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Covington’s Lendmark Financial Services to acquire 127 branches

Lendmark Financial Services, LLC, based at 2118 Usher Street in Covington, has reached an agreement to acquire 127 branch offices and related loan assets from ...

November 13, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Saluting our veterans

On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the leventh month, the city of Covington and Newton County celebrated its veterans Wednesday.

November 11, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Veteran's Day specials around Covington

Amici: Veterans and active duty military get 40 percent off one entrée.

November 11, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

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

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Woman arrested for stealing from Walmart with her son

A woman was arrested Tuesday afternoon after she and her mentally handicapped son allegedly attempted to steal from Walmart.

According to reports, a loss prevention employee at the Industrial Boulevard store recognized Melva Montgomery and her son from watching them shoplift from the store on video the day before.

March 31, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Body found in Social Circle

Authorities in Social Circle are investigating a body found late last night. According to Social Circle director of public safety Tom Fox, a 911 call placed at 11:44 p.m. reported seeing a fire being started in the woods off exit 101 off Interstate 20 and Ga. Hwy. 278. According to Fox, firefighters responded to the blaze and discovered a black male, possible in his 30s.

March 30, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Covington warms on natural gas vehicles

In the wake of ever-increasing diesel and gasoline prices, Covington officials continue to warm to the idea of building a compressed natural gas fueling facility that would be available to the city and public.

March 29, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Smith found guilty of '09 murder

Ricky Lewis Smith, 46, of Covington was found guilty of the shooting death of a woman last Wednesday by a Newton County jury.

He was found guilty of malice murder, felony murder, two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of possession of firearms during the commission of a felony and possession of firearm by convicted felon.

March 29, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL

NMC to celebrate National Doctor’s Day

The Newton Medical Center will celebrate National Doctors' Day Friday by providing lunch for its doctors.

March 29, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL

Porterdale seeks $266K community grant

Substandard housing is the target of a $266,623 grant the city is seeking as part of an overall effort to upgrade neglected areas.

March 29, 2012 | | LOCAL

Jail ministry offers chance for a better life

Being enclosed in a room filled with inmates is something most people might find unsettling, but it's something Ken Horstmann and Robert Washington have done every week for the past three years.

March 29, 2012 | Rachel Goff | LOCAL

Man arrested for 2011 vehicular homicide

Charges have been filed in the 2011 crash that injured several and killed one Newton County woman, 78-year-old Sarah Belcher.

Ricky Todd Guice, 39, is charged with vehicular homicide, DUI and improper lane usage in the August crash. According to Georgia State Patrol spokesman Gordy Wright, around 5 p.m. on Ga. Highway 162, Guice, who was driving a 2005 Ford pickup, crossed the centerline in a curve and struck a 1998 Prizm in the side, then struck a Dodge Neon in the front bumper. Belcher, the driver of the Neon, was airlifted to Atlanta Medical Center where she later ...

March 29, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Drunk woman insists on going to jail

A woman called Newton County police on herself insisting that she had violated her probation by drinking alcohol.

When the responding deputy radioed her identification through dispatch, it showed that the woman was not on active probation. When the deputy informed her that she was not on probation, the woman became agitated and proclaimed even louder that she was indeed on probation and insisted that she needed to be taken to jail.

March 29, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Man exposes himself to taxi driver

A Newton County man was taken into custody last Saturday after he peed on a taxicab and exposed himself to the taxi driver.

According to the taxi driver, the man got into the cab and complained that he had to urinate. The taxi driver instructed him to go back in the bar to relieve himself. However, the man exited the cab and proceeded to pee on the back, driver-side tire and quarter panel of the car.

March 29, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

State tax reform bill to affect locals

Many Newton County residents will be affected by changes coming to Georgia's tax code, after the Georgia General Assembly overwhelmingly passed its tax reform bill last week.

March 28, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Fight at dinner table leads to arrest

A fight at the dinner table led to one man's arrest Saturday night.

March 28, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Annual Salem Camp meeting is July 6-13

The annual Salem Camp Meeting is coming in July and will feature two international preachers.

March 28, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Trial begins in Smith case

The trial of Ricky Lewis Smith, the 46-year-old charged with shooting Tajuana Lashawn Stroud in 2009, began Tuesday, in the courtroom of Newton County Chief Superior Court Judge John Ott.

March 28, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Man allegedly punches child in face, takes his sons for ice cream

A Newton County woman called police after her 10-year-old cousin was allegedly punched in the face by the father of two neighborhood boys.

March 28, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL

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