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Oxford student arrested for threat to shoot up campus

OXFORD - An Oxford College sophomore was arrested after threatening on social media to "shoot up" campus Saturday night.

October 12, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Bear Creek Reservoir application reinstatement denied by Army Corps

COVINGTON - Citing the county's failure to provide the information requested in August – information that was also requested in February – the Army Corps of Engineers ...

October 10, 2015 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL

Film tax breaks could lead to big movie/TV breaks

Even as states like North Carolina and Louisiana cut tax incentives for film and television production companies, Georgia continues to offer the most generous incentives ...

October 09, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Bagwell named NCSS Teacher of the Year

Tears welled up as Kristen Bagwell accepted the award as Newton County School Systems 2016 Teacher of the Year Award, saying, "I've always wanted ...

October 09, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Social Circle fair returns

The Social Circle Rotary Club fair returns to Social Circle High School Tuesday, Oct. 13 through Saturday, Oct. 17.

October 08, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Covington woman wins $250K lottery prize

Jessica Herrick, 39, of Covington won a quarter-million dollar prize from the Georgia Lottery earlier this month.

October 08, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Response to Heat Homecoming leads to changes in event locations

Though the event was only promoted on Facebook and in the local papers, response to the upcoming Heat Homecoming 2015 has been so good, changes ...

October 08, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

First candidates forum Oct. 8 for District 43 Special Election

The first candidates forum for the special elections taking place on the November ballot will be held Thursday, Oct. 8, at 6:30 p.m.

October 08, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

County’s toughest topics discussed at retreat

The Newton County Board of Commissioners held a retreat at the Fire Services Administration Building Wednesday, discussing some of the most important topics facing the ...

October 07, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Citizens turn out to protest resolution limiting commentary

Benches at the Newton County Historic Courthouse were filled with people Tuesday night, many there to protest a controversial resolution placing restrictions on public participation ...

October 07, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Hay’s lawyer files motion for dismissal of county countersuit

Lawsuits, countersuits, motions and amended motions continue to fly between the lawyer representing William Durden and Samuel Hays, and Newton County Attorney W. T. "Tommy ...

October 07, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Goodyear blimp soars over Covington

No, there wasn't a big game being televised live nationally from Sharp Stadium Tuesday. But, yes that was the Goodyear Blimp flying over town.

October 06, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Johnston responds to Smith's letter

Covington City Councilman Chris Smith read a letter during the council comment section of Monday night's meeting against the actions of Mayor Ronnie Johnston.

October 06, 2015 | | LOCAL

Man shoots gun at stepdaughter

Shots were fired after a fight between a woman and her stepfather began near Weat and Mill streets Monday evening.

October 06, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Importance of bringing new business to the city

Dear Citizens,

October 06, 2015 | Ronnie Johnston | LOCAL

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Newton lands medical industry, 1,500 jobs

Global medical manufacturer Baxter International announced Thursday plans to build a $1 billion manufacturing center in Newton County that will employ more than 1,500 full-time workers.

April 19, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Rockdale passport fees to go nonprofits

The issue of passport fees took center stage again at Tuesday evening's Board of Commissioners work session as the Clerk of Courts proposed a new split that would give a third to charitable non-profits, a third to the county, and a third to the Clerk of Courts Office but eliminate the amount taken as income by the Clerk.

April 18, 2012 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL

I-20 WB accident, traffic congested

An accident on Interstate 20 westbound has traffic heavy near exit 90. Use extreme caution.

April 18, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Summer art camp opens registration

The Southern Heartland Art Gallery will be hosting its annual art camps in June and July for children ages six through 12.

April 17, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

First responders simulate disaster

The multi-vehicle accident left many blood-covered victims scattered along Hwy 278 outside of Newton County Tuesday. Some were nursing shattered bones and cuts while others stumbled around, confused and moaning for help. The skilled first responders who arrived on scene only had an allotted amount time to take care of the injured and the shipment of radioactive waste that was involved in the wreck.

April 17, 2012 | Rachel Goff | LOCAL

Passport fee debate reaches Newton

Newton County residents have had their passports processed by the Newton County Superior Court clerk for many years, but a longstanding state law that allows the clerk of courts to take the $25 passport processing fee as personal income is being scrutinized and reconsidered across the state.

April 17, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Schools looks to save on transportation

If approved, the school system's transportation department could save hundreds of thousands of dollars by partnering with a company that would bring a parts store to them and stock it with Newton County's needs in mind.

April 17, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Georgia gas prices fall 4.5 cents in past week

Average retail gasoline prices in Atlanta have fallen 4.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.82/gal yesterday.

This compares with the national average that has fallen 1.4 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.89/gal, according to gasoline price website

April 17, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Get out and go

Spring might be my favorite season. After a ceaseless winter with gray skies and not a hint of green in sight, colorful flowers begin to make their appearance forecasting warmer weather ahead.

And although our spring came early this year and our winter wasn't very cool, it still is a sense of excitement for me. Now, I can hang the jacket in the closet, roll out of bed in the mornings without worrying about the cold hardwood floor touching my feet and toss the layers of clothing to the side.

April 17, 2012 | Rachel Goff | LOCAL

Passed out mom hit with ball by children

A call about a possible cardiac arrest on West Drive turned out to be a mom, passed out in the bushes Sunday evening.

April 17, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Mom found with malnourished baby, charged with meth possession

A 33-year-old mom was arrested and her child taken by the Department of Family and Children Services after officers reportedly found her with her undernourished baby in a trashed hotel room with methamphetamine.

Officers were called to the Covington Lodge by an anonymous caller who was concerned about the safety of a 2-month-old baby. When they arrived, they reportedly saw Frances Deanna Mattheus standing in front of a room's open door "thrusting the baby up and down in the air and grinding her teeth back and forth, tensing her facial muscles. The baby appeared to be slender and undernourished."

April 17, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

County pride

Celebrate Our Home showcases more than 30 features of Newton County using 5x6 foot banners.

April 15, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL

I-20 shut down at Almon Rd.

UPDATE: I-20 west just west of exit 88 (Almon Road) has all lanes shut down due to the large brush fire and the smoke it is producing.

April 14, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Porterdale pocket parks open

Porterdale celebrated the opening of three pocket parks Friday and families immediately started taking advantaged of the parks.

April 14, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Ban on open-burning begins May 1

Newton County is among 54 Georgia counties that will be subject to a ban on open burning from May 1 to Sept. 30.

April 14, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

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