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Newton Newsflash: Weekend roadwork

The Georgia DOT returns to its roadway construction projects this weekend with the continuation of projects on I-20 in Newton and Rockdale counties.

August 07, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County, city ‘abandon’ roads

Both Covington and Newton County officials took the unusual step of abandoning roads this week, giving them to neighbors who either want to maintain them themselves or simply watch them go to seed.

August 07, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Volunteer, educator, woman of faith

Mary Kate Tribble, Social Circle's Sister, passed away of natural causes in her sleep early Monday morning. She was 86.

August 07, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Ms. Tribble, Social Circle icon, has died

Mary Kate Tribble, long-time volunteer for and life-long resident of Social Circle, passed away of natural causes in her sleep early Monday morning. She was 86.

August 06, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Adolph Brown to head NCSS Ed. Summit

The Newton County School System is pleased to announce that visionary and instructional leader Dr. Adolph Brown will headline the district's Education Summit scheduled for August 23 at Newton High School. Dr. Brown is a "no excuse leader" who will keep attendees thoroughly engaged.

August 06, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


School buses to catch motorists illegally passing at stops

Now that school is back in full swing, Newton County's roadways are busier with students getting on and off of buses twice a day.

August 05, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


School district needs 7th graders for Student Council

If any seventh graders in Newton County are looking for a way to become involved in the school system, openings in a student council are available.

August 05, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Dance studio revival

Dancers and parents banded together for the grand opening of the Rhythm Elements Dance Studio Saturday morning in Porterdale in the space that was abandoned by the previous owner.

August 05, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


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


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A wild time at Big Haynes Creek Festival

It's time to run, walk, slither, swim and fly into the fourth annual Big Haynes Creek Wildlife Festival on Aug. 28 and 29 at the Georgia International Horse Park.

August 18, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Joyful jamboree

Investing in the future: On Sunday, Aug. 1, Covington was hosting two "Back 2 School" events. In addition to the one downtown, one was held at Trailblazer's Park on Clarke Street.

August 18, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


What lies in the unexplored depths of Lake Varner?

Litter from the lake: Authorities from the Covington/Newton County Dive Team cleared debris from Lake Varner Tuesday after noticing a large amount of trash in the lake during a search earlier this month.

August 18, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Going for Eagle Scout

The final steps: High School Senior Nic Walter is trying to educate local residents about the value of the Dried Indian Creek wetlands and pier as part of his Eagle Scout project. He is planning to place signs by the wetlands explaining how the plants filter stormwater runoff and protect the area's other plant and animal life. In addition, he is planning to place signs on the pier describing and naming the various wetland plants. Walter is the son of Kevin Walter and Jean Fowler.

August 17, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Wire woes

Under the wire: A little after 3 p.m., a dump truck caught and tore down several spans of an AT&T telephone cable on Washington St. In addition to causing traffic jams while the damaged lines were repaired, it also caused lights to flicker throughout town as the wires collided and touched in the air. Businesses and homes along Washington Street and in downtown Covington experienced brief power loss.

August 17, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Little Miss Covington

The inaugural 2010 Miss Covington and Little Miss Covington Pageant was held Saturday morning at Eastside High School. Participants were judged on a 1 -10 scale, with 10 being the highest. Judges will make their decisions based on overall appearance, first impression, beauty, poise and personality. The winner (Queen/King) in each division received a rhinestone tiara/crown, monogrammed sash, flowers and a large trophy. The winners were:

August 15, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


DeKalb Co. fireman charged with public indecency on I-20

A DeKalb County fireman was arrested Friday afternoon, after he was caught allegedly masturbating in his car on Interstate 20.

August 15, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


‘Footloose’ looking for paid extras for filming

The Georgia Department of Labor's Covington Career Center and Woodridge Productions of Culver City, Calif., hope to recruit about 100 extras for the upcoming movie "Footloose" Thursday, Aug. 19, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at DeKalb Technical College, 16200 Alcovy-Jersey Road.

August 15, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


The pier to nowhere

Many Covington residents who pass by City Hall are left confused by what they see.

"Why is there a pier leading to and abruptly ending right in the middle of a swamp?" they've been known to ask. "Is there a purpose for the pier? Is this really the best use of our tax money?"

August 15, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Zon sworn in as District Attorney

In front of a crowd of hundreds of friends and colleagues, Layla Zon was sworn in Friday afternoon, as the first female District Attorney for the Alcovy Circuit.

Zon's predecessor, Newton County Superior Court Judge Ken Wynne, welcomed everyone, and the Rev. Jason Dees with First Baptist Church of Covington gave the invocation.

August 15, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


GBI Director receives GACP award

The Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police (GACP) has named GBI Director Vernon Keenan as this year's recipient of the Special Service Award in recognition of his proactive contributions to his agency, to the GACP and to the state's law enforcement community. Covington Chief of Police and GACP President Stacey Cotton made the presentation at the organization's recent annual banquet in Savannah.

August 15, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Pizzas for the people

Pizza providers: The Covington location of Little Caesar's Pizza at 3602 Salem Road donates pizza to The Garden of Gethsemane homeless shelter at least three times each week. Little Caesar's owner Lyle Little hands boxes over to Clara Lett, Executive Director of The Garden of Gethsemane as Michael Moore (second to left) and Jeffrey Shubert (right) look on.

August 15, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


The Society of St. Vincent de Paul

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) will be hosting a silent auction and wine tasting fundraiser at St. Augustine Catholic Church Oct. 8. Over 60 businesses like Home Depot, Badcock Furniture, Fletcher's Jewelry and several local restaurants have donated a wealth of merchandise to aid St. Vincent toward their cause.

August 15, 2010 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


Screaming couple arrested for public drunk

A call to the Covington Police Department about people yelling in the street ended with an arrest for marijuana possession early Sunday morning.

August 13, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Noise complaint leads to arrest for disorderly conduct

Officers from the Covington Police Department responded to a noise complain Monday afternoon and arrested a 34-year-old woman for disorderly conduct.

August 13, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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