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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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Speeder cools heels in jail

A woman was arrested Saturday after officers from the Covington Police Department reportedly clocked her driving approximately 95 miles per hour on Interstate 20.

February 11, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Armed robbers assault grandmother

 A grandmother and her 3-year-old granddaughter were victims of a home invasion late Sunday night when the door to their residence was kicked in by several masked men.

February 10, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Grants awarded to local nonprofits

 In its 10th year of charitable grant giving, The Community Foundation for Newton County awarded $24,200 to 19 separate nonprofits serving Newton County.

February 10, 2009 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Deputy coroner sworn in

 Jimmy Dukes was sworn in as deputy coroner of Newton County Feb. 9 at the Newton County Judicial Center.

February 10, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Gifts from the heart

Mark your calendar: Sherwood's Flowers and Gifts Floral Designer Michelle Jesky prepares an arrangement of a dozen roses to fill one of the many orders placed at the local florist for Valentine's Day. Sherwood's will deliver hundreds of flower arrangement orders across the county Friday to celebrate the holiday Saturday. The local florist located on the Covington square, offers gifts for both men and women as well as eight special Valentine's Day floral arrangements. Local shoppers are encouraged to order as early as possible for the best selection. Sherwood's Flowers and Gifts will be open ...

February 10, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Pet of the Week

The Newton County Animal Shelter's pet of the week is a domestic short-haired cat, tiger colored with white, a young adult, very sweet and friendly and loveable. She shelter has other cats and kittens for adoption, all needing good homes. Also available for adoption, are a 10 2-month-old puppies, Aussie/Lab mix; a black Lab mix, 3-months-old; an adult Lab mix, blonde; two 8-week-old mixed breed puppies, one golden and one brown; an adult Dachshund and two Dachshund puppies; four mixed breed puppies, 8 weeks old, all colors; a 1-year-old beagle; a blond adult mixed breed named Hunter; an ...

February 10, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


A marriage of letters

Always together: The letters Q and U were "married" Friday in Sharon Garner and Traci Brady's kindergarten class at Oak Hill Elementary School. The groom was played by Casey Johnson, left, and the bride was played by Cloey Wilcher. The exercise was to help the students remember that the letter q is almost always paired with the letter u.

February 10, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Bill would keep sex offenders off school boards

ATLANTA (AP) - Registered sex offenders would not be allowed to run for or serve on a school board in Georgia under legislation that passed in the state Senate.

February 10, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Celestial Sounds

Handbell Choirs from First Presbyterian Church of Covington, First United Methodist Church of Covington and First Baptist Church of Conyers join together in "A Service of Handbell Music" under the direction of Festival Clinician John Link, Associate Pastor of Music at First Baptist Church of Conyers. The concert took place Saturday at 3 p.m. in the First Presbyterian Church of Covington sanctuary. First Presbyterian provided breakfast and lunch, and participants practiced for several hours until the concert.

February 08, 2009 | Mandi Singer | LOCAL


Local artist captures the spirit of the wood

From the heart: Local woodcarver Garfield Johnson holds a carving of Barack Obama that he created in honor of the first black president of the United States.

February 08, 2009 | Mandi Singer | LOCAL


Bond denied again in dismemberment case

 Franklin Benson, who is accused of allegedly killing and dismembering the body of his girlfriend in 2007, was denied bond for the third time in Newton County Superior Court Thursday.

February 06, 2009 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


NCSO helps snag man for cyber sex crime

 A Flowery Branch man was arrested Tuesday after allegedly providing sexually explicit material to a person he believed was a 13-year-old female.

February 06, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


A life apart

From her small home in the historically black Sandhill community in Covington, 78-year-old Emogene Williams has seen it all. She's seen crosses burned by members of the local Ku Klux Klan in neighbors' lawns and she has seen the first black president elected to office.

February 06, 2009 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


NHS class of 2009 hosts candlelight vigil at school

Students, teachers and parents braved below freezing temperatures Thursday night to pay tribute to slain Newton High School student T.J. Dorsey who was killed Sunday morning.

February 06, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Covington woman claims $250,000 prize for office pool

ATLANTA - A Covington woman, who is the treasurer of a Forest Park lottery pool, has claimed a quarter-million dollar lottery win. Candice Goodson, and eight of her co-workers at Premier Transportation, matched the first five winning numbers in the Jan. 27 Mega Millions drawing and won a second prize of $250,000.

The others in the lottery pool with Goodson are ecstatic. Members of the group chose to use their date of hire for the lucky combination.

February 04, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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