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Wreck closes I-20 overpass

A dump truck with its bed a little too high struck the underside of the Old Oxford Road Bridge Sunday, closing it to traffic for at least a week, and perhaps much longer.

August 12, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


GPTC’s Law Enforcement Academy celebrates national accreditation status

The Georgia Piedmont Technical College Law Enforcement Academy will welcome law enforcement, civic/community, state and local leaders Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 11 a.m. at their Newton Campus, to acknowledge the stellar achievement of becoming the first training academy in the State of Georgia to achieve accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA). CALEA, during its July Conference in Schaumburg, Illinois, voted unanimously to award accreditation status to the Academy.

August 09, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Kicking off Jersey Day

Newton Fund kicked off Jersey Day at the board room in Covington's historic courthouse on Friday. The Jersey Day initiative will focus on developing philanthropic opportunities with local businesses by donating a few dollars to wear their favorite jerseys to work each Friday. Proceeds will be awarded to Newton County nonprofits in early 2015.

August 09, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


Eastside teacher wins $1,000 Walmart grant

A local teacher recently received a big check. Literally.

August 09, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Landscaper’s lawsuit raises business license questions

Billy Durden's lawsuits against the county are proceeding apace, and the deposition phase of his suit alleging unlawful termination from his contract to maintain county property has yielded some new evidence that makes him confident in ultimate victory.

August 09, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Covington pedestrian killed on Ga. 81

A Covington resident and pedestrian was hit and killed by a vehicle Friday night on Ga. Highway 81 in Newton County.

August 09, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Lights, camera, money

Zombies, Katniss Everdeen and news anchors from the '70s have walked – or wandered in the zombies' case – the streets of Georgia throughout the years, recruiting civilians as extras and tourists as money-spenders.

August 09, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Back to the drawing board on 2050 Plan

With the final public hearing on the 2050 Plan's first version in the rear-view mirror, planners, officials and the new citizens' panel have their work cut out for them.

August 09, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


2014 road projects updated

Twenty-two road projects are either completed are underway in Newton County, all intended to keep roads up to snuff or make them far better.

August 09, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Woman robbed at Lawnwood cemetery

An elderly woman's purse was stolen from her car while she visited her sister's grave at Lawnwood Memorial Park cemetery in Covington Monday morning, she said.

August 09, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Cyberbullying: The internet’s dark side

A 13-year-old girl's science fair project to combat cyberbullying among teens secured her a spot in Google's 15 Global Science Fair finalists.

August 09, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Local civil rights activist’s son has died

The son of a prominent Social Circle family has died.

August 09, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Covington pedestrian killed on Ga. 81

A Covington resident and pedestrian was hit and killed by a vehicle Friday night on Ga. Highway 81 in Newton County.

August 09, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Suspect arrested 6 years after robbery

A Covington man is in the custody of the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office for an armed robbery committed six years ago.

August 08, 2014 | Martin Rand, III | LOCAL


Local civil rights activist’s son, 26, has died

The son of a prominent Social Circle family has died.

August 08, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


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FBI agents serve search warrants at Angel Food Ministries

The Federal Bureau of Investigations served search warrants at Monroe-based Angel Food Ministries Wednesday morning.

Agents served the search warrant around 9 a.m. regarding "an individual or individuals" and not the operation, according to Juda Engelmayer, senior vice president of communications. He said that Angel Food was cooperating with agents and had a "negotiated agreement" where the agents copied electronic data and records.

February 11, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Tornado watch issued for metro Atlanta area

National weather service Peachtree City, Ga. issued a tornado watch for portions of northwest Georgia until 6 p.m. and a severe thunderstorm watch for portions of north Georgia until 10 p.m. There is a wind advisory for north Georgia and central Georgia through tonight.

February 11, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Rotary, Kiwanis team up for Miracle Field fundraising efforts

Community leaders met Tuesday at the Newton County Recreation Center to discuss the ongoing process of bringing a Miracle League baseball field to the county.

Doug Bolton, president of the Rotary Club of Covington pledged his support of the program and announced the Rotary Club will be the financial vehicle through which the funding and donations for the park will flow.

February 11, 2009 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL


Speeder cools heels in jail

A woman was arrested Saturday after officers from the Covington Police Department reportedly clocked her driving approximately 95 miles per hour on Interstate 20.

February 11, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Armed robbers assault grandmother

 A grandmother and her 3-year-old granddaughter were victims of a home invasion late Sunday night when the door to their residence was kicked in by several masked men.

February 10, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Grants awarded to local nonprofits

 In its 10th year of charitable grant giving, The Community Foundation for Newton County awarded $24,200 to 19 separate nonprofits serving Newton County.

February 10, 2009 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Deputy coroner sworn in

 Jimmy Dukes was sworn in as deputy coroner of Newton County Feb. 9 at the Newton County Judicial Center.

February 10, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Gifts from the heart

Mark your calendar: Sherwood's Flowers and Gifts Floral Designer Michelle Jesky prepares an arrangement of a dozen roses to fill one of the many orders placed at the local florist for Valentine's Day. Sherwood's will deliver hundreds of flower arrangement orders across the county Friday to celebrate the holiday Saturday. The local florist located on the Covington square, offers gifts for both men and women as well as eight special Valentine's Day floral arrangements. Local shoppers are encouraged to order as early as possible for the best selection. Sherwood's Flowers and Gifts will be open ...

February 10, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Pet of the Week

The Newton County Animal Shelter's pet of the week is a domestic short-haired cat, tiger colored with white, a young adult, very sweet and friendly and loveable. She shelter has other cats and kittens for adoption, all needing good homes. Also available for adoption, are a 10 2-month-old puppies, Aussie/Lab mix; a black Lab mix, 3-months-old; an adult Lab mix, blonde; two 8-week-old mixed breed puppies, one golden and one brown; an adult Dachshund and two Dachshund puppies; four mixed breed puppies, 8 weeks old, all colors; a 1-year-old beagle; a blond adult mixed breed named Hunter; an ...

February 10, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


A marriage of letters

Always together: The letters Q and U were "married" Friday in Sharon Garner and Traci Brady's kindergarten class at Oak Hill Elementary School. The groom was played by Casey Johnson, left, and the bride was played by Cloey Wilcher. The exercise was to help the students remember that the letter q is almost always paired with the letter u.

February 10, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Bill would keep sex offenders off school boards

ATLANTA (AP) - Registered sex offenders would not be allowed to run for or serve on a school board in Georgia under legislation that passed in the state Senate.

February 10, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Celestial Sounds

Handbell Choirs from First Presbyterian Church of Covington, First United Methodist Church of Covington and First Baptist Church of Conyers join together in "A Service of Handbell Music" under the direction of Festival Clinician John Link, Associate Pastor of Music at First Baptist Church of Conyers. The concert took place Saturday at 3 p.m. in the First Presbyterian Church of Covington sanctuary. First Presbyterian provided breakfast and lunch, and participants practiced for several hours until the concert.

February 08, 2009 | Mandi Singer | LOCAL


Local artist captures the spirit of the wood

From the heart: Local woodcarver Garfield Johnson holds a carving of Barack Obama that he created in honor of the first black president of the United States.

February 08, 2009 | Mandi Singer | LOCAL


Bond denied again in dismemberment case

 Franklin Benson, who is accused of allegedly killing and dismembering the body of his girlfriend in 2007, was denied bond for the third time in Newton County Superior Court Thursday.

February 06, 2009 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


NCSO helps snag man for cyber sex crime

 A Flowery Branch man was arrested Tuesday after allegedly providing sexually explicit material to a person he believed was a 13-year-old female.

February 06, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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