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GFWC Service Guild will dedicate MLK Day collections to Washington Street Community Center

COVINGTON — In honor of Martin Luther King Jr., the GFWC Service Guild of Covington will collecting various items from the community in support of the Washington Street Community Center.


$10K reward offered for tips in deadly home invasion

Authorities are now offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in a Butts County home invasion that resulted in a man’s death. Sheriff Gary Long said Crime Stoppers matched a $5,000 reward offered by his office to help catch Derrick Denson’s killer. Denson, 40, was fatally shot J


Monroe County's Most Wanted

Macon Regional Crimestoppers needs the public’s help in locating these wanted persons for arrest. Macon Regional Crimestoppers offers rewards of up to $2,000 for tips that lead to arrests. Leads or “tips” can be provided to Crimestoppers through its tip line at 478-742-2330 or 1-877-68CRIME or via i


Lowe’s in Madison, Ga. is hiring seasonal and full-time positions

Madison in neighboring Morgan County has some current job postings at the Lowe’s store. Click or tap on the relevant link for more information. Editor’s Note: These job postings were found on the web on Jan. 12, 2019. Please note they could be removed at any time due to the positions being filled.


Commissioners table vote on E-911 consultant contract

COVINGTON — A consulting contract to provide guidance for upgrades to the Covington-Newton County E-911 system was tabled Tuesday to give Newton County commissioners more time to study the agreement.


2 firefighters hurt in crash

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. — Two Walton County firefighters were hurt in a crash during a medical call on Friday. Walton County Fire Rescue Engine 12 was involved in a rollover crash at 8:25 a.m. on Hawkins Academy Road, Battalion Chief Craig League said.


VIDEO: Tractor-trailer destroyed in fire

The cab of a tractor-trailer was destroyed after catching fire Thursday in a truck stop parking lot in Butts County. The fire was reported around 4 p.m. at the Pilot Travel Center off Ga. Highway 36.


SWIMMING: The Luella’s swim program building well in its fifth year

LOCUST GROVE — Swimming is a sport in Henry County that is rapidly growing and progressing as the number of talented athletes grows in the programs’ fifth year of existence.


Kemp looking to solve border battle between Bibb and Monroe Counties

MACON, Ga. — As Brian Kemp prepares to lead Georgia as the governor, he leaves behind some unfinished central Georgia business. As Secretary of State, he promised to try to solve the long-time border battle between Bibb and Monroe County.


Mother posts adorable video of baby's reaction hearing new sounds with help of hearing aid

MADISON, Ga. (CIRCA) - In a heartwarming video, an 11-month-old baby was able to hear well for the first time with the help of a hearing aid. The baby's mother, Carol Dianne Benjamin, posted the video on Facebook and explained that her daughter, Scarlet, was born three months early and got necrotizi


Three arrested on meth, weed charges

Three men face felony drug and weapon charges after a Morgan County deputy performing a courtesy check on an individual allegedly observed a wanted man run into a storage shed that contained suspected narcotics.


Henry BOC appoints members to county boards

McDONOUGH — The Henry County Board of Commissioners made several board appointments during their meeting Tuesday, the first meeting of 2019. Johnny Wilson, who represents the southeastern District 1 in the Board of Commissioners, was appointed as vice-chair of the BOC. According to county ordinances


Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

On Jan. 5 a terroristic threats and acts and harassing phone calls complaint was filed at a Apalachee Road residence. According to reports, a woman said she had received several phone calls from a man she did not know. The complainant recorded the calls and gave the deputy the number. She had record


PREP BASEBALL: Eastside coach Brandon Crumbley 'chomping at the bit' for the start of the season

COVINGTON, Ga. — After last year’s historic season, Eastside baseball head coach Brandon Crumbley is “chomping at the bit” for the spring. Last year the Eagles (26-6, 15-3 in Region 4-AAAA) opened eyes with a mid-season 16-game winning streak, and a trip to the Class AAAA Sweet 16 where they fell sh


Frigid river rescue in High Falls

A High Falls man was up to his neck in the frigid floodwaters of the Towaliga River, holding on to a root in the riverbank for almost 30 minutes the night of Dec. 28, before he was rescued by a Monroe County deputy and nearby resident.


New animal shelter director has big plans

Monroe County’s animal shelter has a new director, a new driveway and a new outdoor fenced area as it aims for big improvements in 2019. “To be honest,” said District 3 commissioner John Ambrose, “the shelter had been on the back burner for us. We’re finally giving it some attention now.”


15 arrested in $3.5M meth ring bust in North Georgia, GBI says

HALL COUNTY, Ga. - Several law enforcement agencies arrested 15 suspects accused of participating in a North Georgia meth trafficking ring that circulated $3.5 million worth of drugs in the past five months, authorities said.


Teachers getting bonus pay next week

Monroe County teachers will receive, on average, a $1,600 supplement to their base salary next Tuesday, Jan. 15 as the school system pays out what’s become a regular January lump increase for three years running.


Reward increased for information in Butts County murder

BUTTS COUNTY, Ga. (FOX 5 Atlanta) - The reward for information leading to an arrest in the murder of a Butts County man has doubled. According to the Butts County Sheriff's Office, two or three masked men burst into a home on Shoemaker Street just before 9 p.m. on January 2. During a struggle, one o


Forsyth honors firefighters for lifesaving actions

Forsyth recognized several of its firefighters on Dec. 17 for exceptional performance, including actions that resulted in saving lives. Many members of the firefighters’ families attended the council meeting to add their support and enthusiasm for the actions of the firefighters.