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Grease fire shuts down American Deli

A grease fire at the American Deli on Highway 278 in Covington shut down the restaurant earlier this evening.

December 31, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


MLK community awards nominees wanted

Newton County's annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Observance is approaching, and along with it the awarding of "The I Have a Dream Award ...

December 31, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


BOC Chair to sign local state of emergency for county

Swollen rivers, rain-saturated ground and flash floods have closed more than 15 roadways in the county; so many the county had to purchase more barricades ...

December 31, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Road closures due to flooding

After the National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for Newton County due to heavy rain, several roads were closed throughout Newton County.

December 31, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Sexual assault, robbery investigated

The Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) is investigating a robbery that occurred in a home off Cooper road on Dec. 20.

December 30, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Trash piles up outside recycling center

Newton County Sheriff's Deputies were on site at the McGiboney Road Convenience Center Monday morning after residents dumped their trash outside the gates and ...

December 30, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Flash Flood warning for Covington

A flood watch is in effect for Newton and surrounding counties through Friday evening and a flash flood warning is in effect until 6:45 ...

December 30, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Remains may be those of one of FBI's most wanted

The skeletal remains found on City Pond Road near Bob Williams Parkway may be David Lee Sheffield, a man from Atkin, South Carolina, wanted by ...

December 30, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Most county roads reopened after flooding caused closings

Driving by the Yellow and Alcovy rivers in Newton County is a visible example of the record rainfall that's fallen in the Southeast in ...

December 30, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Skeletal remains found off City Pond Road

As clouds darkened the sky, threatening rain, Covington City police officers and firefighters joined officers from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) in a search ...

December 28, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Young mother fighting cancer finds love, support from family and friends

A 19-year-old engaged girl should be thinking about weddings, future husbands and bachelorette parties.

December 27, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Two finalists for county manager named

Newton County officials announced that Adam C. Mestres, the current County Administrator for Jefferson County, and Ronnie Cowan, Director of Human Resources for the City ...

December 27, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Important steps taken in 2015, promising future ahead

For Newton County, 2015 felt more like the set-up to the movie everyone is really waiting to see.

December 27, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


For Forehand It’s hard to say good-bye

Leaving is often bittersweet. Torn between the excitement of a challenging new position and the sadness at leaving those who have become family, the final ...

December 27, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Newton County Chairman Keith Ellis will not seek a second term

Newton County Chairman Keith Ellis will not seek a second term.

December 26, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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Time line for proposed Bear Creek Reservoir water supply project

1980's – Alternatives analysis conducted for Lake Varner Reservoir; Bear Creek deemed second best place for reservoir

October 25, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Farm Bureau celebrates farm-city week

Here's a piece of trivia you may not know: One bale of cotton contains enough of the "Fabric of Our Lives" to make 215 pairs of blue jeans or 1,217 men's T-shirts.

October 25, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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 county's water supply. We begin to take a look at some of those questions, and where the county will go next concerning its water.

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 allocated from unclaimed capital credit funds, are designed to help teachers who wish to extend educational opportunities and activities for students by developing student interests and abilities.

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 in Conyers.

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 resident, Robert "Bobby" Weaver II.

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 be on commissioners' minds at Tuesday night's Board of Commissioners meeting.

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 a whole.

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 10 p.m.

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 males wearing hoodies crawl in a window Tuesday evening.

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 Monday.

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 on Thursday, October 22, 2015 at Antioch A.M.E. Church, 1790 Ebenezer Road, Conyers, hosted by Rockdale-Newton Section of the National Council of Negro Women, Inc. (NCNW) in collaboration with several organizations.

October 19, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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