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Old Oxford Rd. Bridge almost done

The Old Oxford Road Bridge that crosses Interstate 20 west of Covington is almost back to 100 percent after a dump truck damaged the overpass in August 2014.

February 06, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newborn, Covington hosting Arbor Day events

Arbor Day celebrations are coming soon in Covington and Newborn, offering Newton County citizens a preview of spring despite the current cold temperatures.

February 05, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSS students win big at regional science fair

Newton County School System middle and high school students brought home numerous awards in the recent Griffin RESA Regional Science Fair, Overall 10 projects earned first place awards, nine projects received second place awards and seven projects won third place awards. All students winning first place awards will move on to the Georgia Science and Engineering Fair at the University of Georgia in March.

February 04, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


BOC feels the heat from angry citizens

The Newton County Board of Commissioners felt the full force of citizens' anger Tuesday night as the fallout over County Attorney Tommy Craig's reappointment continues to unfold.

February 03, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


SR81 traffic alignment coming Tuesday

A traffic shift to a newly constructed alignment of Brown Road next to Livingston Elementary School is planned for State Route 81 in Covington from 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10.

February 03, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Arbor Day celebrations Feb. 14, 20

Arbor Day celebrations are coming soon in Covington and Newborn, offering Newton County citizens a preview of spring despite the current cold temperatures.

February 03, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man stabbed in arm at Summerset

A blood trail from a Conyers man has the Newton County Sheriff's Office investigating a stabbing that took place Monday evening at Greeleaf Road.

February 03, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


NCSS students named to Student Advisory Council

State School Superintendent Richard Woods has selected 64 Georgia students to serve on his 2015 Student Advisory Council and three of those students are from Newton County School System.

February 03, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington announces fire chief finalists

Covington City Manager Leigh Ann Knight announced the city of Covington has three finalists for its open position of Fire Chief at Monday night's city council meeting.

February 03, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Carlton Trail project is go; Clark St stalls

Sidewalks were a hot topic during Monday's Covington City Council meeting with one area set to get some and the other not having a project completed.

February 03, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Hearing for Atlanta to dump into South River, Feb. 5

The city of Atlanta is reportedly seeking a permit from the Ga. Environmental Protection Division that effectively allows Atlanta to dump more biological and solid pollution into the South River, which starts in Fulton County and flows through Rockdale and Newton counties before ending at Lake Jackson.

February 03, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Two homes damaged in Dove Cove

Two residences in the Dove Cove neighborhood of Social Circle were vandalized Saturday when a rock was thrown in their respective windows.

February 02, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Spin out on I-20 leads to DUI arrest

A spinout on I-20 resulted in the arrest on Hwy. 278.of Dwight Johnson early Monday morning, at 12:42 a.m.

February 02, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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


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NSCO on the hunt for burglar

The Newton County Sheriff's Office is searching for a burglary suspect and is asking residents to be on the lookout as well.

June 11, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Melbert Ray Ford executed

Melbert Ray Ford Jr. took his last breath on June 9 at 7:27 p.m., more than 24 years after the last breaths of those he murdered. He ate most of his last meal and declined a sedative as well as a prayer request from the prison chaplin at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson. His last words were not ones of remorse for his crimes but thanks to his family, friends and loved ones.

June 09, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Fire closes I-20 eastbound past exit 98

Two Newton County Fire Department crews are working a small brush fire on Interstate-20, between exits 98 and 101, which has closed down eastbound traffic.

Deputy Chief Tim Smith said the crew hoped to have the fire put out and everything cleaned up before rush hour.

June 09, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Welcome home

Handshakes, hugs and a few tears greeted the dozens of Covington-based National Guard troops who triumphantly returned home after a tour of duty in Afghanistan.

June 09, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Redevelopment Authority to buy additional lots

The Covington Redevelopment Authority is planning to purchase nine more lots in the Walker's Bend subdivision as it continues efforts to revitalize that area.

June 09, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Project Adventure closing down

Project Adventure Kids, a non-profit organization focusing on the rehabilitation of at-risk children and teen-aged drug abusers and sex offenders, is closing down its 16 area group homes and treatment facility on Elks Club Road.

June 09, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


2 accidents halt evening traffic on I-20 East

During the evening commute an accident with injuries 1 mile east of exit 90 on I-20 stalled traffic so that another accident occurred when a female driver slammed on her brakes and cut her wheel causing her to flip and strike another vehicle. According to Newton County Sheriff's Office Cpl. Anthony Washington, a passenger in the female driver's car was transported to Atlanta Medical Center by ground ambulance.

June 08, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Woman pushed from moving car

Officers from the Covington Police Department were called to a home on Hannah Street Saturday afternoon after a 911 came in where a woman could be heard screaming in the background.

Dispatch operators reportedly heard a woman screaming, "I am not going with you," and, "I don't know where I am." The operator also allegedly told officers she heard a male voice yelling, "jump out of the car."

June 08, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


BOC remains uncertain about the budget

Newton County simply won't have enough revenue to operate its proposed FY2011 budget at the current 9.73 millage rate, even if it cuts 100 jobs and raises various fees.

June 06, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


County leaders graduate from econ. academy

The Board of the Georgia Academy for Economic Development recently announced Newton County graduates from the 2010 Region Five Multi-Day Training Program. Class participants represented a number of professional and non-professional economic development fields, including elected officials, public servants, business leaders, educators and social service providers from 12 counties in Northeast Georgia. The Academy provided each of the graduates an opportunity to gain a unique understanding of the complexities of economic and community development on the local, regional and state levels.

June 06, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


A range of colors

Hydrangeas can be found in white, pink, purple and blue - and shades in between. But where do those colors come from?

June 06, 2010 | By Ashley Bates abates@gainesvilletimes.com | LOCAL


Ford denied clemency, will be executed Wednesday

The State Board of Pardons and Paroles denied a request for the clemency of convicted murderer Melbert Ray Ford Friday.

June 06, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Roy Varner: A giant among men

Roy Varner didn't intend to stay in Newton County, but like many young men, he fell in love - first with his wife Charlyne and then with the county. And since he made Newton County his home, he decided to make it a better place than when he came. According to many, he accomplished just that.

June 06, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Waffle House cook gets baked at work

A Waffle House employee was arrested Tuesday night after a concerned citizen called authorities to report that the employee had been smoking marijuana behind the restaurant with two women.

Deputies from the Newton County Sheriff's Department arrived at the Brown Bridge Road location as they were walking inside they could reportedly smell a strong odor of marijuana near the entrance to the restaurant. When they walked inside they noticed a black male, later identified as Victor Damone Belcher, 28, who matched the citizen's description, cooking.

June 06, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


KCNB encouraging all groups to Adopt-a-Mile

Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful, has been working in our community for 30 years to provide environmental education through litter prevention, beautification, community programs, solid waste and recycling, and water pollution prevention efforts. As part of its 30th anniversary, KCNB is working to revitalize the "Adopt-a-Mile" program.

More than 700 volunteers in Newton County participated in Great American Cleanup efforts in March, April and May. They gave more than 1,800 hours of their time to clean up litter along local roadways.

June 05, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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