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Bomb threat called in to Bard

An employee monitoring the switchboard at Bard, on Industrial Blvd. in Covington, received a phone call at 12:47 p.m. Tuesday, stating "There's a bomb and it will go off in 10 minutes."

November 21, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


County approves Old Atlanta Hwy cell tower

The Newton County Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 in favor of a new, 150-foot cell tower at 10816 Old Atlanta Highway Tuesday evening.

November 19, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


$21 million spent to date on Bear Creek

Newton County has spent approximately $21.6 million dollars on the proposed Bear Creek Reservoir since 1998, with the bulk of those funds going towards land acquisition, County Attorney Tommy Craig revealed Tuesday during a Newton County Board of Commissioners meeting.

November 18, 2014 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Third person arrested in Smith murder

Jamarcus Tyrone Smith, of Covington, was the third person arrested in the investigation of the murder of 29-year-old Newton County resident Demario Smith.

November 18, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Board could know NMC parter in Jan.

The Newton Medical Center (NMC) expects to pick an equity partner in January, according to a presentation given by CEO Jim Weadick at a meeting of the Covington Rotary Club Tuesday.

November 18, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Elderly woman dies in Oxford fire

An 88-year-old Oxford woman's body was found after a housefire Tuesday morning.

November 18, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Contentious debate precedes curfew vote

Members of the Covington City Council asked if government should police people's children during Monday's work session.

November 18, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


City to begin airport improvement plan

There will soon be more than just take offs and landings happening at the Covington Municipal Airport.

November 17, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Historic courthouse featured in new book

The courthouses of Georgia's 159 counties hold the keys to the history of individual families and entire communities alike. From their primary role as the temples of justice for our court system to their better known function as the official repository of public records for significant life events, these buildings anchor many of Georgia's town squares.

November 15, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Hollywood finds new home in Georgia

If you haven't noticed, Georgia has become a hotbed for the film industry in recent years.

November 15, 2014 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


A family running out of options

Just days before 21-year-old Mary Elizabeth Hopkins passed away, her father, Mike, stood in the driveway of their Covington home at dawn and listened to her singing in her bedroom. Mary Elizabeth was known for her love of music, and would often sing to herself and her family.

November 15, 2014 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Shooting at Salem Rd Kroger parking lot

The Newton County Sheriff's Department responded to the third shooting in less than two weeks Thursday, after gunshots were fired in the parking lot of the Kroger on Salem Road.

November 14, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


2 Eagles to play in Thanksgiving Parade

Two Eastside High School students will be representing the Eagles live on national television this Thanksgiving.

November 13, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSS employees to get bonus check

In an effort to gain good faith with its staff, the Newton County Board of Education approved to give teachers a one-time check in addition to their regular pay, add to their 403(b) retirement plan and increase the work hours for their elementary school paraprofessionals.

November 13, 2014 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


Covington snipers compete with the best

A 38 two-man team competition of snipers/spotters from around the world traveled to Fort Benning last week to compete in the 14th annual International Sniper Competition. Teams from Germany, the Army, the Department of Justice and Homeland Security were all their to compete and amongst those household names were Matt Cooper and Gene Nuqui of the Covington Police Department.

November 13, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | LOCAL


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Archive By Section - LOCAL


Teen caught urinating on tree

A Newton County teen was arrested for public drunk after officers saw him urinating on a tree next to Checkers.

September 28, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Blazing the trail

Over the years, Susan Boss noticed a disturbing pattern among many of her customers. Every time she turned around, another customer had been diagnosed with breast cancer.

September 25, 2011 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


County to buy 34 NCSO cars w/ SPLOST

Newton County is planning to spend the first of its 2011 SPLOST collections - $811,835 - by purchasing 34 new cars for the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

September 25, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newton to get good return on T-SPLOST

Only a handful of residents attended Thursday night's T-SPLOST open house at Georgia Perimeter College despite the fact the additional penny tax will totally revamp transportation funding in the state and will greatly affect major regional thoroughfares.

September 25, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Honor flight departs from American Legion

Twenty-five World War II veterans, including several from Newton County, and their guardians flew to Washington, D.C. from Atlanta on Thursday in the inaugural flight of Honor Flight Conyers. The group left the American Legion Post 77 at 5 a.m., escorted by police, and spent the day in Washington D.C. visiting monuments and memorials such as the World War II memorial. The veterans, who came from across the metro Atlanta region and the state and ranged from ages 84 - 97, returned at 11:30 p.m travel-weary but proud.

September 25, 2011 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Two airlifted in weekend car accidents

Over the weekend, two separate car accidents resulted in area residents being airlifted to Atlanta hospitals

September 23, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Church helping boy with severe spasms

Tiffany Smith talks like a seasoned health care professional. This local mother of two young boys can spout off the complicated, often times impossibly long, names of disorders, procedures and medications that would leave most people tongue tied. Tiffany came by her knowledge the hard way. Not through years of formal education, but rather seven years of loving, nurturing and understanding her first born son's medical condition.

September 23, 2011 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | LOCAL


Fire burns down house on Ga. 212

A home at 7245 Ga. Highway 212 was destroyed in a fire early Thursday morning, causing the road to be closed between 3:20 a.m. and 9:45 a.m.

September 22, 2011 | | LOCAL


Fire department asking for community's help for grant

The Covington Fire Department is calling on the people of Covington to help them win a $10,000 grant from Liberty Mutual's Be Fire Smart Safety Pledge program.

September 21, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log - Sept. 21

Crystal Gail Shackleford, Kimberly Linn Shelton, 34, 1288 Cannon Farm Road, Oxford, Sept. 12. Possession of marijuana less than one ounce, possession of Schedule I & II drug (methamphetamine) with intent to distribute

September 21, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Legislators discuss redistricting maps

Five of Newton County's state legislators, including new additions Rep. Steve Davis (R-McDonough) and Sen. Ronald Ramsey (D-Lithonia), introduced themselves and talked about the new redistricting maps Tuesday at the Covington Rotary Club.

September 21, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newton’s top teachers

Three Newton County teachers were surprised and excited Monday - more so than usual, of course - when they were named finalists for the county's 2012 Teacher of the Year award.

September 21, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Stubborn thieves refuse jail reprieve

Thieves were busy again this weekend stealing more than $38,250 in 18 separate cases.

September 21, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Man shoots daughter, wife in Stockbridge

UPDATE, 12:30 p.m. - The mother is reportedly in stable condition after going through surgery at Atlanta Medical Center. The 10-year-old daughter is reportedly in critical condition and out of surgery.

September 20, 2011 | | LOCAL


Missing disabled teen found near home

Update, 10:39 a.m. - The missing girl, Antonia Carpintero, was located near her residence and is doing well, according to 1st Lt. Mark Mitchell of the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

September 18, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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