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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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Elderly woman swindled

An elderly woman was hesitant to report a theft at her home because she reportedly told police she was embarrassed she had been swindled.

According to reports from the Covington Police Department, around 10:30 a.m. Thursday morning, an elderly woman, around 75 years old, was allegedly sitting on her front porch when she noticed a newer model metallic beige GMC truck - possibly a club cab, circle the block and then pull into the driveway of her home.

August 19, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Truck stolen from Newton Public Works

Newton County Public Works took a major hit late Thursday night or early Friday morning when thieves made off with several things - including a truck.

According to reports from the Newton County Sheriff's Office, a worker for the county arrived at the public works facility at around 6:30 a.m. Friday and immediately noticed the bay doors to the rear of the building was open and a door to the front of the building was unlocked as well.

August 19, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


County budget not cut

The Board of Commissioners did not cut nearly $1 million from the county budget Tuesday night, because Chairman Kathy Morgan and the finance staff recommended that the county wait to see how much money came in through taxes and other revenues later this fiscal year before making any budget cuts or changes.

August 18, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


County budget to be cut by $1 million

County employees are watching every dollar they spend. With the Board of Commissioner preparing to cut nearly $1 million more from the budget, every dime and penny will now have to be called into question.

August 16, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Farm Bureau collects food to help hungry Georgians

The Newton County Farm Bureau is collecting staple food items and monetary donations until Sept. 11 during the statewide Harvest for All Campaign, coordinated by Georgia Farm Bureau, in an effort to help Georgians in need. The donations collected will be distributed to the Eight Food Banks throughout Georgia.

August 16, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Group makes plans for a greener Newton County

Josephine Kelly wants more locally grown foods to be sold in restaurants and at a downtown market. Frank Turner Jr. wants to see more agriculture and biotechnology jobs. James Woodard wants a more agriculture and greenspace-focused curriculum in the school system. Clara Deemer wants more residents and tourists to use the county's rivers and trails.

August 16, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Start your engines

The roar of engines filled the silence at Georgia International Horse Park as nine rail buggies pulled into the grass for their close-up Saturday morning. What began as Ted Trammell's lone project to build his own rail buggy in 2004 quickly turned into Georgia Rail, a club of twelve.

August 16, 2009 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Newton County man charged in Atlanta vehicular homicide

A Newton County man has been charged with vehicular homicide after striking and killing a 6-year-old girl as she was stepping off a MARTA bus Tuesday.

August 15, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Puffins are cool, but peaches are cooler

I have had the incredible opportunity to explore the Avalon Peninsula of Newfoundland, Can., this week on vacation.

August 14, 2009 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


Judge Ozburn not appointed to Georgia Supreme Court

Update, Wednesday 3:29 p.m.

August 13, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Open communication

Once again, the makers of Newton County's 911 radio system came before the Board of Commissioners, and once again they said the problems will be solved soon.

August 12, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Never make the same mistake twice

Outrageous, captivating, and unafraid to tell it like it is, Nene Leakes shares her wild journey from a scandalous past to the pinnacle of reality television stardom in her new book Never Make the Same Mistake Twice. The Atlanta Housewives star will appear at the Mall at Stonecrest on Thursday, Aug. 13, to sign her new book at Borders Books and Music at 7 p.m. Fans are invited to meet Nene Leakes and access the VIP meet and greet with purchase of her book from Borders Stonecrest. Proof of purchase is required.

August 12, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Merryvale to host screening of ‘The Alzheimer’s Project’

 Merryvale Assisted Living will host a special screening event and discussion of HBO's "The Alzheimer's Project" as part of a local discussion to encourage individuals to learn more about the disease and the research being done, as well as to gain a greater understanding of the issues surrounding it.

August 12, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


National champions

Straight shooting: The Lake Oconee Shotgun Team (L.O.S.T.) traveled to the World Shooting and Recreation Complex in Sparta, Ill., July 23-26 to compete in the Scholastic Clay Target Program's (SCTP) National Championships. L.O.S.T. represented Georgia well by finishing strong in several age groups: The Rookie Squad (5th-6th graders) as well as the Senior Varsity Squad finished second in the nation in their respective divisions in Sporting Clays. The Junior Varsity Squad, pictured above, also finished third in their division in Sporting Clays and followed up with a first place national championship in Skeet ...

August 12, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Property taxes raised by glitch

Covington, Newton County and the county's school system are going to be collecting a combined $3 million less in property taxes than they originally expected, exacerbating the NCSS' budget crunch and bringing the county's budget woes back to the forefront.

August 07, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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