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What’s next for Newton County’s water supply

The Bear Creek Water Supply Reservoir project has been a hot topic for its questions of validity and expenses. But the overlying issue is the ...

October 25, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Snapping Shoals awards $15,000 in grants

Snapping Shoals EMC awarded $15,000 in grants to 21 projects in Newton County through the co-op's Bright Ideas program. The grants, which are ...

October 24, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Peachtree Academy to Host Annual Harvest Festival Fundraiser

Peachtree Academy will host its annual Harvest Festival fundraiser Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1801 Ellington Road ...

October 24, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Search continues for missing Newton County man

The Community United Effort (CUE) Center for the Missing will be in Covington Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 24 and 25, searching for missing Newton County ...

October 23, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

County suspends Purchasing Cards

The suspension of Newton County Fire Chief Kevin O'Brien pending investigation into the misuse of county purchasing cards, or P-cards, last week seemed to ...

October 22, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Newton's unemployment rate drops

The Georgia Department of Labor announced a decline in Newton County's unemployment rates for September, as well as for the Metro Atlanta area as ...

October 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

NCSO sponsors Halloween Shut-In

Newton County Sheriff's Office and the Department of Community Supervision will sponsor its Ninth Annual Halloween Shut-In on Oct. 31, 2015 from 6 to ...

October 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Computer believed to be taken from homeless shelter

The Covington Police Department received a call of unlawful entry at the Rainbow Community Shelter on Turner Lake Circle after a witness saw three black ...

October 21, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Convenience centers to stop accepting tires

The Newton County convenience centers will stop accepting tires on Nov. 1.

October 21, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Eat out and feed the hungry

Breakfast, lunch or dinner -- it doesn't matter which.

October 21, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Watch: BOC suspends all work on Bear Creek Reservoir

All work on the Bear Creek Reservoir has been suspended by a 4-0 vote of the county commission, with Commission J.C. Henderson abstaining.

October 20, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Police department to get new weapons

The Covington Police Department will get new service weapons, both for primary use and backup weapons, after a unanimous vote by the Covington City Council ...

October 19, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Candidates Forum Oct. 22 for District 43 Special Election

While early voting may have already started, voters will have a chance to hear from candidates themselves at the State Senate District 43 Candidates forum ...

October 19, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Newton County fire chief on unpaid leave

Update: According to Newton County Manager Harry Owens, Fire Services Chief Kevin O'Brien's administrative leave is unpaid.

October 19, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Covington completes storm water project

An area of Covington recently re-engineered to handle mass amounts of storm water runoff held off the recent surge in rainfall.

October 19, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

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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

Industry considering airport land

The Covington Municipal Airport continues to draw interest from a light, personal aircraft maker that is looking to build a 100,000 square-foot facility and employ around 80 workers in its initial stage.

March 22, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Newborn restricts gun use

The Newborn Town Council voted on Monday to change its firearm ordinance, limiting residents to using shotguns only to eliminate "nuisance smaller game."

March 22, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

House panel clears Sunday liquor

ATLANTA - A House panel has given the go-ahead to a bill that would pave the way for Sunday alcohol sales.

March 22, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL

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