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Bid accepted for start of Covington Towne Center

The city of Covington agreed to sell 99.7 acres of land along Alcovy Road to The Foxfield Company for $1.52 million Monday night.

November 09, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Second man arrested in murder case of Adrian Brooks

Just under a year after a warrant for his arrest was issued for his involvment in the murder of Adrian Brooks in July of 2014 ...

November 09, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Percentage of Newton County students graduating surpasses state's average

Newton County schools have something to celebrate. The percentage of students graduating from one of the county's three high schools has risen at two ...

November 09, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

New crosswalk signs make Floyd Street safer for pedestrians

There are new additions on Floyd Street after months of requests from community members.

November 08, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Steel from World Trade Center given to Covington Fire Department

Stoney Bowles has been through a lot in his 31 years as a firefighter. He has been involved in his share of saves, had great ...

November 08, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Commissioners call for a scope of work for legal services

Despite the continued protest from Commissioner Nancy Schulz, District 3, the Board of Commissioners approved the September check register, 3-1. Commissioner John Douglas, District 1 ...

November 08, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Porterdale veterans work to restore park in honor of those who serve

Originally, there were six of them, gathered at the gazebo in Porterdale's Veteran's Memorial Park a couple of years ago.

November 07, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Operation Watchful Eye keeps tabs on sex offenders

During the week of Oct. 26-31 221 registered sex offenders were arrested across Georgia thanks to the state's sheriffs and Operation Watchful Eye.

November 07, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Chicken Tracks Arts Festival

The Chicken Tracks Art Ranch and Chuck Hanes and Elizabeth Collins of Beauty and Beast Art are hosting a new outdoor arts festival the weekend ...

November 07, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Gangsters come to Porterdale’s Speakeasy Dinner Club

Mobster Duke is in a major conflict about his woman and his money, and he is headed to Porterdale to settle the score. You can ...

November 07, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Single car accident leaves 2 dead on Halloween

Melody Story and a William Bowman died after a single car accident on Oct. 31.

November 07, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Candlelight Christmas Tour Dec. 3

The Satsuki Garden Club hosts its Candlelight Christmas Tour, featuring eight properties circa 1840-1950 Thursday, Dec. 3 from 3-7 p.m.

November 06, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

New film ordinance brings everyone to table

At times the Newton County Sheriff's Office and Newton County Fire Services have not been alerted to filming happening in the county.

November 05, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

NCSO Toy Ride approaching

The 17th Annual Newton County Toy Ride benefiting local children for Christmas and presented by the Newton County Sheriff's Office is approaching.

November 05, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Human remains found off Highway 81 and State Route 162

Human remains were discovered by a utility worker about 50 yards off of Highway 81 just south of Porterdale. The Newton County Sheriff's Office ...

November 05, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

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Archive By Section - LOCAL

Quadriplegic out of jail because of cost

The charges against one of the men charged in the shooting death of 34-year-old Calvin Kentrell Banks in the summer of 2009, has received a dead docket, meaning the case will not move forward at this time.

May 19, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Man’s best friend saves lives

A parade of motorcycles rolled down the streets of Porterdale with flags attached to the back waving, bearing the names of police dogs that fell in the line of duty this past year.

The fourth annual K-9 Memorial Police Benefit Motorcycle Ride raised money through an auction for the purchase of safety equipment for K-9 police teams in Georgia. The fundraiser auctioned off police and dog related items like a gun cleaning kit, dog leashes and dog treats.

May 19, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL

Blakeslee: Using the census to find relatives

During this past Mother's Day Sunday, did you record some fascinating stories told by your relatives at your gathering this weekend? Do you have any questions about one of my top 13 free sites? Were you able to talk about the site,, with relatives?

Let's talk this week about the next three free websites on my list:

May 19, 2012 | Ellen Blakeslee Columnist | LOCAL

More than 50 injured in school bus wreck

More than 50 adults and students were checked for injuries at local hospitals Saturday after a chain collision involving six school buses and a passenger car on I-20 Westbound near mile marker 98.

May 19, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL

New Open Records Laws

In light of sweeping changes to Georgia's Open Records Act, county officials have had to quickly adjust to new rules that have expanded transparency within Rockdale's governmental bodies. Yet the changes could pose some risks and challenges to county employees who have to comply with the state's revised law.

May 19, 2012 | Kelly Petty | LOCAL

Motorcycle ride will benefit K-9 officers

Porterdale police Lt. Jason Cripps and his wife Holly, will host the 4th annual K-9 Memorial Police Benefit Motorcycle Ride tomorrow in Porterdale.The ride will raise money for the purchase of safety equipment for K9 teams/police in Georgia.

May 18, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL

Crime briefs for 5/17/2012

When a Newton County officer arrived at the scene of a family fight, Cleshawn Jackson approached him. The officer observed a white female crying and screaming with blood on her left cheek.

May 17, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL

High school graduation is bittersweet

Graduation is a happy time in every young person's life. It is something that everyone looks forward to, and when first entering kindergarten, thirteen years seems like a long time away.

When I started my journey thirteen years ago, I thought I had forever to grow up and figure out what I wanted to do.

May 17, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL

The perfect time for strawberry picking

The first time I ever picked strawberries I was with my boyfriend. He's now my husband. So it only made sense that something we enjoyed so much together would become a family tradition when we had our son.

The first year we all went, Colin was about 6-months-old. There are pictures of me grinning manically while he squished a strawberry in his little hand and drooled on my shoulder.

May 17, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Adirondack shelters for rent in Conyers

Rockdale County parks and recreations offers great amenities and with the recent construction of the South Rockdale Community Park of East Fairview and soon to be completed Lorraine Trailhead, there's more reason to explore the new trails and get a little closer to nature.

The South Rockdale Park, which officially opened last September, features three Adirondack shelters that are available for rental year round.

May 17, 2012 | Nhi Ho | LOCAL

Man ticketed for dog feces in mailbox

Community leader Bob Furnad was ticketed for littering after being caught on camera placing feces in the mailbox of Benjamin Dameron and Ralph Miller, owners of Worthington Manor.

May 17, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Eastside trail to be built with concrete

The Newton County Board of Commissioners narrowly passed a motion by a 3-2 vote to give the Library to Eastside Trail almost $58,000 to complete the project, with Commissioners Mort Ewing and Tim Fleming opposing.

May 17, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL

Car show to come to square Sunday

Commissioner Lanier Sims is hosting his second annual car show festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday on the square.

May 17, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Renovated BirthCare Center opens

Newton Medical Center is showing off its newly renovated BirthCare Center at an open house from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday.

May 17, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Smoke clears out movie theater

IN BRIEF: The Crossroads Carmike movie theater in Conyers was evacuated around 2:30 p.m. Thursday after smoke was spotted. Rockdale firefighters reportedly found the source of the smoke near theater nine, one of the larger theaters, from a three-phase transformer with an oil leak and damaged wires.

May 17, 2012 | | LOCAL

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