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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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Attorney requests dismissal of charges for J.C. Henderson

An attorney for District 4 County Commissioner J.C. Henderson has filed a motion to have the charges of battery against the commissioner dismissed.

April 07, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Covington Lions Club to host 38th Annual Chicken Barbecue cookout

For nearly four decades the arrival of spring has meant it was almost time for the annual Covington Lions Chicken Barbecue.

April 07, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Three people injured in Friday afternoon crash

Three people were sent to Atlanta hospitals Friday afternoon following an accident on Ga. Highway 11 and Interstate 20.

April 06, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Hunting for Easter eggs

On the hunt: Excited Palmer-Stone Elementary kindergarten students crossed the street to the Quad at Oxford College Thursday morning to gather Easter eggs. At the sound of a whistle, the smiling students raced to gather candy- and sometimes money-filled eggs hidden in the grass, trees and plants. Afterwards, the kindergarten classes enjoyed lunch and the beautiful weather before returning to school.

Here comes Peter Cottontail: The Easter Bunny himself helped drop thousands of colorful Easter eggs from a helicopter onto Legion Field Saturday afternoon. The large crowd of children and their parents charged the field as soon as the helicopter ...

April 04, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Covington YMCA to host a Cheerios Challenge for children

When one of the community's largest non-profit organizations partners with one of the county's largest industries, you know it's a big deal. And 2010's 9th annual Cheerios Challenge figures to be the biggest yet, maybe even topping 1,000 runners and volunteers.

April 04, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


New Walgreens one step closer to Covington

The City of Covington is one step closer to getting its first Walgreens, after the former Shell station on the corner of Elm St. and U.S. Highway 278 had all of its gasoline storage tanks removed this week.

April 04, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


CPD arrests two parties for drug use in hotels

Officers from the Covington Police Department were called to America's Best Value Inn around 1:40 a.m. Wednesday morning, where the manager reportedly told them the two men who rented room 209 had multiple people inside, violating their verbal contract with him.

April 04, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Census: growth dramatically lower in 2009

Construction numbers throughout 2009 showed that growth in Newton County was falling off a cliff; the Atlanta Regional Commission's 2009 population estimates illustrate just how steep that cliff is.

April 02, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Friday Scrapbook

Terry Godfrey took a fantastic photo of the full moon high in the sky Tuesday night.

April 02, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Man and brother-in-law arrested after fight

A fight between a woman's husband and her brother ended with both men arrested and the female with a busted lip.

April 02, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Drunk man found talking to squirrels

Deputies from the Newton County Sheriffs Department were called to a home on Russel Braden Road in reference to a family fight but, when they arrived, found a man staring into the trees.

April 02, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


List of trials — April

The trial for accused murderer Jamaal Marquez Pridgett is set to begin the week of April 19 in the courtroom of Newton County Superior Court Judge Eugene M. Benton.

April 02, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Local National Guard troops come home

Several local National Guardsmen will be returning home to their families this weekend, just in time for Easter.

April 02, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


2 county roads closed for a day next week

Duncan Road, about a half mile from Macedonia Road, will be closed during daylight hours only on April 5.

Dixie Road at Big Woods Road also will be closed for repairs during daylight hours only on April 7.

April 01, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Supporter Spotlight... Trust Security

Looking for a company to trust your home to? Then look no further than Trust Security. Locally owned and operated for more than 70 years, the staff offers all the perks of a large national company with small-town prices and one-on-one attention.

March 31, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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