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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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Chamber: Promote local film ties

Covington plays host to several movie and TV projects each year, and the chamber suggested a storefront on the square be dedicated to housing film memorabilia.

June 07, 2011 | AJ Archer | LOCAL


Social Circle budget set for increase

Social Circle's budget will increase this year for the first time in several years, going from $2.8 to $3 million.

June 07, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Water, sewer rates to increase in Porterdale

The city of Porterdale established a resolution for new water and sewer utility rates at its city council meeting on Monday.

June 07, 2011 | AJ Archer | LOCAL


Farm to stage open house Sunday

A grand opening and a mini farmers market will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at Noring Farms on Glass Springs Road.

June 07, 2011 | | LOCAL


Help Oxford celebrate the Fourth

You can be part of the Fourth of July celebration in Oxford and possibly win a prize for your efforts.

June 07, 2011 | | LOCAL


County may have more funds than expected in FY2012

The Newton County Board of Commissioners received a glimmer of good news Monday night, when it learned the property tax digest may decline 8.25 percent next year instead of the projected 10 percent.

June 06, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Council member steps down in Oxford

Councilwoman Sue Dale is stepping down from the Oxford City Council.

June 06, 2011 | Tharon Giddens | LOCAL


Law allows SPLOST projects to be axed

The proposed civic center project in downtown Covington is the classic example of a project in limbo, something counties may be able to avoid in the future.

June 06, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Porterdale council meets at 6:30 p.m.

A hike in water and sewer rates gets a third and final reading and a public hearing when the Porterdale City Council meets at 6:30 tonight.

June 06, 2011 | AJ Archer | LOCAL


Covington council meets at 6:30 p.m.

The Covington City Council will hold a work session at 5:30 tonight that will lead into a council meeting at 6:30 p.m.

June 06, 2011 | AJ Archer | LOCAL


Fraud reports filed with sheriff's office

Three reports of financial fraud have been filed with the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

June 06, 2011 | AJ Archer | LOCAL


Sleeping teen unharmed in car theft

MACON - Authorities say a 13-year-old girl was found unharmed after a car was stolen while the teen slept inside.

Bibb County sheriff's Sgt. Sean DeFoe says the car was stolen from a gas station late Saturday night with the sleeping child in the back seat.

June 06, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Rail trail section opens on coast

WOODBINE, Ga. - A section of old railroad tracks converted to hiking and biking trail just got a mile longer in coastal Georgia.

June 06, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Georgia in Top 5 in TV, film production

ATLANTA - Georgia is now among the top five U.S. states for film and TV production with more than 274 projects shot in the state since July 2010.

June 06, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Man ordered to pay funeral expenses

A judge ordered a man convicted in a 2004 vehicular homicide to continue to pay restitution to the family, even though it had been canceled at the end of his probation for the crime.

June 05, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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