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Missing Covington teen found in NOLA

The teenage girl who went missing from Covington in May has been found, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

August 19, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Douglas: abandon 2050 Plan

At Tuesday's Board of Commissioners work session, commissioner John Douglas called for the abandonment of the 2050 Plan.

August 19, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Hospital evacuated due to faulty AC unit

A faulty air handling unit filled with smoke and caused the evacuation of Newton Medical Center's emergency room Sunday evening.

August 17, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Town House Cafe (video)

The Town House Cafe Story

August 17, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


Newton County Q&A with Porterdale Mayor Arline Chapman

This is part of an ongoing series of Q&A sessions with various top elected officials in Newton County. To suggest questions for specific city or county issues, email reporter Rob Dewig at rdewig@covnews.com.

August 16, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Banjos and barbecue

Steve and Vicki Deal have been serving the rural community at Cowboy's BBQ for four years. Their restaurant in Social Circle is going strong, and Steve is looking to expand to a second location within the next year.

August 16, 2014 | Samantha Reardon | LOCAL


Covington businessman runs for lost boy

A year ago, Joe Urban chose to do something for a co-worker's young son with cancer - run 100 miles, nonstop, in the Colorado Rockies. To raise money for a fund set up in the boy's name.

August 16, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


A muddy good time

Local runners, mudders and thrill-seekers from around the Peach State braved the summer heat in the dirtiest of ways Saturday, August 16 at the 2014 Rugged Maniac 5K Obstacle Race made its way to the Georgia International Horse Park

August 16, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Suicide numbers scary in Georgia

When a plane crashes, it's national news.

August 16, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Fighting to live

When Georgia lawmakers killed the medical cannabis oil bill in the last hour of the March 20 legislative session, Kelli and Mike Hopkins hoped any of the dozens of seizures their six-year-old son, Abe, had a day would not be his last. That the bill would be passed in 2015's session, giving Abe a chance. Because Kelli and Mike feel like they've tried everything.

August 16, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


US sees surge in Cuban rafters

MIAMI (AP) - One early morning this April, Dairon Morera climbed onto a raft of aluminum tanks with 22 other people, revved up a Volvo car motor and pushed off the Cuban shore, joining a never-ending stream of islanders desperate to reach the United States.

August 15, 2014 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Florence continues to push forward

Tichelle Florence's doctor told her she'd never walk again once her disease forced her into a wheelchair.

August 14, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Athens Tech campus coming to Social Circle

For Georgia's "Greatest Little Town," Social Circle is about to get a bigger spotlight.

August 14, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Jimbo’s on liquor license probation

A pre-hearing negotiation with the owner of a Porterdale restaurant laid out guidelines to follow if he wants to keep his alcohol license.

August 14, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


No NCSS schools on Alert list

It's an exclusive list that Newton County School System is glad it's not on.

August 14, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


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Man’s body found in charred car identified

The body found inside the charred remains of a car on New Year's Eve was the victim of a homicide according to investigators from the Newton County Sheriff's Office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

January 05, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Holt announces bid for reelection

State Representative Doug Holt announced today in a release his bid for reelection.

"I'm focused on keeping the state fiscally disciplined during these hard times," Hold said in the release. "Georgia has become one of the most fiscally responsible states in the union, an achievement we can all be very proud of. During this recession, however, many voices have called out for new revenue from increased taxes or debt - in my book, this is the worst time to give in to such temptations, and I plan on continued resistance to those calls. Georgia's discipline has allowed us to ...

January 04, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


First daughter

 No one believed Francheska Wesley when she told them she would have her baby on New Year's Day, but mother's intuition was right and she welcomed her daughter at 1:13 a.m. on Jan. 1 at Newton Medical Center.

January 03, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newton Co. firefighters find remains in charred car

 Deputies from the Newton County Sheriff's Office were called to a vehicle fire late Wednesday night and when they arrived found not only a burning vehicle, but also the charred remains of a body inside.

January 03, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Lease rates at Cov. airport change

The Covington City Council approved Dixie Jet Services' proposal to change ground lease rates at the Covington Municipal Airport.

January 01, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Wynne appointed Superior Court judge

Newton County District Attorney W. Kendall Wynne Jr. has been appointed the fifth judge for the Alcovy Circuit by Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue.

January 01, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Auld lang syne

The experiences in Sara Groves' life are as varied as the plants she grows on her property in Oxford. Her home sits in the middle of her gardens and she in the middle of her home, commanding the space like a famous general with whom she once rode horses.

January 01, 2010 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Remains found in burning vehicle

On Wednesday evening at approximately 10:45 pm. Newton County Sheriff's Office Deputies were dispatched to McGiboney Lane off Spring Rd. in reference to a report of a vehicle fire. When Deputies and Newton County Firefighters arrived they located the burning vehicle on some vacant property off McGiboney Lane. As the fire was being extinguished, authorities located the unidentified remains of a body in the charred vehicle.

December 31, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Wynne named Superior Court Judge

Newton County District Attorney W. Kendall Wynne Jr. has been selected by Gov. Sonny Perdue to fill the position of the fifth Superior Court Judge for the Alcovy Judicial Circuit.

December 31, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Person of the Year: Samuel Ozburn

Superior Court Judge Samuel D. Ozburn was disappointed when the governor's office called to tell him he would not be the next Georgia Supreme Court Justice. However, as a man who values family and community service, Ozburn considers it an honor and a blessing to continue to be able to interpret the law locally.

December 30, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Year in Review: Newton County

Monetary concerns facing the nation and state were no less pressing for local governments.

December 30, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Story of the Year: Rising waters

Compared to 2008, 2009 was wet - really wet. This year marked the end of the three-year-long, earth-scorching level IV drought much of the state was in as well as posted record-breaking rainfall amounts in Newton County.

December 30, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Year in Review: Crime & Courts

The past year has seen numbers fluctuate where law enforcement is concerned. The number of murder victims is down from 2008's eight to only five in 2009, but the number of people charged with the crime has increased in the county. But while violent crimes may be down, robberies have gone up. The year also saw several murder cases put to rest when their murderers were officially tried and punished for their crimes. And one notorious convicted murderer was laid to rest, but not without protest. What follows is a brief look into crime and courts in Newton County ...

December 30, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Year in Review: Economics and Housing

To find the most important stories of 2009, one simply has to follow the money.

December 30, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Oxendine urges fireworks safety for new year’s night celebration

Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John W. Oxendine and the National Association of State Fire Marshals urges parents to protect their children - and themselves - from the dangers of fireworks during the New Year's holiday.

The sale and individual use of any type of firework, except certain kinds of sparklers, is illegal in Georgia. The penalties are a maximum fine of up to $1,000 and/or a sentence of up to one year in jail. Professional fireworks displays are permitted provided they are licensed through the local judge of probate court.

December 29, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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