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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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Troopers prepare for busy holiday weekend

The Georgia State Patrol is reminding drivers not to get behind the wheel impaired during the upcoming Labor Day holiday travel period. Troopers and officers with the Motor Carrier Compliance Division will be working alongside sheriff's deputies and police officers in an effort to keep the holiday weekend as safe as possible.

September 03, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Fuel failure

The Covington Municipal Airport once again ran low on fuel, and it appears airport operator Dixie Jet Services may have run out of second chances.

The Covington City Council has again summoned the company, this time to its Sept. 8 council meeting, to discuss a failure to maintain an adequate supply of Jet A aviation fuel. Jet fuel is similar to highly purified kerosene.

September 03, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


GBI nabs 3 for Section 8 voucher fraud

Three Newton County residents have been arrested and warrants are outstanding for five more on charges that they fraudulently obtained federal money in the way of Section 8 vouchers. There have been 65 arrests state-wide in what the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is calling Operation Clean House.

September 03, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Picture of the Day - Sept. 2

The Jazz Guardians, a traveling Army Ground Forces Band headquartered at Fort McPherson in Atlanta, performed an hour's worth of swinging jazz tunes as part of the Concert on the Square series Thursday afternoon.

To see more photos, click on the links below Related Content.

September 02, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Several people arrested, more wanted for fraudulently obtaining federal funding

Maureen Francois and Lamonitrias Smith have been arrested and six more people are wanted in Newton County for fraudulently obtaining federal funding for affordable housing.

September 01, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Picture of the Day - Sept. 1

The Lady Tigers get a pep talk before beginning their second set against Ola in Tuesday evening's volleyball match.

To see more photos, click the links under Related Content.

September 01, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Man arrested after threatening to cut the throat of ex-wife's boyfriend

A Covington man was arrested Saturday afternoon after reportedly threatening to cut the throat of his ex-wife's current boyfriend.

September 01, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Jim Marshall holds town hall meeting in Porterdale

U.S. Rep. Jim Marshall (D-Macon) visited the city of Porterdale Friday to hold a town hall meeting to field questions from concerned citizens. Marshall has been on a town hall meeting tour in the last couple of months as he seeks reelection in November.

He began the meeting explaining the critical nature of the current economic climate.

September 01, 2010 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


Review: Last Exorcism livens up fall movie doldrums

August is B-movie month, where movie studios' leftovers are rolled into the multiplexes, giving us rubbish like "Pirahna 3D," "Vampires Suck" and last week's "The Switch." "The Last Exorcism" is no exception. What's surprisingly different about this late summer horror flick is it actually tries to make you think.

September 01, 2010 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


A new hope for Nelson Heights

As he snipped the red, celebratory ribbon, District 4 Commissioner J.C. Henderson officially opened the Nelson Heights Community Center, completing a dream several years in the making.

"Most people know that even though it's been appointed as being my idea, it's not. It's really your idea," Henderson told the assembled crowd that packed the new center. "When we first started thinking about the 2005 SPLOST, we wanted to go out to people who lived in the community and ask for your ideas, your opinions. What do you want? What's your vision?"

September 01, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Picture of the Day - Aug. 31

Newton High School's Markea Sheppard smacks the ball to centerfield during Monday evening's softball game against Grayson.

To see more photos, click the links under Related Content.

August 31, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Fire department budget doesn’t allow for promised pay increases

Some firefighters are wondering if a 2 percent pay increase promised for becoming EMTs will ever happen. According to the county fire chief it will, but not until the county fire has more money budgeted for the department.

August 29, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Lendmark, BB&T donate more than $6,000 to shelter

The Garden of Gethsemane Homeless Shelter aims to be Covington's safety net, the place that prevents those who have lost everything from falling through society's cracks.

August 29, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


No honor among alleged thieves

A woman whose car was overheating thought she was being assisted by three good samaritans Tuesday morning. Instead, those three are accused of stealing her cell phone.

August 29, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Community center at Nelson Heights celebrates grand opening today

The grand opening of the long-awaited Nelson Heights Community Center will take place today from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the center, located at the intersection of Laseter and Puckett streets.

August 29, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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