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Missing Covington teen found in NOLA

The teenage girl who went missing from Covington in May has been found, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

August 19, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Douglas: abandon 2050 Plan

At Tuesday's Board of Commissioners work session, commissioner John Douglas called for the abandonment of the 2050 Plan.

August 19, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Hospital evacuated due to faulty AC unit

A faulty air handling unit filled with smoke and caused the evacuation of Newton Medical Center's emergency room Sunday evening.

August 17, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Town House Cafe (video)

The Town House Cafe Story

August 17, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


Banjos and barbecue

Steve and Vicki Deal have been serving the rural community at Cowboy's BBQ for four years. Their restaurant in Social Circle is going strong, and Steve is looking to expand to a second location within the next year.

August 16, 2014 | Samantha Reardon | LOCAL


Newton County Q&A with Porterdale Mayor Arline Chapman

This is part of an ongoing series of Q&A sessions with various top elected officials in Newton County. To suggest questions for specific city or county issues, email reporter Rob Dewig at rdewig@covnews.com.

August 16, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Covington businessman runs for lost boy

A year ago, Joe Urban chose to do something for a co-worker's young son with cancer - run 100 miles, nonstop, in the Colorado Rockies. To raise money for a fund set up in the boy's name.

August 16, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Fighting to live

When Georgia lawmakers killed the medical cannabis oil bill in the last hour of the March 20 legislative session, Kelli and Mike Hopkins hoped any of the dozens of seizures their six-year-old son, Abe, had a day would not be his last. That the bill would be passed in 2015's session, giving Abe a chance. Because Kelli and Mike feel like they've tried everything.

August 16, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Suicide numbers scary in Georgia

When a plane crashes, it's national news.

August 16, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


A muddy good time

Local runners, mudders and thrill-seekers from around the Peach State braved the summer heat in the dirtiest of ways Saturday, August 16 at the 2014 Rugged Maniac 5K Obstacle Race made its way to the Georgia International Horse Park

August 16, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


US sees surge in Cuban rafters

MIAMI (AP) - One early morning this April, Dairon Morera climbed onto a raft of aluminum tanks with 22 other people, revved up a Volvo car motor and pushed off the Cuban shore, joining a never-ending stream of islanders desperate to reach the United States.

August 15, 2014 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Florence continues to push forward

Tichelle Florence's doctor told her she'd never walk again once her disease forced her into a wheelchair.

August 14, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Athens Tech campus coming to Social Circle

For Georgia's "Greatest Little Town," Social Circle is about to get a bigger spotlight.

August 14, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Jimbo’s on liquor license probation

A pre-hearing negotiation with the owner of a Porterdale restaurant laid out guidelines to follow if he wants to keep his alcohol license.

August 14, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


No NCSS schools on Alert list

It's an exclusive list that Newton County School System is glad it's not on.

August 14, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


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Newton applies for federal funds to aid with foreclosed homes

After much debate, the Newton County Board of Commissioners finally approved an application for federal funds to redevelop foreclosed homes with a unanimous vote Tuesday night.

January 08, 2009 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Power restored after windstorm

Power has been restored to the 1,000 Newton County residents and businesses that lost power Wednesday around noon.

January 08, 2009 | Tisa Smart Washington | LOCAL


Longtime county attorney reappointed

Longtime Newton County Attorney Tommy Craig was reappointed to his position by a vote of 3-1-1 at the Board of Commissioner's first meeting of 2009 Tuesday evening.

January 07, 2009 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Goody's liquidation means some stores closing

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Discount clothing chain Goody's Family Clothing will soon begin liquidating its stores, including seven across West Virginia.

The Tennessee-based company, which emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection less than four months ago, will begin liquidation sales Friday. Goody's becomes one of the first retailers in 2009 to fall victim to the worsening economy.

January 07, 2009 | The Associated Press | LOCAL


Naked man arrested at Wal-mart

Officers with the Covington Police Department arrested a nude man looking for a fight Sunday at the Wal-Mart on Industrial Boulevard.

January 06, 2009 | Tisa Smart Washington | LOCAL


Building hope, one house at a time

The city of Covington has decided to partner with a North Carolina nonprofit to redevelop several foreclosed properties in historic neighborhoods as part of the federal government's Neighborhood Stabilization Program.

January 06, 2009 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


CNN: Gupta approached about surgeon general post

WASHINGTON - President-elect Barack Obama has approached CNN's chief medical correspondent, Sanjay Gupta, to be the country's next surgeon general, the cable news network said Tuesday.

CNN said it has kept Gupta from reporting on health care policy and other matters involving the incoming Obama administration since learning he was under consideration for the post.

January 06, 2009 | The Associated Press | LOCAL


Burris denied seat in US Senate to succeed Obama

WASHINGTON - Roland Burris failed in his bid to take President-elect Barack Obama's Illinois Senate seat on Tuesday in a scripted piece of political theater staged just before the opening of the 111th Congress.

"My credentials were not in order, I will not be accepted, I will not be seated," Burris, 71, told a mob of reporters who had followed him across the street for a news conference in a cold and steady rain outside the Capitol.

January 06, 2009 | The Associated Press | LOCAL


Law firm: Carter's AG, Bell, dies in Atlanta at 90

ATLANTA - Griffin B. Bell, the shrewd Southern lawyer who grew up with Jimmy Carter and became U.S. attorney general after Carter was elected president, died at an Atlanta hospital Monday. He was 90.

Bell died at 9:40 a.m., said Les Zucke, a spokesman for Atlanta law firm King & Spalding where Bell worked as a senior counsel. Piedmont Hospital spokeswoman Diana Lewis said he died of kidney failure.

January 05, 2009 | By Greg Bluestein Associated Press Writer | LOCAL


Burglars hit homes in same neighborhood

Deputies with the Newton County Sheriff's Office are investigating two burglaries on Myrtle Grove Lane in Covington. Burglars hit the homes in the same neighborhood Dec. 11 and Dec. 16, making off with more than $13,000 worth of property.

According to the Dec. 11 incident report, burglars stole more than $4,500 worth of jewelry and office equipment. The victim reported missing 17 pieces of jewelry including several rings, necklaces and bracelets, and a fire proof safe.

January 05, 2009 | Tisa Smart Washington | LOCAL


Holiday Gifts

Friendly fashion: Students in Indian Creek Middle School's Couture Club assisted the Bethabara Missionary Baptist Church missions ministry in a community outreach project. They carolled for the residents at Covington Manor and also brought them polar fleece blankets. Pictured are Kiah Brown, left, Tammy Minter, Emilie Liebert, Wendy Rodriguez, Kareana Medouze and Aliyah Davis.

January 04, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Santa comes early

Good boys and girls: George Smith from Eastridge Community Church donned a Santa outfit Sunday and visited the children at the Pine Valley Mission. Approximately 50 children received gifts from their wish lists. Eastridge and Harvest Baptist helped the mission supply the toys. The mission served their Christmas meal to the High Point community on Dec. 14. The mission's focus is on the needs of underprivileged children. School supplies, clothing, shoes and coats are furnished the entire year. The mission is located at 12185 Ga. Highway 36 and has been in operation for 18 years and is facilitated solely ...

January 04, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


A walk by faith

Organizers estimated between 1,500 – 2,000 people turned out on a foggy, damp Saturday morning for the second annual "Walk by Faith" event to raise food donations and funds for Newton and Rockdale charities, including the Covington Food Bank. • Led by an energetic Newton High School Sound Factory Marching Band and the Heritage High School Marine Corps Jr. ROTC carrying the colors, participants went on a mile-long walk that ended with an interdenominational unity worship service at the Church in the Now. • Churches and organizations involved include Church in the Now, Springfield Baptist Church, Bethelbara Baptist Church, Rainbow Covenant ...

January 03, 2009 | Mandi Singer | LOCAL


Welcome to the world

Newton County welcomed its first baby of 2009 Friday morning – Timothy Whitlock – born in the wee hours at 1:13 a.m. at Newton Medical Center.

January 03, 2009 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Making the shade

Winter is the best season to plant trees and some took advantage of their holiday time off work to do so.

January 03, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


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