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Ellis, Ewing object to JDA land sale

The Joint Development Authority voted to sell land in Stanton Springs to developer Kippy Clarke and partners for a new residential neighborhood Monday, but the ...

November 18, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Crop production rises

It's been a good year for soybean and corn production, while cotton is down almost 20 percent from a year ago.

November 18, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Two children find adopted homes thanks to CASA, others

Two children recently were recently adopted by families in Newton County after work by many in the area.

November 18, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

BOC votes to hire an in-house attorney

It was probably one of the worst kept secrets in Newton County in recent months.

November 17, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Volunteers install wreath on courthouse

The Covington Square got its final trimming for the annual Lighting of the Square celebration this week as crews installed a giant wreath on the ...

November 17, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Protests occur at Historic Courthouse

Throughout the day Tuesday, the Newton County Historic Courthouse was dotted with protestors concerning Newton County's Attorney Tommy Craig.

November 17, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Lawsuit against county advances

A lawsuit against Newton County will continue after a hearing in Superior Court Monday.

November 16, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

County's legal fees continue to create controversy

Among the controversies facing the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) throughout the past few years, one of the most divisive seems to behas been ...

November 15, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Back room of Porterdale deli opens with a bang

Once it was the Bibb Manufacturing Company store where employees could buy provisions using the coins or "loonies" to pay for goods.

November 15, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Election 2015: Some voters had to go to 2 locations

The race for Covington city council's Post 1 West Ward seat was a close one with just 14 votes separating incumbent Janet Goodman from ...

November 15, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Miss America appearing at Georgia 4-H events

One of the highlights of National 4-H Congress is the chance to see Miss America, Olympians, national elected officials, and other nationally known personalities.

November 14, 2015 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL

Newton County residents asked to donate luggage for foster children

The Newton County Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS), along with Help Moving Hearts, is holding a luggage drive for children entering foster care ...

November 14, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Irish Bred Pub construction begins

There wasn't any ground to be broken, but Covington officials were still eager to celebrate. This time, to announce, a new commercial venture coming ...

November 13, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Covington awarded funds for fire hose form Firehouse Subs

The Covington Fire Department (CFD) was recently awarded a grant of $16,902 from Firehouse Subs, which will go toward a new fire hose and ...

November 13, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

County has five candidates for manager position

Of the 29 complete applications Newton County has received for its county manager position, five candidates are moving on to the next stage of the ...

November 13, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

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Local church group to give away scholarship

Covington residents Ralph and Gerri Murphy were surprised recently when the Sunday school class they teach created a scholarship in their honor.

"Murphy's Gang," a couple's class at the First Baptist Church in Covington, will award one deserving graduating senior this year with an undisclosed amount of money to help the student in college.

April 03, 2012 | Rachel Goff | LOCAL

Georgia gas prices rose five cents over the last week

The average gasoline price in Atlanta rose five cents per gallon in the past week to $3.83 per gallon.

According to the gasoline price website, the national average increased 3.2 cents in the last week to $3.89 per gallon.

April 03, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL

Teacher accused of sexual contact

A Covington man who was a Conyers high school teacher was arrested Friday on charges of a teacher having sexual contact with a student.

April 02, 2012 | | LOCAL

Social Circle murder victim ID'd

The body found burning off Interstate 20 in Social Circle late Thursday night has been identified as 36-year-old Akili Jabari Stewart of Stone Mountain. According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, he was killed as a result of gunshot wounds.

April 02, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Gas prices rose 5 cents last week

Average retail gasoline prices in Atlanta have risen 5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.83 per gallon yesterday. This compares with the national average that has increased 3.2 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.89 per gallon, according to gasoline price website

April 02, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Roadwork may cause delays

WHEN: 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, April 2, continuing through Thursday, April 5, weather permitting

April 02, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Ex-husband sought in woman's assault

The ex-husband of a woman who was beaten in a hotel off City Pond Road Wednesday is being sought by authorities.

Officers from the Covington Police Department were called to the hotel and when they arrived, met with the victim who was "visibly shaken." Officers noted that her hotel room had items strewn all over the floor and the victim's eyes were bloodshot as if she had been crying.

March 31, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Dead body found on fire in woods off I-20

Authorities in Social Circle are investigating a body found late Thursday 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 near Interstate 20 and Ga. Hwy. 278. According to Fox, firefighters responded to the blaze and discovered a black male, possibly in his 30s.

Both the GBI and Social Circle Police Department were working the scene throughout the day Friday morning. The GBI conducted an autopsy Saturday but have yet to release the name of the victim ...

March 31, 2012 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL

Covington debates saggy pants law

While Covington council members seem to unanimously dislike the practice of people wearing pants that sag below their waists, they were divided on whether the city should seek to outlaw the practice through an ordinance.

March 31, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Keeping it real

Sharon Sawyer fusses over her husband Forrest, arranging his headphones, as the two sit in the whitewashed, brick radio station on Hendricks Street. In the community, Forrest is known for his vocal activism, but in the studio Sharon is the boss.

"I'm not really the boss. I'm the director," said Sharon laughing.

March 31, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL

Meneguzzo named principal of Theme School at Ficquett

With the announcement of theme school principal Ruth Anne Smith's retirement, James Meneguzzo has been named principal of the Newton County Theme School at Ficquett.

Meneguzzo, currently an assistant principal at Indian Creek Middle School, will take over at the theme school the start of the next school year. The Newton County Board of Education voted unanimously at a called meeting March 29 to appoint him.

March 31, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Free wireless internet around downtown

As part of its efforts to attract more people to the square, the city of Covington is now offering free wireless internet service on and surrounding the square.

March 31, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

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

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