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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


Landfill manager resigns

Newton County's landfill manager James Peters resigned suddenly this week following months of speculation and debate over the future of the landfill.

May 06, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Porterdale tabs Josephine Kelly for Main Street

Josephine Kelly has agreed to become Porterdale's second Main Street Director, filling the slot vacated by Teri Haler, who took a position as Tourism Director for the City of Conyers.

May 05, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Gunshot fired inside Conyers Middle School

Conyers Middle School in on lockdown after a gun was reported to have been fired inside the school.

May 05, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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CJ Orchards still peachy after 30 years

Taking a bite out of a peach from CJ Orchards is like biting into a water balloon; the explosion of flavor upon the first bite will send a sweet river of juices down your shirt.

June 25, 2011 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


Comparing Covington's electricity costs

Covington uses profits from electricity sales to subsidize other government operations; that's no secret. But, how does that affect residents' bottom line, and do they pay more for power than other Georgians?

June 25, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Trooper in fatal shooting back at work

The Georgia State Patrol trooper who shot and killed a man who was allegedly threatening his life is back at work.

June 25, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Rough Times

If you play The Oaks Course often enough, chances are you'll eventually run into Landon Cheek working in the pro shop. Cheek is a Newton graduate and currently a student at West Georgia.

June 25, 2011 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL


Man chokes woman after accident

A report of a car accident resulted in an arrest for simple battery and cruelty to children Tuesday afternoon.

June 25, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Woman beaten by baby's father

A woman came into the Covington Police Department late Friday night covered in blood after her baby's daddy reportedly attacked her.

June 25, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Mansfield native interns in D.C.

Mansfield native Cale Davis will be spending his summer in Washington D.C. working with U.S. Rep. Austin Scott (R-Macon).

June 25, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Two men arrested in pot bust identified

Two men arrested late Sunday for cultivating thousands of marijuana plants have been identified.

June 24, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Disabled vet's house blocked by neighbors

EVANS, Ga. - Construction of a home for a disabled veteran and his family has been blocked by the neighborhood property owners' association, which says the 2,700-square-foot design is too small.

June 24, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Ga. Woman charged with drowning child in pond

NORMAN PARK, Ga. - Authorities charged a woman with murder after they say she held her granddaughter under water in a south Georgia pond.

June 24, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Mill, Thompson intersection to become four-way stop

The intersection of Mill Street and Thompson Avenue will be converted into a four-way stop July 5.

June 24, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Deputies search for armed robbers

Summerset Apartments was the site of two robberies last week, and both victims were teens.

June 24, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Court Sentencings - June 24

o April Pettit. First degree forgery, 10 years probation, 90 days in jail, $1,000. Misdemeanor escape, 12 months probation, $500.

June 24, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Chamber continues to talk industrial recruitment

Three prominent Georgia industrial recruiters said Tuesday that Newton County is well positioned for growth but cautioned that business activity remains slow.

June 23, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Regional Commission plans through 2035

A plan to guide development and growth in northeast Georgia through 2035 had an airing before civic, community and business leaders on Thursday in Oxford.

June 23, 2011 | AJ Archer | LOCAL


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