News for Thursday, August 18, 2011


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Newton gets first volleyball win

COVINGTON -- Even though Newton had a commanding lead in the first game of their best of five series against Eastside, it was Ashley Viel's block shot that seemed to give the Lady Rams the momentum they needed to beat the Lady Eagles 3-1 to start their seasons on Thursday

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Cat. 5 storm rocks Hurricanes program

CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- The NCAA said Wednesday it has been investigating the relationship between a convicted Ponzi scheme artist and the University of Miami for five months, and the allegations -- if true -- show the need for "serious and fundamental change" in college sports.. Former booster Nevin Shapiro

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Police shut down gaming establishment

District Attorney Layla Zon and Covington Police Department Capt. Philip Bradford went to the Covington Business Center and ordered that they close their doors due to internet gaming activities taking place at the establishment.

Newton Police Blotter - 8/19

Newton Blotter

New chief restructuring fire department

Changes are in store for the Covington Fire Department under the leadership of new Chief John J. McNeil.

CPD nabs two men in copper stealing incident

Covington Police officers arrested two men, charging them with theft by taking, in connection with the theft of copper wire from a city of Covington facility.

NCSO arrests three suspects in molestation of 13-year-old

NCSO has arrested three suspects in connection with the molestation of a 13-year-old girl; a couple was robbed at gunpoint at their home by three men in the early morning hours Wednesday.

Alternative ed sites not likely to be approved

Students in the Ombudsman alternative education program in Newton County might have to remain at the old Sharp Learning Center building longer than they originally thought.

Median to close at U.S. 278/Hazelbrand

The median crossover at U.S. Highway 278 and Hazelbrand Road will be closed permanently beginning Wednesday.

Newton jail blotter for Aug. 19

Newton Blotter

Covington woman dies in single vehicle crash

COVINGTON -- A 72-year-old Covington woman was killed in a single-vehicle crash Wednesday afternoon after she lost control of her vehicle on Ga. Highway 212, according to the Georgia State Patrol.. GSP Lt. Paul Cosper said Carol L. Hale was driving a 2002 Oldsmobile Alero around 5:13

Blue Willow Inn exits bankruptcy

The Blue Willow Inn in Social Circle is coming out of bankruptcy and faces a healthy financial future.

Case closed in toxic scare

The investigation into the incident that closed Newton Medical Center's Emergency Room for 12 hours last week is now closed.

More than 160 students swap schools

More than 160 Newton County students are attending different schools than which they were assigned to this school year due to federal and state laws.

Sheriff's office investigates Whitehead Court shooting

Newton County Sheriff's Office investigators are looking into a shooting that occurred around 9 p.m. Monday on Whitehead Court.