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For Covington stunt coordinators, it’s never a relaxing day at work

They've been thrown out of trailers, dropped out of helicopters, tossed over cars, fallen off clock towers, swallowed by alligators and been set on ...

April 25, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Discount Six Flags tickets on sale

Newton 4-H has the best deal on Six Flags and White Water passes, and tickets are on sale to the public.

April 24, 2016 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


Weeds be gone from your garden

Many people are like me in one respect -- they enjoy tilling garden soil and planting vegetables just to see things grow. Fresh tasting vegetables are ...

April 24, 2016 | Ted Wynne | LOCAL


Neelys hope the sky’s the limit for Nitro 2 Go

When you walk in to Nitro 2 Go, liquor, wine and beer may be what you're shopping for but your attention will drift upward ...

April 24, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


A sophomore in her final semester at GPC

In 2007, with the support from the community and a 100-acre land donation from a local philanthropic fund, an exemplary attribute to Newton County was ...

April 24, 2016 | Taylor Brown | LOCAL


Brick Store Overlay gets approval from BOC

Newton County has a new overlay of ordinances as the Brick Store Overlay was approved by the Newton County Board of Commissioners Tuesday.

April 23, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Covington Regional Ballet heads down the rabbit hole

The curtains open on the Covington Regional Ballet's interpretation of Alice in Wonderland on April 30 at Newton High School.

April 23, 2016 | Lily Mayfield | LOCAL


County Special Olympics set to open May 2

Over 500 athletes will gather Monday, May 2 through Friday, May 6 at the Newton County Special Olympics games at Sharp Stadium field. The week ...

April 23, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Two men found drowned at Lake Varner

Two men died while fishing on Lake Varner, in what the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is calling a boating incident, Thursday evening.

April 22, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Conflicts shadow BOC’s meeting

The Newton County Historic Courthouse became a political hotbed, with racial and political undercurrents lying throughout the Board of Commissioners meeting Tuesday night.

April 21, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


15-year-old missing person believed to be in Atlanta

The Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) has received "multiple viable tips" that missing 15-year-old Tamarjai Kendrick is in the Atlanta area.

April 20, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Solid Waste Authority up and running

The Newton County Solid Waste Management Authority is up and running.

April 20, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Turner Lake pavilion named in honor of Rucker Ginn

The pavilion at Turner Lake Park will honor one of Newton County's most recognizable figures after a motion by the Newton County Board of ...

April 20, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Fishing for Hornyheads in Newborn

Newborn celebrates three decades of Horneyhead fishing April 30 in its annual Hornyhead Fish Festival and Tournament.

April 20, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Farm to table

Some small farm farmers are offering two different ways for Newton County residents to support local agriculture: either by purchasing shares in a farm's ...

April 19, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


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Real estate lawyer Philip Johnson runs for District 5

Long time real estate attorney Philip A. Johnson is running as a Democrat for the District 5 seat on the Newton County Board of Commissioners seat because he wants to bring more civility to local government.

Johnson, 62, has been practicing law in Newton County for 38 years but said he wants to return to politics to get Newton County back on track.

May 08, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Dancing through her life

Betty Harris' dancing escapades have lead to a lifetime of unforgettable experiences like marching in Kennedy's inauguration parade in 1961 to performing in the Opening Ceremonies of the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.

Harris has also participated in four flash mobs in the metro area with the Atlanta West Coast Swing Club.

May 08, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


GPC President Tricoli steps down

Georgia Perimeter College President Anthony Tricoli has stepped down following the disclosure that the school has a roughly $16 million downfall.

May 08, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Steve Davis runs for re-election

Incumbent Republican Steve Davis announced he is running for his fifth House term in the new District 109, which covers parts of Rockdale, Newton and Henry counties.

"It has been a great honor to represent this district for the last eight years and I am glad that I have been able to deliver on the promises of my original campaign," Davis said in a written statement. "I have focused much of my attention on education, transportation and public safety."

May 08, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Sheriff’s Office participates in roundtable discussion in NYC

Recently at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square, N.Y., a roundtable discussion was held during the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences that focused on some of the key challenges sheriffs' offices face across the state of Georgia. The panelists who served on this roundtable discussion were Sheriff Ezell Brown of Newton County and Sheriff Ira Edwards Jr. of Clarke County. The roundtable discussion was titled "In Focus: Exploring the Challenges and Related Implications Facing Georgia's Sheriffs." Dr. Brian N. Williams, Associate Professor of Public Administration and Policy at the University of Georgia, moderated ...

May 08, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Georgia gas prices fall 6.4 cents since previous week

Average retail gasoline prices in Atlanta have fallen 6.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.61/gal yesterday. This compares with the national average that has fallen 2.9 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.77/gal, according to gasoline price website AtlantaGasPrices.com.

Including the change in gas prices in Atlanta during the past week, prices yesterday were 29.0 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 25.3 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 13.4 cents per ...

May 08, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Officers use Taser on suspect after chase

Covington officers responded to an in-progress vehicle break in. Upon arriving, the first responding officer witnessed Dagger Grier looking out the back window of a 1999 black Ford Super Duty truck and slump down into the passenger seat.

When the officer approached the vehicle and gave a command for Grier to show his hands, he jumped out of the truck's passenger window and ran towards the woods.

May 08, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Family returns from vacation to ransacked home

Upon arriving home from vacation, the Jacobs family found their master bedroom ransacked. Further investigation to the rest of the house, the family noticed other items missing as well.

Two windows on the front side of the house were open and another front window had a small hole in it.

May 08, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Missing man found

UPDATE: Missing 72-year-old Jack McCarty was located at the home of relatives in Waycross.

May 08, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Boy miraculously survives brain cancer

Ask Jonah Barnett what his favorite drink is, and he'll tell you it's strawberry milk.

May 05, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Lassiter: NMC hosts annual Spring Gala

The Gala Committee, consisting of members of the Newton Medical Center Auxiliary along with support from members of the Covington Garden Club, planned a spectacular Annual Spring Gala Saturday, April 28.

The home of Drs. Caralyn and Leon Leonard was the perfect setting for this Asian-flair theme affair. The guests were greeted by the hosts along with some of the Gala Committee members. Professional photos were offered before entering the Leonard's estate and allowing guests to view the personal effects of the owners.

May 05, 2012 | Christy A. Lassiter | LOCAL


Georgia Piedmont graduates Law Enforcement Academy recruits

Georgia Piedmont Technical College's Law Enforcement Academy held its 10th commencement ceremony Friday, April 27 at the college's Covington campus. Five recruits have completed the 17 week law officer training academy. While the class size was low, the caliber of students was high. "This is the smallest graduating class we've had since we began operating. It presented some challenges from an instruction standpoint, however, I believe these students benefited greatly from the small class size. I feel confident they learned the knowledge and skills needed to move forward and do a good job for the community that ...

May 05, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Searching the Internet

Have you had a chance to visit that older relative? Did they give you lots of information and maybe some pictures?

Did you fill out the pedigree chart and decide on your surname? Is the surname on your mother's or father's side?

May 05, 2012 | Ellen Blakeslee Columnist | LOCAL


Fairy House Festival enchants Covington

Chimney Park was transformed yesterday into an enchanted fairy forest, full of visitors young and old.

Children with fairy wings and glittered, painted faces decorated fairy wings and other crafts. Some also listened to story time as they sat on logs.

May 05, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Man fails sobriety tests after "one drink"

While on patrol, a Covington officer observed a vehicle weaving in and out of the lane and crossing into the left lane. The vehicle also accelerated faster than the posted speed limit.

May 05, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


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