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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


Live: 2014 Primary runoff results

Today's primary election runoff races will determine several local, state and federal races.

July 22, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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A chat with Valdora Roachford

Below is a transcript of the chat with Valdora Roachford from Monday morning. The Roachford family was featured in the ABC reality show "Wife Swap," which aired this past Friday.

December 05, 2008 | Staff Report | LOCAL


New home day cares no longer allowed in county

A number of home businesses will now be illegal under new zoning regulations approved by the Board of Commissioners which now bars day cares in residential districts and home occupation hair salons and barbershops.

December 05, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


One dead in College Avenue blaze

A fire Saturday morning claimed the life of one Covington man, according to Covington Fire Department Captain Rob Christopher.

December 05, 2008 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


A day in her shoes

Covington resident Valdora Roachford had no idea what she would be up against when producers from the television series "Wife Swap" drove her to a home in the suburbs of Chicago last summer.

December 03, 2008 | Carrie Huenke | LOCAL


Books on parade

Mansfield Elementary School Principal G.W. Davis Jr. drives a tractor pulling a float filled with front office staff dressed as farm animals during the school's 16th Annual Book Parade on Friday. The front office staff themed their float after the book "Click, Clack, Moo, Cows that Type" by author Doreen Cronin.

December 03, 2008 | Mandi Singer | LOCAL


Vince Dooley visits Covington

December 02, 2008 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Lighting of the Courthouse

December 02, 2008 | Mandi Singer | LOCAL


Shots fired at home

A home on Gum Creek Trail was shot several times Nov. 13, and investigators are looking for help from the community to find those responsible.

December 01, 2008 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newton emergency radios now connected

After years of labor, an idea for a better way of communicating between different agencies that began after the public safety disaster that was 9/11, was officially completed and welcomed into the county.

December 01, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Roll into the holidays with Bunco

With a toss of the pink dice and a cry of "Bunco," holiday stress rolls away and another child goes to school ready to read and succeed. The Learning Center is hosting an evening of Ladies' Big Bunco at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 20, at The Center on Washington Street. Players don't need experience or skill to play: roll three dice, add your points to your partner's, and move to the next table. No gambling, just lots of laughter and conversation with friends and new acquaintances.

November 29, 2008 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Tis the season

Church Street Antique Market vendor Holly Frank places a butterfly ornament on one of the many Christmas trees on display at the local store Tuesday. Frank was hard at work placing the finishing touches on the store's Christmas display to prepare for Santa's arrival to Covington and the Lighting of the Courthouse on Thursday evening. The wide variety of collegiate themed ornaments and nutcrackers carried at the local store seem to be the most popular holiday items this year, according to Frank. Church Street Antique Market, along with many of the other stores in the downtown district, will ...

November 29, 2008 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Guns, drugs netted during arrests

Deputies from the Newton County Sheriff's Department were able to get several guns off the streets after two arrests on two different dates this month.

November 28, 2008 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Citigroup to cut another 53,000 jobs

NEW YORK -- Citigroup Inc. is cutting approximately 53,000 more jobs in the coming quarters as the banking giant struggles to steady itself after suffering massive losses from deteriorating debt.

The plans, posted on the company's Web site, are being discussed by CEO Vikram Pandit at the company's town hall meeting in New York Monday with employees.

November 28, 2008 | Madlen Read AP Business Writer | LOCAL


Queens for a day

Ageless beauty: The 2008 Ms. Senior Newton County Pageant was held on Saturday, Oct. 11, at the Olive Swan Porter Auditorium of Newton High School. The audience was entertained and amazed by the talents of the contestants. Participants from left to right: Ms. Agnes Frederick, Mrs. Rockie Butts (Second Runner Up), Ms. Mary Ellen Horne (2008 Ms. Senior Newton County), Mrs. Doris Campbell (Third Runner Up) and Mrs. Jeanette Fraser.

November 26, 2008 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Laid off: unemployment on the rise in Newton

Unemployment in Newton County continued its steady rise in September to 7.8 percent, according to statistics from the Georgia Department of Labor.

November 26, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


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