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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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Fuzz Run just around the corner

The 26th annual Fuzz Run is nearly here and although the race is just days away, it isn't too late to sign up to compete. Runners can visit Baker Field from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Friday and even early Saturday morning prior to the start of the race to register.

September 10, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


"Vampire Diaries" to premiere tonight

The latest television series to be filmed in Covington, the "Vampire Diaries, will premiere tonight at 8 p.m. on The CW network.

September 10, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Burned man identified

At approximately 7:15 p.m. Tuesday Newton County Fire received a call for a house fire at 15858 Ga. Highway 36, across from Campbell Road.

Firefighters who entered the home were able to find a man -- identified by NCFD Deputy Chief Tim Smith as 72-year-old Charles Rainwater Sr -- lying in the kitchen area of the home and drag him to safety. EMTs on the scene were able to open an airway and stabilize the man for transport to Grady Medical Center. Smith said Rainwater was receiving treatment at the Grady Medical Burn Center for third burns over 70 percent ...

September 09, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


The Georgia Kill-a-Watt Challenge

The Governor's Energy Challenge has partnered with Georgia Public Library Services to offer Georgia residents an opportunity to measure the energy consumption of appliances throughout their home and to take steps to reduce their electricity consumption and lower their utility bills.

The Kill-a-Watt meter is compatible with any electrical outlet and is used to assess both the efficiency and the actual consumption of standard home appliances. The LCD display measures consumption by the Kilowatt-hour (just like your local utility). This meter can be used to estimate the cost of running each appliance for a day, week, month or year.

September 09, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man severely burned in house fire

At approximately 7:15 p.m. Newton County Fire received a call for a house fire on Ga. Highway 36 across from Campbell Road.

September 09, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Holiday weekend ‘quite uneventful’

According to local law enforcement officials the Labor Day weekend - Friday through Monday - was a quiet one.

The Newton County Sheriff's Department reported four DUI arrests, two underage drinking arrests and one arrest for public intoxication. Only one accident with injuries was reported and occurred at the intersection of Ga. Highway 142 and U.S. Highway 278.

September 08, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


The women in charge

September 08, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


11 names in the mix for 5th Alcovy judge

Names have continued to come in for the fifth judge position for the local Alcovy Judicial Circuit, and as of late Tuesday, the nomination deadline, 11 candidates had been nominated.

The Alcovy Circuit public defender and district attorney were both nominated, along with nine local attorneys throughout Newton and Walton counties:

September 08, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Top Elk

Almon community resident Larry Capes was elected president of the Georgia Elks Association in June at the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks annual state convention at Jekyll Island.

September 06, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Covington community bike ride

This Labor Day Weekend gear up, get on your bike and join the Covington Community Bike Ride - a four mile route through Covington's historic neighborhoods. Whether you are an enthusiast or a casual rider, everyone is welcome.

September 06, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


20 years of cheer

Family fun: Approximately 1,250 General Mills employees and their families gathered at the cereal production plant Saturday to celebrate the plant's 20th year in operation. The employees and their families enjoyed an afternoon of plant tours, inflatables, music, food, and a special appearance by the Cheerios racecar.

September 06, 2009 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


The Artful Harvest

From Sept. 4 through Sept. 28, Southern Heartland Arts, Inc. and United Bank are hosting Artful Harvest, the annual fine art show and exhibit at the Southern Heartland Arts gallery. This year, over 140 paintings, sculptures, photographs and other art were received by the gallery.

September 06, 2009 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Qualifying week ends; five council seats contested

Qualifying week for city councils in Newton County officially ended Friday afternoon and only a handful of seats are being contested, including one in Covington, Porterdale and Oxford and two seats in Newborn, including a three-way race for mayor.

September 04, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Fire Commissioner presents reward check to local citizen

John Oxendine, Georgia Insurance and Safety Commissioner, and Bud Ousborn of the Georgia Arson Control Board traveled to Newton County Fire Station No. 1 Thursday to present a reward check to the NCFD and Newton County Sheriff's Department, who accepted the $6,500 for an anonymous citizen whose tip led to the arrest and conviction of four arsonists.

September 04, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Labor Day traffic expected to be heavy

The 78-hour Labor Day holiday travel period begins this Friday evening at 6 p.m., and traffic on Georgia roads is expected to be heavy. Colonel Bill Hitchens, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety, said a number of local events across the state will contribute to make for a busy holiday period.

September 04, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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