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JDA elects officers for 2017

The Joint Development Authority (JDA) of Jasper, Morgan, Newton and Walton Counties held its first meeting of 2017 Jan. 25 at the Old Moore House ...

January 26, 2017 | Darryl Welch | LOCAL


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Bouchillon named interim city manager

Covington City Council continues to look for a replacement for the position of city manager, but the seat was not empty at the council's meeting on Monday night.

Deputy city manager Billy Bouchillon sat in and will serve as the interim city manager for the city of Covington until a new city manager is appointed. Former city manager Steve Horton retired on Dec. 21, 2012, but attended the council meeting.

January 08, 2013 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Three NCSO officers promoted

After serving the citizens of Newton County for more than seven decades combined, three of Newton County's finest have been promoted: two to the rank of captain, one to major in the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

January 08, 2013 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


New plan for downtown Covington?

Main Street Covington now has a blueprint of how to move forward with creating a better downtown, but there is no set time of when or if any recommended changes will be implemented.

January 08, 2013 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Police investigate two weekend stabbings

Two men were stabbed in separate incidents Saturday, according to reports from the Covington Police Department.

The first incident occurred around 6:30 p.m. Officers responded to a hang-up call on West Street. When officers arrived, they noticed people standing outside the residence and waving them down. A woman said that her husband had been stabbed by Anthony Clemons, who had since fled the scene.

January 08, 2013 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Pinnacle banker McNary promoted

Long-time banker Kim McNary has been promoted to business banker at Pinnacle Bank.

In her new role, Ms. McNary will be responsible for developing and maintaining commercial banking relationships, a duty she has "established a proven record of success," according to Jackson McConnell, Pinnacle's CEO.

January 08, 2013 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mecca: Join the Navy, see the world

The old recruiting slogan "Join the Navy and See the World" actually came true for Newton resident Shelton Keaton.

January 08, 2013 | Pete Mecca | LOCAL


Burning body found in the woods near Highway 212

UPDATE: The Rockdale County Sheriff's Office announced that foul play was not suspected in the case of the burning body found in the woods on Sunday.

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January 08, 2013 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Men try to steal deer stand

A man told a deputy with the Newton County Sheriff's Office that three men tried to steal his deer stand on Thursday. A report from the NCSO said a deputy responded to a home on Mote Road in reference to a theft. The man said he saw three black males carrying his deer stand down the road. He said he left it by a tree in the woods across from his house. When the man confronted the males, they dropped the stand and ran towards Mote Crossing. The man said some of the clips to the stand were missing ...

January 05, 2013 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Road work costs to rise in 2013

The effects of failed transportation sales tax, also known as T-SPLOST, votes across Georgia on July 31 are now being seen on city and county government ledgers.

January 05, 2013 | By Jeff Gill Special to The News | LOCAL


Local legislators preview 2013 session

The Georgia General Assembly will gather on Jan. 14 for its annual session to discuss a number of issues concerning the state.

January 05, 2013 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Teens arrested in New Year’s theft

Three Covington Police officers rang in the New Year right, using their fast thinking to not only arrest three teens for burglary, but to also recover the stolen merchandise.

January 05, 2013 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Black boxes of mystery

Are they makeshift caskets for pandemics and war? Coffins? Septic tanks? Did the CDC, FEMA or another federal agency order them in case of mass casualties? People driving down Interstate 20 west from Covington may have noticed row after row of black coffin-looking boxes lining a portion of Almon Road. But what are they really?

January 05, 2013 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Employees’ pay still to drop in ’13

Americans' paychecks will be a little smaller in 2013.

While Congress and the president reached a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff - meaning all but the wealthiest Americans will not see an income tax hike - the Social Security payroll tax increased by 2 percent this year.

January 03, 2013 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Training to prevent tragedy

It's the worst nightmare for parents and school staff, a shooter loose in the halls, but as the tragedies at Columbine and, most recently, Sandy Hook has taught law enforcement, they can never be too prepared.

January 03, 2013 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Community celebrates 150 years of freedom

Hundreds gathered Sunday night in a celebration of freedom, faith and family in the Sesquicentennial Emancipation Proclamation community worship service, hosted at Springfield Baptist Church.

January 03, 2013 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


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