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Covington man caught in smash-and-grab burglary at Dunkin Donuts

A smash-and-grab robber who has been hitting businesses in Rockdale and Newton counties since March 23 has been caught, thanks to the quick action of a Rockdale County Sheriff's Office deputy.

April 02, 2015 | | LOCAL


Covington council discusses blighted houses

The Covington City Council spent a full day of work at the Carl Vinson Institute of Government in Athens during its 2015 retreat Tuesday.

April 01, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Purchasing policy change could have big impact

The county's controversial legal spending was the elephant in the room Tuesday as a joint citizen-county committee met for a second time to discuss tightening the county's purchasing policy.

April 01, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Eastside Academic team wins state championship

The Eastside High School Academic team won the Division 4 state championship after cruising through the competition at the Georgia Academic Team Association (GATA) State Championship Tournament held at Collins Hill High School on March 21.

March 31, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Old soldiers never die

The closing paragraph of General Douglas MacArthur's April 19, 1951 address to Congress: "I still remember the refrain of one of the most popular barracks ballads of the day which proclaimed most proudly that old soldiers never die; they just fade away. And like the old soldier in the ballad, I now close my military career and just fade away, an old soldier who tried to do his duty as God gave him the light to see that duty."

March 31, 2015 | Pete Mecca | LOCAL


Landfill committee announced as citizens debate options

An open meeting Monday night generated a few suggestions and more than a few questions over the future of the county landfill, as the citizen panel to study the issue was finalized.

March 30, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Great American Cleanup kicks off in Newton County

Over 600 volunteers turned out Saturday for the start of the Great American Cleanup, which will continue from March until May.

March 29, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Covington to start extensive water line improvement project

The City of Covington will continue another section of the City's major water line improvement project this month, resulting in the temporary closure of a sidewalk along Jackson Highway from Town Branch Court north to Pennington Street.

March 29, 2015 | | LOCAL


Farm Bureau hosted inaugural gala

Georgia Farm Bureau (GFB) members and members of Georgia's ag community enjoyed a festive evening March 7 as the organization held its inaugural gala for the GFB Foundation for Agriculture at the Evergreen Marriott Resort in Stone Mountain Park.

March 29, 2015 | | LOCAL


Annual Cheerios Challenge returns April 18

In the midst of this beautiful spring weather, it's the perfect time to get out and run or just enjoy the outdoors. It can also be a good time to bond with the family. This is why there is so much anticipation for the 14th Annual Cheerios Challenge held right here in Covington, at the YMCA on April 18.

March 29, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Governor Deal gives cannabis oil green light

Local families living with seizure disorders welcomed Governor Nathan Deal's executive order this week greenlighting cannabis oil medical treatment in Georgia, but emphasized that they remain committed to in-state growing.

March 27, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton’s Baxter, now Baxalta

Baxalta Incorporated is still making its way toward bringing a large amount of new jobs and a new level of industrial growth to Newton County, and it progressed another step during a meeting of the Joint Development Authority (JDA) Tuesday.

March 27, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


County finalizes form of gov't citizen panel

Each of Newton County's commissioners and chairman have chosen a citizen to sit on a panel to review the county charter, which dictates the local form of government.

March 26, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Newton unemployment rate dips in February

As metro Atlanta unemployment dropped, so has Newton County's.

March 26, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Landfill: Executive Summary from Green Hill

Newton County - East Georgia Settlement and Newton County - Green Hill P3, LLLPLandfill Lease and Operating Agreement

March 25, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Dollar Tree buggy dispute leads to fight

A fight over a buggy at the Dollar Tree led to an arrest Friday evening.

December 18, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Local duo Samuel & Caleb release CD

The young Newton County duo Samuel & Caleb look like they're starting to fall into a rhythm.

December 16, 2011 | Douglas Moser | LOCAL


McDonald’s closed for low health scores

The McDonald's restaurant on Salem Road at Brown Bridge Road was closed by state health officials for one day Tuesday after failing two routine inspections this year.

December 16, 2011 | Douglas Moser | LOCAL


Shop with a cop

Every year local law enforcement officials partner with the Department of Family and Children's Services to provide Christmas toys for several economically disadvantaged children in Newton County during the Shop with a Cop program. The event raises not only awareness but holiday cheer as law enforcement join the children at a local discount store to make Christmas dreams come true.

December 14, 2011 | William Brawley | LOCAL


United Way meets goal

In a year where nonprofits struggle harder than ever to meet the increasing economic need of residents, the Covington-Newton County United Way met its fundraising goal for 2011 a few weeks early.

December 14, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Throws of Love

Miranda Brunn, 11, a regular volunteer at the Covington Manor Nursing Home, decided to go an extra step this year to help the elderly. The Oak Hill fifth grader decided to give all 73 residents of the nursing home a lap throw for Christmas. She started Throws of Love, a nonprofit organization, and sought donations through the community in order to provide a gift to all the residents. Miranda dressed as an elf (with her mother as Santa Claus) and delivered the throws. Her goal is to expand the nonprofit to include more nursing homes next year.

December 14, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Family Christmas night Friday at The Oaks

The giant reindeer are already out at The Oaks Golf Course, but Santa, roasted marshmallows and Christmas lights will ring in the season Friday.

December 13, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


NCSO assists in child porn arrest

A 55-year-old man has been arrested on charges of sexual exploitation of children.

December 11, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Son fights father with machete

A fight between father and son ended with the son in jail after deputies reportedly saw him with a machete aimed at his father.

December 11, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Hank Johnson opposes Netflix bill

US Rep. Hank Johnson has expressed his distain for a bill allowing companies like Netflix to share customers' movie selections on Facebook.

December 09, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Call about abuse leads to arrest for outstand warrants

Police responding to an accusation of child abuse weren't able to substantiate that accusation but did arrest the child's mother on outstanding warrants.

December 09, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


'I will burn this trailer down’

Deputies were called to a home on Hardman Street in Mansfield in reference to a family fight Sunday afternoon.

December 09, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Hometown Heroes star in Nutcracker

The annual production of "The Nutcracker" is a tradition for so many in Newton County, but it doesn't come cheap. Thanks to one girl's entrepreneurial spirit, and the junior ballet company's hard work, this year some of the older costumes have been replaced at a cost of about $1,100.

December 08, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Henderson to draw own redistricting map

Newton County Commissioner J.C. Henderson was the lone elected official to oppose proposed redistricting maps at Tuesday's public hearing, and he will be given the chance to draw a map he agrees with despite fellow officials saying he's already had several chances.

December 08, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Remains of US troops dumped in landfill

According to a report by the Washington Post, the US Air Force secretly dumped the cremated remains of over 274 US troops in a landfill up until 2008. The procedure was never authorized or disclosed to senior Pentagon officials. The procedure was also never disclosed to the families of the troops, who had given the military permission to dispose of remains in a respectful and dignified manner.

December 08, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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