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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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Crime Briefs: Man punches another

Police arrested a man Wednesday night after he reportedly hit another man in the face because he would not give him a cigarette.

September 13, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Officials discuss excise tax

County and city officials met Tuesday afternoon to discuss whether or not Newton County would levy a local excise tax on energy used in manufacturing.

September 13, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Exploring the human body

Students at the Newton County Theme School at Ficquett learned about body health a little differently Thursday morning when they had the opportunity to explore a larger than life display of the human body called "The Body Walk" exhibit. The tour began when students walked through a giant ear and then through a giant mouth followed by other major parts of the body. The exhibit took years to come to fruition and was able the work of numerous volunteers, HealthMPowers, parents, faculty and staff.

September 13, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Deputy, suspect hospitalized after fight

UPDATE: The passenger who injested the drugs has died. Identified as Terry Dean Gore, 43, he had a lengthy criminal history, and was last arrested in July of this year. An autopsy is being performed by the GBI Medical Examiner Thursday morning to determine exact cause of death.

September 13, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Case Update: Whitehead twins trial postponed

(September 12, 2012) The trial of the teen Whitehead twins who allegedly killed their mother by beating and stabbing her to death in 2010 has been postponed until a later date to be decided. The trial had been due to start Sept. 26.

September 12, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Racial slurs written on a woman’s car

A woman said someone wrote a racial slur on her vehicle some time between Friday night and Saturday morning. According to a report from the Newton County Sheriff's Office, someone walked onto a property at Trotters Court and wrote three words on the rear windshield of the woman's 1999 Mercury Grand Marquis with white shoe polish or soap.

September 11, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Court upholds ’03 murder conviction

The Georgia Supreme Court reversed a ruling Monday that threw out the murder convictions and death sentence for William David Riley, convicted of killing his three young children in a fire on Aug. 16, 2000.

September 11, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Murderer sues Newton jailers

Convicted murderer Pablo Maldonado may have left Newton County for death row, but the lawsuits he filed still linger on, including one against the Newton County Sheriff's Office, Sheriff Ezell Brown and several NCSO deputies working in the jail.

September 11, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Remembering 9/11

South Salem Elementary School Principal Holly Dubois doesn't believe terrorism is an appropriate topic for young children, but she does believe in having children remember their country's past and honor the heroes that protect them.

September 11, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Accident causes congestion on Ga. Highway 36

An accident has blocked part of Ga. Highway 36 near Mabry Road, south of County Road 213.

September 11, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newspapers are a great resource for the family researcher

How can I find my relatives in newspapers? Why are newspapers so important in learning about my ancestors? Have you ever seen a Historical newspaper?

September 08, 2012 | Ellen Blakeslee | LOCAL


Crime briefs: Man attacks woman

Deputies with the Newton County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to the area of Flat Shoals Road in reference to a battery call around 3 p.m. on Thursday.

September 08, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log, Sept. 9

Charles Leroy Lloyd, 68, Sharpsburg, Aug. 23. Contempt of superior court.

September 08, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NSCO fixes underreporting stats error

Newton County School Resource Officers have a refined process for reporting incidents that happen in Newton County schools after an oversight caused around 1,200 reports to be omitted from those given to local media.

September 08, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Locals moved by spirit of convention

Sharron Brown-Willis didn't get to attend Barack Obama's historic nomination as the presidential candidate for Democratic Party in 2008, but she was thrilled to settle for attending the second time around.

September 08, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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