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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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Well watered

Newton County recently completed a $12 million expansion of its main water treatment plant, a project that will ensure the county has adequate water for the next five years.

September 08, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Denny Dobbs Park grand opening set for Saturday

The Rev. Ronny Brannen of Prospect United Methodist Church is excited about the opening of Denny Dobbs Park and he's doing his best to make sure everyone knows it.

Prospect is hosting the park's grand opening ceremony from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday at the park, located on Georgia Highway 212 across from Oak Hill Elementary School.

September 08, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Thieves seen stealing rails

As the Norfolk Southern railroad line continues to lie vacant, weeds are overtaking the rails and thieves are literally taking them.

September 08, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


No one injured in house fire Sunday

Up in smoke: Firefighters with the city of Covington received a call to a house fire on Conyers and Elm streets Sunday evening. When they arrived, they found the house in flames. Although initial reports indicated there was someone trapped inside, it was later found that no one was inside. The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

September 08, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Cost of prostate cancer care varies with treatment choice

A new analysis has found that short-term and long-term costs of prostate cancer care vary considerably based on which treatment strategy a man initially receives. Published early online in Cancer, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the study finds that treatments that may be less expensive in the short-term may have higher long-term costs.

September 08, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Rep. Jim Marshall leads delegation to Afghanistan

U.S. Representative Jim Marshall, who recently led a Congressional Delegation trip to the Middle East including visits to both Afghanistan and Pakistan, had the following to say about his recent visit to both countries:

September 07, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Fights break out following Friday football game

Two fights occurred Friday night near Sharp Stadium following the Newton and Eastside High schools football game, one of which may have been gang-related, Covington police reported today.

September 07, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Bank bandit suspect unmasked

A masked bandit who robbed an Atlanta bank today apparently used an ATM machine moments before while unmasked.

September 07, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Scout: Covington courthouse perfect for ‘Footloose’

Once again, it was Covington's scenic courthouse and town square that nabbed the city a part in a prominent film.

September 05, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Mayors discuss SPLOST, railroad

The county is having a SPLOST work session at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 29 at the Historic Courthouse, and Newton County's mayors are preparing to make a united stand to make sure they receive their fair share of SPLOST dollars.

September 05, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


New ownership

The former Komastu forklift plant in Lochridge Industrial Park was purchased for $4 million by local business Kelly Products, owned by Keith Kelly.

Kelly could not be reached for comment during the past few weeks, but he appears to be the owner of several local companies including Contract Packaging, Kelly Products and Kelly Registration Services, according to county tax documents and various company websites.

September 05, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Rivers Alive!

Over 300 volunteers helped clean up local waterways last year, and coordinators are expecting even more to participate in Rivers Alive this year. Volunteers in Covington will kick-off river cleanup events at the Covington square at 8 a.m. on Oct. 2.

September 05, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Cornish Creek water treatment facility expansion dedication Tues.

There will be a dedication of the expansion project to Newton County's Cornish Creek Water Treatment Facility at Lake Varner at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 7.

September 05, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man arrested after scissors stabbing

A 28-year-old man remains incarcerated at the Newton County Detention Center after being arrested Wednesday evening for allegedly stabbing someone in the head with a pair of scissors.

Officers from the Covington Police Department were called to a home on Clane Drive in reference to a man being stabbed. When they arrived they reportedly found some people standing on the porch waving their arms for help and when officers walked up to the house they found a man sitting there holding a bloody towel against the left side of his head.

September 05, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


The Bankrupting of Bob Riddell

Bob Riddell is fed up with the way the city's been treating him and he's making it known. As the owner of Dixie Jet Services, the firm that operates the Covington Municipal Airport, Riddell has been struggling to operate his business during a down economy, a runway construction project that went months past deadline and a threat of early termination looming over his head.

Riddell said he's had to sell off assets, including planes and even personal property, and take out a significant chunk of loans, just to weather the year that the airport has been either ...

September 05, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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