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July 26, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


One tank trip: Sleeping bear, hidden alligator

Bear Hollow Zoo in Athens, Georgia has something for everyone. A short drive from Newton and Rockdale counties, this zoo offers a wide variety of wild animals. Here you can find a owls, bears, an American bald eagle and a reptile house with a variety of snakes and alligators. Volunteers educated on each of the animals are on hand to answer questions and offer a hands-on visit with some of the wildlife. The Bear Hollow Zoo is free for all visitors. Zoo hours are 9 to 5 seven days a week. For more info, call 706-613-3616.

July 26, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


Judge OKs $397 in bonds for Braves stadium

Cobb judge Oks $397M in bonds for Braves stadium

July 26, 2014 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Snapping Shoals meeting time

About 1,357 Snapping Shoals EMC members turned out for the 76th annual shareholders' meeting at the Georgia International Horse Park Thursday, July 24.

July 26, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington teen missing

Fourteen-year-old Jordan Aaron has been reported missing to the Newton County Sheriff's Department.

July 26, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


US evacuates embassy in Libya

WASHINGTON (AP) - The United States shut down its embassy in Libya on Saturday and evacuated its diplomats to neighboring Tunisia under U.S. military escort amid a significant deterioration in security in Tripoli as fighting intensified between rival militias, the State Department said.

July 26, 2014 | MATTHEW LEE, AP Diplomatic Writer | LOCAL


Oxford’s stake in EPA-proposed CO2 regulations

Oxford's electricity generation and rates may change in the coming years after a new carbon dioxide regulations proposal was released by the U.S. EPA in June.

July 24, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Chief: Gainesville tragedy won’t be repeated here

Three Hall County firefighters were injured Tuesday after a fire truck ladder collapsed under them during training. The accident resulted in the Sutphen Corp. asking fire departments nationwide to pull some models of their ladder-trucks from service.

July 24, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Neighbors: Faulkner a nice guy

Julian Leon Faulkner, who was shot after he allegedly attacked a Covington police officer with a sword Wednesday, was described by neighbors as a "nice guy" with depression issues.

July 24, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Covington Police Explorers, Post #222 excel again

Eighteen of the 26 members of the Covington Police Explorers traveled to Savannah and competed in six events during Summerfest.

July 24, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


School system receives $5.1M in after-school program grants

Parents may have the opportunity not to rush to pick up their kids from learning and enrichment this year after the school district received enough grant money to expand its after-school programs.

July 24, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Training never stops to handle aggression

Every officer-use-of-force situation is a volatile and dangerous affair for the officer, the suspect and the community.

July 24, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


County employees to get extra holiday

Newton County employees will receive 12 paid holidays, not 11 as in years past, off work next year.

July 24, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Crash cleared on I-20 WB near Salem Rd

UPDATE: The vehicles have been cleared from I-20 westbound and traffic is flowing again.

July 24, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


CPD officer shoots sword-wielding man

A man wielding a "medieval" type sword threatened a Covington police officer who then shot the suspect twice in the abdomen Wednesday afternoon.

July 23, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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Starved for love

Along with rising foreclosures in Newton County, another trend has started to rear its ugly head. Those forced out of their homes sometimes leave animals behind, while people who cannot afford to feed their animals leave them to starve rather than give them away.

December 09, 2008 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


BOC debates purchasing foreclosed properties

After some initial enthusiasm toward the possibility of acquiring foreclosed homes and redeveloping them, the Newton County Board of Commissioners is now engaged in an ideological skirmish over whether local government should be involved.

December 09, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Citizens warned to be careful letting strangers in homes

Most families have their own holiday traditions for this time of year and it is doubtful that any of those include having their homes invaded or their belongings stolen. With an increase in crimes against property this time of year, citizens are urged to be vigilant and to watch out for scams, including a new one going on in surrounding counties.

December 09, 2008 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


FBI agents ordered to India to investigate attacks

WASHINGTON - The U.S. government ordered FBI agents Friday to fly to India to assist in the investigation of the bloody Mumbai attacks that killed two American travelers and a former New York couple. U.S. citizens still in the city were warned their lives remain at risk.

December 09, 2008 | By Foster Klug and Lara Jakes Jordan Associated Press Writers | LOCAL


An "Ole' Tyme" Newborn Christmas

After the Thanksgiving goodies are gobbled down and the shopping is done, come relax and celebrate Christmas with Newborn's second annual Ole' Tyme Christmas Tree Lighting on Saturday, Nov. 29, from 3 pm. To 6 p.m at the Old School House and Town Hall on Ga. Highway 142 in Newborn.

December 06, 2008 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Accident caused by heart attack

 A 77-year-old man, Robert Burgess, was killed Friday in a single car accident on Dixie Road according to the Georgia State Patrol.

December 06, 2008 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


T-shirt sales to help Food Pantry

After hearing that the Community Food Pantry had to briefly close its doors earlier this month when it ran out of food several Eastside High students decided something had to be done.

December 06, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Officers urge safety during Thanksgiving

 What is meant to be a time of togetherness and giving thanks can easily turn into a nightmare if residents are not mindful of their surroundings and property this Thanksgiving, according to officials at the Georgia State Patrol, Covington Police Department and Newton County Sheriff's Department.

December 06, 2008 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Make a joyful sound

With the economy in the doldrums and wallets feeling the pinch, there's nothing to lift the spirit quite like a free concert from the Newton County Community Band.

December 06, 2008 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Christmas magic at Chimney Park

For the first time in what is hoped to become an annual holiday tradition, Newton County families can enjoy Christmas lights and figurines in the woods at "Twilights at Chimney Park" on Sunday, Dec. 7.

December 06, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


A chat with Valdora Roachford

Below is a transcript of the chat with Valdora Roachford from Monday morning. The Roachford family was featured in the ABC reality show "Wife Swap," which aired this past Friday.

December 05, 2008 | Staff Report | LOCAL


New home day cares no longer allowed in county

A number of home businesses will now be illegal under new zoning regulations approved by the Board of Commissioners which now bars day cares in residential districts and home occupation hair salons and barbershops.

December 05, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


One dead in College Avenue blaze

A fire Saturday morning claimed the life of one Covington man, according to Covington Fire Department Captain Rob Christopher.

December 05, 2008 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


A day in her shoes

Covington resident Valdora Roachford had no idea what she would be up against when producers from the television series "Wife Swap" drove her to a home in the suburbs of Chicago last summer.

December 03, 2008 | Carrie Huenke | LOCAL


Books on parade

Mansfield Elementary School Principal G.W. Davis Jr. drives a tractor pulling a float filled with front office staff dressed as farm animals during the school's 16th Annual Book Parade on Friday. The front office staff themed their float after the book "Click, Clack, Moo, Cows that Type" by author Doreen Cronin.

December 03, 2008 | Mandi Singer | LOCAL


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