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Detour coming March 7 for new bridge over Yellow River

Replacing the Yellow River bridge on State Route (SR) 36 requires a one-year detour beginning Tuesday, March 7. Traffic will use SR 162 and SR ...

February 22, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Newton boys sophomores Colby Rogers and Armani Harris are emerging as playmakers

To gauge how far a pair of sophomores on Newton's boys basketball team have come this year, one would need only to look back ...

February 22, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Newton

Council approves meeting time resolution

The Covington City Council will meet at a new time going forward, after a change to the city's charter was enacted and a resolution ...

February 22, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Covington

Local leadership, support for trees recognized

Oxford was among 19 Georgia cities recognized Feb. 14 for its commitment to caring for and managing its public trees. Oxford was honored during the ...

February 22, 2017 | Staff Report | Agriculture

Debate over religious freedom returns to Georgia legislature

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Republicans have again proposed legislation they argue will protect people acting on religious belief, undaunted by the forceful veto of a similar ...

February 22, 2017 | Kathleen Foody Associated Press | LEGISLATIVE UPDATES

Covington recognizes heroic efforts

Four Covington Firefighters received a standing ovation Monday night after recognition of their lifesaving work.

February 22, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Covington

BOC approves SPLOST spending

The Newton County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday night to use $77,000 in 2011 SPLOST revenues to fund improvements at Dinah Pace Neighborhood Park ...

February 22, 2017 | Darryl Welch | County

BOC approves new JDA members

The Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) approved the county's new representatives on the Joint Development Authority (JDA) of Jasper, Morgan, Walton and Newton ...

February 22, 2017 | Darryl Welch | County

Hang tags available only at fire services starting in March

Vehicle hang tags for the Newton County Trash Collection Convenience Centers will be available for purchase only at the Newton County Fire Services Headquarters, effective ...

February 22, 2017 | Staff Report | County

Covington resident claims $9.6 million Jumbo Bucks Lotto prize

Michael Camp, of Covington, recently came forward as the winner of the $9.6 million jackpot prize from the Feb. 6 Jumbo Bucks Lotto drawing.

February 22, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Eastside baseball gets second straight county win with romp over Alcovy

So far, you can call Eastside baseball the county champs.

February 22, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | SPORTS

Eastside's bats push Eagles past Newton

Seeking a bounce back from a tough 13-2 loss on Feb. 17 to Walnut Grove, the Eastside Eagles baseball team hosted Newton at Eagle Field ...

February 21, 2017 | Staff Report | Eastside

Eastside alum Sheldon Rankins has jersey retired at awards banquet

The Eastside football team got more than what it bargained for during its season-ending football banquet last week.

February 21, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Eastside

Guns stolen in pawn shop burglary

Several guns were stolen from the Emergency Pawn Shop on Highway 278 during an early morning break-in Feb. 18.

February 21, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Crime

Freeway patrol service begins in east central Georgia

Motorists in east central Georgia today began experiencing the benefits of a new statewide Coordinated Highway Assistance & Maintenance Program (CHAMP). This operation is the nation ...

February 21, 2017 | Staff Report | STATE

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Blue Angels pull out of Vidalia Onion Festival

VIDALIA, Ga. (AP) - Automatic spending cuts by the federal government have forced the Blue Angels to pull out of this year's Vidalia Onion Festival.

April 04, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE

What’s in a name?

I am somewhat dismayed by the efforts of Newton County's leadership to change the mailing address of Baxter International.

April 04, 2013 | By Jim Burgess | Columnists

Lowest gas price - April 4

The lowest price for regular fuel is $3.39 at Chevron, located at 7879 Old Covington Highway and Castle Drive SW.

April 04, 2013 | Rockdale News | Rockdale Archives

Lowest gas price - April 4

The lowest price for regular fuel is $3.39 at the Marathon station, located at Ga. Highway 142 and Dixie Road.

April 04, 2013 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Lions and tigers and monkeys?

Just like Dorothy chanted, Noah's Ark has your traditional lions, tigers and bears. They also have goats and monkeys and parrots – really all manner of animals to see. And as you can tell, I love me some animals. But ready to hear why this place is even better? It's a home from injured, abused or orphaned animals. I just heard that collective awwww! Now it's technically free, but since they operate on donations, it would be nice if you gave them something. You can also schedule a behind-the-scenes visit. It costs money, but it's worth it ...

April 04, 2013 | Amber Pittman | ENTERTAINMENT

Imagine Brains!

Imagine It! Children's Museum in Atlanta is an amazing place. You almost don't need to have a kid with you to enjoy it, but if you hang around solo some of the parents might get a little concerned. Along with all the super fun regular stuff they have on a daily basis, this weekend they have Exploring Brains. Learn about your brain, your favorite animal's brain, where your senses are controlled – you might even get to touch a real brain! That's reason enough to go. Plus there are tons of other things to do at Imagine ...

April 04, 2013 | Amber Pittman | ENTERTAINMENT

Beer snobs unite!

Eat, drink and be merry. It's easy to do at Porter Beer Bar. Not only is the food amazing, they have a million different beers (not literally, more like 300, but still), they are in Little Five Points, which means amazing people watching, and they have a whole bunch of beer, so that means even your beer snob friend/boyfriend/husband/self can find something to enjoy. Just because it's in Little Five doesn't mean they only serve PBR. And they have some of the best bar food ever. Belgian fries or salt and vinegar popcorn anyone ...

April 04, 2013 | Amber Pittman | ENTERTAINMENT

No one will believe you did this!

Call now to make reservations for the coolest sounding evening ever! Forget bands and restaurants – how about star-gazing through the treetops at Panola Mountain? It sounds so amazing it should be fake, right? It's totally not though! The nocturnal climb includes florescent lichen and glowing night creepers, stargazing and other night climbing activities. You have to be at least 8-years-old, so no wee ones, but get your behinds outside and check this out Saturday night. You'll be jealous of the rest of us if you don't. And imagine the Facebook pictures you could post of you in ...

April 04, 2013 | Amber Pittman | ENTERTAINMENT

All God’s critters big and small

As a city-bred person, I always thought that life in the country would be idyllic: scenic, slow paced, clean air, healthy living, strong sense of community and more. Well, much of this is true; however, what I didn't know anything about was critters! We have critters here that are like an unending plague. We can control them - but rarely, if ever, get rid of them.

April 04, 2013 | Madeline Burgess | Columnists

Covington's Country Crooner

Covington, if you thought our limelight was dying down, think again. Not only is Covington known as The Hollywood of the South, and as the filming location of many popular television shows and movies, but we are gaining traction in the music department as well. Local country musician, Gannon Adams, has been on a roll with positive attention. Country music fans will fall in love with his upbeat mix of music. Especially his big hit "Game Face."

April 04, 2013 | By Michelle Parham | ENTERTAINMENT

Step Outside Your Comfort Zone

Ever feel like you're in a rut? Like you do the same thing at the same place all the time? I used to feel that way. Then I decided I was going to stop, and I did. Don't get me wrong, I still go to Applebee's for its drinks and Amici for its amazing Caesar salad, but that doesn't mean I don't spice things up every once in a while. And you should too! It's surprisingly easy to do.

April 04, 2013 | Amber Pittman | ENTERTAINMENT

Rising country star performs at Olde Town April 6

Not only is the area known as the filming location of many popular television shows and movies, but Conyers and Covington are gaining traction in the music department as well.

April 04, 2013 | Rockdale News | Rockdale Archives

Ga. soldier charged with killing wife

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia soldier accused of plotting attacks as the leader of an anti-government militia group has been charged by the Army with the killing of his pregnant wife in 2011.

April 03, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Obama to return 5 percent of salary to Treasury

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House says President Barack Obama will return 5 percent of his salary to the Treasury in light of automatic spending cuts that have led to furloughs for thousands of federal workers.

April 03, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Watch the BOC work session as the gun ordinance discussion gets reboot

The county's gun-firing ordinance discussion got a reboot at Tuesday night's Board of Commissioners work session as the citizen committee looking at the ordinance gave some preliminary findings which appear to address many people's concerns.

April 03, 2013 | Gabriel Khouli | BOC

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