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Large cocaine, cash bust in north Rockdale

CONYERS - The Rockdale County Sheriff's Office and Conyers Police Department joint narcotics/vice unit recovered about a kilogram of cocaine, handgun and hundreds of ...

July 21, 2015 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Rotary Club to host golf tournament

The Covington Rotary Club will host its Inaugural Golf Tournament to raise funds for The Empty Stocking Fund and other local projects.

July 21, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County sees property tax hike

The Newton County Board of Commissioners narrowly passed a 2016 budget Monday, raising property taxes by 21.87 over the rollback rate percent and 4 ...

July 20, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Area school supply drives

Though it may still feel like the dog days of summer, the first day of school is just around the corner, and local businesses and ...

July 19, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Back to School tax holiday approaches

School is a little less than two weeks away, meaning once again its time for Georgia's tax-free holiday.

July 19, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Alleged Ghost Face gangsters go to trial

Requesting a speedy trial, Patty Wanda Green will return to court in September to defend against charges of racketeering and conspiracy to commit murder.

July 19, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Thinking of chickens in your back yard?

On one hand, proponents believe there are lots of advantages to hosting chickens in the backyard. In fact, the only disadvantage, most people have said ...

July 19, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Purchasing policy to go before BOC

The Newton County Purchasing Policy committee has finished its work on a purchasing policy and procedures document that it will represent to the board of ...

July 18, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Pilot Club donates $700 for Project LifeSaver

The Pilot Club of Covington presented Sheriff Ezell Brown with a generous donation check in the amount of $700 for Project LifeSaver Friday. Pilot members ...

July 18, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Youth Empowerment Society hosts Back to School Bash

The Youth Empowerment Society will host its very first event Aug. 15 from noon until 8 p.m. at the Youth Empowerment Back to School ...

July 18, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mystic Grill, Blue Willow dishes top 100 in Georgia’s plates locals love

Two local dishes have been recognized among the state's 100 plates that locals love.

July 18, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Conyers K-9 dies after being left in handler's car

A Conyers Police officer is under investigation after a CPD K9, Zane, was found deceased in his handler's patrol car Thursday evening.

July 17, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Sandra Deal visits Newton Medical Center

Sandra Deal paid her second visit to the Newton Medical Center Thursday, walking the halls of the birthing unit, meeting with its nurses and doctors ...

July 16, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


I-20 westbound lanes reduced due to bridge construction over weekend

COVINGTON - Bridge reconstruction project will shut down two westbound Interstate 20 traffic lanes near Exit 90 all weekend.

July 16, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Vampire Diaries donates $1,500 to homeless shelter

The crew of The Vampire Diaries presented a $1,500 check to the Garden of Gethsemane homeless shelter during the Salem Camp Meeting Wednesday evening.

July 16, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Palm Sunday kicks off full week of Easter events

Easter will be celebrated this year on April 8. Local churches have gathered together to present a week full of fun events that the whole family can enjoy during this holiday.

On April 1, the First Baptist Church of Covington will present a musical called "God with Us." It will be performed in the sanctuary of the church at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. During the week after the musical, there will be

March 31, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Covington YMCA gears up for 11th annual Cheerios Challenge

On Saturday, April 21 the Covington family YMCA will be hosting the 11th annual Cheerios Challenge on the square. The event will begin at 7:30 a.m. with the 10K run. The one mile fun run will begin at 9 a.m. followed by the 5K run beginning at 9:30 a.m. All races will start and finish at the Covington Family YMCA located at 2140 Newton Drive.

"The great thing about the race is the fact it is USATF certified," event coordinator Kacie Brown said. "Anyone who plans of running in the Atlanta Journal Constitution's Peachtree ...

March 31, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Woman arrested after hiding crack pipe in pants

While patrolling, two Newton County officers observed a group of three males and one female talking loudly in the backyard of a residence that has been known for drug activity.

Both officers had made numerous arrests in and around the residence and have received complaints about the homeowner and his involvement in drug trading.

March 31, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Woman arrested for stealing from Walmart with her son

A woman was arrested Tuesday afternoon after she and her mentally handicapped son allegedly attempted to steal from Walmart.

According to reports, a loss prevention employee at the Industrial Boulevard store recognized Melva Montgomery and her son from watching them shoplift from the store on video the day before.

March 31, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Body found in Social Circle

Authorities in Social Circle are investigating a body found late last night. According to Social Circle director of public safety Tom Fox, a 911 call placed at 11:44 p.m. reported seeing a fire being started in the woods off exit 101 off Interstate 20 and Ga. Hwy. 278. According to Fox, firefighters responded to the blaze and discovered a black male, possible in his 30s.

March 30, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington warms on natural gas vehicles

In the wake of ever-increasing diesel and gasoline prices, Covington officials continue to warm to the idea of building a compressed natural gas fueling facility that would be available to the city and public.

March 29, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Smith found guilty of '09 murder

Ricky Lewis Smith, 46, of Covington was found guilty of the shooting death of a woman last Wednesday by a Newton County jury.

He was found guilty of malice murder, felony murder, two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of possession of firearms during the commission of a felony and possession of firearm by convicted felon.

March 29, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


NMC to celebrate National Doctor’s Day

The Newton Medical Center will celebrate National Doctors' Day Friday by providing lunch for its doctors.

March 29, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Porterdale seeks $266K community grant

Substandard housing is the target of a $266,623 grant the city is seeking as part of an overall effort to upgrade neglected areas.

March 29, 2012 | | LOCAL


Jail ministry offers chance for a better life

Being enclosed in a room filled with inmates is something most people might find unsettling, but it's something Ken Horstmann and Robert Washington have done every week for the past three years.

March 29, 2012 | Rachel Goff | LOCAL


Man arrested for 2011 vehicular homicide

Charges have been filed in the 2011 crash that injured several and killed one Newton County woman, 78-year-old Sarah Belcher.

Ricky Todd Guice, 39, is charged with vehicular homicide, DUI and improper lane usage in the August crash. According to Georgia State Patrol spokesman Gordy Wright, around 5 p.m. on Ga. Highway 162, Guice, who was driving a 2005 Ford pickup, crossed the centerline in a curve and struck a 1998 Prizm in the side, then struck a Dodge Neon in the front bumper. Belcher, the driver of the Neon, was airlifted to Atlanta Medical Center where she later ...

March 29, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Drunk woman insists on going to jail

A woman called Newton County police on herself insisting that she had violated her probation by drinking alcohol.

When the responding deputy radioed her identification through dispatch, it showed that the woman was not on active probation. When the deputy informed her that she was not on probation, the woman became agitated and proclaimed even louder that she was indeed on probation and insisted that she needed to be taken to jail.

March 29, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man exposes himself to taxi driver

A Newton County man was taken into custody last Saturday after he peed on a taxicab and exposed himself to the taxi driver.

According to the taxi driver, the man got into the cab and complained that he had to urinate. The taxi driver instructed him to go back in the bar to relieve himself. However, the man exited the cab and proceeded to pee on the back, driver-side tire and quarter panel of the car.

March 29, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


State tax reform bill to affect locals

Many Newton County residents will be affected by changes coming to Georgia's tax code, after the Georgia General Assembly overwhelmingly passed its tax reform bill last week.

March 28, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Fight at dinner table leads to arrest

A fight at the dinner table led to one man's arrest Saturday night.

March 28, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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