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Students to learn to grow, prepare food

A pastor, farmer and chef got together one day and decided they were going to revolutionize how local residents think about and consume food. They also want to transform communities while they're at it.

May 29, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


‘Irreplaceable’ Chief Davenport retires

Newton County Fire Service Battalion Chief Terry Davenport asked his fellow firefighters to join him as his final shift ended Thursday, a way to say goodbye to those around him and his career of over 30 years.

May 29, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Blues on the square

The Newton County Arts Association's final spring concert on the Square entertained residents Thursday. The John Brown Quartet rounded out the season's five performances, playing familiar hits from the 1960's and 70's such as "Mustang Sally."

May 29, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


SE Newton to get better AT&T 4G coverage

AT&T recently installed a new mobile internet cell site on Ga. Highway 213 near Mansfield that will boost the company's 4G access in the area.

May 29, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


CSX employee injured in Social Circle

A CSX railroad employee was significantly injured at General Mills' distribution center in Social Circle around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

May 28, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Lions give for education

The Oxford Lions Club awarded bicycles to a most improved boy and girl from each of the third, fourth and fifth grades at Flint Hill Elementary School during their awards programs. The Covington Pilot Club contributed the helmets. Top photo are fourth grade recipients; Kevon Smith and Larekia Terrell. Above are third grade recipients; Calvin Brown and Melyssa Valencia. Not pictured are fifth grade recipients; Darius Green and Shaylee Anderson. Lions presenting were John Burson, Mike Willard, Larry Willard, Ronnie Jones, Bob Gregory, and photos by Richard and Nancy Henderson. Pilots presenting were Mary Barnes, Ann Cargile and Dean Willard.

May 27, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Kiwanis Club donates 702 books to preschoolers

Local Kiwanis Club officials wanted to help Newton County's youngest students became better readers, so they set out to place a book into the hands of every single preschooler in the public school system.

May 27, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Unemployment continues to drop

Newton County's unemployment continued its fall in 2014, dropping to 7.3 percent in April.

May 27, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Savannah port deepening boosts Newton Co.

Savannah's international shipping port is deepening, and while the coastal city is best known as a vacation spot for locals, its effects on Newton County's economy could be much larger.

May 27, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newton High grad accepted to Naval Academy

For one high school graduate, a dream is about to become a reality.

May 27, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Sports bar, Jimmy John’s, 3 others coming

Covington is getting five new businesses, including three restaurants, a medical products company and a women's clothing boutique on the square, continuing an uptick in retail businesses for the city.

May 27, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Dogs attack two year old

A Memorial Day weekend in the sun turned terrifying when a two year old was mauled by two large dogs Saturday between 6 and 6:45 p.m., suffering extensive injuries above his shoulders.

May 27, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


1 local dead, 2 arrested after shooting

A Covington was shot to death Sunday night in Rockdale County, and two men have been arrested, according to the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office

May 27, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Memorial Day on the Square (slideshow)

Memorial Day Ceremony (SLIDESHOW)

May 26, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


Brick Store Overlay moves forward

The vision being carried out by Newton County's leaders is one of controlled growth and high-quality development; however, it's clear many large land owners are concerned about how this vision will affect their ability to sell their land.

May 24, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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Couple arrested, facing marijuana trafficking charges

A couple were arrested Thursday after agents with the Special Investigation Unit found 23 pounds of marijuana that had allegedly been shipped to a home on River Walk Farms Parkway from Arizona.

May 05, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Saturday accident victim identified

The man killed on Washington Street Saturday afternoon has been identified as 53-year-old Johnny Durden, a well loved fixture in the neighborhood.

May 05, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


BOC soon to own land for public park in Fairview Estates

The Newton County Board of Commissioners finally voted, unanimously, to authorize the purchase of more than 16 acres of vacant land in Fairview Estates from SunTrust Bank for $300,000.

May 04, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Man killed on Washington Street named

The man killed on Washington Street Saturday afternoon has been identified as 53-year-old Johnny Durden, a well loved fixture in the neighborhood.

May 04, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


High Point Forest Drive just before Channing Cope Road is closed

High Point Forest Drive just before Channing Cope Road is closed due to a flooding storm drain. All addresses on High Point Forest Drive can only be accessed from Ga. Highway 36.

May 03, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO to offer summer firearm safety courses

Sheriff Ezell Brown and the Newton County Sheriff's Office will offer Citizens Firearm Safety Courses in July. These classes will consist of information on laws governing use of deadly force, firearm safety at and away from the firing range, nomenclature of the basic revolver and semiautomatic pistols and a chance to complete a course of fire at the Newton County Sheriff Firing Range.

May 02, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Fairy Friends

Many little fairies, big fairies and everyone in between traveled far, far away to visit the magical fairyland behind the library and enjoy the Fairy Houses at the Chimney Park festival Saturday afternoon.

May 02, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


More info needed about Norfolk-Southern railroad

How much would the Norfolk Southern railroad cost to buy? Would ownership of the railroad corridor produce enough revenue to pay for its yearly maintenance and even produce a profit?

May 02, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Rockdale leaders come together to ease concerns about KKK rally

Local leaders are urging caution in reacting to an online posting of a Ku Klux Klan rally for May 8 on the steps of the Rockdale County Courthouse.

May 02, 2010 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Man killed in traffic fatality

A middle-aged white male was killed Saturday afternoon while attempting to cross Washington Street.

May 01, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Local artist has work in Marietta exhibition

Elise Hammond's oil portrait entitled "Jeff," which depicts her son-in-law, has been accepted into the Spring Juried Exhibition of The Portrait Society of Atlanta. Hammond's work was one of a select few to have been included by the well-known jurist Dawn Whitelaw and may be seen at the show to be held at The Gallery at Paper Mill Village in Marietta. The opening reception will be May 8 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Since joining The Portrait Society of Atlanta in 2009, Hammond has had four portraits juried into the three shows, and was honored ...

April 30, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Helping hero

Randall Hardy admits to severe depression following his stroke several years ago.

"The effects of a stroke can be very frustrating, particularly for someone young like me," Hardy said. "In addition to the challenges of recovery I really struggled with what was my purpose now in life."

April 30, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Cookie queens

Treats for the troops: Alcovy Girl Scout Service Unit recently sold 840 boxes of cookies to be donated to Operation Sandbox. Local Girl Scouts of all levels came together April 12 to send off all the Girl Scout Cookies they sold to be donated. The cookies will be sent to troops very quickly and Virginia Pearson, head of the local Operation Sandbox, was thrilled to receive so many boxes of the delicious treats. Many boxes had labels on them where people had written messages to the troops thanking them for their service as well as words of prayer.

April 30, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


New Chamber president meets with community leaders

New chamber President Hunter Hall spoke with several prominent community members at a meet-and-greet ceremony at the Chamber Wednesday morning. The Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors hired Hall on April 7 to grow chamber membership, meet current members' needs and manage the chamber staff.

April 30, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Three charged in Hall murder enter not guilty pleas Tuesday

The three people charged in the murder of 44-year-old Alvin Hall entered not guilty pleas in court Tuesday morning.

April 30, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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