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Armed robbery suspects arrested with 6,000 pills

Two suspects wanted for the Omnicare Pharmacy armed robbery were arrested after officers and agents found $250,000 of prescription drugs in a joint Georgia Bureau of Investigations and Conyers Police Department investigation.

April 10, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Spring Festival at Gaither’s Plantation

Every spring is a great time to enjoy the cooler weather, the colorful scenery of the blooming flowers and more. This spring offers a more rare experience for are residents thanks to the Gaither's Plantation Spring Fling and Festival.

April 10, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Water main on Brown Bridge Rd breaks

An estimated four-hour repair job, extended to eight or nine hours, keeping residents along Brown Bridge Road without water for much of the day Tuesday.

April 09, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Woman reportedly on ‘Molly’ fights police

After allegedly taking the drug "molly," a woman fought with Covington police officers and grabbed for an officer's pepper spray and Taser Saturday morning at 2:20 a.m.

April 08, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Pricey auto insurance in Covington

Covington drivers are paying more than most in Georgia for auto insurance, going against assumed statistics about population and density as indicators of such rates.

April 08, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Spinning his wheels

A Covington man was arrested after he allegedly drove drunk with an open bottle of whisky in a truck and tried to make his passenger switch seats with him.

April 08, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Sheriff appeals to citizens in fight against crime

Responding to the increasing number of people who want to assist law enforcement officials and build a stronger partnership in the fight against crime, Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown announced that Newton County citizens are being invited to become Honorary Members of the Georgia Sheriffs' Association.

April 08, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Lions Club to host annual BBQ

The Covington Lions Club will hold their 42nd Annual Chicken BBQ at their pavilion on Conyers Street from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. on April 9.

April 08, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Fire shuts down Turner Lake Rd Arby's

A small electrical fire left the Arby's on Turner Lake Road shut down Sunday evening through Monday.

April 07, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Volunteers, cyclists come together

Residents in Social Circle pride themselves on their tight-knit community mentality and volunteerism. What better way to celebrate that aim than by gathering to fuel up 700 hungry and pollen-covered bicyclists from all over the state at a rest stop under the sun?

April 06, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


County studies Salem Rd zoning more

County officials want to make sure they're on the same page when it comes to future development in the Salem Road area, so they're placing a temporary ban on some zoning requests.

April 06, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Ribbon cut on CNG station

The City of Covington's Green Fuels Facility, a compressed natural gas station, held its grand opening Friday.

April 06, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


2014 Governor’s Honors Program finalists

Six Newton County School System high school students plan to spend part of their summer jump-starting their college learning after being selected to participate in the 2014 Governor's Honors Program.

April 06, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


GOP hosting candidate meet-and-greet

Newton County residents planning to vote in the Republican primary May 20 will have a chance to meet and question several candidates in one place at the Newton County Republican Party's April 15 political rally.

April 06, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Covington Student a Finalist at Mr. ABAC Contest

After speaking to the Lions Club of Oxford this week about 4-H opportunities, I noticed yet again that my old classmates simply aren't present in service clubs.

April 06, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Getting ready for the big game

For the fans: Five O'Clock Somewhere Bartender Melissa SanFelice hangs Super Bowl themed balloons and streamers over the pool tables Saturday afternoon in preparation for the Super Bowl party hosted by the local Covington establishment. The big game will be featured in surround sound on the 106" theater screen at Five O'Clock Somewhere and a free buffet will be available starting 4 p.m. Sunday.

Porterdale Bar and Grill is also hosting a Super Bowl BBQ Party and two-year anniversary celebration starting 1 p.m Sunday. Customers eat for free.

January 31, 2009 | Mandi Singer | LOCAL


Unemployment soars in Newton County

 Newton County's unemployment rate climbed to new heights in December to 10.4 percent, according to figures released by the Georgia Department of Labor on Thursday.

January 30, 2009 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Smurfit-Stone files for Ch. 11 bankruptcy protection

 Smurfit-Stone Container Corp., the largest producer of cardboard box materials in North America and a large manufacturing employer in Covington, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

January 30, 2009 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Donated car stolen

An attempt to register a recently purchased vehicle proved fruitless when a Covington man realized the car was still owned by someone else who thought she had donated it to charity.

According to reports, officers from the Covington Police Department were called to a location on Washington Street in reference to a stolen automobile. When they arrived, they spoke to the victim who reportedly said he had purchased a 1994 Saturn station wagon from a man named "Ray" at a gas station on Washington Street and Flat Shoals Road. According to reports, the man told officers he paid "Ray" $700 ...

January 30, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Deputies assist in speedy car chase

 An Augusta man was arrested and charged with multiple offenses after leading deputies from several counties on a high speed chase for more than 50 miles.

January 30, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Beautiful Works

Young artists: Jamal Street, 18, (above) and Zae Jackson, 11, (below) of Social Circle stand next to their works, titled "A Man's Strength" and "Hippo in the Round," respectively. Theirs were among the 76 works selected out of 359 submissions in a variety of media, such as painting, printmaking, sculpture and collage, to be exhibited in the Boys and Girl's Club in Atlanta as part of the Youth Art Connection. More than 10 students from the Social Circle Boys and Girls' Club were selected. The students were recognized in a ceremony on Jan. 8. The works will be ...

January 29, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Recycling economics

 Even without looking at the headlines, a passerby can tell there's been a slowdown in the world's economy just by looking at the yard of the Newton County's landfill.

January 27, 2009 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Many leery of 2-year college proposal

 The recommendation made to Gov. Sonny Perdue by the Tough Times or Tough Choices working group to merge two-year colleges and technical schools has both educators and students in Newton County leery of what their educational future may hold.

January 27, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Attorney General’s office refers ‘family fight’ case to Ocmulgee Circuit DA

Georgia's Attorney General's office has assigned the family fight case involving three members of juvenile court Judge Sheri Robert's family to Frederic Bright, district attorney for the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit, in Milledgeville. Newton County District Attorney Ken Wynne recused himself last week saying he wanted to "avoid any sort of appearance of any conflict of interest from this office or Judge Roberts."

January 26, 2009 | Tisa Smart Washington | LOCAL


Home Depot to cut 7,000 jobs, close Expo chain

CHICAGO - Home Depot Inc. plans to eliminate 7,000 jobs while closing four dozen stores under its smaller home improvement brands as the recession continues to batter the nation's housing market. Its shares climbed more than 5 percent in morning trading.

The nation's biggest home improvement retailer said Monday the cuts will affect about 2 percent of its 300,000 workers and cause the Atlanta-based chain to record a $532 million pretax charge, most of which will be recorded in the fourth quarter.

January 26, 2009 | By Ashley M. Heher AP Retail Writer | LOCAL


Report draft recommends closure of GPC

Georgia Perimeter College and all other two-year colleges could close and be absorbed into the state's Technical College System if Gov. Sonny Perdue decides to adopt the recommendations of a working group he formed last summer with the task of researching ways to create long-term, comprehensive education reform.

January 24, 2009 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Reservoir levels back to normal

A little over a year after the county's reservoirs reached unheard of low-levels, water-levels have returned to nearly full levels.

January 24, 2009 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Burglars cut hole into wall to rob store

Deputies with the Newton County Sheriff's Office are investigating a burglary Jan. 15 at a convenience store on Browns Bridge Road where criminals cut a hole in the store's back wall to gain entrance.

January 24, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Witness to history

January 20, 2009 is a work day Covington resident Toney Collins will always remember. Not only because he witnessed the inauguration of our nation's first black president, but because he experienced it from a location-and a perspective-seen only by a select few in our nation.

January 24, 2009 | Tisa Smart Washington | LOCAL


Drivers life-flighted after accident

Two men were life-flighted Jan. 23 to Atlanta hospitals with head injuries after they were involved in a collision on Ga. Highway 36 just east of Campbell Road.

January 24, 2009 | Tisa Smart Washington | LOCAL


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