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Dance studio revival

Dancers and parents banded together for the grand opening of the Rhythm Elements Dance Studio Saturday morning in Porterdale in the space that was abandoned by the previous owner.

August 05, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Cell tower resurrected, approved

A lawsuit over the cell tower denied by the Covington City Council last month isn't something the city can likely win, Mayor Ronnie Johnston said. That's why he changed his vote at Monday's council meeting to break a tie and approve a shorter version of the tower than originally requested.

August 05, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Hospital struggling with uninsured, underinsured

A month ago, Newton Medical Center officials asked the county to up its millage from 1.2 to 1.5 to help care for ever-increasing numbers of under- and uninsured patients. The county dismissed it, citing a tight budget and a tighter timeframe. The $600,000 that the extra millage would have provided didn't come through.

August 05, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Chief assessor heads to Gwinnett

Newton County Chief Assessor Tommy Knight will leave the job he's held for 18 years at week's end for a position with Gwinnett County.

August 05, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


‘Project Honeycomb’ gets hefty offer from city

"Project Honeycomb" is a local company interested in re-locating within the city of Covington, investing millions in new equipment and expanding its workforce. That's all anybody not on the Covington City Council or with the Newton County Office of Economic Development knows at this point.

August 05, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


City demands seven seats on 2050 panel, but county overrides

The idea was for a 13-member citizens' panel to focus on the details of the 2050 Plan's minimum lot sizes and the proposed "transferrable development rights." But things are in flux.

August 05, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


County denies city's request for more panel members

The Newton County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday dismissed the city of Covington's request for six more members on the planned 2050 citizens' panel, quickly reaching a consensus that 13 was the number of members originally agreed upon and there was no reason to change that.

August 05, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Company recaptures stolen tow truck in chase and crash

When a Loganville company's signature rollback tow truck - custom painted with blue streaks on red - was stolen in broad daylight, the employees of Leadfoot Transport took matters into their own hands.

August 05, 2014 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Covington cell tower approved second time around

The Covington City Council reversed a decision to deny a cell tower on Monticello Road at its Monday night meeting, voting 4-3 to approve a 169-foot tower rather than a 199-foot tower as originally proposed.

August 04, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Covington asks for seven on 2050 panel

The Covington City Council decided to level the playing field or just not play when it comes to the 2050 Plan.

August 04, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Chief assessor leaves county

Newton County Chief Assessor Tommy Knight will leave the job he's held for 18 years at week's end for a position with Gwinnett County.

August 04, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Police find missing teen

Missing teen Ryan Atkinson has been found and "is safe," according to Sgt. Cortney Morrison of the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

August 04, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Police search for autistic teen

The Newton County Sheriff's Office is asking for help finding a missing local teen.

August 04, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


No 2050 referendum: A legal view

An idea tossed around since the 2050 Plan was unveiled – to submit it to a voter referendum – just doesn't seem possible, attorney Jenny Carter of W M Thomas Craig Attorneys wrote in an opinion presented to the plan's designers and local elected officials.

August 02, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


New improvements

Students will see principals and assistant principals walking through classrooms more this school year as they complete requirements for the implementation of new teacher evaluations.

August 02, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


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Plane crashes into North Ga. mountain

ATLANTA - Federal authorities say a preliminary investigation shows that a plane that crashed into a north Georgia mountain had its right wing low when it collided with a tree about 50 feet above the ground and was destroyed by fire.

June 13, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Overturned truck blocks Hwy 278

Part of Hwy 278 was blocked Monday morning due to an overturned tractor trailer. The accident occurred at the corner of Hwy 278 at Industrial Blvd.

June 13, 2011 | William Brawley | LOCAL


Man slain at Decatur apartment

DECATUR, Ga. - Police in DeKalb County say a man was fatally shot when he answered a knock at the door of his apartment.

June 13, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


NAACP calls for Barrow police probe

WINDER - The NAACP is calling for an investigation of complaints about the use of excessive force by law enforcement officers in Barrow County.

June 13, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


One Tank Trips: Brasstown Bald

Anytime the heat gets too much for you this summer, you can always check out the National Forest Service's skycam atop Brasstown Bald, the highest peak in Georgia.

June 13, 2011 | Tharon Giddens | LOCAL


Storm Chaser

From the time Matthew Ozburn was 2, thunderstorms fascinated him. This unusual interest has developed into an intense passion for meteorology and severe weather watching.

June 12, 2011 | By Ashleigh Smith | LOCAL


Tip of the Week - July 12

Did you know that Georgia has more state parks than any other state in the United States? No kidding!

June 12, 2011 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | LOCAL


County to have tax sales in fall

After giving delinquent property taxpayers a reprieve in 2010, Newton County will once again be seizing and selling delinquent properties to the public this year.

June 12, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Chamber to pursue filming, industries

Newton County has a myriad of issues, but the chamber has decided its main focus must be attracting high-quality jobs.

June 12, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Chairman helps shape county policy statewide

Newton County Chairman Kathy Morgan will help determine policies for counties around the state after being reappointed vice chairman of the General County Government Policy Committee, which is part of Association County Commissioners of Georgia.

June 12, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington to study educational issues

Covington and the literacy non-profit Newton Reads want to improve the county's educational deficiencies.

June 12, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Court sentencings - June 12

o Demario A. Morgan, violation of probation, revoke 2 years. Possession of cocaine, 10 years probation, 2 years confinement, $1,000. Criminal trespass, 12 months confinement concurrent. Driving without lights, 12 months confinement concurrent.

June 12, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Suspicious package just a suitcase at store

A suspicious package located at Home Depot was found to be nothing more than an empty suitcase, according to Covington Police Captain Ken Malcom.

June 10, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


The News wins 13 Georgia Press awards

The Covington News earned 13 awards Friday in the Georgia Press Association's 2011 Better Newspaper Contest.

June 10, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Summer concert series opens Friday

The bluegrass band the Freight Hoppers opens the Second Friday Summer Concert Series with a performance at 7 p.m. Friday on the square downtown.

June 10, 2011 | | LOCAL


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