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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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Hit, Run and Ride for a Cure

An American Cancer Society fundraiser featuring family-friendly games and activities will be held Saturday at the Quad at Oxford College.

March 16, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


SPLOST passes with 54 percent of vote

The 2011 SPLOST has passed and Newton County's sales tax rate will remain at 7 percent for at least the next couple of years.

March 15, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Final results in for SPLOST

The 2011 SPLOST has passed, 2,168 to 1,851.

March 15, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Wrong lottery ticket wins $300,000

ATLANTA - An 84-year-old woman was upset she hit the wrong button on a lottery ticket vending machine at an Atlanta grocery store, delivering a different scratch-off game than she wanted to play.

That is, until she saw she won $300,000 from the Taxes Paid game.

March 15, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Teen charged in rape of 3-year-old

A 19-year-old Covington teen remains in the Newton County Jail after he allegedly raped a 3-year-old girl early Saturday morning.

March 15, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newton County joins Secure Communities

Newton County is one of the latest counties to join the "Secure Communities" program, which seeks to curb illegal immigration in Georgia.

March 15, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


HOPE changes signed into law

ATLANTA - Just three weeks after unveiling legislation to overhaul the state's cash-strapped HOPE scholarship, Gov. Nathan Deal has signed the measure into law.

March 15, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


"Senior" senior choir performs March 20

Choir performance: A 50-member choir sponsored by Newton County Senior Services will perform at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church at 5 p.m. Sunday, March 20.

The average age of members of "Voices of Wisdom" is 70, with the youngest being 61 and the oldest 84. Most members perform in their local churches, but some sing only with the Voices of Wisdom. The group debuted in a September 2010 play entitled "I Simply Say Thank You."

March 15, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Rain ending, warm temps, sunshine on the way

Rain should taper off today, giving way to bountiful sunshine and warm temperatures through the week.

March 15, 2011 | | LOCAL


Molestation charge filed against Morgan County teacher

MADISON - The Georgia Bureau of Investigation says a 27-year-old Morgan County middle school teacher is charged with child molestation, enticing a minor and sexual assault.

March 15, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Hurry: Polls close at 7 p.m. for SPLOST vote

It's up to Newton County voters on Tuesday to decide the fate of the 2011 SPLOST.

March 15, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Church in the Now facing foreclosure

Church in the Now's properties on Iris Drive in Conyers are going into foreclosure, according to a March 10 listing.

The nondenominational megachurch entered into an $18.5 million agreement with the Evangelical Christian Credit Union in June 2007 for the properties and buildings at 1873, 1875 and 1877 Iris Drive.The market value of 1873 Iris Drive was listed as $11.8 million in 2010 and the assessed value was listed as $4.7 million, according to the Rockdale County Tax Commissioner's office.

March 14, 2011 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Newton teen charged in rape of toddler

A 3-year-old was reportedly raped Saturday and a 19-year-old man was arrested on multiple charges in connection with the assault, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

March 14, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Senate may consider Sunday booze sales after all

ATLANTA - The issue of Sunday liquor sales may have found new life in the Senate now that the bill's sponsor sees renewed support for the measure.

March 14, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Japan earthquake won't stall Votgle

The head of the Atlanta-based Southern Co. does not expect an earthquake that has caused a nuclear crisis in Japan will delay the construction of two more nuclear reactors in eastern Georgia.

Southern Co. CEO Tom Fanning said in a statement that his company is monitoring events in Japan, but it remains committed to building two new reactors at Plant Vogtle near Waynesboro. Fanning said he still expects the project will keep its current construction schedule and remain on budget. Its principal owners are Georgia Power, Oglethorpe Power Corp. Dalton Utilities and MEAG Power. The City of Covington is a ...

March 14, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


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