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Bon Voyage

A beloved figure in Covington will soon step down from the position he created, transitioning from entertainer to life-long audience. And he plans to enjoy his newly found free time.

April 24, 2014 | Covington icon made music his life and doesn’t plan to stop enjoying it | LOCAL


Schemmel still provides hope during relay

Barbara Schemmel and Becky Byrum met standing on either side of a track as a man made his way around for the 2000 Relay for Life's survivor lap, despite not being able to feel his feet after having chemotherapy that day.

April 24, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Search on for missing Newton man

Authorities are asking for the public's help in locating missing Newton County man, Robert "Bobby" Weaver, a white man who is 5 feet, 8 inches tall, weighs about 160 pounds and has brown hair, brown eyes and tattoos on his forearms.

April 24, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Service sorority granted charter

About 75 women in Newton County now have an official group to better the community from closer to home.

April 24, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Two WB I-20 lanes closed this weekend

Weekend dinner or shopping trips to Conyers, The Mall at Stonecrest or Atlanta are about to get a little more complicated with a major road resurfacing project kicking off on Interstate 20 westbound that will close down two lanes this weekend and on future weekends.

April 24, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Mansfield interim mayor still deciding

If interim Mansfield Mayor Jefferson Riley wants to run to be mayor full time, he's left in the odd position of having to resign from the city council a full two months ahead of an election, leaving the city to appoint yet another interim mayor during a time of transition.

April 24, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Property tax rate likely to drop in FY15

Commissioners got some good news Tuesday night at their budget work session, including learning the county's health insurance bill will be at least $339,660 lower next fiscal year and hearing that rising property values make it likely the board will be able to make good on its promise to lower the millage rate.

April 24, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Resurfacing to close 2 lanes I-20 west in Rockdale, Newton

If you plan to travel on I-20 westbound (towards Atlanta) through Newton and Rockdale counties on Saturday or Sunday, you might want plan ahead before you leave home. Resurfacing begins on Interstate 20 in Rockdale and Newton counties this weekend and will continue on weekends and weeknights.

April 24, 2014 | | LOCAL


Search on for missing Newton man

Authorities are asking for the public's help in locating missing Newton County Robert "Bobby" Weaver, a white man who is 5 feet, 8 inches tall, weighs about 160 pounds and has brown hair, brown eyes and tattoos on his forearms.

April 23, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO deputies keep drunk drivers off road

Two Newton County Sheriff's Office deputies were recognized Tuesday for work keeping impaired drivers off the road.

April 23, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Property tax rate likely to drop in FY15

Commissioners got some good news Tuesday night at their budget work session, including learning their health insurance bill will be at least $339,660 lower and seeing rising property values that would allow the board to make good on its promise to lower the millage rate.

April 22, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Council unsure how to use Legion Field

Covington City Council members are still unsure whether they want to allow Legion Field on Mill Street to be rented for private events and whether they want to charge a fee or simply a refundable deposit.

April 22, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Deputy arrested for child molestation

A former Newton County deputy was arrested Monday for allegedly inappropriately touching a child multiple times between 2006 and 2011.

April 21, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


BOC working on budget to drop tax rate

With a goal of lowering the county's property tax rate, after raising it last year, the Newton County Board of Commissioners is set to kick off its part of the budget process in earnest and officials will be looking for ways to cut costs and increase revenue.

April 21, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newton teens arrested in Heritage High robbery

Four Newton County teens from were arrested in connection with the March 27 assault and robbery of a student in the Heritage High School parking lot and deputies are on the lookout for a fifth teen.

April 21, 2014 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


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Young hunters take on skills challenge

Young hunters from across the state gathered at the Charlie Elliot Wildlife Center in Mansfield on Saturday to participate in the annual Hunter Education Skills Challenge event.

January 16, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Jury duty “an important responsibility”

As the year begins, so do trials in the Newton County Judicial System. And although many cases can be handled without one, the Sixth Amendment of the Constitution guarantees everyone the right to a trial by a jury of their peers.

January 16, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Celebration to honor MLK

Newton County's 26th annual celebration of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday at Newton High School's Porter Memorial Auditorium.

January 16, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County aims to help underinsured

Newton County officials believe they could receive federal stimulus money to open a health center in the county that would be able to more efficiently serve residents who have Medicaid or are uninsured.

January 16, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Schools must reschedule games

Last week's winter storm caused havoc throughout Newton County. It has also put the county's basketball teams in a situation where they'll need to make up two and even three games in the case of Alcovy and Newton.

January 15, 2011 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL


MLK celebration Sunday

Newton County's 26th annual celebration of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday at Newton High School's Porter Memorial Auditorium.

January 14, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Y to hold open house Saturday

If you've been cooped up all week by the ice and cold, the Covington Family Y is staging an open house on Saturday that can help you get moving again.

January 14, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Warmer winter prediction falls flat

Climatologists had predicted a warmer-than- average winter, but that hasn't quite been the case. Changing weather patterns have caused a series of Arctic blasts to blow through Georgia bringing record cold and abundant snowfall.

January 14, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Work, services resume after roads clear

The cost of this week's winter weather won't be fully known until next week, but Covington has spent at least $26,718 this week on labor and materials.

January 14, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Scott positioned to rise in GOP ranks

U.S. Rep. Austin Scott (R-Macon) has been making the national media rounds the past two weeks, sharing his views on the upcoming year after being voted president of the largest Republican Congressional freshman class in U.S. history.

January 13, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful wins $1K

Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful has received $1,000 from Keep America Beautiful, part of a nationwide effort sponsored by Nestlé Waters North America to encourage plastic bottle recycling during the 2010 Great American Cleanup.

January 13, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Three recycling centers closing today

The county's recycling centers on Covington ByPass, McGiboney and Piper roads are all closing shortly because there is too much ice at those locations. They will reopen at noon on Friday, said Laurie Riley, with the Newton County Department of Development Services.

January 13, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Two dead in Ga. Highway 11 wreck

Two men who had been missing for a week were found dead Saturday morning, victims of a car wreck on Ga. Highway 11 near Surrey Chase Drive.

January 13, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Restaurant Inspection Scores

Health inspection ratings for food providers in Newton County provided by the Georgia Department of Public Health Community Health Division.

January 13, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Frigid photos: Readers share snow shots

We asked you to share your photos of what it was like in the ice and snow in your neighborhood, and dozens of people have responded. Here's a sampling. See more in Wednesday's print edition, and coming in Friday's print edition.

January 13, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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