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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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Ride for Sue

Fundraising: Motorcyclists from across the area gathered recently for a fundraiser in support of Sue Gray, a two-time breast cancer survivor. The ride was held on March 26, and took participants from Covington to Monroe and back. The fundraising efforts included a singles auction, with participants putting themselves up for auction for dates.

April 22, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Fairy House Festival May 7

Indulge your whimsical side at the third annual Fairy House Festival from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 7 at Chimney Park behind the Newton County Library, 7116 Floyd St.

April 21, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County restricts adult entertainment

Newton County commissioners confirmed their desire to strictly regulate adult entertainment by unanimously passing an updated ordinance Tuesday.

April 21, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Woodall to host town hall Q&A Tuesday

U.S. Representative Rob Woodall (R-Lawrenceville) will stage a town hall meeting from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Historic Courthouse.

April 21, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Man arrested after being stabbed

A man who was stabbed in the back by his wife ended up arrested and charged with battery, after witnesses said the woman was just trying to defend herself against him.

April 21, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Woman arrested for begging

A woman was arrested and charged with criminal trespassing Monday after workers called Covington Police and reported that she was begging for money.

April 21, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Cobb police defend charges against teen driver

MARIETTA, Ga. - Cobb County police are defending their decision to charge a 16-year-old boy with second-degree vehicular homicide after a crash in which his mother, who was riding in the car, was killed.

WSB-TV reported that 45-year-old Kimberly Nichols was killed April 13 as her son drove the family's Volkswagen convertible to an orthodontist appointment.

April 21, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Teen arrested in attempted robbery

A 14-year-old boy teen has been arrested and charged with attempting to rob a man early Sunday morning.

April 20, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


How can Newton County attract jobs?

The chamber wants to bring jobs to Newton County. That's the goal of economic development, which is simply a fancy phrase for adding new jobs, sustainable, high-quality ones.

April 20, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Road watch: Detour at Monticello and Church

Watch out for a detour on your drive home this afternoon at Monticello and Church streets. Work crews are searching for a gas leak there, forcing a slight detour.

April 20, 2011 | | LOCAL


Pick of the crop

Covington resident Heather Godemann and her son Avery pick strawberries at Mitcham Farm in Oxford on Wednesday.

April 20, 2011 | | LOCAL


Strong storms possible today

The spring weather roller coaster continues today, with the National Weather Service calling for a 70 percent chance of strong to severe storms this afternoon in Newton County.

April 20, 2011 | | LOCAL


Two gun safety classes offered in May

Newton County residents have two options in May to learn about gun safety, one with Covington Police and the other with the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

April 20, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


McNeil hired as Covington fire chief

Covington's next fire chief will be John J. McNeil, who spent 28 years with the Atlanta Fire-Rescue Department.

April 20, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Scrabble Fest

You can test out your vocabulary for a good cause on Saturday at the annual Scrabble-Fest fundraiser for Newton County READS.

April 19, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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