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Ellis praises county employees on roadworks

Chairman Keith Ellis announced Tuesday that the county had received $48,000 from the state to help cover the cost of repairing three roads damaged by the recent heavy rains.

May 06, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL

NFL finds Patriots employees probably deflated balls

NEW YORK (AP) - An NFL investigation released Wednesday said that New England Patriots employees likely deflated footballs used in the AFC Championship and that quarterback Tom Brady was probably "at least generally aware" of the rules violations.

May 06, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Fries at the doorstep: Fast-food pushes into delivery

NEW YORK (AP) - On the same day McDonald's said it would begin testing delivery in New York, an order placed for two cheeseburgers, two large fries and a vanilla shake took about a half-hour to arrive at The Associated Press headquarters.

May 06, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Landfill manager resigns

Newton County's landfill manager James Peters resigned suddenly this week following months of speculation and debate over the future of the landfill.

May 06, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL

Governor lifts state of emergency for Baltimore

BALTIMORE (AP) - The mayor called on federal investigators Wednesday to look into whether this city's beleaguered police department uses a pattern of excessive force or discriminatory policing.

May 06, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

US stocks falling after weak jobs data; oil prices rise

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks fell broadly in noon trading Wednesday after the release of weak U.S. economic reports. Yields on U.S government bond yields rose to their highest level in two months and oil prices continued to climb. Seven of the 10 industry sectors of the Standard and Poor's 500 index were lower, led by telecommunications companies.

May 06, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Porterdale tabs Josephine Kelly for Main Street

Josephine Kelly has agreed to become Porterdale's second Main Street Director, filling the slot vacated by Teri Haler, who took a position as Tourism Director for the City of Conyers.

May 05, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Playoff preview: Eastside vs. Whitewater

A five hour trip down to Wayne County – the No. 1 seed Eastside's boys soccer (10-6) was set to play – turned into a first round upset for the Eagles, pitting them against Whitewater (12-2-1), one of the best teams in the state (ranked fourth in Class AAAA by maxpreps.com).

May 05, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside

Newton Board of Commissioners May 5th, 2015 Live Stream

May 05, 2015 | Darrell Everidge | BOC

US indexes drift lower, ending a two-day advance; oil jumps

NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks are closing lower following two days of gains that brought the market close to a record high.

May 05, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Gov. Deal signs bill making fireworks sales legal in Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal signed a bill Tuesday legalizing the sale of fireworks in Georgia.

May 05, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Georgia sheriff calls woman's shooting tragic accident

ATLANTA (AP) - A metro Atlanta sheriff who shot and critically injured a woman says that the victim is a dear friend and that he's been focused on her family since the shooting.

May 05, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Gov. Deal signs child welfare reform into law

ATLANTA (AP) - A bill streamlining Georgia's child welfare system has been signed into law by Gov. Nathan Deal.

May 05, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Fingerprint ruse IDs Florida man as longtime Ohio fugitive

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - A convicted killer escaped from an Ohio prison farm in 1959, then was allowed to slip away from law enforcement in 1975 and disappeared until a ruse to get his fingerprints led to his arrest in Florida this week, investigators said Tuesday.

May 05, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Gunshot fired inside Conyers Middle School

Conyers Middle School in on lockdown after a gun was reported to have been fired inside the school.

May 05, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

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BOC approves rollback budget; see attached budget documents

The Newton County Board of Commissioners voted 3-2 to approve a $46.3 million budget, which will use the 10.9 rollback millage rate, and cut about 50 employees. The board won't officially adopt the 10.9 rollback rate until the July 6 BOC meeting because the budget now has to be re-advertised in The News for a minimum of 14 days.

Commissioners Mort Ewing and Tim Fleming voted against the budget, and both expressed preference for the 9.73 millage rate budget which would have been a $43.5 million budget.

June 16, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Martha C. Lester

June 16, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS

Fire engulfs car's engine compartment

Around 7:30 a.m. this morning the Covington Fire Department responded to a car fire. On arrival, they found the engine compartment fully engulfed in flames. The fire was extinguished with no issues.

The owner stated that she had a leak in a power steering hose which made the car smoke on occasion. She was in the process of saving to fix the problem. The owner stated that she walked in her office and then returned to find the car on fire.

June 16, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Schooling the competition

Grace Christian Academy faced off against 3,000 students from 230 schools around the world in the Accelerated International Student Convention, winning a plethora of awards for their efforts, including first place in academics.

June 16, 2010 | Sabastian Wee swee@covnews.com | Education

Tattoo gives away man’s identity

A man arrested Saturday afternoon vehemently denied being the person authorities were looking for, even though he had a tattoo of his name in plain view on his calf.

June 16, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Why are there no Republicans on public courses?

In the years since I sneaked on to the Athens Country Club course, my first taste of a private club, I have been fortunate enough to play at many others.

June 16, 2010 | Lewis Grizzard | News Columnists

NCSS breaks ground on 2 new projects

The Newton County Board of Education broke ground on two projects Tuesday afternoon - the Newton College and Career Academy and elementary school No. 15, located at 1300 Airport Road.

June 16, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education

Suspects charged in Clements murder now in court

It has been just over a year since Conyers landscaper Timothy Clements, 53, was found murdered and dumped in a creek. One person has pleaded guilty, but three others are still accused of the crime and are currently making their way though the Newton County judicial system.

June 16, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Newton County Jail Log - June 16

  • Jessica Monet Fulton, 22, Tallahassee, Fla,, May 30, Speeding, driving while license suspended.
  • Charles Wesley Gaddis, 28, Conyers, May 3 1. Disorderly conduct, public drunkenness.
  • Cornelius Lamil Hale, 40, 8129 Sterling Lane, Covington, May 27. No tag lights, DUI.
  • Bobbie Kiante Harrison, 34, 14 Magnolia St, Porterdale, May 27. Theft of services, damaging, entering or interfering.
  • Horace Dale Harvard Jr., 26, 132 South Pine St., Mansfield, May 28. Theft by receiving stolen property.
  • Jerry Michael Hill Jr., 17, 9133 Thrasher St., Covington, May 27. Terroristic threats and acts, disorderly conduct.
  • Maurice Jammond Hill, 33, Decatur, June 1. Failure to appear ...

June 16, 2010 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

Supporter Spotlight: Newton Medical Family Practice Center

There is a brand new doctor in town. Thomas Mathew Jr., M.D., is a board certified family practitioner who leads the Newton Medical Family Practice Center, a new facility based in Covington.

June 16, 2010 | Sabastian Wee swee@covnews.com | Business

Hot summer nights on the Covington Square

With the summer already in boiling temperatures, basking in a smoldering live concert seems quite appropriate. Last Friday, Arts Association in Newton County and co-sponsor Main Street Covington began their annual summer concert series on the square in downtown Covington.

June 16, 2010 | Sabastian Wee swee@covnews.com | Covington

Juanita Bynum to hold book signing at Mall at Stonecrest

Dr. Juanita Bynum II will perform live music from her newly released EP, Soul Cry, at the Mall at Stonecrest on Saturday, June 26, at 3 p.m. Following Bynum's live performance, guests are invited to access the VIP meet and greet with purchase and receipt of her new book, No More Sheets II: Starting Over from Borders Stonecrest.

June 16, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Our thoughts...Justice served

Last week Mebert Ray Ford at breathed his last breath more after more than 24 years of pain and tears that he created.

June 16, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Perdue did the right thing

Gov. Sonny Perdue reached a significant milestone last week as he finished the process of signing or vetoing the bills and resolutions passed by legislators this year.

Barring an emergency that requires him to call a special session of the General Assembly, those will probably be the last pieces of legislation Perdue signs during his two terms as Georgia's chief executive.

June 16, 2010 | Tom Crawford | Columnists

Our thoughts...Lessons learned from a monster

Last week Judge Samuel Ozburn sentenced 26-year-old sexual pervert Brandon Wiggins to 25 years in prison and a life on parole for the aggravated child molestation and statutory rape of his two juvenile step-sisters. The proceedings no doubt made jurors and judge just as nauseous as it made us.

June 16, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

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