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NCSO honors officers at annual awards ceremony

The Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) honored its own and remembered a fallen brother Friday night as the department held its Eighth Annual Awards ...

February 18, 2017 | Darryl Welch | LOCAL


Hardy resigns as Main Street director

Velinda Hardy, Covington Main Street director, has resigned effective immediately, according to an email to merchants from Newton County Chamber of Commerce President Ralph Staffins ...

February 18, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


SPLOST deadline Tuesday

Feb. 21 is the last day to register to vote on next month's SPLOST referendum. The election is March 21.

February 17, 2017 | Darryl Welch | LOCAL


NCSO Explorers take home 2nd

The Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) Explorers received second place at the Boy Scouts of America "Winterfest" competition held in Gatlinburg, Tennessee Feb. 11.

February 17, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO recognizes promotions

The Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) recently promoted two employees; Deputy Jacob Rice and Deputy Steve Walden were both promoted to the rank of ...

February 16, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Record-breaking $9.6 million Jumbo Bucks Lotto ticket sold in Covington

A Covington convenience store has sold the largest Jumbo Bucks Lotto jackpot ticket in Georgia Lottery history. A winning ticket worth a record $9.6 ...

February 09, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


GSP Trooper SFC Tony Henry succumbs to injuries from December motorcycle accident

Georgia State Trooper SFC Tony Henry succumbed to injuries Tuesday in an Atlanta hospital from a Dec. 3, 2016 motorcycle accident in Florida. The husband ...

February 08, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


NCSO to offer Citizen's Firearm Safety Course

Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) announced last month the dates for an upcoming Citizen's Firearm Safety Course.

February 07, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Social Circle auction house to sell bed frame connected to Manson murders

A historic bed, originally from 10050 Cielo Drive, in Los Angeles, California, will be up for auction Feb. 10 at Ole Hound Auction House. The ...

February 02, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


One person killed in Jan. 26 crash on Bypass

A 75-year-old woman was killed and two other people were injured in a two-vehicle crash on the Covington Bypass near Puckett Street Jan. 26 after ...

February 01, 2017 | Darryl Welch | LOCAL


Covington’s blue bloods

With more than 75 years of combined law enforcement experience, three generations of the Bradford family have accepted their callings in serving the community through ...

January 29, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


JDA elects officers for 2017

The Joint Development Authority (JDA) of Jasper, Morgan, Newton and Walton Counties held its first meeting of 2017 Jan. 25 at the Old Moore House ...

January 26, 2017 | Darryl Welch | LOCAL


Red Cross urges public to review tornado safety tips

Gathered from Red Cross
Across the southeast, there were more than 200 reports of severe weather and several dozen reports of tornadoes so far this ...

January 22, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Game wardens recover missing 9-year-old Lake Jackson boating incident victim

Game Wardens from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement (DNR LE) Division recovered the body of Amelia Whitlock,9, of Jackson, in the ...

January 17, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Over $54 million awarded for improvements to Georgia’s transportation infrastructure

Georgia Department of Transportation (Georgia DOT) has awarded 25 contracts for statewide transportation projects totaling $54,335,216. This investment in Georgia's transportation infrastructure ...

January 17, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Area gas prices rise .9 cents in past week

Atlanta, Nov. 26 - Average retail gasoline prices in the area have risen 0.9 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.26/gal yesterday. This compares with the national average that has not moved in the last week to $3.43/gal, according to gasoline price website AtlantaGasPrices.com.

November 27, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Teacher arrested for Taser threats

A former Indian Creek Middle School teacher was arrested Nov. 19 in Clarke County, after reportedly pretending a Taser was his penis outside of an Athens bar.

November 27, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Mansfield man stabs ex’s boyfriend

A Mansfield man was arrested Saturday for allegedly stabbing his ex-girlfriend's current boyfriend, a crime for which he himself called authorities to report Saturday morning.

November 27, 2012 | Kathy Hooks | LOCAL


Visits with Santa

Santa Claus is making his way around Newton County this holiday season and is planning to attend several events in the area. Check out the list below to find a time and place that fits into your holiday schedule to see Ol' Saint Nick.

November 27, 2012 | Rachel Goff | LOCAL


See Santa for free tonight!

Santa Claus will be visiting United Bank on U.S. 278 (the old McIntosh building) tonight only from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Bring your own camera and snap a picture for free! For more information call (770) 567-7211.

November 26, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local movie makers bring WSCC story to film

When the Washington Street Community Center Board of Directors launched its fall fundraising campaign with the aggressive goal to raise $50,000 for the center's annual operating budget, board members knew the campaign needed something special.

November 25, 2012 | Devin Griggs | LOCAL


Farm Bureau captures historic moments

The Newton County Farm Bureau capture the historic growth of agriculture in the county through videography. They travel aback when the bureau was first housed at the Newton County Court House, the Fowlers house located off Floyd street, to its current location just east of Covington off of Highway 278. This is one of the most memorable events in the history of the Newton County Farm Bureau. The programs sheer purpose is to educate local residents on the importance of agriculture. They have been a mainstay in local agriculture for many years, and are still going strong thanks to the ...

November 25, 2012 | Anastasia Graves | LOCAL


Volunteer Spotlight: Erogbogbo focuses on diversity

Each month, we shine a spotlight on one of the many volunteers who are keys to the success of the Washington Street Community Center. Last month, we interviewed Mrs. Louise B. Adams, a retired primary school principal who founded and continues to tutor students in the After School Homework Tutorial Program.

November 25, 2012 | Emily Dong | LOCAL


Thin mints and altruism

Few things in life are better than a Girl Scout cookie. While words fail to describe just how delicious their cookies are, the 25 remarkable Girl Scouts of troop #25536 are so much more than cookie sellers.

November 25, 2012 | Nivi Kumaran | LOCAL


Why seniors love Social Circle

Liola Thornton is a retired high school teacher living in Town Park, an active adult community in Social Circle. She moved into the community from the Conyers area about three years ago.

November 25, 2012 | Madeline Burgess | LOCAL


Suspicous activities found at Tire Depot

Officers were called to Tire Depot Tuesday morning after an employee came into work and found what he thought was a homemade explosive device.

November 24, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Record-breaking food drive

Fighting hunger becomes more difficult each year as our county pulls together to help the unemployed and others living from paycheck to paycheck.

November 24, 2012 | By Colleen Jackson | LOCAL


Kimble: Don’t worry about the doughnut hole

Do you ever wonder about the doughnut hole?

November 24, 2012 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


Housing dilemma for buyers, sellers

Local officials are working hard to attract Baxter executives and employees to live in Newton County, but there's a dilemma. The county doesn't appear to have enough moderate-to-large, high-quality homes available on the market and officials aren't sure if more can become available.

November 24, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Possible tobacco ban at parks

The Newton County Recreation Commission presented the Newton County Board of Commissioners with a proposed ordinance that would prohibit the use of tobacco products at county parks and recreation facilities.

November 24, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


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