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Piedmont receives warm welcome at public hearing for hospital deal

Doctors and local officials praised the pending acquisition of Newton Health System by Piedmont Healthcare during a public hearing moderated by a representative of the ...

August 09, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


CPD cites 10 clerks for selling alcohol to minors in undercover operation

Beginning July 24 the Covington Police Department, led by compliance/operations lieutenant Wendell Wagstaff and a specialized patrol division, led an undercover operation into underage ...

August 08, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | LOCAL


Newton County to get Civic Center

The Newton County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to use $5 million in SPLOST funds to renovate Porter Memorial Auditorium as a civic center to ...

August 06, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Severe thunderstorms possible 2 p.m. - 10 p.m. Thursday

The National Weather Service in Peachtree City issued a statement warning of scattered but severe thunderstorms possible Thursday 2 p.m. - 10 p.m. for ...

August 06, 2015 | | LOCAL


Newton County schools searched after social media threat

Newton County schools were deemed clear after a night of searching by the Newton County Sheriff's Office in conjunction with school officials after a ...

August 06, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


For Mansfield, home is where the art is

Last week, Mansfield cheered the unveiling of a new outdoor mural painted by local artist Tamara Haase celebrating the events, places and people that make ...

August 05, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Douglas feels the heat at BOC meeting

Newton County Commissioner John Douglas faced blistering criticism Tuesday night from angry members of the public over a racist, sexist comment he wrote on Facebook ...

August 04, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Crash on I-20 eastbound near exit 80

An accident on Interstate 20 eastbound near Exit 80 in Rockdale County Sunday afternoon left a car on the median and traffic backed up. First ...

August 02, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington fire fighter leaving for higher calling

If you were to ask a room of firefighters why they chose their dangerous profession, the majority would give you the same answer: They were ...

August 02, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Oxford College prof. looks at tick populations

Ticks.

August 02, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Douglas faces fallout as more call for resignation

Calls for Newton County Commissioner John Douglas to resign grew louder this week following his racially charged comments on Facebook, with several groups announcing their ...

August 02, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Arts Association to propose Porter Memorial for civic center

Officials with the Newton County Arts Association feel they have found a way to get its long-sought civic center up and running.

August 02, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Q&A with Superintendent Samantha Fuhrey

What are you looking forward to most for the 2015-16 school year?

August 02, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Falling through the cracks

Gayle Friedman lives less than 10 miles from a dialysis clinic where she should be receiving life-saving treatment three times a week.

August 01, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


CPD accepting applications for Citizens Academy

The Covington Police Department is now accepting applications for enrollment into their Citizens Academy for fall of 2015.

July 31, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Teacher accused of sexual contact

A Covington man who was a Conyers high school teacher was arrested Friday on charges of a teacher having sexual contact with a student.

April 02, 2012 | | LOCAL


Social Circle murder victim ID'd

The body found burning off Interstate 20 in Social Circle late Thursday night has been identified as 36-year-old Akili Jabari Stewart of Stone Mountain. According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, he was killed as a result of gunshot wounds.

April 02, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Gas prices rose 5 cents last week

Average retail gasoline prices in Atlanta have risen 5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.83 per gallon yesterday. This compares with the national average that has increased 3.2 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.89 per gallon, according to gasoline price website AtlantaGasPrices.com.

April 02, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Roadwork may cause delays

WHEN: 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, April 2, continuing through Thursday, April 5, weather permitting

April 02, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Ex-husband sought in woman's assault

The ex-husband of a woman who was beaten in a hotel off City Pond Road Wednesday is being sought by authorities.

Officers from the Covington Police Department were called to the hotel and when they arrived, met with the victim who was "visibly shaken." Officers noted that her hotel room had items strewn all over the floor and the victim's eyes were bloodshot as if she had been crying.

March 31, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Dead body found on fire in woods off I-20

Authorities in Social Circle are investigating a body found late Thursday night. According to Social Circle director of public safety Tom Fox, a 911 call placed at 11:44 p.m. reported seeing a fire being started in the woods off exit 101 near Interstate 20 and Ga. Hwy. 278. According to Fox, firefighters responded to the blaze and discovered a black male, possibly in his 30s.

Both the GBI and Social Circle Police Department were working the scene throughout the day Friday morning. The GBI conducted an autopsy Saturday but have yet to release the name of the victim ...

March 31, 2012 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL


Covington debates saggy pants law

While Covington council members seem to unanimously dislike the practice of people wearing pants that sag below their waists, they were divided on whether the city should seek to outlaw the practice through an ordinance.

March 31, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Keeping it real

Sharon Sawyer fusses over her husband Forrest, arranging his headphones, as the two sit in the whitewashed, brick radio station on Hendricks Street. In the community, Forrest is known for his vocal activism, but in the studio Sharon is the boss.

"I'm not really the boss. I'm the director," said Sharon laughing.

March 31, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Meneguzzo named principal of Theme School at Ficquett

With the announcement of theme school principal Ruth Anne Smith's retirement, James Meneguzzo has been named principal of the Newton County Theme School at Ficquett.

Meneguzzo, currently an assistant principal at Indian Creek Middle School, will take over at the theme school the start of the next school year. The Newton County Board of Education voted unanimously at a called meeting March 29 to appoint him.

March 31, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Free wireless internet around downtown

As part of its efforts to attract more people to the square, the city of Covington is now offering free wireless internet service on and surrounding the square.

March 31, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Palm Sunday kicks off full week of Easter events

Easter will be celebrated this year on April 8. Local churches have gathered together to present a week full of fun events that the whole family can enjoy during this holiday.

On April 1, the First Baptist Church of Covington will present a musical called "God with Us." It will be performed in the sanctuary of the church at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. During the week after the musical, there will be

March 31, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Covington YMCA gears up for 11th annual Cheerios Challenge

On Saturday, April 21 the Covington family YMCA will be hosting the 11th annual Cheerios Challenge on the square. The event will begin at 7:30 a.m. with the 10K run. The one mile fun run will begin at 9 a.m. followed by the 5K run beginning at 9:30 a.m. All races will start and finish at the Covington Family YMCA located at 2140 Newton Drive.

"The great thing about the race is the fact it is USATF certified," event coordinator Kacie Brown said. "Anyone who plans of running in the Atlanta Journal Constitution's Peachtree ...

March 31, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Woman arrested after hiding crack pipe in pants

While patrolling, two Newton County officers observed a group of three males and one female talking loudly in the backyard of a residence that has been known for drug activity.

Both officers had made numerous arrests in and around the residence and have received complaints about the homeowner and his involvement in drug trading.

March 31, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Woman arrested for stealing from Walmart with her son

A woman was arrested Tuesday afternoon after she and her mentally handicapped son allegedly attempted to steal from Walmart.

According to reports, a loss prevention employee at the Industrial Boulevard store recognized Melva Montgomery and her son from watching them shoplift from the store on video the day before.

March 31, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Body found in Social Circle

Authorities in Social Circle are investigating a body found late last night. According to Social Circle director of public safety Tom Fox, a 911 call placed at 11:44 p.m. reported seeing a fire being started in the woods off exit 101 off Interstate 20 and Ga. Hwy. 278. According to Fox, firefighters responded to the blaze and discovered a black male, possible in his 30s.

March 30, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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