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County unemployment rate drops slightly

Newton County's unemployment rate dropped infinitesimally in August, down from 7.1 percent in July to 6.7 percent. The slight decline mirrors metro ...

September 24, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

I-20 lane closures continue near Exit 90

Reconstruction on the Interstate-20 bridge at Exit 90 continues this weekend, causing possible congestion from 9 p.m. Friday through 5 a.m. Monday.

September 24, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Three new officers sworn in to CPD

Three new Covington Police Officers were sworn in by Mayor Ronnie Johnston during Monday's city council meeting.

September 23, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Two candidates announce for 5th District BOC seat

Local business owners Jared Rutberg and Travis Moore have announced that they will run for the District 5 seat on the Newton County Board of ...

September 23, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Covington heats up for series reunion in October

It's been 21 years since the TV series "In the Heat of the Night" went off the air, but for fans of the Southern ...

September 23, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Army Corps clarifies 'withdrawn' in reference to Bear Creek Reservoir project

In a 10-page letter, Newton County Attorney W. T. "Tommy" Craig told the Army Corps of Engineers that the number of project managers assigned to ...

September 23, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

What to do with downtown parking?

If Mystic Grill is any indication, the influx of people coming to Covington for lunch and dinner will increase with the opening of the Irish ...

September 23, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Newton County files motion against Sam Hay

Newton County Attorney W.T. "Tommy" Craig and attorney Edward Tolley filed a response to Sam Hay's lawsuit against Newton County Monday, answering several ...

September 22, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Southern Heartland announces Artful Harvest winners

The painting "Three Sisters," by Bernadette Smith won first place recently at the Southern Heartland's Annual Artful Harvest Art Show.

September 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

School system, chamber select teachers of the year

Twenty-three teachers have been named Newton County School System and the New County Chamber of Commerce's 2014 to 2015 teachers of the year.

September 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Craig replies to Corps of Engineers letter

In a 10-page letter with 68 pages of attachments, Newton County Attorney W. T. "Tommy" Craig told Edward B. Johnson Jr., Chief of the Piedmont ...

September 21, 2015 | Sandra L. Brands | LOCAL

NMC to host events for Breast Cancer Awareness

Anchored in Hope is the theme for this year's Hope events for breast cancer awareness sponsored by Newton Medical Center's Women's Diagnostic ...

September 21, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Investigation busts meth headquarters in hotel room

CONYERS - Four people have been arrested for selling a large amount of methamphetamine while using a hotel room in Rockdale County as their base of ...

September 21, 2015 | Martin Rand | LOCAL

Corps of Engineers at standstill on reservoir permit

Newton County's request for a special leniency in its Section 404 Permit application, needed for the proposed Bear Creek Supply Reservoir, was denied, adding ...

September 20, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Covington shows off Legion Park

The green space on Mill Street, behind the Covington Family Y, has long been an area Newton County residents have gone to for a little ...

September 19, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

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'Vampire Diaries' not affected by fire

The interior of the Mystic Grill burned, but the popular façade for the fictional restaurant featured prominently in "The Vampire Diaries" remains intact and shouldn't affect filming.

May 10, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

15 cows killed in U.S. 278 accidents

Drivers making their morning commute along U.S. Highway 278 in eastern Newton County Thursday morning were shocked to see 15 dead cows laying alongside the road.

May 10, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Mystic Grill caught fire early Thursday

The building that houses the law firm of Alexander Royston, but is more widely known as the Mystic Grill, burned this morning. The roadway around the square is still blocked with emergency vehicles and firefighters are working the scene.

May 10, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Sheriff’s officials punished in Kalonji case

A Newton County Sheriff's deputy and sergeant have been punished following an internal investigation into allegations they mishandled a situation on Lower River Road where a couple who was trying to change the locks on their new home were held at gunpoint by neighbors, then arrested by authorities.

May 09, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Gun accidentally fired in Home Depot

Four customers were slightly injured Sunday after a gun accidentally discharged at the Home Depot on Industrial Park Blvd.

May 09, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL

Kroger bagger wrestles shoplifter

COVINGTON, Ga. - Authorities are crediting a 17-year-old grocery bagger at a Georgia grocery store with wrestling a shoplifting suspect to the ground and holding him until police arrived.

May 09, 2012 | Associated Press | LOCAL

Resident receives Kennel Club Scholarship

The American Kennel Club is pleased to announce that 28 Junior Scholarships have been awarded to students from 19 states. The scholarships for high school, college and graduate school students range from $1,000 to $3,000 for each student. Among the recipients is Sara Carignan of Covington, Ga.

"This year's recipients have demonstrated academic success as well as impressive AKC involvement and we are happy to honor each of them with an AKC Junior Scholarship," said Mari-Beth O'Neill, AVP of Customer Service. "We wish them well as they complete their education and look forward to their participation ...

May 08, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Missing 72-year-old located in Waycross

A 72-year-old man reported missing late last week was located safely at a family member's home in Waycross Sunday.

Jack McCarty went missing Thursday afternoon when he walked away from a home he was visiting with a person caregiver. He was next seen hours later on video surveillance at the Kroger store on Salem Road accompanied by three men. He was located two days later.

May 08, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

County’s Annual Shred Day May 17

Residents are once again invited to bring all of those sensitive financial or personal documents they no longer need to the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 17 to have them shredded for free.

The annual Shred Day event is being sponsored by the chamber and Newton Federal Bank.

May 08, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Chamber asks for $250K from county

The local chamber of commerce requested Monday that the Newton County Board of Commissioners more than double the chamber's economic development budget next year to $250,000.

May 08, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL

Real estate lawyer Philip Johnson runs for District 5

Long time real estate attorney Philip A. Johnson is running as a Democrat for the District 5 seat on the Newton County Board of Commissioners seat because he wants to bring more civility to local government.

Johnson, 62, has been practicing law in Newton County for 38 years but said he wants to return to politics to get Newton County back on track.

May 08, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Dancing through her life

Betty Harris' dancing escapades have lead to a lifetime of unforgettable experiences like marching in Kennedy's inauguration parade in 1961 to performing in the Opening Ceremonies of the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.

Harris has also participated in four flash mobs in the metro area with the Atlanta West Coast Swing Club.

May 08, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL

GPC President Tricoli steps down

Georgia Perimeter College President Anthony Tricoli has stepped down following the disclosure that the school has a roughly $16 million downfall.

May 08, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Steve Davis runs for re-election

Incumbent Republican Steve Davis announced he is running for his fifth House term in the new District 109, which covers parts of Rockdale, Newton and Henry counties.

"It has been a great honor to represent this district for the last eight years and I am glad that I have been able to deliver on the promises of my original campaign," Davis said in a written statement. "I have focused much of my attention on education, transportation and public safety."

May 08, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Sheriff’s Office participates in roundtable discussion in NYC

Recently at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square, N.Y., a roundtable discussion was held during the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences that focused on some of the key challenges sheriffs' offices face across the state of Georgia. The panelists who served on this roundtable discussion were Sheriff Ezell Brown of Newton County and Sheriff Ira Edwards Jr. of Clarke County. The roundtable discussion was titled "In Focus: Exploring the Challenges and Related Implications Facing Georgia's Sheriffs." Dr. Brian N. Williams, Associate Professor of Public Administration and Policy at the University of Georgia, moderated ...

May 08, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

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