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Joint effort helped stem fire damage

Five Social Circle police officers responded with fire personnel to an alarm received through 911 on Tuesday in an effort that both departments said helped prevent widespread damage or injuries.

April 03, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Woman, who takes 15-pill cocktail, drives on curb

A woman who told police "it wasn't against the law" and "it wasn't a big deal, no one was on the road" in reference to her scrubbing the curb on Jefferson Blvd was arrested for failure to maintain lane and DUI Wednesday.

April 03, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Covington man arrested in sting

A Covington man was one of three arrested during a Conyers Police Department prostitution sting at a Conyers hotel Wednesday.

April 03, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Murder victim's identity released

A 45-year-old Newton County woman was fatally shot around 8 p.m. Tuesday, and Aaron Garsua McClain, also age 45 and the women's alleged domestic partner, is being charged with the murder.

April 03, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County talking to grant writing co.

Newton County is getting closer to hiring a firm to write grants to seek out more state and federal funding.

April 02, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


BOC not behind Henderson SPLOST plans

County Commissioner J.C. Henderson wanted to move forward with purchasing land to expand some existing parks and build some new ones using 2011 SPLOST money, but his fellow commissioners weren't on board with his plan Tuesday.

April 01, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


State superintendent forum Friday

With Common Core's place in Georgia schools being hotly debated and education being linked ever closer with business needs and the health of the economy, Georgia's state school superintendent race has no shortage of pressing issues.

April 01, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Tips that could help get a job at Baxter

While state and local officials celebrated breaking ground on a training center that will serve Baxter International and help recruit future bioscience industries, area residents want to know how they can get a shot at one of Baxter's high-quality jobs.

April 01, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Basketball leads to pepper spray

During a fight, a woman's daughter was reportedly hit with a pipe and a group of juveniles pepper sprayed on West Street Sunday, between 6 and 7 p.m.

April 01, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


BioScience training center breaks ground

Officials celebrated construction starting on the Georgia BioScience Training Center, a facility set to open in early 2015 that will both help train future Baxter International employees and be used to recruit other life sciences industries to Georgia.

April 01, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Rotary’s Public Service Person of 2014

The Rotary Club of Covington's motto is simple, "service above self."

April 01, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Gun pulled in Turner Lake hoops game

After a shoving spat during a basketball game at the Turner Lake Recreational Complex, a man pulled a gun from his bag Thursday.

April 01, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Rolling lane closures planned

Newton County State route 81 will have rolling closures from mile marker 0-11 from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday, March 31 through April 3, weather permitting.

March 31, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO involved in fatal shooting

A woman who, was shot by Newton County Sheriff's deputies and died in a nearby hospital Monday afternoon, has been identified as Shirley Joyce Brown.

March 31, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Ways to help prevent electronic theft

With multiple ways to access your information, authorities suggest multiple ways to keep your information safe. Here are a few suggested by the NCSO:

March 30, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Water-main break left school without water

A water main break in the Oak Hill/Livingston area left Livingston Elementary School without water for a few hours Tuesday.

February 04, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Retail business looking at vacant gas station

Another retail business could be coming to Covington's Ga. Highway 142 commercial corridor.

February 04, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Man reports armed robbery in Oxford

A man who reportedly gave a friend from his neighborhood a ride said he was robbed at gunpoint by that same friend and four other males Monday night.

February 04, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


City plans to add gazebo to square

Covington officials want their iconic square park to be used even more frequently in 2014 and are planning to add some new touches.

February 04, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


A view from the House-- week 3

The third week of the legislative session saw the House turn, at least partially, to non-appropriations committee work. Work on the Fiscal 2015 budget will be ongoing, but at a more measured pace.

February 04, 2014 | Rep. Doug Holt R-Social Circle | LOCAL


Woman's family has proud military tradition

ive branches of the military are officially recognized: Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, Navy, and Marines. This journalist, though, believes that two other factions should be commended: the Merchant Marines and the Home Front.

February 04, 2014 | Pete Mecca | LOCAL


4-H Forever: Don't merely travel; experience the world

As seniors talk about college applications and acceptances, I can't help but think back.

February 01, 2014 | Terri Kimble Fullerton Columnist | LOCAL


Woman's home hit by gunfire

A woman reportedly walked out her home to find bullet holes in her residence last week.

February 01, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Newton County jail log

Gannon Chase Whitehead, 37, Montgomery State Prison, Mount Vernon, Jan. 23. Back for court.

February 01, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Main Street may finally move under chamber

Main Street Covington, the program responsible for promoting and developing downtown, could finally be moving under the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce after more than eight months of discussions.

February 01, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Survivor Sunday to honor cancer survivors

While two teams battle for the ultimate prize in football today, next Sunday will see Covington and Newton County honor true fighters, those who literally battle death.

February 01, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Public invited to offer opinions of retail needs, wants

You've shared your thoughts about Newton County's lack of shopping and dining options for years with friends and on Facebook, but now is your chance to finally tell someone who can do something about it.

February 01, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


County investigates landscaper’s claims

Newton County is investigating claims made by former county lawn-care contractor Billy Durden, who informed the county in late November he is planning to sue, claiming wrongful termination and libel and slander.

February 01, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Former lawn care contractor to sue county

Update, 12:51 p.m.: County Attorney Tommy Craig said the county is investigating the claims made by Billy Durden in the ante litem notice and expects to finish the investigation shortly.

January 31, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


County could change leadership structure

Newton County's future county manager is already in place with transportation director Tom Garrett being appointed to assistant county manager, but what happens when Garrett leaves?

January 30, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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