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Updated Landfill Committee

Springhill resident Sierra Benton has declined to serve on the landfill citizens' committee. She will be replaced by Sharon Sawyer.

April 02, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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


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Nelson Heights center to remain open

The Nelson Heights Community Center will get a second year of life.

June 28, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Recreation staple Carol Rooks retires

Not once during her 11 years with the Newton County Recreation Commission did Carol Rooks ever dread going into work. That doesn't mean every day was easy, but she loved her job and her fellow employees.

June 28, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log - June 29

Monica Latrice Kellet, 31, Atlanta, June 20. Deposit account fraud.

June 28, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Court Sentencings - June 29

Douglas L. Cocchi, Violation of Family Violence Order, bond denied.

June 28, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man harasses woman, tries to break in

A Newton County man was arrested after he allegedly followed a woman and her child home late Monday night and tried to get into the home.

June 28, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Federal immigration agent arrested for DUI

Covington police reported that they arrested a federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent on a charge of drunk driving early Saturday.

June 28, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


A patriotic celebration on the square Sunday

The city of Covington will have its 2011 Independence in the Park festival on Sunday.

June 28, 2011 | AJ Archer | LOCAL


Newton cheerleaders earn bid to Nationals

The Newton competition cheerleading squad returned from the National Cheerleading Association cheerleading camp at the University of Georgia last week with some new hardware. In addition, the team earned a berth at the NCA Senior and Junior High School National Championship at Dallas in January.

June 28, 2011 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL


Georgia wins round in water wars

ATLANTA - A federal appeals panel handed Georgia a victory Tuesday by overturning a lower court ruling that would have significantly restricted the main source of water for roughly 3 million people in metro Atlanta starting next year.

June 28, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


911 center to add dispatchers

The 911 center will get its four requested dispatchers by the end of fiscal year 2012.

June 28, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Turner Lake to shut most Saturdays

Turner Lake Complex will be closed 39 Saturdays next year, and financial aid may no longer be available for youth sports as the Newton County Recreation Commission tries to make ends meet.

June 28, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Six arrested in immigration protest

ATLANTA - Six young illegal immigrants were arrested after they sat down in an intersection next to the Georgia Capitol blocking traffic to protest state policies targeting illegal immigration.

June 28, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Paralyzed vet's family to leave Ga. home

EVANS - Relatives of a paralyzed war veteran said Monday the family plans to leave their suburban Augusta neighborhood after a home owners' association objected to their new home plans because the house wasn't large enough.

June 28, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


County legal costs down; see breakdown

Newton County is cutting back everywhere, including spending $300,000 less in legal costs this year to date.

June 27, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Judge blocks part of Ga. immigration law

ATLANTA - A federal judge on Monday blocked parts of Georgia's law cracking down on illegal immigration from taking effect until a legal challenge is resolved.

June 27, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


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