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19-year old arrested for murder Tuesday

Elijah William Ramoutar, 19, has been arrested by the Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) for the murder of Alyssa Ann Wright, 19, Tuesday evening.

December 08, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Social Circle officer appeals termination after aggressive actions

A former Social Circle Police Department (SCPD) officer is asking for his job back after being terminated following a traffic stop that crossed the line ...

December 07, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


BOC Summary: 162 proposed to honor Deputy Justin White

The Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) honored Deputy Justin White Tuesday evening by requesting the local legislative delegation to have a portion of Georgia ...

December 07, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Recreation Commission finds ‘no illegal or dishonest behavior’

The Newton County Recreation Commission's board of directors did not make any personnel changes stemming from a recent forensic audit released by Frazier and ...

December 05, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Football coach turning heads in … The Nutcracker

If you happen to take a trip to the Porter Auditorium this coming weekend and you see a familiar local football coach donning a wig ...

December 05, 2016 | Gabriel Stovall | LOCAL


Forensic Audit: Actions ‘caused financial harm and damage to the taxpayers of Newton County’

Eds Note: To read more on the forensic accounting report click for a report on the Bear Creek Reservoir project, here; read about the report ...

December 04, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Sawyer: former attorney’s actions ‘detrimental to taxpayers’

On Oct. 18, 2015, the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) voted to bring a halt to the proposed Bear Creek Reservoir project, under way ...

December 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Accountant points to unapproved contracts at landfill

The landfill has been a financial burden on Newton County for years, especially since a leachate spill in 2015 caused millions of dollars in damage.

December 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


County refutes Sawyer’s SPLOST claims

In David Sawyer's accounting analysis of Newton County's Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) and Impact Fees funds, he reported that at ...

December 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Look at Nelson Heights may spur change in county practices

While David Sawyer's reporting on the Bear Creek Reservoir project, SPLOST and Impact Fees and the county's landfill was released Monday, in May ...

December 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Former commissioners speak out against water sale

The Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority (NCWSA) will present the team it has selected to perform due diligence to the Newton County Board of ...

December 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Christmas marches through Covington

One-hundred floats, including the first-place prize winning Misfits Welcome float by Eastridge Church, participated in Saturday's parade through downtown Covington.

December 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Judge Baker honored prior to his retirement

Judge Henry Baker, Newton County's Probate Court Judge for the last 40 years was celebrated by dozens of Newton County and regional dignitaries for ...

December 02, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Newton County Theme School raises blue ribbon flag

The Newton County Theme School (NCTS) at Fiquett was recently named a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education - a distinction ...

December 02, 2016 | Duane M. Ford | LOCAL


The Pride of Eastside performs in Hollywood Christmas Parade

The Pride of Eastside Marching Band joined the likes of Larry King, Olivia Newton-John and Bill Engvall this past weekend, during the 85th Annual Hollywood ...

December 02, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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The Covington Y inspires children to be healthy

The Y's mission to be "open to and serving all" includes inspiring our children to live healthy and fit lives.

December 20, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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December 19, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


O'Brien appointed as county fire chief

Interim fire chief Kevin O'Brien has been appointed as the new permanent fire chief for Newton County Fire Service.

December 19, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


U.S. judge to speak at prayer breakfast

U.S. District Judge Steve C. Jones will be this year's guest speaker at the annual Legislative Prayer Breakfast beginning at 7 a.m., Jan. 11 at the Turner Lake Complex.

December 18, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


City manager Horton honored at council

Citizens, family and friends gathered at city hall on Monday night to honor Covington City Manager Steve Horton as he attended his last council meeting as city manager.

December 18, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Return to Vietnam

Hubert L. Townley began his military career in March 1955 and retired from the U.S. Army more than 20 years later in November 1979. In January 2013, Townley will travel to Vietnam on a Veterans of Foreign Wars sponsored tour, "Return to Vietnam," which will last for two weeks during Jan. 3 through 17.

December 18, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Teen charged after pointing gun

A 15-year-old boy was arrested Wednesday after reportedly having a muzzle loader that officers believe was stolen from a car earlier in the week.

December 18, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Don’t let your holiday cheer go up in smoke

The holiday season is the time of year when most people are thinking about shopping for gifts, office parties and spending time with family and friends. Sadly, this is also the time when home fires peak. State Farm spokesman Justin Tomczak said, "Approximately one-third of home fires and home fire deaths occur during December, January and February."

December 18, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Girl Scout troop 50 years later

Girl Scout Troop 1062 reunited 50 years after receiving their curved bar badges for a fun lunch celebration. The gathering was also in honor of their Scout leader Ruth Moseley's birthday as well as the 100th year of Girl Scouts.

December 18, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Piedmont Academy earns SAIS accreditation

Piedmont Academy is now an accredited member of SAIS and Advanced Ed. To earn accreditation from SAIS, Piedmont Academy complied with quality standards, was evaluated by an outside group of peer professionals, and implemented a school plan focused on strategic improvement and student performance in accordance with the school's mission which is, Piedmont Academy educates, encourages and develops students in a safe, Christian environment where faculty and staff partner with families to guide students into opportunities that build character and prepare them for success.

December 18, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


The Covington Y gives back

The Covington Y LowImpactForEveryone (LIFE) class enjoyed a delicious lunch together on Wednesday, Dec. 12. Presents were brought by all for less fortunate children, and after wrapping them, the gifts are ready for delivery. The Y invites you to join their family of friends.

December 18, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Gas prices drop as motorists prep for holiday travel

Motorists get the gift of falling gas prices right before the holiday travel season begins on Dec. 22. Pump prices are forecast to decrease even more as millions prepare to take their holiday road trip.

December 18, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Horton honored at council meeting

Citizens, family and friends gathered at city hall on Monday night to honor city manager Steve Horton as he attended his last council meeting as city manager.

December 18, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Not-so-merry Christmas for ornament shoplifter

A Covington woman was arrested at Wal-Mart Saturday after she allegedly tried to shoplift 131Christmas decorations and 30 tree ornaments.

December 17, 2012 | Kathy Hooks | LOCAL


GPTC’s longest serving employee retires

Georgia Piedmont Technical College's longest-serving employee Julian P. Wade, who most recently served as the school's dean of operations, has retired after a 43-year career with the school.

Wade began his career in higher education working at the College (then named DeKalb Area Technical School) in 1969 as a part-time evening instructor, teaching accounting. He later became a full-time instructor, teaching in the Data Processing Technology program (today called Computer Information Systems).

December 15, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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