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Consignment shop reopens after 4 years

Taryn Robbins opened a consignment shop for children's clothes, toys and equipment in 1990 but had to close her doors in 2010. Now the chalkboard outside her new store says "open," and she plans to keep it that way.

August 23, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Mayor: Square construction rolling

Workers began pouring concrete for the new sidewalks on the Covington Square Friday afternoon, a significant milestone for the construction project intended to make the city's centerpiece an even prettier place.

August 23, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Cold awakening to ALS awareness

Jeff Broxton celebrated his 56th birthday this week, but he couldn't even get out of bed on his own. His voice is slowly slipping away, and he cannot scratch an itch if he has one.

August 23, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


ACT scores sees improvement

Newton County School System saw improvements across the board on its 2014 ACT college entrance exam scores and number of test takers but remained behind the state and national scores in every subject.

August 23, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


City OKs changes for mini-warehouses

"Non-conforming" is a designation no business owner wants. It means a business can't be rebuilt if more than 65 percent of the building is burned, or if things are put on hold for more than six months. And it makes selling such a business much more difficult.

August 21, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Alcovy High to host college fair

High school students in the Newton County School System are invited to attend a PROBE College Fair at Alcovy High School Wednesday, September 10 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the school commons area.

August 21, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Volunteers help with DUI training

The blaring blue flashing lights behind The Main Event in Porterdale Wednesday did not result in any arrests, but it would have had it been a real-life situation.

August 21, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Bear Creek dam site to move

Bear with some small changes to the Bear Creek Reservoir's location, because it'll mean the roads around it won't have to close during its construction.

August 21, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


'Red Band' TV show filming in Newton

Hey "Hollywood of the South" fans. Here comes another one.

August 21, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


City OKs changes for mini-warehouses

"Non-conforming" is a designation no business owner wants. It means a business can't be rebuilt if more than 65 percent of the building is burned, or if things are put on hold for more than six months. And it makes selling such a business much more difficult.

August 21, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Newton High to lift new weights

The Newton High School weight room will be getting a heavy facelift after the Newton County Board of Education approved Superintendent Samantha Fuhrey's recommendation to purchase new equipment due to the current equipment's condition.

August 21, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


3 blood drives remain through August

The Red Cross is continuing to ask for blood, with three more blood drives in Newton County through the end of August.

August 21, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Rockdale AP named NCCA principal

The Newton College and Career Academy (NCCS) has a new CEO, and he's coming from just nearby.

August 20, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


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Breaking down recent state bills

Tuesday was the deadline for Gov. Perdue to sign or veto the remaining bills from the 2010 Georgia legislative session and many bills could affect local residents and governments.

Below is a description of some of the recently signed bills. To read any bill, visit www.legis.state.ga.us/ and type in the appropriate bill number in the upper right hand corner.

June 13, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Man pleads guilty to aggravated child molestation of stepsisters

Warning: The following article contains some details that may be disturbing to more sensitive readers. In order to protect their identity, the juvenile victims have not been named.

June 13, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Local officials take leadership positions

More than 100 county officials from across the state recently were recognized by the Association County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG) for completion of the Commissioners Training Program, including local county commissioners Nancy L. Schulz and Earnest Simmons.

June 13, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Woman attempts to rob bank

Covington Police officials are looking for a woman who attempted to make off with funds from the United Bank in Newton Plaza on U.S. Highway 278 on Thursday morning.

June 11, 2010 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Rotary awards Lassiter

Outstanding Rotarian: Mike Lassiter, member of the Rotary Club of Covington, received the Rotary Foundation District Service Award at the Rotary District 6910 Conference held at Jekyll Island in April. The award is presented annually to a Rotarian providing outstanding service in promoting the Rotary Foundation. The most significant project of the Foundation has been the eradication of Polio throughout the world. Mike has served as Foundation Chair of the Covington Club for 10 years. Covington has been one of the top Foundation Fund raisers in District 6910 with over 55 Paul Harris Fellows awarded in the past two years ...

June 11, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Moving work in house could save 21 county jobs

The county could save as many as 20 jobs, by cancelling its service contract for the county's recycling centers and reallocating existing employees to take over that work.

June 11, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Tournament at the Oaks raises money for Miracle League

Fore! The Charter Charity Classic, was held at the Oaks on Wednesday and raised between $18,000 and $20,000 for the Miracle League in Newton County. The first place team was National Bank Products, with team members Brandon Slade, Stan Gann, Gordon Slade and Shaw Blackmon. Charter took second place, team members were Terrance Lewis, Rusty Lehman, Philip Lehman and Patrick Harrell. Conyers Flower Shop placed third, team members were Scot Ward, Alan Sherrill, Chuck Groover and Paul Dailey.

June 11, 2010 | Lee Sandow | LOCAL


NSCO on the hunt for burglar

The Newton County Sheriff's Office is searching for a burglary suspect and is asking residents to be on the lookout as well.

June 11, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Melbert Ray Ford executed

Melbert Ray Ford Jr. took his last breath on June 9 at 7:27 p.m., more than 24 years after the last breaths of those he murdered. He ate most of his last meal and declined a sedative as well as a prayer request from the prison chaplin at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson. His last words were not ones of remorse for his crimes but thanks to his family, friends and loved ones.

June 09, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Fire closes I-20 eastbound past exit 98

Two Newton County Fire Department crews are working a small brush fire on Interstate-20, between exits 98 and 101, which has closed down eastbound traffic.

Deputy Chief Tim Smith said the crew hoped to have the fire put out and everything cleaned up before rush hour.

June 09, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Welcome home

Handshakes, hugs and a few tears greeted the dozens of Covington-based National Guard troops who triumphantly returned home after a tour of duty in Afghanistan.

June 09, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Redevelopment Authority to buy additional lots

The Covington Redevelopment Authority is planning to purchase nine more lots in the Walker's Bend subdivision as it continues efforts to revitalize that area.

June 09, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Project Adventure closing down

Project Adventure Kids, a non-profit organization focusing on the rehabilitation of at-risk children and teen-aged drug abusers and sex offenders, is closing down its 16 area group homes and treatment facility on Elks Club Road.

June 09, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


2 accidents halt evening traffic on I-20 East

During the evening commute an accident with injuries 1 mile east of exit 90 on I-20 stalled traffic so that another accident occurred when a female driver slammed on her brakes and cut her wheel causing her to flip and strike another vehicle. According to Newton County Sheriff's Office Cpl. Anthony Washington, a passenger in the female driver's car was transported to Atlanta Medical Center by ground ambulance.

June 08, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Woman pushed from moving car

Officers from the Covington Police Department were called to a home on Hannah Street Saturday afternoon after a 911 came in where a woman could be heard screaming in the background.

Dispatch operators reportedly heard a woman screaming, "I am not going with you," and, "I don't know where I am." The operator also allegedly told officers she heard a male voice yelling, "jump out of the car."

June 08, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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