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US sees surge in Cuban rafters

MIAMI (AP) - One early morning this April, Dairon Morera climbed onto a raft of aluminum tanks with 22 other people, revved up a Volvo car motor and pushed off the Cuban shore, joining a never-ending stream of islanders desperate to reach the United States.

August 15, 2014 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Florence continues to push forward

Tichelle Florence's doctor told her she'd never walk again once her disease forced her into a wheelchair.

August 14, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Athens Tech campus coming to Social Circle

For Georgia's "Greatest Little Town," Social Circle is about to get a bigger spotlight.

August 14, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Jimbo’s on liquor license probation

A pre-hearing negotiation with the owner of a Porterdale restaurant laid out guidelines to follow if he wants to keep his alcohol license.

August 14, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


No NCSS schools on Alert list

It's an exclusive list that Newton County School System is glad it's not on.

August 14, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Abandoned house burns during demolition

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

August 14, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Hall: Chamber in a good ‘state’

2014 has been a great year for the Newton County Chamber of Commerce, President Hunter Hall told members at the annual "State of the Chamber" luncheon Thursday.

August 14, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Timber sale to help county coffers

Newton County officials plan to ask for bids on harvesting timber from 200 or so acres near the intersection of Lower River Road and New Mote Road south of Covington.

August 14, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


DOT: Peachtree Academy to get school zone

It may be a parent's worst nightmare. Cars speeding by their child's school every morning and afternoon, thinking they won't be the one to hit a student.

August 14, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Porterdale PD gets social media policy

Even law enforcement employees have rules, and that doesn't exclude what they post on Facebook, Twitter or any other social media network.

August 14, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


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


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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


Meet the Congressman tonight

U.S. Representative Rob Woodall (R-Lawrenceville) will stage a town hall meeting from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Historic Courthouse in Covington.

April 26, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Three nabbed in MARTA train attack

ATLANTA - Authorities say they've arrested two men and a 16-year-old who face charges in connection with attacks on passengers aboard a commuter train headed for Atlanta's airport.

MARTA police said Monday that 19-year-old Jarquez Scott and 20-year-old Zantavious Sanchez Scott are being held in the Fulton County Jail.

April 26, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


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