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City demolishing substandard housing

The city looks a little cleaner these days, as some of its worst homes have been torn down in recent years.

February 18, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


GPC's Daffodil Festival to be March 5-6

The annual Daffodil Festival will focus on defining the community - from its physical surroundings and history, to those who contribute to its growth and success - March 5-6 at Georgia Perimeter College's Newton Campus.

February 18, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington to hold citizens academy

The City Of Covington will soon start its next Public Safety Citizen's Academy.

February 18, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


A wintry lesson in perspective

It's not yet 10 a.m. on Wednesday Feb. 12, and the Peach State's 2014 Icemageddon already has Georgians in its Arctic grip.

February 18, 2014 | Pete Mecca | LOCAL


Man sets himself on fire at Kroger

Officials said a man set himself on fire at the Kroger on U.S. Highway 278 Tuesday afternoon.

February 18, 2014 | By Danielle Everson and Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Daddy's girls

Fathers and Daughters danced the night away on Valentines Day, Friday at the Covington First United Methodist Church.

February 17, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


309 compete at Newton 4-H event

Newton County 4-H hosted the district project achievement event for 309 Cloverleaf 4-H members and more than 500 additional guests last Saturday at Newton High.

February 15, 2014 | Terri Kimble Fullerton Columnist | LOCAL


Trio sought in teddy bear heist

A group of males apparently took Valentine's Day seriously despite the snow storm, when they reportedly took teddy bears from a drugstore Tuesday.

February 15, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Newton County jail log

Joy Angelique Savage-Moore, 41, 13481 Windsong Drive, Gulfport, Miss., Feb. 3. Probation.

February 15, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Famed sculptor Ike Hay dies

Ike Hay Jr., whose father, Isaac Kline Hay, along with brothers Sam M. Hay Jr. and W. Thomas Hay, was born in the old jail in Newton County, died Friday of an undiagnosed lung disorder at his home in Lancaster, Pa.

February 15, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


S.C. earthquake rattles Newton residents

Earthquakes are so rare in Georgia, many Newton County residents didn't realize they felt the effects of one Friday evening, instead attributing the brief shaking of their homes to strong winds, tornadoes, trains, a sonic boom and even a car crashing into a garage.

February 15, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Storm command center kept county running

Two weeks after a Jan. 28 winter storm that brought traffic to a standstill in Metro Atlanta, dubbed snowjam, and doused Newton County in snow, another one came through north central Georgia , this time being labeled "catastrophic" by the National Weather Service.

February 15, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


McDonough man has first court appearance in DUI homicide case

A Henry County man charged with vehicular homicide in the death of a Covington resident in January recently had his first appearance and will later appear before a grand jury.

February 15, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Unsung heroes: Remembering black soldiers

Fortunately, Black History Month basically assures us that young Americans will be taught about the immortals of African-American achievement. The contributions by Americans with the names Frederick Douglass, W.E. B. Du Bois, Booker T. Washington, George Washington Carver and Martin Luther King Jr. should be known to all teachers and students of American history.

February 15, 2014 | Pete Mecca | LOCAL


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Candidate Collins offers government overhaul ideas

Congressional candidate Mike Collins has a 10-point plan to overhaul Washington, D.C., and ease the anger and fear he hears when he talks to Georgia residents.

January 28, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Theme School to take applications next week

Newton County Theme School at Ficquett will soon be accepting applications for enrollment for the 2014-'15, school year.

January 28, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Serious crime on the rise in Conyers

Serious crime in Conyers increased nearly 8 percent in the past year, Police Chief Gene Wilson reported at the city's Winter Retreat in Stone Mountain.

January 28, 2014 | John Ruch jruch@rockdalenews.com | LOCAL


Man reportedly steals nearly $5K from Covington Lodge

A man reportedly entered a hotel office and got away with more than $4,000 in cash.

January 28, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Reps. Holt, Dickerson spend day at local farm

State Reps. Doug Holt and Pam Dickerson visited a local farm last month as part of a workplace exchange.

January 28, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton Medical to hold emergency drill

The Newton Medical Center is used to handling emergencies, and will take on another one this week.

January 28, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Snowmagedon

The warning was clear, "stay home."

January 28, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


SNOW CENTRAL: Closings, roads, etc.

CLOSINGS (this list is being constantly updated):

January 28, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County Schools closed tomorrow

Newton County Schools will be closed tomorrow, Wednesday Jan. 29. Due to inclement weather all Newton County Schools will be closed, Sherri Davis-Viniard, NCSS Director of Public Relations said in a new release Tuesday. No employees should report.

January 28, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


County planning commission mtg. canceled

Tonight's Newton County Planning Commission meeting has been cancelled because of the threat of inclement weather, according to Lynn Morgan Ervin, director of development services.

January 28, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Ga. Hwy 138 closed due to traffic light repair

IN BRIEF: Ga. Hwy 138 in Conyers is closed from Old Salem Rd to Starbucks due to repair of a traffic light that was down since about 1 a.m. Crews are on the scene. Drivers that travel on 138 to get to work or school are advised to use alternate routes this morning.

January 28, 2014 | | LOCAL


Early dismissal for NCSS

With snowy conditions expected to reach Newton County Tuesday afternoon, the Newton County School System has decided on early dismissal.

January 26, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Oxford organic farm gets growing

The seed of an idea for an organic farm at Oxford College is beginning to take root. This spring, Oxford welcomes its first organic farmer, who will help transform a grassy field on Emory Street into a thriving, colorful patchwork of crops and a living laboratory for students.

January 25, 2014 | Kim Urquhart Emory Report | LOCAL


Furniture delivery reportedly leads to theft

A woman's money reportedly went missing after she had a new bed delivered to her home in the Silo's community.

January 25, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


NMC to conduct emergency drill

The Newton Medical Center is used to handling emergencies, and will take on another one this week.

January 25, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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