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Rep. Johnson calls for Douglas' resignation

Congressman Hank Johnson issued a statement Saturday calling for Newton County Commissioner John Douglas to resign over a racist, sexist comment Douglas posted on Facebook.

July 27, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Landfill should not be losing money, says committee member

The Newton County landfill could not only break even but also save money towards capital improvements if subsidies to the convenience centers are ended and all fees strictly collected, according to a member of the citizen solid waste panel.

July 26, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Why opposing shared economy is a big mistake for Democrats

"The consumer demand for the Uber and Lyft kind of services is so great that any politician who gets in the way of that is really asking for trouble," according to Roger McNamee. The co-founder of investment firm Elevation Partners said on CNBC that "Uber's success is really about consumers demanding the availability of Uber and Lyft cars wherever they are."

July 26, 2015 | Scott Rasmussen | LOCAL


Keeping K-9 dogs cool in summer

Because dogs can only cool themselves by panting and by sweating through their paw pads, a closed, hot car can be like an oven, allowing little ventilation and suffocating heat.

July 26, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Covington looks to hanger Airport Authority

The Covington City council has been busy working on the future of the Covington airport, spending time during Monday's council meeting and Tuesday's work session trying to set a course.

July 26, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Douglas under fire over 'racial words'

Newton County Commissioner John Douglas came under fire this week for using racist, sexist language to describe a protestor on Facebook who he accused of desecrating the American flag.

July 25, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


NEGRC elects officers

Frank Turner, former Covington city manager, was elected chairman of the Northeast Georgia Regional Commission Council June 18 in Athens.

July 25, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO earns re-certification

During the Tuesday Newton County Commissioner's meeting, Mr. Mark Bender - Director of State Certification for the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police, made a special presentation to Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown and Sgt. Cortney Morrison.

July 25, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Rockdale provides multiple settings for films

The headless horseman rode into town last week, as the cast and crew of Fox's Sleepy Hollow began shooting season three in Rockdale County. The production team has been filming around the community in several different locations, including at a private residence on Main Street and in Olde Towne Conyers. Next week, they will film at some private residences near Ebeneezer Road and GA State Route 212.

July 25, 2015 | | LOCAL


Snapping Shoals members gather

Snapping Shoals EMC held its annual Round Up and members' meeting Thursday at the Georgia International Horse Park.

July 23, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Commissioners talk county future at BOC meeting

Several Newton County commissioners used the first business meeting following the adoption of a controversial budget to speak about the future of the county and the need to plan strategically for its growth.

July 21, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Large cocaine, cash bust in north Rockdale

CONYERS - The Rockdale County Sheriff's Office and Conyers Police Department joint narcotics/vice unit recovered about a kilogram of cocaine, handgun and hundreds of thousands in cash in a north Rockdale home.

July 21, 2015 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Rotary Club to host golf tournament

The Covington Rotary Club will host its Inaugural Golf Tournament to raise funds for The Empty Stocking Fund and other local projects.

July 21, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County sees property tax hike

The Newton County Board of Commissioners narrowly passed a 2016 budget Monday, raising property taxes by 21.87 over the rollback rate percent and 4.1 percent over last year for a total millage rate of 13.491.

July 20, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Area school supply drives

Though it may still feel like the dog days of summer, the first day of school is just around the corner, and local businesses and nonprofits are collecting school supplies to give to students and families in need. Here are a few of the upcoming givewaways:

July 19, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Copper stolen from church’s air conditioning units

Officers responded to a report of copper theft at the Hebron World Church.

Pastor Mark Barratt stated that when he went to the rear of the church building, he noticed that three of the air conditioning units had been tampered with.

April 24, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Three males arrested for shoplifting condoms

An officer responded to the Walmart on Industrial Blvd in reference to shoplifting.

The loss prevention representative along with two other associates, observed three males shoplift $7.47 worth of condoms.

April 24, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Daughter’s comment sparks family feud

Officers responded to a domestic dispute that resulted from a daughter making a comment about her father's girlfriend's backside.

When the officer arrived, the daughter stated that her younger sister had told her father's girlfriend that she had a "big booty." However, the girlfriend stated that the daughter made a comment about one of the kids "wanting her booty."

April 24, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Kimble: Throw a snag on the barbie

We crossed the International Date Line and the equator, and so far have traveled nearly 40 hours by plane.

I'm still no fan of Vegemite (I tried Mighty Mite, which is supposed to be less strong), but the rest of Australia is incredible.

April 24, 2012 | Columnist | LOCAL


Couple arrested trying to enter new home

The neighbors who allegedly prevented Jean-Joseph and Angelica Kalonji from entering their recently purchased Newton County home at gunpoint have been charged with aggravated assault, false imprisonment and criminal trespass.

April 24, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Insurance tax helps county budget

Newton County commissioners will not have to cut their budget for the first time in four years, in part thanks to receiving $1.28 million more in insurance premium tax money, a little discussed revenue source.

In order to receive insurance coverage, people must pay a premium to their insurance company. Those premium payments are then taxed by the state, with revenues split between the state and local governments.

April 21, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Boy tells escape tale to students

Hundreds of students filled the Oxford Chapel Thursday to listen to a single boy speak. But this was no ordinary boy. His name is Santos and he had escaped only a few years ago from the child armies of Ugandan guerilla leader Joseph Kony.

Santos came to Oxford with the organization Invisible Children to speak out about the evils of Kony and what local students can do to stop his reign in Africa.

April 21, 2012 | Nicole Goetz | LOCAL


Accreditation Assessment Team invites public comment on local law enforcement

A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies will arrive April 29 to examine all aspects of the Covington Police Department's policies and procedures, management, operations and support services, Police Chief Stacey Cotton said recently.

Verification by the team that the CPD meets the commission's state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation - a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence, he said.

April 21, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Ardent volunteer bids farewell

Jim Means hates to sit around and has spent most of his retirement volunteering with organizations - lots of them.

April 21, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Nonprofit hosts Scrabble tournament

Residents can test their vocabulary for a good cause at the annual Scrabble tournament and fundraiser for Newton County READS from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Card Student Center at Oxford College.

April 21, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Two arrested for loitering and prowling

Two men were arrested Friday night after loitering around vacant houses in the city.

April 21, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


The history of Earth Day

Each year on April 22 the world celebrates Earth Day to recognize what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement back in 1970.

The goal of Earth Day 2012 is to "Mobilize the Earth." The original idea for Earth Day came from founder Gaylord Nelson who was a U.S. senator from Wisconsin. After witnessing the horrendous damage left behind by the massive 1969oil spill in Santa Barbara, Calif., Nelson decided that it was time to stand up for Mother Earth.

April 21, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Earth Day in Newton County

Some local organizations have events planned to celebrate Earth Day and keep Newton County green and beautiful.

Front Door Litter Challenge

April 21, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Arrests for attempt to steal alcohol

One man and one teen were arrested early Thursday morning, after an observant delivery driver alerted authorities to two suspicious men hanging out around the back of Walmart.

When officers met with the driver, he explained that there had been approximately 25 burglaries in the Atlanta area in the last month, and when he saw the two men hanging out behind the store where no one should be, he called 911. Walmart management was also notified when the two entered the store around 2:57 a.m.

April 21, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Juveniles arrested after street fight

Several juveniles and one adult were arrested Wednesday evening after reportedly fighting on Thrash and Fair streets.

April 21, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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