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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


3 Newton County children safe after Amber Alert

The Newton County Sheriff's Office issued an Amber Alert late Thursday night after three children were taken by their father after a domestic dispute ...

December 02, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


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Tenants’ rent checks stolen

Several occupants of Magnolia Heights apartments had their rent money stolen from the night deposit box last week.

December 15, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Avoid holiday theft this season

For many, the holiday season brings forth thoughts of togetherness and giving, but there are those who use the hustle and bustle of the season to prey on others. Statistically, this time of year crimes against property is up, this includes everything from purse snatching to home robberies.

December 15, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Film committee finalizes filming policy

The Covington Filming Committee revised the final draft of their Film Procedures policy at their meeting on Friday morning.

December 15, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Blue Christmas?

Grief comes in many sizes and shapes and often when least expected. It has no boundaries and unfortunately, the arrival of the holiday season does not stop it from happening. Nonetheless, there are ways to help cope with grief during what is supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year.

December 15, 2012 | Rachel Loyd | LOCAL


Gas leak causes store evacuations

UPDATE: Workers and customers are expected to be allowed back into businesses by 5 p.m.

December 14, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Local couple to be honor at UGA

Former Jasper County Extension agent Jean Fowler may have retired in 2011, but she and her husband Rob continue to promote the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

December 13, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Historic home up for grabs

A historic home in Social Circle could be yours for free. That's only if you are willing to relocate the entire house to a new location.

December 13, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Jail Log: Dec. 14, 2012

James Scott Baldwin, 37, Monticello, Dec. 11. Contempt of court, child support default.

December 13, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Crime briefs: Underage drinking

Three people were arrested and two 17-year-old girls were issued citations after they were found drinking at a hotel.

December 13, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


A gift guide for loved ones

I'm a wish list kinda gal. I have one year round with the thought that if someone who likes me wins the lottery, my requests were the first in line. Sadly, not everyone is as naturally helpful as I am. It's because of that very nature that I bring you the 2012 gift guide. Say thank you with presents.

December 13, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Man shot at housing authority

UPDATE: The Covington Police Department's Criminal Investigative Division

December 13, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Above and beyond

For Porterdale Police Lt. Jason Cripps, jumping into the Yellow River to save a man's life was just part of his job, but for the family of 60-year-old Earl Young, he went above and beyond the call of duty Wednesday afternoon.

December 13, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log - Dec. 12

Terance Terrell Sheppard, 21, Decatur, Nov. 28. Aggravated assault, possession of arms by convicted felons and first offender probationers, possession of marijuana, armed robbery, theft by taking auto, possession of firearm during commission of a crime.

December 11, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Ramsey’s ransacked of cash, meat

Police are searching for those responsible for the theft of cash, a cash register and smoked meats from Ramsey's Produce Stand either late Friday or early Saturday morning.

December 11, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Animal control ordinance changed

The Newton County Board of Commissioners adopted a revised version of their animal control ordinance at their Dec. 4 board meeting.

December 11, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


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