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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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Archive By Section - LOCAL


Angry patient banned from office

Employees at a local doctor's office called for deputies from the Newton County Sheriff's Office after a regular patient yelled and threw things at the office staff.

September 04, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Tip of the Week - Sept. 4

Learn to make cheap food taste like a gourmet meal with a few simple tricks and some good, solid cooking know how. Cooking isn't some natural born talent. It's a skill just like any other and practice makes perfect.

September 04, 2011 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | LOCAL


Dr. Patton’s office to partner with Emory University

The Emory Healthcare system continues its aggressive expansion in the Atlanta market, as it finalized an agreement Thursday to bring Newton Medical Associates into its primary care network.

September 04, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


No surprises in Covington mayor race

Rumors were flying around town Friday about last-minute entrants into the Covington mayor's race, but at the end of the day no one else stepped forward.

September 04, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Busy year for city candidate qualifying

It's a busy year for city elections in Newton County with five city mayors and 16 city council members up for election in Newton County and Social Circle in 2011, plus two school board seats in Social Circle.

September 02, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Jury hears 2008 child molestation case

More than three years since the accusation was first made, 47-year-old Steve Anthony Lam was in court to face charges that he molested his children's friend in the summer of 2008.

September 02, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Juvenile kicked out of daycare after running off

Officers were called to Sharp Learning Center after an Ombudsman student reportedly ran away from his teacher and into the woods Wednesday afternoon.

September 02, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Man won’t exit locked car, leads to Tasing

An argument between mother and son led to the arrest of Cornelius Cullins Tuesday evening for obstructing an officer.

September 02, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Court Sentencings - Sept. 2

Jaide Peterson, theft by taking felony, 10 years probation, 100 days confinement, $1,000. Felony obstruction, 5 years probation, $1,000. Criminal damage to property, 5 years probation, $1,000. Misdemeanor violation of duty, 12 months probation, $500. Reckless driving misdemeanor, 12 months probation.

September 02, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Circus coming to Conyers

What's new at Cole Bros. Circus of the Stars? Just about everything. And, from its brilliantly colored, new Big Top to its stellar cast of performing artists and educated animals, Cole Bros. Circus 2011 is nothing short of spectacular.

September 02, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Officials back residents in power issue

Opposition to the proposed power line that would run through Mansfield's city limits continues to grow as business leaders and elected officials join the effort to have the line's route run around the city.

September 01, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Torres found guilty of 2008 murder

Abel Torres was found guilty in the 2008 murder of his roommate Fernando Gonzalez and sentenced to life plus 35 years for his crimes. The family of Gonzalez held each other and wept as the verdict was read.

September 01, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Concerts on the square begin Thursday

The Concerts on the Square, presented by the Arts Association in Newton County, and sponsored by Honda of Conyers, United Bank, Main Street Covington and The Covington News, will begin Thursday with a performance by Mack McKibbon and the Drive Time.

August 31, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Court Sentencings - Aug.31

Raymond E. Medina, rape, nolle pross. Aggravated assault, nolle pross. Aggravated assault, 15 years probation, nine years confinement, $1,000. Aggravated assault, nolle pross. Family Violence Act aggravated assault, 9 years confinement. Aggravated assault, nolle pross. Aggravated stalking, 9 years confinement. False information, 9 years confinement. Possession of firearm by convicted felon, nolle pross. Possession of firearm by convicted felon, nolle pross. Possession of firearm by convicted felon, 5 years probation, $1,000. Possession of firearm by convicted felon, nolle pross. Possession of firearm by convicted felon, 5 years probation concurrent, $1,000. Possession of firearm by convicted felon, nolle ...

August 31, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Unmarked graves to be re-consecrated

Now that nearly 400 unmarked graves have been found in Covington's cemeteries - many of them believed to belong to slaves - the local African-American Historical Association believes its time to remember and re-consecrate them.

August 31, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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