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Summer vacation: How to prevent home burglaries while away

With the summer months comes plenty of time for family vacations, but sadly unoccupied homes are easy targets for potential burglars.

June 19, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | LOCAL


Rocking in the park

Hundreds attended a grand opening celebration for Covington's Legion Field Park on Mill Street Friday night.

June 18, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Bicycle unit to patrol Porterdale

Come July 4, a new police patrol will hit the streets in Porterdale.

June 18, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Covington Pilot named governor of organization’s Georgia district

She does not fly planes, but Cynthia Spearman is a Pilot.

June 18, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Juvenile Court gets another tool in Casey Foundation

The Newton County Juvenile Court will have another tool to reduce juvenile detention and increase public safety starting in August.

June 18, 2016 | Jasmine Floyd | LOCAL


BOC approves transport vehicles for sheriff’s office

The Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) unanimously approved for the sheriff's department to purchase two Chevy Tahoe's during a special called meeting ...

June 15, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


$50 convenience center fee discussed by BOC

A fee of $50 for Newton County's convenience centers was close to being added to the tax bills of each property owner Wednesday when ...

June 15, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Summer Concert Series: Sensational Sounds of Motown

Downtown Covington Summer Concert Series started Friday night with the Sensational Sounds of Motown. A lively crowd turned out to dance the night away.

June 13, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington Police Specialized Patrol Unit closes ongoing drug investigation

The Covington police department (CPD) closed out an ongoing drug investigation on Thursday, according to Sgt. Chris Smith.

June 12, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | LOCAL


Nelson Heights to host 4th annual Juneteenth festival

Newton County is having our fifth annual Juneteenth Festival at Nelson Heights Community Center from 12:00pm to 8:00pm on Saturday, June 18, 2016.

June 12, 2016 | Jasmine Floyd | LOCAL


Newton County fire services to purchase new breathing apparatus

The Newton County Fire Services department will get 76 new self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) after the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) approved the purchase ...

June 08, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Covington police to get body cameras

Covington police officers will soon be outfitted with ProVision body cameras.

June 07, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Nursing home project receives extension permit

After tabling a request from developer Kippy Clarke of B&B Southside Holdings Company to extend a Special Use Permit (SUP) for Royal Hall Senior ...

June 07, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


BOC needs more than $2 million to balance budget

The Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) still hasn't resolved their budget, which will have a $2.6 million shortfall even if reductions are ...

June 07, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Government 101: Communication, compromise, collaborate

Chris Matthews, host of the MSNBC television show, "Hardball," is the author of a book entitled "Tip and The Gipper - When Politics Worked," that should ...

June 07, 2016 | Jerry Roseberry | LOCAL


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Lassiter: 4 stars for Alice in Wonderland

The Arts Association-Newton County presented Covington Regional Ballet's "Alice in Wonderland" at the Olive Swann Porter Hall Auditorium the first weekend in May. The dancers converged on stage from Mainstream Dance and the Gwinnett Ballet Theatre thus creating the Covington Regional Ballet.

May 22, 2012 | Christy A. Lassiter | LOCAL


Waffle House standoff backs up I-20

A standoff at the Waffle House on Evan's Mill Road in Lithonia had Interstate 20 backed up and area streets closed Tuesday around 3 p.m. Out of at least two suspects holed up in the Waffle House, one was apprehended and one fled to a nearby parking lot where he held a gun to his head, according to the Atlanta-Journal Constitution.

May 22, 2012 | | LOCAL


Kimble: Rotary experience: it’s a small world after all

We had the opportunity to travel thousands of miles in the largest Rotary district in the world, while our Group Study Exchange counterparts toured north Georgia, including Covington.

I met hundreds of people along the way, and experienced Australia in a way few people have the opportunity.

May 22, 2012 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


BOC has budget consensus, no tax hike

The Newton County Board of Commissioners reached an informal consensus at Monday's work session to approve a $44.89 million budget that remains unchanged from its original proposal.

May 21, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Total hurt in school bus collision at 65

Sixty-five people, many of them Burke County Middle School students, were treated 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 21, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Morgan to seek chairman re-election

After months of deliberation about whether to run under a revised form of government, county Chairman Kathy Morgan said Friday she will seek re-election in an effort to move the county forward as the economy begins to improve.

May 21, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Four men in ‘meth murder’ re-arraigned

The four men charged in the 2009 murder of 38-year-old Andrew Nichols have been re-arraigned on charges against them by District Attorney Layla Zon, in an effort to keep the same core charges but make the indictment tighter.

May 19, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


NMC hopes for more birth business

Birth care centers are often young women's and couples' first introduction to a hospital, and if the experience is a good one, a hospital can benefit from repeat business down the road.

May 19, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Morgan to seek chairman re-election

After months of deliberation about whether to run under a revised form of government, county Chairman Kathy Morgan said Friday she will seek re-election in an effort to move the county forward as the economy begins to improve.

May 19, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


GPC campuses won't close, cuts possible

Though no final decisions have been made, interim Georgia Perimeter College president Rob Watts offered good news, no campuses will be closed, and bad news, personnel cuts are likely, during a Friday speech.

May 19, 2012 | Staff Report | 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, werelate.org, 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


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