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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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Surviving Vietnam’s jungles

The 173rd Airborne Brigade was established in 1917 as an infantry brigade before serving in France during World War I. Redesignated in 1942 as the 87th Recon Troop, the 173rd fought in three European campaigns. Inactivated in 1951, it was reactivated in March 1963 and allotted to the regular Army on Okinawa as the 173rd Airborne Brigade, a quick reaction force. Extensive training in mass parachute jumps earned them the nickname "Tien Bien" meaning "Sky Soldiers."

October 09, 2012 | Pete Mecca | LOCAL


Happy 4-H week!

We hope you'll join in the festivities as we celebrate 108 years of 4-H in Newton County.

October 09, 2012 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


Man robbed while doing laundry

A man was reportedly robbed while he was in his back yard hanging laundry on Saturday. A Covington police officer responded to Nixon Circle at noon and spoke to a woman who said her son had been robbed. The police officer spoke with the woman's son who said he was in the back yard of his residence hanging clothes on a clothes line when a man later identified as Devonte Hightower came up behind him, stuck something sharp in his back and said, "Give me your money." The man said he told Hightower he did not have any money ...

October 09, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


GA ranks high for identity theft

According to data from the Federal Trade Commission, Georgia had the second highest number of identity theft complaints in 2011; only Florida ranked higher. More than 11,000 complaints were filed by Georgia residents, a 20 percent increase from 2010.

October 09, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Resurgens welcomes Dr. Miller

Resurgens Orthopaedics - Georgia's largest orthopaedic practice - continues to grow and expand its services with the addition of orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Chealon D. Miller to its Covington office (3211 Iris Drive).

October 09, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Carpenter dismisses defamation lawsuit

Alcovy High School Principal LaQuanda Carpenter has decided to dismiss the defamation lawsuit against school board member Jeff Meadors.

October 09, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Today is the deadline to register for general election

Today is the deadline for Georgians to register to vote if they want to participate in the general election on Nov. 6.

October 09, 2012 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Man arrested in restaurant owner killing

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta police say they've made an arrest in connection with the slaying of an Atlanta restaurant owner last month.

Authorities say 53-year-old Vanessa Thrasher was preparing to testify in an upcoming murder trial when she was gunned down at her northwest Atlanta business, OT's Lounge and Soul Food Grill, on Aug. 16.

October 08, 2012 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Online opinions can lead to legal tests

Online commenting. Facebook. Blogging, Social media.

October 07, 2012 | By Norman Baggs Gainesville Times General Manager | LOCAL


City retired employees to get pavers

Covington City Council members approved for pavers that would recognize former employees and city officials to be placed on the sidewalks around the square at their meeting on Monday.

October 06, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


City to spend $4K to evaluate Main Street

The city agreed to fund bringing in a consultant to conduct an evaluation on Main Street Covington at their meeting on Monday.

October 06, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


BOE to discuss local charter school

Newton County's Board of Education will discuss Tuesday whether or not to renew Challenge Charter Academy's charter. This comes on the heels of a resolution, signed by all members but District 1 representative Jeff Meadors, requesting that voters oppose the Constitutional amendment relative to the state approval of charter schools.

October 06, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Shelter gets nearly $15K in donations

The residents of Newton County came to the rescue of the local homeless shelter Friday, donating a combined $14,800 to keep the lights on and the water running.

October 06, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Oak Hill sets the standard

In the lobby of Oak Hill Elementary, the trophy case is packed full of recognition.

In barely more than 10 years since opening, the students, faculty and staff have earned a variety of trophies, but eight bear the 4-H logo.

October 06, 2012 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


Crime: Money taken from Coke machine

A manager and employees at Food Depot reported that two unknown men took money out of the outside Coca-Cola vending machine. According to a report, a Covington police responded to the Food Depot on U.S. Highway 278 on Wednesday around 9 a.m. in reference to someone breaking into the Coke machine.

October 06, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


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