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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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County may have more funds than expected in FY2012

The Newton County Board of Commissioners received a glimmer of good news Monday night, when it learned the property tax digest may decline 8.25 percent next year instead of the projected 10 percent.

June 06, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Council member steps down in Oxford

Councilwoman Sue Dale is stepping down from the Oxford City Council.

June 06, 2011 | Tharon Giddens | LOCAL


Law allows SPLOST projects to be axed

The proposed civic center project in downtown Covington is the classic example of a project in limbo, something counties may be able to avoid in the future.

June 06, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Porterdale council meets at 6:30 p.m.

A hike in water and sewer rates gets a third and final reading and a public hearing when the Porterdale City Council meets at 6:30 tonight.

June 06, 2011 | AJ Archer | LOCAL


Covington council meets at 6:30 p.m.

The Covington City Council will hold a work session at 5:30 tonight that will lead into a council meeting at 6:30 p.m.

June 06, 2011 | AJ Archer | LOCAL


Fraud reports filed with sheriff's office

Three reports of financial fraud have been filed with the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

June 06, 2011 | AJ Archer | LOCAL


Sleeping teen unharmed in car theft

MACON - Authorities say a 13-year-old girl was found unharmed after a car was stolen while the teen slept inside.

Bibb County sheriff's Sgt. Sean DeFoe says the car was stolen from a gas station late Saturday night with the sleeping child in the back seat.

June 06, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Rail trail section opens on coast

WOODBINE, Ga. - A section of old railroad tracks converted to hiking and biking trail just got a mile longer in coastal Georgia.

June 06, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Georgia in Top 5 in TV, film production

ATLANTA - Georgia is now among the top five U.S. states for film and TV production with more than 274 projects shot in the state since July 2010.

June 06, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Man ordered to pay funeral expenses

A judge ordered a man convicted in a 2004 vehicular homicide to continue to pay restitution to the family, even though it had been canceled at the end of his probation for the crime.

June 05, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Local plays in Vegas poker championship

When Ernie Smith peaked at his cards, barely raising their left tips, he was greeted with pocket aces. Naturally, he was confident after receiving the best starting hand in Texas hold 'em.

June 05, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


T-SPLOST list takes next step

Georgia's new regional approach to funding transportation, the transportation-only SPLOST, or T-SPLOST, took its next step recently as state officials made their changes to lists submitted by local leaders.

June 05, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Covington set to increase spending

While Newton County officials debate whether to cut their budget and jobs for the third straight year, Covington is planning to increase its spending by $3.6 million next fiscal year, hiring some new employees, completing water line and street projects and buying new vehicles and other equipment.

June 05, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Lee helps Missouri stave off elimination in Women's College World Series

Eastside graduate Catherine Lee and the Missouri Tigers are still alive thanks to a 4-1 win over Big 12 rival Oklahoma at Oklahoma City in the Women's College World Series.

June 04, 2011 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL


I-20 west backed up at Exit 80

Interstate 20 westbound is backed up as emergency responders work on clearing an accident that involved at least two vehicles on the left shoulder near exit 80 for West Avenue in Conyers. Drivers are advised to find an alternate route for at least the next half hour.

June 04, 2011 | | LOCAL


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