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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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Crowder gets life plus 5 for 2008 murder

Darrell Antonio Crowder pleaded guilty to malice murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony Monday in connection with the 2008 killing of his estranged wife, 43-year-old Catcilia.

December 08, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


More arrests made in Taco Bell robbery

The final two men that authorities believe responsible for robbing the Taco Bell on U.S. Highway 278 on Nov. 28 were arrested Friday.

December 08, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Local horse wins big at world show

 Rachel Scott of Social Circle is the proud breeder and owner of Alexis Acres' The Scotsman, who was recently named training level World Champion at the 37th annual Grand National & World Championship Morgan Horse Show in Oklahoma City.

December 06, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


City post office holds appreciation luncheon

Special delivery: On Nov. 5 Covington Post Master Shane Williams hosted an appreciation luncheon to present post office employees, past employees and surviving spouses of retired employees as well as veterans young and old. Covington Mayor Pro-Tem Hawnethia Williams shared her memories of past postal employees. Jackie B. Smith, clerk for Newton County Board of Commissioners, issued a proclamation from the BOC on behalf of all the retired postal workers and their families. The Rev. Hezekiah Benton of Bethlehem Baptist Church shared his thoughts America's veterans and gave thanks over the meal and for the postal employees.

December 06, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Arts Association inducts new board members, bids farewell to 5 others

 The Arts Association in Newton County recently announced five new members named to its Board of Directors and expressed gratitude to five outgoing board members.

December 06, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Stop sign violation turns into drug bust

What started out as a typical traffic stop ended up as a drug charge when deputies from the Newton County Sheriff's Office stopped a vehicle that reportedly blew through a stop sign Wednesday night.

December 06, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Turner Lake Trail to be repaved, extended

The main pedestrian trail in Turner Lake Park is being repaved and will soon become much more accessible.

December 06, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Man robbed at gunpoint on Highway 81

An elderly man was reportedly robbed at gunpoint while walking down Ga. Highway 81 Monday afternoon.

December 06, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


The Merrymakers

Toy soldiers: The Newton High School Marine Corps JROTC program is once again conducting the Toys for Tots Drive in support of the nationwide Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. The JROTC also marched in Saturday's downtown Christmas parade. All the public schools in Newton County, as well as the Bank of North Georgia and several other businesses have volunteered to be collection points for toy donations. Newton ROTC cadets will also be standing in front of the Super Wal-Mart and Big Lots for the next two weekends from noon to 4 p.m. receiving toys. Any toy ...

December 06, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO launches Operation Safe Holiday on Newton Campus

Newton Campus students who obey the rules of the road will earn a free sandwich from Chick Fila during Operation Safe Holiday.

December 06, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Gov. to interview fifth judge final noms. on Dec. 14

Newton and Walton counties inched ever closer to getting a permanent fifth Superior Court Judge last week as Gov. Sonny Perdue scheduled interviews for the three finalists on Dec. 14.

December 06, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Merry Christmas from Newton Medical Center

Christmas wishes: Six-month-old Ansley Grace Beam and her big brother 4-year-old Dayton Beam sat with Santa in the Newton Medical Center lobby Thursday evening. Ansley asked Santa for her two front teeth and Dayton asked for a little dog for Christmas.

December 06, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Food fight

In an effort to fight hunger, General Mills is donating 4.4 million boxes of cereal to food banks around the nation, beginning in Covington.

December 06, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


12-year-old killed while playing with gun

A 12-year-old boy was killed when a gun he was playing with accidentally went off Saturday evening.

December 05, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


District 5 a growing area in a state of constant flux

Covington News reporter Gabriel Khouli toured the five county districts, with the county commissioners as his guide, to learn more about the people and places of Newton County. In this fifth and final installment, Commissioner Tim Fleming, by far the county's youngest elected official, takes us on a tour of the second largest district.

December 04, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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