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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


Casting call for 'Taken 3' extras in Covington

Liam Neeson is back kicking bad guy butt for the third installment of the hit "Taken" series, though the plot itself is to-be-announced. Scenes are reportedly to be filmed in Covington and the production is calling for extras.

April 21, 2014 | | LOCAL


Bear spotted south of Newborn

A large bear was spotted south of Newborn this week, and the Jasper County man who initially reported the bear says there is evidence it's hanging around, but an official with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources said real concern doesn't set in until a bear starts damaging property or stops showing fear.

April 19, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Smart Growth’s political forum Monday

Early voting for the May 20 Primary begins Friday, and local group Smart Growth Newton County is giving residents a chance to hear from all the local and state candidates facing opposition this year.

April 19, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Paving his way

A home-schooled kid with a father who dropped out of high school and a mother who dropped out of college doesn't quite fit the typical profile for a stellar college student.

April 19, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Taking the challenge

THE WINNERS OF THE CHEERIOS CHALLENGE

April 19, 2014 | Anthoney Banks | LOCAL


Sam B. Hay, Jr. into GCA Hall of Fame

The Georgia Cattlemen's Association inducted Sam B. Hay, Jr. into the GCA Hall of Fame at the Cattlemen's Ball on Friday, April 4 during its 53rd annual convention & trade show and 17th annual Georgia Beef Expo in Perry.

April 19, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton HS drama presents new show

Many high-schoolers run out of the door as soon as the bell rings Friday afternoon, eager for the weekend and time away from school. Not Tawana Parker-Bellamy's cast of yellow, emerald and gold. In the auditorium, they dance, sing, laugh, play and make sure they know what type of food will be provided at an upcoming cast lunch.

April 19, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


The hunt is on

Social Circle United Methodist Church kicks off its Easter celebration with its annual community egg hunt Saturday morning at Gunter Hall.

April 19, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


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Furnad to leave zoning and planning commission

Former CNN News Producer Bob Furnad is returning to the world of broadcast news once again, joining the University of Georgia's faculty for a second stint.

July 15, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Students compete for natural resources scholarships

The 48th annual Natural Resources Conservation Workshop was held June 7-11 at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, Tifton. The workshop has graduated approximately 11,519 participants over the years and this year hosted 109 Georgia high school students including 10 students from the U.S. Virgin Islands along with two chaperones.

July 15, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


BEAT the Summer heat

The Mall at Stonecrest and 95.5 The BEAT will celebrate the return to back to school with their third annual "Meet the BEAT," a live concert event featuring the New Bad Boy of R&B, Pleasure P ("Boyfriend #2," "Under") J. Holiday ("It's Yours"), Atlanta hometown favorite F.L.Y.("Swag Surfin"), Dear Jayne ("Fall Back," "Rain") and a fun kid's activity area on Saturday, July 25, from noon to 3 p.m. on the Plaza.

July 15, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Two arrests made in Banks murder

Two men have been arrested and charged with the June shooting death of 34-year-old Calvin Kentrell Banks.

July 15, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


State unemployment reaches 10.1 percent

The unemployment rate for the state of Georgia has reached 10.1 percent, the highest the rate has been since the Great Depression.

July 14, 2009 | Lee Sandow | LOCAL


Police seeking aid in robbery spree

Law enforcement officials are asking for the public's help in identifying a robbery suspect who they believed may be responsible for at least three recent armed robberies in Newton and Rockdale counties.

According to Covington Police Detective Daniel Seals, just after 6 a.m. on July 4 the Holiday Inn Express was robbed by a black male with a blued pump shotgun with a short or pistol grip wood stock. The man came into the business and reportedly demanded money from the clerk then immediately left in what the witness believed was a dark-colored Nissan Altima.

July 10, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Keeping the beat

Jonah Meredith and his band Asmodeus will be performing at The Battle of the Bands competition at Rockdale Baptist Church, 1295 Smyrna Road, Conyers, today, July 10.

July 10, 2009 | Molly Lundy | LOCAL


Breast cancer survivor runs for her life

Covington resident Joan LeJeune ran her first 10K race this Saturday in Atlanta's globally renowned AJC Peachtree Road Race. "I have run in several 5K races, but never anything like this one," says Joan.

July 10, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


More motions heard in Lakemper case

Several motions were heard Thursday morning in the death penalty case against Cobey Wade Lakemper, who stands accused of killing hotel clerk Wendy Carter in 2005.

July 10, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


A highway named in their honor

Jack Hays Morgan Sr. and Davis Morgan left their marks on Newton County through their years of leadership, and on Wednesday one final lasting mark was left in their honor.

July 10, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


New city position in the works

Covington's proposed community/economic development director position has been a topic of debate since Councilman Keith Dalton expressed his opposition to the position at the June 15 city council meeting.

July 10, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Man tries to elude police by fleeing in his parked car

A man who awoke to find deputies outside of his vehicle reportedly attempted to flee, but forgot to turn his vehicle on first late Thursday night.

July 09, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log - July 8

o Antonio Orosco, 20, 10158 Henderson Dr., Covington, June 18. Giving false name or address.

July 08, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Bike ride raises funds for bulletproof vests

Holly Cripps had lots of incentive for organizing the first Ride to Provide motorcycle fundraiser for the Porterdale Police Department - her husband Jason is a Porterdale officer.

July 08, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Best all around

Terrific tumblers: McKenzie Crowe, left, and Kristi Rene Smith both placed first in their divisions at the 2009 Amateur Athletic Union National Championships that took place from June 24 to June 28 in Savannah. Both Crowe and Smith train at Rockdale Gymnastics under Drew and Cynthia Nash and Joe Ashley. Crowe received first place in the bars, beam and floor competitions and second in vault. Her overall score was 36.75, earning her first place in the SR B 13/14-year-old age division. Crow attends Eastside High and is the daughter of Matt Crowe of Oxford and Voni Crowe of ...

July 08, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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