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2050 Plan survives challenge

The controversial 2050 Plan took a beating Tuesday night from the Newton County Board of Commissioners, but it was still standing at night's end.

August 19, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Family & Laughter

The familiar hum of the customers meets the sound of the vintage milkshake machine as it spins up a strawberry shake. Townhouse Café makes the old time milkshakes - thick, not foamy. They are just thin enough to sip through a straw.

August 19, 2014 | | LOCAL


Custom-embroidery store to open on Pace St

You won't find any frogs at the new Ribbity Ribbitz store opening on Pace Street, but the embroidery business is not lacking a prince and a strong family foundation.

August 19, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Urban ‘won’ his 100-mile run for Taylor

Joe Urban's goal was to run 100 miles in 30 hours to raise money for cancer research, and because he'd told his young friend, Austin Taylor, that he would.

August 19, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Rockdale collaborative group begins

Rockdale's highest officials have decided that it's best if they move forward with forming a collective that'll work together to benefit the community.

August 19, 2014 | Martin Rand III | LOCAL


Remember the basics of financial planning

As someone who has been dealing with finances for decades, I thought I would share some information that may be beneficial to the planning of the readers of The Covington News.

August 19, 2014 | Mike Lassiter | LOCAL


CAEC donates backpacks to Middle Ridge

The stuffed backpacks keep rolling in, with or without accessorized wheels.

August 19, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Missing Covington teen found in NOLA

The teenage girl who went missing from Covington in May has been found, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

August 19, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Douglas: abandon 2050 Plan

At Tuesday's Board of Commissioners work session, commissioner John Douglas called for the abandonment of the 2050 Plan.

August 19, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Hospital evacuated due to faulty AC unit

A faulty air handling unit filled with smoke and caused the evacuation of Newton Medical Center's emergency room Sunday evening.

August 17, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Town House Cafe (video)

The Town House Cafe Story

August 17, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


Newton County Q&A with Porterdale Mayor Arline Chapman

This is part of an ongoing series of Q&A sessions with various top elected officials in Newton County. To suggest questions for specific city or county issues, email reporter Rob Dewig at rdewig@covnews.com.

August 16, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Banjos and barbecue

Steve and Vicki Deal have been serving the rural community at Cowboy's BBQ for four years. Their restaurant in Social Circle is going strong, and Steve is looking to expand to a second location within the next year.

August 16, 2014 | Samantha Reardon | LOCAL


Covington businessman runs for lost boy

A year ago, Joe Urban chose to do something for a co-worker's young son with cancer - run 100 miles, nonstop, in the Colorado Rockies. To raise money for a fund set up in the boy's name.

August 16, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


A muddy good time

Local runners, mudders and thrill-seekers from around the Peach State braved the summer heat in the dirtiest of ways Saturday, August 16 at the 2014 Rugged Maniac 5K Obstacle Race made its way to the Georgia International Horse Park

August 16, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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GSP: accidents high on Memorial Day

Memorial Day weekend is considered the official kickoff for summer and celebrations are a common occurrence in Newton County, but law enforcement officials are warning residents to celebrate safely because they will be out in force to make sure citizens are safe.

According to a press release from the Georgia State Patrol, troopers will be watching not only for unsafe drivers but also for those not wearing their safety belts. Estimates from the GSP say that over the 78-hour holiday period (from Friday evening until midnight Memorial Day) there could be as many as 2,725 traffic accidents, resulting in ...

May 22, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Necklace theft leads to drug charge

A couple was arrested on marijuana charges Friday afternoon after a woman came to a local jewelry store to return a necklace she stole two days prior.

May 22, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Residents receive mysterious automated call condemning millage rate increases

Newton County residents have been receiving automated phone calls opposing any millage rate increases and accusing Board of Commissioners Chairman Kathy Morgan and commissioners J.C. Henderson, Nancy Schulz and Earnest Simmons of wasting money on selfish, special interest projects.

The phone call goes on to support the stands of commissioners Mort Ewing and Tim Fleming and urges residents to call all of the commissioners to make their views known.

May 21, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Morning wreck snarls traffic on Hwy 278

Two cars wrecked on U.S. Hwy 278 early Thursday morning east of Martin's Crossing causing major delays in traffic.

May 21, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


BOC at impasse over budget

After a four and a half-hour budget work session on Monday night, the Board of Commissioners remained divided over how best to cut the remaining $4.8 million fiscal year 2010 budget deficit.

May 18, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Celebrating the Great Outdoors

More than 100 attendees, from the young and the young at heart, turned out for the 13th annual J.A.K.E.S. (Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship) Day and Outdoor Festival at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center on Saturday. The festival, sponsored by the Georgia Wildlife Federation and Beaver Manufacturing, was designed to turn kids on to the wonders of the great outdoors and featured snake and birds of prey shows, face painting and a free lunch. Kids even got to try their hand at outdoor activities such as archery, fishing and shooting.

May 17, 2009 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Local GM, Chrysler car dealerships safe from cuts

Covington Car Dealer Billy Fortson received good news for the second day in a row when he did not receive a letter from General Motors Friday. Fortson's Ginn Motor Company is not one of the 1,100 GM dealerships whose contract will not be renewed by GM in 2010.

May 16, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


John Miles Chevrolet not among dealers cut

The John Miles Chevrolet in Conyers announced that it was not among the GM dealerships notified today that their contracts were not being renewed.

"We have not received a letter so we are not among the 1,100 that re going to receive the letter today," said owner Kim Miles.

May 15, 2009 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Local legislators discuss recent session's 'winners, losers'

The Georgia Legislative Assembly ended its 2009 session on April 3, and according to Sen. John Douglas (R – Social Circle) the state budget was a winner because the state didn't have to raise taxes. However, he said the state's transportation system was a loser because no bills were passed.

May 14, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Job workshop to take place Saturday

By Gabriel Khouli

May 14, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


I-20 wreck kills 2 Thursday morning

Two people were killed on Interstate 20 Thursday morning when one car travelled across the median into the

May 14, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Army Briefs May 14

  • Army Pvt. Marcus S. Barton has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. Barton is the son of Kimberly Whedbee of Covington.
  • Army Pvt. C. Forsythe has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla. Forsythe earned distinction as an honor graduate of the course. He is the son of Lana Forsythe of Covington.
  • Army Reserve Pvt. Marquice S. Geter has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla. Geter is the grandson of Earline Brown of Covington. The private is a 2007 graduate of Newton High School.
  • Army Pvt. Johnathan D ...

May 14, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Farm Day 2009

May 14, 2009 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


County discusses layoffs

The Newton County Board of Commissioners is considering two budget-cutting options to lay off either approximately 45 or 62 county employees in order to balance the fiscal year 2010 budget.

At the May 5 budget work session, the BOC agreed that it did not want to raise the millage rate from 9.73 to 10.308, which means that supply and personnel costs will have to be cut to reduce the entire initial $8.6 million budget deficit.

May 13, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Manhunt

Two Newton County schools were placed on lockdown for students' safety Tuesday morning after robbery suspects fled their vehicle in the area of Fairview Road.

May 13, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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