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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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Democrats rally

Spreading the word: The Newton County Democratic Party elected not to stage a candidate's forum this year, but chose to hold a rally Saturday as a chance to inform voters and highlight Democratic candidates.

October 17, 2010 | | LOCAL


‘Diaries’ donates courthouse replica

Newton County has a new courthouse, but county employees won't be moving their offices anytime soon.

October 17, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


The past speaks

The Covington Historic Society brought several of the spirits buried in the Covington Cemetery to life Thursday night to speak on the history of the town and it's people. Proceeds go to Historical Society to benefit the history center to be establish the museum in the Old Jail.

October 17, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Portion of Lee Street to permanently close

The portion of Lee Street between Conyers and Reynolds streets will be permanently closed as preparations begin for construction of the long-awaited $9 million senior affordable complex.

October 17, 2010 | | LOCAL


Local girl wins International Junior Miss Georgia Princess pageant

Seven-year-old Kaitlyn Cole has earned the title as International Junior Miss Georgia Princess.

October 17, 2010 | | LOCAL


Group continues to pursue NS railroad purchase

The public-private partnership that formed to purchase 14.9 miles of abandoned Norfolk Southern railroad track in Newton County continues to negotiate the creation of a contract, though officials expect the process will take several months.

October 17, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Local recession could linger

A stalling economic recovery could lead to a national double-dip recession, and local financial officials expect Newton County's high foreclosure and unemployment numbers to persist as the county remains mired in the first recession.

Bank executives are becoming more pessimistic about the economy and nearly half of respondents to a recent survey said they believe the U.S. will experience a double-dip recession, according to the survey's conductors, Grant Thornton, an audit and tax firm, and "Bank Director" magazine.

October 17, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Nathan Deal visits Newton County

When asked to simplify Georgia's gubernatorial race, Republican Nathan Deal said he's the best candidate because of his extensive legal and political background and his conservative promise to not increase residents' tax burden.

October 17, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Nominations sought for the lighting of the courthouse

Main Street Covington, the Arts Association and local governments have partnered to seek nominations for individuals and/or groups to "light" the Newton County Courthouse during the annual holiday ceremony on November 18. The chosen person and/or group will have the opportunity to flip the switch as the historic courthouse is lit up ushering in the holiday season in downtown Covington.

October 16, 2010 | | LOCAL




Breaking the cycle of violence

A slap, a kick, a ruthless word - few things break through socioeconomic and racial boundaries the way that domestic violence does. In fact, in the time it took you to read this, at least one woman in the United States has been a victim of battery.

October is Domestic Violence Prevention Month and the Newton County District Attorney's office wants to make people aware of both the problem and the solutions. Staff members and their children on Wednesday filmed a commercial that will air on Charter cable Oct. 22 to raise awareness.

October 15, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Ladies of the Legion

American Legion Auxiliary, Post 32, has named officers for the 2010-2011 year. Bottom row, left, Charlotte Jarrell, sergeant at arms; Jean Phillips, chaplain; Marcia Floyd, treasurer. Top row, left, Barbara Hunt, second vice president; Barbara Luker, secretary; Lura Whitaker, first vice president; Donna Tomlin, sergeant at arms; Tootles Tingler, corresponding secretary; and June Moore, president. The auxiliary is a service organization make up of spouses of military service troops who serve the needs of veterans and present servicemen. They meet on the second Thursday of each month.

October 15, 2010 | | LOCAL


Annual NAACP Freedom Fund to be held in Oxford

State Rep. Georganna Sinkfield is the keynote speaker on Saturday for The Newton County branch of the NAACP's annual Freedom Fund Gala in Oxford.

October 15, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


City seeks to clarify its parking laws

The Covington City Council is trying to craft a parking ordinance that will be fair to both residents who want clean neighborhoods and those that depend on their trucks and other business vehicles for transportation and their livelihood.

October 14, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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