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Hope for Christmas

When Rebecca Bates shared the news she had stage two breast cancer in the spring of 2013, her family was worried. For the next year, her husband, Kevin Bates, and children, Gavin and Grace, now 11 and 9 respectively, struggled with their fears as they supported her through chemotherapy and radiation treatments.

December 20, 2014 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Roots that run deep

Oxford is the only city of its kind.

December 20, 2014 | Randy Schafer | LOCAL


Local man guilty of child molestation

A Social Circle man will serve five years of a 20-year sentence in prison after pleading guilty to three counts of child molestation, the Walton County assistant district attorney confirmed Thursday.

December 18, 2014 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Work begins on Hwy. 81 and Crowell Rd.

County Chairman Keith Ellis presided Wednesday over the groundbreaking ceremony for improvements to the notorious intersection of Georgia Highway 81 and Crowell Road in Porterdale, where cars were lined up 10-deep well after rush hour.

December 17, 2014 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Man shot on Cecilia Street

A man was dragged from the bathroom and restrained to the floor, before being shot at a Covington residence Wednesday morning.

December 17, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


NCSS takes action to disinfect Oak Hill

In the wake of the recent outbreak of gastroenteritis at Oak Hill Elementary, the Newton County School Board concluded an action needed to disinfect the school during its meeting Tuesday night.

December 17, 2014 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


CPD gets Taser, new Rocket technology

The Covington Police Department is getting even more high tech and started preparing for the future Monday night.

December 16, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


NCSS's CCRPI score drops

The Georgia State Superintendent's Office released the Georgia College and Career Ready Performance Index, CCRPI, scores for the 2013-2014 school year Tuesday.

December 16, 2014 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


Maintenance required on donation boxes

Donation boxes in the city of Covington now has to kept to strict guidelines after the city council approved a text amendment to the zoning ordinance regulating unmanned donation boxes Monday.

December 16, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Rainbow to distribute 40,000 lbs of food

Update 12/18/2014: Due to inclement weather, the event will be postponed to next Saturday, Dec. 27 at the same time.

December 16, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


First F-150 in Georgia goes to Covington resident

The first 2015 Ford F-150 sold in Georgia will be driven in Covington, as Newton County resident Mike Poole made the purchase at Covington Ford.

December 16, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington to spend $46,000 on excavator, trailer

The City of Covington agreed to purchase a new excavator and trailer during Monday night's public meeting.

December 16, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Alcovy UMC hosts Giving Tree

Alcovy United Methodist Church is working with the Salvation Army's Toy Drive for the third year, and helped supply toys to those who might otherwise not have anything for Christmas.

December 16, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington votes no to personal care home

A group of concerned citizens spoke up to the Covington Planning and Zoning Department and the Covington City Council, and had their voices heard Monday night.

December 15, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Covington passes curfew ordinance

The Covington City Council unanimously passed a curfew ordinance at its meeting Monday night.

December 15, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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A walk for Ryan

Many people would feel lucky to have a few people who were supportive in their life, but for Oxford resident Ryan Cartledge, he has several families worth, and all those people will stand by his side today, as they walk to raise awareness and funds for autism.

May 23, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Execution rescheduled for Melbert Ray Ford

The execution date for convicted murdered Melbert Ray Ford has been rescheduled for June 9 at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson.

May 21, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


County to switch health insurance; save $300,000

In order to save nearly $300,000, the Newton County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to switch the county's health insurance from Blue Cross Blue Shield to Cigna.

The vote will end the county's 15-year relationship with Blue Cross and will move the county from a self insurance pool to a fully insured plan with Cigna. The Cigna plan will cost $6.54 million and the exact savings is $297,388.36. A fully insured plan from Blue Cross would have cost nearly $7.12 million.

May 21, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


County to switch health insurance; save $300,000

In order to save nearly $300,000, the Newton County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to switch the county's health insurance from Blue Cross Blue Shield to Cigna.

May 21, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Parade for local troops to be held June 6

The Covington-based National Guard troops will be officially welcomed home June 6, beginning with a parade around the square at 1:15 p.m.
Most of the 131 members of Bravo Company will march from the Covington Armory to the square, followed by an event in front of the Historic Courthouse, said Josephine Kelly, director of Main Street Covington.
Kelly said she and the National Guard are still working on the event details, but all elected officials and some military dignitaries will be invited to the homecoming celebration. There will be an invocation, followed by speeches from the military and ...

May 21, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Man accidentally shoots friend while trying to scare off menace

A man was accidentally shot in the calf by his neighbor Tuesday morning then sent authorities on a chase for the wrong man.
According to Lt. Paul Dailey with the Covington Police Department, officers and detectives responded to the home on Tara Drive around 11 a.m. where they found the 32-year-old victim shot in the calf.
The victim allegedly told authorities that a young black male with dreadlocked hair had approached him while he was outside of his home smoking a cigarette and shot him, fleeing toward the Turner Lake complex walking/running track.
Officers immediately began a search ...

May 21, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newborn neighborhood watch announces June meetings

The Newborn Neighborhood Watch Program will erect six more signs within Newborn's city limits. These signs are visual indicators that our community is very interested and involved in providing a safe and secure environment to live and raise our families.

May 19, 2010 | By Suzie Bean | LOCAL


Two men arrested for meth possession Monday

Two men were arrested early Monday morning after one pulled his vehicle out in front of a Covington Police patrol car, causing the officer to brake quickly to keep from hitting their vehicle with his car.

May 19, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Meet the BEAT

The Mall at Stonecrest and 95.5 The BEAT will celebrate the beginning of summer season with the fourth annual "Meet the BEAT," a live concert event featuring international superstar Jay Sean ("Down," "Do You Remember") and Atlanta's hometown favorites B.o.B ("Nothin' on You," "Haterz Everywhere") and Travis Porter ("Go Shorty Go," "All Da Way Turnt Up,") the very popular D&D Custom Car Show and a fun kid's activity area on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. on the plaza.

May 19, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


The place to be: bringing industry to Newton County

This is final story in a six-part series examining the history and economic effects of industry in Newton County. This final part discusses the county's continuing efforts to attract new business.

May 19, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


County may have to cut many jobs to avoid tax increase

If the county does not raise the millage rate, it may have to cut nearly 100 employees - a sixth of its workforce - based on early projections. Even if the commissioners do raise the millage rate to the rollback rate, from 9.73 mills to 10.9 mills, they will still likely have to cut more than 70 employees.
These preliminary budgets have not been voted on and won't be official until late June. However, that's the stark reality facing the Newton County Board of Commissioners, as they head into their second straight of year of cutting millions from ...

May 19, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Parents and students flock to BOE meeting to protest dissolving Clements Theme

More than 30 parents and teachers addressed the Newton County Board of Education while dozens more held signs protesting the board's May 11th decision to dissolve Clements Theme School.

May 18, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newton Co. library system ranked the best in state

The Newton County Library System has been ranked the top system in the state by Hennen's American Public Library Ratings, based on statistics submitted for the Fiscal Year 2009.
The ranking is performed by HAPLR, system that ranks libraries on how well they are using financial resources based on the number of people who use the system and the size of the community the library is located in.
According to Greg Heid, Director for the Newton County Library, "We are ecstatic. The staff at this library has been working so very hard to give the public the best service ...

May 18, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


60th reunion for the Newton County High School’s first graduating class

Together again: The first ever graduating class of Newton County High School, after the school system consolidation, celebrated its 60th anniversary Monday afternoon at the Oaks Golf Course. The 1950 graduating class originally consisted of 103 members. Around 40 classmates attended Monday's event to catch up and reminisce, and to honor their 33 deceased classmates. Betty Jaynes was named the class mascot because of her integral role in founding the Women's Basketball Coaches Association. She had been ruled ineligible to join the existing BCA because she was a woman. She was elected into both the Georgia and Virginia ...

May 16, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Campout of the Century

Thousands of boy scouts converged on the Bert Adams Scout Reservation this weekend to take part in the Campout of the Century, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of scouting and the 50th of the camp and to be part of the largest gathering in the council's history.

May 16, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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