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County to consider more money for indigent care

A total of seven people showed up for Wednesday's Newton County budget hearing and nobody said a word, even though property taxes are set to rise by 5 percent and might go even higher.

July 12, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Miles away but close to home

Jennifer McCann was destined to be in Hollywood. So when she was offered a job as an assistant in Los Angeles, she knew her moment had come.

July 12, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Local insurance agency owner honored

A Covington entrepreneur recently earned a prestigious service designation and was placed among the top agencies within his field.

July 12, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


NMC hosts community blood drive

Newton Medical Center will host a blood drive in LifeSouth's Blood Mobile on Thursday, July 17 from noon until 6 p.m. Each donor will receive a LifeSouth T-shirt and snacks. All blood types are needed.

July 12, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Historic Dupree home to relocate

One of the most recognizable and well-known houses in Social Circle will soon have a new home.

July 12, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Fire codes workshop set Monday

The Covington City Council will hold a workshop at 6 p.m. Monday to discuss how to implement fire codes for the city's older buildings. The reason is simple: Old buildings might not be compatible with new fire codes.

July 12, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Millwood charged with disorderly conduct

Following the Fourth of July fireworks and the festival held in the Covington Square, Shane Millwood was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and public consumption of alcoholic beverages.

July 12, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Talk radio host visits Covington

Erick Erickson, conservative talk radio host and owner of RedState.com, made an appearance in Covington Wednesday to show his support for Georgia State House 112 candidate Aaron Brooks. Pictured are state district 102 representative Buzz Brockway, Erickson, Brooks, Covington Mayor Ronnie Johnston and state district 147 representative elect Heath Clark.

July 10, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


'Burn building' to help train firefighters

Training to fight a house fire isn't easy. For one, you have to have a burning house.

July 10, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Shane Millwood to play benefit concert in August

Join Shane Millwood and CARE, Sunday August 16th at 8:00 p.m. for a night of music and dancing at the newly renovated Porterdale Gym. All proceeds are for CARE's newest assistance project - providing scholarship money to one or more of Porterdale's high school students attending the Newton County Career Academy (NCCA).

July 10, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Have we lost our minds?!

Time to bring our aircraft on this journey up another 10,000 feet! We're going to get a higher altitude perspective. This week, I'm busting past my pay grade to join the chorus about federal spending habits. Here's the thought: I think we are insane to couple open-ended entitlement programs to the general government!

July 10, 2014 | Doug Holt | LOCAL


GPTC students awarded gold, silver & bronze medals

Georgia Piedmont Technical College students won big during the 50th Annual SkillsUSA Leadership and Skills Conference held in Kansas City, Missouri. The school had a phenomenal showing with students winning gold, silver and bronze medals.

July 10, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


BOE: first public hearing on '15 millage rate

The Newton County Board of Education adopted a tentative 2014-2015 budget based on a total millage rate of 20.45 mills.

July 10, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Woman who left son in car wins custody

A Buford woman who was arrested in Covington last year for leaving her 5-year-old son in her vehicle received judge-ordered full custody of him after apparently proving she overcame her drug addiction, leaving the child's father unhappy and ready to appeal.

July 10, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Restriping to close I-20 EB lanes this weekend

After a holiday weekend respite, Georgia Department of Transportation crews and contractors return to the roadways this weekend for improvements including sections of I-20 in Rockdale and Newton and I-285 on the northwest side.

July 10, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Archive By Section - LOCAL


Trustee Garden looking for restaurateur

Amazing opportunity for restaurateur in historic downtown space in Savannah, GA. Respond to trusteesgardencafe@gmail.com.

November 05, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Crowell Road open

Crowell Road opened at 3 p.m. today to the delight of many home and business owners in the area. The road was closed, between I-20 and Brown Bridge Road, on Sept. 23, because of the flooding that hit several parts of Newton County. The bridge on Crowell Road that was damaged will still need future repairs, but it will remain open temporarily until those repairs are financed.

November 04, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


People's Bank on Hwy 278 robbed

Two Union Point men were arrested Wednesday morning after a successful bank robbery was foiled early by both the Covington Police Department and the Newton County Sheriff's Department.

November 04, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


AT&T donates $350,000 to fund renovations to Bert Adams Boy Scout Reservation

AT&T made a generous donation to the Atlanta Area Council, Boy Scouts of America to help fund the massive renovations to the Bert Adams Scout Reservation in Covington. The donation was awarded to the Atlanta Area Council in 2007, the corporate philanthropy organization of AT&T Inc. The $350,000 donation has directly funded the renovations to the dining hall. During a luncheon late last week Steve Sitton, Regional President for the Southeast for AT&T Mobility and President Elect of the Atlanta Area Council, presented Don McChesney, the Atlanta Area Council Scout Executive, with the final installment of ...

November 04, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Underage drunk driver hits car outside Ozone

An underage woman was arrested after reportedly hitting a parked car when leaving the Ozone.

November 04, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Child abuse investigator pens novel about her experiences on the job

Attention: this story contains graphic details of true stories told by a former local case worker with the Department of Family and Children Services.

November 04, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


SSEMC linemen win first place in country-wide rodeo

Snapping Shoals EMC's linemen took home the top co-op prize at the 2009 International Lineman's Rodeo in Kansas City, Mo., recently. Each year, the rodeo brings together linemen from around the world to compete in timed events that mirror the kinds of challenges they face daily. Contestants must climb poles, change insulators, reconfigure fiberglass arms and complete a simulated rescue of an injured co-worker, all while racing against the clock.

"These are situations that (our linemen) get into every day," says Victor Hurst, vice president of line services at Snapping Shoals. "(The events) require so much thinking on ...

November 04, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


The Learning Center to hold Bunco fundraiser

With a toss of the pink dice and a cry of "Bunco," holiday stress rolls away and another child goes to school ready to read and succeed. The Learning Center is hosting a Ladies' Night Bunco event at 6 p.m. on Nov. 14 at The Center for Planning and Preservation on Washington Street. No experience or skill is required; roll three dice, add your points to your partner's and move to the next table. Everyone wins a prize and there's no gambling, just a great opportunity to relax and network.

While players enjoy food and beverages, pamper-me ...

November 04, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Election Results 2009

Covington

Hawnethia Williams gave a yell of delight as the election results came in and she was once again voted in as the Covington City Council Post 2 West representative.

November 03, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Election Day: Voting locations

Voting ends at 7 p.m.

November 03, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


East Metro receives H1N1 injectable vaccine

The first shipment of H1N1 Injectable vaccine has arrived at the East Metro Health District serving Gwinnett, Newton, and Rockdale Counties. 15,200 doses of vaccine arrived at the district office late Friday. The vaccine is being disseminated within the five health department clinics, first responders, major clinics, and some doctor's offices.

Health Department clinics in Covington will begin providing the H1N1 injectable vaccine today, Nov. 2.

November 02, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newborn opens new public safety building

The town of Newborn celebrated the opening of a new public safety building with a ribbon cutting Thursday morning.

November 01, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


SCLC reforming in Newton County

The Covington civil rights movement reached its peak in 1970 with the Black Easter march and the arrest of the Newton Six. And although discrimination is not as blatant and rampant today, many of the same local leaders who participated in those events feel Newton County still has a long way to go.

November 01, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Funeral protesters under fire from family

The sister of Lanny Perry Barnes continues to allege that Anita King, Stephanie Casola and the Covington Police Department broke several city ordinances and federal and state laws during the protest of Barnes funeral. However, the City of Covington and District Attorney Ken Wynne said for them the case is closed.

November 01, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


NMC Auxiliary host reception for Portraits of Hope

Thursday night local breast cancer survivors and their loved ones gathered to honor the staff of the Newton Medical Women's Diagnostic Center, volunteers of the NMC Auxiliary and each other.

November 01, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


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