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Covington teen missing

Fourteen-year-old Jordan Aaron has been reported missing to the Newton County Sheriff's Department.

July 26, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


US evacuates embassy in Libya

WASHINGTON (AP) - The United States shut down its embassy in Libya on Saturday and evacuated its diplomats to neighboring Tunisia under U.S. military escort amid a significant deterioration in security in Tripoli as fighting intensified between rival militias, the State Department said.

July 26, 2014 | MATTHEW LEE, AP Diplomatic Writer | LOCAL


Oxford’s stake in EPA-proposed CO2 regulations

Oxford's electricity generation and rates may change in the coming years after a new carbon dioxide regulations proposal was released by the U.S. EPA in June.

July 24, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Covington Police Explorers, Post #222 excel again

Eighteen of the 26 members of the Covington Police Explorers traveled to Savannah and competed in six events during Summerfest.

July 24, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


School system receives $5.1M in after-school program grants

Parents may have the opportunity not to rush to pick up their kids from learning and enrichment this year after the school district received enough grant money to expand its after-school programs.

July 24, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Chief: Gainesville tragedy won’t be repeated here

Three Hall County firefighters were injured Tuesday after a fire truck ladder collapsed under them during training. The accident resulted in the Sutphen Corp. asking fire departments nationwide to pull some models of their ladder-trucks from service.

July 24, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Neighbors: Faulkner a nice guy

Julian Leon Faulkner, who was shot after he allegedly attacked a Covington police officer with a sword Wednesday, was described by neighbors as a "nice guy" with depression issues.

July 24, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Training never stops to handle aggression

Every officer-use-of-force situation is a volatile and dangerous affair for the officer, the suspect and the community.

July 24, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


County employees to get extra holiday

Newton County employees will receive 12 paid holidays, not 11 as in years past, off work next year.

July 24, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Crash cleared on I-20 WB near Salem Rd

UPDATE: The vehicles have been cleared from I-20 westbound and traffic is flowing again.

July 24, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


CPD officer shoots sword-wielding man

A man wielding a "medieval" type sword threatened a Covington police officer who then shot the suspect twice in the abdomen Wednesday afternoon.

July 23, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Fuhrey’s superintendent contract extended

Students and parents can expect to see a now-familiar face behind the scenes and on the front line of public education in the Newton County School System for at least the near future.

July 22, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


BOE adopts millage rate

The Newton County Board of Education officially adopted a millage rate for maintenance and operations at 20 after the third public hearing and July combined meeting Tuesday night, giving even more than originally planned back to teachers and school employees.

July 22, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


City to add code officer, clean up properties

Minutes after passing the city's budget Monday night, the Covington City Council voted 4-3 to add a new code-enforcement officer to the planning and zoning department to ensure dilapidated homes and lots where homes were demolished avoid being overgrown.

July 22, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


City rejects cell tower on Monticello Road

Covington Mayor Ronnie Johnston cast the tie-breaking vote to deny a controversial cell phone tower on Monticello Road Thursday night.

July 22, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


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Family fight ends in multiple arrests

What should have been a peaceful family gathering Sunday turned into a melee ending with officers with the Covington Police Department arresting a man, his brother-in-law, his wife and her mother. James Cruikshank was charged with obstruction, disorderly conduct and battery; his brother-in-law, Matthew Roberts, was charged wtih obstruction and disorderly conduct; his wife, Gigi Cruikshank, was charged with obstruction and disorderly conduct; and her mother, Peggy Capes, was charged with public drunkenness.

December 31, 2008 | Tisa Smart Washington | LOCAL


Area restaurants receive low health scores

In the last month a number of popular restaurants in Covington have received very low scores from the Newton County Health Department.

December 31, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


7 workers released in Atlanta bridge collapse

ATLANTA - Federal investigators were working through the weekend to start determining what caused a pedestrian bridge being built high above an Atlanta park to collapse, killing one man and leaving 11 other workers hospitalized, seven in intensive care.

December 31, 2008 | By KATE BRUMBACK Associated Press Writer | LOCAL


A taste of the season

December 31, 2008 | Mandi Singer | LOCAL


New judge in town

Taking the oath: Georgia Supreme Court Justice Hugh P. Thompson, left, administers the oath of office to incoming Newton County Juvenile Court Judge Sheri Capes Roberts during a ceremony at the Newton County Judicial Center Friday morning.

December 31, 2008 | Mandi Singer | LOCAL


3 road projects advance

Three road improvement projects moved one incremental step forward Tuesday night when the Newton County Board of Commissioners approved three new work orders.

December 31, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


A Christmas miracle

Although Lillian Bittaye, who runs the after-school program at the Covington Housing Authority, has been collecting toys to give to parents who can't afford to purchase them, this year, she received an early Christmas present herself.

December 31, 2008 | Tisa Smart Washington | LOCAL


Year in review...Democrats sweep Newton County in general election

Election news and stories of the widening and deepening recession dominated the headlines in Newton County much as they did the nation in 2008.

December 30, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Year in review...Newton logs 9 murder cases in 2008, technology improves

Though 2008 opened with homicides coming at a breakneck pace, the crime rate leveled off as the year progressed. The county also enacted a long-awaited radio system conversion for all the public safety agencies and passed the baton from one generation of public safety leaders to the next.

Murders

December 30, 2008 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Defiant Ill. governor names Obama replacement

CHICAGO - A defiant Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Tuesday named a black political trailblazer to Barack Obama's Senate seat, a surprise move that put the governor's opponents in the uncomfortable position of trying to block his choice from becoming the Senate's only black member.

Blagojevich's appointment of former state Attorney General Roland Burris injected race into the drama surrounding the embattled governor, who repeatedly sought to distance his selection from charges that he tried to sell the seat to the highest bidder.

December 30, 2008 | By Deanna Bellandi Associated Press Writer | LOCAL


Teen charged with arson

A Covington teen was arrested and charged with arson after a fire broke out Christmas Eve in a Project Adventure house on Spring Street, causing the evacuation of all the home's residents to another facility.

Firefighters received the call of a residential structure fire about 8 p.m. Dec. 24. The fire, which started in an unoccupied bedroom, was put out by the sprinkler system.

December 30, 2008 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


New Year’s celebrations 2009

Sophisticated celebrations

R.L.'s off the Square

December 30, 2008 | Staff Report | LOCAL


1 dead, 18 injured in US bridge collapse

ATLANTA - Workers building a soaring pedestrian bridge plunged dozens of feet Friday when the structure collapsed at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, killing one worker and injuring 18 others.

The workers were all atop the "canopy walk," an elevated pathway that reaches up to 40 feet (12 meters) high, when it gave way around 9 a.m., Atlanta fire officials said. Joggers, dog walkers and others were in an adjacent park, but no visitors were in the area of the collapse, authorities said.

December 30, 2008 | By Greg Bluestein Associated Press Writer | LOCAL


Dust fire breaks out at cardboard plant

A fire broke out in the dust filtration system at the Alcovy Road plant of Smurfit-Stone, a maker of cardboard products, and was quickly put out by the sprinkler system this afternoon.

The Covington Fire Department received the call about 3 p.m. today for a fire alarm, which was changed to a structure fire call after plant personnel checked out the source of the automatic alarm.

December 29, 2008 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Underground explosion rocks Savannah's downtown

SAVANNAH, Ga. - An explosion in underground electrical cables blew off manhole covers and started several fires in downtown Savannah Monday morning, prompting police to evacuate several businesses. No injuries were immediately reported, police said.

Police received calls around 8:49 a.m. reporting that manhole covers had been blown off at the an intersection in the heart of the downtown district, said department spokesman Gene Harley. About an hour later, firefighters had put out three separate fires where the covers blew off.

December 29, 2008 | The Associated Press | LOCAL


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