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Banjos and barbecue

Steve and Vicki Deal have been serving the rural community at Cowboy's BBQ for four years. Their restaurant in Social Circle is going strong, and Steve is looking to expand to a second location within the next year.

August 16, 2014 | Samantha Reardon | LOCAL


Covington businessman runs for lost boy

A year ago, Joe Urban chose to do something for a co-worker's young son with cancer - run 100 miles, nonstop, in the Colorado Rockies. To raise money for a fund set up in the boy's name.

August 16, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


A muddy good time

Local runners, mudders and thrill-seekers from around the Peach State braved the summer heat in the dirtiest of ways Saturday, August 16 at the 2014 Rugged Maniac 5K Obstacle Race made its way to the Georgia International Horse Park

August 16, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Suicide numbers scary in Georgia

When a plane crashes, it's national news.

August 16, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Fighting to live

When Georgia lawmakers killed the medical cannabis oil bill in the last hour of the March 20 legislative session, Kelli and Mike Hopkins hoped any of the dozens of seizures their six-year-old son, Abe, had a day would not be his last. That the bill would be passed in 2015's session, giving Abe a chance. Because Kelli and Mike feel like they've tried everything.

August 16, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


US sees surge in Cuban rafters

MIAMI (AP) - One early morning this April, Dairon Morera climbed onto a raft of aluminum tanks with 22 other people, revved up a Volvo car motor and pushed off the Cuban shore, joining a never-ending stream of islanders desperate to reach the United States.

August 15, 2014 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Florence continues to push forward

Tichelle Florence's doctor told her she'd never walk again once her disease forced her into a wheelchair.

August 14, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Athens Tech campus coming to Social Circle

For Georgia's "Greatest Little Town," Social Circle is about to get a bigger spotlight.

August 14, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Jimbo’s on liquor license probation

A pre-hearing negotiation with the owner of a Porterdale restaurant laid out guidelines to follow if he wants to keep his alcohol license.

August 14, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


No NCSS schools on Alert list

It's an exclusive list that Newton County School System is glad it's not on.

August 14, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Abandoned house burns during demolition

A vacant home on Brown Bridge Road near Woodland Lane was completely destroyed by fire Wednesday - ironically as crews were demolishing it to reclaim old wood.

August 14, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Hall: Chamber in a good ‘state’

2014 has been a great year for the Newton County Chamber of Commerce, President Hunter Hall told members at the annual "State of the Chamber" luncheon Thursday.

August 14, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Timber sale to help county coffers

Newton County officials plan to ask for bids on harvesting timber from 200 or so acres near the intersection of Lower River Road and New Mote Road south of Covington.

August 14, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


DOT: Peachtree Academy to get school zone

It may be a parent's worst nightmare. Cars speeding by their child's school every morning and afternoon, thinking they won't be the one to hit a student.

August 14, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Porterdale PD gets social media policy

Even law enforcement employees have rules, and that doesn't exclude what they post on Facebook, Twitter or any other social media network.

August 14, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


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The Cheerios Challenge

Ready, set, run: Hundreds of runners of all ages took part Saturday in the 10th annual Cheerios Challenge in Covington. The event featured 10-K and 5-K races and a 1-mile fun run. There were record-breaking winners in the 5-K race: Janet Cherobon-Bangom, 32, who came in at 17:15, and the male overall winner, 27-year-old Robert Letting, who came in at 14:48. Both are from Rome.

April 16, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Democratic women's federation to meet

The Newton/Rockdale chapter of the Georgia Federation of Democratic Women is holding its spring meeting from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday at Cameron Hall in Conyers, 1035 Green St. S.E.

April 15, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


A Heroes' welcome

Everyday folks doing extraordinary things for Newton County were honored on Friday when The Covington News and General Mills saluted the four finalists in the 2010 Hometown Heroes celebration.

April 15, 2011 | | LOCAL


State lawmakers crack down on immigration

ATLANTA - During their frantic final day Thursday, Georgia lawmakers passed a tough bill cracking down on illegal immigration, clearing the way for Gov. Nathan Deal to sign it.

Dozens of bills cleared the House and Senate as lawmakers before the chambers gaveled the 40-day legislative session to a close at 11:38 p.m. amid a shower of confetti.

April 15, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Uh-oh: Wild weather after midnight?

Newton County may be rocked after midnight tonight by a line of strong to severe storms.

April 15, 2011 | | LOCAL


A taste of downtown

Tastes and treasures: The Spring Fling was held Thursday evening at Southern Heartland Gallery, 1132 Monticello St., while A Taste of Downtown, a showcase of fare from seven downtown restaurants, was offered next door at 1138 Monticello Street Banquet Hall. The art gallery event featured an exhibit of wearable art, in conjunction with partners Brendle's, Perfect Fit Lingerie, Merle Norman and New Shoez. A wine tasting, staged by Newton Package, was offered, and entertainment was provided by Marshall McCart.

April 15, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Medical Center receives nuclear medicine accreditation

Newton Medical Center has been awarded a three-year accreditation in nuclear medicine after a review by the American College of Radiology.

April 15, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Westside Walmart site plan approved

Site plans have been approved for a Walmart Supercenter at the intersection of Salem and Brown Bridge roads.

April 15, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Chamber offers development forum

Covington and Newton County officials want to attract high-quality jobs. So does nearly every other community in the U.S.

April 15, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Explorer’s complete training

Objectives complete: The Newton County Sheriff's Office Explorers recently received the 2010 National Explorers Excellence Award, after meeting all 11 program objectives, including community oriented activities, fingerprinting, vehicle pull-overs and handcuffing techniques. The group only needed to meet eight objectives but met all 11, after having only been started in February 2010. The group is headed by Investigator Mark Joiner. Sheriff Ezell Brown extended a special thanks to the citizens of Newton County for donations to the program, which went toward their uniforms, and to General Mills for a $2,000 donation for equipment for the program.

April 15, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mayfield Hardware to raffle Adirondack chairs Saturday

Mayfield's Hardware Company will be raffling off 20, hand-decorated Adirondack chairs Saturday, beginning at 11 a.m. at its downtown store in an effort to support local non-profits.

April 15, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Today: Spring Fling, Taste of Downtown

The Spring Fling will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Southern Heartland Gallery, 1132 Monticello St., while A Taste of Downtown, a showcase of fare from seven downtown restaurants, will be offered next door at 1138 Monticello Street Banquet Hall.

April 14, 2011 | Special to The News | LOCAL


Newton teen dies after 4-wheeler wreck

A Newton County teen died Tuesday following a 4-wheeler accident.

April 14, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Winter left early this year

It seemed to be a cold, snowy winter, but the last freeze for the Atlanta area occurred in February, the earliest last freeze date since 1945, according to the National Weather Service.

April 14, 2011 | | LOCAL


Arrest connected to Game Star robbery

A Forest Park man is in jail and charged in connection with armed robberies of the Game Star store in Covington and the Radio Shack and GNC stores in Conyers.

April 13, 2011 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


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