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Hospital struggling with uninsured, underinsured

A month ago, Newton Medical Center officials asked the county to up its millage from 1.2 to 1.5 to help care for ever-increasing numbers of under- and uninsured patients. The county dismissed it, citing a tight budget and a tighter timeframe. The $600,000 that the extra millage would have provided didn't come through.

August 05, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Cell tower resurrected, approved

A lawsuit over the cell tower denied by the Covington City Council last month isn't something the city can likely win, Mayor Ronnie Johnston said. That's why he changed his vote at Monday's council meeting to break a tie and approve a shorter version of the tower than originally requested.

August 05, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


County denies city's request for more panel members

The Newton County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday dismissed the city of Covington's request for six more members on the planned 2050 citizens' panel, quickly reaching a consensus that 13 was the number of members originally agreed upon and there was no reason to change that.

August 05, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Company recaptures stolen tow truck in chase and crash

When a Loganville company's signature rollback tow truck - custom painted with blue streaks on red - was stolen in broad daylight, the employees of Leadfoot Transport took matters into their own hands.

August 05, 2014 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Covington cell tower approved second time around

The Covington City Council reversed a decision to deny a cell tower on Monticello Road at its Monday night meeting, voting 4-3 to approve a 169-foot tower rather than a 199-foot tower as originally proposed.

August 04, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Covington asks for seven on 2050 panel

The Covington City Council decided to level the playing field or just not play when it comes to the 2050 Plan.

August 04, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Chief assessor leaves county

Newton County Chief Assessor Tommy Knight will leave the job he's held for 18 years at week's end for a position with Gwinnett County.

August 04, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Police find missing teen

Missing teen Ryan Atkinson has been found and "is safe," according to Sgt. Cortney Morrison of the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

August 04, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Police search for autistic teen

The Newton County Sheriff's Office is asking for help finding a missing local teen.

August 04, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


4-H meetings kick off in August

Just last Thursday we wrapped up the 4-H year at State 4-H Congress, and now we have the first Newton 4-H meeting of the year on Monday!

August 02, 2014 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


New improvements

Students will see principals and assistant principals walking through classrooms more this school year as they complete requirements for the implementation of new teacher evaluations.

August 02, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Ellis: Crowell Road/SR 81 work to begin in September

Work at the intersection of State Road 81 and Crowell Road should be finished about a year after it begins in September, Newton County Board of Commissioners Chairman Keith Ellis said Friday.

August 02, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


No 2050 referendum: A legal view

An idea tossed around since the 2050 Plan was unveiled – to submit it to a voter referendum – just doesn't seem possible, attorney Jenny Carter of W M Thomas Craig Attorneys wrote in an opinion presented to the plan's designers and local elected officials.

August 02, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


I-20 work ‘cancelled’ for tax-free weekend

Work on eastbound lanes of Interstate 20 scheduled this weekend has been "cancelled," according to Georgia Department of Transportation press secretary David Spear.

August 01, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


CPD community relations recognized

The Conyers Police Department and Covington Police Department were recognized for their work in building community relations with runner-up status of the Dr. Curtis E. McClung/Motorola Award for Excellence by the Ga. Association of the Chiefs of Police, awarded July 28.

August 01, 2014 | | LOCAL


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Ride for Sue

Fundraising: Motorcyclists from across the area gathered recently for a fundraiser in support of Sue Gray, a two-time breast cancer survivor. The ride was held on March 26, and took participants from Covington to Monroe and back. The fundraising efforts included a singles auction, with participants putting themselves up for auction for dates.

April 22, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Fairy House Festival May 7

Indulge your whimsical side at the third annual Fairy House Festival from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 7 at Chimney Park behind the Newton County Library, 7116 Floyd St.

April 21, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County restricts adult entertainment

Newton County commissioners confirmed their desire to strictly regulate adult entertainment by unanimously passing an updated ordinance Tuesday.

April 21, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Woodall to host town hall Q&A Tuesday

U.S. Representative Rob Woodall (R-Lawrenceville) will stage a town hall meeting from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Historic Courthouse.

April 21, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Man arrested after being stabbed

A man who was stabbed in the back by his wife ended up arrested and charged with battery, after witnesses said the woman was just trying to defend herself against him.

April 21, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Woman arrested for begging

A woman was arrested and charged with criminal trespassing Monday after workers called Covington Police and reported that she was begging for money.

April 21, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Cobb police defend charges against teen driver

MARIETTA, Ga. - Cobb County police are defending their decision to charge a 16-year-old boy with second-degree vehicular homicide after a crash in which his mother, who was riding in the car, was killed.

WSB-TV reported that 45-year-old Kimberly Nichols was killed April 13 as her son drove the family's Volkswagen convertible to an orthodontist appointment.

April 21, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Teen arrested in attempted robbery

A 14-year-old boy teen has been arrested and charged with attempting to rob a man early Sunday morning.

April 20, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


How can Newton County attract jobs?

The chamber wants to bring jobs to Newton County. That's the goal of economic development, which is simply a fancy phrase for adding new jobs, sustainable, high-quality ones.

April 20, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Road watch: Detour at Monticello and Church

Watch out for a detour on your drive home this afternoon at Monticello and Church streets. Work crews are searching for a gas leak there, forcing a slight detour.

April 20, 2011 | | LOCAL


Pick of the crop

Covington resident Heather Godemann and her son Avery pick strawberries at Mitcham Farm in Oxford on Wednesday.

April 20, 2011 | | LOCAL


Strong storms possible today

The spring weather roller coaster continues today, with the National Weather Service calling for a 70 percent chance of strong to severe storms this afternoon in Newton County.

April 20, 2011 | | LOCAL


Two gun safety classes offered in May

Newton County residents have two options in May to learn about gun safety, one with Covington Police and the other with the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

April 20, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


McNeil hired as Covington fire chief

Covington's next fire chief will be John J. McNeil, who spent 28 years with the Atlanta Fire-Rescue Department.

April 20, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Scrabble Fest

You can test out your vocabulary for a good cause on Saturday at the annual Scrabble-Fest fundraiser for Newton County READS.

April 19, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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