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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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Valentine's at Waffle House

Trey and Alonda Bailey shared a Belgian waffle for Valentine's at Waffle House Monday night and were even coaxed into feeding each other a bite or two, because, well, "Waffles are for lovers."

February 16, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Woman contacts officers over misbehaving child

A fed-up mother called for assistance from the Covington Police Department Sunday afternoon because her juvenile son was continuing to misbehave.

February 16, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


City boards, authorities open to public

One of the best ways for Covington residents to become involved in government is to join one of the city's several authorities, boards and commissions. These groups play an important role in shaping city development and provide direction to the city council.

February 16, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Court Sentencings - Feb. 16

o Nancy Miller, felony burglary, nolle pross; criminal trespass, 12 months probation, $500, stay away from 5019 Ga. Highway 212, Covington.

February 16, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County discusses SPLOST road projects

The county has hundreds of millions of dollars in road projects it wants to complete over the next several years, making it a challenge to choose only $17.28 million worth of projects to complete with SPLOST funds if the 2011 SPLOST is passed in March.

February 15, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Dorothy Piedrahita talks black history

Dorothy Piedrahita, a 64-year-old Covington resident who was present when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave a speech at the start of the Montgomery, Ala., bus boycott in 1955 and who became the first black woman to run for mayor of Montgomery, will speak for free at the Newton County Public Library on Floyd Street at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

February 15, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Pageant celebrates 50 years

A half-century of cuteness will be celebrated on Saturday at the 50th Little Mr. and Miss Newton County Pageant.

February 15, 2011 | Tharon Giddens | LOCAL


Melvin Baker has strong roots

Family and community are watchwords for Melvin O'Neal Baker.

February 15, 2011 | Tharon Giddens | LOCAL


Pete the bloodhound finds toddler

Pete the bloodhound was able to track down and find a missing toddler in woods near the Yellow River in southern Newton County on Friday.

February 14, 2011 | Special to The News | LOCAL


Man accused of killing sons had past arrests

LAWRENCEVILLE - A man accused of stabbing two of his sons to death and injuring another at their home near Lawrenceville had a history of minor brushes with the law.

February 14, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


T.K. and Louise Adams talk history

In 1960, the University of Georgia denied admittance to T.K. Adams, because he was black. Five decades later, his son Timothy K. Adams Jr. is now a music professor with tenure. For T.K., his family's shared history with the school is a pretty good summary of black history.

February 14, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


DA's office welcomes new assistant

The Newton County District Attorney's Office recently welcomed a new assistant district attorney, hired to lead the prosecution of cases of child abuse, felony sexual assault cases against adults and crimes against the elderly.

February 13, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Court Briefs

Charles Leslie Skrobot announced that he was ready for trial in Newton County Superior Court Thursday, on charges that he molested a 4-year-old girl late last year.

February 13, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


2011 SPLOST road projects to be discussed Tuesday night

The county will discuss Tuesday which road projects could be completed if the 2011 SPLOST is passed by voters.

February 13, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Ex-Covington councilwoman Goss dies

Many of Covington's hair dressers and beauticians owe their start to Bertha Goss, the longtime owner of Bertha's Beauty Lounge who dedicated her life to training and inspiring young people.

February 13, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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