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Rep. Johnson announces bid for 6th term

Congressman Hank Johnson, Georgia's fourth district, announced he is running for a sixth term Thursday.

December 10, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Craig replies to Corps of Engineers letter

In a 10-page letter with 68 pages of attachments, Newton County Attorney W. T. "Tommy" Craig told Edward B. Johnson Jr., Chief of the Piedmont Branch of the Savannah District of the Army Corps of Engineers the number of project managers assigned to oversee the county's 404 permit for the proposed Bear Creek Supply Reservoir, which began in 2000, may had caused confusion and misunderstanding.

September 21, 2015 | Sandra L. Brands | LOCAL


NMC to host events for Breast Cancer Awareness

Anchored in Hope is the theme for this year's Hope events for breast cancer awareness sponsored by Newton Medical Center's Women's Diagnostic Center and Auxiliary. The events are hosted around the month of October, which is nationally recognized as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This year marks the 11th anniversary of the Hope festivities which all started with a luncheon and fashion show hosted by a group of Red Hatters and has grown over the years to include portraits of survivors displayed in the windows of downtown merchants and a free concert on the Covington Square.

September 21, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Investigation busts meth headquarters in hotel room

CONYERS - Four people have been arrested for selling a large amount of methamphetamine while using a hotel room in Rockdale County as their base of operations.

September 21, 2015 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


Corps of Engineers at standstill on reservoir permit

Newton County's request for a special leniency in its Section 404 Permit application, needed for the proposed Bear Creek Supply Reservoir, was denied, adding another road block to the county's long-time water project.

September 20, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington shows off Legion Park

The green space on Mill Street, behind the Covington Family Y, has long been an area Newton County residents have gone to for a little respite and entertainment for years.

September 19, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


NMC to host events for Breast Cancer Awareness

Anchored in Hope is the theme for this year's Hope events for breast cancer awareness sponsored by Newton Medical Center's Women's Diagnostic Center and Auxiliary. The events are hosted around the month of October, which is nationally recognized as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This year marks the 11th anniversary of the Hope festivities which all started with a luncheon and fashion show hosted by a group of Red Hatters and has grown over the years to include portraits of survivors displayed in the windows of downtown merchants and a free concert on the Covington Square.

September 19, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Parrotheads to find paradise in Newton County

Nearly four decades ago, Jimmy Buffet started bringing his unique style of Reggae and islander inspired Country music to a very welcoming audience. Today, those same fans, called Parrotheads, are still hungry for more of Buffet's signature style and music, but unfortunately this hunger cannot always be satiated in a live setting. However, for parrotheads in Newton County, the chance to listen to their favorite Buffet classics has arrived.

September 19, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Keeping the Yellow River alive

Volunteers (top) started near the Mt. Tabor overpass, heading seven miles downstream to Yellow River Park, Porterdale. Even children (right) like Chad Allen and Enzleigh Wagy, donned gloves and got into the act. (Below) Cassidy Delancey paddles down river. Tonya Bechtler of Mansfield, bottom, brought kayaks for people to use during the cleanup. (BOTTOM) Volunteers brought or borrowed kayaks to help with the annual Rivers Alive cleanup of the Yellow River on Saturday. The kayakers cleaned a stretch of river seven miles long. (photos by Tonya Bechtler and Sandra Brands)

September 19, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Three arrested in Silos fatal shooting

COVINGTON - Three arrests have been made in the shooting that left a 26-year-old Newton man dead in the Silos of Ellington neighborhood in September.

September 18, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton man charged with killing wife and son

Bernadene S. Lebert-Davis, 43 of Newton County and Robert M. Kelli-Davis, 21 of Newton County, were shot and killed in a residence on the 100 block of Helm Drive off Almon Road Thursday.

September 18, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Double homicide on Helm Drive

Newton County Sheriff's Office deputies are on the scene of a double homicide on the 100 block of Helm Drive, near Almon Road and I-20.

September 17, 2015 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


BOC approves resolution to refinance Administration Building

After hearing comments from a couple of residents, opposing the decision, at both the public hearing and the regularly scheduled Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) meeting on Tuesday, the BOC approved a resolution to refinance the Administration Building.

September 17, 2015 | Sandra L. Brands | LOCAL


Green pleads guilty to one count racketeering

Patty Wanda Green, mother of convicted murderer Chad Ashley Green, pled guilty to one count of violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act (RICO) on Thursday morning.

September 17, 2015 | Sandra L. Brands | LOCAL


7 qualify for District 43 Special Election as of Tuesday

With qualifying for the State Senate District 43 seat this week, candidates are revealing their desires to be state senators and grab a hold of the vacant seat.

September 16, 2015 | Martin Rand III, Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Georgia Supreme Court upholds murder conviction

The Georgia Supreme Court upheld the 2013 murder conviction of a Rockdale County man earlier this week.

September 16, 2015 | Sandra L. Brands | LOCAL


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