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I-20 westbound lanes reduced due to bridge construction over weekend

COVINGTON - Bridge reconstruction project will shut down two westbound Interstate 20 traffic lanes near Exit 90 all weekend.

July 16, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Vampire Diaries donates $1,500 to homeless shelter

The crew of The Vampire Diaries presented a $1,500 check to the Garden of Gethsemane homeless shelter during the Salem Camp Meeting Wednesday evening.

July 16, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mann shot his sister on Flat Rock Road

Larry LaFornace Mann, of Tampa, was arrested in the shooting of a 35-year-old female at an adress off Flat Rock Road Wednesday evening.

July 16, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Weekend guide

Atlanta, at once representative of the old South-anything fried is yummy-while being unabashedly open to any and all cuisines from around the world ...

July 15, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Man arrested in BB gun road rage incident

A man was arrested for driving with a suspended license and making terroristic threats after he pulled a BB gun on another driver during a ...

July 14, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


One man killed in NCSO deputy shooting

One of the two men shot by Newton County Sheriff's deputies Friday night in the Ellington subdivision off of Brown Bridge Road died at ...

July 13, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


County gives East Ga. court ordered letter

Newton County has handed over one of two letters requested by the East Georgia Land & Development company and ordered by the Georgia Supreme Court, as ...

July 13, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Covington attorney elected to Board of Governors of State Bar of Georgia

W. Gregory Pope of The Pope Law Firm P.C. in Covington was elected to serve on the Board of Governors of the 47,000-member ...

July 12, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Scott received commendation from city

Two ordinances were approved and a Porterdale resident recognized for his action in the recent shooting at the Magnet Bottle Store in Conyers at the ...

July 12, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


187th Salem Camp Meeting

The 187th Salem Camp meeting kicked off Friday with families from around Georgia and the United States returning for the week-long revival.

July 12, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


At 91 Simpson shows no rust

There are two oaths Jack Simpson has lived by for most of his entire life: "I will do my best to do my duty to ...

July 12, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Benefit to raise money for former wrestler’s stem cell therapy

It's the little things that are taken for granted-like picking up a fork or scratching a nose.

July 12, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL




Bond millage reduced, tax digest increase

The bond millage rate in the Newton County School System (NCSS) will be reduced to exactly zero for the upcoming fiscal year.

July 11, 2015 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


Flint Hill named a Georgia Focus School

The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) today announced that Flint Hill Elementary School has been named a 2015 Focus School, meaning an achievement gap exists ...

July 11, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Holt: Session nears its end for the year

During the second last week of the session, the House began working through Senate bills in earnest. We spent a lot of time in committee, and voted on 25 pieces of legislation on the House floor.

HB 386, a package of tax code changes, was the most significant item we voted on. It proposes a number of cuts, as well as several increases. Among the tax cuts, the two largest are the phase out of the sales tax on energy used in manufacturing, and an elimination of the marriage penalty in the state income tax. The energy tax has seen ...

March 24, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County to plan future of Salem Road

County officials view the Salem Road corridor as a commercial driver and future home to its own pseudo-city, and they've embarked on an in-depth planning process to clarify that vision.

March 24, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Piedmont Academy visits Georgia capitol

March 22, was a special day for Piedmont Academy's football program including the players, coaching staff, managers, ball boys, and cheerleaders and for the school's One-Act Play cast and crew. Both teams were invited to the Georgia's state capitol by House of Representative Susan Holmes (125th District) of Jasper County and Senator Johnny Grant (25th District) of Baldwin County to be recognized for their accomplishment of winning the GISA AA state title "back-to-back" in football and drama. The football team completed an undefeated thirteen-game 2011 season with a streak of twenty-six games for 2010 and 2011. The ...

March 24, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


The excitement of prom

Prom is a big deal for every teenager. Senior prom is an even bigger deal. When it's your senior prom, things are different.

This year will be my senior prom, and I couldn't be more excited. I have a date this year, which is pretty awesome. I wouldn't want to be going with anyone else either. He's been in my life for a long time now, and I can't think of any way to end our senior year together except celebrating with our friends at prom. Although getting through these past few months have been ...

March 24, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Rasmussen: For voters, tax reform means tax equality

There's a reason President Obama, Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan and many others are touting tax reform these days. On the campaign trail, it taps into deeply held beliefs about the way American society ought to work and the role of government.

Seventy-seven percent think it's important to replace the entire federal tax code with something simpler. Seventy-one percent favor a tax code with lower tax rates and very few deductions.

March 24, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


MasTer Landscape Supply

Mark A. Smith and Tim E. Reed first met at Mobile Oil, where they worked within the chemical division for 15 years. They didn't know each other very well, and neither realized they would be running a business together-years after they left the oil company.

Both men had worked in the landscaping field on the side, unbeknownst of each other. Coincidentally, after they left Mobile, they ran into each other while on separate contracting jobs.

March 24, 2012 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


Kimble: Summer camps available for age 9 to 12th grade

"Dear Mom, Have you ever been to 4-H camp?" starts a letter from a fifth grade 4-H student.

She lists her reasons in the persuasive letter, but my favorite has to be this paragraph:

March 24, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Helicopter egg drop will be April 7

The Avenue Church will host an inaugural helicopter egg drop April 7 at the South Walton Recreaton Complex, Social Circle. Over 10,000 plastic Easter eggs will be dropped.

There will be three separate drops -- one for toddler-4 year olds, a second for 5-7 year olds and the third drop for 8-12 year olds. The hunts on each field will be staggered by 20 minutes. Once the eggs are on the field, children will be able to hunt for eggs in their designated age area. After all the eggs are found, the children can take them to an area to ...

March 24, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Ewing accuses chair of breaking law

At Tuesday night's board meeting, county Commissioner Mort Ewing accused Chairman Kathy Morgan of breaking state law and violating board policy and the board's code of ethics while administering a recent road project, claims Morgan said Thursday she believed to be untrue.

March 23, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Reservoir condemnation case settled

The longstanding land condemnation case between Newton County and Emmett Denby, the lone remaining resident to live on land planned for the future Bear Creek Reservoir, was decided this week in Superior Court when the county was ordered to pay Denby $800,000 for his property.

March 23, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Y keeps kids healthy

Spring break camp registration is going on at the Covington Family YMCA for children ages 5-12. The cost is $95 a week per child or $25 a day. The camp will run April 2-6. There is a $35 program membership fee if applicable. Financial assistance is available based on need.

March 23, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Local landfill legal battle continues

A company wanting to build a private landfill in Newton County could yet get its way after the Georgia Supreme Court this week overturned a ruling that had effectively ended any chance of a landfill.

March 23, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Woman arrested for shoplifting for fourth time

A Covington woman was arrested for the fourth time for shoplifting in Newton County Tuesday, this time at Kmart.

A store employee noticed Margaret Watkins, 26, take clothing and jewelry into the fitting room, then leave the store immediately after exiting the fitting room.

March 23, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Two arrested for marijuana

A call to a Bent Pine Court home early Sunday morning for stalking led to several arrests, including two for marijuana.

As the officers approached the front door of the residence they could immediately smell marijuana, and although they could see two males asleep on the couch through the blinds, officers knocked for about five minutes before anyone came to the front door.

March 23, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Covington health care experts use speech therapy to help senior citizens

The simple act of swallowing is something many of us take for granted. Yet every year, approximately 10 million Americans are diagnosed with swallowing disorders, known as dysphagia. Nearly all dementia patients develop dysphagia, and swallowing disorders are associated with stroke, progressive neurological disorders including multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's.

March 23, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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