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Crystal Tatum

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Officials: Keep trash, yard waste out of storm system

Covington residents are asked to keep debris out of roadways.

Library system facing cuts, repairs

The Newton County Library System is facing state budget cuts at a time when costly repairs are needed.

BOC to hold public hearing on budget

The Newton BOC will vote on the fiscal year 2014 budget and millage rate July 16.

Officials clear up "misunderstanding" over gas service to Stanton Springs

Officials attempt to clear up "misnderstanding" related to gas service to Stanton Springs.

IDs of masked robbers released

Police have releaed the IDs of two men arrested in the armed robbery of a Covington package store.

IDs of masked robbers released

Police have releaed the IDs of two men arrested in the armed robbery of a Covington package store.

14-year-old boy drowns at Factory Shoals

COVINGTON — A 14-year-old boy drowned in the Alcovy River at Factory Shoals Park Thursday, said Newton Fire Chief Kevin O’Brien.

Possible drowning at Factory Shoals

Authorities were searching for a possible drowning victim at Factory Shoals Thursday.

Masked robbers arrested by CPD

The CPD has arrested two masked men who allegedly robbed a local pacakge store.

Attorney: No conflict with Nelson Heights

The county attorney says there's no conflict with Nelson Heights monies.

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Tennis pro teaches kids at YMCA

A Georgia Tennis Hall of Fame inductee is teaching lo al kids how to play.

Firearms law exempts law officers in line of duty

The BOC amended the firearms ordinance to exempt law enforcement only when acting in the line of duty.

Police: Woman complains fries cold, tries to run over McDonald's manager

An irate McDonald's customer attempted to run over the manager of the store because her fries were cold according to police.

Main Street OKs early termination of agreement

The Main Street board approved an early termination of its agreement with the county and city.

Men rob store wearing Iron Man, Angry Birds masks

Two robbers masked as Iron Man and an Angry Birds character robbed S&S Package Store.

CPD officer, NCSO deputy save life of man in cardiac arrest

A Covington police officer and an NCSO deputy saved the life of a man in cardiac arrest Monday.

Public safety agencies host joint blood drive

Local public safety agencies are hosting a blood drive.

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Sons of Confederate Veterans salvage cemetery from ruin

The Conyers chapter of Sons of Confederate Veterans has saved a cemetery.

BOC reaches budget consensus

The BOC has reached a consensus budget.

Commuters urged to dump the gas pump

Commuters are urged to "dump the pump" and use public transportation the week of June 17-21.

No answer for Newborn on election take over

Newborn officials don't yet have an answer to their request for the Board of Elections to take over town elections.

Sewer project serving Baxter gets moving

A sewer project that will serve Baxter International and Stanton Springs is on the fast track to completion.

Crowell, Jack Neely get repaired

Improvements to Crowell and Jack Neely roads are taking place this summer in preparation for the opening of the new high school.

Skydiving ordinance approved by council

The Covington City Council has approved an ordinance regulating skydiving.

Cities wrangle for gas service to Stanton Springs

There is tension overgas service to Stanton Springs.

Main Street may move under Chamber

Main Street Covington may be moving under the umbrella of the Chamber of Commerce.

Prescription discount cards endorsed by county

Free prescription discount cards will be available to Newton residents.

County Manager: RIF could be required if millage maintained

The county manager warned that big cuts and a reduction in force will be required if the BOC does not adopt the rollback millage rate.

Newborn officials want election cycle changed

Newborn officials want a charter change to election dates.

Arts Association takes over Mainstream Dance

The Arts Association in Newton County is assuming operations of Mainstream Dance.

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Sheridan running for second term

Newborn Mayor Roger Sheridan is seeking a second term.

Library board moves forward with repairs

The Newton County Library Board of Trustees is working on getting repairs done at the Covington and Porter branches.

WASA raising water, sewer rates

Newton County WASA water and sewer rates are increasing.

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Baxter construction going strong

Progess is being made on the construction of Baxer International.

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Chick-fil-A champions Miracle League with $20k donation

Chick-fil-A has donated $20,000 to Miracle League of Newton County.

Landscape contract awarded to G & G

The BOC awarded the landscape maintenance contract to the low bidder.

BOC still mulling budget options

Commissioners have asked the county manager and finance staff to come back with two budgets for their consideration.

Firearms ordinance approved

County commissioners approved an ordinance regulating discharge of firearms Tuesday night by a vote of 4 to 1. District 1 Commissioner John Douglas was the lone dissenter.

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Deemer retiring as tourism director

Clara Deemer is retiring after 10 years as tourism director.

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Econ team: New hires will focus on economic, workforce development

Courtney Bernardi and James Johnson are the new faces of economic development in Newton County.

FFA Center hosting summer camps, mud race

The FFA-FCCLA Center is gearing up for a busy summer.

BOC could vote on firearms ordinance Tuesday

A proposed firearms discharge ordinance could come to a vote Tuesday night.

BOC hears employee insurance options

The BOC has two options regarding employee insurance - one would cost the county more than $400,000 and the other only $22,000.

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Ellington roads get repaired

Nearly a year after residents in the Ellington development asked for road improvements, two roads are being upgraded.

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Reading reward: 150 Heard-Mixon students exceed accelerated reading goals

Students who exceeded accelerated reading goals at Heard-Mixon Elementary got a big reward Tuesdasy.

BOC works to balance budget

County commissioners are wading through budget requests of more than $4.5 million than projected revenues.

Nonprofit raising money for paved path at Chimney Park

A nonprofit board behind Chimney Park is working to raise funds for a paved path into the park.

Newborn mayor wants election changes

Newborn Mayor Roger Sheridan wants changes to the way elections are handled in the town.

DDA approves Mystic Grill project

The DDA gave its blessing to a proposal for a Mystic Grill restaurant at a special called meeting Wednesday.

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Creative carving: Chef makes art out of fruits, vegetables

Chef Tek of Thai Palace in Conyers creates works of art out of fruits and vegetables.