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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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Top Guns

 Top guns from the Atlanta area are competing head-to-head against the best "run and gun" shooters in the South this weekend at the South River Gun Club. The shooters are competing for regional titles in the 2010 U.S. Practical Shooting Association's (USPSA) Area 6 Handgun Championship sponsored by Glock.

April 18, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


2 brothers go to jail together

 Two brothers were arrested after one tried to interfere with the arrest of the other.

April 18, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


United Way honors volunteer of the year

Scott Gowens was a selfless man - a man who devoted all of his free time toward helping others, but never accepted an ounce of praise. It's ironic and fitting that in death Gowens finally received recognition for his caring and generous spirit.

April 18, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Prevent Child Abuse Newton 2010 Family Awareness Festival

Family Fun: Prevent Child Abuse Newton held its annual family awarness festival and motorcycle ride fundraiser Saturday. Visitors had a variety of entertainment avenues to chose from at the festival which was held at the The Church at Covington.

April 18, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


9th Annual YMCA Cheerios Challenge

April 18, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County, cities back in compliance with DCA

 As of April 1, Newton County and its municipalities were back in compliance with the Georgia Department of Community Affairs and eligible to receive new state funds.

April 18, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newborn supports rails to trails idea

While Newton County and Covington officials debate whether to purchase the railroad, the Newborn Town Council is firmly in support of buying the railroad and converting it into trails.

April 18, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


The yellow menace

 The loblolly pine pollen coating your home, car and pets this week is the trees' attempt to spread their genes far and wide. Really far and really wide. The yellow dust has been found to travel up to 1,800 miles from its source.

April 18, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Hot shots

Annual Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce golf tournament held on a beautiful Thursday.

April 18, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


25 years of teaching

Carol Jolly started working at Woodlee's Christian Child Care Center in 1985 where she taught 2 year-olds. For the past 12 years, she has found her niche teaching third grade at the Academy. A reception in her honor will be held at the school located at 2125 Old Salem Road in Conyers from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. April 24. All of her past and present students are invited to attend.

April 18, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Silver anniversary of service

Lula Smith-Rachels was presented with a 25-year service plaque and a bouquet of roses by Terre Wofford, CIC sales director Fla./Ga. for Guideon Insurance, for 25 years of service with the company. Smith-Rachels has been in business on the Covington square for 56 years. In celebration of her milestone of service, Smith-Rachels, Wofford, Wayne Vaughn (Smith-Rachel's son) and Smith Insurance Agency staff members Barbara Bell and Justin Thrower enjoyed lunch at Longhorn Steak House in Covington.

April 18, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Airport fuel farm to be working Monday

 The Covington Municipal Airport is nearly fully operational, but some snags remain. Atlanta East Aviation Manager Rusty Anglin said the two 10,000 gallon fuel tanks at the airport were filled Friday, but when employees tried to pump out the fuel, nothing happened.

April 18, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Man suspected of setting car, house ablaze arrested in Alabama

An Alabama man was arrested Thursday afternoon and charged with setting fire to his ex-girlfriend's vehicle in the early morning hours of April 15.

April 17, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Hot Shots

Fore! The Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce held its annual golf tournament on an absolutely beautiful day Thursday. The Oaks hosted the event, which drew about 30 teams. Various community sponsors set up tables on each hole and gave away prizes and refreshments. The Sunbelt Builders 1A team won first place (score of 52 on the 71 par course), with Hodge Underground (55) and Miracle League/Newton County Recreation Department (56) teams coming in second and third. Denny Sellers won the most accurate drive contest and Deborah Davis won closest to the pin. For photos of Thursday's winning teams ...

April 16, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Recreation coach dismissed for admitting drug use

A long-time Newton County Recreation coach has been dismissed from his coaching duties and arrested after admitting to using drugs during a probation meeting.

April 16, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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