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Covington-Missing Covington woman found

Covington resident Julie Smith, who was the subject of a search in Jackson County, was found Friday in good health.

May 29, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Newton Sheriff's deputy shot, injured in training

At approximately 2:45 p.m., the Newton County Sheriff's department received a call from the gun range on Lower River Road in reference to an officer-involved shooting during training.

May 29, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Newton-Solid Waste Panel digs in

Transparency, financial security, inclusiveness, and fairness are just some of the guiding values identified by the citizens solid waste panel during its first facilitated meeting Thursday.

May 28, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Newton-Young Professionals to meet at The Oaks

Newton County's young professionals have a chance not only to network; not only to have an evening out on the golf course but also a chance to learn more about the county they work, live and play in.

May 27, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Newton-Fatality in I-20 crash identified

52-year-old Joel William Simpson, a Newton County resident, has been confirmed dead after he drove his vehicle against traffice on I-20 Tuesday night, crashing into another vehicle around the 89 mile mark between Almon and Salem roads.

May 27, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington-Newton Medical, Piedmont finalize deal

Newton Medical Center will soon become Piedmont Newton Hospital after NMC finalized a partnership agreement with Piedmont Healthcare earlier this week.

May 23, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Covington- Two dead in apparent murder suicide

The Covington Police Department responded to a shooting Thursday, discovering a man and woman shot when arriving on scene.

May 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Social Circle-New section of Social Circle Bypass to open

The new section of the Social Circle Bypass from State road 11 to East Hightower Trail will open Tuesday, June 2, according to Superintendent of traffic, safety and utilities J. Robert Manning of ER Snell Contractor.

May 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Harry Owens likely interim county manager

Newton County revealed the name of the candidate under consideration for the position of interim county manager Friday following the departure of former County Manager Tom Garrett last week.

May 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Action Ministries opens office in Newton

For the first time in 20 years, the charitable nonprofit organization, Action Ministries, has opened a satellite office. The Newton County Action Ministries office opened its doors on May 4 in the Wesley Building of Covington First United Methodist Church, 2160 Church Street, Covington.

May 21, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Board scolded in public comments over legal budget

County Attorney Tommy Craig attempted to soothe public concerns over the county's high legal costs Tuesday night, but his explanation appeared to provoke the opposite reaction.

May 20, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


County seeks city help for library

Newton County will step up to save the Covington branch of the library, commissioners said Tuesday, but not before making one last attempt to get the city of Covington to contribute to the library's costly new heating, air conditioning and ventilation system (HVAC).

May 20, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


BOC to hire interim county manager

The Newton County Board of Commissioners voted to hire a new interim county manager Tuesday night, deliberately stopping short of placing the county chair in charge of the day to day administration of the county.

May 19, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Staffins: tourism big impact on Covington

Hundreds flocked to Covington this weekend, and it was exactly the turnout Newton County Tourism President Jenny McDonald expected, but it was a little much for Newton County-Covington Chamber of Commerce President Ralph Staffins.

May 18, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Peddle for a cause

The students of First Baptist Academy zoomed around the parking lot of the Welcome Center last week to raise money for the parochial school's library and playground as part of the Academy's first bikathon.

May 17, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


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Safe found in Rome sewer

ROME - Authorities say an employee working on a sewer line in the northwest Georgia town of Rome called police after making an unexpected discovery - a large Brinks safe in the sewer.

July 11, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Woman arrested for stealing underwear

A 29-year-old woman was arrested Sunday for stealing underwear from Kmart.

July 11, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Man robbed at gunpoint in Covington

A man told Covington police that he was robbed at gunpoint Friday afternoon after giving a ride to two men.

July 11, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newton man stabbed in home

Deputies are searching for a man who broke into a home early Friday and stabbed the homeowner before fleeing.

July 11, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Gas prices up in metro area

Gas for your car is going to take a bigger chunk from your wallet this week.

July 11, 2011 | | LOCAL


Splashing at Salem's freshwater spring

The freshwater spring at the intersection of Salem and, the appropriately named, Spring roads was a source of drinking water for travelers for more than a hundred years, and is one of the main reasons the annual Salem Campmeeting occurs where it does.

July 11, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Oxford, Stansells precincts to change polling, voting spots

The polling locations for two Newton County voting precincts are changing this year.

July 10, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Woman arrested for beating up grandmother

Officers on their way to a family fight found the offender lying in the middle of the road screaming.

July 10, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Family feud breaks out over jewelry box

A woman and her mother-in-law were arrested after an argument over a jewelry box turned physical Friday evening.

July 10, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Court sentencings - July 10

Rachel Lynn Capes-Ray, burglary, 10 years probation, 180 days in detention center, $1,000. Making false statements, 5 years probation, $1,000. stay away order.

July 10, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County cross trains workers to cut costs

"People would rather vary their job duties than lose jobs," she said. "All department heads are trying very hard not to cut jobs. There are no fiefdoms anymore, no pride."

July 10, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Kyrgyzstani student interns locally

Kyrgyzstan resident Aitbek Amatov is getting a first-hand look at American life.

July 10, 2011 | AJ Archer | LOCAL


Free homebuyer workshop July 30

There's never been a better time to buy a house. That's the classic real estate mantra, but it continues to ring true in a downtrodden housing market that shows no sure signs of recovery.

July 10, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


One Tank Trips: DeSoto Falls Recreation Area

A short walk through the woods will reward you with two cool waterfall views at DeSoto Falls Recreation Area north of Cleveland.

July 10, 2011 | Tharon Giddens | LOCAL


Several businesses moving ground

Bullritos Mexican restaurant had scheduled to open July 25 in Covington, but construction setbacks may push the opening into August, Covington Senior Planner Scott Gaither said.

July 10, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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