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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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County to discuss county manager idea

The county will have a work session at 7 p.m., Nov. 7 at the Historic Courthouse to discuss the possibility of implementing a county manager form of government.

October 21, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Man shot by deputies Saturday identified

The man shot after allegedly threatening deputies with a shotgun over the weekend has been identified as Kristopher Day.

October 21, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


New U.S. congressman visits Newton

U.S. Congressman Paul Broun (R-Athens) visited Covington Tuesday as he continued his tour of his newly drawn 10th congressional district.

October 20, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Community Health Fair

The Newton High School band performed at a community health fair Saturday.

October 19, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


A step back in time

The third annual Voices from the Past Cemetery Tour was moved inside Thursday due to inclement weather, but it didn't stop members of the Newton County Arts Association from bringing eight historic Oxford natives back to life for the evening.

October 16, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


CultureFest 2011

CultureFest 2011, a celebration of the world's diverse cultural expressions, was presented by Oxford College and Main Street Covington Saturday.

October 16, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Boy beaten for mixing chicken and rice

An argument over dinner ended with one woman in jail and her nephew making plans to visit the dentist after she allegedly chipped his tooth when she struck him in the face with a frying pan.

October 16, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Wardens visit Covington Rotary

Two wardens from the Charlie Elliot Wildlife Center, Jamie Dowd and Pete Griffin (pictured), recently visited the Covington Rotary. They brought along a red tailed hawk, also known as a Chicken Hawk.

October 16, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Unwavering Faith: A Survivor's Story

Sylvia Shy isn't just a survivor. She's also a natural born storyteller whose message of hope and love captivates and deeply touches anyone who cares to listen. Shy, 57, has been sharing the story of her journey with cancer since 2002, when she was first diagnosed.

October 16, 2011 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | LOCAL


Tip of the Week - Oct. 16

The cooler fall weather means it's time for yard sales. You can save a bundle by shopping at yard sales and, while I love the thrill of the hunt when it comes to other people's junk coupled with the opportunity to make new friends, I sure like this new wave of virtual yard sales. Did you know you can shop at yard sales from the comfort of your own computer? There are many local communities and counties with Facebook pages where people buy and sell all kinds of objects daily. The system is free and easy to use ...

October 16, 2011 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | LOCAL


Early voting for 2011 begins Monday

Some of this year's city races are beginning to take shape, and voters who have already made up their mind will be able to cast their votes beginning Monday during early voting.

October 16, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Drunk flees with IV in his arm

Officers were called to the area of Newton Medical Center after an intoxicated patient reportedly fled the hospital with an IV in his arm.

October 16, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Eagles take flight

October 16, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


See poll results on Sigman, alcohol sales

The biggest news of the week was clearly Covington mayoral candidate Bobby Sigman being arrested for allegedly paying people to steal the campaign signs of his opponent, Ronnie Johnston. He has been charged with three misdemeanors to date.

October 16, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Man shot after pointing gun at deputies

Newton County deputies were involved in a shooting around 2:15 a.m. Saturday after being called to a residence on Melton Way, off Butler Bridge Road in the western part of the county.

October 15, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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