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CPD officer shoots man wielding sword

The Covington Police Department and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was on the scene of a Covington PD officer-involved shooting Wednesday afternoon.

July 23, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL

Atlanta Cyclorama painting to move across town

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed says the massive Atlanta Cyclorama painting, which has been on display in Grant Park for the past century, will be moved to the Atlanta History Center in the city's Buckhead area.

July 23, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

House GOP: Send National Guard, speed removals

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republicans want to slash President Barack Obama's emergency spending request for the border, speed young migrants back home to Central America, and send in the National Guard.

July 23, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

With GOP runoff over, Perdue and Nunn face off

ATLANTA (AP) - Now that Georgia Republicans have settled on businessman David Perdue as their nominee for the state's open Senate seat, the real battle begins with a marquee match-up in the fall against Democrat Michelle Nunn that could help determine control of the chamber.

July 23, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Fuhrey’s superintendent contract extended

Students and parents can expect to see a now-familiar face behind the scenes and on the front line of public education in the Newton County School System for at least the near future.

July 22, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL

BOE adopts millage rate

The Newton County Board of Education officially adopted a millage rate for maintenance and operations at 20 after the third public hearing and July combined meeting Tuesday night, giving even more than originally planned back to teachers and school employees.

July 22, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL

City to add code officer, clean up properties

Minutes after passing the city's budget Monday night, the Covington City Council voted 4-3 to add a new code-enforcement officer to the planning and zoning department to ensure dilapidated homes and lots where homes were demolished avoid being overgrown.

July 22, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL

City rejects cell tower on Monticello Road

Covington Mayor Ronnie Johnston cast the tie-breaking vote to deny a controversial cell phone tower on Monticello Road Thursday night.

July 22, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL

Live: 2014 Primary runoff results

Today's primary election runoff races will determine several local, state and federal races.

July 22, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Belton defeats Brooks in runoff

Dave Belton will face Democrat B.P. "Patsy" Harrys in the general election for Georgia House District 112.

July 22, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Archer leaps to Brenau

Brianna Archer was grinning from ear to ear – with her mother sharing a similar smile sitting on Brianna's right – as she sat in front of Alcovy High School's championship trophies for her signing with Brenau University.

July 22, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Alcovy

Home is where the film shoots

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.

July 22, 2014 | Samantha Reardon | LOCAL

Ellwanger: Let's come up with a plan that fits our community

Dear Editor,

July 22, 2014 | Gregg Ellwanger | Letters

Ramsey: Power of the press to do good

Dear editor,

July 22, 2014 | | Letters

Davis-Viniard: Thanks to Partners in Education

Dear editor,

July 22, 2014 | Sherri Davis-Viniard | Letters

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Transportation confrontation

Several irate parents were in attendance at the Newton County Board of Education meeting Tuesday night to voice their complaints about the limited amount of transportation at the system's primary and secondary theme schools.

August 21, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Education

Grand Opening

Community gathering: Dr. Michelle Pastor cut the ribbon in front of Our Family Health Center, a new business in Social Circle. Mayor James Burgess, center, along with many members of city council and other prominent citizens of Social Circle were present for the ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday afternoon. The Health Center is located off Cherokee Road, near the Blue Willow Inn.

August 21, 2009 | Staff Report | Social Circle

Local GOP to host potential governors

Newton County residents will have a chance to meet and greet five of the Republican candidates for Governor at Monday's Newton County GOP Summer Bar-be-cue and fundraiser, at 6 p.m. in the Turner Lake Recreation Complex Ballroom.

August 21, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington

Marshall would not vote for current reform

U.S. Congressman Jim Marshall does not support any of the five health reform proposals currently circulating through various levels of Congress, because none of them address what he sees as the major problem: America's path toward bankruptcy.

August 21, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington

Look local for fun family events

Last week I discussed how it seems we never visit local places, even though they're often inexpensive and require little travel.

August 21, 2009 | Terri Kimble | News Columnists

Smarter than a bankruptcy trustee

I have always been a fan of TV game shows. When I went to school in Social Circle, we lived right across the street from the school and they let me go home for lunch. I would sneak in a few minutes of "Concentration" and "Jeopardy."

This, of course, was the old Jeopardy hosted by Art Fleming. The announcer was the legendary Don Pardo, who several generations know only as the announcer for Saturday Night Live.

August 21, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | OPINION

Our thoughts...We want you

This page is titled the "Opinion"; we believe it should reflect our community's thoughts and actions.

We reserve the right to express our viewpoints in this space as you reserve the right to express yours, even if we don't agree with you.

August 21, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our thoughts...Golf for good

For 82 years the Kiwanis Club of Covington has held up the club's mission "to serve the children of the world."

August 21, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Consumers and recovery

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal said that consumers were delaying a recovery by not spending enough money. There is plenty of blame to go around for the current economic crisis. The spend and cut taxes policies of the Republicans played a role. As did the American dream home for everyone plans of the Democrats. Not to mention the industry players who were quick to take advantage of both.

Just to refresh your memory, it was Dick Cheney's "friends" who billed the government for millions of dollars of work that was never performed or performed poorly in ...

August 21, 2009 | Patrick Durusau | OPINION


Dear Editor: I have had the privilege to host and observe the cast and crew of the "Vampire Diaries" for the past week. They have been the most polite and courteous people I have ever worked with. I realize that the influx of people and traffic creates some temporary difficulties. All of my neighbors were very accommodating during the filming, and I thank them for understanding. The entire town of Covington benefits in several ways from house and furniture rentals, direct retail purchases to sales tax collected. I know this to be true since I have pointed out businesses that ...

August 21, 2009 | Benjamin Dameron Covington | Letters

Newton County Jail Log - Aug. 21

  • Michael Anthony Griffin, 50, 125 Mountain View Circle, Covington, July 31. Driving without a license, no license on file, open container.
  • Eddie Patrick Harris Jr. 19, 9482 Tara Dr., Covington, Aug. 1. Criminal trespass.
  • Marilyn Laverne Howard, 42, Conyers, July 31. Probation violation.
  • Waymond Alexander Ivey Jr., 41, Warner Robins, Aug. 4. Escape.
  • Gregory Jackson, 40, 18 Whispering Pine Dr., Covington, July 29. Aggravated assault, first degree cruelty to children, Family Violence Act aggravated battery.
  • Rodney Sidney Jackson, 37, Social Circle, July 29. Probation violation.
  • John Johnson, 31, 109 D College Walk, Oxford, Aug. 4. Family Violence Act battery.
  • Deone ...

August 21, 2009 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

William Okafor

Mr. William Okafor died July 31 at Atlanta Medical Center. The son of Carlotta Okafor Sharp and Ike Okafor, he was born in 1988 in Cuyahoga County, Ohio. Mr. Okafor was a bright student and teacher's pet in primary school. He graduated with high honors from Newton High School with a 4.0 GPA in 2006. He was studying business at DeKalb College and loved playing basketball and always thought that he could play better than some of the pro players. He was a very hard worker, working 12-hour shifts to help make a change in his life and ...

August 20, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS

Cash for Clunkers to end on Monday

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration plans to end the popular $3 billion Cash for Clunkers program on Monday, giving car shoppers a few more days to take advantage of big government incentives.

The Transportation Department said Thursday the government will wind down the program on Monday at 8 p.m. EDT. Car buyers can receive rebates of $3,500 or $4,500 for trading in older vehicles for new, more fuel-efficient models.

August 20, 2009 | Staff Report | AP Top Stories

CPD investigating firearm discharge during chase

A Covington Police Officer has been placed on paid leave pending a full review after he fired his service weapon when attempting to apprehend a man late Tuesday night.

According to CPD Detective Daniel Seals, it is standard procedure to place officers on paid leave pending a full review when they have to fire their weapon in the line of duty.

August 19, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Covington

Marshall to hold town hall meeting in Forsyth tonight

Rep. Jim Marshall has scheduled two town hall meetings. The first one will be held tonight in Forsyth at the Monroe County Board of Education auditorium, 25 Brooklyn Ave., from 6-8 p.m. The second meeting is scheduled for Aug. 24 at the VFW Post 6605 in Warner Robins, 1011 Corder Road, from 6-8 p.m. Both meetings are open to the public.

August 19, 2009 | Staff Report | AP Politics

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