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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


Fire reported at NyloBoard industry

Update: Final report from Covington Fire Marshal Tony Smith on the fire at NyloBoard: The fire damaged one machine where the fire started; Smith estimated the damage to be between $5,000-$10,000.

March 27, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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City keeps contract with airport operator

Once again, the Covington City Council decided it would continue to contract with current operator Dixie Jet Services to run Covington Municipal Airport - for now.

July 28, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Georgia named finalist for ‘Race to the Top’ grant

Georgia is yet again in the final race for a share of $3.4 billion for education, and local officials are still supporting the process.

July 27, 2010 | By Carolyn Crist | LOCAL


Covington man arrested for allegedly stabbing supervisor

A Covington man was arrested Sunday, after he allegedly assaulted and stabbed his supervision at an Atlanta mail-processing plant.

July 27, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


AgSouth Farm Credit second quarter earnings exceed 2009

AgSouth Farm Credit CEO Bill Spigener recently announced that the customer-owned cooperative had net earnings of $9 million during the second quarter of 2010. Year-to-date earnings total $18.9 million and exceed 2009 earnings of the same period by more than $5.4 million.

July 25, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


One-time county resident shot in the line of duty in Atlanta

A one-time Newton County resident, Mark Edge, an officer with the State Capital Police, was injured in the line of duty Wednesday.

July 25, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Tea Party hosts political rally on the square

Disillusioned residents who believe the federal government is moving toward socialism and recklessly abandoning any sense of fiscal responsibility came to the square Saturday to vent frustration and search for solutions.

Around 150 people attended Saturday' Newton County Tea Party rally to hear speeches about conservative principles from fellow residents and political candidates.

July 25, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Berry pickin’ time

The local community knows exactly where to go each berry season for their supply of delicious fresh-picked blueberries, blackberries and raspberries. The Alcovy Berry Farm, located off Lackey Road, offers opportunities for customers to peruse through the farm to pick their own berries at prices much lower to those offered at regular supermarkets.

Alcovy Berry, owned by the Worley family, planted their first bushes in 2003 on a single acre of land. The berry farm has since grown to three acres, offering a variety of different berry types like Thornless Triple Crown, Arapaho, Navajo and Kiowa.

July 25, 2010 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


IDA donates to railroad cause to honor Fowler

Long-time Industrial Development Authority Member Rob Fowler III recently announced his retirement from the group responsible for facilitating the recruitment and expansion of industry.

As a thank you for Fowler's many years of service, the IDA donated $2,000 to the Newton County Trails-Path Foundation, because Fowler has been an outspoken advocate of purchasing the currently Norfolk Southern railroad and converting it into a trail.

July 25, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Airport operation work session to take place Tuesday

Dixie Jet Owner Bob Riddell, who operates the Covington Municipal Airport, asked the city council to consider a new operating agreement, because he said the broad early termination clause makes him wary of investing in the airport's future.

"We kind of have a cloud over our head… to be able to pull our lease without cause," Riddell said.

July 25, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Fun in the sun

Community togetherness: Leafstone Apartments held a special summer resident appreciation day on Saturday, which featured birdhouse making, a moonwalk and a cookout contest for residents. Leafstone Apartments are located off Brown Bridge Road.

July 25, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NHS teacher tends to sea turtles over summer break

Not all teachers take a break during their summer break. Jim Stansell, environmental science and zoology teacher at Newton High School, recently completed two, four-day workshops on sea turtles and coastal ecology on Georgia's Sapelo Island. The Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve offered the trainings as part of its teacher training series.

July 23, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County’s bond rating may be in jeopardy

Newton County may be in danger of losing its excellent bond Aa2 rating and not being able to meet new state budget compliance requirements if county revenues continue to fall, according to a report by the county's auditor Wayne Tamplin.

July 23, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Man cites sledgehammer blow as cause of spotty memory

A search for an armed robbery suspect led to the arrest of another man, who reportedly argued with officers and gave them a wrong name when asked.

July 23, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


The tree shaper

Maintaining a hobby can provide the peace of mind one needs in the current economic climate. Some take up reading, some take on sports and others do a little gardening. Lee Edwards decided to take up bonsai cultivation as a hobby 16 years ago while visiting the bonsai collection at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers. Since then, he has grown over 50 trees that reside beautifully in his backyard.

July 23, 2010 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


Detention officers learn new control techniques

More than 100 men and women from law enforcement communities across the county joined together Thursday to learn new techniques to extract uncooperative inmates from their cells without injuries to the guards.

July 23, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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