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Affordable housing takes root in Newton County

Like many people, Jasmine had a negative view of housing authorities-commonly conflated with 'the projects'-before she came to live at New Leaf in ...

August 30, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Covington Police Dept. announces “Filming the Fuzz” contest, prizes

The annual Fuzz Run is rapidly approaching on Sept. 12 and the Covington Police Department is offering runners and spectators a unique way to get ...

August 29, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Jersey Day kicks off Sept. 5

Football season is here, and the only thing better than showing support by wearing your favorite team's jersey is to do it for a ...

August 29, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mayor Johnston to run for re-election

Covington, Ga. mayor Ronnie Johnston announced today he will officially seek election for a second term in office.

August 29, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington man killed in motorcycle crash with SUV

CONYERS - A Covington man was killed in a crash with a SUV on Flat Shoals Road Tuesday morning.

August 28, 2015 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Solid waste report calls for county to get out of landfill business

Five recommendations have come out of the Newton County Citizens' Solid Waste Committee, which presented a draft of its report on Aug. 27 at the ...

August 28, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


NCSS ACT scores fall short of benchmarks

COVINGTON- The Newton County School System (NCSS) announced the ACT scores from the 2014-2015 school year Wednesday afternoon.

August 27, 2015 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


Covington library opened

The Covington Branch of the Newton County Library System opened today after being closed for a week and a half.

August 27, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


School threat 'pre-recorded bomb threat'

A Newton County Sheriff's Office investigation has discovered that the bomb threat called into Porterdale Elementary School on Aug. 14 was a pre-recorded threat.

August 25, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


$2,560 donated by Jersey Mike’s to the Covington YMCA

During the grand opening week of the Jersey Mike's Subs shop on Industrial Blvd. patrons who brought in a YMCA donation coupon received a ...

August 24, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


1803 St. Louis comes to Conyers

Sometime in October, the city of St. Louis, Mo., circa 1803, will be built at the International Horse Park, a set for "Undaunted Courage," the ...

August 24, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


The fanaticism of Dragon Con reaches Newton County

It's a definitely a big deal.

August 24, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


GBI Director Keenan speaks to Kiwanis Club

Superior Court Judge Samuel Ozburn told the Kiwanis Club of Covington that if there was any criminal activity at Thursday's meeting the person could ...

August 23, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log: Aug 19

Raymond Dean Adkins, 49, Oxford, August 17, child support default

August 23, 2015 | | LOCAL


Two more plead guilty in Newton RICO case

A defendant in a racketeering case returned to court on Thursday and pled guilty to one count of racketeering and carrying a firearm during the ...

August 23, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


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Missing 72-year-old located in Waycross

A 72-year-old man reported missing late last week was located safely at a family member's home in Waycross Sunday.

Jack McCarty went missing Thursday afternoon when he walked away from a home he was visiting with a person caregiver. He was next seen hours later on video surveillance at the Kroger store on Salem Road accompanied by three men. He was located two days later.

May 08, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County’s Annual Shred Day May 17

Residents are once again invited to bring all of those sensitive financial or personal documents they no longer need to the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 17 to have them shredded for free.

The annual Shred Day event is being sponsored by the chamber and Newton Federal Bank.

May 08, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Chamber asks for $250K from county

The local chamber of commerce requested Monday that the Newton County Board of Commissioners more than double the chamber's economic development budget next year to $250,000.

May 08, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Real estate lawyer Philip Johnson runs for District 5

Long time real estate attorney Philip A. Johnson is running as a Democrat for the District 5 seat on the Newton County Board of Commissioners seat because he wants to bring more civility to local government.

Johnson, 62, has been practicing law in Newton County for 38 years but said he wants to return to politics to get Newton County back on track.

May 08, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Dancing through her life

Betty Harris' dancing escapades have lead to a lifetime of unforgettable experiences like marching in Kennedy's inauguration parade in 1961 to performing in the Opening Ceremonies of the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.

Harris has also participated in four flash mobs in the metro area with the Atlanta West Coast Swing Club.

May 08, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


GPC President Tricoli steps down

Georgia Perimeter College President Anthony Tricoli has stepped down following the disclosure that the school has a roughly $16 million downfall.

May 08, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Steve Davis runs for re-election

Incumbent Republican Steve Davis announced he is running for his fifth House term in the new District 109, which covers parts of Rockdale, Newton and Henry counties.

"It has been a great honor to represent this district for the last eight years and I am glad that I have been able to deliver on the promises of my original campaign," Davis said in a written statement. "I have focused much of my attention on education, transportation and public safety."

May 08, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Sheriff’s Office participates in roundtable discussion in NYC

Recently at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square, N.Y., a roundtable discussion was held during the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences that focused on some of the key challenges sheriffs' offices face across the state of Georgia. The panelists who served on this roundtable discussion were Sheriff Ezell Brown of Newton County and Sheriff Ira Edwards Jr. of Clarke County. The roundtable discussion was titled "In Focus: Exploring the Challenges and Related Implications Facing Georgia's Sheriffs." Dr. Brian N. Williams, Associate Professor of Public Administration and Policy at the University of Georgia, moderated ...

May 08, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Georgia gas prices fall 6.4 cents since previous week

Average retail gasoline prices in Atlanta have fallen 6.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.61/gal yesterday. This compares with the national average that has fallen 2.9 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.77/gal, according to gasoline price website AtlantaGasPrices.com.

Including the change in gas prices in Atlanta during the past week, prices yesterday were 29.0 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 25.3 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 13.4 cents per ...

May 08, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Officers use Taser on suspect after chase

Covington officers responded to an in-progress vehicle break in. Upon arriving, the first responding officer witnessed Dagger Grier looking out the back window of a 1999 black Ford Super Duty truck and slump down into the passenger seat.

When the officer approached the vehicle and gave a command for Grier to show his hands, he jumped out of the truck's passenger window and ran towards the woods.

May 08, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Family returns from vacation to ransacked home

Upon arriving home from vacation, the Jacobs family found their master bedroom ransacked. Further investigation to the rest of the house, the family noticed other items missing as well.

Two windows on the front side of the house were open and another front window had a small hole in it.

May 08, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Missing man found

UPDATE: Missing 72-year-old Jack McCarty was located at the home of relatives in Waycross.

May 08, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Boy miraculously survives brain cancer

Ask Jonah Barnett what his favorite drink is, and he'll tell you it's strawberry milk.

May 05, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Lassiter: NMC hosts annual Spring Gala

The Gala Committee, consisting of members of the Newton Medical Center Auxiliary along with support from members of the Covington Garden Club, planned a spectacular Annual Spring Gala Saturday, April 28.

The home of Drs. Caralyn and Leon Leonard was the perfect setting for this Asian-flair theme affair. The guests were greeted by the hosts along with some of the Gala Committee members. Professional photos were offered before entering the Leonard's estate and allowing guests to view the personal effects of the owners.

May 05, 2012 | Christy A. Lassiter | LOCAL


Georgia Piedmont graduates Law Enforcement Academy recruits

Georgia Piedmont Technical College's Law Enforcement Academy held its 10th commencement ceremony Friday, April 27 at the college's Covington campus. Five recruits have completed the 17 week law officer training academy. While the class size was low, the caliber of students was high. "This is the smallest graduating class we've had since we began operating. It presented some challenges from an instruction standpoint, however, I believe these students benefited greatly from the small class size. I feel confident they learned the knowledge and skills needed to move forward and do a good job for the community that ...

May 05, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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