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Checkers closed after grease fire

The Checkers on Hwy. 278 is closed after a small grease fire ignited Monday morning.

June 29, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Road construction restricted this weekend

The Georgia Department of Transportation is suspending construction-related lane closures on interstates and major state system highways for the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

June 29, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Ruling brings same-sex marriage to Newton

The "thunderbolt" struck the nation around 11 a.m. Friday morning. For some Newton County residents the storm had been brewing for two decades, and for a local couple the ringing began at 3 p.m. – ringing of wedding bells.

June 28, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


4th of July events sparkle across Newton

One of the joys of small town Georgia is the town square. It's not just an area where people can shop and eat, but it's a place where they can come together to celebrate holidays, hear seasonal concerts, and take a breather under the trees during a hectic work day.

June 27, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Council re-imagines amenities for Yellow River Park

There have been changes in Porterdale since the plans for Yellow River Park were drawn up in 2011-12.

June 27, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Covington gets closer to new hotel

COVINGTON- City of Covington and Royal Hotel Investment Officials broke ground on the city's newest hotel project, a Holiday Inn Express & Suites Friday.

June 26, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Green Hill deal pulled ahead of vote

A proposal to lease and operate the Newton County landfill put forward by Green Hill P3 earlier this year effectively died Friday, but the company says it will propose an alternative agreement with input from the community.

June 26, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


City votes to not enforce recent action

COVINGTON- After an evening of plenty of heated debate, some legalese, a little political intrigue and much emotion, the Covington City Council decided to suspend enforcement on action it made at its previous council meeting.

June 25, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Communities gather for Emmanuel 9

Approximately 150 people from churches around Newton County came together Wednesday night at St. Paul's African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Covington to hold vigil for the nine people slain while at prayer services in Charleston last week.

June 25, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Millage increase likely

Newton County officially announced Thursday the "tentative" adoption a 12.99 millage rate for county operations in fiscal year 2016, as county commissioners emphasized that the tax hike represents a shift in millage rather than a significant increase in spending.

June 25, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


BOE approves budget, improvements to Eastside's field

With a new fiscal year beginning next week for the Newton County school district, the Newton County Board of Education (BOE) approved several different contracts for the upcoming school year.

June 24, 2015 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


BOE approves budget, improvements to Eastside's field

With a new fiscal year beginning next week for the Newton County school district, the Newton County Board of Education (BOE) approved several different contracts for the upcoming school year.

June 24, 2015 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


Woman shot by boyfriend

A 31-year-old woman was shot in the leg by her boyfriend Monday, prompting an investigation by the Newton County Sheriff's Office, according to Deputy Felicia Jefferson.

June 24, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Thunderstorm watch in effect

Caution is urged this evening after the National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Newton, Rockdale and surrounding counties through 10 p.m. Wednesday.

June 24, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Grace Christian Academy celebrates academic, artistic achievements

Newton County's Grace Christian Academy's academic quiz bowl team became international champions for the third time in four years recently at the Accelerated Christian Education International Student Convention in Las Cruses, New Mexico.

June 24, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Jury hears 2008 child molestation case

More than three years since the accusation was first made, 47-year-old Steve Anthony Lam was in court to face charges that he molested his children's friend in the summer of 2008.

September 02, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Juvenile kicked out of daycare after running off

Officers were called to Sharp Learning Center after an Ombudsman student reportedly ran away from his teacher and into the woods Wednesday afternoon.

September 02, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Man won’t exit locked car, leads to Tasing

An argument between mother and son led to the arrest of Cornelius Cullins Tuesday evening for obstructing an officer.

September 02, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Court Sentencings - Sept. 2

Jaide Peterson, theft by taking felony, 10 years probation, 100 days confinement, $1,000. Felony obstruction, 5 years probation, $1,000. Criminal damage to property, 5 years probation, $1,000. Misdemeanor violation of duty, 12 months probation, $500. Reckless driving misdemeanor, 12 months probation.

September 02, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Circus coming to Conyers

What's new at Cole Bros. Circus of the Stars? Just about everything. And, from its brilliantly colored, new Big Top to its stellar cast of performing artists and educated animals, Cole Bros. Circus 2011 is nothing short of spectacular.

September 02, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Officials back residents in power issue

Opposition to the proposed power line that would run through Mansfield's city limits continues to grow as business leaders and elected officials join the effort to have the line's route run around the city.

September 01, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Torres found guilty of 2008 murder

Abel Torres was found guilty in the 2008 murder of his roommate Fernando Gonzalez and sentenced to life plus 35 years for his crimes. The family of Gonzalez held each other and wept as the verdict was read.

September 01, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Concerts on the square begin Thursday

The Concerts on the Square, presented by the Arts Association in Newton County, and sponsored by Honda of Conyers, United Bank, Main Street Covington and The Covington News, will begin Thursday with a performance by Mack McKibbon and the Drive Time.

August 31, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Court Sentencings - Aug.31

Raymond E. Medina, rape, nolle pross. Aggravated assault, nolle pross. Aggravated assault, 15 years probation, nine years confinement, $1,000. Aggravated assault, nolle pross. Family Violence Act aggravated assault, 9 years confinement. Aggravated assault, nolle pross. Aggravated stalking, 9 years confinement. False information, 9 years confinement. Possession of firearm by convicted felon, nolle pross. Possession of firearm by convicted felon, nolle pross. Possession of firearm by convicted felon, 5 years probation, $1,000. Possession of firearm by convicted felon, nolle pross. Possession of firearm by convicted felon, 5 years probation concurrent, $1,000. Possession of firearm by convicted felon, nolle ...

August 31, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Unmarked graves to be re-consecrated

Now that nearly 400 unmarked graves have been found in Covington's cemeteries - many of them believed to belong to slaves - the local African-American Historical Association believes its time to remember and re-consecrate them.

August 31, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


United Way sees more need than ever

For the first time in 27 years Doris Strickland's work is getting to her.

August 31, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Coloring for Path2College529

Coloring is perhaps one of the first activities a child embarks upon on his or her educational journey, creating a foundation for creativity and a lifetime of learning.

August 31, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


I-20 in east Newton to be resurfaced

Interstate 20, from Ga. Highway 142 in Newton County to just east of Ga. Highway 83 in Morgan County, will be resurfaced beginning Tuesday, and construction is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2012.

August 29, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Tractor show to pay homage

In tribute to Mansfield icon Lamar B. Hays and farmers everywhere, the Mansfield Masonic Lodge will host the inaugural Lamar Hays Antique Tractor Show on Sept. 24.

August 28, 2011 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


More drug arrests at homeless shelter

Two men were arrested Sunday morning and charged with using drugs at the Rainbow Homeless Shelter on Turner Lake Circle.

August 28, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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