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Armed robbery suspects arrested with 6,000 pills

Two suspects wanted for the Omnicare Pharmacy armed robbery were arrested after officers and agents found $250,000 of prescription drugs in a joint Georgia Bureau of Investigations and Conyers Police Department investigation.

April 10, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Spring Festival at Gaither’s Plantation

Every spring is a great time to enjoy the cooler weather, the colorful scenery of the blooming flowers and more. This spring offers a more rare experience for are residents thanks to the Gaither's Plantation Spring Fling and Festival.

April 10, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Water main on Brown Bridge Rd breaks

An estimated four-hour repair job, extended to eight or nine hours, keeping residents along Brown Bridge Road without water for much of the day Tuesday.

April 09, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Woman reportedly on ‘Molly’ fights police

After allegedly taking the drug "molly," a woman fought with Covington police officers and grabbed for an officer's pepper spray and Taser Saturday morning at 2:20 a.m.

April 08, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Pricey auto insurance in Covington

Covington drivers are paying more than most in Georgia for auto insurance, going against assumed statistics about population and density as indicators of such rates.

April 08, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Spinning his wheels

A Covington man was arrested after he allegedly drove drunk with an open bottle of whisky in a truck and tried to make his passenger switch seats with him.

April 08, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Sheriff appeals to citizens in fight against crime

Responding to the increasing number of people who want to assist law enforcement officials and build a stronger partnership in the fight against crime, Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown announced that Newton County citizens are being invited to become Honorary Members of the Georgia Sheriffs' Association.

April 08, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Lions Club to host annual BBQ

The Covington Lions Club will hold their 42nd Annual Chicken BBQ at their pavilion on Conyers Street from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. on April 9.

April 08, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Fire shuts down Turner Lake Rd Arby's

A small electrical fire left the Arby's on Turner Lake Road shut down Sunday evening through Monday.

April 07, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Volunteers, cyclists come together

Residents in Social Circle pride themselves on their tight-knit community mentality and volunteerism. What better way to celebrate that aim than by gathering to fuel up 700 hungry and pollen-covered bicyclists from all over the state at a rest stop under the sun?

April 06, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


County studies Salem Rd zoning more

County officials want to make sure they're on the same page when it comes to future development in the Salem Road area, so they're placing a temporary ban on some zoning requests.

April 06, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Ribbon cut on CNG station

The City of Covington's Green Fuels Facility, a compressed natural gas station, held its grand opening Friday.

April 06, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


2014 Governor’s Honors Program finalists

Six Newton County School System high school students plan to spend part of their summer jump-starting their college learning after being selected to participate in the 2014 Governor's Honors Program.

April 06, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


GOP hosting candidate meet-and-greet

Newton County residents planning to vote in the Republican primary May 20 will have a chance to meet and question several candidates in one place at the Newton County Republican Party's April 15 political rally.

April 06, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Covington Student a Finalist at Mr. ABAC Contest

After speaking to the Lions Club of Oxford this week about 4-H opportunities, I noticed yet again that my old classmates simply aren't present in service clubs.

April 06, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Welcome home, troops

Heading home: Captain Shilo Crane, Commander of the Covington Armory, and First Sgt. Patrick Eaton are welcomed back to American soil by Sen. John Douglas (R-Social Circle) on their arrival at Hunter Army Airfield near Savannah on Sunday. First Sergeant After a very brief welcoming ceremony at Fort Stewart, the soldiers were reunited with their families. An official welcoming ceremony with the community in Covington is being planned for May 1.

March 31, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Phelps pleads not guilty in overdose death

Jennifer Lynn Phelps pleaded not guilty in Newton County Superior Court Tuesday morning on charges that she supplied a friend with drugs that led to the woman's death.

March 31, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Vincent Van Gogh revived

Vincent Van Gogh came back to life, if only for one day, to celebrate his 157th birthday at Van Go's Studio, Arts and Gifts in Covington.

March 31, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Officer shot at while patrolling Oconee Metal

A man has been arrested after shooting at a Covington Police Department officer who was checking a business for intruders early Tuesday morning.

March 31, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Farmers’ market coming to Snellville this summer

A Saturday morning farmers' market is coming to Snellville, beginning in June.

March 28, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Revised Trade Adjustment Assistance for Farmers Program announced

Hobby Stripling, State Executive Director of USDA's Farm Service Agency in Georgia announced that USDA has a revised Trade Adjustment Assistance for Farmers (TAAF) Program. Under the program, the USDA provides technical assistance and cash benefits to eligible producers of raw agricultural commodities and fishermen who have been hurt by import competition.

March 28, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Alcovy FFA earns second place at Northeast Georgia FFA

The Newton County School System is pleased to announce that Alcovy High School's FFA Team won second place honors in the senior division at the recent Northeast Georgia FFA Floriculture Development Event and will now advance to the state competition on March 20th, 2010, at the State FFA Center in Covington. The team is coached by Ben Brand. Team members included Ethan Kitchens, Luke Bagley and Kileen Ford.

March 28, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


USDA to issue partial 2009 crop counter-cyclical payments for upland cotton and peanuts

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced on March 5 that USDA will issue approximately $121 million in partial 2009-crop counter-cyclical payments to producers with upland cotton and peanut base acres enrolled in USDA's Direct and Counter-cyclical Payment (DCP) program.

March 28, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Herd mentality

The average American consumes roughly 67 pounds of beef per year, according to the United States Department of Agriculture, and the Georgia Cattleman's Association shows that cattlemen in the state own approximately 1.3 million head of cattle - meaning the steak you find on your plate tonight might well have been raised in Newton County.

March 28, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


County, The Center welcome new hires

Hosanna Fletcher is well known in Newton County as half of the two-person team that runs the non-profit group affectionately known as The Center.

March 28, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Parents of injured deputies thank local InVest donors

It's been less than a year since Newton County Sheriff's Deputies James Trent and Wesley Atha were shot and injured in the line of duty, but thanks to the generosity of the community, the InVest fund has raised roughly $90,000 to purchase new state-of-the-art bulletproof vests for all 156 mandated officers.

March 28, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


InVest meets goal

It began on August 3, 2009 when deputies James Trent and Wesley Atha were shot and injured during a standoff. That same month, the NCSO and Atha's parents organized a fundraising campaign to purchase improved vests for the deputies to wear on the job. In March of 2010, their goal was finally met.

March 26, 2010 | Lee Sandow | LOCAL


Key players plead not guilty for murder

The four men charged with the murder of 38-year-old Andrew "Drew" Nichols in late-2009 pleaded not guilty in Newton County Superior Court Thursday.

March 26, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Color and light

 Cindy Murphy is "Artist of the Month" at Southern Heartland Art Gallery on the square, where a reception in her honor will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday. The reception is open to the public and Cindy's art work will be on display.

March 24, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


The River of Words

Poets and artists: Newton County River of Words Poetry and Art Contest winners were recognized at the Board of Commissioners Meeting on March 16. All entries were required to feature water. Winners received savings bonds, with prize costs lessened through a donation from the Service Guild of Covington. First place winners received $100 bonds, second place winners received $75 bonds, and third place winners and Honorable Mentions received $50 bonds. Service Guild members judged the contest. First Row, Left to Right: Karsten McMichael - First Place Poetry Grades 3-6, Jackson Stephens - First Place Poetry Grades K-2, Lena Gunthorp - First Place Art ...

March 24, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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