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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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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


One killed, one hurt in Salem Road wreck

A Newton County woman died Saturday after the motorcycle on which she was riding was struck by a car on Salem Road.

July 26, 2011 | | LOCAL


iPads stolen from Flint Hill school

A shipment of iPads was stolen from Flint Hill Elementary School last week, according to reports from the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

July 25, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Accident cleared on I-20 eastbound before West Avenue

The accident on I-20 eastbound has been cleared and all lanes are open again, according to Rockdale County 911.

July 25, 2011 | | LOCAL


Gas prices rise in metro Atlanta

The pain at the pump continues as the price for gasoline is up 8.2 cents per gallon in the last week, according to GasBuddy.com.

July 25, 2011 | | LOCAL


Lake Lanier at 2009 levels

Lake Lanier's elevation has dropped to a level it hasn't been at since before a historic two-year drought that ravaged Georgia ended on Oct. 14, 2009.

July 25, 2011 | The Gainesville Times | LOCAL


Your Monday briefing

It's the start of the work week. Here's a roundup of what you need to know from staff and Associated Press reports to get you off to a good start.

July 25, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Project Renewal seeks donations

For the children living at Project Renewal, a domestic violence shelter, their lives have often been filled with stresses no child should endure, but getting ready to start a new school year shouldn't be one of them.

July 24, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Tip of the Week: July 24

I really can't say enough good things about my slow cooker. I use it at least once a week, more often when we're busy. Aside from putting dinner on and then forgetting about it for the rest of the day, the slow cooker is one of my favorite money saving gadgets because I can use lower quality meats and vegetables. Slow cooking them makes them tender, juicy and delicious. My family just thinks I'm a cooking genius for turning a tough piece of pork roast into tender barbecue or a rag tag bunch of vegetables into a ...

July 24, 2011 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | LOCAL


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