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Covington teen missing

Fourteen-year-old Jordan Aaron has been reported missing to the Newton County Sheriff's Department.

July 26, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


US evacuates embassy in Libya

WASHINGTON (AP) - The United States shut down its embassy in Libya on Saturday and evacuated its diplomats to neighboring Tunisia under U.S. military escort amid a significant deterioration in security in Tripoli as fighting intensified between rival militias, the State Department said.

July 26, 2014 | MATTHEW LEE, AP Diplomatic Writer | LOCAL


Oxford’s stake in EPA-proposed CO2 regulations

Oxford's electricity generation and rates may change in the coming years after a new carbon dioxide regulations proposal was released by the U.S. EPA in June.

July 24, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Chief: Gainesville tragedy won’t be repeated here

Three Hall County firefighters were injured Tuesday after a fire truck ladder collapsed under them during training. The accident resulted in the Sutphen Corp. asking fire departments nationwide to pull some models of their ladder-trucks from service.

July 24, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Neighbors: Faulkner a nice guy

Julian Leon Faulkner, who was shot after he allegedly attacked a Covington police officer with a sword Wednesday, was described by neighbors as a "nice guy" with depression issues.

July 24, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Covington Police Explorers, Post #222 excel again

Eighteen of the 26 members of the Covington Police Explorers traveled to Savannah and competed in six events during Summerfest.

July 24, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


School system receives $5.1M in after-school program grants

Parents may have the opportunity not to rush to pick up their kids from learning and enrichment this year after the school district received enough grant money to expand its after-school programs.

July 24, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Training never stops to handle aggression

Every officer-use-of-force situation is a volatile and dangerous affair for the officer, the suspect and the community.

July 24, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


County employees to get extra holiday

Newton County employees will receive 12 paid holidays, not 11 as in years past, off work next year.

July 24, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Crash cleared on I-20 WB near Salem Rd

UPDATE: The vehicles have been cleared from I-20 westbound and traffic is flowing again.

July 24, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


CPD officer shoots sword-wielding man

A man wielding a "medieval" type sword threatened a Covington police officer who then shot the suspect twice in the abdomen Wednesday afternoon.

July 23, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Fuhrey’s superintendent contract extended

Students and parents can expect to see a now-familiar face behind the scenes and on the front line of public education in the Newton County School System for at least the near future.

July 22, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


BOE adopts millage rate

The Newton County Board of Education officially adopted a millage rate for maintenance and operations at 20 after the third public hearing and July combined meeting Tuesday night, giving even more than originally planned back to teachers and school employees.

July 22, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


City to add code officer, clean up properties

Minutes after passing the city's budget Monday night, the Covington City Council voted 4-3 to add a new code-enforcement officer to the planning and zoning department to ensure dilapidated homes and lots where homes were demolished avoid being overgrown.

July 22, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


City rejects cell tower on Monticello Road

Covington Mayor Ronnie Johnston cast the tie-breaking vote to deny a controversial cell phone tower on Monticello Road Thursday night.

July 22, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


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Residents can apply for home heating assistance

Newton County residents who meet certain financial thresholds are invited to apply for assistance in paying their heating bills this winter through the federal government's Low Income Home Energy Assistance program.

To find out if you qualify for this year's one-time payment, residents should call either (770) 875-2642 or (770) 875-6385 to schedule an interview. An office has been set up to conduct applicant interviews by the nonprofit Action Inc. which will be dispensing the funds received from the Georgia Department of Human Resources, at the Conyers Street Gym located at 1146 Conyers Street across from the Covington ...

December 27, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Work release inmates on the run

Deputies with the Newton County Sheriff's Office are on the lookout for three inmates who escaped while on work release from the jail. Last month, Randy Bassett, Antonio Kelly and Jonathan Shell, who are not violent criminals, failed to return to the work release facility after leaving their jobs.

"During the day, they are working in the community, but they have to return (to jail) as a condition of their sentence," said Lt. Mark Mitchell.

December 27, 2008 | Tisa Smart Washington | LOCAL


SWAT prepares for bank heist

Several Newton County law enforcement and emergency agencies participated in a mock robbery and hostage situation at Bank of North Georgia's Newton Plaza branch Tuesday. The annual training gave public safety personnel an opportunity to test their training in a real-life scenario.

"It's not only good for us to train with other agencies within Newton County working together, it's also a requirement for our accreditation," said Lt. Wendell Wagstaff, Covington Police Department public information officer. "We put up the signs that said training in progress so if anyone came by, they would know it's just a ...

December 27, 2008 | Tisa Smart Washington | LOCAL


Dunkin' Donuts store robbed

 Deputies with the Newton County Sheriff's Office are investigating an armed robbery that occurred Dec. 20 at the Dunkin' Donuts on Ga. Highway 20 in Covington.

December 26, 2008 | Tisa Smart Washington | LOCAL


New library project moving forward with bond approval

 While a number of county projects had to be put on the back burner due to the sky-high interest rates of the bond market, one much anticipated project will move forward as planned - the Porter Memorial Branch Library.

December 26, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Criminals steal McDonald’s charity box

 Newton County Sheriff Deputies responded to a call Dec. 9 at the McDonald's restaurant on Crowell Road after employees discovered a charity coin collection box had been stolen and another had been damaged.

December 24, 2008 | Tisa Smart Washington | LOCAL


NMC ER expansion delayed

 The expansion of Newton Medical Center's Emergency Department has been postponed due to the inability to secure financing for the project from the still unstable financial market.

December 24, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


City council member wins big in MegaMillions drawing

 Covington councilwoman Ocie Franklin won a second-tier prize of $250,000 after matching the first five winning numbers in the Dec. 9 Mega Millions drawing.

December 24, 2008 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Guilty until proven innocent

 Every quarterback knows that what looks like a clear path to the end zone can quickly turn into a facemask full of grass. Former Alcovy High School special education teacher and coach Derrick Roberts knows this can happen off of the field too.

December 24, 2008 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Snow possible tonight

According to the National Weather Service, rain showers are expected early becoming more intermittent overnight. Snow may mix in. Low 34F. Winds W at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.

December 22, 2008 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Burglars hit homes across the county

For some Newton County residents, the term Christmas shopping may have a new meaning, now that criminals have used their homes as a source for free items. Deputies in the Newton County Sheriff's Office are investigating a recent string of home burglaries across the county. While residents are away, criminals have hit, taking everything from cell phones to ATVs.

A Covington woman reported Dec. 8 a break-in at a home she was taking care of while the owner was away. The thieves made off with a revolver and two semi-automatic handguns.

December 22, 2008 | Tisa Smart Washington | LOCAL


BOC debates aid for foreclosed homes

At the Newton County Board of Commissioner meeting last Tuesday, the board once again debated whether the county should participate in a state program of buying and redeveloping foreclosed homes.

December 22, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Knowledge gained through experience

 Students at Oxford College shared their campus with little scientists from Rocky Plains Elementary School this week as the elementary students, who are a part of the county's Quest program, had the chance to work in the college's science lab.

December 22, 2008 | Tisa Smart Washington | LOCAL


NCSS fires paraprofessional accused of child molestation

 The Newton County Board of Education approved Tuesday a recommendation by Superintendent R. Steven Whatley to terminate paraprofessional Brandi McMichael, effective Dec. 2.

December 21, 2008 | Tisa Smart Washington | LOCAL


Child cruelty case dismissed

 All charges against a special education teacher and paraprofessional arrested in March for cruelty to children were dismissed by a grand jury Friday.

December 21, 2008 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


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