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$21 million spent to date on Bear Creek

Newton County has spent approximately $21.6 million dollars on the proposed Bear Creek Reservoir since 1998, with the bulk of those funds going towards land acquisition, County Attorney Tommy Craig revealed Tuesday during a Newton County Board of Commissioners meeting.

November 18, 2014 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Third person arrested in Smith murder

Jamarcus Tyrone Smith, of Covington, was the third person arrested in the investigation of the murder of 29-year-old Newton County resident Demario Smith.

November 18, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Board could know NMC parter in Jan.

The Newton Medical Center (NMC) expects to pick an equity partner in January, according to a presentation given by CEO Jim Weadick at a meeting of the Covington Rotary Club Tuesday.

November 18, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Elderly woman dies in Oxford fire

An 88-year-old Oxford woman's body was found after a housefire Tuesday morning.

November 18, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Contentious debate precedes curfew vote

Members of the Covington City Council asked if government should police people's children during Monday's work session.

November 18, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


City to begin airport improvement plan

There will soon be more than just take offs and landings happening at the Covington Municipal Airport.

November 17, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Historic courthouse featured in new book

The courthouses of Georgia's 159 counties hold the keys to the history of individual families and entire communities alike. From their primary role as the temples of justice for our court system to their better known function as the official repository of public records for significant life events, these buildings anchor many of Georgia's town squares.

November 15, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Hollywood finds new home in Georgia

If you haven't noticed, Georgia has become a hotbed for the film industry in recent years.

November 15, 2014 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


A family running out of options

Just days before 21-year-old Mary Elizabeth Hopkins passed away, her father, Mike, stood in the driveway of their Covington home at dawn and listened to her singing in her bedroom. Mary Elizabeth was known for her love of music, and would often sing to herself and her family.

November 15, 2014 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Shooting at Salem Rd Kroger parking lot

The Newton County Sheriff's Department responded to the third shooting in less than two weeks Thursday, after gunshots were fired in the parking lot of the Kroger on Salem Road.

November 14, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


2 Eagles to play in Thanksgiving Parade

Two Eastside High School students will be representing the Eagles live on national television this Thanksgiving.

November 13, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSS employees to get bonus check

In an effort to gain good faith with its staff, the Newton County Board of Education approved to give teachers a one-time check in addition to their regular pay, add to their 403(b) retirement plan and increase the work hours for their elementary school paraprofessionals.

November 13, 2014 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


Covington snipers compete with the best

A 38 two-man team competition of snipers/spotters from around the world traveled to Fort Benning last week to compete in the 14th annual International Sniper Competition. Teams from Germany, the Army, the Department of Justice and Homeland Security were all their to compete and amongst those household names were Matt Cooper and Gene Nuqui of the Covington Police Department.

November 13, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | LOCAL


Lack of lights leads to cocaine arrest

A Rutledge man, who was pulled over for not having his lights on, was arrested with cocaine and marijuana in Social Circle Tuesday.

November 13, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Veteran's Day in pictures

Covington celebrated Veteran's Day with its annual celebration on the Square hosted by the American Legion.

November 12, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


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Cooking for a crowd at Salem

It's 10:45 a.m. in the Elliott cabin at Salem Campground. Agnes Elliott has been cooking since 6 a.m. and she has yet to make several dishes.

July 12, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Woman arrested for assault with bat

A woman called for help late Sunday night after she had been hit in the head with a bat.

July 12, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Woman arrested after shoving child

A 19-year-old woman was arrested Monday evening after she allegedly shoved a 6-year-old.

July 12, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Hall deputies shoot, kill man in stabbing death

Hall County deputies shot and killed a man they believed stabbed two women, killing one of them in a scene that ended in the street of an upscale lakeside community Monday.

July 12, 2011 | Ashley Fielding Gainesville Times | LOCAL


Safe found in Rome sewer

ROME - Authorities say an employee working on a sewer line in the northwest Georgia town of Rome called police after making an unexpected discovery - a large Brinks safe in the sewer.

July 11, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Woman arrested for stealing underwear

A 29-year-old woman was arrested Sunday for stealing underwear from Kmart.

July 11, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Man robbed at gunpoint in Covington

A man told Covington police that he was robbed at gunpoint Friday afternoon after giving a ride to two men.

July 11, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newton man stabbed in home

Deputies are searching for a man who broke into a home early Friday and stabbed the homeowner before fleeing.

July 11, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Gas prices up in metro area

Gas for your car is going to take a bigger chunk from your wallet this week.

July 11, 2011 | | LOCAL


Splashing at Salem's freshwater spring

The freshwater spring at the intersection of Salem and, the appropriately named, Spring roads was a source of drinking water for travelers for more than a hundred years, and is one of the main reasons the annual Salem Campmeeting occurs where it does.

July 11, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Oxford, Stansells precincts to change polling, voting spots

The polling locations for two Newton County voting precincts are changing this year.

July 10, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Woman arrested for beating up grandmother

Officers on their way to a family fight found the offender lying in the middle of the road screaming.

July 10, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Family feud breaks out over jewelry box

A woman and her mother-in-law were arrested after an argument over a jewelry box turned physical Friday evening.

July 10, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Court sentencings - July 10

Rachel Lynn Capes-Ray, burglary, 10 years probation, 180 days in detention center, $1,000. Making false statements, 5 years probation, $1,000. stay away order.

July 10, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County cross trains workers to cut costs

"People would rather vary their job duties than lose jobs," she said. "All department heads are trying very hard not to cut jobs. There are no fiefdoms anymore, no pride."

July 10, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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