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Could Hacock fire happen here

The terrible fire that leveled the Hancock County Courthouse in Sparta on Aug. 13 destroyed more than just a building - it destroyed irreplaceable documents dating back to the 1700s.

August 14, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Lane closure on I-20 starts Sunday

From noon Sunday until noon Friday, Aug. 22 one lane at a time on I-20 east and west from mile marker 92-95 will be closed.

August 14, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Vacant house ablaze near Salem Rd

A vacant home on Brownbridge Road near Woodland Lane was completely destroyed by fire Wednesday – ironically as crews were demolishing it to reclaim old wood.

August 13, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


CPD nabs armed robber

After an alleged armed robbery of a Marathon Gas Station on Hwy. 278 in Newton County, the Covington Police Department quickly responded to a "be on the lookout" (BOLO) and arrested the suspect Monday.

August 12, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Construction begins on Square improvements

Get used to that orange fencing and construction on the Covington Square. It'll be there a few weeks.

August 12, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Cooper withdraws from 2050 panel

A second member of the proposed 2050 citizens' panel withdrew Tuesday, lowering the number of confirmed members to just two.

August 12, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Trooper English promoted to Sgt 1st

MONROE - On Aug. 1, 2014, Tracy H. English, a lifelong resident of Greene County was promoted to Sergeant First Class and appointed as Post Commander of Post 46 in Monroe. Post 46 Monroe is responsible for enforcement of traffic laws, accident investigation and assisting local law enforcement in the counties of Rockdale, Newton and Walton.

August 12, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Wouldn't change a thing: Life with Tourette's

There's a summer camp at Fort Yargo State Park in Winder that, at a glance, is just like any other.

August 12, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Local students, teachers rescue abandoned dogs

Teachers and students at Newton College and Career Academy (NCCA) joined forces last week to rescue three abandoned dogs who were found wandering the area of the school entrance, and school personnel were fearful they were in danger of being hit by a vehicle.

August 12, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Common sense best defense at night

The Friday night death of a pedestrian on Georgia Highway 81 near Alcovy Road should serve as a wake-up call to everyone - and that's everyone, at one time or another - who needs or wants to be out after dark.

August 12, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


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


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Case against Rodney Young moves forward

On the heels of one death penalty case, Newton County is preparing for a second this year. Rodney Renia Young, 43, is accused of bludgeoning to death his ex-fiancée's son, 28-year-old Gary Lamar Jones, in 2008.

April 28, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Tornado Watch for Newton until 2 a.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch for much of north Georgia, including Newton County, until 2 a.m.

April 27, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Vampire Diaries cast spooked at Gaithers

Fans may get a chill watching the CW's "Vampire Diaries," but star Nina Dobrev says the cast and crew were the ones spooked while filming at the Gaither Plantation in Covington.

April 27, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Mom, child die after College Park fire

COLLEGE PARK - Authorities say a mother and her 4-year-old daughter have died after an apartment fire in south Fulton County.

The fire was at the Camelot Apartments near Old National Highway.

April 27, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Former Newton coach Hendricks, 67, dies

Newton High School basketball has a rich tradition. From the school's state championship in 1964 to the three straight region championships from 1981-83 to its Final Four run of last year, the Rams have stood the test of time of generational gaps and the changing landscape of the county. The program's success can be attributed in large part to the men who have coached the teams.

April 27, 2011 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL


Uh-oh: Gas tax to rise on Sunday

ATLANTA - More pain at the pump is on the way for Georgia motorists, as the state's gas tax is set to rise by about 3 cents a gallon on Sunday as a result of a formula tied to fuel prices.

The increase - which also will add an additional two cents a gallon in many counties - takes effect as part of a tax rate change that usually takes place twice a year. Part of the state gas tax is pegged to the average price of gas, and when that price rises, the tax jumps as well.

April 27, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Highway 81 rail crossing work delayed

The rough CSX railroad crossing on Emory Street (Ga. Highway 81) north of U.S. Highway 278 is going to stay that way, for now.

April 27, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Kentucky Derby hits the Arts

The annual art on the river event presented by the Arts Association in Newton County is taking things up a notch this year with a Kentucky Derby theme.

April 27, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Part of your world

"Her complexion was as fine as the petal of a rose and her eyes as blue as the deepest lake, but just like everyone else down there, she had no feet, her body ended in a fishtail."

April 27, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Woodall talks issues leading up to town hall

Newton County residents had a chance to tell U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall (R-Lawrenceville) exactly what they thought at a town hall meeting Tuesday night, and he said he's thrilled to hear it.

April 27, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Job fair draws crowd

From his white hair to the gold-and-navy striped tie matching his navy sport coat, Steve Sikes stood out among the crowd of 600 job-seekers at a manufacturer-heavy job fair on Tuesday at DeKalb Technical College's Covington campus. It remains to be seen whether that was a good or bad thing.

April 26, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


AFLAC duck finds new voice

NEW YORK - Aflac is betting a sales manager from Minnesota has the voice to drive the name "Aflac" into the recesses of your brain and keep it there.

Daniel McKeague, 36, a father of three from Hugo, Minn., beat out 12,500 other contestants to replace actor Gilbert Gottfried and become the new voice of the reinsurance company's duck mascot.

April 26, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Atlanta jobless rate drops

ATLANTA - Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler says the preliminary unadjusted unemployment rate in the metro Atlanta area declined to 9.8 percent in March.

He said that's down from a revised 10.2 percent in February.

April 26, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Gas costs up, who has cheapest fuel?

Average retail gasoline prices in metro Atlanta have risen 2.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.74/g yesterday. This compares with the national average that has increased 2.8 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.83/g, according to gasoline price website AtlantaGasPrices.com.

Check out the lowest gas prices in the Covington area and across the nation here.

April 26, 2011 | | LOCAL


Pastor prayed with Butts murder suspect

JACKSON - Authorities say a Georgia pastor played a key role on Easter Sunday in ending the search for a suspect accused of killing two family members.

April 26, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


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