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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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Man accused of raping teen girl

A 26-year-old man is accused of raping a teen girl on May 5 at a home of Ga. Highway 142.

May 20, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Fundraiser luncheon Sunday

Covington's Chi Tau Omega Chapter of the Alpha Kappa Sorority will stage The China Affair, a scholarship fundraiser luncheon, at 11 a.m. Sunday at St. Philip A.M.E. Church, 240 Candler Road Atlanta.

May 20, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Update: Man shot had criminal history

The 33-year-old Oxford man who was shot and killed after allegedly threatening to kill a Georgia State Patrol trooper Wednesday afternoon had a criminal history dating from at least 1997.

May 19, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Sheriff seeks grant to add deputies

The Newton County Sheriff's Office is unlikely to get local money for much-needed additional deputies next year, but its force will be buoyed if it's selected for a federal 2011 COPS Hiring Grant.

May 19, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


I-20 traffic flowing now near Turner Hill Road

UPDATE: Traffic is flowing on I-20 near Turner Hill Road.

May 19, 2011 | | LOCAL


Teacher charged with urinating in class

RIVERDALE, Ga. - A substitute teacher at Riverdale Elementary School in Clayton County is charged with child molestation after students said he urinated into a trash can inside a classroom.

May 19, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


State unemployment rate declines

ATLANTA - State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler says Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined to 9.9 percent in April, down one-tenth of a percentage point from a revised 10 percent in March.

The state's jobless rate was 10.1 percent in April a year ago.

May 19, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Stolen ashes found

UPDATE: James Dailey will get the ashes back of his deceased wife.

May 18, 2011 | Tharon Giddens | LOCAL


Newborn cleans up

When a tornado packing 105 mph wind ripped through Newborn on April 28, it left a wake of destruction.

May 18, 2011 | AJ Archer | LOCAL


Newton schools realign central staff

A realignment of the Newton County School System central office staff will take effect on July 1.

May 18, 2011 | | LOCAL


City authority buys more Walker’s Bend lots

The Covington City Council had several contentious split votes Monday night regarding parking rules on the square, more land purchases in the Walker's Bend subdivision and even a fireworks bid for the July 3 celebration.

May 18, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Nurse of the Year named

Members of Covington's healthcare community will now be honored annually by the Rotary Club.

May 18, 2011 | AJ Archer | LOCAL


Court Sentencings - May 18

Bobby Joe Fowler, first degree forgery, 10 years probation, 180-240 days detention center, $1,000.

May 18, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log - May 18

Calvin Nathaniel McCutchen, 20, 9445 Tara Drive, Covington, May 5. Terroristic threats and acts.

May 18, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Jazz by the River

Expect some cool sounds on a warm night at the Homegrown Jazz by the River concert from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday at the Porterdale Mill Lofts, 1109 Main St. in Porterdale.

May 18, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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