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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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More local roads open, some closed for undetermined amount of time

1. Cook Rd; between Mt Tabor & Bald Rock Rd – (OPEN)

September 29, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Disaster recovery center for Rockdale, Newton opens on Parker Road in Conyers

A "one stop shop" disaster recovery center operated by the Federal Emergency Managment Agency (FEMA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) will open in Rockdale County at 1400 Parker Road starting today, Sept. 29.

September 29, 2009 | Michelle Kim and Jessica Smith | LOCAL


Town hall attendees discuss health care reform

The crowd at Saturday's health care town hall meeting at Alcovy High School had a lot of issues with the current healthcare system, but the majority of those who spoke, and U.S. Rep. Jim Marshall (D-Macon), said the current proposals would not fix the problems.

September 27, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Officers answer assault call

A false report had officers rushing to a local restaurant, but the accused ended up arrested anyway, charged with disorderly conduct.

September 27, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Sherriff’s Office recieves $57K grant for vests from government

The federal government recently became the biggest donor to the community's project to raise $113,000 for upgraded Level III bulletproof vests for the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

September 27, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Kiwanis donates to local organizations, installs new officers

Big day: Members of the Covington Kiwanis Club raised $6,000 at the Richard Rawlins Golf Classic and donated $3,000 to two local nonprofit organizations Thursday. Kiwanis Past-president Bill Loeble presents a check to Kathie Smith, chair of the Newton County Foundation for Educational Excellence's board of trustees. Miracle Field board member and chair of Friends of Newton Parks Terry Smith and Newton County Recreation Commission Director Tommy Hailey accept a check from Loeble along with Tamara Richardson, consultant to the recreation commission for the Miracle Field. New Kiwanis president Rob Christopher is passed the gavel by Loeble ...

September 27, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Flood Coverage: State estimates loss at over $250 million

According to the office of Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine, flood losses have been estimated at $250 million, most of which is uninsured.

September 27, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Flood Coverage: 'It just kept raining'

When Cecil Yarbrough walked outside his home at the Riverside Estates Mobile Home Park Saturday morning and noticed water from the Yellow River was standing at around five inches, he decided to move, thinking that the river couldn't possibly get any higher. Now displaced and living with friends, he realizes just how wrong he was.

September 27, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Flood Coverage: Historic Covington rainfall

Aug. 2, 1887: The Covington Star reported that 16 inches of rain fell in a continuous downpour that began on July 27. Before the rain stopped another 2 inches fell, bringing the total to 18 inches. In the city of Covington, foot bridges were destroyed, streets and sidewalks were washed out, houses leaked and cellars flooded. The Star published an article stating: "the streams are higher than they have ever been known before, even by 'the oldest inhabitant.'" Damages in the county were estimated at $100,000 or almost $2.4 million in today's money. The Georgia Railroad trestle ...

September 27, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Flood Coverage: In their own words

Chuck Berry

September 27, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Straight Shootin’

Take Aim! Two shooting ranges (50 - & 100-yard) offer recreational shooters a chance to take aim. No license or fee is required for using the range complex. Visitors are asked to sign in at the range and abide by the posted rules. A DNR range safety officer can help you with any questions. You must bring your own eye and ear protection, targets and target stands. The target should be high enough for the round to strike the backstop berm and not the ground, thereby reducing the chance of it skipping off and escaping the range. You must remove all of ...

September 27, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Flood Coverage: ‘You take a chance every time you put that boat in the water’

According to Newton County Fire Department Deputy Chief Tim Smith, as waters continue to recede, the threat of impending rain is a concern - albeit a slight one.

September 27, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Flood Coverage: receding waters

Throughout the day Monday, Barbara Green monitored the weather as well as the Yellow River, which was slowly climbing out of its bed and inching its way toward her back door.

September 27, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Flash flood warning in effect throughout evening

The National Weather Service Doppler radar estimates that between 1.0 and 1.5 inches of rain may fall in Newton County this evening. Because the ground is completely saturated from recent heavy rains the additional rains could result in runoff into area creeks, streams and rivers. Flooding in low-lying and flood prone areas is predicted to be likely as is flooding of some roads - especially poor drainage areas.

September 26, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton decalred federal disaster area

Catoosa, DeKalb, Fulton, Gwinnett, Newton and Rockdale counties were added to the list of counties declared federal disaster areas late Friday, making residents eligible for recovery assistance.

September 25, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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