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Lightening congestion: proposed projects

Newton County Commission Chairman Keith Ellis proposed an aggressive and ambitious series of road projects designed to ease congestion in the western half of the county Tuesday, but he didn't get the immediate support he wanted.

September 04, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Holocaust survivor to speak at 1st UMC

When Elizabeth Ungar Lefkovits was 20 years old in June of 1944, she was separated from most of her family, never to see them again. She was forced on a train with 100 people packed into a cattle car for a 10-day journey, having to feed her 2-year-old nephew the little food she had brought with them.

September 04, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Weekend I-20 lane closures resume

Question: How do you know you live in the South?

September 04, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Bridge to reconnect county nearly finished

It's been a busy week on the Little River, as construction crews from Newton County have worked hard and fast to finish rebuilding a bridge connecting a handful of residents to the rest of the county.

September 04, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Leadership uncertainty dogs Nelson Heights

Last Tuesday, the Newton County Board of Commissioners voted to remove Commissioner J.C. Henderson as chairman of the Nelson Heights Center, a facility dedicated to helping children after school. The matter seemed open and closed - he was the chairman, then he wasn't.

September 04, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


NCSO Sgt. wins Instructor of Year award

Newton County Sheriff's Office Sergeant Randy Downs received the Dale Moorefield award for Firearms Instructor of the Year at the 2014 Georgia Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (GALEFI) conference on Aug. 26.

September 03, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Ellis’ responsibilities changed by BOC

Newton County Board of Commissioners Chairman Keith Ellis lost at least some of his power Tuesday night, as the board voted to strip him of his control of the county's vehicle fleet and engineering department.

September 02, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Henderson stripped of financial powers

The Newton County Board of Commissioners simply crushed Commissioner J.C. Henderson Tuesday night, stripping him of all financial powers and forcing him off the boards of the Nelson Heights Community Center and the Recreation Commission.

September 02, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


NCSS announces Scholars of the Week

Newton County School System plans to highlight exceptional students with a new weekly spotlight. Two high school seniors will be recognized each week as NCSS Scholars of the Week starting in October and will be chosen to recognize and promote "exemplary academic performance and outstanding contributions to their school and community."

September 02, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


DOE offers free digital textbooks

As the 2014-2015 academic year begins, teachers, school leaders, parents and students should be aware they can access free, interactive digital textbooks through the Georgia Department of Education's website.

September 02, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO dep. restores heartbeat to boy

A Newton County Sheriff's Office deputy may have saved the life of a minor who was not breathing after drowning.

September 02, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Man subdued by Taser

After a call concerning an intoxicated male riding his bicycle into a trash can, police officers had to subdue the suspect by deploying a Taser.

September 02, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Legality of Henderson’s check questionable

There's a clause in the Georgia constitution that says governments can't give money without receiving a "benefit" in exchange. It's reiterated in numerous handbooks for local governments.

September 02, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Family to move to CO for med. marijuana

It may be their last resort, but the Hopkins family is making a big move with full hopes they will find sanctum for one of their daughters in Colorado's medical marijuana. Still, they'll be packing their family minus one.

September 02, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


New pavers to honor longtime businesses

Covington City Councilwoman Janet Goodman wants to honor the handful of families who have maintained their businesses on the Square for 50-plus years.

September 02, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


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No charges in courthouse gunman plot

ATLANTA - After nearly three years investigating a courthouse gunman's bizarre break out scheme, prosecutors are walking away from the case without charging anyone, despite evidence the shooter's pen pal-turned girlfriend paid off a jail guard.

Brian Nichols' elaborate plot included sawing through cinder block walls, fleeing on Thanksgiving Day because the guards would be sluggish from feasting and leaving a faux breadcrumb trail to throw off authorities, according to investigative documents reviewed by The Associated Press. The scheming involved at least four people - a pen pal who became his girlfriend, a deputy at the jail, a paralegal who ...

March 24, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Defense begins in Lakemper murder trial

The defense opened its presentation on Wednesday in the trial of Cobey Wade Lakemper with testimony from a psychiatrist who said that Lakemper was suffering from mental illnesses at the time of the murder of Wendy Cartledge-Carter, and for much of his life.

March 24, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Mountain bikers like Fort Yargo trails

WINDER - Fort Yargo State Park in Winder, with its 18 miles of volunteer-built mountain bike trails, has become a hotspot for urban adventurers who have turned one of the least-used parks in the state into a pedal-fueled economic engine.

March 24, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Cavaliers reign

Championship talent: The Covington Cavaliers 15 & under ninth grade AAU basketball team is ranked No. 1 in the state and ninth nationally. The Cavaliers have won two of the first three tournaments they've played in so far with a second place in the other. Derrius Mathis, Juwan Henderson and Anthony Henderson won MVP honors at the Battle of Suwanee last weekend.

March 23, 2011 | | LOCAL


Family gets apology in porn posting

Kelsey Upton was able to face the young man who reportedly put her contact information on a pornographic website during a recent hearing of the commandment board of The Citadel in Charleston, S.C. where he is a cadet.

March 23, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Spring Organ Concert

The pipe organ at First Presbyterian Church of Covington will get a workout at 3 p.m. Sunday by four musicians performing in a variety of musical styles in the Spring Organ Concert

March 23, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Is Newton positioned for more growth?

The decade that ended last year saw the lofty height of the housing boom and, everyone hopes, the bottom of the recession. The 2010 Census numbers tell the tale and show some shifting trends, but officials are split on whether Newton County will rebound with robust growth in the next decade or whether rising gas prices, continuing transportation issues and a lack of high-end development will shift Atlanta's growth north and back inside the perimeter.

March 23, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Lakemper trial continues

The murder trial of Cobey Wade Lakemper continues this week, with witnesses from Missouri, North Carolina and Tennessee taking the stand in an effort to show jurors that Lakemper was on a multi-state crime spree in 2005 when he allegedly shot hotel clerk Wendy Cartledge-Carter; a crime spree that had already resulted in two murders before he arrived in Covington.

March 22, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Industry considering airport land

The Covington Municipal Airport continues to draw interest from a light, personal aircraft maker that is looking to build a 100,000 square-foot facility and employ around 80 workers in its initial stage.

March 22, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newborn restricts gun use

The Newborn Town Council voted on Monday to change its firearm ordinance, limiting residents to using shotguns only to eliminate "nuisance smaller game."

March 22, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


House panel clears Sunday liquor

ATLANTA - A House panel has given the go-ahead to a bill that would pave the way for Sunday alcohol sales.

March 22, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Serial killer hoax conviction appealed

ATLANTA - Andrew Scott Haley used the online moniker "catchmekiller" to post a video claiming he killed 16 people, a callous lie that led investigators down dead-end trails and wasted countless hours of detective work, prosecutors said Monday.

March 22, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


State GOP celebrates 2010 success

Georgia Republicans gathered for their annual President's Day fundraising dinner Monday night, celebrating big wins in last year's election and pledging to continue the momentum into 2012.

March 22, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Carolina witnesses testify in Lakemper trial

In an effort to show jurors on Monday that Cobey Wade Lakemper was on a multi-state crime spree in 2005 when he allegedly shot hotel clerk Wendy Cartledge-Carter, Newton County District Attorney Layla Zon presented witnesses from North Carolina who testified about the murders of an elderly couple.

March 22, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Top state court considers execution standard

ATLANTA - Georgia's death penalty statute was in the crosshairs again Monday as the state's top court considered whether capital defendants have to meet an unfair standard to prove they are mentally disabled to avoid an execution.

The Georgia Supreme Court heard arguments Monday from Alphonso Stripling, who claims the state cannot seek the death penalty against him for the 1988 killings of two co-workers because he is mentally disabled. Prosecutors, meanwhile, say they want the chance to prove he is mentally competent.

March 21, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


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