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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


Mansfield resident to be parent representative in House committee

A Mansfield resident was appointed to a Georgia House study committee as one of three teacher representatives across the state.

July 31, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Cell tower back on council agenda

A rejected cell phone tower on Monticello Street is on the Covington City Council's agenda again Monday, but Mayor Ronnie Johnston says it's essentially to complete paperwork. He doesn't expect anything to change.

July 31, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


NCSS transportation dept. wins EPD award

As the big yellow buses get ready to go round and round the county packed with students, they will be touting bragging rights for helping the environment.

July 31, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Out and about

The small rain showers that covered Covington Thursday afternoon didn't stop friends Hannah Bohanan, Morgan Conner and Lindsay Coker from getting out and enjoying an afternoon walk on the Square. When the rain came in they took the opportunity to take an ice cream break at Scoops on the Square.

July 31, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


Briefs: man shot at taking out trash

Man shot at while taking out the trash

July 31, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Back in session

Teachers and administration welcomed parents and students to an open house at Porterdale Elementary School Wednesday, July 30 from 5-7 p.m., meeting youngsters for the first time and welcoming returning students moving to the next grade. Faces full of smiles filled the halls, from pre-K classmates playing with toys to parents and principals introducing themselves and beaming about the new school year, which began this morning across the Newton County School System. "We're all aboard the train of excellence, and we have a committed staff to do that," said Lizzella Dodson, who has been Porterdale's principal for ...

July 31, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


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Holiday Gifts

Friendly fashion: Students in Indian Creek Middle School's Couture Club assisted the Bethabara Missionary Baptist Church missions ministry in a community outreach project. They carolled for the residents at Covington Manor and also brought them polar fleece blankets. Pictured are Kiah Brown, left, Tammy Minter, Emilie Liebert, Wendy Rodriguez, Kareana Medouze and Aliyah Davis.

January 04, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Santa comes early

Good boys and girls: George Smith from Eastridge Community Church donned a Santa outfit Sunday and visited the children at the Pine Valley Mission. Approximately 50 children received gifts from their wish lists. Eastridge and Harvest Baptist helped the mission supply the toys. The mission served their Christmas meal to the High Point community on Dec. 14. The mission's focus is on the needs of underprivileged children. School supplies, clothing, shoes and coats are furnished the entire year. The mission is located at 12185 Ga. Highway 36 and has been in operation for 18 years and is facilitated solely ...

January 04, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


A walk by faith

Organizers estimated between 1,500 – 2,000 people turned out on a foggy, damp Saturday morning for the second annual "Walk by Faith" event to raise food donations and funds for Newton and Rockdale charities, including the Covington Food Bank. • Led by an energetic Newton High School Sound Factory Marching Band and the Heritage High School Marine Corps Jr. ROTC carrying the colors, participants went on a mile-long walk that ended with an interdenominational unity worship service at the Church in the Now. • Churches and organizations involved include Church in the Now, Springfield Baptist Church, Bethelbara Baptist Church, Rainbow Covenant ...

January 03, 2009 | Mandi Singer | LOCAL


Welcome to the world

Newton County welcomed its first baby of 2009 Friday morning – Timothy Whitlock – born in the wee hours at 1:13 a.m. at Newton Medical Center.

January 03, 2009 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Making the shade

Winter is the best season to plant trees and some took advantage of their holiday time off work to do so.

January 03, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Home invasion thwarted

Deputies with the Newton County Sheriff's Office are investigating an attempted break-in Dec. 28 at a home on Salem Road.

January 03, 2009 | Tisa Smart Washington | LOCAL


State sees drop in gas sales tax

The Georgia Department of Revenue is giving motorists a present at the start of the new year – a drop in motor fuel taxes.

January 03, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | LOCAL


Bring one for the chipper

Tree for a tree: Covington resident Eric Spell, left, accepts two free tree seedlings from Home Depot Sales Associate Tamla Nevraumont as he takes part in the Bring one for the Chipper event Saturday. Community members who recycled their Christmas trees at the Home Depot, Oxford's Maintenance Facility or at any Neighboorhood Recycling Center on Saturday received a nursery seedling as a thank-you gift. The event was sponsored by Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful who distrubuted Green Ash, Dogwood, Swamp Chestnut Oak and Catalpa seedlings during the event Saturday.

January 03, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Israeli ground forces enter Gaza in escalation

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Israeli tanks and infantry entered Gaza after nightfall Saturday, launching a ground offensive that the military said would be a "lengthy operation" in a widening war on Gaza's Hamas rulers.

January 03, 2009 | By IBRAHIM BARZAK and JASON KEYSER Associated Press | LOCAL


Accident victim remembered

They say you should live your life so there's standing room only at your funeral, and that was certainly the case for one Covington man.

More than 600 people turned out for Milford Dale Hefton's visitation on Friday evening, and between 200 to 300 people showed up for his funeral the following day.

January 03, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Progress slow for Bear Creek Reservoir

Nearly a year after the county applied for a permit to the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers to build the Bear Creek Reservoir, progress on the long awaited and still somewhat controversial project is slow and plodding.

January 03, 2009 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Little Drummer Boys

James Cruikshank, 5, takes drum lessons at McKibben Music on the square. He can play the beat to the theme song of Scooby Doo. James has a simple reason for deciding to take up the drums.

"Because I wanted to," he said.

January 03, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Dare to be Different

Approximately 110 students from East Newton Elementary School graduated from the anti-drug and anti-violence DARE program Dec. 19. Pictured are Newton County Sheriff's Deputy Nikki Benton, left, Outstanding Self-Esteem Award winner Noah Quick, the official DARE mascot Daren and Outstanding DARE Student Award winner Reilly Walker. The DARE program equips children with the tools necessary to resist pressures to use drugs and to stay away from violence. The program is taught in all 13 elementary schools in Newton County by a joint effort between the Covington Police Department and the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

January 03, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Murder suspect caught near Oxford

 Deputies with the Newton County Sheriff's Department and the U.S. Marshals Department arrested fugitive Tony Fantauzzi Dec. 17 at a residence on Boogers Hill Road in Oxford. Fantauzzi was wanted for a 1987 rape and murder of a woman at a mall in St. Petersburg, Fla.

January 03, 2009 | Tisa Smart Washington | LOCAL


US warns Russia against selling missiles to Iran

WASHINGTON - U.S. officials say they want answers from Russia on whether it is selling advanced surface-to-air missiles to Iran. The U.S. insists such a move could threaten American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

January 02, 2009 | By Lolita C. Baldor Associated Press Writer | LOCAL


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