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County tightens Salem/Crowell zoning overlay

There will be no pawn shops or check-cashing businesses in the Salem/Almon/Crowell roads overlay district, according to changes adopted Tuesday night by the Newton County Board of Commissioners.

July 17, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Golfing for Laurie

More than six months of fundraising efforts by donors, including Covington residents, will come to a head this Saturday at the Golfing for Laurie golf tournament at Ashton Hills.

July 17, 2014 | Samantha Reardon | LOCAL


Get the beat

Students attending Arts Association in Newton County's Musical Theater Camp rehearse for their final performance of the summer.

July 17, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Crowell, Ga. 81 to get stoplights

County Commission chairman Keith Ellis describes the intersection of Georgia Highway 81 and Crowell Road as the worst in the county. But not for much longer.

July 17, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Riley announces candidacy for Mansfield mayor

Although the full ballot has not yet been revealed for the upcoming special election for Mansfield's mayor, one candidate is known.

July 17, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Social Circle home moving to new location

It took about five years to get funds and to complete the process to move the 186-year-old home, said Mike Owens, owner of Magnolia Manor, the new location of the home. The Historic Preservation Society of Social Circle (HPSSC) had pledged $10,000 for anyone who promised to move and restore the home, which was a significant chunk of the fundraising efforts needed to make the move official. The money was officially presented to Owens Monday by HPSSC President Dena Johnston and Treasurer Charles Thompson. Owens, utility workers and others who are invested in the preservation of the building worked ...

July 17, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


County OKs tax increase

The Newton County Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 to adopt a 5 percent tax increase as part of its new annual budget.

July 17, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Newton Newsflash: More construction this weekend

If you're out and about this weekend, avoid sections of I-20 in Newton County as construction continues. Lane closures and long delays can be expected in the following areas and times:

July 17, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Starbound Dance Studio owner arrested

The former owner of Starbound Dance Studio in Porterdale was arrested on Wednesday by the Newton County Sheriff's Office on 13 counts of theft by conversion.

July 17, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Hospital asks for more from county

Officials say the combination of Obamacare with an increase in people using the emergency room as their primary doctors is putting Newton Medical Center in trouble.

July 17, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


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MLK Jr. movie to film in Covington

Hollywood is coming back to downtown Covington, this time in the form of feature drama "Selma" about Martin Luther King Jr.'s 1965 voting rights campaign in Selma, Alabama, which is regarded as the peak of the U.S. Civil Rights movement.

May 06, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Crash in Rockdale ties up I-20 eastbound

IN BRIEF: crash involving a dump truck and a box truck closed at least the right lane of I-20 eastbound in Rockdale County, just past the entrance/exit to Ga. Hwy 138. Minor injuries are reported in the crash, which occured before 6:50 a.m. and is expected to be cleared by 8 a.m. The truck and dump truck are in the ditch awaiting a tow service.

May 06, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Suspected bank robber caught in underwear

The Rockdale County Sheriff's Office arrested a man over the weekend that had recently escaped from prison, stole a truck and is suspected in two recent bank robberies.

May 05, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Dobbs devoted decades to Covington

Family and friends gathered around Dr. Bill Dobbs bedside at Newton Medical Center Sunday as he passed away after complications from a fall he suffered days earlier.

May 05, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


4-H graduates ready to conquer world

My husband said he ought to look up an old teacher from high school - a teacher, who for some reason, seemed to think he should learn certain math skills before graduating.

May 03, 2014 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


2 things you should never see

Yeah, what is this strange job you hired me to do for the last decade?

May 03, 2014 | Doug Holt | LOCAL


A look into the law

The 2014 legislative session ended in March, but there may still be questions among residents about how these new laws passed by Governor Deal will directly affect local cities, governments and residents.

May 03, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Saved by sprinklers

A sprinkler system will cost some money up front - about $2 per square foot, though some of the cost could be offset by lower insurance premium payments - but it could save a home, possessions and even a life.

May 03, 2014 | Matt Smith | LOCAL


The new gun law has passed - now what?

Gov. Nathan Deal signed an expansive gun bill into law two weeks ago, bringing it into the national spotlight and renewing a polarizing debate among proponents, critics and those trying to figure out how it affects them.

May 03, 2014 | Kayla Robins and Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Arrest tough to swallow

A Covington Police officer was patrolling an area near Washington Street when he stopped a silver Jeep Grand Cherokee for speeding around 4:45 p.m. Wednesday.

May 03, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Rotary Club onion sale to benefit stocking fund

The weather has been nice and hopefully April showers have made way for May flowers.

May 03, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


State: Avoid I-20 eastbound this weekend

State transportation officials are warning residents avoid portions of Interstate 20 this weekend if possible, unless they want to face the possibility of very long delays.

May 02, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Local industry gets television spotlight

Newton County industry NyloBoard's environmentally-friendly building product is garnering some national TV attention.

May 01, 2014 | Zach Lang | LOCAL


County denies allegations

Newton County formally denied allegations that it illegally breached its contract with former landscaper Billy Durden, who is suing the county and seeking at least $150,000 in damages plus legal costs.

May 01, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Festival season has begun

With spring having arrived, a few festival events will allow Newton County residents a chance to enjoy the mild weather this weekend.

May 01, 2014 | Zach Lang | LOCAL


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