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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


County business discussed at BOC meeting

The Board of Commissioners made discussed several major issues at Tuesday's meeting, including hiring a new county manager and reaching out to the city for additional funds to help save the library.

May 10, 2015 | Meris Lutz | 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


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Archive By Section - LOCAL


Neglectful parents caught in lie

Three juveniles caught shoplifting at Walmart led to the arrest of their mother and stepfather late Thursday night.

August 21, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Mansfield seeks power line reprieve

A 3.2 mile, 115kilovolt power line is scheduled to run through the town of Mansfield, but area residents have organized and are hard at work searching for an alternate route to protect home values and the town's scenic integrity.

August 21, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Miracle League likely remains years away

Miracle League officials were thrilled when the 2011 SPLOST was passed and their project received a $1.5 million boost.

August 21, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Fleming to be promoted to Secretary of State's Chief of Staff

District 5 Commissioner Tim Fleming has been promoted to Chief of Staff for Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp.

August 21, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Little Miss and Mister Covington pageant

Eastside High School's auditorium was full of flair Saturday, as girls and boys of all ages converged for the 2nd annual Little Miss and Mister Covington pageant, sponsored by Pageants of Hope.

August 21, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Tip of the Week - Aug. 21

You'll save a bundle on cleaning your car if you use your own elbow grease and homemade cleaners.

August 21, 2011 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | LOCAL


FiberVisions expansion could add jobs, air emissions

Covington-based fiber manufacturer FiberVisions is considering expanding its operation, which while it could add jobs would also increase its air particulate emissions by 2 percent, or 3.6 tons per year.

August 19, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Preparing for the games

Newton County Special Olympic athletes held an equestrian horse show Aug. 14 in Conyers. The program will travel to Perry for the State Special Olympics equestrian show Aug. 19-21.

August 19, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington Ford gives military family vacation

If anyone's in need of a break, it's Sgt. Donald Davenport, who has survived multiple roadside bombs and rocket-propelled grenade attacks while on his first tour of duty in Afghanistan.

August 19, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Two arrested for theft of city's copper

Two men were arrested for allegedly stealing copper from the city of Covington.

August 19, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


DA shuts down gambling joint

A request for local authorities to crack down on illegal gambling from Governor Nathan Deal Thursday led to the immediate closure of Covington Business Center, located in the Covington Corners shopping center.

August 18, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Local woman killed in Ga. 212 wreck

Carol L. Hale of Covington was killed when her 2002 Olds Alero struck a tree off Ga. Highway 212 around 5 p.m. Wednesday.

August 17, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


DNA solves ‘09 rape on Kirkland Road

DNA evidence collected from 2009 has identified a suspect in the rape of a 16-year-old girl two years ago.

August 17, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Authorities search for armed robbers

Authorities are searching for three armed men who accosted a homeowner and his wife early this morning, demanding money.

August 17, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Three arrested for sexual assault of teen

Two men and one teen have been charged with the ongoing molestation of a 13-year-old girl.

August 17, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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