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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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Designer parking

Well spoken: (Right) Two conceptual models created by University of Georgia Landscape Architecture students at the Metropolitan Design Studio in Covington are displayed at The Center for Community Preservation and Planning Tuesday during a presentation of 10 creative bike racks designed for use throughout Covington. (Above) UGA Student Ansley White makes her bike rack presentation. White's design is modeled after a reel of film - a tribute to Newton's Hollywood history.

February 03, 2009 | Mandi Singer | LOCAL


Gun drawn in parking lot fight

Two men were arrested last week after an altercation at Newton Medical Center led to one man allegedly pulling a gun on the other.

February 01, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


County faces $5.3 million shortfall

It is highly likely that Newton County will have to layoff some of its employees in the next budget cycle in order to balance a projected $5.3 million deficit.

February 01, 2009 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Getting ready for the big game

For the fans: Five O'Clock Somewhere Bartender Melissa SanFelice hangs Super Bowl themed balloons and streamers over the pool tables Saturday afternoon in preparation for the Super Bowl party hosted by the local Covington establishment. The big game will be featured in surround sound on the 106" theater screen at Five O'Clock Somewhere and a free buffet will be available starting 4 p.m. Sunday.

Porterdale Bar and Grill is also hosting a Super Bowl BBQ Party and two-year anniversary celebration starting 1 p.m Sunday. Customers eat for free.

January 31, 2009 | Mandi Singer | LOCAL


Unemployment soars in Newton County

 Newton County's unemployment rate climbed to new heights in December to 10.4 percent, according to figures released by the Georgia Department of Labor on Thursday.

January 30, 2009 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Smurfit-Stone files for Ch. 11 bankruptcy protection

 Smurfit-Stone Container Corp., the largest producer of cardboard box materials in North America and a large manufacturing employer in Covington, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

January 30, 2009 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Donated car stolen

An attempt to register a recently purchased vehicle proved fruitless when a Covington man realized the car was still owned by someone else who thought she had donated it to charity.

According to reports, officers from the Covington Police Department were called to a location on Washington Street in reference to a stolen automobile. When they arrived, they spoke to the victim who reportedly said he had purchased a 1994 Saturn station wagon from a man named "Ray" at a gas station on Washington Street and Flat Shoals Road. According to reports, the man told officers he paid "Ray" $700 ...

January 30, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Deputies assist in speedy car chase

 An Augusta man was arrested and charged with multiple offenses after leading deputies from several counties on a high speed chase for more than 50 miles.

January 30, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Beautiful Works

Young artists: Jamal Street, 18, (above) and Zae Jackson, 11, (below) of Social Circle stand next to their works, titled "A Man's Strength" and "Hippo in the Round," respectively. Theirs were among the 76 works selected out of 359 submissions in a variety of media, such as painting, printmaking, sculpture and collage, to be exhibited in the Boys and Girl's Club in Atlanta as part of the Youth Art Connection. More than 10 students from the Social Circle Boys and Girls' Club were selected. The students were recognized in a ceremony on Jan. 8. The works will be ...

January 29, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Recycling economics

 Even without looking at the headlines, a passerby can tell there's been a slowdown in the world's economy just by looking at the yard of the Newton County's landfill.

January 27, 2009 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Many leery of 2-year college proposal

 The recommendation made to Gov. Sonny Perdue by the Tough Times or Tough Choices working group to merge two-year colleges and technical schools has both educators and students in Newton County leery of what their educational future may hold.

January 27, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Attorney General’s office refers ‘family fight’ case to Ocmulgee Circuit DA

Georgia's Attorney General's office has assigned the family fight case involving three members of juvenile court Judge Sheri Robert's family to Frederic Bright, district attorney for the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit, in Milledgeville. Newton County District Attorney Ken Wynne recused himself last week saying he wanted to "avoid any sort of appearance of any conflict of interest from this office or Judge Roberts."

January 26, 2009 | Tisa Smart Washington | LOCAL


Home Depot to cut 7,000 jobs, close Expo chain

CHICAGO - Home Depot Inc. plans to eliminate 7,000 jobs while closing four dozen stores under its smaller home improvement brands as the recession continues to batter the nation's housing market. Its shares climbed more than 5 percent in morning trading.

The nation's biggest home improvement retailer said Monday the cuts will affect about 2 percent of its 300,000 workers and cause the Atlanta-based chain to record a $532 million pretax charge, most of which will be recorded in the fourth quarter.

January 26, 2009 | By Ashley M. Heher AP Retail Writer | LOCAL


Report draft recommends closure of GPC

Georgia Perimeter College and all other two-year colleges could close and be absorbed into the state's Technical College System if Gov. Sonny Perdue decides to adopt the recommendations of a working group he formed last summer with the task of researching ways to create long-term, comprehensive education reform.

January 24, 2009 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Reservoir levels back to normal

A little over a year after the county's reservoirs reached unheard of low-levels, water-levels have returned to nearly full levels.

January 24, 2009 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


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