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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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Blue Willow Village avoids foreclosure

The Blue Willow Village in downtown Social Circle has renegotiated their loan with Wachovia in order to avoid foreclosure.

May 07, 2010 | Lee Sandow | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log - May 5

  • Timothy Gene Stanford, 46, 10604 Magnolia Heights Circle, Covington, April 13. Driving while license suspended.

May 05, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Couple arrested, facing marijuana trafficking charges

A couple were arrested Thursday after agents with the Special Investigation Unit found 23 pounds of marijuana that had allegedly been shipped to a home on River Walk Farms Parkway from Arizona.

May 05, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Saturday accident victim identified

The man killed on Washington Street Saturday afternoon has been identified as 53-year-old Johnny Durden, a well loved fixture in the neighborhood.

May 05, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


BOC soon to own land for public park in Fairview Estates

The Newton County Board of Commissioners finally voted, unanimously, to authorize the purchase of more than 16 acres of vacant land in Fairview Estates from SunTrust Bank for $300,000.

May 04, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Man killed on Washington Street named

The man killed on Washington Street Saturday afternoon has been identified as 53-year-old Johnny Durden, a well loved fixture in the neighborhood.

May 04, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


High Point Forest Drive just before Channing Cope Road is closed

High Point Forest Drive just before Channing Cope Road is closed due to a flooding storm drain. All addresses on High Point Forest Drive can only be accessed from Ga. Highway 36.

May 03, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO to offer summer firearm safety courses

Sheriff Ezell Brown and the Newton County Sheriff's Office will offer Citizens Firearm Safety Courses in July. These classes will consist of information on laws governing use of deadly force, firearm safety at and away from the firing range, nomenclature of the basic revolver and semiautomatic pistols and a chance to complete a course of fire at the Newton County Sheriff Firing Range.

May 02, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Fairy Friends

Many little fairies, big fairies and everyone in between traveled far, far away to visit the magical fairyland behind the library and enjoy the Fairy Houses at the Chimney Park festival Saturday afternoon.

May 02, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


More info needed about Norfolk-Southern railroad

How much would the Norfolk Southern railroad cost to buy? Would ownership of the railroad corridor produce enough revenue to pay for its yearly maintenance and even produce a profit?

May 02, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Rockdale leaders come together to ease concerns about KKK rally

Local leaders are urging caution in reacting to an online posting of a Ku Klux Klan rally for May 8 on the steps of the Rockdale County Courthouse.

May 02, 2010 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Man killed in traffic fatality

A middle-aged white male was killed Saturday afternoon while attempting to cross Washington Street.

May 01, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Local artist has work in Marietta exhibition

Elise Hammond's oil portrait entitled "Jeff," which depicts her son-in-law, has been accepted into the Spring Juried Exhibition of The Portrait Society of Atlanta. Hammond's work was one of a select few to have been included by the well-known jurist Dawn Whitelaw and may be seen at the show to be held at The Gallery at Paper Mill Village in Marietta. The opening reception will be May 8 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Since joining The Portrait Society of Atlanta in 2009, Hammond has had four portraits juried into the three shows, and was honored ...

April 30, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Helping hero

Randall Hardy admits to severe depression following his stroke several years ago.

"The effects of a stroke can be very frustrating, particularly for someone young like me," Hardy said. "In addition to the challenges of recovery I really struggled with what was my purpose now in life."

April 30, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Cookie queens

Treats for the troops: Alcovy Girl Scout Service Unit recently sold 840 boxes of cookies to be donated to Operation Sandbox. Local Girl Scouts of all levels came together April 12 to send off all the Girl Scout Cookies they sold to be donated. The cookies will be sent to troops very quickly and Virginia Pearson, head of the local Operation Sandbox, was thrilled to receive so many boxes of the delicious treats. Many boxes had labels on them where people had written messages to the troops thanking them for their service as well as words of prayer.

April 30, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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