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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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Supporting the arts

Paul Chambers, AT&T's local district manager, makes his company's 9th annual $2,500 donation to the Newton County Arts Association. Executive Director Buncie Hay Lanners accepted the check.

August 28, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Meet Newton’s newest state legislators

Now that the governor has signed off on the new Georgia house and senate district maps, Newton County seems assured of adding Sen. Ronald B. Ramsey (D-43) and Rep. Steve Davis (R-109) to its slate of legislators.

August 27, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Second grader wins library scholarship

Thanks to his participation in the Georgia Public Library Service's Summer Reading Program, "One World, Many Stories," Taylor Boyd not only developed essential reading skills this summer, he was also awarded a $5,529 contribution to his college savings.

August 26, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Native American American Festival and PowWow coming in Sept.

The 21st annual Indian Springs Native American Festival and PowWow will be held Sept. 10 and 11 at the Indian Springs Hotel and Museum.

August 26, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Money available for home improvements

Homeowners who are planning to stick around for a few years could be eligible for federal funding to make their homes more energy efficient or handicap accessible.

August 26, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


NAACP students Back 2 School

47 local youth and 17 adults with the Newton County NAACP gathered at the home of NAACP Youth Advisor Cathelene Perry for the Back 2 School Block Party on July 24. The students participated in dances, ate food prepared by Wendell Williams and Ella King and listened to special presentations by two local pastors.

August 26, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Couple robbed in home

Authorities are searching for two men who reportedly robbed a Covington couple in their home Wednesday.

August 25, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Cox charged with enticing a child

A 21-year-old Covington man has been arrested on charges of sexual exploitation of a child, enticing a child for indecent purposes and violation of the computer pornography and child exploitation act.

August 25, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Third local man charged in '09 death

More than two years after the murder of 34-year-old Calvin Kentrell Banks, a third man has been arrested and formally charged in his death.

August 25, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Fuzz Run returns on Sept. 10

The Covington Police Department is on the lookout once again, but instead of searching for rule breakers, they are looking for record breakers for the 28th annual Fuzz Run.

August 24, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


County to get congressmen overhaul

Newton County's federal representation would be totally overhauled under the Congressional redistricting map proposed this week.

August 24, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Skeletal remains identified

Skeletal remains found by fishermen on the Yellow River early Aug. 13 have been identified as Porterdale resident Harold E. Womack.

August 23, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Cooler weather likely today, tomorrow

Metro Atlanta residents could get a break from higher than normal temperatures the next two days beginning today with a high of 91 and a low of 69 amidst clear skies.

August 23, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Speaker sale leads to knife assault

Police were called to a home on Washington Street early Thursday morning after two people reported being assaulted with a knife following a dispute.

August 21, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Neglectful parents caught in lie

Three juveniles caught shoplifting at Walmart led to the arrest of their mother and stepfather late Thursday night.

August 21, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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