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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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State puts probationers to work

LESLIE - It's 3:25 p.m. in a dusty cucumber field in south Georgia. A knot of criminal offenders who spent seven hours in the sun harvesting buckets of vegetables by hand have decided they're calling it quits - exactly as crew leader Benito Mendez predicted in the morning.

June 22, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Newborn announces council replacement

Dennis Fincher has been announced as the replacement of John Donaldson for the Newborn Town Council.

June 21, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County says no to millage hike

The Newton County Board of Commissioners unanimously agreed Monday evening to keep the millage rate at 10.91.

June 21, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


City set to mow railroad corridor

The overgrown Norfolk Southern railroad right-of-way through Covington is about to get a grooming.

June 21, 2011 | AJ Archer | LOCAL


Carjacking suspect plunges into DeKalb lake

LITHONIA - A woman says a man carjacked her in Atlanta, and DeKalb County authorities say they're searching a lake for him after he crashed the car into a tree.

Assistant DeKalb Fire Chief Garret Smith says the man was fleeing police early Tuesday when the car struck a tree in the Southland Country Club. Police say the man jumped into a lake, tried to swim across and disappeared.

June 21, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Three arrested in toddler's death in van

JONESBORO - Police say they've arrested the administrator and two staff members of the day care in Clayton County where a 2-year-old girl died after being left in a van following a field trip.

June 21, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Oxford swears in new council member

Oxford has a new budget year and a new council member.

June 21, 2011 | | LOCAL


Playground razors earn jail time for two

COLUMBUS, Ga. - Authorities say two men accused of taping razor blades to playground equipment at a Columbus park last year have been sentenced to prison.

June 21, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Rome boy hurt by falling tree recovers

ROME - Friends say an 8-year-old boy seriously hurt when he was struck in the head by a tree while swimming in a northwest Georgia creek is making progress during his recovery.

June 21, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Flight back to ATL with engine problem

ATLANTA - An engine problem caused a Delta flight bound for Los Angeles to returned to Atlanta shortly after taking off.

June 21, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Newborn council in called meet tonight

The Town of Newborn Council will meet in a called session at 7 tonight to discuss appointment of a new council member and to discuss the right of way of the unused Norfolk Southern rail line through town.

June 20, 2011 | AJ Archer | LOCAL


Covington set to approve budget tonight

The City of Covington is set to approve its 2011-2012 fiscal year budget at tonight's 6:30 meeting.

June 20, 2011 | AJ Archer | LOCAL


Fed judge holds hearing on Georgia immigration law

ATLANTA - Civil liberties groups argued Monday that Georgia's law cracking down on illegal immigration should not take effect until a lawsuit challenging it as unconstitutional is resolved, and a judge said he likely would rule on that request before the law takes effect.

June 20, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


One Tank Trips: Vogel State Park

Vogel State Park offers everything you could want in a weekend getaway.

June 20, 2011 | Tharon Giddens | LOCAL


Fulton murder conviction reversed

ATLANTA - The Georgia Supreme Court has overturned the conviction of a man who pleaded guilty to killing a woman in 1984.

June 20, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


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