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Jeffares: SB1 passes, Hawks visit

This week, the Georgia General Assembly reconvened after a week-long recess to analyze the Governor's budget recommendations. Having only completed eight days of the 2015 session, business is quickly starting to pick-up as lawmakers continue to file legislation and begin the committee process.

February 02, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


CPD offers Citizens Police Academy

The Covington Police Department is offering citizens a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn the inner-workings of the Police Department through the Citizens Police Academy.

February 02, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Schulz sends letter to constituents

Last night 11 Alive News aired a report on the fees paid to the Newton County Attorney, Tommy Craig. Many questions were raised by the reporter as well as citizens who were interviewed. Many have questioned why the Board agreed to reappoint Mr. Craig as County Attorney. Prior to the vote, I made the following statement which was made part of the official minutes of the meeting.

February 01, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Bike Shop coming to Square

Newton County is home to two big bicycle races a year, a bicycle club and one bicycle shop.

February 01, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Newton 911 dispatchers: ‘unsung heroes’

It's a relatively calm morning at the Newton County 911 center. Nate Stykes is giving instructions to a mother whose child is having a seizure. A few feet away, Love Frazier assures an elderly individual with chest pains that an ambulance is on the way.

February 01, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Ross to open in March

It's almost here.

January 31, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


BOC responds to Craig TV report

The 11Alive report from "The Investigators" on Newton County Attorney Tommy Craig, and the pay he received in 2014, brought a lot of attention to the Board of Commissioners this week, a lot of which was negative from the talk around the county and social media responses.

January 31, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Craig controversy gathers steam with 11Alive report

Some local residents expressed anger at County Attorney Tommy Craig and the Board of Commissioners Friday following a Channel 11 news report on Craig's longstanding tax problems and his $1.1 million income from the county last year. Watch it here.

January 30, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Craig reappointment brings attention

Newton County Attorney Tommy Craig is in the Metro Atlanta news this evening.

January 29, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Mannington Mills coming to Covington

Since 2012, when the plant closed its doors for good, the buildings at 9172 Industrial Dr., N.E., formerly Berry Plastics, have been slowly deteriorating.

January 29, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Smoke may be seen in Newton today

Smoke may be present in Newton County today as a prescribed fire is being conducted in Jasper and Jones counties.

January 29, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Traffic stop leads to gun, cocaine charges

A traffic stop for a broken headlight led to the seizer of a 45 cal. handgun, a crack pipe and an open container of alcohol early Thursday morning.

January 29, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Second suspect in chase still at large

South Salem Elementary and Liberty Middle School were both briefly on lockdown Tuesday as police chased two burglary suspects on car and foot, leading to an arrest behind one of the schools.

January 28, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


NCSS Spelling Bee returns

The 2015 System Spelling Bee has returned, and The Newton County School System will host the annual event. Each of the system's elementary and middle schools will compete this year at Newton High School on Feb. 6 at 10:30 a.m. Students in grades four through eight are eligible to participate, with each school sending their own spelling bee champion and runner up to compete in the tournament.

January 28, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton represented in merger committee

One of the first steps in consolidating Georgia State University and Georgia Perimeter College is a implementation committee, helping to find ways to make the two institutions blend together.

January 28, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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State loan to pay for Landfill storage cell

Construction for the expansion of the Newton County landfill is expected to begin within the next month, as the county seeks to add enough capacity to last for the next decade.

June 25, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


DA: Maldonado will face death penalty at trial

Newton County District Attorney Ken Wynne formally announced that the state intends to seek the death penalty against 23-year-old Pablo Fernando Maldonado, the accused ringleader in the 2009 murder of Timothy Clements.

June 25, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


The News earns 10 GPA awards

Although The News did not place in General Excellence, as it did last year by winning top honors in Georgia Press Association's annual competition, its editorial staff still earned 10 awards, including four first place honors.

June 25, 2010 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Covington man arrested in Forsyth Co. for burglary

A burglary suspect's run from authorities was cut short Tuesday after he crashed in a neighborhood south of Cumming.

June 25, 2010 | By Julie Arrington | LOCAL


Man charged with bestiality

A 37-year-old man was arrested Tuesday morning and charged with bestiality after several witnesses allegedly saw him having sexual intercourse with several horses.

June 24, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


National FFA scholarship awarded to local student

The National FFA Organization recently awarded a $1,000 Rose Acre Farms scholarship to Jacquelyn Leissa, a graduate of Putnam County High School and formerly of Newton High FFA. Leissa plans to use the funds to pursue a degree in animal science at Berry College.

June 23, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


How to prepare your family for summer weather

Summer in Georgia brings camping trips, cookouts and afternoons by the pool. Unfortunately, the warm weather also brings severe storms and other heat-related hazards that can turn summer fun into summer threats.

June 23, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Affordable homes could be built in Walker’s Bend

The Covington Redevelopment Authority continues its efforts to remake Walker's Bend and has reached an agreement to sell 28 lots to private developer Affordable Equity Partners to build 32 single-family homes.

June 23, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Zombie sighted near Mansfield; residents urged to flee for lives

When the zombie apocalypse comes, even the small town of Mansfield might not be safe. Crews filmed for three days earlier this month along Highway 11, shooting footage for the pilot episode of "The Walking Dead," a six-episode series on AMC.

"The Walking Dead" is based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics ; Kirkman is also helping produce the television series.

June 23, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Officers take charge

Meet the officers: The Pilot Club of Covington held its 2010-2011 Officer Installation Ceremony June 17 at First Presbyterian Church of Covington. Officers are President - Ann Brooks; President-Elect - Mary Barnes; Vice President - Theresa Shields; Treasurer - Ann Phillips; Recording Secretary - Terry Ziemer; Corresponding Secretary; Directors - Cynthia Spearman, Sharon Leduc, Eleanor Scarborough. Pilot International is a global organization of executive, business and professional leaders working together to improve the quality of life in local communities and throughout the world. The Pilot Club of Covington, founded in 1958, has many projects to help the citizens of Covington and Newton County. They include holding ...

June 23, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Georgia Department of Driver Services announces dates of July closings

All Georgia Department of Driver Services licensing and testing centers will be closed on Saturday, July 3. Customer Service Centers statewide will reopen to serve customers on Tuesday, July 6th. (All DDS customer service centers statewide are always closed on Monday).
DDS Administrative Offices in Conyers - including the customer service telephone lines - will be closed on Friday, July 2. These administrative offices (and the contact center) will resume operation on Monday, July 5th.
The days following any closing are typically very busy days, so please plan ahead. DDS launched new hours of service statewide - opening earlier and staying later to ...

June 22, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Fire destroys home on Crowell Road

A home on Crowell Road between Brown Bridge Road and Interstate 20 was a complete loss after a fire Monday afternoon sent ferocious plumes of black smoke high into the air.

June 22, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Fast thinking by citizen nabs three suspects in burglary

Fast thinking and keen observational skills by a neighbor nabbed three burglary suspects last week.
According to reports, a man called 911 around 1:48 p.m. June 16 and reported that three men were burglarizing a home off Dearing Road. The man reportedly gave excellent descriptions of the three suspects while speaking with dispatch operators as well.
Deputies arrived and after speaking with the witness put out a BOLO (Be On The Lookout) for all three suspects. By the end of the day the men - 18-year-old Marcellus Nipple, 23-year-old Lorenzo Moore and 18-year-old Jelani Forde - had all been arrested ...

June 22, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Local man gets robbed after meeting woman from chat line

Two people were arrested in connection with a June 4 robbery that occurred after a man met up with a woman he spoke with on a chat line.

According to Newton County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Cortney Morrison, the man spoke with a female calling herself "Apple" on Quest Chat line, and after speaking with her for several days, set up a meeting at a clubhouse in the Neely Manor subdivision. When he arrived, she got into his car, and shortly thereafter two black males approached the vehicle, one pointing a gun, and demanded his belongings. The victim ...

June 22, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Father knows best

Fathers carry a heavy load. For centuries, if not since the beginning, men have juggled the roles of manhood and fatherhood. Some fathers walk that carefully balanced walk; others simply fall off, most accepting themselves for what they are: men first, father second.

June 20, 2010 | Sabastian Wee swee@covnews.com | LOCAL


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