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Closing the child pornography loophole

Kelsey Upton was just 15 years old when she received a terrifying text from a registered sex offender in another state. The middle-aged man had seen a pornographic image of another woman that had been posted online along with Kelsey's name, phone number and address in Oxford.

March 01, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Covington looking at utilities changes

The Covington City Council will vote on amending provisions of the electric system and water system ordinances during Monday's council meeting, possibly reducing city revenue by approximately $700,000.

March 01, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Sarah Frances Hardeman to be honored

A long time Covington citizen, Sarah Frances Hardeman, born to George Washington Thompson and Lillie Davis- Thompson in 1918, is being recognized and honored for her legendary acts and community service in Covington.

March 01, 2015 | | LOCAL


Celebrating Black History

During its 5th Annual Black History Program Covington held a celebration, themed "A Century of Black Life, Culture & History" in the Newton County Historic Courthouse.

February 28, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man convicted of 2001 Newton County murder scheduled for execution

Brian Keith Terrell, the man convicted of killing 70-year-old John Watson in his Covington home in 1992 is scheduled to be executed March 10 at 7 p.m., Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens announced Friday.

February 27, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Their last meal

More than one in five children in Newton County do not know where their next meal will come from, according to the most recent study by food bank umbrella group Feeding America.

February 26, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Newton County Schools closed Wednesday

Newton County Schools will be closed for both students and staff Wednesday due to predicted inclement weather.

February 24, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington Police Explorers enjoy national success

The Covington Police Explorers recently participated in a national competition designed to showcase their law enforcement skills and placed third in one category.

February 24, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Deputies arrest armed robbery suspect

Sheriff's deputies arrested 17-year-old Ladarius Lockhart and charged him in connection with an armed robbery at the Oak Hill BP station that occurred Saturday morning.

February 24, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


NCSO to host Citizen's Firearm Safety Course

The Newton County Sheriff's Office will hold its Citizen's Firearm Safety Course March 28, teaching the public on laws governing use of deadly force, firearm safety, at and away from the firing range, nomenclature of the basic revolver and semiautomatic pistols and giving citizens a chance to complete a course of fire at the Newton County Sheriffs Office Firing Range.

February 24, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Winter Storm Watch for Wednesday

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch in effect for Newton, Rockdale and surrounding counties from Wednesday through Thursday.

February 24, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Problem lies in water management, not supply: Water Authority

On November 5, 2014, County Attorney Tommy Craig posted an alarming series of photographs at a work session for the proposed Bear Creek Reservoir.

February 23, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Alcovy names Val and Sal, Top 10

With the Class of 2015's graduation approaching Alcovy High School announced its top 10 graduates, and Valedictorian and Salutatorian Friday.

February 21, 2015 | Associated Press | LOCAL


NCSO deputies honored as heroes

After a year when law enforcement was often in the news in a negative light nationally, Newton County Sheriff's Office deputies were resuscitating children back to life, jumping on guns to save themselves, victims and bystanders and performing other feats of heroism in 2014.

February 20, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Social Circle officer involved in shooting

A Social Circle police officer shot and wounded a man on Hwy. 11 near the Marathon gas station Friday afternoon.

February 20, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Authorities search for armed robbers

Authorities are searching for three armed men who accosted a homeowner and his wife early this morning, demanding money.

August 17, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Three arrested for sexual assault of teen

Two men and one teen have been charged with the ongoing molestation of a 13-year-old girl.

August 17, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Explorers assist local law enforcement

For the 13 members of the Porterdale Explorers program, they have gained more than just knowledge of law enforcement, they have gained a family.

August 17, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


T-SPLOST project lists finalized

Regional officials have finished crafting a $740 million T-SPLOST list, which would give Newton County $140 million for transportation projects from 2012 to 2022.

August 17, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Scouts do a good turn for man’s best friend

Covington's Boy Scout Troop 222 recently built dog houses as part of an ongoing effort to serve the community.

August 17, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Court Sentencings - Aug. 17

Robert Kitchens, escape, 10 years probation, three years confinement, $1,000.

August 17, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


"Nutcracker" auditions begin Saturday

Auditions for the Covington Regional Ballet's performance of "Nutcracker" will be held Saturday for ages five and up.

August 17, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


ID on remains could take weeks

Identification on the skeletal remains found by the Yellow River early Saturday morning could take several weeks.

August 17, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Tween makes threats, knife found

A 14-year-old middle school student reportedly threatened to "shoot up" the school Friday morning.

August 16, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Man shot during disagreement

A 25-year-old man was shot in the foot during a disagreement Monday evening, and deputies are looking for the person responsible.

August 16, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Battery note contents released

Update, Monday, 5:38 p.m.: "You just got punked."

August 15, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mom calls NCSO on son for smoking pot

A fed-up mother called authorities on her adult son Wednesday for smoking marijuana in her home.

August 14, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Dangerous driver arrested for DUI

Reports of a dangerous driver on Interstate 20 led to a DUI arrest Friday afternoon.

August 14, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Snapping Shoals donates to Newton Chamber

Snapping Shoals EMC has donated $10,000 to the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce to be used for economic development.

August 14, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton to benefit from redistricting

Newton County stands to gain two additional state legislators in 2012, a new senator and representative, under the proposed redistricting maps released to the public Friday.

August 13, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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