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Bomb threat called in to Bard

An employee monitoring the switchboard at Bard, on Industrial Blvd. in Covington, received a phone call at 12:47 p.m. Tuesday, stating "There's a bomb and it will go off in 10 minutes."

November 21, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


County approves Old Atlanta Hwy cell tower

The Newton County Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 in favor of a new, 150-foot cell tower at 10816 Old Atlanta Highway Tuesday evening.

November 19, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


$21 million spent to date on Bear Creek

Newton County has spent approximately $21.6 million dollars on the proposed Bear Creek Reservoir since 1998, with the bulk of those funds going towards land acquisition, County Attorney Tommy Craig revealed Tuesday during a Newton County Board of Commissioners meeting.

November 18, 2014 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Third person arrested in Smith murder

Jamarcus Tyrone Smith, of Covington, was the third person arrested in the investigation of the murder of 29-year-old Newton County resident Demario Smith.

November 18, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Board could know NMC parter in Jan.

The Newton Medical Center (NMC) expects to pick an equity partner in January, according to a presentation given by CEO Jim Weadick at a meeting of the Covington Rotary Club Tuesday.

November 18, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Elderly woman dies in Oxford fire

An 88-year-old Oxford woman's body was found after a housefire Tuesday morning.

November 18, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Contentious debate precedes curfew vote

Members of the Covington City Council asked if government should police people's children during Monday's work session.

November 18, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


City to begin airport improvement plan

There will soon be more than just take offs and landings happening at the Covington Municipal Airport.

November 17, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Historic courthouse featured in new book

The courthouses of Georgia's 159 counties hold the keys to the history of individual families and entire communities alike. From their primary role as the temples of justice for our court system to their better known function as the official repository of public records for significant life events, these buildings anchor many of Georgia's town squares.

November 15, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Hollywood finds new home in Georgia

If you haven't noticed, Georgia has become a hotbed for the film industry in recent years.

November 15, 2014 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


A family running out of options

Just days before 21-year-old Mary Elizabeth Hopkins passed away, her father, Mike, stood in the driveway of their Covington home at dawn and listened to her singing in her bedroom. Mary Elizabeth was known for her love of music, and would often sing to herself and her family.

November 15, 2014 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Shooting at Salem Rd Kroger parking lot

The Newton County Sheriff's Department responded to the third shooting in less than two weeks Thursday, after gunshots were fired in the parking lot of the Kroger on Salem Road.

November 14, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


2 Eagles to play in Thanksgiving Parade

Two Eastside High School students will be representing the Eagles live on national television this Thanksgiving.

November 13, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSS employees to get bonus check

In an effort to gain good faith with its staff, the Newton County Board of Education approved to give teachers a one-time check in addition to their regular pay, add to their 403(b) retirement plan and increase the work hours for their elementary school paraprofessionals.

November 13, 2014 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


Covington snipers compete with the best

A 38 two-man team competition of snipers/spotters from around the world traveled to Fort Benning last week to compete in the 14th annual International Sniper Competition. Teams from Germany, the Army, the Department of Justice and Homeland Security were all their to compete and amongst those household names were Matt Cooper and Gene Nuqui of the Covington Police Department.

November 13, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | LOCAL


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New city position in the works

Covington's proposed community/economic development director position has been a topic of debate since Councilman Keith Dalton expressed his opposition to the position at the June 15 city council meeting.

July 10, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Man tries to elude police by fleeing in his parked car

A man who awoke to find deputies outside of his vehicle reportedly attempted to flee, but forgot to turn his vehicle on first late Thursday night.

July 09, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log - July 8

o Antonio Orosco, 20, 10158 Henderson Dr., Covington, June 18. Giving false name or address.

July 08, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Bike ride raises funds for bulletproof vests

Holly Cripps had lots of incentive for organizing the first Ride to Provide motorcycle fundraiser for the Porterdale Police Department - her husband Jason is a Porterdale officer.

July 08, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Best all around

Terrific tumblers: McKenzie Crowe, left, and Kristi Rene Smith both placed first in their divisions at the 2009 Amateur Athletic Union National Championships that took place from June 24 to June 28 in Savannah. Both Crowe and Smith train at Rockdale Gymnastics under Drew and Cynthia Nash and Joe Ashley. Crowe received first place in the bars, beam and floor competitions and second in vault. Her overall score was 36.75, earning her first place in the SR B 13/14-year-old age division. Crow attends Eastside High and is the daughter of Matt Crowe of Oxford and Voni Crowe of ...

July 08, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Weekend car crashes claim the lives of 2

Two people lost their lives in Newton County over the holiday weekend, according to Newton County Sheriff's Office 1st Lt. Mark Mitchell.

July 08, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Denny Dobbs Park approved

Denny Dobbs Park is finally a go, as the Board of Commissioners approved final plans for the District 2 park on Tuesday night.

July 07, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Patriotic pride

Floats of all shapes and sizes passed through downtown Oxford on Saturday, as local residents looked on. Social Circle also hosted an antique car show, among many other events. Social Circle and Porterdale held firework displays after dark.

July 06, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log - July 5

o Quincy Evans Smith, 31, Sanford, Fla., June 22. Bench warrant.

July 05, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


City embraces aging citizens

Newton County has seen a rapid influx of young residents over the past couple of decades, but a 65-and-older population boom is soon to follow as life spans increase and the first Baby Boomers near 65.

July 05, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Into the Lion's Den

Ken Royston takes the helm: On Thursday, June 25, Royston and 14 officers were installed as the 2009 – 2010 officers and Board of Directors for the Covington Lions at their Officer Installation Banquet at their Pavilion on Conyers Street. Richard Henderson, District Governor, of the Oxford Lions officiated. Present, from left to right, were, front row, Doreen Stallworth, Minnie Henderson and Anne Wheeler, back row, Phil Owens, Lee Mayfield, Andy Austin, Dacus Aaron, Elwood Free, Frank Jensen, Jimmy Williams, Randy Worthington, Ken Royston and Ed Minge (Mike Waller was not available).

July 05, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Failure to stop leads to arrest for loaded gun

A 22-year-old man was stopped early Monday morning for failing to stop at a stop sign and ended up in jail after deputies located a fully loaded semi-automatic pistol.

July 05, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Ga. State Patrol warns of summer heat dangers

The Georgia State Patrol is reminding drivers this week that now is the time to make sure your vehicles are ready for the summer driving season. Col. Bill Hitchens, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety, said that as temperatures rise across the state, Georgia State Troopers see an increase in the number of vehicles with mechanical problems on Georgia roads each year.

July 05, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Governor’s Office gets grant to help CLASS

The Newton County Juvenile Court received a $75,000 state grant to set up a daytime educational program to help reform suspended students by changing behavior and keeping them out of trouble.

July 05, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Rotarian of the year

Service recognition: Covington Rotary Club President Doug Bolton, right, presents club member Jim Tudor with the local Rotarian of the Year Award.

July 05, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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