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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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Computer glitch snatched tax refunds

ATLANTA - The head of the Georgia Department of Revenue says the agency tried to head off a computer glitch that removed tax refunds from the bank accounts of more than 30,000 taxpayers over the weekend before the payments were processed.

January 26, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Wind advisory until 6 p.m.

A wind advisory, issued by the National Weather Service out of Peachtree City, is now in effect until 6 P.M. this evening over much of central Georgia including Covington.

January 26, 2011 | | LOCAL


Two arrested after drawing officer’s eye

A Covington Police Officer finishing his meal break at a Waffle House was in the right place at the right time to catch a couple apparently breaking the law early Saturday morning.

January 26, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Monte Carlo arts benefit returns

Enjoy an evening of good food, casino games, an auction and a raffle on Feb. 5 at the annual Monte Carlo for the Arts benefit at the Porterdale Mill Event Center.

January 26, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local astrophotographer shares pics

Social Circle resident Theo Ramaker has his eyes focused skyward.

January 26, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Restaurant Inspection Scores - Jan. 26

Waffle House No. 1740, 12985 BROWN BRIDGE ROAD, STE A, July 7, 96.

January 25, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Gun ban in churches upheld

ATLANTA - A federal judge upheld Georgia law banning guns in churches and other places of worship by dismissing a lawsuit Monday that claims the ban violates constitutional rights to freedom of religion and bearing arms.

January 25, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Immigration bill in works in General Assembly

ATLANTA - A key Republican state lawmaker on Tuesday outlined a bill he plans to file intended to crack down on illegal immigration in Georgia.

January 25, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Eastside's Cook signs golf scholarship

Addison "Ace" Cook II has been playing golf competitively since age 7. He's also been an accomplished artist for almost as long. Beginning in the fall, he'll take both skills to Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta after signing a letter of intent to join the burgeoning golf program. Cook was part of last year's Region 8-AAA champion golf team and is often considered Eastside's top player.

January 25, 2011 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL


Loganville man kills ex-wife then dies

MONROE, Ga. - Investigators in Walton and Greene counties say they believe a Loganville man killed his ex-wife, then died at a relative's home.

January 25, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Man convicted in 1988 killing set to die

ATLANTA - A death row inmate convicted of the 1988 murder of a preschool fitness instructor was set to be executed Tuesday, and his attorneys were readying a flurry of last-minute appeals seeking to postpone the execution.

January 25, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Stolen car found ablaze

A burning car found in woods off Capes Drive early Saturday morning was apparently intentionally ignited, and fire officials are asking that anyone with information on the blaze come forward.

January 25, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


City to absorb some power costs

Georgia has been hit by high unemployment and extreme weather during the past year, and the City of Covington is hoping to give utility customers a little relief.

January 23, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


At Home with the Alexanders

Who: Jim and Paige Alexander; children Zack, 17, and Alana, 16; family dogs Buster, Axel and Cindy

January 23, 2011 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Save-a-Lot grocery to open Feb. 10

Coming soon: Workers from McMichael's Construction ready a 24,000 square foot location in the Covington Corners shopping center, located at the corner of Elm Street and U.S. Highway 278. The discount Save-a-Lot grocery store is expected to open Feb. 10 and hire 20 to 25 employees.

Applicants can apply at save-a-lot.com/careers or by going through local employment agencies, Tomlin said. Save-a-Lot exclusively sells its brands to offer more competitive prices to traditional grocery stores.

January 23, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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