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Magnet shooter, Pitts, death ruled a suicide

Jeffrey Scott Pitts, 36, committed suicide during a shootout with Rockdale County deputies Sunday, May 31, according to an autopsy report.

June 05, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Library to get $1,000,000, new HVAC

Dr. Steve Whatley, Chairman of the Newton County Board of Trustees, said there was a time when he thought the Covington branch would have shut its doors. The HVAC unit was beyond repair, and the air in the library would be too hot and humid for its many guests and its many books.

June 04, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


County contracts in committee crosshairs

Covington-The Newton County Purchasing Policy Committee has agreed to recommend requiring a contract, scope of work, and purchase order for professional services, which would include services such as legal counsel, engineering, and appraising.

June 04, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Salem Camp meeting speakers announced

Salem-The 187th Salem Camp meeting begins July 10 with supper at the Salem Hotel and the Covington UMC Picnic at the pavilion at 6 p.m.

June 04, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Outpouring of love at vigil for Covington man and Magnet package shop owner killed in rampage

CONYERS - Tears and hugs flowed freely as hundreds of mourners and supporters packed the parking lot of Magnet Bottle Shop Wednesday night to celebrate the lives of owner Mun "Moon" Cha and Covington resident Jimquez Aikens, who were brutally gunned down Sunday.

June 04, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Blimpie reopens after truck crashes into it

Covington-The Blimpie sandwich shop on Elm Street was open Tuesday after being forced to close by Covington Fire Marshall Tony Smith Sunday.

June 03, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Family Fun Day Saturday!

Covington-The Pavilion at Turner Lake Park will be the site of Family Fun Day featuring food, prizes, and music this Saturday, June 6, from 12:00-4:00 p.m.

June 03, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Air Methods coming to Covington airport

Covington-As the city of Covington looks toward expanding its airport, a new tenant will help pave the way.

June 03, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Car fire on I-20 westbound near Hwy 138

A vehicle caught fire around 3 p.m. Wednesday on Interstate 20 westbound just before the exit for Ga. Highway 138 in Conyers.

June 03, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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


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Juveniles arrested for gunpoint robbery

A 15-year-old was robbed at gunpoint late Sunday morning while leaving a store near Morningside Drive.

February 29, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Bolton named volunteer of the year

Doug Bolton received a new heart Monday evening, a fitting gift for a man who recently survived a heart attack.

February 29, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Man arrested after assaulting daughter

A man was arrested Wednesday night after reportedly assaulting his daughter during an argument.

February 29, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


EHS to present "Little Shop of Horrors"

Eastside High School's drama department will present their spring production "Little Shop of Horrors" at 7 p.m. March 1 and 3, and 2:30 p.m. March 4, in the school's auditorium. Tickets will cost $3 for teachers, $5 for students and $7 for adults.

February 29, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Gingrich stops in Covington today

Newt Gingrich is believed to be the first presidential candidate to ever come through Newton County, but those who want to see him speak today are advised to arrive early.

February 29, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Cinderella visits Covington

Two Cinderellas and their Fairy Godmother were in Covington Tuesday, helping hospital volunteers raise $706 to go toward the purchase of new equipment for Newton Medical Center's emergency room.

February 29, 2012 | By Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Newborn to pass paraphernalia ban

The town of Newborn is following Porterdale's lead in seeking to ban the sale of drug paraphernalia, and the town council is expected to approve the final reading of an ordinance at its March 5 meeting.

February 29, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Get Outdoors Program is where frugal meets family fun

The Get Outdoors (GO) Program is where frugal meets family fun for Georgians. Our state boasts some of the most beautiful spaces in the country and accessing those spaces has become even easier with the GO Program. GO encourages families to get outdoors, get dirty, and get fit. With a state park within 50 miles of every state resident, your family could be living it up at a different state park every weekend for months.

February 29, 2012 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | LOCAL


Health Scores - Feb. 29

o American Deli, 3154 U.S. Highway 278, Jan. 18. Score 96.

February 29, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Gingrich targeting 'Super Tuesday' states

DALTON, Ga. (AP) - Plotting a comeback, Newt Gingrich looked beyond Tuesday's Republican presidential primaries in Michigan and Arizona to the Southern voters he hopes will rejuvenate his struggling campaign once more, including in his home state.

February 28, 2012 | KEN THOMAS, Associated Press | LOCAL


Ga. teachers to lose pay for test cheating

ATLANTA (AP) - Teachers who cheat on standardized tests in Georgia would forfeit any bonuses they earn for student scores under a bill approved by House lawmakers.

February 28, 2012 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Deal wants more time for HOPE changes

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal says he wants to wait more time before talking about altering the HOPE scholarship program again.

February 28, 2012 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Mattie's call canceled

UPDATE: The missing woman has been located. She was found in the Atlanta Jail where she had been since around 12 p.m. after being arrested for pedestrian in the roadway.

February 28, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Bolton named volunteer of the year

Doug Bolton received a heart Monday evening, a fitting gift for a man who survived a heart attack.

February 27, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Youth has pink cast to honor bus driver

Lawson Beshear was out riding go-karts with a friend when the cart turned over and he broke his arm. After much consideration, Beshear chose pink, over all other colors, for his cast.

February 26, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


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