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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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Attorney General’s office refers ‘family fight’ case to Ocmulgee Circuit DA

Georgia's Attorney General's office has assigned the family fight case involving three members of juvenile court Judge Sheri Robert's family to Frederic Bright, district attorney for the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit, in Milledgeville. Newton County District Attorney Ken Wynne recused himself last week saying he wanted to "avoid any sort of appearance of any conflict of interest from this office or Judge Roberts."

January 26, 2009 | Tisa Smart Washington | LOCAL


Home Depot to cut 7,000 jobs, close Expo chain

CHICAGO - Home Depot Inc. plans to eliminate 7,000 jobs while closing four dozen stores under its smaller home improvement brands as the recession continues to batter the nation's housing market. Its shares climbed more than 5 percent in morning trading.

The nation's biggest home improvement retailer said Monday the cuts will affect about 2 percent of its 300,000 workers and cause the Atlanta-based chain to record a $532 million pretax charge, most of which will be recorded in the fourth quarter.

January 26, 2009 | By Ashley M. Heher AP Retail Writer | LOCAL


Report draft recommends closure of GPC

Georgia Perimeter College and all other two-year colleges could close and be absorbed into the state's Technical College System if Gov. Sonny Perdue decides to adopt the recommendations of a working group he formed last summer with the task of researching ways to create long-term, comprehensive education reform.

January 24, 2009 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Reservoir levels back to normal

A little over a year after the county's reservoirs reached unheard of low-levels, water-levels have returned to nearly full levels.

January 24, 2009 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Burglars cut hole into wall to rob store

Deputies with the Newton County Sheriff's Office are investigating a burglary Jan. 15 at a convenience store on Browns Bridge Road where criminals cut a hole in the store's back wall to gain entrance.

January 24, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Witness to history

January 20, 2009 is a work day Covington resident Toney Collins will always remember. Not only because he witnessed the inauguration of our nation's first black president, but because he experienced it from a location-and a perspective-seen only by a select few in our nation.

January 24, 2009 | Tisa Smart Washington | LOCAL


Drivers life-flighted after accident

Two men were life-flighted Jan. 23 to Atlanta hospitals with head injuries after they were involved in a collision on Ga. Highway 36 just east of Campbell Road.

January 24, 2009 | Tisa Smart Washington | LOCAL


Can-do spirit

100 days of learning: Oak Hill Elementary School Kindergarten students Jaydon Hudson, left, and Kylee Key place canned goods collected on the 100th day of school in a box to be donated to the Community Food Pantry. Canned goods were donated by all six Kindergarten classes at Oak Hill Elementary with a grand total of 450 cans collected. Melinda Atkinson's class donated the most canned goods at 105 cans.

To celebrate the 100th day of school Kindergarten students read books on the subject, were encouraged to bring in bags of 100 items and many wore 100 stickers on their ...

January 24, 2009 | Mandi Singer | LOCAL


Elks Club Hoop Shoot

High scorers: First and second place winners of the Palmer-Stone Elementary Elks Hoop Shoot smile with their medals and basketballs. Pictured are Coach John Krieger, front left, Ashleigh Williams, Montia Major, Rodrekis Mitchell, Tyree Ligon, Coach Kerry Hood, back left, Zachary Ledbetter (first place boys ages 8-9), Breshay Norwood (first place girls ages 8-9), Vianca Grier (first place girls ages 10-12), Amir Butts (first place boys ages 10-11) and Elk member Ray Edwards.

First place winners from each of the county's elementary schools will compete in their age categories in the countywide Hoop Shoot at 1 p.m. Sunday ...

January 22, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Tree bandits strike again

Deputies with the Newton County Sheriff's Office are on the look out for thieves who swiped trees last week from the yard of a home on Cambridge Drive.

January 22, 2009 | Tisa Smart Washington | LOCAL


BOC approves spending freeze

The Newton County Board of Commissioners approved a spending freeze at their Tuesday night meeting, effectively resulting in a de facto transfer of power from the county chairman to a majority of the board.

January 22, 2009 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Screening can prevent prostate cancer deaths

As part of the Metropolitan Atlanta Prostate Proactivity Campaign, men in Newton County were treated to free prostate screenings Thursday.

January 22, 2009 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Fights result in weekend stabbings

 In two separate incidents over the weekend, three Covington residents were arrested after family arguments escalated to stabbings.

January 20, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Chamber hosts annual meeting

In the spirit of the evening's theme of "the Value of Volunteerism" Beaver Manufacturing founders Ed and Nonie Needham were honored with the R.O. Arnold Award at the Covington/Newton County Chamber of Commerce's Annual Meeting Tuesday night.

January 20, 2009 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Two honored with 'I Have a Dream' Award

Making a dream reality: The 2009 MLK Jr. award winners were presented their awards Sunday afternoon at Porter Memorial Hall at Newton High School. Doug Bolton of Hands on Newton, left, and the Rev. Willie J. Smith of the Newton County Ministers' Union both received the I Have A Dream Award, created in 1987. Billy 'BC' Crowell was the first winner of the newly created MLK Trailblazer Award for his years of service to the community. All honorees are selected by a nominating committee. The awards were presented as part of celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.'s 80th birthday ...

January 20, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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