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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


No 2050 referendum: A legal view

An idea tossed around since the 2050 Plan was unveiled – to submit it to a voter referendum – just doesn't seem possible, attorney Jenny Carter of W M Thomas Craig Attorneys wrote in an opinion presented to the plan's designers and local elected officials.

August 02, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


I-20 work ‘cancelled’ for tax-free weekend

Work on eastbound lanes of Interstate 20 scheduled this weekend has been "cancelled," according to Georgia Department of Transportation press secretary David Spear.

August 01, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


CPD community relations recognized

The Conyers Police Department and Covington Police Department were recognized for their work in building community relations with runner-up status of the Dr. Curtis E. McClung/Motorola Award for Excellence by the Ga. Association of the Chiefs of Police, awarded July 28.

August 01, 2014 | | LOCAL


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Gas prices rise in metro Atlanta

The pain at the pump continues as the price for gasoline is up 8.2 cents per gallon in the last week, according to GasBuddy.com.

July 25, 2011 | | LOCAL


Lake Lanier at 2009 levels

Lake Lanier's elevation has dropped to a level it hasn't been at since before a historic two-year drought that ravaged Georgia ended on Oct. 14, 2009.

July 25, 2011 | The Gainesville Times | LOCAL


Your Monday briefing

It's the start of the work week. Here's a roundup of what you need to know from staff and Associated Press reports to get you off to a good start.

July 25, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Project Renewal seeks donations

For the children living at Project Renewal, a domestic violence shelter, their lives have often been filled with stresses no child should endure, but getting ready to start a new school year shouldn't be one of them.

July 24, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Tip of the Week: July 24

I really can't say enough good things about my slow cooker. I use it at least once a week, more often when we're busy. Aside from putting dinner on and then forgetting about it for the rest of the day, the slow cooker is one of my favorite money saving gadgets because I can use lower quality meats and vegetables. Slow cooking them makes them tender, juicy and delicious. My family just thinks I'm a cooking genius for turning a tough piece of pork roast into tender barbecue or a rag tag bunch of vegetables into a ...

July 24, 2011 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | LOCAL


One Tank Trips: The Yellow River Game Ranch

Imagine walking through the woods and being able to pet a deer, or to have a friendly squirrel scamper up to you in search of a treat. It might sound like something out of a fairy tale, but at Yellow River Game Ranch, the fairy tale is real.

July 24, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


City, county leadership to change

Newton County has a history of strong, stable leadership, which enabled it to recruit one large industry after another in decades past.

July 24, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Social Circle discusses SPLOST disbursement

The Social Circle City Council agreed to approve a Special Local Option Sales Tax document, but refrain from voting on the disbursement of payment until the language of the document can be agreed on with Loganville.

July 24, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


County employee budget cuts released

Newton County must cut nine employees and two vacant positions in the $44.28 million budget the board of commissioners approved Tuesday. One worker will have a reduction in hours.

July 23, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Saturday briefing

The weekend is here. Check out this roundup of what's happening from the Associated Press and staff reports.

July 23, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Unsolved lynching re-enactment today

MONROE, Ga. - A coalition of black lawmakers and social justice groups are gathering to re-enact the 1946 lynching of two black couples at Moore's Ford bridge in northeast Georgia.

July 23, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Woman alleges sexual battery by boss

Detectives are looking into complaints that a woman's boss sexually battered her and fired her when she threatened to tell.

July 22, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Spring Ministries fundraiser July 30

Spring Ministries, Inc., a non-profit organization that helps single parents and their children, will hold a fundraiser dinner at 5 p.m. on July 30 at DeKalb Tech's Newton Center, 8100 Bob Williams Parkway, Covington.

July 22, 2011 | | LOCAL


Your Friday briefing

The weekend is upon us. Here's a roundup of what you need to know from Associatate Press to get your day going:

July 22, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Conquering the Criterium

Bike riding has long been a passion of Brian Lord.

July 22, 2011 | Tharon Giddens | LOCAL


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