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Rep. Johnson calls for Douglas' resignation

Congressman Hank Johnson issued a statement Saturday calling for Newton County Commissioner John Douglas to resign over a racist, sexist comment Douglas posted on Facebook.

July 27, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Landfill should not be losing money, says committee member

The Newton County landfill could not only break even but also save money towards capital improvements if subsidies to the convenience centers are ended and all fees strictly collected, according to a member of the citizen solid waste panel.

July 26, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Why opposing shared economy is a big mistake for Democrats

"The consumer demand for the Uber and Lyft kind of services is so great that any politician who gets in the way of that is really asking for trouble," according to Roger McNamee. The co-founder of investment firm Elevation Partners said on CNBC that "Uber's success is really about consumers demanding the availability of Uber and Lyft cars wherever they are."

July 26, 2015 | Scott Rasmussen | LOCAL


Keeping K-9 dogs cool in summer

Because dogs can only cool themselves by panting and by sweating through their paw pads, a closed, hot car can be like an oven, allowing little ventilation and suffocating heat.

July 26, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Covington looks to hanger Airport Authority

The Covington City council has been busy working on the future of the Covington airport, spending time during Monday's council meeting and Tuesday's work session trying to set a course.

July 26, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Douglas under fire over 'racial words'

Newton County Commissioner John Douglas came under fire this week for using racist, sexist language to describe a protestor on Facebook who he accused of desecrating the American flag.

July 25, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


NEGRC elects officers

Frank Turner, former Covington city manager, was elected chairman of the Northeast Georgia Regional Commission Council June 18 in Athens.

July 25, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO earns re-certification

During the Tuesday Newton County Commissioner's meeting, Mr. Mark Bender - Director of State Certification for the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police, made a special presentation to Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown and Sgt. Cortney Morrison.

July 25, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Rockdale provides multiple settings for films

The headless horseman rode into town last week, as the cast and crew of Fox's Sleepy Hollow began shooting season three in Rockdale County. The production team has been filming around the community in several different locations, including at a private residence on Main Street and in Olde Towne Conyers. Next week, they will film at some private residences near Ebeneezer Road and GA State Route 212.

July 25, 2015 | | LOCAL


Snapping Shoals members gather

Snapping Shoals EMC held its annual Round Up and members' meeting Thursday at the Georgia International Horse Park.

July 23, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Commissioners talk county future at BOC meeting

Several Newton County commissioners used the first business meeting following the adoption of a controversial budget to speak about the future of the county and the need to plan strategically for its growth.

July 21, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Large cocaine, cash bust in north Rockdale

CONYERS - The Rockdale County Sheriff's Office and Conyers Police Department joint narcotics/vice unit recovered about a kilogram of cocaine, handgun and hundreds of thousands in cash in a north Rockdale home.

July 21, 2015 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Rotary Club to host golf tournament

The Covington Rotary Club will host its Inaugural Golf Tournament to raise funds for The Empty Stocking Fund and other local projects.

July 21, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County sees property tax hike

The Newton County Board of Commissioners narrowly passed a 2016 budget Monday, raising property taxes by 21.87 over the rollback rate percent and 4.1 percent over last year for a total millage rate of 13.491.

July 20, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Area school supply drives

Though it may still feel like the dog days of summer, the first day of school is just around the corner, and local businesses and nonprofits are collecting school supplies to give to students and families in need. Here are a few of the upcoming givewaways:

July 19, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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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


Sports and more at Salem Camp

Dozens of children participated in the Bobby and Karen Milton Wide World of Salem Sports event at Salem Campmeeting Saturday.

July 09, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Teenagers intern at county offices

Newton County's latest batch of summer interns spent their last day with the county Friday.

July 09, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Martin challenges Whatley for council

Ronald Martin says he wants to bring another fiscally conservative voice to the Covington City Council and will challenge Mike Whatley for the Post 2 East council seat.

July 09, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Former Atlanta school super apologizes

ATLANTA - Former Atlanta schools Superintendent Beverly Hall apologized Friday to the people of Atlanta and their children for "any shortcomings," but says the educators involved in the district's cheating scandal bear the "moral responsibility."

July 09, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Woman arrested in grandma beating

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

July 08, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Stocks plunge on weak hiring

WASHINGTON - Hiring slowed to a near-standstill last month, raising doubts that the economy will rebound in the second half of the year.

July 08, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Athens teen dies of pellet gun injury

ATHENS - The family of 15-year-old Jose Antonio "Tony" Rivera is donating the organs of the teen, who died after an accidental shooting left a pellet lodged in his brain.

July 08, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Library will get reduced state funding

Update, Friday, 11:37 a.m.: The Newton County Library System will get state money this year, though that funding will be 16 percent less than last year.

July 08, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Man killed by train in Douglas County

LITHIA SPRINGS - Authorities say a man lying on railroad tracks has been struck by a train and killed near Lithia Springs in Douglas County.

July 08, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


The history of the Campmeeting

This year's Salem Campmeeting, spanning July 8 to 15, will be the 183rd gathering of the faithful at the grounds off Salem Road for a time of spiritual renewal, revival and camaraderie.

July 08, 2011 | AJ Archer | LOCAL


Listen to the animals talk

These days we don't use an alarm clock. Instead, we are shocked into consciousness by the frantic scratching by one of the cats at the bedroom door or the muffled whimper of Sonny the Border Collie, ready for us to get up and relieve him from the overnight company of the kitties. (We finally booted them out of the bedroom when their sleep patterns - mostly nonexistent - didn't match ours.)

July 08, 2011 | Barbara Morgan | LOCAL


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