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Conyers women arrested for drug smuggling into Augusta prison

Two Rockdale County citizens are in custody and facing felony charges after being linked to a drug-related investigation that involved narcotics being transported into a state prison.

August 25, 2014 | Martin Rand, III | LOCAL


Consignment shop reopens after 4 years

Taryn Robbins opened a consignment shop for children's clothes, toys and equipment in 1990 but had to close her doors in 2010. Now the chalkboard outside her new store says "open," and she plans to keep it that way.

August 23, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Mayor: Square construction rolling

Workers began pouring concrete for the new sidewalks on the Covington Square Friday afternoon, a significant milestone for the construction project intended to make the city's centerpiece an even prettier place.

August 23, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Milwood concert raises $2K in scholarships

Two Porterdale students attending the Newton County Career Academy will each receive $1,000 for their education beyond high school, thanks to the joint efforts of CARE, Shane Millwood, Josh Millwood, Li'l Bit Country Band, and the Lundsford Family.

August 23, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Cold awakening to ALS awareness

Jeff Broxton celebrated his 56th birthday this week, but he couldn't even get out of bed on his own. His voice is slowly slipping away, and he cannot scratch an itch if he has one.

August 23, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Harris wants all Georgians to thrive

Patsy Harris of Morgan County has her campaign for Georgia House District 112 in full swing, now that her opponent in the November general election has been chosen by the Republican Party run-off.

August 23, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Technology's March

Trains

August 23, 2014 | Kathleen D | LOCAL


Ga. Farm Bureau accepting entries for hay contest & hay directory

Georgia Farm Bureau (GFB) members who grow Bermuda grass hay are encouraged to enter the GFB 2014 Quality Hay Contest. Hay entered in the contest will be tested at the University of Georgia Testing Lab using the Relative Forage Quality (RFQ) Test, which predicts fiber digestibility and likely animal intake of hay.

August 23, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Peanut butter, pop tabs and other service projects

Just last Thursday we wrapped up the 4-H year at State 4-H Congress, and now we have the first Newton 4-H meeting of the year on Monday!

August 23, 2014 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


ACT scores sees improvement

Newton County School System saw improvements across the board on its 2014 ACT college entrance exam scores and number of test takers but remained behind the state and national scores in every subject.

August 23, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Bear Creek dam site to move

Bear with some small changes to the Bear Creek Reservoir's location, because it'll mean the roads around it won't have to close during its construction.

August 21, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


City OKs changes for mini-warehouses

"Non-conforming" is a designation no business owner wants. It means a business can't be rebuilt if more than 65 percent of the building is burned, or if things are put on hold for more than six months. And it makes selling such a business much more difficult.

August 21, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Alcovy High to host college fair

High school students in the Newton County School System are invited to attend a PROBE College Fair at Alcovy High School Wednesday, September 10 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the school commons area.

August 21, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Volunteers help with DUI training

The blaring blue flashing lights behind The Main Event in Porterdale Wednesday did not result in any arrests, but it would have had it been a real-life situation.

August 21, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


'Red Band' TV show filming in Newton

Hey "Hollywood of the South" fans. Here comes another one.

August 21, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


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Spring is in the air

Blooming: Cherry blossoms and dogwood blossoms adorn Academy Springs Park in Covington.

March 22, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Georgia queen contender

What a peach: Taylor Ray was voted Eastside High School's homecoming queen in October 2008. She was recently selected to participate in Georgia's 29th Annual Homecoming Queen Selection held March 28 and 29 at the Holiday Inn Select Atlanta Airport South. Georgia's statewide queen will receive a cash scholarship plus an expense-paid trip to the national finals to compete against the winning queens of each state. Ray is the daughter of Ronnie Ray, pictured above, and Shanda Fish of Covington.

March 22, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Donations to living pets

In memory of furry friends: Ric Burnette, the family service advisor with the Harwell-Wheeler Funeral Home and Cremation Chapel and the Wheeler Funeral Home and Crematory, presents a check for $100 to Betty Bellairs, chair of the Newton County Humane Society. The Wheeler-Harwell Funeral Home PETuary recently began offering a donation for each animal cremated at the PETuary and notifying families about the option of donating to the Humane Society in memory of their deceased pet. Burnette said the idea came to him during a Leadership Newton County visit to the Humane Society. "I noted a great need for funds ...

March 22, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Drunk driver wets himself, asks deputies to “fix him some food”

A vehicle being driven on the wrong side of the road attracted the attention of a concerned citizen late Saturday evening and led to the arrest of a 63-year-old man for DUI.

Deputies from the Newton County Sheriff's Office were called to the Access Road after a driver contacted 911 and told dispatchers she had observed a truck weaving and travelling on the wrong side of the road, causing other traffic to run off the road, to prevent an accident from happening. The vehicle was reportedly going no faster than 15 m.p.h.

March 20, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Driver charged with death of child

The woman who was responsible for the car accident that killed 7-year-old Bobby Joe Couch in November has been formally charged with his death, as well as a myriad of other infractions, including DUI.

March 20, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


New park one step closer to reality

The completion of the first phase of District 2's Denny Dobbs Park overcame another hurdle Tuesday, but only after commissioners and residents discussed the park's future for an hour.

March 20, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Leap into fundraising

Many Newton County children are feeling the effects of the economic pinch since The Learning Center had to cut their popular Dolly Parton Imagination Library program due to a lack of funds.

March 19, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Wal-Mart hoax leads to resignation of 911 employee

A Newton County 911 employee has resigned after reportedly sending out an e-mail to friends and family members about a supposed gang initiation at Wal-Mart on Industrial Boulevard Wednesday evening.

The e-mail created a panic throughout the community.

March 19, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Local man arrested for armed robbery

An 18-year-old Covington man is in jail after deputies alleged he was part of a group that robbed a man and threatened to kill him early Tuesday morning.

According to reports, a man was returning home for the evening at roughly 12:15 a.m. when he was approached from behind by a young black male who reportedly took a swing at him. When he turned around to confront the youth he allegedly found that he was not alone, but that there were three others there with him -- two black males and one white male -- all of whom were heading ...

March 18, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Blaze set outside Newton gas station

A pile of men's clothing set on fire in front of a gas pump was the cause of a blaze early Monday morning at a Chevron off of Ga. Highway 81. Newton County Fire officials are hoping that someone noticed the person responsible.

Firefighters were able to contain the fire to one gas pump where the fire melted the plastic surrounding the pump and a garbage can before being extinguished.

March 18, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Pet of the Week

Golden girl: The Newton County Animal Shelter's pet of the week is a beautiful blonde cocker, 2-years-old. Also available for adoption are two Manchester mix puppies, 7-weeks-old, various colors; a 3-month-old heeler mix, black and white; a 9-week-old Lab, black; two poodle/shihtzu, 2-years-old, one gray, one white (Gray has been neutered); five 2-month-old Lab mix puppies, black or black and brown; four pointer mix puppies, 7-weeks-old; one 9-week-old mixed breed puppy, black and white; a beagle/shepherd mix, tan and white with red collar; a 6-month-old Lab mix; a boxer mix named Halo; a 2-year-old terrier mix; eight ...

March 17, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Arson suspected in Baxter Street house fire

Arson is suspected in the fire that burnt down a vacant house at 6144 E. Baxter St. Monday afternoon. Tony Smith, the Assistant Fire Marshall with the Covington Fire Department, said fire and police officials are investigating leads on suspects and eye-witness accounts.

If anyone has information about the people who set this fire they can call the arson hot line at 1-800-282-5804. Cash rewards may be given "for information leading to the arrest and conviction of person(s) responsible for arson."

March 17, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Chambers wins Porterdale council seat, Social Circle liquor by the drink ammendment passed

Porterdale City Council Post 5

March 17, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Porterdale special election, Social Circle referrendum today

Porterdale special election

March 17, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Derby days

The Yellow River District of the Boy Scouts held their fourth annual Pinewood Derby and first ever Chili/Dutch Oven Cook-Off Saturday at Prospect United Methodist Church.

March 15, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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