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Man arrested for missing jury duty

Brandon Lee Cooper failed to appear for jury duty and a hearing to explain why last week, and thus was sentenced to two days in jail.

April 25, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man arrested for drug store robberies

Christopher Westmoreland was arrested in connection with several robberies in Newton, Rockdale and DeKalb counties.

April 24, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Chamber golf tournament

The Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce held its annual golf tournament Thursday with a beautiful day of golf at Ashton Hills Golf Course.

April 23, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Airport Road an issue for Flint Hill parents

Many parents of Newton County School System students have made expressed concern over traffic problems caused by a portion of Airport Road being closed.

April 23, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Armed robbery at CVS, suspect escapes

Conyers Police were investigating an armed robbery that occured Thursday morning at the CVS Pharmacy located at 1541 Ga. Highway 20, Conyers.

April 23, 2015 | | LOCAL


Newton unemployment rate dips

The unemployment rate in NewtonCounty fell under 7 percent for the month of March.

April 23, 2015 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


Landfill panel kicks off

The citizens' panel dedicated to reviewing the county's solid waste management, including a potential lease agreement for the county landfill, met for the first time Wednesday night to lay the groundwork for what should prove to be two months of intense research and debate.

April 23, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Airport Road remains closed

The rainy and windy conditions from this past weekend are still causing problems for Newton County residents.

April 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Landfill Committee Meeting Tonight

The Solid Waste Citizen's Panel will meet tonight, Wednesday, April 22, at 6:00 p.m. in the first floor training room of the county administration building.

April 22, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Haler leaving Porterdale for Conyers

Porterdale Main Street Director Terri Haler will be leaving her post to be the new tourism director for the city of Conyers.

April 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Legal costs, landfill committee, raises dominate BOC meeting

Tuesday's Board of Commissioners meeting was dominated by spirited discussions of the county's legal spending, the citizen landfill committee and employee raises.

April 21, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


NCSS destroys stock of Blue Bell ice cream

After the recall of Blue Bell ice cream products, Newton County School System has removed all of the brand's ice cream from its stock Tuesday.

April 21, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


$9.5 million coming to FFA/FCCLA Center

The Georgia FFA/FCCLA Center in Newton County will receive an infusion of funds, with $9.5 million in additional grand funds in the fiscal year 2016 state budget to construct new buildings.

April 21, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Zoning changed for $22 million nursing home

A $22 million nursing home facility and more than 100 jobs could be headed toward Covington as the city council approved to rezone an area on Dearing Street.

April 20, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Tornado watch issued until 8 p.m.

A tornado watch is in effect for Newton, Rockdale and surrounding counties until 8 p.m. Monday.

April 20, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Beer box stuck in car door tips off officer

An officer on patrol was alerted to a possible DUI early Thursday morning, after the driver of a Honda Civic Del Sol reportedly drove for several seconds with a Miller High Life box hanging outside his car door.

June 20, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Patriotic postcards available at SHAG

In observance of Memorial Day and the celebration of our Independence Day July 4, Southern Heartland Art Guild held a competition for patriotic art, all of which is now on display at the gallery on the square until July 4. The winning entry was submitted by guild member and photographer Terry Godfrey, in collaboration with published poet, Robin Stansbury. Stansbury works for the VFW and has two sons in the army, soon to be deployed.

June 20, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


CPR Saturday at DeKalb Tech a success

Becky Beavers hopes that one day Newton County will be the safest place to live in the U.S. The director of education at Newton Medical Center recently partnered with DeKalb Technical College to restart the CPR Saturday program, where local residents can learn CPR for free from trained professionals. She hopes Newton County will be able to catch Seattle, in which one out of every four residents is trained in CPR.

June 20, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


The News owner honored with GPA Golden Award

This week Morris Multimedia President Charles Hill Morris Sr. was honored by the Georgia Press Association at the organization's annual convention at Jekyll Island for 50 years of service to the newspaper industry. He joins the ranks of GPA's prestigious Golden Club.

June 20, 2010 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


My Father, My Hero

The Covington News asked its readers to send in letters of why their father should win the "My Father, My Hero Contest." These are all the entries we received. They are all heroes in our eyes.

June 20, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Employees cut after rollback budget approved

Pink slips, sad goodbyes and voices on the edge of tears greeted dozens of county employees during the two days following the approval of the $46.3 million rollback rate budget by the Newton County Board of Commissioners Tuesday.

June 18, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Laughter: The best medicine

Some say that laughter is the best medicine. Many dismiss the saying, though never intentionally. There is just so much to do, so much to worry about, and there just not enough time in the day to waste it on laughing. Besides, what exactly is there to laugh about?

June 18, 2010 | Sabastian Wee swee@covnews.com | LOCAL


Newton County's Most Wanted

The most wanted feature appears in The Covington News in the second-to-last Friday of every month. To view the most wanted list for this month, view the PDF to the left.

June 18, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


I-20 resurfacing in DeKalb Co. to begin Friday night

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Transportation announces the resurfacing project on I-20, between Columbia Drive and Turner Hill Road in DeKalb County, will begin Friday at 9 p.m. with a double left lane closure westbound from Turner Hill Road to the Farrington Road overpass.

"Two lanes will always be open to traffic during the construction but we are expecting very heavy traffic in the area," said DOT District Construction Engineer Mickey McGee. "We encourage motorists to use alternate routes or to avoid the project area altogether."

June 17, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


BOC approves rollback budget; see attached budget documents

The Newton County Board of Commissioners voted 3-2 to approve a $46.3 million budget, which will use the 10.9 rollback millage rate, and cut about 50 employees. The board won't officially adopt the 10.9 rollback rate until the July 6 BOC meeting because the budget now has to be re-advertised in The News for a minimum of 14 days.

Commissioners Mort Ewing and Tim Fleming voted against the budget, and both expressed preference for the 9.73 millage rate budget which would have been a $43.5 million budget.

June 16, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Fire engulfs car's engine compartment

Around 7:30 a.m. this morning the Covington Fire Department responded to a car fire. On arrival, they found the engine compartment fully engulfed in flames. The fire was extinguished with no issues.

The owner stated that she had a leak in a power steering hose which made the car smoke on occasion. She was in the process of saving to fix the problem. The owner stated that she walked in her office and then returned to find the car on fire.

June 16, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Tattoo gives away man’s identity

A man arrested Saturday afternoon vehemently denied being the person authorities were looking for, even though he had a tattoo of his name in plain view on his calf.

June 16, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Suspects charged in Clements murder now in court

It has been just over a year since Conyers landscaper Timothy Clements, 53, was found murdered and dumped in a creek. One person has pleaded guilty, but three others are still accused of the crime and are currently making their way though the Newton County judicial system.

June 16, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Juanita Bynum to hold book signing at Mall at Stonecrest

Dr. Juanita Bynum II will perform live music from her newly released EP, Soul Cry, at the Mall at Stonecrest on Saturday, June 26, at 3 p.m. Following Bynum's live performance, guests are invited to access the VIP meet and greet with purchase and receipt of her new book, No More Sheets II: Starting Over from Borders Stonecrest.

June 16, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Prior millage rates tell interesting history

There has been a lot of discussion about the rollback millage rate and whether the county should approve it. Although it's called the rollback rate, the 10.9 rate would obviously be higher than the current 9.73 rate.

However, the 10.9 rate is the rate necessary to bring the county the same amount of property tax revenue as it collected the year before. Property tax revenue in this past fiscal year was projected to be nearly $27.7 million, around 57 percent of the budget.

June 15, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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