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Covington cell tower approved second time around

The Covington City Council reversed a decision to deny a cell tower on Monticello Road at its Monday night meeting, voting 4-3 to approve a 169-foot tower rather than a 199-foot tower as originally proposed.

August 04, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Covington asks for seven on 2050 panel

The Covington City Council decided to level the playing field or just not play when it comes to the 2050 Plan.

August 04, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Chief assessor leaves county

Newton County Chief Assessor Tommy Knight will leave the job he's held for 18 years at week's end for a position with Gwinnett County.

August 04, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Police find missing teen

Missing teen Ryan Atkinson has been found and "is safe," according to Sgt. Cortney Morrison of the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

August 04, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Police search for autistic teen

The Newton County Sheriff's Office is asking for help finding a missing local teen.

August 04, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


No 2050 referendum: A legal view

An idea tossed around since the 2050 Plan was unveiled – to submit it to a voter referendum – just doesn't seem possible, attorney Jenny Carter of W M Thomas Craig Attorneys wrote in an opinion presented to the plan's designers and local elected officials.

August 02, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


New improvements

Students will see principals and assistant principals walking through classrooms more this school year as they complete requirements for the implementation of new teacher evaluations.

August 02, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


4-H meetings kick off in August

Just last Thursday we wrapped up the 4-H year at State 4-H Congress, and now we have the first Newton 4-H meeting of the year on Monday!

August 02, 2014 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


Ellis: Crowell Road/SR 81 work to begin in September

Work at the intersection of State Road 81 and Crowell Road should be finished about a year after it begins in September, Newton County Board of Commissioners Chairman Keith Ellis said Friday.

August 02, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


I-20 work ‘cancelled’ for tax-free weekend

Work on eastbound lanes of Interstate 20 scheduled this weekend has been "cancelled," according to Georgia Department of Transportation press secretary David Spear.

August 01, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


CPD community relations recognized

The Conyers Police Department and Covington Police Department were recognized for their work in building community relations with runner-up status of the Dr. Curtis E. McClung/Motorola Award for Excellence by the Ga. Association of the Chiefs of Police, awarded July 28.

August 01, 2014 | | LOCAL


Back in session

Teachers and administration welcomed parents and students to an open house at Porterdale Elementary School Wednesday, July 30 from 5-7 p.m., meeting youngsters for the first time and welcoming returning students moving to the next grade. Faces full of smiles filled the halls, from pre-K classmates playing with toys to parents and principals introducing themselves and beaming about the new school year, which began this morning across the Newton County School System. "We're all aboard the train of excellence, and we have a committed staff to do that," said Lizzella Dodson, who has been Porterdale's principal for ...

July 31, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Construction during sales tax holiday

Parts of Newton County's stretch of Interstate 20 will close to traffic this weekend, one of just a handful of road construction projects underway statewide to not be shut down for the tax free weekend.

July 31, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


State releases school-level EOCT scores

The Georgia Department of Education released the 2014 school-level scores for End-of-Course Tests (EOCT), showing where each of the three high schools in Newton County improved, declined, passed the state or fell below Georgia average pass rates.

July 31, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Out and about

The small rain showers that covered Covington Thursday afternoon didn't stop friends Hannah Bohanan, Morgan Conner and Lindsay Coker from getting out and enjoying an afternoon walk on the Square. When the rain came in they took the opportunity to take an ice cream break at Scoops on the Square.

July 31, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


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FBI agents serve search warrants at Angel Food Ministries

The Federal Bureau of Investigations served search warrants at Monroe-based Angel Food Ministries Wednesday morning.

Agents served the search warrant around 9 a.m. regarding "an individual or individuals" and not the operation, according to Juda Engelmayer, senior vice president of communications. He said that Angel Food was cooperating with agents and had a "negotiated agreement" where the agents copied electronic data and records.

February 11, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Tornado watch issued for metro Atlanta area

National weather service Peachtree City, Ga. issued a tornado watch for portions of northwest Georgia until 6 p.m. and a severe thunderstorm watch for portions of north Georgia until 10 p.m. There is a wind advisory for north Georgia and central Georgia through tonight.

February 11, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Rotary, Kiwanis team up for Miracle Field fundraising efforts

Community leaders met Tuesday at the Newton County Recreation Center to discuss the ongoing process of bringing a Miracle League baseball field to the county.

Doug Bolton, president of the Rotary Club of Covington pledged his support of the program and announced the Rotary Club will be the financial vehicle through which the funding and donations for the park will flow.

February 11, 2009 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL


Speeder cools heels in jail

A woman was arrested Saturday after officers from the Covington Police Department reportedly clocked her driving approximately 95 miles per hour on Interstate 20.

February 11, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Armed robbers assault grandmother

 A grandmother and her 3-year-old granddaughter were victims of a home invasion late Sunday night when the door to their residence was kicked in by several masked men.

February 10, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Grants awarded to local nonprofits

 In its 10th year of charitable grant giving, The Community Foundation for Newton County awarded $24,200 to 19 separate nonprofits serving Newton County.

February 10, 2009 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Deputy coroner sworn in

 Jimmy Dukes was sworn in as deputy coroner of Newton County Feb. 9 at the Newton County Judicial Center.

February 10, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Gifts from the heart

Mark your calendar: Sherwood's Flowers and Gifts Floral Designer Michelle Jesky prepares an arrangement of a dozen roses to fill one of the many orders placed at the local florist for Valentine's Day. Sherwood's will deliver hundreds of flower arrangement orders across the county Friday to celebrate the holiday Saturday. The local florist located on the Covington square, offers gifts for both men and women as well as eight special Valentine's Day floral arrangements. Local shoppers are encouraged to order as early as possible for the best selection. Sherwood's Flowers and Gifts will be open ...

February 10, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Pet of the Week

The Newton County Animal Shelter's pet of the week is a domestic short-haired cat, tiger colored with white, a young adult, very sweet and friendly and loveable. She shelter has other cats and kittens for adoption, all needing good homes. Also available for adoption, are a 10 2-month-old puppies, Aussie/Lab mix; a black Lab mix, 3-months-old; an adult Lab mix, blonde; two 8-week-old mixed breed puppies, one golden and one brown; an adult Dachshund and two Dachshund puppies; four mixed breed puppies, 8 weeks old, all colors; a 1-year-old beagle; a blond adult mixed breed named Hunter; an ...

February 10, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


A marriage of letters

Always together: The letters Q and U were "married" Friday in Sharon Garner and Traci Brady's kindergarten class at Oak Hill Elementary School. The groom was played by Casey Johnson, left, and the bride was played by Cloey Wilcher. The exercise was to help the students remember that the letter q is almost always paired with the letter u.

February 10, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Bill would keep sex offenders off school boards

ATLANTA (AP) - Registered sex offenders would not be allowed to run for or serve on a school board in Georgia under legislation that passed in the state Senate.

February 10, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Celestial Sounds

Handbell Choirs from First Presbyterian Church of Covington, First United Methodist Church of Covington and First Baptist Church of Conyers join together in "A Service of Handbell Music" under the direction of Festival Clinician John Link, Associate Pastor of Music at First Baptist Church of Conyers. The concert took place Saturday at 3 p.m. in the First Presbyterian Church of Covington sanctuary. First Presbyterian provided breakfast and lunch, and participants practiced for several hours until the concert.

February 08, 2009 | Mandi Singer | LOCAL


Local artist captures the spirit of the wood

From the heart: Local woodcarver Garfield Johnson holds a carving of Barack Obama that he created in honor of the first black president of the United States.

February 08, 2009 | Mandi Singer | LOCAL


Bond denied again in dismemberment case

 Franklin Benson, who is accused of allegedly killing and dismembering the body of his girlfriend in 2007, was denied bond for the third time in Newton County Superior Court Thursday.

February 06, 2009 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


NCSO helps snag man for cyber sex crime

 A Flowery Branch man was arrested Tuesday after allegedly providing sexually explicit material to a person he believed was a 13-year-old female.

February 06, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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