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Film coming to Covington needs extras

Extras are needed for a new production set to begin Sunday in Covington and throughout Newton County and Conyers.

July 09, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


NCSO conducting internal investigation

The Newton County Sheriff's Office is conducting an internal investigation after it was discovered an individual was being held at the Newton County Detention Center following an erroneous arrest in another jurisdiction.

July 09, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Police look for hit and run driver

Conyers police are asking for the public's help finding a hit-and-run driver who left a man seriously injured on Interstate 20 early Sunday, July 6.

July 09, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Happenings around Newton County

Moore Street resurfacing construction finished

July 08, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Organizer: Fireworks bigger, better in 2015

Mayor Ronnie Johnston estimates that up to 10,000 people watched Saturday's Fourth of July fireworks show, with as many as 2,000 packed into Covington's Square. Monday night, Johnston and the city council credited Robert Foxworthy for making it possible.

July 08, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Yellow River to be established as official water trail

Kayakers and Porterdale residents alike should soon be able to call the river running through their town an official water trail.

July 08, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Grade-level CRCT scores released

School- and grade-level Georgia Criterion Referenced Competency Test (CRCT) scores were released by the Georgia Department of Education Tuesday, showing positive increases in both elementary and middle school results for the 2013-2014 school year.

July 08, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


NCSO to hold annual school supply drive

The Newton County Sheriff's Office is partnering with Washington Street Community Center, the Salvation Army and the A.K.A. Sorority Inc. for its Annual Back to School Supply Drive.

July 08, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Salem Camp Meeting schedule

Friday, July 11

July 08, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


City to consider fire code options

Old buildings might not meet new fire codes. But city officials are considering ways to ensure that doesn't mean those buildings have to close their doors.

July 08, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


City to help business- led improvements

Mayor Ronnie Johnston convinced the Covington City Council to take a "gamble" Monday and give $25,000 to the forming "community improvement district (CID)," which business owners are forming along U.S. 278 to raise money for area improvements.

July 08, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


3 sought in Newton County murder

The Newton County Sheriff's Office is looking for any tips that will lead to the apprehension of three men believed to be involved in a Newton County murder Thursday.

July 08, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Civil War: Down the roads of Covington

This is the first in a series of columns in partnership with Georgia Perimeter College professors concerning the Civil War and its local ties to Newton County some 150 years after the war that divided America.

July 08, 2014 | Kathleen DeMarco | LOCAL


Looking for answers in all the right places

Here is the question I faced about six months ago: How does a person truly change their lifestyle?

July 08, 2014 | Reginald Franklin | LOCAL


NCSO kicks off school supply drive

The Newton County Sheriff's Office is partnering with Washington Street Community Center, the Salvation Army and the A.K.A. Sorority Inc. for its Annual Back to School Supply Drive.

July 08, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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A walk for Ryan

Many people would feel lucky to have a few people who were supportive in their life, but for Oxford resident Ryan Cartledge, he has several families worth, and all those people will stand by his side today, as they walk to raise awareness and funds for autism.

May 23, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Execution rescheduled for Melbert Ray Ford

The execution date for convicted murdered Melbert Ray Ford has been rescheduled for June 9 at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson.

May 21, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


County to switch health insurance; save $300,000

In order to save nearly $300,000, the Newton County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to switch the county's health insurance from Blue Cross Blue Shield to Cigna.

The vote will end the county's 15-year relationship with Blue Cross and will move the county from a self insurance pool to a fully insured plan with Cigna. The Cigna plan will cost $6.54 million and the exact savings is $297,388.36. A fully insured plan from Blue Cross would have cost nearly $7.12 million.

May 21, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


County to switch health insurance; save $300,000

In order to save nearly $300,000, the Newton County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to switch the county's health insurance from Blue Cross Blue Shield to Cigna.

May 21, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Parade for local troops to be held June 6

The Covington-based National Guard troops will be officially welcomed home June 6, beginning with a parade around the square at 1:15 p.m.
Most of the 131 members of Bravo Company will march from the Covington Armory to the square, followed by an event in front of the Historic Courthouse, said Josephine Kelly, director of Main Street Covington.
Kelly said she and the National Guard are still working on the event details, but all elected officials and some military dignitaries will be invited to the homecoming celebration. There will be an invocation, followed by speeches from the military and ...

May 21, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Man accidentally shoots friend while trying to scare off menace

A man was accidentally shot in the calf by his neighbor Tuesday morning then sent authorities on a chase for the wrong man.
According to Lt. Paul Dailey with the Covington Police Department, officers and detectives responded to the home on Tara Drive around 11 a.m. where they found the 32-year-old victim shot in the calf.
The victim allegedly told authorities that a young black male with dreadlocked hair had approached him while he was outside of his home smoking a cigarette and shot him, fleeing toward the Turner Lake complex walking/running track.
Officers immediately began a search ...

May 21, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newborn neighborhood watch announces June meetings

The Newborn Neighborhood Watch Program will erect six more signs within Newborn's city limits. These signs are visual indicators that our community is very interested and involved in providing a safe and secure environment to live and raise our families.

May 19, 2010 | By Suzie Bean | LOCAL


Two men arrested for meth possession Monday

Two men were arrested early Monday morning after one pulled his vehicle out in front of a Covington Police patrol car, causing the officer to brake quickly to keep from hitting their vehicle with his car.

May 19, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Meet the BEAT

The Mall at Stonecrest and 95.5 The BEAT will celebrate the beginning of summer season with the fourth annual "Meet the BEAT," a live concert event featuring international superstar Jay Sean ("Down," "Do You Remember") and Atlanta's hometown favorites B.o.B ("Nothin' on You," "Haterz Everywhere") and Travis Porter ("Go Shorty Go," "All Da Way Turnt Up,") the very popular D&D Custom Car Show and a fun kid's activity area on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. on the plaza.

May 19, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


The place to be: bringing industry to Newton County

This is final story in a six-part series examining the history and economic effects of industry in Newton County. This final part discusses the county's continuing efforts to attract new business.

May 19, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


County may have to cut many jobs to avoid tax increase

If the county does not raise the millage rate, it may have to cut nearly 100 employees - a sixth of its workforce - based on early projections. Even if the commissioners do raise the millage rate to the rollback rate, from 9.73 mills to 10.9 mills, they will still likely have to cut more than 70 employees.
These preliminary budgets have not been voted on and won't be official until late June. However, that's the stark reality facing the Newton County Board of Commissioners, as they head into their second straight of year of cutting millions from ...

May 19, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Parents and students flock to BOE meeting to protest dissolving Clements Theme

More than 30 parents and teachers addressed the Newton County Board of Education while dozens more held signs protesting the board's May 11th decision to dissolve Clements Theme School.

May 18, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newton Co. library system ranked the best in state

The Newton County Library System has been ranked the top system in the state by Hennen's American Public Library Ratings, based on statistics submitted for the Fiscal Year 2009.
The ranking is performed by HAPLR, system that ranks libraries on how well they are using financial resources based on the number of people who use the system and the size of the community the library is located in.
According to Greg Heid, Director for the Newton County Library, "We are ecstatic. The staff at this library has been working so very hard to give the public the best service ...

May 18, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


60th reunion for the Newton County High School’s first graduating class

Together again: The first ever graduating class of Newton County High School, after the school system consolidation, celebrated its 60th anniversary Monday afternoon at the Oaks Golf Course. The 1950 graduating class originally consisted of 103 members. Around 40 classmates attended Monday's event to catch up and reminisce, and to honor their 33 deceased classmates. Betty Jaynes was named the class mascot because of her integral role in founding the Women's Basketball Coaches Association. She had been ruled ineligible to join the existing BCA because she was a woman. She was elected into both the Georgia and Virginia ...

May 16, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Campout of the Century

Thousands of boy scouts converged on the Bert Adams Scout Reservation this weekend to take part in the Campout of the Century, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of scouting and the 50th of the camp and to be part of the largest gathering in the council's history.

May 16, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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