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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


CPD nabs armed robber

After an alleged armed robbery of a Marathon Gas Station on Hwy. 278 in Newton County, the Covington Police Department quickly responded to a "be on the lookout" (BOLO) and arrested the suspect Monday.

August 12, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Construction begins on Square improvements

Get used to that orange fencing and construction on the Covington Square. It'll be there a few weeks.

August 12, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Cooper withdraws from 2050 panel

A second member of the proposed 2050 citizens' panel withdrew Tuesday, lowering the number of confirmed members to just two.

August 12, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Trooper English promoted to Sgt 1st

MONROE - On Aug. 1, 2014, Tracy H. English, a lifelong resident of Greene County was promoted to Sergeant First Class and appointed as Post Commander of Post 46 in Monroe. Post 46 Monroe is responsible for enforcement of traffic laws, accident investigation and assisting local law enforcement in the counties of Rockdale, Newton and Walton.

August 12, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Wouldn't change a thing: Life with Tourette's

There's a summer camp at Fort Yargo State Park in Winder that, at a glance, is just like any other.

August 12, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Local students, teachers rescue abandoned dogs

Teachers and students at Newton College and Career Academy (NCCA) joined forces last week to rescue three abandoned dogs who were found wandering the area of the school entrance, and school personnel were fearful they were in danger of being hit by a vehicle.

August 12, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Common sense best defense at night

The Friday night death of a pedestrian on Georgia Highway 81 near Alcovy Road should serve as a wake-up call to everyone - and that's everyone, at one time or another - who needs or wants to be out after dark.

August 12, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


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A special salute

Newton County honored its fallen heroes with two Memorial Day observations on Monday.

May 30, 2011 | | LOCAL


Two Memorial Day services at 10 a.m.

Two Memorial Day services are planned for Newton County.

May 30, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Pastor looks ahead after settling suits

LITHONIA, Ga. - The crowd still cheered for Bishop Eddie Long as he took the pulpit Sunday, but gone was the air of defiance that defined his appearance eight months ago when he rallied his congregation to battle amid lawsuits accusing the megachurch pastor of sexual misconduct.

May 30, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Hotel fall survivor aware of others

LEXINGTON, Ky. - A Kentucky woman who was in critical condition Sunday after falling from a 10th-floor Atlanta hotel window is doing "better than anticipated," a family member says, but relatives remain puzzled about what led to the fall.

May 30, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


The Red Wiggler Farm

Dennis Holman's crop is ready for market, though in his case, it's the fertilizer produced by his more than 1 million wriggling earthworms.

May 29, 2011 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


Futures in the arts

SHA Inc held its spring meeting at Southern Heartland Gallery May 19, where scholarships were presented to graduating seniors with career goals in the visual arts.

May 29, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mama Bee's Tip of the Week - May 29

It's hard having champagne tastes on a beer budget, but that's the reality of livin' on one income, friends. Shoot, that's the reality of livin' on two incomes plus overtime for most folks these days. There are a few products I've found at dollar stores that are just as good as their pricier grocery store counterparts. A jar of roasted red peppers can cost upwards of $3 on the grocery store shelves, but you'll find them for a buck at the dollar store. Same goes for taco sauce and some fancy little chocolate and hazelnut ...

May 29, 2011 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | LOCAL


Gas prices, weather, improve for Memorial Day weekend

Some residents may be worried that gas prices and the current trend of bad weather could hinder their Memorial Day weekend plans of travel and outdoor fun.

May 28, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County millage hike would save 52 jobs

Without a millage rate increase, Newton County would have to cut 52 employees, Chairman Kathy Morgan told the board of commissioners Thursday.

May 28, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Social Circle Lions raise $12K

On a hot day in June 1998, June 8 to be exact, Phil Peppers and a group of regular friends were enjoying the day doing what they did almost daily, playing golf at The Creek at Hard Labor. Peppers, a retired City of Atlanta police officer, had been a fixture in Social Circle, the Lions Club and had just recently been elected on the city council.

May 28, 2011 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL


I-20 westbound traffic backed up starting at Sigman Road

(May 28, 3 p.m.) Traffic is backed up on Interstate-20 westbound from near the exit at Sigman Road until past the exit at Ga. Highway 138, as of 3 p.m. Drivers are advised to temporarily find alternate routes.

May 28, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


State patrol tips for holiday weekend

Plan carefully, use caution, and buckle up are the recommendations from the Georgia State Patrol for a safe Memorial Day holiday weekend. Colonel Bill Hitchens, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety, said the 78-hour Memorial Day holiday weekend ends at midnight May 30. Hitchens said traffic will be heavy throughout the weekend as graduation ceremonies, festivals and vacation travel will add to normal weekend traffic. "We anticipate a busy weekend on Georgia roads," he said.

May 28, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Search on for convenience store bandits

Investigators with the Newton Sheriff's Office are searching for two men who they say were involved in an armed robbery this morning.

May 27, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Social Circle preps for SPLOST

Social Circle is prepared to allocate its $3.1 million share of Walton County's proposed $60 million Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax.

May 27, 2011 | | LOCAL


Hitting the road? Fill up before you go

If you're ready to travel this Memorial Day holiday weekend, you may want to fill up before you leave Newton County.

May 27, 2011 | AJ Archer | LOCAL


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