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Holt: Wrapping up

Time to wrap things up! I hope I've entertained you, and given you a raised eyebrow or two. Now let's journey up to really high altitude, and look at the biggest "big picture" question of our trip: Why do we have a legislature?

July 12, 2014 | Doug Holt | LOCAL


County to consider more money for indigent care

A total of seven people showed up for Wednesday's Newton County budget hearing and nobody said a word, even though property taxes are set to rise by 5 percent and might go even higher.

July 12, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Miles away but close to home

Jennifer McCann was destined to be in Hollywood. So when she was offered a job as an assistant in Los Angeles, she knew her moment had come.

July 12, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


The 411 on the 2050 Plan

Don't let the 2050 plan scare you, Newtown County Council Chairman Keith Ellis says.

July 12, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Local insurance agency owner honored

A Covington entrepreneur recently earned a prestigious service designation and was placed among the top agencies within his field.

July 12, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


NMC hosts community blood drive

Newton Medical Center will host a blood drive in LifeSouth's Blood Mobile on Thursday, July 17 from noon until 6 p.m. Each donor will receive a LifeSouth T-shirt and snacks. All blood types are needed.

July 12, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Historic Dupree home to relocate

One of the most recognizable and well-known houses in Social Circle will soon have a new home.

July 12, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Fire codes workshop set Monday

The Covington City Council will hold a workshop at 6 p.m. Monday to discuss how to implement fire codes for the city's older buildings. The reason is simple: Old buildings might not be compatible with new fire codes.

July 12, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Millwood charged with disorderly conduct

Following the Fourth of July fireworks and the festival held in the Covington Square, Shane Millwood was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and public consumption of alcoholic beverages.

July 12, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Talk radio host visits Covington

Erick Erickson, conservative talk radio host and owner of RedState.com, made an appearance in Covington Wednesday to show his support for Georgia State House 112 candidate Aaron Brooks. Pictured are state district 102 representative Buzz Brockway, Erickson, Brooks, Covington Mayor Ronnie Johnston and state district 147 representative elect Heath Clark.

July 10, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


'Burn building' to help train firefighters

Training to fight a house fire isn't easy. For one, you have to have a burning house.

July 10, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Shane Millwood to play benefit concert in August

Join Shane Millwood and CARE, Sunday August 16th at 8:00 p.m. for a night of music and dancing at the newly renovated Porterdale Gym. All proceeds are for CARE's newest assistance project - providing scholarship money to one or more of Porterdale's high school students attending the Newton County Career Academy (NCCA).

July 10, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Have we lost our minds?!

Time to bring our aircraft on this journey up another 10,000 feet! We're going to get a higher altitude perspective. This week, I'm busting past my pay grade to join the chorus about federal spending habits. Here's the thought: I think we are insane to couple open-ended entitlement programs to the general government!

July 10, 2014 | Doug Holt | LOCAL


GPTC students awarded gold, silver & bronze medals

Georgia Piedmont Technical College students won big during the 50th Annual SkillsUSA Leadership and Skills Conference held in Kansas City, Missouri. The school had a phenomenal showing with students winning gold, silver and bronze medals.

July 10, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


BOE: first public hearing on '15 millage rate

The Newton County Board of Education adopted a tentative 2014-2015 budget based on a total millage rate of 20.45 mills.

July 10, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


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Archive By Section - LOCAL


Two arrests made in Banks murder

Two men have been arrested and charged with the June shooting death of 34-year-old Calvin Kentrell Banks.

July 15, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


State unemployment reaches 10.1 percent

The unemployment rate for the state of Georgia has reached 10.1 percent, the highest the rate has been since the Great Depression.

July 14, 2009 | Lee Sandow | LOCAL


Police seeking aid in robbery spree

Law enforcement officials are asking for the public's help in identifying a robbery suspect who they believed may be responsible for at least three recent armed robberies in Newton and Rockdale counties.

According to Covington Police Detective Daniel Seals, just after 6 a.m. on July 4 the Holiday Inn Express was robbed by a black male with a blued pump shotgun with a short or pistol grip wood stock. The man came into the business and reportedly demanded money from the clerk then immediately left in what the witness believed was a dark-colored Nissan Altima.

July 10, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Keeping the beat

Jonah Meredith and his band Asmodeus will be performing at The Battle of the Bands competition at Rockdale Baptist Church, 1295 Smyrna Road, Conyers, today, July 10.

July 10, 2009 | Molly Lundy | LOCAL


Breast cancer survivor runs for her life

Covington resident Joan LeJeune ran her first 10K race this Saturday in Atlanta's globally renowned AJC Peachtree Road Race. "I have run in several 5K races, but never anything like this one," says Joan.

July 10, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


More motions heard in Lakemper case

Several motions were heard Thursday morning in the death penalty case against Cobey Wade Lakemper, who stands accused of killing hotel clerk Wendy Carter in 2005.

July 10, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


A highway named in their honor

Jack Hays Morgan Sr. and Davis Morgan left their marks on Newton County through their years of leadership, and on Wednesday one final lasting mark was left in their honor.

July 10, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


New city position in the works

Covington's proposed community/economic development director position has been a topic of debate since Councilman Keith Dalton expressed his opposition to the position at the June 15 city council meeting.

July 10, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Man tries to elude police by fleeing in his parked car

A man who awoke to find deputies outside of his vehicle reportedly attempted to flee, but forgot to turn his vehicle on first late Thursday night.

July 09, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log - July 8

o Antonio Orosco, 20, 10158 Henderson Dr., Covington, June 18. Giving false name or address.

July 08, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Bike ride raises funds for bulletproof vests

Holly Cripps had lots of incentive for organizing the first Ride to Provide motorcycle fundraiser for the Porterdale Police Department - her husband Jason is a Porterdale officer.

July 08, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Best all around

Terrific tumblers: McKenzie Crowe, left, and Kristi Rene Smith both placed first in their divisions at the 2009 Amateur Athletic Union National Championships that took place from June 24 to June 28 in Savannah. Both Crowe and Smith train at Rockdale Gymnastics under Drew and Cynthia Nash and Joe Ashley. Crowe received first place in the bars, beam and floor competitions and second in vault. Her overall score was 36.75, earning her first place in the SR B 13/14-year-old age division. Crow attends Eastside High and is the daughter of Matt Crowe of Oxford and Voni Crowe of ...

July 08, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Weekend car crashes claim the lives of 2

Two people lost their lives in Newton County over the holiday weekend, according to Newton County Sheriff's Office 1st Lt. Mark Mitchell.

July 08, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Denny Dobbs Park approved

Denny Dobbs Park is finally a go, as the Board of Commissioners approved final plans for the District 2 park on Tuesday night.

July 07, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Patriotic pride

Floats of all shapes and sizes passed through downtown Oxford on Saturday, as local residents looked on. Social Circle also hosted an antique car show, among many other events. Social Circle and Porterdale held firework displays after dark.

July 06, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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