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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


Covington-Man stabs woman with knife

A man was arrested for aggravated assault after stabbing someone who was reportedly late to pick him up Saturday.

June 01, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Deputy injured in training, recuperating

At approximately 2:45 p.m., the Newton County Sheriff's department received a call from the gun range on Lower River Road in reference to an officer-involved shooting during training.

June 01, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


As industry grows, properties are converted to studios

Interest in filming in Georgia has grown due to the state's generous tax credits. That has increased the demands for studio space. In Union City, Shannon Mall is being demolished to make room for a new movie studio. In April, the Atlanta City Council signed a deal allowing Tyler Perry to turn Fort McPherson into a studio, expanding the facilities the actor and filmmaker already owns a 1,000-plus acre property in Southwest Atlanta which houses five sound stages, a post-production facility and a 400-seat theater.

May 31, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Dr. Faulkner retires

Dr. Robert Faulkner began practicing medicine 50 years ago - a practice that ended Friday.

May 31, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


A desert in Newton County

Despite the lushness of the landscape, there is a desert in Newton County-a food desert.

May 31, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Newton-A desert in Newton County

Despite the lushness of the landscape, there is a desert in Newton County-a food desert.

May 31, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Social Circle Parkway opens Tuesday

Social Circle Parkway will open for use Tuesday, five months ahead of schedule, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.

May 30, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Missing Covington woman found

Covington resident Julie Smith, who was the subject of a search in Jackson County, was found Friday in good health.

May 30, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


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Smiley’s opens in new location

Elvis is back in the building.

March 25, 2011 | Tharon Giddens | LOCAL


Lakemper takes stand

Cobey Wade Lakemper told jurors on Thursday in his death penalty case that the downward spiral of his life that led to the shooting of Wendy Cartledge-Carter in 2005 all started when his fiancée left him and took their young son with her.

March 25, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newton County could appeal census total

Newton County officials are convinced that the county has more than 100,000 people, and they're crunching numbers to make a case to appeal the official 2010 U.S. Census count of 99,958.

March 25, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Court sentencings - March 25

Jack R. Olinger, disorderly conduct. 12 months probation, $200.

March 24, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington woman charged with murder in boyfriend's death

A Covington woman has been arrested by Walton County authorities and charged with the March 18 murder of her boyfriend.

March 24, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Gunmen rob Newton teen

Two men with handguns reportedly robbed a Newton County teen Sunday night as he was walking home.

March 24, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Two charged in graveyard vase thefts in Henry County

MCDONOUGH, Ga. - Henry County police say two people have been charged with stealing bronze flower vases from a cemetery.

March 24, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


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


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