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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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Snapping Shoals sends out extra checks

Some Snapping Shoals members may have received an extra refund check recently, but the electricity provider is asking members to destroy those checks.

July 29, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Y names volunteer of the year

Longtime Covington Y board member Dalton Knox is the Y's 2011 Volunteer of the Year.

July 29, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Tourism increases in 2011

Newton County has been particularly popular in 2011 as more than 9,000 visitors have graced the chamber's welcome center through June.

July 29, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Community outreach donation

The Rev. Clara Lett, founder of the Garden of Gethsemane Homeless Shelter, is shown receiving a check for $500 from Mark Hodges, chairman of the Outreach Committee at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church. The donation comes from concerts and other special activities the church sponsors to raise funds throughout the year for community outreach.

July 29, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Benefit ride

Five'0 Clock Somewhere recently sponsored a benefit motorcycle ride for Ellis Lunsford, who has a heart condition. Stops included Hwy 142 Bar & Grill in Newborn, Fuzions in Monroe, and "The Depot" in Covington before riders returned to Five'0 Clock for an auction. The event attracted 48 riders, and raised, $5,600.

July 29, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Argument over man ends in fight with tween

An argument between two women over a man ended with 18-year-old Shameka Shawanna-Nicole Stanley behind bars for fighting with a tween.

July 29, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Loud music leads to arrest

A Covington man was arrested Sunday evening for underage drinking after an officer stopped his vehicle for loud music.

July 29, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Court Sentencings - July 29

Kenyetta Neal, violation of probation, week ends beginning July 22, suspended on completion of all community service and payment of all fees in full.

July 29, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


More than 35 cases of auto entering reported

Authorities are warning residents to lock their cars and not to leave items of value in plain sight after a rash of entering autos in the western part of the county.

July 29, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Even rascals need reviving

On April 15, an ambulance from Newton Medical Center responded with county fire department units to a structure fire on Mills Drive. Every family member was fine except for one - the family dog.

July 29, 2011 | AJ Archer | LOCAL


Buycrash.com offers local accident reports online

Rather than having to go to the police department to get an accident report, involved parties can now visit buycrash.com, a site offering electronic crash reports.

July 28, 2011 | AJ Archer | LOCAL


Teen charged with assaulting 14-year-old

A 19-year-old teen is in jail, facing charges that he sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl who snuck out of her home to meet him.

July 27, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Wednesday at a glance

It's Wednesday. Here's what's happening today from The Associated Press:

July 27, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Hazzard County supports troops

Some Southern royalty of sorts with Covington roots will be celebrated on Saturday when downtown Covington plays host to a benefit for troops serving overseas.

July 27, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Tween thwarts teen burglars

A tween who thwarted five teen burglars is being praised for his bravery by the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

July 26, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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