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Porterdale sells sewage capacity

In an effort to help the city's financial woes, the Porterdale city council voted unanimously at their meeting Monday night to sell a portion of its reserve sewage treatment capacity to the Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority.

November 19, 2008 | Amber Pittman | Porterdale


Sheriff-elect Brown to attend training school

Sheriff-Elect Lt. Ezell Brown will have little time to rest after the election, heading straight back to school Monday morning in order to learn the ins and outs of becoming Newton County's next sheriff.

November 17, 2008 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Man caught twice in same night

A man advised by a deputy not to drive his vehicle due to a suspended license was arrested later that evening after the same deputy found him driving again.

November 17, 2008 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


2009 Teacher of the Year announced

 The Newton County School System held their annual Teacher of the Year reception Thursday evening and announced that Cousins Middle School music teacher Christine Kraemer has been chosen as Newton County's TOTY for 2009.

November 17, 2008 | Amber Pittman | Education


Casino Royale night fundraiser this weekend

The Washington Street Community Center is holding Casino Night this weekend. The fourth annual event is the center's major fundraiser.

November 17, 2008 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Brown wins sheriff's seat in closely contested race

Though the race was close from the beginning the unofficial results without final absentee ballets from the Newton County Board of Election show that Newton County Sheriff's Lt. Ezell Brown will be the next sheriff of Newton County.

November 16, 2008 | Amber Pittman | Election 2008


PPD officers’ to have take-home cars back

Porterdale city council members decided at their monthly meeting Monday night to allow the city's police officers to take home their patrol vehicles once more.

November 15, 2008 | Amber Pittman | Porterdale


Mother robbed at gunpoint

A woman was robbed at gunpoint Tuesday evening while waiting to pick her child up from school outside Fairview Elementary.

November 12, 2008 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Alleged cybersex predator arrested

Investigators from the Newton County Sherriff's Office, assisted by Berrien County Sheriff's deputies, arrested a 34-year-old man for Internet sex crimes.

November 12, 2008 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


DUI driver urinates in patrol car

A woman arrested for drunk driving reportedly urinated in the patrol car after being arrested in the wee hours of Oct. 26.

November 12, 2008 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Practicing at the polls

In an effort to allow their students to become involved in the electoral process, Heard-Mixon Elementary School organized a Mock Election Thursday. Students of all ages were asked to participate and vote for the candidate they thought would be the best president.

November 12, 2008 | Amber Pittman | Education


Ford denied appeal

Melbert Ray Ford Jr., a death row inmate convicted of killing his former girlfriend and a young girl in 1986, was denied his appeal by the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Monday.

November 11, 2008 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


NCSO to increase patrols Friday night

With Halloween coming on a Friday this year, law enforcement is urging citizens to beware of additional foot and motor traffic around Newton County as little ghosts and goblins scurry around town in search of treats.

Additionally, the Georgia State Patrol is cautioning drivers to be prepared, noting that traffic is expected to be heavier than normal this Halloween with more motorists on the roads for the weekend with trick-or-treating, high school football games and the Florida/Georgia game in Jacksonville.

November 11, 2008 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


GOP incumbent faces Democratic newcomer in Dist. 2 BOE race

 The seat for District 2 member of the Newton County Board of Education is up for grabs and incumbent Rickie Corley (R) is defending his seat of nearly 12 years against newcomer Eddie Johnson (D).

November 10, 2008 | Amber Pittman | Election 2008


Two girls, a guy and a throwdown

Covington Police officers were called to a home that was reportedly being burglarized on Oct. 17 and found a domestic situation instead, according to reports.

November 10, 2008 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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