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Mike Cash Office Products seized

Monroe-Mike Cash Office Products, in Monroe, has been seized by state agents after its owners Mike Cash, Sr. and Deborah Cash were arrested for theft by conversion Thursday.

June 11, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Covington man says gun was pointed at him in shower

COVINGTON- A Covington man told the Covington Police Department that while in the shower at a house he was staying in, a group of boys opened the shower curtain and had a gun pointed at him, and were also recording it on a cell phone.

June 10, 2015 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Newton County mulling tax increase

Newton County could see the County M&O millage increase from 11.225 to 12.990, bringing the total millage without fire services and schoolboard to 13.491, unless the board can find additional cuts in the budget for next year.

June 10, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Jason Nord, Newton Water Resources Director, resigns

Newton-Newton County Water Resources Director Jason Nord has resigned to pursue an opportunity in the private sector, according to a press release he sent Tuesday.

June 09, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Rockdale Deputies look for cell phone burglary suspect

Rockdale-Rockdale County Sheriff's Office deputies are asking for the public's help finding a suspect who broke into cell phone stores Sunday.

June 09, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington's Chimney Park may get off-leash dog area

Covington-The Friends of Newton County Parks' proposal to create a dog park has been shared with the Covington City Council and the reception was pretty positive, said the organization's chair, Melvin Allen.

June 07, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


NCSO's annual Back to School giveaway begins

School may have just ended, but the Newton County Sheriff's Office Annual Back to School Supply Giveaway is underway.

June 07, 2015 | | LOCAL


Newton County faces tough choices on budget

Newton-By limiting spending, increasing revenue, the Board of Commissioners is seeking to tidy the books while keeping the budget within range of this year's $47 million.

June 07, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Hometown Hero: Todd Scott

Covington-Todd Scott was down on the floor staring into the eyes of a stranger. He didn't think the gunshots that forced him to take safety were real initially, but then he smelled the gunpowder. The stranger was just another customer like Scott, and Scott knew he had to do something for both their sakes.

June 07, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | LOCAL


County settles wrongful termination suit

Newton-Newton County has agreed to settle with former landscaping contractor William Durden for $45,000 after the latter filed a wrongful termination suit in 2013.

June 07, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Newton County turns out for Family Fun Day

Family Fun Day attracted happy crowds to Turner Lake Park Saturday with music, food, and prizes. The event was sponsored by Congressman Hank Johnson, Senator Ronald Ramsey, Re. Pam Dickerson, Sheriff Ezell Brown, and Commissioner Lanier Sims.

June 06, 2015 | | LOCAL


5 Covington men arrested for pandering

The Covington Police Department, in a joint operation with the Conyers Police Department, arrested 20 males for pandering and other charges throughout a five day period recently.

June 05, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Magnet shooter, Pitts, death ruled a suicide

Jeffrey Scott Pitts, 36, committed suicide during a shootout with Rockdale County deputies Sunday, May 31, according to an autopsy report.

June 05, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Library to get $1,000,000, new HVAC

Dr. Steve Whatley, Chairman of the Newton County Board of Trustees, said there was a time when he thought the Covington branch would have shut its doors. The HVAC unit was beyond repair, and the air in the library would be too hot and humid for its many guests and its many books.

June 04, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


County contracts in committee crosshairs

Covington-The Newton County Purchasing Policy Committee has agreed to recommend requiring a contract, scope of work, and purchase order for professional services, which would include services such as legal counsel, engineering, and appraising.

June 04, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


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Alleged child molestation investigated

Detectives are looking into an accusation of child molestation reported early Friday morning.

March 24, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newton tries to woo Caterpillar suppliers

Caterpillar is moving quickly to build its $200 million manufacturing plant near Athens, breaking ground March 16, and Newton County is aggressively marketing itself to the company's suppliers.

March 24, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Crowder sentenced to life plus 35 years

Darrell Antonio Crowder was sentenced to life plus 35 years Friday for the murder of his estranged wife. The sentence is more then what he originally pleaded to in 2009.

March 24, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Holt: Session nears its end for the year

During the second last week of the session, the House began working through Senate bills in earnest. We spent a lot of time in committee, and voted on 25 pieces of legislation on the House floor.

HB 386, a package of tax code changes, was the most significant item we voted on. It proposes a number of cuts, as well as several increases. Among the tax cuts, the two largest are the phase out of the sales tax on energy used in manufacturing, and an elimination of the marriage penalty in the state income tax. The energy tax has seen ...

March 24, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County to plan future of Salem Road

County officials view the Salem Road corridor as a commercial driver and future home to its own pseudo-city, and they've embarked on an in-depth planning process to clarify that vision.

March 24, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Piedmont Academy visits Georgia capitol

March 22, was a special day for Piedmont Academy's football program including the players, coaching staff, managers, ball boys, and cheerleaders and for the school's One-Act Play cast and crew. Both teams were invited to the Georgia's state capitol by House of Representative Susan Holmes (125th District) of Jasper County and Senator Johnny Grant (25th District) of Baldwin County to be recognized for their accomplishment of winning the GISA AA state title "back-to-back" in football and drama. The football team completed an undefeated thirteen-game 2011 season with a streak of twenty-six games for 2010 and 2011. The ...

March 24, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


The excitement of prom

Prom is a big deal for every teenager. Senior prom is an even bigger deal. When it's your senior prom, things are different.

This year will be my senior prom, and I couldn't be more excited. I have a date this year, which is pretty awesome. I wouldn't want to be going with anyone else either. He's been in my life for a long time now, and I can't think of any way to end our senior year together except celebrating with our friends at prom. Although getting through these past few months have been ...

March 24, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Rasmussen: For voters, tax reform means tax equality

There's a reason President Obama, Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan and many others are touting tax reform these days. On the campaign trail, it taps into deeply held beliefs about the way American society ought to work and the role of government.

Seventy-seven percent think it's important to replace the entire federal tax code with something simpler. Seventy-one percent favor a tax code with lower tax rates and very few deductions.

March 24, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


MasTer Landscape Supply

Mark A. Smith and Tim E. Reed first met at Mobile Oil, where they worked within the chemical division for 15 years. They didn't know each other very well, and neither realized they would be running a business together-years after they left the oil company.

Both men had worked in the landscaping field on the side, unbeknownst of each other. Coincidentally, after they left Mobile, they ran into each other while on separate contracting jobs.

March 24, 2012 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


Kimble: Summer camps available for age 9 to 12th grade

"Dear Mom, Have you ever been to 4-H camp?" starts a letter from a fifth grade 4-H student.

She lists her reasons in the persuasive letter, but my favorite has to be this paragraph:

March 24, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Helicopter egg drop will be April 7

The Avenue Church will host an inaugural helicopter egg drop April 7 at the South Walton Recreaton Complex, Social Circle. Over 10,000 plastic Easter eggs will be dropped.

There will be three separate drops -- one for toddler-4 year olds, a second for 5-7 year olds and the third drop for 8-12 year olds. The hunts on each field will be staggered by 20 minutes. Once the eggs are on the field, children will be able to hunt for eggs in their designated age area. After all the eggs are found, the children can take them to an area to ...

March 24, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Ewing accuses chair of breaking law

At Tuesday night's board meeting, county Commissioner Mort Ewing accused Chairman Kathy Morgan of breaking state law and violating board policy and the board's code of ethics while administering a recent road project, claims Morgan said Thursday she believed to be untrue.

March 23, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Reservoir condemnation case settled

The longstanding land condemnation case between Newton County and Emmett Denby, the lone remaining resident to live on land planned for the future Bear Creek Reservoir, was decided this week in Superior Court when the county was ordered to pay Denby $800,000 for his property.

March 23, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Y keeps kids healthy

Spring break camp registration is going on at the Covington Family YMCA for children ages 5-12. The cost is $95 a week per child or $25 a day. The camp will run April 2-6. There is a $35 program membership fee if applicable. Financial assistance is available based on need.

March 23, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Local landfill legal battle continues

A company wanting to build a private landfill in Newton County could yet get its way after the Georgia Supreme Court this week overturned a ruling that had effectively ended any chance of a landfill.

March 23, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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