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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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City keeps contract with airport operator

Once again, the Covington City Council decided it would continue to contract with current operator Dixie Jet Services to run Covington Municipal Airport - for now.

July 28, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Georgia named finalist for ‘Race to the Top’ grant

Georgia is yet again in the final race for a share of $3.4 billion for education, and local officials are still supporting the process.

July 27, 2010 | By Carolyn Crist | LOCAL


Covington man arrested for allegedly stabbing supervisor

A Covington man was arrested Sunday, after he allegedly assaulted and stabbed his supervision at an Atlanta mail-processing plant.

July 27, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


AgSouth Farm Credit second quarter earnings exceed 2009

AgSouth Farm Credit CEO Bill Spigener recently announced that the customer-owned cooperative had net earnings of $9 million during the second quarter of 2010. Year-to-date earnings total $18.9 million and exceed 2009 earnings of the same period by more than $5.4 million.

July 25, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


One-time county resident shot in the line of duty in Atlanta

A one-time Newton County resident, Mark Edge, an officer with the State Capital Police, was injured in the line of duty Wednesday.

July 25, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Tea Party hosts political rally on the square

Disillusioned residents who believe the federal government is moving toward socialism and recklessly abandoning any sense of fiscal responsibility came to the square Saturday to vent frustration and search for solutions.

Around 150 people attended Saturday' Newton County Tea Party rally to hear speeches about conservative principles from fellow residents and political candidates.

July 25, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Berry pickin’ time

The local community knows exactly where to go each berry season for their supply of delicious fresh-picked blueberries, blackberries and raspberries. The Alcovy Berry Farm, located off Lackey Road, offers opportunities for customers to peruse through the farm to pick their own berries at prices much lower to those offered at regular supermarkets.

Alcovy Berry, owned by the Worley family, planted their first bushes in 2003 on a single acre of land. The berry farm has since grown to three acres, offering a variety of different berry types like Thornless Triple Crown, Arapaho, Navajo and Kiowa.

July 25, 2010 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


IDA donates to railroad cause to honor Fowler

Long-time Industrial Development Authority Member Rob Fowler III recently announced his retirement from the group responsible for facilitating the recruitment and expansion of industry.

As a thank you for Fowler's many years of service, the IDA donated $2,000 to the Newton County Trails-Path Foundation, because Fowler has been an outspoken advocate of purchasing the currently Norfolk Southern railroad and converting it into a trail.

July 25, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Airport operation work session to take place Tuesday

Dixie Jet Owner Bob Riddell, who operates the Covington Municipal Airport, asked the city council to consider a new operating agreement, because he said the broad early termination clause makes him wary of investing in the airport's future.

"We kind of have a cloud over our head… to be able to pull our lease without cause," Riddell said.

July 25, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Fun in the sun

Community togetherness: Leafstone Apartments held a special summer resident appreciation day on Saturday, which featured birdhouse making, a moonwalk and a cookout contest for residents. Leafstone Apartments are located off Brown Bridge Road.

July 25, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NHS teacher tends to sea turtles over summer break

Not all teachers take a break during their summer break. Jim Stansell, environmental science and zoology teacher at Newton High School, recently completed two, four-day workshops on sea turtles and coastal ecology on Georgia's Sapelo Island. The Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve offered the trainings as part of its teacher training series.

July 23, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County’s bond rating may be in jeopardy

Newton County may be in danger of losing its excellent bond Aa2 rating and not being able to meet new state budget compliance requirements if county revenues continue to fall, according to a report by the county's auditor Wayne Tamplin.

July 23, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Man cites sledgehammer blow as cause of spotty memory

A search for an armed robbery suspect led to the arrest of another man, who reportedly argued with officers and gave them a wrong name when asked.

July 23, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


The tree shaper

Maintaining a hobby can provide the peace of mind one needs in the current economic climate. Some take up reading, some take on sports and others do a little gardening. Lee Edwards decided to take up bonsai cultivation as a hobby 16 years ago while visiting the bonsai collection at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers. Since then, he has grown over 50 trees that reside beautifully in his backyard.

July 23, 2010 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


Detention officers learn new control techniques

More than 100 men and women from law enforcement communities across the county joined together Thursday to learn new techniques to extract uncooperative inmates from their cells without injuries to the guards.

July 23, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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