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Golf Tournament to raise funds for Haiti missions

Teams of four golfers will play Ashton Hills Golf Course in Covington at the Drive4Hope Charity Golf Tournament on Thursday, May 21. The event is sponsored by Covington First Baptist Church and will raise money for the church's Haiti Mission Projects.

May 16, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Alcovy UMC charity run benefits men’s residential recovery program

Walkers and runners will be raising money for the Damascus Road Recovery, Inc., a nonprofit long-term residential recovery program for men suffering from dependence on drugs and alcohol in Newton County.

May 15, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


All options on the table for Solid Waste Panel

The solid waste citizen's panel will explore all options, including closing the current landfill on Lower River Road, while emphasizing the need to reduce waste across the board, its members decided Thursday.

May 14, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Fatal crash on Gum Creek Rd./Ellis Rd.

A 19-year-old Newton County man sustained fatal injuries in a single-vehicle accident at the intersection of Gum Creek Road and Ellis Road Tuesday afternoon.

May 13, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Woman arrested after chasing firefighters with shovel

Firefighters who responded to a call for medical assistance on Gum Creek Road Saturday were ambushed by a woman who leapt out of the bushes armed with a shovel and began chasing them while shouting threats such as "I'm going to kill you."

May 11, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Volvo chooses South Carolina for new $500 million auto plant

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Volvo Cars will build a $500 million plant - its first in the U.S. - in South Carolina and eventually employ up to 4,000 people there, the company announced Monday.

May 11, 2015 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Fire Chief: more gear needed

When Covington fire fighters returned from a fire on West Street recently, their clothes, or "turnout gear," were covered in soot produced from the synthetics burned in the apartment blaze.

May 10, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Goodbye to Catfish

Anthony Wayne Johnson will retire as one of the City of Covington's most treasured employees this month after logging nearly 31 years of service.

May 10, 2015 | | LOCAL


Accident on I-20 eastbound at Salem Road backs up traffic

IN BRIEF: Traffic on Interstate 20 eastbound is backed up starting near the Salem Road exit stretching to the West Avenue exit. A pickup truck was involved in an accident on I-20 eastbound and emergency vehicles are in the right lane. Drivers are advised to use alternate routes.

May 08, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington discusses possible health care increase

The Covington City Council continued working on its 2015 fiscal year budget Thursday, and among the topics was a 3 percent increase in insurance.

May 07, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


'Sleepy Hollow' TV production moves to Rockdale

The Headless Horseman will soon join vampires on Conyers film sets, as Fox's popular supernatural TV series "Sleepy Hollow" moves its production here.

May 07, 2015 | John Ruch JRuch@rockdalenews.com | LOCAL


BOC hears in house attorney proposal

The Board of Commissioners began discussing ways to rein in legal fees at Wednesday night's budget meeting, hearing recommendations from County Manager Tom Garrett and a proposal for in house legal services from Commissioner Nancy Schulz.

May 07, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Proposed FY16 budget poses financing challenge

The first draft of the proposed FY16 budget sees an increase of $11,998,261 to $59,722,158, which the Board of Commissioners will start hammering back down in the coming weeks.

May 07, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Kelsey’s Law becomes state law

State Representatives Dave Belton (R-Buckhead) and Pam Dickerson (D-Conyers) announced that Governor Nathan Deal signed Kelsey's Law, or SB 160, into law at the State Capitol on Tuesday, May 5, 2015. Rep. Belton attended the bill signing ceremony for Kelsey's Law, which aims to protect minors from cyberbullying.

May 07, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Ellis praises county employees on roadworks

Chairman Keith Ellis announced Tuesday that the county had received $48,000 from the state to help cover the cost of repairing three roads damaged by the recent heavy rains.

May 06, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


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Honor flight departs from American Legion

Twenty-five World War II veterans, including several from Newton County, and their guardians flew to Washington, D.C. from Atlanta on Thursday in the inaugural flight of Honor Flight Conyers. The group left the American Legion Post 77 at 5 a.m., escorted by police, and spent the day in Washington D.C. visiting monuments and memorials such as the World War II memorial. The veterans, who came from across the metro Atlanta region and the state and ranged from ages 84 - 97, returned at 11:30 p.m travel-weary but proud.

September 25, 2011 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Two airlifted in weekend car accidents

Over the weekend, two separate car accidents resulted in area residents being airlifted to Atlanta hospitals

September 23, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Church helping boy with severe spasms

Tiffany Smith talks like a seasoned health care professional. This local mother of two young boys can spout off the complicated, often times impossibly long, names of disorders, procedures and medications that would leave most people tongue tied. Tiffany came by her knowledge the hard way. Not through years of formal education, but rather seven years of loving, nurturing and understanding her first born son's medical condition.

September 23, 2011 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | LOCAL


Fire burns down house on Ga. 212

A home at 7245 Ga. Highway 212 was destroyed in a fire early Thursday morning, causing the road to be closed between 3:20 a.m. and 9:45 a.m.

September 22, 2011 | | LOCAL


Fire department asking for community's help for grant

The Covington Fire Department is calling on the people of Covington to help them win a $10,000 grant from Liberty Mutual's Be Fire Smart Safety Pledge program.

September 21, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log - Sept. 21

Crystal Gail Shackleford, Kimberly Linn Shelton, 34, 1288 Cannon Farm Road, Oxford, Sept. 12. Possession of marijuana less than one ounce, possession of Schedule I & II drug (methamphetamine) with intent to distribute

September 21, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Legislators discuss redistricting maps

Five of Newton County's state legislators, including new additions Rep. Steve Davis (R-McDonough) and Sen. Ronald Ramsey (D-Lithonia), introduced themselves and talked about the new redistricting maps Tuesday at the Covington Rotary Club.

September 21, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newton’s top teachers

Three Newton County teachers were surprised and excited Monday - more so than usual, of course - when they were named finalists for the county's 2012 Teacher of the Year award.

September 21, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Stubborn thieves refuse jail reprieve

Thieves were busy again this weekend stealing more than $38,250 in 18 separate cases.

September 21, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Man shoots daughter, wife in Stockbridge

UPDATE, 12:30 p.m. - The mother is reportedly in stable condition after going through surgery at Atlanta Medical Center. The 10-year-old daughter is reportedly in critical condition and out of surgery.

September 20, 2011 | | LOCAL


Missing disabled teen found near home

Update, 10:39 a.m. - The missing girl, Antonia Carpintero, was located near her residence and is doing well, according to 1st Lt. Mark Mitchell of the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

September 18, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Miss Sweetheart Relay for Life pageant accepting applications

Strut your stuff and make a difference at the same time at the upcoming Miss Sweetheart Relay 2012 Pageant.

September 18, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Sen. Ramsey meet and greet is Friday

Newton County's new state senator, Ronald B. Ramsey (D-Decatur), will have a meet and greet from 3 to 5 p.m., Friday at Oxford City Hall, 110 W. Clark St.

September 18, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Johnston, Sigman go on video to talk issues

The 2011 election for the next mayor of Covington comes at a pivotal time for the 13,000-person city, as a tumultuous city council increasingly splits votes, while City Manager Steve Horton, a source of stability, plans to retire within a year.

September 18, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Man arrested for choking daughter

A Covington man was arrested late Sunday night after officers witnessed the 49-year-old choking his juvenile daughter in their home.

September 18, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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