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Hoffman, Covington radio pioneer dies

In 1957 Bill Hoffman reached out to much of the Newton County community through the airwaves.

October 01, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Today in Pictures

a look at our home town through the camera.

October 01, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


SSEMC linemen to wear pink hardhats

Snapping Shoals EMC's linemen will be making a fashion statement and an effort to educate members and employees about breast cancer prevalence and early detection during the month of October.

October 01, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Rivers Alive cleanup next Saturday

The annual Rivers Alive cleanup is quickly approaching.

October 01, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Speech meet winners announced

Providence Christian School is proud to announce the winners of the second annual speech meet for the Upper School, which was held on Thursday, Sept. 25. The finalists and winners are listed as follows:

September 30, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Outdoor burn ban lifted

The statewide burn ban for Georgia is lifted as of Wednesday, Oct. 1, according to the Covington Fire Department.

September 30, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NMC to host Billy Taylor Classic Golf Tournament

Registration is open for Newton Medical Center's Auxiliary 24th Annual Bill Taylor Classic Golf Tournament.

September 30, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Around Town

As we travel to the store, a friend's house or commute to work, how often do we take the time to see the true beauty our home town offers?

September 30, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


Man loses wheel, crashes motorcycle

A man traveling south on Hwy. 212, approximately 50 feet past Hwy. 36, crashed after his front wheel came off Friday.

September 29, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


GPC Newton Open House Oct. 18

Potential college students hoping to explore a new career path, learn about classes for their major, or find out about student clubs and organizations, can attend the Georgia Perimeter College Newton Campus open house Saturday, Oct. 18 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

September 29, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Construction worker killed on I-20 on Saturday

A worker was killed at the construction zone of Interstate 20 westbound in Rockdale Saturday when a dump truck reportedly backed over him.

September 28, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


A legacy of leadership

John McNeil's last shift has ended.

September 27, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Introducing Dobbs Memorial Parkway

When Dr. William Dobbs was elected mayor of Covington, Pace Street ended at the railroad tracks and traffic lights around town were illuminated by light bulbs.

September 27, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


GPC named Military Friendly School

For the fourth year in a row, Georgia Perimeter College has earned the Military Friendly School designation from GI Jobs.com. The label reflects the college's efforts to provide educational opportunities to U.S. veterans, active-duty troops and their families. The 2015 Military Friendly Schools list was released Sept. 23 and can be found at militaryfriendlyschools.com.

September 27, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Cars of the Past come to Covington

Hot Rods will line the streets of the Covington Square once again, all in an effort to help Newton County children in need this Christmas.

September 27, 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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