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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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Marshall tours Fibervisions plant

U.S. Rep. Jim Marshall (D-Macon) visited Fibervisions Wednesday morning to learn about its business model, tour its facilities and ask if he could help.

August 20, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Revitalizing Mr. Rhoades

As the years ticked slowly by, David Rhoades wondered if he would ever find a home of his own. For more than a decade Rhoades lived in a small apartment. When his neighbors were noisy he heard them; when they cooked, the odor of grease filled his nostrils.

He celebrated his 50th birthday, his kids grew up, he continued to hold a solid job at Nisshinbo and he got engaged - but he didn't have a home. When he drove by 545 Jack Neely Road, the house caught his eye. When he walked inside, it felt like home. When he ...

August 20, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Woman charged in ‘09 death of Larry John Marchesseau

The woman accused of causing the accident that killed a 67-year-old man last year was charged with vehicular homicide Friday.

August 20, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


‘Money Mont’ will face life in prison

One of the two men accused in the shooting death of Calvin Kentrell Banks in 2009 has could be sentenced to life in prison, though not for murder.

August 18, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


A wild time at Big Haynes Creek Festival

It's time to run, walk, slither, swim and fly into the fourth annual Big Haynes Creek Wildlife Festival on Aug. 28 and 29 at the Georgia International Horse Park.

August 18, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Joyful jamboree

Investing in the future: On Sunday, Aug. 1, Covington was hosting two "Back 2 School" events. In addition to the one downtown, one was held at Trailblazer's Park on Clarke Street.

August 18, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


What lies in the unexplored depths of Lake Varner?

Litter from the lake: Authorities from the Covington/Newton County Dive Team cleared debris from Lake Varner Tuesday after noticing a large amount of trash in the lake during a search earlier this month.

August 18, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Going for Eagle Scout

The final steps: High School Senior Nic Walter is trying to educate local residents about the value of the Dried Indian Creek wetlands and pier as part of his Eagle Scout project. He is planning to place signs by the wetlands explaining how the plants filter stormwater runoff and protect the area's other plant and animal life. In addition, he is planning to place signs on the pier describing and naming the various wetland plants. Walter is the son of Kevin Walter and Jean Fowler.

August 17, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Wire woes

Under the wire: A little after 3 p.m., a dump truck caught and tore down several spans of an AT&T telephone cable on Washington St. In addition to causing traffic jams while the damaged lines were repaired, it also caused lights to flicker throughout town as the wires collided and touched in the air. Businesses and homes along Washington Street and in downtown Covington experienced brief power loss.

August 17, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Little Miss Covington

The inaugural 2010 Miss Covington and Little Miss Covington Pageant was held Saturday morning at Eastside High School. Participants were judged on a 1 -10 scale, with 10 being the highest. Judges will make their decisions based on overall appearance, first impression, beauty, poise and personality. The winner (Queen/King) in each division received a rhinestone tiara/crown, monogrammed sash, flowers and a large trophy. The winners were:

August 15, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


DeKalb Co. fireman charged with public indecency on I-20

A DeKalb County fireman was arrested Friday afternoon, after he was caught allegedly masturbating in his car on Interstate 20.

August 15, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


‘Footloose’ looking for paid extras for filming

The Georgia Department of Labor's Covington Career Center and Woodridge Productions of Culver City, Calif., hope to recruit about 100 extras for the upcoming movie "Footloose" Thursday, Aug. 19, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at DeKalb Technical College, 16200 Alcovy-Jersey Road.

August 15, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


The pier to nowhere

Many Covington residents who pass by City Hall are left confused by what they see.

"Why is there a pier leading to and abruptly ending right in the middle of a swamp?" they've been known to ask. "Is there a purpose for the pier? Is this really the best use of our tax money?"

August 15, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Zon sworn in as District Attorney

In front of a crowd of hundreds of friends and colleagues, Layla Zon was sworn in Friday afternoon, as the first female District Attorney for the Alcovy Circuit.

Zon's predecessor, Newton County Superior Court Judge Ken Wynne, welcomed everyone, and the Rev. Jason Dees with First Baptist Church of Covington gave the invocation.

August 15, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


GBI Director receives GACP award

The Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police (GACP) has named GBI Director Vernon Keenan as this year's recipient of the Special Service Award in recognition of his proactive contributions to his agency, to the GACP and to the state's law enforcement community. Covington Chief of Police and GACP President Stacey Cotton made the presentation at the organization's recent annual banquet in Savannah.

August 15, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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