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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


Salem Camp meeting speakers announced

Salem-The 187th Salem Camp meeting begins July 10 with supper at the Salem Hotel and the Covington UMC Picnic at the pavilion at 6 p.m.

June 04, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Outpouring of love at vigil for Covington man and Magnet package shop owner killed in rampage

CONYERS - Tears and hugs flowed freely as hundreds of mourners and supporters packed the parking lot of Magnet Bottle Shop Wednesday night to celebrate the lives of owner Mun "Moon" Cha and Covington resident Jimquez Aikens, who were brutally gunned down Sunday.

June 04, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Blimpie reopens after truck crashes into it

Covington-The Blimpie sandwich shop on Elm Street was open Tuesday after being forced to close by Covington Fire Marshall Tony Smith Sunday.

June 03, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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State troopers receive T. Moose donations

The Georgia men and women members of the Loyal Order of Moose have donated 750 stuffed animals to the Georgia State Patrol for troopers to present to children who have been involved in serious traffic crashes or incidents.

March 13, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Hail and wind advisory until 6:15 p.m.

The National Weather Service in Peachtree City issued a special weather advisory warning of possible dime-sized hail and strong winds of up to 40 miles per hour moving through the area until about 6:15 p.m. Tuesday.

March 13, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Son hits dad in head with candlestick

A fight between father and son ended in bloodshed Wednesday evening after the son allegedly hit his father in the head with a candlestick.

March 10, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


County to buy vehicles with '11 SPLOST

The Newton County Board of Commissioners approved spending $77,736 in 2011 SPLOST funds to purchase four vehicles.

March 10, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Residents invited to celebrate county

Residents want to have convenient access to work, school and shopping. They want to pay the lowest amount in taxes possible. They want to be healthy and live in a scenic place, and many of them want to be connected to the place they live. They want a high quality of life.

March 10, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Proposed bill could free up jail space

The Georgia legislature is considering a bill that aims to reduce the number of inmates and save the state and local governments money by using some alternative punishments.

March 10, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newton 4-H'ers take project honors

As I wrote my column last week at Rock Eagle during Junior Senior 4-H Project Achievement, one 4-H'er walked by, clearly upset.

March 10, 2012 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


Daylight saving time begins 2 a.m. Sunday

Tonight while many Newton County residents are sleeping, time will "spring forward." At 2 a.m. this morning, most of America will set their clocks forward one hour for daylight savings time.

March 10, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Great American Cleanup needs volunteers

Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful (KCNB) needs volunteers to clean up roadside litter March 24 during the Great American Cleanup, the nation's largest annual community improvement program. KCNB's event will be at 9 a.m. at Longhorn Steakhouse.

March 10, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Public assistance sought for missing teen

Officials are seeking assistance as they try to locate a 13-year-old girl who went missing from her home Tuesday.

March 09, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


GBI arrests former RCSO deputy

IN BRIEF: The deputy who was fired after an investigation into allegations of an inappropriate relationship with a Heritage High School student was arrested by the Georgia Bureau of Investigations for charges of lying to investigators.

March 09, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Two arrested for meth possession

Covington Police Department arrested a man and his wife for possession of methamphetamine less than one ounce with intent to distribute at Covington Lodge after responding to an anonymous call March 3.

March 08, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Volunteer for Great American Cleanup

Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful (KCNB) needs volunteers to clean up roadside litter during the Great American Cleanup, the nation's largest annual community improvement program. KCNB's kickoff event will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 24 at Longhorn Steakhouse.

March 07, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Gas prices are up; expected to keep rising

Average retail gasoline prices in Georgia have risen 2.3 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.70/g Monday. This compares with the national average that has increased 5.2 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.71/g, according to gasoline price website AtlantaGasPrices.com.

March 07, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


GOP to host skeet shoot fundraiser

The Newton County GOP is hosting a skeet shoot and barbecue banquet dinner March 23 at the South River Gun Club to support gun rights and revive its scholarship fund.

March 07, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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