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Golf Tournament to raise funds for Haiti missions

Teams of four golfers will play Ashton Hills Golf Course in Covington at the Drive4Hope Charity Golf Tournament on Thursday, May 21. The event is sponsored by Covington First Baptist Church and will raise money for the church's Haiti Mission Projects.

May 16, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Alcovy UMC charity run benefits men’s residential recovery program

Walkers and runners will be raising money for the Damascus Road Recovery, Inc., a nonprofit long-term residential recovery program for men suffering from dependence on drugs and alcohol in Newton County.

May 15, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


All options on the table for Solid Waste Panel

The solid waste citizen's panel will explore all options, including closing the current landfill on Lower River Road, while emphasizing the need to reduce waste across the board, its members decided Thursday.

May 14, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Fatal crash on Gum Creek Rd./Ellis Rd.

A 19-year-old Newton County man sustained fatal injuries in a single-vehicle accident at the intersection of Gum Creek Road and Ellis Road Tuesday afternoon.

May 13, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Woman arrested after chasing firefighters with shovel

Firefighters who responded to a call for medical assistance on Gum Creek Road Saturday were ambushed by a woman who leapt out of the bushes armed with a shovel and began chasing them while shouting threats such as "I'm going to kill you."

May 11, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Volvo chooses South Carolina for new $500 million auto plant

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Volvo Cars will build a $500 million plant - its first in the U.S. - in South Carolina and eventually employ up to 4,000 people there, the company announced Monday.

May 11, 2015 | Associated Press | LOCAL


County business discussed at BOC meeting

The Board of Commissioners made discussed several major issues at Tuesday's meeting, including hiring a new county manager and reaching out to the city for additional funds to help save the library.

May 10, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Fire Chief: more gear needed

When Covington fire fighters returned from a fire on West Street recently, their clothes, or "turnout gear," were covered in soot produced from the synthetics burned in the apartment blaze.

May 10, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Goodbye to Catfish

Anthony Wayne Johnson will retire as one of the City of Covington's most treasured employees this month after logging nearly 31 years of service.

May 10, 2015 | | LOCAL


Accident on I-20 eastbound at Salem Road backs up traffic

IN BRIEF: Traffic on Interstate 20 eastbound is backed up starting near the Salem Road exit stretching to the West Avenue exit. A pickup truck was involved in an accident on I-20 eastbound and emergency vehicles are in the right lane. Drivers are advised to use alternate routes.

May 08, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington discusses possible health care increase

The Covington City Council continued working on its 2015 fiscal year budget Thursday, and among the topics was a 3 percent increase in insurance.

May 07, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


'Sleepy Hollow' TV production moves to Rockdale

The Headless Horseman will soon join vampires on Conyers film sets, as Fox's popular supernatural TV series "Sleepy Hollow" moves its production here.

May 07, 2015 | John Ruch JRuch@rockdalenews.com | LOCAL


BOC hears in house attorney proposal

The Board of Commissioners began discussing ways to rein in legal fees at Wednesday night's budget meeting, hearing recommendations from County Manager Tom Garrett and a proposal for in house legal services from Commissioner Nancy Schulz.

May 07, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Proposed FY16 budget poses financing challenge

The first draft of the proposed FY16 budget sees an increase of $11,998,261 to $59,722,158, which the Board of Commissioners will start hammering back down in the coming weeks.

May 07, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Kelsey’s Law becomes state law

State Representatives Dave Belton (R-Buckhead) and Pam Dickerson (D-Conyers) announced that Governor Nathan Deal signed Kelsey's Law, or SB 160, into law at the State Capitol on Tuesday, May 5, 2015. Rep. Belton attended the bill signing ceremony for Kelsey's Law, which aims to protect minors from cyberbullying.

May 07, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Vampires keep bringing in tourists, money

Nicole Tilston stood patiently watching the activity in the parking lot of Sharp Learning Center Tuesday morning. Clutching her autograph book and permanent marker close to her chest, she stared in awe from across the street as the actors entered and exited trailers of the makeshift production headquarters for "The Vampire Diaries."

March 14, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Salem Road Walmart opens doors today

The new Walmart at the intersection of Brown Bridge and Salem Roads will open for business around 8 a.m. today, following an official grand opening ceremony at 7 a.m.

March 14, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Sci-fi trilogy causing a commotion

Every so often, a story comes along to capture a greater audience than it was intended to. The trials and tribulations of Harry Potter immediately comes to mind.

March 14, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log - March 14

Rasheem Vincent Agostino, 38, Riverdale, March 2. Stop signs and yield signs, driving while license suspended or revoked first offense.

March 14, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man arrested for beating cancer survivor

A Covington man was arrested early Friday morning after beating his girlfriend, who is currently recovering from breast cancer surgery.

March 14, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Two caught smoking weed in graveyard

An Eastside High School student and a Dollar General employee were arrested Monday evening after being caught smoking marijuana in the city cemetery.

March 14, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Wife hits husband in face with club

A 29-year-old mother was arrested Saturday night after allegedly hitting her husband in the face with a wooden club at their Sterling Lakes home.

March 14, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Metro area gas prices hold steady

Average retail gasoline prices in Atlanta have fallen 1.9 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.69 per gallon Monday. This compares with the national average that has increased 3.8 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.75 per gallon, according to gasoline price website AtlantaGasPrices.com.

March 14, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


State troopers receive T. Moose donations

The Georgia men and women members of the Loyal Order of Moose have donated 750 stuffed animals to the Georgia State Patrol for troopers to present to children who have been involved in serious traffic crashes or incidents.

March 13, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Hail and wind advisory until 6:15 p.m.

The National Weather Service in Peachtree City issued a special weather advisory warning of possible dime-sized hail and strong winds of up to 40 miles per hour moving through the area until about 6:15 p.m. Tuesday.

March 13, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Son hits dad in head with candlestick

A fight between father and son ended in bloodshed Wednesday evening after the son allegedly hit his father in the head with a candlestick.

March 10, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


County to buy vehicles with '11 SPLOST

The Newton County Board of Commissioners approved spending $77,736 in 2011 SPLOST funds to purchase four vehicles.

March 10, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Residents invited to celebrate county

Residents want to have convenient access to work, school and shopping. They want to pay the lowest amount in taxes possible. They want to be healthy and live in a scenic place, and many of them want to be connected to the place they live. They want a high quality of life.

March 10, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Proposed bill could free up jail space

The Georgia legislature is considering a bill that aims to reduce the number of inmates and save the state and local governments money by using some alternative punishments.

March 10, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newton 4-H'ers take project honors

As I wrote my column last week at Rock Eagle during Junior Senior 4-H Project Achievement, one 4-H'er walked by, clearly upset.

March 10, 2012 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


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