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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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ID information stolen from Emory Healthcare

ATLANTA - Emory Healthcare says it has alerted thousands of patients about a fraud scheme in which Social Security numbers were stolen.

Hospital officials said Monday that someone stole personal patient information and used it illegally.

February 22, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Pre-k supporters rally today

ATLANTA - Advocates for Georgia's pre-kindergarten program plan a rally at the state Capitol.

The rally is scheduled for Tuesday at noon. Advocates will call upon Gov. Nathan Deal and legislators to commit to supporting the program for the 150,000 4-year-olds in the state who are eligible to participate.

February 22, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Covington author publishes inspirational book

God has been good to Covington author Joyce Fincher, who has a new inspirational book available online, "He'll Lead You Through Your Sea."

It's her testimony of how God has led her through the darkest times of her life, as well as through the happy times. Fincher believes that she is simply God's vessel through whom he has written the story of her experiences.

February 22, 2011 | Chris Queen | LOCAL


Fulton firefighters find pot plants

ATLANTA - Fulton County fire officials say firefighters sent to douse an overnight blaze found dozens of suspected marijuana plants growing in the basement.

Fulton fire Battalion Chief Markus Jones says firefighters were sent to the house in south Fulton County early Monday. Jones says there was no one home when the firefighters arrived. He says the signs of a marijuana-growing operation included special lighting.

February 21, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Mama Bee's Tip of the Week - Feb. 20

Pack your lunch and bring your own coffee. It's plain and simple, friends - this saves money! I estimate my family saves $150 a month by using this frugal living strategy. That's $1,800 a year! When you look at it like that, the convenience of not so healthy fast food and an overpriced cuppa joe isn't nearly as attractive, is it? Think about how much you could save if you drove past that shiny coffee shop with a thermos of your favorite in hand, brown bag filled with homemade goodies waiting beside you for lunch! Don't ...

February 20, 2011 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | LOCAL


Horace Johnson: Living in changing times

Judge Horace Johnson has made a lot of memories since being born in Newton County Hospital in the late 50s. But the one that stands out most clearly happened at Ficquett Elementary School when he was one of the first black students to be integrated in Newton County.

February 20, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


An abundant Arbor Day

Planting frenzy: Newton County celebrated Arbor Day in several cities on Saturday.

February 20, 2011 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


A view from the House

The most significant bill by far to reach the house floor was the adjustment to the current, fiscal 2011 budget, also known as the supplemental or little budget bill. A few other items were of interest as well.

February 20, 2011 | By Doug Holt, Representative | LOCAL


Court Sentencings - Feb. 20

o Kevin Scott Hayes, violation of probation, 6 months Newton County Jail.

February 20, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Ozburn wins community service award

Superior Court Judge Samuel D. Ozburn is one of 10 recipients of the 12th Annual Justice Robert Benham Awards for Community Service.

February 19, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Families brace for HOPE cuts

ATLANTA - For Christopher McGee, getting the HOPE scholarship meant he could afford Georgia State University.

But state lawmakers are eyeing cuts to the cash-strapped scholarship program that has paid for more than 1 million Georgians to get a higher education - meaning McGee and other students across the state may have to pay thousands of dollars more for college. The 19-year-old from College Park said he'll likely increase the hours he works at his part-time job as a file clerk at an Atlanta law firm and decrease his class load to help make up the difference.

February 18, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Three Lilburn children die in meth fire

Three young children have died from injuries suffered in a fire in a suburban home in Lilburn that was likely caused when chemicals used to make methamphetamine ignited, authorities said Friday.

February 18, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Monroe County inmates riot over sandwiches

FORSYTH, Ga. - A spokeswoman for the Monroe County Sheriff's Office says a group of jail inmates rioted when they were given a sandwich instead of their usual hot meal.

February 18, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


County mulls roads for 2011 SPLOST

Newton County has hundreds of millions of dollars in road projects it wants to complete over the next several years, but it must choose $17.28 million worth of projects to complete with SPLOST funds if the 2011 SPLOST is passed in March.

February 18, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Celebrate Arbor Day in Newton County

Turner Lake Park: 10 a.m.; Turner Lake Park, sponsored by Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful; (770) 784-2015 or newtonclean@co.newton.ga.us for additional information. 11 a.m.; Turner Lake Recreation Center; tree planting in memory of Mr. Eddie Phillips, Mr. Carl Smith, Mr. Otis Spillers and in honor of Mrs. Connie Waller and Mr. Greg Heid; refreshments; RSVP Debbie Bell (678-625-1231.

February 18, 2011 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


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