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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


Cooper withdraws from 2050 panel

A second member of the proposed 2050 citizens' panel withdrew Tuesday, lowering the number of confirmed members to just two.

August 12, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Trooper English promoted to Sgt 1st

MONROE - On Aug. 1, 2014, Tracy H. English, a lifelong resident of Greene County was promoted to Sergeant First Class and appointed as Post Commander of Post 46 in Monroe. Post 46 Monroe is responsible for enforcement of traffic laws, accident investigation and assisting local law enforcement in the counties of Rockdale, Newton and Walton.

August 12, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Wouldn't change a thing: Life with Tourette's

There's a summer camp at Fort Yargo State Park in Winder that, at a glance, is just like any other.

August 12, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Local students, teachers rescue abandoned dogs

Teachers and students at Newton College and Career Academy (NCCA) joined forces last week to rescue three abandoned dogs who were found wandering the area of the school entrance, and school personnel were fearful they were in danger of being hit by a vehicle.

August 12, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Common sense best defense at night

The Friday night death of a pedestrian on Georgia Highway 81 near Alcovy Road should serve as a wake-up call to everyone - and that's everyone, at one time or another - who needs or wants to be out after dark.

August 12, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Wreck closes I-20 overpass

A dump truck with its bed a little too high struck the underside of the Old Oxford Road Bridge Sunday, closing it to traffic for at least a week, and perhaps much longer.

August 12, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


GPTC’s Law Enforcement Academy celebrates national accreditation status

The Georgia Piedmont Technical College Law Enforcement Academy will welcome law enforcement, civic/community, state and local leaders Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 11 a.m. at their Newton Campus, to acknowledge the stellar achievement of becoming the first training academy in the State of Georgia to achieve accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA). CALEA, during its July Conference in Schaumburg, Illinois, voted unanimously to award accreditation status to the Academy.

August 09, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Kicking off Jersey Day

Newton Fund kicked off Jersey Day at the board room in Covington's historic courthouse on Friday. The Jersey Day initiative will focus on developing philanthropic opportunities with local businesses by donating a few dollars to wear their favorite jerseys to work each Friday. Proceeds will be awarded to Newton County nonprofits in early 2015.

August 09, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


Eastside teacher wins $1,000 Walmart grant

A local teacher recently received a big check. Literally.

August 09, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Landscaper’s lawsuit raises business license questions

Billy Durden's lawsuits against the county are proceeding apace, and the deposition phase of his suit alleging unlawful termination from his contract to maintain county property has yielded some new evidence that makes him confident in ultimate victory.

August 09, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


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Let’s make a miracle

The Miracle League of Newton County will be hosting their first "Let's Make a Miracle Car and Bike Show" on Aug. 7 at Turner Lake Complex. The event is part of the organization's fundraising efforts to build a baseball field at City Pond Park for physically and mentally handicapped children.

July 28, 2010 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


Buy Local series focuses on Arts

In conjunction with the third concert of the Second Friday Night Summer Concert Series, Main Street Covington and the Arts Association in Newton County are excited to focus the Buy Local initiative on Buy Local Arts.

July 28, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Valuable experience

Jazar Williamson was such a city boy, he'd never used a lawn mower before. Having come from Connecticut, Williamson learned that in Newton County cutting lawns can be a full-time job, particularly at Gaithers Plantation. And he loved it.

July 28, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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


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