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City demands seven seats on 2050 panel, but county overrides

The idea was for a 13-member citizens' panel to focus on the details of the 2050 Plan's minimum lot sizes and the proposed "transferrable development rights." But things are in flux.

August 05, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Chief assessor heads to Gwinnett

Newton County Chief Assessor Tommy Knight will leave the job he's held for 18 years at week's end for a position with Gwinnett County.

August 05, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


‘Project Honeycomb’ gets hefty offer from city

"Project Honeycomb" is a local company interested in re-locating within the city of Covington, investing millions in new equipment and expanding its workforce. That's all anybody not on the Covington City Council or with the Newton County Office of Economic Development knows at this point.

August 05, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Hospital struggling with uninsured, underinsured

A month ago, Newton Medical Center officials asked the county to up its millage from 1.2 to 1.5 to help care for ever-increasing numbers of under- and uninsured patients. The county dismissed it, citing a tight budget and a tighter timeframe. The $600,000 that the extra millage would have provided didn't come through.

August 05, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Cell tower resurrected, approved

A lawsuit over the cell tower denied by the Covington City Council last month isn't something the city can likely win, Mayor Ronnie Johnston said. That's why he changed his vote at Monday's council meeting to break a tie and approve a shorter version of the tower than originally requested.

August 05, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


County denies city's request for more panel members

The Newton County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday dismissed the city of Covington's request for six more members on the planned 2050 citizens' panel, quickly reaching a consensus that 13 was the number of members originally agreed upon and there was no reason to change that.

August 05, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Company recaptures stolen tow truck in chase and crash

When a Loganville company's signature rollback tow truck - custom painted with blue streaks on red - was stolen in broad daylight, the employees of Leadfoot Transport took matters into their own hands.

August 05, 2014 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Covington cell tower approved second time around

The Covington City Council reversed a decision to deny a cell tower on Monticello Road at its Monday night meeting, voting 4-3 to approve a 169-foot tower rather than a 199-foot tower as originally proposed.

August 04, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Covington asks for seven on 2050 panel

The Covington City Council decided to level the playing field or just not play when it comes to the 2050 Plan.

August 04, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Chief assessor leaves county

Newton County Chief Assessor Tommy Knight will leave the job he's held for 18 years at week's end for a position with Gwinnett County.

August 04, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Police find missing teen

Missing teen Ryan Atkinson has been found and "is safe," according to Sgt. Cortney Morrison of the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

August 04, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Police search for autistic teen

The Newton County Sheriff's Office is asking for help finding a missing local teen.

August 04, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


4-H meetings kick off in August

Just last Thursday we wrapped up the 4-H year at State 4-H Congress, and now we have the first Newton 4-H meeting of the year on Monday!

August 02, 2014 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


New improvements

Students will see principals and assistant principals walking through classrooms more this school year as they complete requirements for the implementation of new teacher evaluations.

August 02, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Ellis: Crowell Road/SR 81 work to begin in September

Work at the intersection of State Road 81 and Crowell Road should be finished about a year after it begins in September, Newton County Board of Commissioners Chairman Keith Ellis said Friday.

August 02, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


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Crime Briefs

Officers from the Covington Police Department were called to the Hong Kong King restaurant after a couple who went there for an afternoon meal ate more food than they paid for.

May 09, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Fallen tree blocking lanes on Interstate 20

A tree in the road is blocking two right lanes on Interstate 20 near Exit 80, bringing traffic to a near stand-still. Drivers are encouraged to use an alternate route.

May 09, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Car crashes into Bank of North Georgia

An elderly woman crashed her vehicle into the back of another driver who was sitting in the drive-thru lane at Bank of North Georgia Friday morning.

May 08, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Locks of love

Growing it out: Connor Hewell recently grew his hair out to donate to the Locks of Love organization. Connor saw a picture of a child who had lost all his hair due to illness in his classroom at school. He noticed a young girl who had been diagnosed with brain tumors and was losing her hair due to the treatments and he felt compassion. He wanted to help but he didn't know how until he heard about Locks of Love, a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children under age 18 suffering from long-term medical hair ...

May 08, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO staff attend advanced training to reduce traffic deaths

Traffic crashes are a leading cause of injury death in Georgia and present a major public health problem. The tragic loss of life to traffic crashes not only devastates families both emotionally and financially, but also imposes far-reaching societal cost to employees and government agencies as well as public and private insurers.

Highway safety is a major concern for our sheriffs' offices. The sheriffs of Georgia are committed to continuing and enhancing their collective effort at reducing these injuries and tragic deaths. In the past, limited funds were a barrier in providing specialized highway safety enforcement training for sheriffs and ...

May 07, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


National Weather Service issues tornado watch for Newton until 7 p.m.

THE PRIMARY HAZARDS OF THIS STORM WILL BE FREQUENT LIGHTNING... PENNY TO NICKEL SIZE HAIL... WIND GUSTS TO 70 MPH... AND ISOLATED TORNADOES.

May 06, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Deputies look for stabbing information

A man was stabbed early Sunday morning following an altercation at an Almon Road residence and investigators from the Newton County Sheriff's Office are seeking tips to make sure they catch the right person.

According to NCSO 1st Lt. Mark Mitchell, deputies were called to the residence just before 2 a.m. When they arrived ,they met with a group of people who reportedly told them the suspect had followed them home from an establishment in Conyers to the residence thinking there was a party happening there.

May 06, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Almost 100 Bard workers to lose jobs

C.R. Bard Inc. announced that it is cutting 98 jobs in Covington as it consolidates the urological and medical divisions. Public affairs spokeswoman Holly Glass said the Harland Drive facility will close by June 22 as part of Bard's strategic adjustment plan to improve its overall cost structure and improve efficiency.

She said the first jobs will likely be eliminated on June 22 and that employees will receive severance and outplacement benefits. However, Bard will continue to sell all products made by both the urological and medical divisions, which will both be housed in the Industrial Boulevard facility.

May 06, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Covington OKs SUP for private K-12 academy

Mayor Kim Carter once again cast the tie-breaking city council vote Monday night in further support of a special use permit for Janice VanNess' Christian Peachtree Academy, which would be built off McGuirts Bridge Road. In what was at times a contentious discussion, VanNess, area residents and city councils members made arguments for and against the building of the school. The most important issue for council members was increased traffic.

May 06, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Telecast to benefit local Miracle Field

Current and aspiring leaders in Newton County can listen to business leaders, best-selling authors, a sports superstar and former world leader Tony Blair if they buy a ticket to the Maximum Impact Simulcast. The simulcast is an all-day leadership conference in Atlanta that will be broadcast to facilities around the county, including Newton County's Turner Lake Recreation Center on May 8 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The event is being sponsored by Chick-fil-A and Covington's local franchise is holding a fundraiser with the Newton County Recreation Department to benefit the Miracle League Field, which is ...

May 06, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Man arrested with counterfeit cash

Officers from the Covington Police Department were called to an area discount store after a man attempted to use a counterfeit bill, and ended up confiscating roughly $970 in counterfeit currency.

May 06, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Henry Co. academy suspends classes, student has swine flu

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia health officials have shut down a suburban Atlanta private high school after a 14-year-old student tested positive for swine flu.

Eagle's Landing Christian Academy in Henry County has suspended all classes for 14 days, though no other students are displaying symptoms of the potentially fatal H1N1 virus, said Dr. Elizabeth Ford, head of the state's Division of Public Health. State health officials believe the student's illness is linked to a group of his classmates returning from a trip to Panama in mid-April, Ford said during a news conference.

May 04, 2009 | By Dorie Turner The Associated Press | LOCAL


New attitude for entrepreneurs

Elaine Powell has been struggling to make ends meet since her husband lost his construction job a few months ago. A part-time worker at Rockdale Medical Center in Conyers, Powell wasn't earning enough to support her family, a common problem during the recession.

May 03, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Snapping Shoals EMC gives grant to American Cancer Society program

The American Cancer Society's Road to Recovery program is growing thanks to a $3,000 grant funded by Snapping Shoals EMC's Operation Round Up program.

May 03, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Celebrating mentoring

Newton Mentoring, Inc. celebrated their first year of pairing trained adult mentors with students in the Newton County school system to provide support, tutoring, counseling and a constructive role model for their mentees.

May 03, 2009 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


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