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2nd man arrested in attempted burglary

Deputies with the Newton County Sheriff's Office arrested a 19-year-old male who was reportedly found taking weapons from a residence with another male Thursday.

February 28, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


ReHeat tour planned for 'Heat of the Night' fans

"In the Heat of the Night" has managed to keep its popular following two decades after its last episodes were filmed, and Covington officials are hoping to turn that popularity into more tourists.

February 27, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Retail meeting focuses on entertainment, retaining young residents

The chamber's goal over the next five to 10 years is to turn Newton County into a regional retail hub, not only capable of meeting the needs of Newton County residents, but also drawing residents from surrounding counties.

February 27, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Crime briefs: Roommate quarrel leads to arrest

An argument between two roommates that reportedly escalated caused one woman to be arrested.

February 27, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Two men arrested after fleeing police

An officer who initially stopped to help two men, whose vehicle had broken down, ended up arresting the same two men after a foot-chase Saturday.

February 27, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Downtown tourist package in works

Covington's tourists will soon be getting an all-access pass to downtown.

February 27, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newton County Jail log

Courtney Darnell Feagin, 29, Conyers, Feb. 10. Probation violation.

February 27, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


EHS celebrates Black History Month with special program

The contributions of African-American women to American history were highlighted during a variety show held at Eastside High School Thursday.

February 27, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Pimping, prostitution arrests in Conyers

A joint undercover operation by the Conyers Police Department and Rockdale County Sheriff's Office resulted in the arrest of three males and three females at a local hotel on Feb. 20 for pimping, pandering and prostitution charges.

February 26, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


12-year-old breaks into Clements Middle

A 12-year-old reportedly broke into Clements Middle School Sunday.

February 25, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Four face drug charges after tip

A tip received by officers with the Covington Police Department led to the arrests of four people who reportedly were found with methamphetamine at a hotel Saturday.

February 25, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Man gets second DUI charge in span of weeks

A man who reportedly gave a Newton County Sheriff's deputy DUI papers instead of his driver's license was again charged with DUI Friday.

February 25, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Live Oak to hold Mini Relay for Life

Students and teachers at Live Oak Elementary School will soon host a mini Relay for Life event to raise funds for cancer research.

February 25, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log

Courtney Darnell Feagin, 29, Conyers, Feb. 10. Probation violation.

February 25, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Fashion show promotes heart health

Chi Tau Omega Chapter hosted its 2nd annual Pink Goes Red Fashion Show and Heart Awareness Forum at Stonecrest Mall on Saturday, Feb. 9, to raise awareness and promote the prevention of heart disease.

February 25, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Free digital magazines for library members

Newton County Library members will have free access to 34 digital versions of popular magazines in 2014 thanks to a new partnership between the library system, RB Digital and Zinio.

December 31, 2013 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Kay Jewelers burglarized

Thieves reportedly stole an undetermined amount of merchandise from Kay Jewelers Friday.

December 31, 2013 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


A 2014 legislative preview

Under Georgia law, the Georgia General Assembly begins on the second Monday of January, which will fall on January 13th. This is significant because it is one of the latest dates that such sessions can begin. If a few words could best describe my outlook for the session they would be "Fast & Furious." The late starting date, an election year session and new qualifying dates will combine to put extreme pressure on legislators to get their business done so that they can get back home as soon as possible. There are 40 legislative days in a session; however, these do ...

December 31, 2013 | Jim Tudor | LOCAL


Plenty of food and laughter: A Travis family Christmas

Our family Christmas was the usual afternoon, filled with food and laughter. I didn't have a new tub and sink. The tub is still held up in customs. I told the supplier not to ship anything until after Jan. 1. Who wants to be minus a bathroom while hosting Christmas company?

December 31, 2013 | Paula Travis | LOCAL


(VIDEO) Looking Back at 2013

Looking back at the people and places of 2013

December 31, 2013 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


‘Y’ waiving member fees in January

At the start of every year, it seems everyone wants to slim down and hit the gym. The Covington Family Y is looking to help that endeavor by waiving its new membership fees and membership reactivation fees in January.

December 30, 2013 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Three unwise-men and woman stopped with drugs

The stop of a suspicious vehicle by Conyers Police led to the arrests of three Covington residents bearing methamphetamine, syringes, a digital scale and a glass pipe.

December 30, 2013 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Lowest gas price - Dec. 30

The lowest price for regular fuel is $3.09 at QuikTrip, located at 3214 U.S. Highway 278 NW and Emory Street.

December 30, 2013 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Crime briefs: Armed robbery reported

A man reported that two men robbed him at his home Tuesday.

December 28, 2013 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


43 children receive new bicycles

Forty-three children got early gifts when they received new bicycles at the seventh annual giveaway sponsored by Commissioner J.C. Henderson.

December 28, 2013 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Chi Tau Omega supports Angel Tree

The Chi Tau Omega chapter of AKA Sorority Inc. partnered with the Newton County Sheriff's Office on Saturday, Dec. 14, to ensure no children of incarcerated parents in Conyers and Covington were forgotten by their loved ones this Christmas. Families attended an Angel Tree party, where they picked up their gifts. In addition, Antioch AME Church of Conyers donated food boxes to the families. More than 300 gifts were donated to more than 75 families whose loved ones are residents of local, state, and federal facilities.

December 28, 2013 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County jobless rate drops to '08 level

Newton County's unemployment rate fell to 8.2 percent in November as a net total of 461 residents gained employment.

December 28, 2013 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


4-H forever: Looking back, looking forward

Last year on Christmas break, I bought a tall container and decorated it to hold little notes.

December 28, 2013 | Terri Kimble Fullerton Columnist | LOCAL


NMC director of volunteer services retires after 30 years

Longtime Newton Medical Center employee Martha Taylor shared smiles and hugs at her recent retirement reception, as hospital officials and employees honored her for more than 30 years of service.

December 28, 2013 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Teen points BB gun at officer

Juvenile complaints were filed against three young males on Christmas Day, and two of the teens were tasered by Covington police officers.

December 28, 2013 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


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