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Pacho's, Wing Cafe's scores improve

After two failing scores, Pacho's Mexican Grill received a 79 on its inspection report done Monday, Jan. 26.

January 27, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Police chase briefly closes two schools

South Salem Elementary and Liberty Middle School were both briefly on lockdown Tuesday as police chased two burglary suspects on car and foot, leading to an arrest behind one of the schools.

January 27, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


CFD accepting Explorer applicants

The Covington Fire Department is offering anyone interested in learning about firefighting techniques and technology the opportunity to join the Explorer Program.

January 27, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Theme School accepting applications

The Newton County Theme School at Ficquett will accept applications for the 2015-16 school year beginning Monday, Feb. 2.

January 26, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Science Fair winners

Newton County School System's middle and high schools' first place winners will move on to challenge students from Fayette, Henry, Griffin-Spalding, Butts, Pike, Lamar and Thomaston Upson county schools in the Regional Science Fair at Griffin RESA on Feb. 3.

January 26, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton Firefighter falls on busy weekend

Newton County Fire Services had a busy weekend with a total of 66 calls in a 48-hour period.

January 26, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


MLK forum to youth: 'Cooperate but know your rights'

Young people should cooperate with law enforcement, but also know their rights and register to vote if they wish to enact broader change, a community forum held in honor of Martin Luther King Day concluded.

January 26, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


End of Eastminster School

Eastminster School has faced tough funding times in the past and managed to pull through, but this year could be its last, according to administrators.

January 25, 2015 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Covington Airport used in aviation class

The Covington Municipal Airport is partnering with a Rockdale County Middle School, Conyers Middle School, to allow students to get a first-person view of the equipment used for aviation as well as see the day-to-day operations of an airport.

January 25, 2015 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


Fix water system before expanding it: Water Authority

Newton County should investigate alleged infrastructural weaknesses in its current water system before deciding if and when to build another reservoir, Water and Sewerage Authority Executive Director Mike Hopkins will advise the Board of Commissioners in the coming days.

January 21, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


National Weather Service needs volunteers

The National Weather Service is looking for help in building a climate database and predicting floods.

January 21, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


BOC to seek public input on government reform

Commissioners urged citizens at Tuesday's board meeting to come out to a public hearing on February 5 to discuss amending the form of county government.

January 20, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Pacho's, Wing Cafe receive failing scores

The follow up inspection on Pacho's Mexican Grill saw its already-failing score lower five points after tallying a 51 on its Jan. 9 inspection.

January 20, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Turner murder conviction upheld

According to pickensprogressonline.com, the Supreme Court of Georgia upheld the murder conviction of Quanitta Yvette Turner, a mother who was charged in the death of her infant daughter, Malay Chandler. Turner was sentenced to life in prison for holding her hand over her the 5-week-old baby girl's nose and mouth and smothering her to death.

January 20, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington offers commercial license opportunities

COVINGTON, Ga. (Jan. 15, 2015) – Larry Baines took advantage of a program now open to all City of Covington employees, and is commercially licensed driver.

January 20, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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A Mother's Day story of unconditional Love

Newton County has many heroes. Some protect us from harm, others fight for our freedom. And, in a lovely home at the end of a cul-de-sac, lives another Newton County hero - mother of four, Kelli Hopkins.

May 09, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


NHS student reports rape

Authorities at the Newton County Sheriff's Office are investigating an alleged rape that occurred on school grounds March 17.

According to NCSO 1st Lt. Mark Mitchell, they were notified by the parents of the girl, who is "early high school age" on March 31, when the parents of the girl reported the sexual assault to school resource officers.

May 09, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Census workers visiting homes in person

Hundreds of U.S. Census workers will be canvassing Newton County neighborhoods until the end of July, in an effort to reach any local address that did not return a 2010 Census form.

Local Census official Gloria Solomon said with the recent employee additions, approximately 400 census workers have been hired to work in Newton County for the Census, creating a temporary influx of much-needed income to local residents.

May 09, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newborn sends letter of interest to railroad co.

Newborn officials are determined to get all the facts about the Norfolk Southern rail line, no matter what Covington or Newton County officials do.

May 09, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Henderson's son arrested again

Quinterious Henderson, 17, the stepson of Newton County Commissioner J.C. Henderson, was arrested once again for violating a temporary protection order filed against him by the parents of a 12-year-old girl.

Henderson was initially arrested and charged with aggravated stalking in January, when the father of the young girl came home and found him in the house with his daughter. However, the charges against him were reduced to criminal trespass and he was sentenced to 12 months probation with 30 days of that served in the Newton County Detention Center. He was ordered not to come within 500-yards of ...

May 08, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Rotary firearms safety day

Safety first: Newton County Sheriff's Sgt. Randy Downs shows Rotarian Dr. Steve Whitworth how to properly disarm a Glock pistol at Saturday's Firearms Safety Class 2010 hosted by the Covington Rotary Club and the Covington Police Department. The full day of training at the Georgia FFA-FCCLA Camp on Ga. Highway 36 included instruction for a variety of firearms, briefings of Georgia Code, lunch and practical application of the lessons learned at the camp's firing range. Rotary officials wished to thank Arvo Bowen of the Covington Police Department for his help in organizing Saturday's event as well ...

May 08, 2010 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Newton High student reports rape

Authorities at the Newton County Sheriff's Office are investigating an alleged rape that occurred on school grounds March 17.

According to NCSO 1st Lt. Mark Mitchell, they were notified by the parents of the girl, who is "early high school age" on March 31, when the parents of the girl reported the sexual assault to school resource officers.

May 08, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


NMC Auxiliary: volunteers, scholarships and officers

At the Newton Medical Center Auxiliary's monthly luncheon meeting Tuesday, members celebrated service as well as installed new officers and honored 2010 scholarship recipients.

May 07, 2010 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Unbreakable

Nearly seven months ago, Covington Police Detective Daniel Seals was flown to a hospital with injuries so severe that he couldn't move his left leg. Last month he competed in an Eco Adventure, which involved several miles worth of strenuous activity. His is story of strength, goals and family, but mainly a story of faith.

May 07, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Blue Willow Village avoids foreclosure

The Blue Willow Village in downtown Social Circle has renegotiated their loan with Wachovia in order to avoid foreclosure.

May 07, 2010 | Lee Sandow | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log - May 5

  • Timothy Gene Stanford, 46, 10604 Magnolia Heights Circle, Covington, April 13. Driving while license suspended.

May 05, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Couple arrested, facing marijuana trafficking charges

A couple were arrested Thursday after agents with the Special Investigation Unit found 23 pounds of marijuana that had allegedly been shipped to a home on River Walk Farms Parkway from Arizona.

May 05, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Saturday accident victim identified

The man killed on Washington Street Saturday afternoon has been identified as 53-year-old Johnny Durden, a well loved fixture in the neighborhood.

May 05, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


BOC soon to own land for public park in Fairview Estates

The Newton County Board of Commissioners finally voted, unanimously, to authorize the purchase of more than 16 acres of vacant land in Fairview Estates from SunTrust Bank for $300,000.

May 04, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Man killed on Washington Street named

The man killed on Washington Street Saturday afternoon has been identified as 53-year-old Johnny Durden, a well loved fixture in the neighborhood.

May 04, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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