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Golf Tournament to raise funds for Haiti missions

Teams of four golfers will play Ashton Hills Golf Course in Covington at the Drive4Hope Charity Golf Tournament on Thursday, May 21. The event is sponsored by Covington First Baptist Church and will raise money for the church's Haiti Mission Projects.

May 16, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Alcovy UMC charity run benefits men’s residential recovery program

Walkers and runners will be raising money for the Damascus Road Recovery, Inc., a nonprofit long-term residential recovery program for men suffering from dependence on drugs and alcohol in Newton County.

May 15, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


All options on the table for Solid Waste Panel

The solid waste citizen's panel will explore all options, including closing the current landfill on Lower River Road, while emphasizing the need to reduce waste across the board, its members decided Thursday.

May 14, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


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


County business discussed at BOC meeting

The Board of Commissioners made discussed several major issues at Tuesday's meeting, including hiring a new county manager and reaching out to the city for additional funds to help save the library.

May 10, 2015 | Meris Lutz | 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


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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


New Chamber president meets with community leaders

New chamber President Hunter Hall spoke with several prominent community members at a meet-and-greet ceremony at the Chamber Wednesday morning. The Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors hired Hall on April 7 to grow chamber membership, meet current members' needs and manage the chamber staff.

April 30, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Three charged in Hall murder enter not guilty pleas Tuesday

The three people charged in the murder of 44-year-old Alvin Hall entered not guilty pleas in court Tuesday morning.

April 30, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Preventing abuse

Prevent Child Abuse Newton is a nonprofit agency dedicated to educating parents and the community on child abuse and neglect.

In honor and recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month, Newton County Sheriff's Office and Frank's Restaurant partnered with PCAN to provide meals for the Nurturing Parenting Program participants.

April 30, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Thursday morning crash with hazardous materials shuts down I-20

All lanes on Interstate 20 east were blocked on both sides near exit 101 just after 5:30 a.m. Thursday morning when a double tractor trailer carrying hazardous materials overturned in the median at the Social Circle Road overpass. The truck was carrying a myriad of items, including a small amount of sodium chloride, and Walton County Fire Department's Hazardous Material Team were able to secure the load.

April 29, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Dance to the music

What

April 28, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Rides! Games! Food! Fun!

The Mall at Stonecrest presents the first annual Spring Fair at Stonecrest, Wednesday, May 5 through Sunday, May 9. Celebrate with Mom that week with rides, games, food and family fun at the Mall at Stonecrest. The Spring Fair gates open to the public on May 5th at 5 p.m. and will feature 22 thrill rides that include the YoYo, Matterhorn (Himalaya), Cliff Hanger, Fireball, Bumper cars, Sizzler, Family Swing, Raiders, Tilt, Gravitron, Inverter, Power Surge, Mini-Indy, Ferris Wheel, Kiddie Land, Slide, Train and Merry Go Round.

April 28, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Frank B. Turner, Jr. appointed to United Bank Board

United Bank Chairman John Edwards announced recently the addition of Frank B. Turner, Jr. to the Board of Directors of United Bank.

April 28, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


The News welcomes new director of online marketing

Charles Hill Morris Jr., publisher of The Covington News, is pleased to announce the hiring of Tracy Batye to the newly created position of director of online marketing.

"I have lived in Covington for 16 years and I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to join The Covington News family and to work with local businesses to help them with their online advertising needs," Batye said.

April 28, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NEGRC Summer Youth Work Experience

 The Northeast Georgia Regional Commission (NEGRC) is providing a 2010 Summer Youth Work Experience for eligible youth in the 12 county Northeast Georgia area. Efforts are underway to secure federal funding to provide these services for 300 to 1,300 youth for the months of June and July. Calls to be put on the work experience waiting list began April 1 and will continue until all available appointment slots are filled. Youth must be between 14 to 24 years of age. NEGRC serves the counties of Barrow, Clarke, Elbert, Greene, Jackson, Jasper, Madison, Morgan, Newton, Oconee, Oglethorpe and Walton. Each ...

April 25, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Revised trade adjustment assistance for farmers program announced

Hobby Stripling, State Executive Director of USDA's Farm Service Agency in Georgia, announced that USDA has a revised Trade Adjustment Assistance for Farmers (TAAF) Program. Under the program, the USDA provides technical assistance and cash benefits to eligible producers of raw agricultural commodities and fishermen who have been hurt by import competition.

April 25, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


George Walton Academy named outstanding school

On April 16, George Walton Academy was named Outstanding High School at the Georgia Perimeter College High School Literary Arts competition. Students Kathleen Campbell, Allison Doyle, Emily Gutierrez, Bess Dobbs, and Grayson Shurett won awards to secure the designation for George Walton.

April 25, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Publix donates to United Way

Grocery giving:

April 25, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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