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City to help business- led improvements

Mayor Ronnie Johnston convinced the Covington City Council to take a "gamble" Monday and give $25,000 to the forming "community improvement district (CID)," which business owners are forming along U.S. 278 to raise money for area improvements.

July 08, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


3 sought in Newton County murder

The Newton County Sheriff's Office is looking for any tips that will lead to the apprehension of three men believed to be involved in a Newton County murder Thursday.

July 08, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Civil War: Down the roads of Covington

This is the first in a series of columns in partnership with Georgia Perimeter College professors concerning the Civil War and its local ties to Newton County some 150 years after the war that divided America.

July 08, 2014 | Kathleen DeMarco | LOCAL


Looking for answers in all the right places

Here is the question I faced about six months ago: How does a person truly change their lifestyle?

July 08, 2014 | Reginald Franklin | LOCAL


NCSO kicks off school supply drive

The Newton County Sheriff's Office is partnering with Washington Street Community Center, the Salvation Army and the A.K.A. Sorority Inc. for its Annual Back to School Supply Drive.

July 08, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Three sought in Newton Co. murder

The Newton County Sheriff's Office is looking for any tips that will lead to the apprehension of three men believed to be involved in Newton County murder Thursday.

July 07, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


4th of July (slideshow)

a look around the community and the celebrations

July 06, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


Man shot in the leg on the Fourth

An alleged argument led to someone getting shot in the leg in the area of Green Acres Friday.

July 05, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


‘iCan Shine’ bike camp for autism spectrum needs volunteers

A new summer camp is coming that planners hope will offer a chance for fun and feelings of accomplishment for the special needs community in Rockdale County.

July 05, 2014 | Alena Cowley | LOCAL


Ted Wynn appreciated at luncheon

A surprise appreciation lunch was held for the local county extension agent, Ted Wynne, on Sunday, June 7.

July 05, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


State EOCT scores released

State-level 2014 End-of-Course Tests (EOCT) were released Wednesday, marking improvements in most areas while simultaneously showing a large percentage of students who still lack in testing for math.

July 05, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Keeping up with the times

Teachers - new and veteran - school board administration and other interested parties from Newton and surrounding counties will convene at the end of the month to prepare for and learn about technology opportunities in the classroom.

July 05, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Amitie Club disbands after 63 years

Grace Budd-Spradley picked up a yellowed packet of seeds labeled "Mayflower" and turned it over in her hand.

July 05, 2014 | Samantha Reardon | LOCAL


A Fourth for hope

"My God! How little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy. I confess I had no idea of it myself. While we shall see multiple instances of Europeans going to live in America, I will venture to say no man now living will ever witness an instance of an American removing to settle in Europe and continuing there."

July 03, 2014 | Pete Mecca | LOCAL


Bang for the buck

The Fourth of July brings a renewed sense of patriotism, a chance to stand by the grill all day and an annual pilgrimage of firework vendors.

July 03, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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Deputy coroner sworn in

 Jimmy Dukes was sworn in as deputy coroner of Newton County Feb. 9 at the Newton County Judicial Center.

February 10, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Gifts from the heart

Mark your calendar: Sherwood's Flowers and Gifts Floral Designer Michelle Jesky prepares an arrangement of a dozen roses to fill one of the many orders placed at the local florist for Valentine's Day. Sherwood's will deliver hundreds of flower arrangement orders across the county Friday to celebrate the holiday Saturday. The local florist located on the Covington square, offers gifts for both men and women as well as eight special Valentine's Day floral arrangements. Local shoppers are encouraged to order as early as possible for the best selection. Sherwood's Flowers and Gifts will be open ...

February 10, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Pet of the Week

The Newton County Animal Shelter's pet of the week is a domestic short-haired cat, tiger colored with white, a young adult, very sweet and friendly and loveable. She shelter has other cats and kittens for adoption, all needing good homes. Also available for adoption, are a 10 2-month-old puppies, Aussie/Lab mix; a black Lab mix, 3-months-old; an adult Lab mix, blonde; two 8-week-old mixed breed puppies, one golden and one brown; an adult Dachshund and two Dachshund puppies; four mixed breed puppies, 8 weeks old, all colors; a 1-year-old beagle; a blond adult mixed breed named Hunter; an ...

February 10, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


A marriage of letters

Always together: The letters Q and U were "married" Friday in Sharon Garner and Traci Brady's kindergarten class at Oak Hill Elementary School. The groom was played by Casey Johnson, left, and the bride was played by Cloey Wilcher. The exercise was to help the students remember that the letter q is almost always paired with the letter u.

February 10, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Bill would keep sex offenders off school boards

ATLANTA (AP) - Registered sex offenders would not be allowed to run for or serve on a school board in Georgia under legislation that passed in the state Senate.

February 10, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Celestial Sounds

Handbell Choirs from First Presbyterian Church of Covington, First United Methodist Church of Covington and First Baptist Church of Conyers join together in "A Service of Handbell Music" under the direction of Festival Clinician John Link, Associate Pastor of Music at First Baptist Church of Conyers. The concert took place Saturday at 3 p.m. in the First Presbyterian Church of Covington sanctuary. First Presbyterian provided breakfast and lunch, and participants practiced for several hours until the concert.

February 08, 2009 | Mandi Singer | LOCAL


Local artist captures the spirit of the wood

From the heart: Local woodcarver Garfield Johnson holds a carving of Barack Obama that he created in honor of the first black president of the United States.

February 08, 2009 | Mandi Singer | LOCAL


Bond denied again in dismemberment case

 Franklin Benson, who is accused of allegedly killing and dismembering the body of his girlfriend in 2007, was denied bond for the third time in Newton County Superior Court Thursday.

February 06, 2009 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


NCSO helps snag man for cyber sex crime

 A Flowery Branch man was arrested Tuesday after allegedly providing sexually explicit material to a person he believed was a 13-year-old female.

February 06, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


A life apart

From her small home in the historically black Sandhill community in Covington, 78-year-old Emogene Williams has seen it all. She's seen crosses burned by members of the local Ku Klux Klan in neighbors' lawns and she has seen the first black president elected to office.

February 06, 2009 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


NHS class of 2009 hosts candlelight vigil at school

Students, teachers and parents braved below freezing temperatures Thursday night to pay tribute to slain Newton High School student T.J. Dorsey who was killed Sunday morning.

February 06, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Covington woman claims $250,000 prize for office pool

ATLANTA - A Covington woman, who is the treasurer of a Forest Park lottery pool, has claimed a quarter-million dollar lottery win. Candice Goodson, and eight of her co-workers at Premier Transportation, matched the first five winning numbers in the Jan. 27 Mega Millions drawing and won a second prize of $250,000.

The others in the lottery pool with Goodson are ecstatic. Members of the group chose to use their date of hire for the lucky combination.

February 04, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Climate Coalition raises awareness of carbon footprint

At a recent showing of the environmental documentary "Kilowatt Ours" members of the Newton Climate Action Coalition swapped ideas of ways they could reduce their carbon footprint and encourage the greater Newton County community to do the same.

Shown at the Newton County Library on Tuesday, the documentary by filmmaker Jeff Barrie examines the effects of the Southeast's coal-based electricity grid on things such as higher rates of asthma among children and drastically altered mountaintops from coal mountain blasting.

February 04, 2009 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Local shoots man

 A Newton County man was arrested Monday night after allegedly shooting another man during an altercation.

February 04, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Student remembered at school, online

 Though things are slowly getting back to normal at Newton High School, the death of 17-year-old Terrence J. Dorsey, known as T.J., is still weighing heavily on the students, both those who knew him and those who did not.

February 03, 2009 | By Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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