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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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A Heroes' welcome

Everyday folks doing extraordinary things for Newton County were honored on Friday when The Covington News and General Mills saluted the four finalists in the 2010 Hometown Heroes celebration.

April 15, 2011 | | LOCAL


State lawmakers crack down on immigration

ATLANTA - During their frantic final day Thursday, Georgia lawmakers passed a tough bill cracking down on illegal immigration, clearing the way for Gov. Nathan Deal to sign it.

Dozens of bills cleared the House and Senate as lawmakers before the chambers gaveled the 40-day legislative session to a close at 11:38 p.m. amid a shower of confetti.

April 15, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Uh-oh: Wild weather after midnight?

Newton County may be rocked after midnight tonight by a line of strong to severe storms.

April 15, 2011 | | LOCAL


A taste of downtown

Tastes and treasures: The Spring Fling was held Thursday evening at Southern Heartland Gallery, 1132 Monticello St., while A Taste of Downtown, a showcase of fare from seven downtown restaurants, was offered next door at 1138 Monticello Street Banquet Hall. The art gallery event featured an exhibit of wearable art, in conjunction with partners Brendle's, Perfect Fit Lingerie, Merle Norman and New Shoez. A wine tasting, staged by Newton Package, was offered, and entertainment was provided by Marshall McCart.

April 15, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Medical Center receives nuclear medicine accreditation

Newton Medical Center has been awarded a three-year accreditation in nuclear medicine after a review by the American College of Radiology.

April 15, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Westside Walmart site plan approved

Site plans have been approved for a Walmart Supercenter at the intersection of Salem and Brown Bridge roads.

April 15, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Chamber offers development forum

Covington and Newton County officials want to attract high-quality jobs. So does nearly every other community in the U.S.

April 15, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Explorer’s complete training

Objectives complete: The Newton County Sheriff's Office Explorers recently received the 2010 National Explorers Excellence Award, after meeting all 11 program objectives, including community oriented activities, fingerprinting, vehicle pull-overs and handcuffing techniques. The group only needed to meet eight objectives but met all 11, after having only been started in February 2010. The group is headed by Investigator Mark Joiner. Sheriff Ezell Brown extended a special thanks to the citizens of Newton County for donations to the program, which went toward their uniforms, and to General Mills for a $2,000 donation for equipment for the program.

April 15, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mayfield Hardware to raffle Adirondack chairs Saturday

Mayfield's Hardware Company will be raffling off 20, hand-decorated Adirondack chairs Saturday, beginning at 11 a.m. at its downtown store in an effort to support local non-profits.

April 15, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Today: Spring Fling, Taste of Downtown

The Spring Fling will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Southern Heartland Gallery, 1132 Monticello St., while A Taste of Downtown, a showcase of fare from seven downtown restaurants, will be offered next door at 1138 Monticello Street Banquet Hall.

April 14, 2011 | Special to The News | LOCAL


Newton teen dies after 4-wheeler wreck

A Newton County teen died Tuesday following a 4-wheeler accident.

April 14, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Winter left early this year

It seemed to be a cold, snowy winter, but the last freeze for the Atlanta area occurred in February, the earliest last freeze date since 1945, according to the National Weather Service.

April 14, 2011 | | LOCAL


Arrest connected to Game Star robbery

A Forest Park man is in jail and charged in connection with armed robberies of the Game Star store in Covington and the Radio Shack and GNC stores in Conyers.

April 13, 2011 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Austin Scott to hold town hall Monday

U.S. Rep. Austin Scott (R-Macon) will be hosting his first ever town hall in Covington from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Monday at the Historic Courthouse.

April 13, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Health fair at Turner Lake

The inaugural health fair on Wednesday at the Turner Lake Complex featured health tests, food, information and sample giveaways. Vendors included Newton Medical Center, the Newton County Recreation Department, Fire Services, Chick-fil-A, Cigna, Senior Services, Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig.

April 13, 2011 | | LOCAL


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