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Newton BOC confirms county manager

Covington-Newton County has a new interim county manager as of Tuesday night, when the Board of Commissioners voted to appoint Harry Owens to the position.

June 02, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Covington Citizens Academy holds graduation

Covington-The Covington Citizens Academy graduated its second class in front of the Mayor and City Council Monday night.

June 02, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Covington man who fired back at Magnet store shooter called 'hero'

Conyers - After Sunday's tragic events in Rockdale County, the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office staged a press conference to give updates on the investigation. The victim's names, criminal history of the shooter Jeffrey Pitts, and other details were made available.

June 02, 2015 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


Covington to donate $10,000 to library

Covington-The city of Covington will donate $10,000 to the Covington branch of the Newton County Library to help with a new HVAC unit.

June 01, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


2 vehicles broken into at a church in Covington

COVINGTON - Two vehicles were broken into during church service at Central Church Sunday.

June 01, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Two die in liquor store shooting in Rockdale

UPDATE (12:28 p.m. June 1): CONYERS - A customer returned fire at the shooter Jeffrey Pitts during his rampage at the Magnet Bottle Shop, possibly preventing even more deaths.

June 01, 2015 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Covington-Man stabs woman with knife

A man was arrested for aggravated assault after stabbing someone who was reportedly late to pick him up Saturday.

June 01, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Deputy injured in training, recuperating

At approximately 2:45 p.m., the Newton County Sheriff's department received a call from the gun range on Lower River Road in reference to an officer-involved shooting during training.

June 01, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


As industry grows, properties are converted to studios

Interest in filming in Georgia has grown due to the state's generous tax credits. That has increased the demands for studio space. In Union City, Shannon Mall is being demolished to make room for a new movie studio. In April, the Atlanta City Council signed a deal allowing Tyler Perry to turn Fort McPherson into a studio, expanding the facilities the actor and filmmaker already owns a 1,000-plus acre property in Southwest Atlanta which houses five sound stages, a post-production facility and a 400-seat theater.

May 31, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Dr. Faulkner retires

Dr. Robert Faulkner began practicing medicine 50 years ago - a practice that ended Friday.

May 31, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


A desert in Newton County

Despite the lushness of the landscape, there is a desert in Newton County-a food desert.

May 31, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Newton-A desert in Newton County

Despite the lushness of the landscape, there is a desert in Newton County-a food desert.

May 31, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Social Circle Parkway opens Tuesday

Social Circle Parkway will open for use Tuesday, five months ahead of schedule, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.

May 30, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Missing Covington woman found

Covington resident Julie Smith, who was the subject of a search in Jackson County, was found Friday in good health.

May 30, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Newton County Solid Waste Panel digs in

Transparency, financial security, inclusiveness, and fairness are just some of the guiding values identified by the citizens solid waste panel during its first facilitated meeting Thursday.

May 28, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


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The excitement of prom

Prom is a big deal for every teenager. Senior prom is an even bigger deal. When it's your senior prom, things are different.

This year will be my senior prom, and I couldn't be more excited. I have a date this year, which is pretty awesome. I wouldn't want to be going with anyone else either. He's been in my life for a long time now, and I can't think of any way to end our senior year together except celebrating with our friends at prom. Although getting through these past few months have been ...

March 24, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Rasmussen: For voters, tax reform means tax equality

There's a reason President Obama, Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan and many others are touting tax reform these days. On the campaign trail, it taps into deeply held beliefs about the way American society ought to work and the role of government.

Seventy-seven percent think it's important to replace the entire federal tax code with something simpler. Seventy-one percent favor a tax code with lower tax rates and very few deductions.

March 24, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


MasTer Landscape Supply

Mark A. Smith and Tim E. Reed first met at Mobile Oil, where they worked within the chemical division for 15 years. They didn't know each other very well, and neither realized they would be running a business together-years after they left the oil company.

Both men had worked in the landscaping field on the side, unbeknownst of each other. Coincidentally, after they left Mobile, they ran into each other while on separate contracting jobs.

March 24, 2012 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


Kimble: Summer camps available for age 9 to 12th grade

"Dear Mom, Have you ever been to 4-H camp?" starts a letter from a fifth grade 4-H student.

She lists her reasons in the persuasive letter, but my favorite has to be this paragraph:

March 24, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Helicopter egg drop will be April 7

The Avenue Church will host an inaugural helicopter egg drop April 7 at the South Walton Recreaton Complex, Social Circle. Over 10,000 plastic Easter eggs will be dropped.

There will be three separate drops -- one for toddler-4 year olds, a second for 5-7 year olds and the third drop for 8-12 year olds. The hunts on each field will be staggered by 20 minutes. Once the eggs are on the field, children will be able to hunt for eggs in their designated age area. After all the eggs are found, the children can take them to an area to ...

March 24, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Ewing accuses chair of breaking law

At Tuesday night's board meeting, county Commissioner Mort Ewing accused Chairman Kathy Morgan of breaking state law and violating board policy and the board's code of ethics while administering a recent road project, claims Morgan said Thursday she believed to be untrue.

March 23, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Reservoir condemnation case settled

The longstanding land condemnation case between Newton County and Emmett Denby, the lone remaining resident to live on land planned for the future Bear Creek Reservoir, was decided this week in Superior Court when the county was ordered to pay Denby $800,000 for his property.

March 23, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Y keeps kids healthy

Spring break camp registration is going on at the Covington Family YMCA for children ages 5-12. The cost is $95 a week per child or $25 a day. The camp will run April 2-6. There is a $35 program membership fee if applicable. Financial assistance is available based on need.

March 23, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Local landfill legal battle continues

A company wanting to build a private landfill in Newton County could yet get its way after the Georgia Supreme Court this week overturned a ruling that had effectively ended any chance of a landfill.

March 23, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Woman arrested for shoplifting for fourth time

A Covington woman was arrested for the fourth time for shoplifting in Newton County Tuesday, this time at Kmart.

A store employee noticed Margaret Watkins, 26, take clothing and jewelry into the fitting room, then leave the store immediately after exiting the fitting room.

March 23, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Two arrested for marijuana

A call to a Bent Pine Court home early Sunday morning for stalking led to several arrests, including two for marijuana.

As the officers approached the front door of the residence they could immediately smell marijuana, and although they could see two males asleep on the couch through the blinds, officers knocked for about five minutes before anyone came to the front door.

March 23, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Covington health care experts use speech therapy to help senior citizens

The simple act of swallowing is something many of us take for granted. Yet every year, approximately 10 million Americans are diagnosed with swallowing disorders, known as dysphagia. Nearly all dementia patients develop dysphagia, and swallowing disorders are associated with stroke, progressive neurological disorders including multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's.

March 23, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Fashion show to raise money for local cancer patient

Two years ago, Cheryl East received news that would change her life and the lives of all who knew her. That's when she found out she had breast cancer. She's been fighting for her life ever since - a fight which hasn't been easy because of her rare blood type.

March 23, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Victim fights off kidnapper, saves baby

The brave actions of a victim, police and shoppers outside the Hobby Lobby on Ga. Highway 138 helped fend off an armed kidnapper and potentially saved the lives of a Conyers woman and her grandchild Wednesday afternoon.

March 22, 2012 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Council votes to cut water, sewer fees in half

The Social Circle City Council approved to temporary cutting water and sewer fees in half to spur home construction.

March 22, 2012 | Jay Jones | LOCAL


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