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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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Melissa Ward a cancer crusader

Melissa Ward doesn't wear a cape and she has no super powers, but if you listen to her friends, family and co-workers at Oak Hill Elementary, the fourth grade teacher is a superhero nonetheless, having just survived a diagnosis of breast cancer and a double mastectomy in less than two months.

March 04, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Chamber to hire small business director

The chamber of commerce is seeking a new small business leader following the resignation of Lisa Powell as director of membership services on Feb. 24.

March 04, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


AT&T expanding combined television Internet service

AT&T is expanding its Internet, home phone and TV U-verse service in Covington, in an effort to compete with cable providers Comcast and Charter Communications.

March 04, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Made-for-TV movie to film downtown

Covington continues to live up to its "Hollywood of the South" moniker, after a Disney movie recently filmed in Newborn and an NBC made-for-TV movie is coming to the square next week.

March 04, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


4-H 4-Ever: Livestock showmen earn state honors

Newton County students stole the stage at the Georgia Junior National Livestock Show as 4-H'ers and FFA members took home awards in nearly every category.

March 04, 2011 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


County discusses public safety budget concerns

As Newton County commissioners prepare for next year's budget, they're hoping to hold public safety spending within its budget, but the sheriff says that's not always possible.

March 03, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Belk’s to hold charity sale

Schools and nonprofit organizations can raise money through Belk's semiannual Charity Sale, to be held 6 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 16.

March 03, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Charlie Elliott Astronomy this month: “Dinner and a Movie”

You can get a quick tour of the heavens and a potluck supper, too, on Saturday at the monthly meeting of the Charlie Elliott Chapter of the Atlanta Astronomy Club.

March 03, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Immigration bill set for vote today

ATLANTA - A bill meant to crack down on illegal immigration in Georgia is expected to come up for a vote.

March 03, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Gingrich talks testing presidential bid today

ATLANTA - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will talk about his plans to begin raising money to test whether a bid for the GOP presidential nomination is feasible.

March 03, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


House panel OKs horse racing resolution

ATLANTA - A House panel has approved legislation that could pave the way for pari-mutuel betting on horse racing in Georgia.

The constitutional amendment would allow voters in local communities to decide whether to allow gambling on horse racing.

March 02, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Police: Man stuffed chicken in pants

ROME, Ga. - Authorities say a north Georgia man was arrested after police say he stuffed a rotisserie chicken, chicken wings, a mouth guard and two toothbrushes down the front of his pants and walked out of a Walmart without paying for the items.

March 02, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Tuned in to Dark Shadows

Growing up watching "Dark Shadows," Oxford College history professor David Leinweber had no idea that decades later his love for the cult hit would inspire him to pen songs that have attracted national attention and even a phone call from one of the show's stars, nearly 40 years after the show went off the air.

March 02, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newton County reserves low

The economic downturn apparently hit Newton County much harder than surrounding counties and similar-sized counties around the state.

March 02, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Richard Bellairs: A life of service

Whether it was ensuring that a child had a toy at Christmas through the Empty Stocking Fund or tallying Sunday school attendance at First United Methodist Church, community service was second nature for Richard E. (Dick) Bellairs.

March 02, 2011 | Tharon Giddens | LOCAL


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