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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


Could Hacock fire happen here

The terrible fire that leveled the Hancock County Courthouse in Sparta on Aug. 13 destroyed more than just a building - it destroyed irreplaceable documents dating back to the 1700s.

August 14, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Lane closure on I-20 starts Sunday

From noon Sunday until noon Friday, Aug. 22 one lane at a time on I-20 east and west from mile marker 92-95 will be closed.

August 14, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Vacant house ablaze near Salem Rd

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

August 13, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


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Railroad purchase was popular retreat topic

Clarification: The April 7th work session is intended to be an educational session for the council. The public is invited to learn more about the railroad but there will be no time set aside for public input, comments, or questions. The meeting will be informational only; it will not be a public forum to debate the pros and cons of the railroad purchase.

March 21, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Eagle Scout Court of Honor

n Eagle Scout Court of Honor was called at Mt. Pleasant UMC Saturday afternoon to celebrate 18-year-old Travis James Mumford earning his Eagle Scout badge.

March 21, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Meeting set for input on local farmer’s market

 At 5:30 p.m. March 25, 2010 at The Center for Community Preservation & Planning there will be a public meeting to discuss the development of a Farmer's Market for Newton County. This initiative is an outcome of the program of work being undertaken by the Green Enterprise Group, a working committee formed under the auspices of the Newton County Leadership Collaborative. The mission of the group is to promote the creation of a green enterprise economy with agriculture at its core. One of the identified priorities was the redevelopment of a farmer's market

March 21, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Traffic stop ends in marijuana arrest

 What started out as a traffic stop on a Friday afternoon turned into a drug bust after deputies located more than two pounds of marijuana inside a white Mitsubishi Galant.

March 21, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Morgan named chair of CFGA Newton Fund advisory board

 Barbara Morgan was named the new advisory board chair of the Newton Fund of The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta. For the past 10 years, the Newton Fund has brought together individual donors, nonprofits, government, corporate and civic leaders to strengthen the Newton County community through philanthropy - Morgan has served on the board since 2006.

March 21, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Spring has sprung

 A beautiful day complemented the fun had by all at the 19th Annual Cherry Blossom Charity Croquet Tournament at Legion Field Saturday. The Heartland Woman's Club hosted the event to raise funds for Covington YMCA, Habitat for Humanity of Newton County and Project ReNeWal.

March 21, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Eagle Scout Court of Honor

March 21, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Eagle Scout Court of Honor

March 21, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Spring has sprung

A beautiful day complemented the fun had by all at the 19th Annual Cherry Blossom Charity Croquet Tournament at Legion Field Saturday. The Heartland Woman's Club hosted the event to raise funds for Covington YMCA, Habitat for Humanity of Newton County and Project ReNeWal.

The games began at 10 a.m. Saturday as two-person teams took the field for competition. Each team competed in three round-robin rounds before breaking for lunch and to cool off in the shade of the pavilion. Once the championship bracket was posted, teams returned to the field to compete for the first place trophy.

March 21, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


InVEST in the NCSO campaign - March 19

The parents of Deputy Wesley Atha, injured last summer in the line of duty, have organized a fundraising campaign to purchase these vests for every county deputy. Their fundraising goal is $113,000. Each vest costs between $500-$700, depending on the size. Each Friday The Covington News will publish a list of individuals, businesses and civic groups who have donated to the cause that week as well as the total amount raised. Donations are tax deductible. Checks should be made payable to Newton Co. Sheriff's Office and earmarked for safety vests and equipment. Please mail donations to NCSO ...

March 19, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Standoff ends with suicide

A Covington woman arrived home Tuesday evening and found her ex-husband's car in her driveway and a window in her home broken out. She contacted the Covington Police Department at 5:30 p.m. to report the incident.

March 19, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


BOE, BOC refuse to pay stormwater

The City of Covington may have to sue Newton County and the Newton County School System if it wants to receive the more than $120,000 in stormwater fees it says it's owed.

March 19, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


City focuses housing in Harristown, Walker’s Bend

While blight is a problem in neighborhoods across Covington, city officials have chosen two neighborhoods to be the focus of their rehabilitation efforts: Harristown and Walker's Bend.

March 19, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Scout saplings

Planting partners: (L-R) Billy Stanley, Dwayne Mask, Mike Woods, Jason Johnson, Cheryl Delk, Tommy Hailey (Recreation Director), David Abercrombie (BSA District Executive) planted two pin oaks on behalf of the Yellow River district of the Boy Scouts of America Thursday afternoon at Nelson Heights Community Center.

March 19, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Warmer weather leads to disorderly conduct, underage drinking arrests

Deputies were called to a gas station after several men were confronted by 63-year-old man with a gun.

According to reports, the male victim had attempted to turn his vehicle around and became stuck on the side of the road. He reportedly contacted a friend to help him free his vehicle.

March 19, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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