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Amitie Club disbands after 63 years

Grace Budd-Spradley picked up a yellowed packet of seeds labeled "Mayflower" and turned it over in her hand.

July 05, 2014 | Samantha Reardon | LOCAL


A Fourth for hope

"My God! How little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy. I confess I had no idea of it myself. While we shall see multiple instances of Europeans going to live in America, I will venture to say no man now living will ever witness an instance of an American removing to settle in Europe and continuing there."

July 03, 2014 | Pete Mecca | LOCAL


Bang for the buck

The Fourth of July brings a renewed sense of patriotism, a chance to stand by the grill all day and an annual pilgrimage of firework vendors.

July 03, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


3 rabies bite cases reported in Rockdale

Three people were bitten by rabid wild animals in separate Rockdale incidents in the past couple of weeks, according to the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office, which is warning residents to stay alert for a possible rabies outbreak.

July 03, 2014 | John Ruch | LOCAL


Holidays bring influx to animal shelters

As everyone gears up for Independence Day and summer vacations, an undernoted story is often pets who are left behind.

July 01, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Sniffin' gas

Things got strange Sunday morning on Crowell Road.

July 01, 2014 | | LOCAL


Landfill and recycling centers closed for unpaid holiday

The Newton County Landfill and all Newton County Neighborhood Recycling Centers will be closed on Friday, July 4th, 2014 in observance of Independence Day. They will re-open Saturday, July 5th.

July 01, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


136 stolen packs of cards lead police to drugs

A 21-year-old man fled Walmart, leaving 136 stolen packs of gaming cards in a shopping cart behind him. Walmart officials alerted the Covington Police Department.

July 01, 2014 | Samantha Reardon | LOCAL


Fourth of July Calendar of Events

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July 01, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


All-stars hold their own in district play

While hosting the ongoing little league district tournament for the first time, Newton teams continue to prosper by winning games, as they all look to win the district championship.

July 01, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


Grace Christian Academy receives one-year lease extension

A local private Christian school was looking for help, and they found some.

July 01, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


A life-changing experience

The Salvation Army has had a busy start to its summer in Newton County, kicking things off with an event at Camp Grandview in Jasper. The Salvation Army sponsored 18 children from Newton County to attend the camp for children, adults and seniors. Camp Grandview gives life-changing experience to its campers. They enjoy fresh mountain air, exercise and character-based programs, and make new friends that last a lifetime.

July 01, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mecca: The lucky ones

A 1959 movie 'Pork Chop Hill' starring Gregory Peck depicted the costly 1953 battle for a rocky hill during the last year of the Korean War. Pork Chop Hill had, in fact, snuffed out numerous lives before 1953. This is the story of one survivor, born and raised in Rockdale County.

July 01, 2014 | Pete Mecca | LOCAL


The News will be closed on the Fourth of July

In observance of the upcoming Independence Day, our offices will be closed. For any questions, please contact editor Bryan Fazio via email: bfazio@covnews. Have a happy and safe Fourth of July!

July 01, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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A tasty donation

Pasta for police: Covington Elks Lodge No. 1806 recently sponsored a Spaghetti Dinner to raise funds to purchase much-needed Level III bullet-proof vests for the Newton County Sheriff's Department. Shown left to right are Captain Doug Kitchens, Elks State President Larry Capes, Exalted Ruler Butch Woodruff and Sheriff Ezell Brown. To donate contact the NCSO at (678) 625-1400.

October 21, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man sentenced to life for murder of his girlfriend

It took a Newton County jury less than an hour to convict 56-year-old Rick Ray Breedlove of the death of his former girlfriend Pamela Spencer. Judge John Ott then sentenced him to life in prison plus five years for malice murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

On Nov. 6, 2007, a call came in to Newton County 911. No one spoke on the tape, but what could clearly be heard were three piercing screams from Spencer and then two loud gunshots. After there was silence, save for the heavy breathing and groaning coming from ...

October 21, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Harristown to get senior living facility

 The Harristown Neighborhood will be getting a $9 million affordable senior housing facility in late 2010 or early 2011.

October 21, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Walton County Sheriff's Office employee dies at DeKalb Tech

A Walton County Sheriff's employee died Friday during training at the DeKalb Technical College's law enforcement academy.

October 21, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Breedlove found guilty on all charges

A jury found Rick Ray Breedlove guilty of murder in the 2007 death of his then-girlfriend Pamela Spencer. Judge John Ott sentenced him to life in prison plus five years on the charges of malice murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

October 20, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Vioces from the past

On a damp, dreary mid October evening, visitors to the Historic Covington Cemetery were treated to more than tombstones and flowers. At nine selected graves around the cemetery, voices from the past told the story of each site's occupant. From preachers to gypsies, they told a variety of stories that all ended in death.

October 18, 2009 | Tyler Smith | LOCAL


Sen. Douglas seeks funding for recent Crowell Road damage

Sen. John Douglas recently began talks with state and federal Department of Transportation (DOT) officials in order to receive vital funds needed to repair the damage to Crowell Road in Newton County. A section of the essential access road to Interstate 20 at exit 88 was washed out in the recent flooding which devastated many communities in Georgia. Like many areas in Georgia that are facing significant budget shortfalls, Newton County was not able to foresee the need in this year's budget for the type of funds needed to fix severe damages associated with this natural disaster.

October 18, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Benson found guilty

A jury found Franklin Elliott Benson guilty of murder Saturday evening and Judge Horace J. Johnson, Jr. sentenced the 49-year-old to life plus 11 years, as family members of both Benson, and the victim, cried.

October 17, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Benson takes the stand in murder trial

Franklin Elliott Benson took the stand Friday afternoon to defend himself against charges that he murdered Leslyan Williams nearly two years ago, and the inconsistencies jurors had been hearing throughout the prosecutions case were explained away by Benson who admitted to lying to anyone who asked about his whereabouts on Oct. 29, 2007.

October 16, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Trial begins for Franklin Benson

It was like a macabre Halloween prank when Brandy Snellgrove came home to her secluded house at around 2:45 a.m. Oct. 30, 2007, and found that her dog Foxy had brought a human foot on her porch. But within the hour she would find out that what she thought may be a joke was anything but funny.

October 16, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Prosecution calls witnesses in Benson case

The last time Leslyan Williams was heard from was Oct. 29, 2007, according to Franklin Benson when she called him with a flat tire in Tennessee. More than a week later it was her son Charles who reported her missing to DeKalb County police - not the man who witnesses say lived with her at least part time.

October 16, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


H1N1 vaccine available Saturday at health center

Newton County's Health Center, located at 8203 Hazelbrand Road, will be open Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to offer the nasal spray H1N1 vaccine. No appointment is necessary and the vaccine is free of charge.

October 16, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Porterdale to hold public hearing on preliminary comprehensive plan

At Tuesday night's Porterdale work session, consultant Chris McGahee presented council members with an outline of a 25-year comprehensive plan.

October 16, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


The state of the county

The top leaders of the county and cities within it met at the Newton County Library Wednesday to give an overview of their jurisdictions at the annual State of the County address. The Chamber of Commerce sponsored the event and moderator Danny Stone asked leaders about their biggest opportunities and challenges, other top issues and how the business community can help.

October 16, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


FBO decision still not reached

The Covington City Council had an airport work session Thursday, but an hour and a half later no consensus had been reached on the airport's future.

October 16, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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