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Newton County faces tough choices on budget

Newton-By limiting spending, increasing revenue, the Board of Commissioners is seeking to tidy the books while keeping the budget within range of this year's $47 million.

June 07, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Hometown Hero: Todd Scott

Covington-Todd Scott was down on the floor staring into the eyes of a stranger. He didn't think the gunshots that forced him to take safety were real initially, but then he smelled the gunpowder. The stranger was just another customer like Scott, and Scott knew he had to do something for both their sakes.

June 07, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | LOCAL


County settles wrongful termination suit

Newton-Newton County has agreed to settle with former landscaping contractor William Durden for $45,000 after the latter filed a wrongful termination suit in 2013.

June 07, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Newton County turns out for Family Fun Day

Family Fun Day attracted happy crowds to Turner Lake Park Saturday with music, food, and prizes. The event was sponsored by Congressman Hank Johnson, Senator Ronald Ramsey, Re. Pam Dickerson, Sheriff Ezell Brown, and Commissioner Lanier Sims.

June 06, 2015 | | LOCAL


5 Covington men arrested for pandering

The Covington Police Department, in a joint operation with the Conyers Police Department, arrested 20 males for pandering and other charges throughout a five day period recently.

June 05, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Magnet shooter, Pitts, death ruled a suicide

Jeffrey Scott Pitts, 36, committed suicide during a shootout with Rockdale County deputies Sunday, May 31, according to an autopsy report.

June 05, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Library to get $1,000,000, new HVAC

Dr. Steve Whatley, Chairman of the Newton County Board of Trustees, said there was a time when he thought the Covington branch would have shut its doors. The HVAC unit was beyond repair, and the air in the library would be too hot and humid for its many guests and its many books.

June 04, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


County contracts in committee crosshairs

Covington-The Newton County Purchasing Policy Committee has agreed to recommend requiring a contract, scope of work, and purchase order for professional services, which would include services such as legal counsel, engineering, and appraising.

June 04, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Salem Camp meeting speakers announced

Salem-The 187th Salem Camp meeting begins July 10 with supper at the Salem Hotel and the Covington UMC Picnic at the pavilion at 6 p.m.

June 04, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Outpouring of love at vigil for Covington man and Magnet package shop owner killed in rampage

CONYERS - Tears and hugs flowed freely as hundreds of mourners and supporters packed the parking lot of Magnet Bottle Shop Wednesday night to celebrate the lives of owner Mun "Moon" Cha and Covington resident Jimquez Aikens, who were brutally gunned down Sunday.

June 04, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Blimpie reopens after truck crashes into it

Covington-The Blimpie sandwich shop on Elm Street was open Tuesday after being forced to close by Covington Fire Marshall Tony Smith Sunday.

June 03, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Family Fun Day Saturday!

Covington-The Pavilion at Turner Lake Park will be the site of Family Fun Day featuring food, prizes, and music this Saturday, June 6, from 12:00-4:00 p.m.

June 03, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Air Methods coming to Covington airport

Covington-As the city of Covington looks toward expanding its airport, a new tenant will help pave the way.

June 03, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Car fire on I-20 westbound near Hwy 138

A vehicle caught fire around 3 p.m. Wednesday on Interstate 20 westbound just before the exit for Ga. Highway 138 in Conyers.

June 03, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton BOC confirms county manager

Covington-Newton County has a new interim county manager as of Tuesday night, when the Board of Commissioners voted to appoint Harry Owens to the position.

June 02, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


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Archive By Section - LOCAL


One burgler captured, one on the run

A would-be burglar was arrested outside Johnson's Supermarket after a neighbor called police when they heard a loud banging noise early Tuesday morning.

August 05, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


SPLOST projects discussed at meeting

The county commissioners met Monday night to discuss the 2005 and 2011 SPLOST projects.

August 04, 2011 | Lee Sandow | LOCAL


A man turns himself in after accidentally shooting wife in the hand

Gary Lee Hunt, 47, and his wife had been drinking Friday evening when Hunt decided to show his wife his gun. According to Newton County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer, Lt. Tyrone Oliver, he was trying to show his wife how to shoot his gun.

August 03, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Eyesore of the Week - Aug. 3

Reader Greg Dennington submitted this photo of a pole in Porterdale on Broad Street.

August 03, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man charged in drunken fight

Warrants have been obtained for the arrest of 23-year-old Kyle Nelson Callahan on charges of battery after a drunken fight at the Ozone Saturday night.

August 03, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Speeding woman caught with marijuana and gun

A woman stopped for driving too fast ended up charged with firearm and drug possession as well Sunday afternoon.

August 03, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Georgia booster seat law changes

Changes to the state's booster seat law affect all children under the age of 8 and can result in significant penalties for adults if not followed.

August 03, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Court Sentencings - Aug. 3

Andrew G. Snow, possession of dangerous drugs, 12 months probation, $1,000. Discharging a gun, 12 months probation consecutive, $500. Criminal trespass consecutive. Loitering and prowling, 12 months probation concurrent. Stay away order.

August 03, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Council invited to consecration ceremony

To show their appreciation to Covington city council, the African American Historical Association has invited the city to attend a consecration ceremony for the 300 unmarked graves recently discovered in City Cemetery.

August 03, 2011 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


Let's Come Together to Make Madison Roar!

Let's Come Togetherto Make Madison Roar!

August 02, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man shot off Kirkland Road Saturday evening

A man was shot in his apartment on Kirkland Road Saturday night.

August 01, 2011 | Lee Sandow | LOCAL


Amazing Alpacas

Mike and Melissa Hall don't have an ordinary farm. While some people would like to have traditional farm animals like cows and chickens, they choose to have alpacas.

July 31, 2011 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Court Sentencings - July 31

Dennis A. Jones, violation of probation, continued, must have all community service done, proof of enrollment in GED class, probation fees paid.

July 31, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


On Fabulous Mama: Tip of the Week - July 31

Blueberry cobbler is such a yummy summer treat and it can be super easy to make on the cheap when the berries are in season. My Littles and I are big, big fans of blueberry cobbler and I love seeing their stained berry smiles after they gobble up this homemade goodness. I can never decide if I like blueberry cobbler served warm with ice cream or served cold the next day.

July 31, 2011 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | LOCAL


Wonder of flight worth the wait

As a young boy, Tom Oliver would build model airplanes and dream he was a member of the Flying Tigers, the group of American pilots who aided the Chinese against Japan in World War II.

July 31, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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