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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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Secretary of State to speak at Chamber's annual meeting

Secretary of State Brian Kemp will be the keynote speaker at this year's annual meeting of the Covington/Newton County Chamber of Commerce at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at DeKalb Technical College's 8100 Bob Williams Parkway location.

January 06, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Dawg AD expects improvement in 2011

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity says he's looking for improvement from the Georgia football team and more passion from coach Mark Richt following the Bulldogs' first losing record since 1996.

January 06, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Deal sets up blind trust

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Gov.-elect Nathan Deal has set up a blind trust to control his personal assets while in office.

January 06, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


GBI to investigate prisoner abuse allegations

ATLANTA - The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is looking into allegations of abuse at several Georgia prisons.

January 06, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


County wins landfill suit

Newton County reported that its 13-year-old lawsuit to prevent a private landfill from locating here was successful.

January 06, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Uh-oh: Snow back in forecast?

There may be some snow to contend with for your weekend and start of the next work week in Covington and Newton County.

January 06, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Homeless man sustains extensive burns

A homeless man suffered extensive burns Saturday night after a portable propane heater overturned and set his tent on fire as he slept.

January 06, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


New library opens Monday

When Newton County's new $6 million library opens Jan. 10, it will be the county's first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design registered building.

January 06, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Odd actions before police chief lead to jail time

A 28-year-old Loganville man started the year off badly when his odd actions in view of Covington Chief of Police Stacey Cotton in the parking lot of the QuickTrip gas station had police looking into the possibility of a drug deal and ended up with him arrested on multiple drug charges.

January 05, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Judge Ozburn honored

Newton County Superior Court Judge Samuel Ozburn has been named the recipient of the prestigious Justice Robert Benham Award for Community Service by the Georgia Bar Association.

January 05, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Old Cousins High gym reopens today

After 40 years of silence, the Wolverine Gym that was once home court for the old R.L. Cousins High School, today will again bustle with activity.

January 05, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


SPLOST set for March 15 vote

The Newton County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday to call for a SPLOST special election on March 15.

January 05, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Stop signs coming down at old rail crossings

Those pesky stop signs at railroad crossings in Covington where the train no longer runs should be taken down within the next month or so.

January 05, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


United buys McIntosh bank building

United Bank has purchased the 16,684-square foot McIntosh Commercial Bank building on U.S. Highway 278 for $2.25 million.

January 04, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Deputies search for bandits

Police are searching for bandits who robbed a Shell station on Brown Bridge Road on New Year's Day.

January 04, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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