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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


Porterdale PD gets social media policy

Even law enforcement employees have rules, and that doesn't exclude what they post on Facebook, Twitter or any other social media network.

August 14, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Could Hacock fire happen here

The terrible fire that leveled the Hancock County Courthouse in Sparta on Aug. 13 destroyed more than just a building - it destroyed irreplaceable documents dating back to the 1700s.

August 14, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Lane closure on I-20 starts Sunday

From noon Sunday until noon Friday, Aug. 22 one lane at a time on I-20 east and west from mile marker 92-95 will be closed.

August 14, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Vacant house ablaze near Salem Rd

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

August 13, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


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Israeli ground forces enter Gaza in escalation

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Israeli tanks and infantry entered Gaza after nightfall Saturday, launching a ground offensive that the military said would be a "lengthy operation" in a widening war on Gaza's Hamas rulers.

January 03, 2009 | By IBRAHIM BARZAK and JASON KEYSER Associated Press | LOCAL


Accident victim remembered

They say you should live your life so there's standing room only at your funeral, and that was certainly the case for one Covington man.

More than 600 people turned out for Milford Dale Hefton's visitation on Friday evening, and between 200 to 300 people showed up for his funeral the following day.

January 03, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Progress slow for Bear Creek Reservoir

Nearly a year after the county applied for a permit to the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers to build the Bear Creek Reservoir, progress on the long awaited and still somewhat controversial project is slow and plodding.

January 03, 2009 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Little Drummer Boys

James Cruikshank, 5, takes drum lessons at McKibben Music on the square. He can play the beat to the theme song of Scooby Doo. James has a simple reason for deciding to take up the drums.

"Because I wanted to," he said.

January 03, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Dare to be Different

Approximately 110 students from East Newton Elementary School graduated from the anti-drug and anti-violence DARE program Dec. 19. Pictured are Newton County Sheriff's Deputy Nikki Benton, left, Outstanding Self-Esteem Award winner Noah Quick, the official DARE mascot Daren and Outstanding DARE Student Award winner Reilly Walker. The DARE program equips children with the tools necessary to resist pressures to use drugs and to stay away from violence. The program is taught in all 13 elementary schools in Newton County by a joint effort between the Covington Police Department and the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

January 03, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Murder suspect caught near Oxford

 Deputies with the Newton County Sheriff's Department and the U.S. Marshals Department arrested fugitive Tony Fantauzzi Dec. 17 at a residence on Boogers Hill Road in Oxford. Fantauzzi was wanted for a 1987 rape and murder of a woman at a mall in St. Petersburg, Fla.

January 03, 2009 | Tisa Smart Washington | LOCAL


US warns Russia against selling missiles to Iran

WASHINGTON - U.S. officials say they want answers from Russia on whether it is selling advanced surface-to-air missiles to Iran. The U.S. insists such a move could threaten American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

January 02, 2009 | By Lolita C. Baldor Associated Press Writer | LOCAL


Man shoots burglar in 2 fingers as perpetrator fled scene

 A Covington man shot a burglar in his home Dec. 28, sending the perpetrator to the hospital, where officers with the Covington Police Department arrested him.

January 01, 2009 | Tisa Smart Washington | LOCAL


Sen. to introduce sexual offender legislation

 Sen. John Douglas (R-Social Circle) has pre-filed legislation that would make it illegal for a registered sex offender to run for office on local school boards.

January 01, 2009 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Auto break-ins increase over holidays

 Deputies with the Newton County Sheriff's Office are investigating a string of auto break-ins Dec. 24 – 26 in multiple neighborhoods around the county.

January 01, 2009 | Tisa Smart Washington | LOCAL


Auto break-ins increase over holidays

 Deputies with the Newton County Sheriff's Office are investigating a string of auto break-ins Dec. 24 – 26 in multiple neighborhoods around the county.

January 01, 2009 | Tisa Smart Washington | LOCAL


State Senator to introduce sexual offender legislation

 Sen. John Douglas (R-Social Circle) has pre-filed legislation that would make it illegal for a registered sex offender to run for office on local school boards.

January 01, 2009 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Oath of office

 Before a packed courtroom and to rousing applause, the county's first black sheriff and first female county chair were sworn into office Wednesday afternoon.

December 31, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Family fight ends in multiple arrests

What should have been a peaceful family gathering Sunday turned into a melee ending with officers with the Covington Police Department arresting a man, his brother-in-law, his wife and her mother. James Cruikshank was charged with obstruction, disorderly conduct and battery; his brother-in-law, Matthew Roberts, was charged wtih obstruction and disorderly conduct; his wife, Gigi Cruikshank, was charged with obstruction and disorderly conduct; and her mother, Peggy Capes, was charged with public drunkenness.

December 31, 2008 | Tisa Smart Washington | LOCAL


Area restaurants receive low health scores

In the last month a number of popular restaurants in Covington have received very low scores from the Newton County Health Department.

December 31, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


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