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Three house fires in 24 hours

If you were prevented from driving down Crowell Road around the time schools were released Wednesday, here's why: County fire personnel were dispatched at about 1:40 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, to 261 Crowell Road to battle a structure fire, according to Newton County Fire Chief Kevin O'Brien.

September 18, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Balcony construction on Square OK'd

The Covington City Council voted to allow the removal of a light post, tree and tree well on the Covington Square for a new building project.

September 18, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Square closure today

College Avenue will be closed on the Covington Square from 6-8 p.m. today.

September 18, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


I-20 work begins again

The Georgia Department of Transportation will begin work again this weekend on the westbound lanes of Interstate 20 between Almon and Salem roads, according to a press release.

September 18, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Projects approved at Crowell

Residents who have to commute through the cluster of traffic lights at the Almon Road exit where Crowell Road, Interstate 20 and the I-20 Access Road intersect know how frustrating and, often, dangerous the area can be.

September 18, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


City works on biz incentives

Businesses mean jobs. Covington officials are doing all they can to bring more of each to the city.

September 18, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


County approves cell tower, with a twist

It's common today for new cell towers to pop up all over. The City of Covington recently fought and lost a frustrating battle to keep one from a residential area.

September 18, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Task Force formed to target DUI drivers on I-20

Georgia State Patrol Troop E has formed a task force to target impaired drivers. The task force will patrol the troop's 21 assigned counties that run along Interstate 20 from Conyers to South Carolina.

September 17, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


The News hosts Autumn Fest

Mark your calendar and join the community for a weekend event to provide fun, entertainment and even some early holiday shopping for anyone in the family.

September 16, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Social Circle school, rec center broken into

No suspects had been narrowed down as of Tuesday for the Saturday, Sept. 13 break-ins at an elementary school and recreation center.

September 16, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Dog ordered to attack deputies shot

A man who allegedly attacked his wife sent his dogs toward Newton County Sheriff's deputies, shouting "sic 'em" Saturday.

September 16, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Fees announced for downtown events

Downtown Covington has become a popular place for events, with various festivals, concerts, parades and gatherings scheduled seemingly every week.

September 16, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Henderson’s powers restored

In light of legal research and amid public backlash, the Board of Commissioners abandoned a two-week-old decision.

September 16, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Carter named Livingston Elem. Principal

Dr. Patrick Carter was approved as Principal of Livingston Elementary School Tuesday night.

September 16, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local marketing options

As we continue our series explaining the value of going to an expanded Sunday publication, we want to explain why going through this change not only will improve readership enjoyment for our subscribers, but also will enhance the power of our marketing pull for advertisers.

September 16, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Signs of struggle

Shots rang out in a home in the Cedar Creek subdivision Monday morning, and when deputies arrived at the residence, they found three people shot - one of whom died later that day.

Deputies from the Newton County Sheriff's Office were called to a home on Appia Way off Ga. Highway 36 at 9:43 a.m. from two separate people - a man and a woman - both inside the residence at the time.

July 01, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


CFD recognized for sprinkler education efforts

The national nonprofit Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition has named the Covington Fire Department a "Built for Life Fire Department" for its efforts to help Covington citizens understand the life-saving importance of installing fire sprinkler systems in homes.

The HFSC established this new designation with federal Fire Prevention and Safety Grant funding, as part of a national campaign to increase the number of fire sprinkler systems in homes.

June 26, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Crime briefs: Man arrested for exploitation of teen

A 26-year-old Jonesboro man was arrested and charged after chatting with an investigator that he believed was a 13-year-old girl.

Walter Alexis Semidey was taken into custody by Newton County Sheriff's Office investigators Tuesday and charged with sexual exploitation of children and computer pornography. According to a statement released by the NCSO, Semidey reportedly began communicating with the "girl" via the internet and had been doing so over a two-month period.

June 26, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


"I've lived a good life"

With census workers beginning to creep into the county to gather information for the 2010 census, many wonder what demographics numbers will reveal about the county at present. However, few have as much insight into the history of our county as centenarians born and bred here do.

June 24, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Man robs Walgreens, caught within minutes

An 18-year-old Ohio man was arrested Monday afternoon minutes after he reportedly robbed a drug store employee at gunpoint.

June 24, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Extra officers on the road for July 4 holiday

Law enforcement officers have started an increase in patrol a little early this year in anticipation of a busy Fourth of July weekend.

June 24, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Restaurant owners discuss string of low grades

After months of complaints about failing restaurant inspection scores, several Newton County restaurant owners finally sat down with local health officials on June 18 to air their grievances and get some answers.

June 24, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Woman arrested for forging prescription

Christina J. Gray was arrested Saturday at the Kroger Pharmacy on Ga. Highway 20 in Covington. Gray was charged with prescription fraud in reference to a forged prescription sent to the Kroger Pharmacy on June 13.

Pharmacy Manager Amie Anderson contacted authorities around 10:30 a.m. on Saturday morning and explained to the officer that she had received a prescription for 10mg of the narcotic Loritab. Anderson also stated that the prescription was sent in by a Dr. Charanjit S. Shijh, M.D., and that Gray was suppose to be in to pick up the prescription shortly.

June 24, 2009 | By Molly Lundy Covington News Intern | LOCAL


Program offers children meals during summer

A square meal is hard to come by for many poor families, especially in the current economy. Free and reduced-cost breakfasts and lunches help cover the gap in children's diets, but during the summer those resources aren't available and children go hungry.

June 21, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Returned to glory

Looking at Puddy Bullard's glimmering black '68 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS, car enthusiasts know he's put an amazing amount of work into it.

June 21, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


County cuts more than 14 jobs due to budget strains

A sense of melancholy loomed over the historic courthouse and county administrative building this week as 13 county employees cleared out their desks and said goodbye to co-workers, friends and buildings they had called home for years.

June 21, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


A noble nomination

Judge Samuel Ozburn pauses in concentration as he works his way back through his years of memories as a lawyer and judge.

June 19, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Fireplace receives donation

Hearth and home: Covington Fire Department Capt. Tony Smith received a $1,000 donation from a local business Thursday for the CFD's Fireplace, a community-based fire safety house. Smith said he has collected approximately $60,000 in donations and in-kind services from local businesses and residents for the house but still needs around $5,000 to make the house operational. He said all ages will be served by the house from school children learning how to exit a burning house safely to seniors being instructed on the safest methods of cooking and heating their homes. To donate, call Smith ...

June 19, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County announces CRCT results

Test results for the county's Criterion Referenced Competency Test have been released by the Georgia Department of Education and the Newton County School System has seen increases in the majority of subjects in which they are tested.

June 19, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Principals leave Alcovy, Eastside HS

Four local principals will be leaving Newton County before the start of the 2009-2010 school year, leaving Eastside and Alcovy High School without principals as well as Veteran's Memorial Middle School and Middle Ridge Elementary School.

June 19, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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