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Man shot at while taking out the trash

A Covington man was shot at while taking out the trash Tuesday.

July 30, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Geocaching comes to Newton County

The Porterdale Yak Club sold out last weekend, and a worldwide trending hobby – that is not kayaking – may be part of an explanation.

July 29, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Ready, set, teach!

Every public school in the county was empty Monday morning, but that's not to say teachers and employees weren't preparing for the first day of school.

July 29, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


County forms 2050 panel

After four public hearings and scores of pointed questions about the 2050 Plan, the Newton County Board of Commissioners is calling for help. County Chairman Keith Ellis told the Covington Rotary Club Tuesday afternoon that a citizens' panel will soon be formed to delve into the intricacies of the plan.

July 29, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


City to vote on code alternatives

The City of Covington will present some amendments to its fire code ordinance at Monday's city council meeting after reaching a consensus on it in a work session Tuesday.

July 29, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Live Oak teachers prepare for the 1st day of school

When kids are asked what they want to be when they grow up, how many actually become the firefighter or astronaut or professional football player they claim destined to become? As one local teacher sticks decorations on her classroom walls, arranges textbooks and clears students' desks, she is doing exactly that.

July 29, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Indian Creek student drowns in Albany pool

A local middle school student drowned last week in Albany, Georgia, at a neighborhood pool.

July 29, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


GPTC unveils new media program and facilities

Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC), along with event co-host, Georgia Chamber of Commerce, unveiled to an audience of industry executives, public officials and potential students, GPTC's new Design and Media Production Technology (DMPT) and Recording Arts Technology (RART) programs and facility. The ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house, held at the DeKalb campus, provided guests the opportunity to meet students and learn first-hand of the cutting edge academic programs as they toured the Mac Lab and the television and production studio.

July 29, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


2050 Plan hearings change format

Tonight's 2050 Plan public hearing will have a format far different than the previous three hearings on the 200-page plan.

July 29, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


NMC hosts uniform, scrubs sale

Newton Medical Center Auxiliary is hosting a Uniforms & Scrubs Sale Monday, Aug. 4 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Tuesday, Aug. 5 from 7 a.m. to noon.

July 28, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Unemployment up in Newton

State statistics show local unemployment numbers increased slightly in June, the latest month reported.

July 26, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Flying history

There are several ways to familiarize yourself with the history of the iconic flying machine of the Vietnam War, the Bell Helicopter Co. UH-1 "Huey."

July 26, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Middle Ridge principal selected for leadership network

One local school principal will have his schedule full with the opportunity to make a step toward the future of Georgia's education.

July 26, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


It’s SSEMC meeting time

About 1,357 Snapping Shoals EMC members turned out for the 76th annual shareholders' meeting at the Georgia International Horse Park Thursday, July 24.

July 26, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington teen missing, information sought

Fourteen-year-old Jordan Aaron has been reported missing to the Newton County Sheriff's Department.

July 26, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Over and out

 For nearly four decades Newton County Sheriff Joe Nichols has served the public - first in the Army and then in law enforcement. For many, the stern public facade is all they will ever know of Nichols, but according to friends and family, there's a side to the sheriff that Newton County rarely sees.

December 15, 2008 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


JDA switches insurers for Stanton Springs park

 In another domino effect of the Wall Street meltdown, the Joint Development Authority, of which Newton County is a member, has had to pursue evasive maneuvers to avoid paying a higher insurance rate on the bonds for Stanton Springs Industrial Park.

December 15, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Mortgage fraud cases prevalent

 Newton County is no stranger to mortgage fraud - having seen several fraud rings busted in recent years, including one involving Eastside High head football coach Rick Hurst that came to light this week.

December 15, 2008 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Paraprofessional charged with child molestation

The Newton County Sheriff's Office arrested paraprofessional Brandi McMichael yesterday in connection with a relationship McMichael allegedly had with a 13-year-old student at Cousins Middle School, where she worked. McMichael, who turns 29 years old Dec. 8, faces one count of first degree child molestation, one count of transmitting illicit materials through a cell phone to a minor, one count of enticing a child for indecent purposes and one count of interfering with custody.

December 15, 2008 | Tisa Smart Washington | LOCAL


Lions host Christmas parade

 Because the National Guard unit stationed in Covington will deploy overseas next year, "Celebrate the Season and Salute the Troops" is the theme for the Covington Lions Club and Main Street Covington 2008 Christmas Parade beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday on the square.

December 15, 2008 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Nominees sought for MLK award

Do you know people who go above and beyond the call of duty in their volunteer work? Are they advocates for the downtrodden and helpless? Do they give of themselves without any thought of personal gain?

December 13, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Vandals hit resident with racial, other slurs

A Covington man is looking for ways to keep his family safe after his 1995 Nissan truck was spray painted Wednesday with racial slurs and sexual references.

December 13, 2008 | Tisa Smart Washington | LOCAL


GOP's Chambliss wins Senate runoff

ATLANTA - Georgia Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss handed the GOP a firewall against Democrats eager to flex their newfound political muscle in Washington, winning a bruising runoff battle Tuesday night that had captured the national limelight.

Chambliss' victory thwarted Democrats' hopes of winning a 60 seat filibuster-proof majority in the Senate. It came after a bitter month long runoff against Democrat Jim Martin that drew political luminaries from both parties to the state and flooded the airwaves with fresh attack ads weeks after campaigns elsewhere had ended.

December 13, 2008 | by Shannon McCaffrey The Associated Press | LOCAL


85 percent of Georgia precincts reporting in Chambliss/Martin runoff

Chambliss: 59.0 percent

December 13, 2008 | Staff Report | LOCAL


It's official: U.S. in a recession

WASHINGTON - The U.S. economy has been in a recession since December 2007, the National Bureau of Economic Research said Monday.

The NBER - a private, nonprofit research organization - said its group of academic economists who determine business cycles met and decided that the U.S. recession began last December.

December 12, 2008 | Martin Crutsinger AP Economics Writer | LOCAL


Eastside head coach charged with theft

Eastside High School head football coach and biology teacher (Joseph) Rick Hurst turned himself in to DeKalb County authorities Nov. 25 on felony charges of theft by taking in apparent mortgage fraud, according to information available on DeKalb County's Online Judicial System.

December 12, 2008 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Commuters share alternatives to individual driving

 Even though gas prices have dropped dramatically in recent weeks to three-year lows, analysts say the prices may have bottomed out and predict the price will rise again in the future. Many drivers are likewise wary of reveling at the pumps, not believing the low prices will last.

December 10, 2008 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Residents win GCGMA awards

 Three Newton County residents were recently recognized by the Georgia Country and Gospel Music Association, collecting top awards in the country, bluegrass and gospel music categories.

December 10, 2008 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Friends remember Whelchel

Aubrey Sego Whelchel, 85, who died in a house fire on Saturday morning, is being remembered by many of his peers as a consummate athlete and fixture in Newton County his entire life.

December 09, 2008 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Cheez-Whiz and beer - the Thanksgiving of champions

Officers from the Covington Police Department were called to Food Depot Saturday evening after a man ran off with almost $50 worth of merchandise.

December 09, 2008 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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