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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


Abandoned house burns during demolition

A vacant home on Brown Bridge Road near Woodland Lane was completely destroyed by fire Wednesday - ironically as crews were demolishing it to reclaim old wood.

August 14, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Hall: Chamber in a good ‘state’

2014 has been a great year for the Newton County Chamber of Commerce, President Hunter Hall told members at the annual "State of the Chamber" luncheon Thursday.

August 14, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Timber sale to help county coffers

Newton County officials plan to ask for bids on harvesting timber from 200 or so acres near the intersection of Lower River Road and New Mote Road south of Covington.

August 14, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


DOT: Peachtree Academy to get school zone

It may be a parent's worst nightmare. Cars speeding by their child's school every morning and afternoon, thinking they won't be the one to hit a student.

August 14, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


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Born leaders

The life of a law enforcement officer is filled with danger and a myriad of obstacles, but for two Newton County teens, the possibility of a tough road ahead hasn't hindered their desire to be the best of the best. To that end, they both showed what they were made of when both were recently elected officers of the Law Enforcement Explorers Association of Georgia.

August 02, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Yellow River trail moving forward

Newton County residents have heard a lot of discussion about trails recently, but sometimes lost in that discussion is the fact that two non-railroad related trails are continuing to move forward.

August 02, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Fight over milk turns physical; man damages another car with tire jack

A man was arrested Thursday after getting into a fight with his wife in front of their children, and allegedly grabbing her around the throat.

August 01, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Ground broken at Denny Dobbs

Construction is finally set to begin on Denny Dobbs Park after Wednesday's groundbreaking at the site of the future park. Former State Rep. Denny Dobbs, the park's namesake, was "very appreciative and proud of the project," as he said a few words at the ceremony.

The park is being named in Dobbs' honor because of his years of service to Newton County as a legislator and member of the Recreation Commission.

July 31, 2009 | Molly Lundy Covington News Intern | LOCAL


Wise owl

A 110-foot, century-old pine tree dominates the horizon on a patch of Fred Greer's Mansfield farm. This tree should have been cut down and sold as timber long ago, but Greer smiles and points up to a fox squirrel nest and says simply, "It's not hurting me to leave that one tree."

July 31, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Husband throws TV at wife, she uses kitchen knife to defend herself

A woman and her daughter woke Sunday morning to the sounds of their home being burglarized, according to reports from the Covington Police Department.

At roughly 9:50 p.m., one of the women was in her bedroom when she heard a chime sounding downstairs but ignored it, assuming it was her brother coming home. Shortly thereafter, movements were heard in the basement of the home followed by a bang. It was then that the women realized they were being burglarized, according to reports.

July 31, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Landfills closed for holidays, first day of school

In order to balance the county budget, Newton County offices, including the Newton County Landfill and all Newton County Neighborhood Recycling Centers will be closed on the holidays listed below. To help maintain cleanliness and to avoid penalties, residents should not leave trash at Landfill or Recycling Center gates. People who leave trash at gates will be fined. This policy is strictly enforced.

July 29, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local teen drowns at Factory Shoals Park Saturday

An 18-year-old Newton County teen died Saturday afternoon after jumping into the waters at Factory Shoals Park.

July 29, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Bears decorated for nursing scholarships

UnBEARably cute: The 89th annual American Legion state meeting was held June 26-28 in Duluth. The business meeting and Past President Parley Luncheon was held at the Gwinnett Convention Center. The Past President Parley Luncheon was held on Friday, where Teddy Bears were decorated. President Lula V. Smith-Rachel's theme was "Top Flight" and her bear was decorated accordingly. The American Legion raised $5,000 for nursing scholarships, which will be distributed in five scholarships at $1,000 each. Others in attendance from Covington were 10th District Commander Terrell Moore, Post 32 Commander Bobby Hamby and wife Deborah Hamby (Unit ...

July 29, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington facility achieves OSHA’s VPP Star Status

In late 2008, the safety manager Carla Hanibal, together with the Continuous Safety Involvement team at the Valspar's production facility in Covington, set their target on achieving national recognition for its safety program through the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Its Voluntary Protection Program, known as VPP, requires companies to develop a comprehensive management safety system with active employee involvement.

July 26, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Crime Briefs

Three girls caught stealing from Wal-Mart

July 24, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Denny Dobbs Park construction to begin Wednesday

After 10 years of waiting, District 2 residents will finally see the groundbreaking of Denny Dobbs Park at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.

July 24, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Library offers free adult computer classes

Each Wednesday from Aug. 12 through Sept. 2, the Covington Branch of the Newton County Library System will be holding free computer classes for adults. Each week, different aspects of computer use will be covered.

July 22, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Council OKs squirrel hunting

Some Covington City Council members were surprised to discover that the city has allowed city residents to shoot squirrels on their property for years, if a resident obtained a squirrel permit from the Covington Police Department.

July 22, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Children’s catch of the day

The Metro Atlanta Hawg Hunter Bass Club presents the 13th Annual Casting Kids Fishing Derby on Saturday, Aug. 1 at the Georgia State Fishery off U.S. Highway 278 in Social Circle from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

During the event, kids will be involved in a variety of activities. From 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. the children will participate in a fishing contest, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. there will be a casting contest and lunch will be provided and served from noon. to 1 p.m.

July 22, 2009 | By Molly Lundy Covington News Intern | LOCAL


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