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County approves Old Atlanta Hwy cell tower

The Newton County Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 in favor of a new, 150-foot cell tower at 10816 Old Atlanta Highway Tuesday evening.

November 19, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


$21 million spent to date on Bear Creek

Newton County has spent approximately $21.6 million dollars on the proposed Bear Creek Reservoir since 1998, with the bulk of those funds going towards land acquisition, County Attorney Tommy Craig revealed Tuesday during a Newton County Board of Commissioners meeting.

November 18, 2014 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Third person arrested in Smith murder

Jamarcus Tyrone Smith, of Covington, was the third person arrested in the investigation of the murder of 29-year-old Newton County resident Demario Smith.

November 18, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Board could know NMC parter in Jan.

The Newton Medical Center (NMC) expects to pick an equity partner in January, according to a presentation given by CEO Jim Weadick at a meeting of the Covington Rotary Club Tuesday.

November 18, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Elderly woman dies in Oxford fire

An 88-year-old Oxford woman's body was found after a housefire Tuesday morning.

November 18, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Contentious debate precedes curfew vote

Members of the Covington City Council asked if government should police people's children during Monday's work session.

November 18, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


City to begin airport improvement plan

There will soon be more than just take offs and landings happening at the Covington Municipal Airport.

November 17, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Historic courthouse featured in new book

The courthouses of Georgia's 159 counties hold the keys to the history of individual families and entire communities alike. From their primary role as the temples of justice for our court system to their better known function as the official repository of public records for significant life events, these buildings anchor many of Georgia's town squares.

November 15, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Hollywood finds new home in Georgia

If you haven't noticed, Georgia has become a hotbed for the film industry in recent years.

November 15, 2014 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


A family running out of options

Just days before 21-year-old Mary Elizabeth Hopkins passed away, her father, Mike, stood in the driveway of their Covington home at dawn and listened to her singing in her bedroom. Mary Elizabeth was known for her love of music, and would often sing to herself and her family.

November 15, 2014 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Shooting at Salem Rd Kroger parking lot

The Newton County Sheriff's Department responded to the third shooting in less than two weeks Thursday, after gunshots were fired in the parking lot of the Kroger on Salem Road.

November 14, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


2 Eagles to play in Thanksgiving Parade

Two Eastside High School students will be representing the Eagles live on national television this Thanksgiving.

November 13, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSS employees to get bonus check

In an effort to gain good faith with its staff, the Newton County Board of Education approved to give teachers a one-time check in addition to their regular pay, add to their 403(b) retirement plan and increase the work hours for their elementary school paraprofessionals.

November 13, 2014 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


Covington snipers compete with the best

A 38 two-man team competition of snipers/spotters from around the world traveled to Fort Benning last week to compete in the 14th annual International Sniper Competition. Teams from Germany, the Army, the Department of Justice and Homeland Security were all their to compete and amongst those household names were Matt Cooper and Gene Nuqui of the Covington Police Department.

November 13, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | LOCAL


Lack of lights leads to cocaine arrest

A Rutledge man, who was pulled over for not having his lights on, was arrested with cocaine and marijuana in Social Circle Tuesday.

November 13, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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Tween makes threats, knife found

A 14-year-old middle school student reportedly threatened to "shoot up" the school Friday morning.

August 16, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Man shot during disagreement

A 25-year-old man was shot in the foot during a disagreement Monday evening, and deputies are looking for the person responsible.

August 16, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Battery note contents released

Update, Monday, 5:38 p.m.: "You just got punked."

August 15, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mom calls NCSO on son for smoking pot

A fed-up mother called authorities on her adult son Wednesday for smoking marijuana in her home.

August 14, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Dangerous driver arrested for DUI

Reports of a dangerous driver on Interstate 20 led to a DUI arrest Friday afternoon.

August 14, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Snapping Shoals donates to Newton Chamber

Snapping Shoals EMC has donated $10,000 to the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce to be used for economic development.

August 14, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton to benefit from redistricting

Newton County stands to gain two additional state legislators in 2012, a new senator and representative, under the proposed redistricting maps released to the public Friday.

August 13, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Skeletal remains found by Yellow River

Men spending their night cat fishing on the Yellow River came across more than they bargained for early this morning - skeletal remains.

August 13, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Deal visits Newton County

Gov. Nathan Deal visited the Newton County FFA-FCCLA camp Thursday night to speak to members of the Piedmont Cattleman's Association.

August 13, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Road worries not over at Airport Road

Concerns from parents attempting to navigate back to school traffic at Flint Hill Elementary may have dissipated, but road worries are far from over for Airport Road and Ga. Highway 142.

August 13, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


One robbery suspect dead, other jailed

One of the suspects in Thurdsay's robbery of Bank of North Georgia has died.

August 12, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newborn votes to keep millage rate from rising

Newborn voted to keeps its millage stable at 1.935, despite a 7.7 percent reduction in property values.

August 12, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Bank of North Georgia robbed

Two men who reportedly robbed the Bank of North Georgia at the intersection of Salem and Old Salem this afternoon have been arrested.

August 11, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


2nd man arrested for armed robbery

A second man was arrested Saturday and charged with the May robbery at Bailey's Food Pride.

August 11, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Covington panhandler arrested for meth

A man panhandling in a gas station parking lot was arrested for possession of methamphetamine late Friday evening.

August 10, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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