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Banjos and barbecue

Steve and Vicki Deal have been serving the rural community at Cowboy's BBQ for four years. Their restaurant in Social Circle is going strong, and Steve is looking to expand to a second location within the next year.

August 16, 2014 | Samantha Reardon | LOCAL


Newton County Q&A with Porterdale Mayor Arline Chapman

This is part of an ongoing series of Q&A sessions with various top elected officials in Newton County. To suggest questions for specific city or county issues, email reporter Rob Dewig at rdewig@covnews.com.

August 16, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Covington businessman runs for lost boy

A year ago, Joe Urban chose to do something for a co-worker's young son with cancer - run 100 miles, nonstop, in the Colorado Rockies. To raise money for a fund set up in the boy's name.

August 16, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Fighting to live

When Georgia lawmakers killed the medical cannabis oil bill in the last hour of the March 20 legislative session, Kelli and Mike Hopkins hoped any of the dozens of seizures their six-year-old son, Abe, had a day would not be his last. That the bill would be passed in 2015's session, giving Abe a chance. Because Kelli and Mike feel like they've tried everything.

August 16, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Suicide numbers scary in Georgia

When a plane crashes, it's national news.

August 16, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


A muddy good time

Local runners, mudders and thrill-seekers from around the Peach State braved the summer heat in the dirtiest of ways Saturday, August 16 at the 2014 Rugged Maniac 5K Obstacle Race made its way to the Georgia International Horse Park

August 16, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


US sees surge in Cuban rafters

MIAMI (AP) - One early morning this April, Dairon Morera climbed onto a raft of aluminum tanks with 22 other people, revved up a Volvo car motor and pushed off the Cuban shore, joining a never-ending stream of islanders desperate to reach the United States.

August 15, 2014 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Florence continues to push forward

Tichelle Florence's doctor told her she'd never walk again once her disease forced her into a wheelchair.

August 14, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Athens Tech campus coming to Social Circle

For Georgia's "Greatest Little Town," Social Circle is about to get a bigger spotlight.

August 14, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Jimbo’s on liquor license probation

A pre-hearing negotiation with the owner of a Porterdale restaurant laid out guidelines to follow if he wants to keep his alcohol license.

August 14, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


No NCSS schools on Alert list

It's an exclusive list that Newton County School System is glad it's not on.

August 14, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Abandoned house burns during demolition

A vacant home on Brown Bridge Road near Woodland Lane was completely destroyed by fire Wednesday - ironically as crews were demolishing it to reclaim old wood.

August 14, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Hall: Chamber in a good ‘state’

2014 has been a great year for the Newton County Chamber of Commerce, President Hunter Hall told members at the annual "State of the Chamber" luncheon Thursday.

August 14, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


DOT: Peachtree Academy to get school zone

It may be a parent's worst nightmare. Cars speeding by their child's school every morning and afternoon, thinking they won't be the one to hit a student.

August 14, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Porterdale PD gets social media policy

Even law enforcement employees have rules, and that doesn't exclude what they post on Facebook, Twitter or any other social media network.

August 14, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


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Nationwide phone scam reaches Social Circle

When a Social Circle resident received a phone call from a police officer threatening to arrest him unless he paid a fine to void a warrant, he sensed something was fishy.

May 29, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Jazz by the River concert returns June 6

For the fourth straight year, locals are invited to sit by the river and enjoy a picnic with friends and family while listening to the sounds of a local jazz artist. And the proceeds go to a good cause.

May 29, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Southeastern Newton to get better AT&T 4G coverage

AT&T recently installed a new mobile internet cell site on Ga. Highway 213 near Mansfield that will boost the company's 4G access in the area.

May 29, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


CSX employee injured in Social Circle

A CSX railroad employee was significantly injured at General Mills' distribution center in Social Circle around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

May 29, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Blues on the square

The Newton County Arts Association's final spring concert on the Square entertained residents Thursday. The John Brown Quartet rounded out the season's five performances, playing familiar hits from the 1960's and 70's such as "Mustang Sally."

May 29, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


SE Newton to get better AT&T 4G coverage

AT&T recently installed a new mobile internet cell site on Ga. Highway 213 near Mansfield that will boost the company's 4G access in the area.

May 29, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


CSX employee injured in Social Circle

A CSX railroad employee was significantly injured at General Mills' distribution center in Social Circle around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

May 28, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Lions give for education

The Oxford Lions Club awarded bicycles to a most improved boy and girl from each of the third, fourth and fifth grades at Flint Hill Elementary School during their awards programs. The Covington Pilot Club contributed the helmets. Top photo are fourth grade recipients; Kevon Smith and Larekia Terrell. Above are third grade recipients; Calvin Brown and Melyssa Valencia. Not pictured are fifth grade recipients; Darius Green and Shaylee Anderson. Lions presenting were John Burson, Mike Willard, Larry Willard, Ronnie Jones, Bob Gregory, and photos by Richard and Nancy Henderson. Pilots presenting were Mary Barnes, Ann Cargile and Dean Willard.

May 27, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Kiwanis Club donates 702 books to preschoolers

Local Kiwanis Club officials wanted to help Newton County's youngest students became better readers, so they set out to place a book into the hands of every single preschooler in the public school system.

May 27, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Unemployment continues to drop

Newton County's unemployment continued its fall in 2014, dropping to 7.3 percent in April.

May 27, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Savannah port deepening boosts Newton Co.

Savannah's international shipping port is deepening, and while the coastal city is best known as a vacation spot for locals, its effects on Newton County's economy could be much larger.

May 27, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newton High grad accepted to Naval Academy

For one high school graduate, a dream is about to become a reality.

May 27, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Sports bar, Jimmy John’s, 3 others coming

Covington is getting five new businesses, including three restaurants, a medical products company and a women's clothing boutique on the square, continuing an uptick in retail businesses for the city.

May 27, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Dogs attack two year old

A Memorial Day weekend in the sun turned terrifying when a two year old was mauled by two large dogs Saturday between 6 and 6:45 p.m., suffering extensive injuries above his shoulders.

May 27, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


1 local dead, 2 arrested after shooting

A Covington was shot to death Sunday night in Rockdale County, and two men have been arrested, according to the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office

May 27, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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