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Electronic thefts hard to pinpoint

Debit and credit cards have added an ease to life that most people have grown accustomed to.

March 29, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Durden's allegations formally denied

Former Newton County landscaper Billy Durden believes county officials and current county landscaper Gary Campbell conspired to cause him to lose his longtime contract with the county.

March 29, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Mystic Grill takes steps to prevent credit card theft

While credit card information is being stolen in multiple places, restaurants and other public places are the most visible businesses affected.

March 29, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Former teacher donates first book to school library

What started out as a former elementary school teacher's quest to explore her family tree ended in a pioneer authorship that reveals the history of an entire community.

March 29, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Jackson prison warden shares stories

Three Newton County criminals are on death row, and if they're ever put to death, the lethal injections will take place at Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson.

March 29, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


1 eastbound lane on I-20 to be closed

Bridge rehab work is continuing on I-20 eastbound next week and the far left lane will be closed for milling and asphalt work.

March 29, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Noted planet observer comes to Charlie Elliott

On Saturday, April 5, at 5:30 p.m., the Charlie Elliott Chapter of the Atlanta Astronomy Club will hold their monthly meeting with special guest Dr. Julius L. Benton, Jr.

March 29, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Unemployment rate drops

Newton County's unemployment rate dropped to 8 percent in February, down from 8.3 percent in January, but the number of employed workers also fell as the overall number of people looking for work dropped.

March 27, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Fire causes minor damage at NyloBoard

A small flash fire caused minor injuries to two employees, damaged a piece of equipment and shut down part of local industry NyloBoard's manufacturing plant Thursday morning, but overall fire and company officials said the damage was minimal.

March 27, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Deputy Mathis gets 5 years in prison

Former Newton County Sheriff's Office deputy Darrell Mathis was sentenced to five years in federal prison stemming for possessing a firearm during a drug transaction, stemming from his Sept. 19 arrest by the FBI for selling drugs.

March 27, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


A tribute through a birthday party

Local Indian Creek seventh grader Katlyn Williams is celebrating her 13th birthday party tonight, but the celebration won't be all about her.

March 27, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Ella Kate helps kick off March of Babies

Six-month-old Ella Kate Rider laughed and paid vigorous attention to everyone around her enjoying lunch and speeches about her journey and the care given at Newton Medical Center's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit facilities.

March 27, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Orphans, pickpockets and music

The Arts Association in Newton County will be hosting a stage production of Oliver!, performed by OYS and OSC at Porter Auditorium on March 27th-30th.

March 27, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Unemployment rate drops; fewer looking for work

Newton County's unemployment rate dropped to 8 percent in February, down from 8.3 percent in January, but the number of employed workers also fell as the overall number of people looking for work dropped.

March 27, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Former deputy gets 5 years in prison

Former Newton County Sheriff's Office deputy Darrell Mathis was sentenced to five years in federal prison stemming for possessing a firearm during a drug transaction, stemming from his Sept. 19 arrest by the FBI for selling drugs.

March 27, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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Marshall tours Fibervisions plant

U.S. Rep. Jim Marshall (D-Macon) visited Fibervisions Wednesday morning to learn about its business model, tour its facilities and ask if he could help.

August 20, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Revitalizing Mr. Rhoades

As the years ticked slowly by, David Rhoades wondered if he would ever find a home of his own. For more than a decade Rhoades lived in a small apartment. When his neighbors were noisy he heard them; when they cooked, the odor of grease filled his nostrils.

He celebrated his 50th birthday, his kids grew up, he continued to hold a solid job at Nisshinbo and he got engaged - but he didn't have a home. When he drove by 545 Jack Neely Road, the house caught his eye. When he walked inside, it felt like home. When he ...

August 20, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Woman charged in ‘09 death of Larry John Marchesseau

The woman accused of causing the accident that killed a 67-year-old man last year was charged with vehicular homicide Friday.

August 20, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


‘Money Mont’ will face life in prison

One of the two men accused in the shooting death of Calvin Kentrell Banks in 2009 has could be sentenced to life in prison, though not for murder.

August 18, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


A wild time at Big Haynes Creek Festival

It's time to run, walk, slither, swim and fly into the fourth annual Big Haynes Creek Wildlife Festival on Aug. 28 and 29 at the Georgia International Horse Park.

August 18, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Joyful jamboree

Investing in the future: On Sunday, Aug. 1, Covington was hosting two "Back 2 School" events. In addition to the one downtown, one was held at Trailblazer's Park on Clarke Street.

August 18, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


What lies in the unexplored depths of Lake Varner?

Litter from the lake: Authorities from the Covington/Newton County Dive Team cleared debris from Lake Varner Tuesday after noticing a large amount of trash in the lake during a search earlier this month.

August 18, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Going for Eagle Scout

The final steps: High School Senior Nic Walter is trying to educate local residents about the value of the Dried Indian Creek wetlands and pier as part of his Eagle Scout project. He is planning to place signs by the wetlands explaining how the plants filter stormwater runoff and protect the area's other plant and animal life. In addition, he is planning to place signs on the pier describing and naming the various wetland plants. Walter is the son of Kevin Walter and Jean Fowler.

August 17, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Wire woes

Under the wire: A little after 3 p.m., a dump truck caught and tore down several spans of an AT&T telephone cable on Washington St. In addition to causing traffic jams while the damaged lines were repaired, it also caused lights to flicker throughout town as the wires collided and touched in the air. Businesses and homes along Washington Street and in downtown Covington experienced brief power loss.

August 17, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Little Miss Covington

The inaugural 2010 Miss Covington and Little Miss Covington Pageant was held Saturday morning at Eastside High School. Participants were judged on a 1 -10 scale, with 10 being the highest. Judges will make their decisions based on overall appearance, first impression, beauty, poise and personality. The winner (Queen/King) in each division received a rhinestone tiara/crown, monogrammed sash, flowers and a large trophy. The winners were:

August 15, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


DeKalb Co. fireman charged with public indecency on I-20

A DeKalb County fireman was arrested Friday afternoon, after he was caught allegedly masturbating in his car on Interstate 20.

August 15, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


‘Footloose’ looking for paid extras for filming

The Georgia Department of Labor's Covington Career Center and Woodridge Productions of Culver City, Calif., hope to recruit about 100 extras for the upcoming movie "Footloose" Thursday, Aug. 19, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at DeKalb Technical College, 16200 Alcovy-Jersey Road.

August 15, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


The pier to nowhere

Many Covington residents who pass by City Hall are left confused by what they see.

"Why is there a pier leading to and abruptly ending right in the middle of a swamp?" they've been known to ask. "Is there a purpose for the pier? Is this really the best use of our tax money?"

August 15, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Zon sworn in as District Attorney

In front of a crowd of hundreds of friends and colleagues, Layla Zon was sworn in Friday afternoon, as the first female District Attorney for the Alcovy Circuit.

Zon's predecessor, Newton County Superior Court Judge Ken Wynne, welcomed everyone, and the Rev. Jason Dees with First Baptist Church of Covington gave the invocation.

August 15, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


GBI Director receives GACP award

The Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police (GACP) has named GBI Director Vernon Keenan as this year's recipient of the Special Service Award in recognition of his proactive contributions to his agency, to the GACP and to the state's law enforcement community. Covington Chief of Police and GACP President Stacey Cotton made the presentation at the organization's recent annual banquet in Savannah.

August 15, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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