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2050 Plan survives challenge

The controversial 2050 Plan took a beating Tuesday night from the Newton County Board of Commissioners, but it was still standing at night's end.

August 19, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Family & Laughter

The familiar hum of the customers meets the sound of the vintage milkshake machine as it spins up a strawberry shake. Townhouse Café makes the old time milkshakes - thick, not foamy. They are just thin enough to sip through a straw.

August 19, 2014 | | LOCAL


Custom-embroidery store to open on Pace St

You won't find any frogs at the new Ribbity Ribbitz store opening on Pace Street, but the embroidery business is not lacking a prince and a strong family foundation.

August 19, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Urban ‘won’ his 100-mile run for Taylor

Joe Urban's goal was to run 100 miles in 30 hours to raise money for cancer research, and because he'd told his young friend, Austin Taylor, that he would.

August 19, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Rockdale collaborative group begins

Rockdale's highest officials have decided that it's best if they move forward with forming a collective that'll work together to benefit the community.

August 19, 2014 | Martin Rand III | LOCAL


Remember the basics of financial planning

As someone who has been dealing with finances for decades, I thought I would share some information that may be beneficial to the planning of the readers of The Covington News.

August 19, 2014 | Mike Lassiter | LOCAL


CAEC donates backpacks to Middle Ridge

The stuffed backpacks keep rolling in, with or without accessorized wheels.

August 19, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Missing Covington teen found in NOLA

The teenage girl who went missing from Covington in May has been found, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

August 19, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Douglas: abandon 2050 Plan

At Tuesday's Board of Commissioners work session, commissioner John Douglas called for the abandonment of the 2050 Plan.

August 19, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Hospital evacuated due to faulty AC unit

A faulty air handling unit filled with smoke and caused the evacuation of Newton Medical Center's emergency room Sunday evening.

August 17, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Town House Cafe (video)

The Town House Cafe Story

August 17, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


Newton County Q&A with Porterdale Mayor Arline Chapman

This is part of an ongoing series of Q&A sessions with various top elected officials in Newton County. To suggest questions for specific city or county issues, email reporter Rob Dewig at rdewig@covnews.com.

August 16, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Banjos and barbecue

Steve and Vicki Deal have been serving the rural community at Cowboy's BBQ for four years. Their restaurant in Social Circle is going strong, and Steve is looking to expand to a second location within the next year.

August 16, 2014 | Samantha Reardon | LOCAL


Covington businessman runs for lost boy

A year ago, Joe Urban chose to do something for a co-worker's young son with cancer - run 100 miles, nonstop, in the Colorado Rockies. To raise money for a fund set up in the boy's name.

August 16, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


A muddy good time

Local runners, mudders and thrill-seekers from around the Peach State braved the summer heat in the dirtiest of ways Saturday, August 16 at the 2014 Rugged Maniac 5K Obstacle Race made its way to the Georgia International Horse Park

August 16, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Newton jailer arrested for sex charges

Newton County Detention Officer James Trevor Latham was arrested Monday on charges of sexual assault and sodomy involving a female inmate, as well as violating his oath of office.

June 16, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Teens arrested for stealing bikes

Two teens were arrested Monday evening for stealing children's bikes.

June 16, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


State audit cites fraud in stimulus program

ATLANTA - State auditors say a low-income jobs program run by the Department of Human Services is rife with fraud, waste and abuse likely resulting from mismanagement and weak controls at the central office.

June 16, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Man arrested for battery on girlfriend

A woman trying to wake her boyfriend for work was surprised when the man came awake swinging.

June 16, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Rain just a brief respite from drought

Storms Wednesday evening doused Newton County with three-quarter inches of rain, but the precipitation for the year is down about 25 percent from average.

June 16, 2011 | | LOCAL


Fugitive surrenders in Elbert County

ELBERTON - The Elbert County sheriff's office says a man who escaped from the Madison County Jail has surrendered, ending a four-day manhunt.

June 16, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Foreclosures up in state, fall in nation

LOS ANGELES - Though Georgia's foreclosures rose in May, the number of U.S. homeowners who were put on notice for being behind on their mortgage payments fell in May to the lowest level since 2006, the result of a slowing housing market and lingering delays in banks' foreclosure process.

June 16, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


State unemployment unchanged

ATLANTA - State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler says Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate stayed at 9.8 percent last month, and there was a slight increase in payroll jobs.

June 16, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Severe storm warning for Newton

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning until 9 p.m. for Newton County.

June 15, 2011 | | LOCAL


Social Circle welcome center repairs continue

Social Circle's welcome center remains closed as crews continue to clean up from a fire that struck the structure on June 2.

June 15, 2011 | | LOCAL


DeKalb officer shoots man

DECATUR - A DeKalb County police officer shot a man about 3 p.m. today outside a home in the county's Kings Park subdivision.

June 15, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Jordan to undergo mental evaluation

A judge on Tuesday ordered Byron Christopher Jordan to undergo a mental evaluation before the court proceeds with charges against him of bestiality.

June 15, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Court sentencings - June 15

Maurice S. Forman. Misdemeanor obstruction, 12 months probation, 10 days confinement, $1,000.

June 15, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Unsolved murders

Wendell Barber's lifeless body was found dumped like so much garbage last year in woods off Piper Road.

June 15, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Commissioners to present budgets Thursday

After weeks of discussions, the Newton County Board of Commissioners may finally get down to choosing a budget at a 6:30 p.m. work session Thursday at the Historic Courthouse.

June 15, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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