands, attractions, plenty of fair-food, competing cooks, good vittles and more than 100 craftsmen and vendors showing their wares.

October 12, 2008 | Amber Pittman | ENTERTAINMENT


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