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Deal over landfill likely soon

Newton County is very close to reaching a deal with the East Georgia Land and Development Company following nearly two decades of litigation, the company's head, Jim Baker, told The News Thursday.

January 16, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


SWAT arrest suspect on Griffin Lane

After surrounding a home, Covington Police arrested an armed man at 10116 Griffin Lane with SWAT team responding Friday.

January 16, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Chamber honor award winners

There was a lot of change at this year's Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce annual meeting and awards reception at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center Thursday, but it was the lack of change that was the big moment of the evening.

January 15, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


NMC and Piedmont look to partner up

Newton Medical Center announced today its Board of Directors had authorized hospital management to enter into "exclusive discussions" with Piedmont Healthcare aimed at formalizing a relationship between the two organizations.

January 15, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Jeff Benton dedicated life to family, church, community

Covington resident Jeff Benton was described as a loving father and husband and a pillar of the community by those who knew him following his tragic passing Wednesday night.

January 14, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


BOE considering Clear Touch panels

The Newton County Board of Education is considering a contract to purchase new Clear Touch interactive touchscreen panels for the classrooms.

January 14, 2015 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


Medical marijuana hopes dashed at Capitol

Mike Hopkins had hoped a new, limited medical marijuana bill in Georgia would allow him to bring his family back from Colorado, where his 17-year-old daughter, Michala, is being successfully treated for seizures and pain with cannabis oil.

January 13, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Pacho's receives failing health score

Pacho's Mexican Grill management feels it has already recovered from the failing health score it received during a Jan. 9 inspection.

January 13, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


BOC 'potential litigation' special meeting Wednesday

The Newton County Board of Commissioners will enter into a closed executive session immediately following the opening of a public meeting Wednesday to discuss potential litigation, according to a public notice issued over the weekend.

January 13, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


BOE Chair, Vice-Chair sworn in

Shakila Henderson-Baker and Abigail Coggin were both sworn in to their second term on the Newton County Board of Education recently.

January 13, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Accident slows I-20 near exit 90

A vehicular accident on I-20 near exit 90 occured around 8:45 Tuesday morning, starting to slow down traffic westbound.

January 13, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington woman who ran over boyfriend arrested

A Covington woman allegedly ran over her boyfriend with his vehicle after the two had a verbal altercation.

January 12, 2015 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


County landfill costs at tipping point

The trash may be buried, but county commissioners caught a whiff of the cost of Newton County's landfill Thursday night, and it did not smell sweet.

January 10, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


How will the merger affect Newton County?

The merger of Georgia State University and Georgia Perimeter College will make the institution the largest university in the state.

January 10, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Honoring Dr. MLK through local service

Thousands of people throughout America will take a day off to celebrate MLK Day, but for many it will not be a day off, but a day on.

January 10, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Two arrested for theft of city's copper

Two men were arrested for allegedly stealing copper from the city of Covington.

August 19, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


DA shuts down gambling joint

A request for local authorities to crack down on illegal gambling from Governor Nathan Deal Thursday led to the immediate closure of Covington Business Center, located in the Covington Corners shopping center.

August 18, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Local woman killed in Ga. 212 wreck

Carol L. Hale of Covington was killed when her 2002 Olds Alero struck a tree off Ga. Highway 212 around 5 p.m. Wednesday.

August 17, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


DNA solves ‘09 rape on Kirkland Road

DNA evidence collected from 2009 has identified a suspect in the rape of a 16-year-old girl two years ago.

August 17, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Authorities search for armed robbers

Authorities are searching for three armed men who accosted a homeowner and his wife early this morning, demanding money.

August 17, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Three arrested for sexual assault of teen

Two men and one teen have been charged with the ongoing molestation of a 13-year-old girl.

August 17, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Explorers assist local law enforcement

For the 13 members of the Porterdale Explorers program, they have gained more than just knowledge of law enforcement, they have gained a family.

August 17, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


T-SPLOST project lists finalized

Regional officials have finished crafting a $740 million T-SPLOST list, which would give Newton County $140 million for transportation projects from 2012 to 2022.

August 17, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Scouts do a good turn for man’s best friend

Covington's Boy Scout Troop 222 recently built dog houses as part of an ongoing effort to serve the community.

August 17, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Court Sentencings - Aug. 17

Robert Kitchens, escape, 10 years probation, three years confinement, $1,000.

August 17, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


"Nutcracker" auditions begin Saturday

Auditions for the Covington Regional Ballet's performance of "Nutcracker" will be held Saturday for ages five and up.

August 17, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


ID on remains could take weeks

Identification on the skeletal remains found by the Yellow River early Saturday morning could take several weeks.

August 17, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Tween makes threats, knife found

A 14-year-old middle school student reportedly threatened to "shoot up" the school Friday morning.

August 16, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Man shot during disagreement

A 25-year-old man was shot in the foot during a disagreement Monday evening, and deputies are looking for the person responsible.

August 16, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Battery note contents released

Update, Monday, 5:38 p.m.: "You just got punked."

August 15, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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