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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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Hometown boy goes Hollywood

A private investigator, football player, stunt man and actor, Oxford resident Jaye Tyroff is anything but typical.

September 04, 2012 | Rachel Goff | LOCAL


Head-on collision kills two locals

An Oxford woman and a man from Jasper County died on Sunday night after being involved in a head-on collision in Jasper County.

September 04, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Victims' family speaks in murder trial

While the jury has decided that Pablo Maldonado is guilty of the 2009 murder of Tim Clements, their job is far from done. They now have to decide if Maldonado should live in prison or die by lethal injection for the murder.

September 04, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Hospitals worry about future finances

Gov. Nathan Deal recently said he has no intention of expanding Medicaid insurance eligibility under Obamacare in an effort to save $4 billion over the next decade, but state and local health officials question whether the long-term costs of so many uninsured patients are greater.

September 04, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Cattlemen's Association will host auction

Registration is still open for the Piedmont Cattlemen's Association's 18th Annual Live and Silent Auction fundraiser on Thursday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m.

Glen Hayes, the organizer for the event, said the community has until Tuesday, Sept. 11 to RSVP for the event, which will take place at the FFA-FCCLA Camp on Ga. Highway 36.

September 04, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Woman falsely claims kidnap

Covington police arrested Andrea Davis on Sunday after she reportedly told officers in DeKalb County she was kidnapped from her Covington home on Friday night. According to a report from the Covington Police Department, an officer with the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office called Covington police and said a man took Davis against her will and held her in a car until Sunday. The woman told police she was able to escape and contact police at a Chevron gas station in DeKalb County. The DCSO officer took Davis to Salem Road in Rockdale County and called the Rockdale County Police ...

September 04, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Celebrating the South and Yellow River

Outdoor enthusiasts celebrate two of Georgia's hidden gems, the South River and Yellow River, on Sept. 8 and 15 with two celebrations dubbed "Unveiling the Hidden Gems of Metro Atlanta."

September 04, 2012 | | LOCAL


Man beaten and robbed giving woman a ride home

A Covington man was reportedly beaten and robbed after he gave an unknown woman a ride home.

Covington police spoke to the man at Newton Medical Center on Saturday afternoon who said he was beaten and robbed by four men after he gave an unknown woman a ride from a gas station.

September 04, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Mecca: Serving in the first Gulf War

Doug Hinton's kinfolk settled in Rockdale County in the 1800s. His parents and grandparents rest in peace at Green Meadows; a great-uncle killed on Iwo Jima and his great-grand parents are interred at Eastview, and his Civil War relatives rest in peace at Smyrna Presbyterian Camp Ground. His new bride Cindy, was born and raised in Yankeetown, Fla. Go figure.

A 1985 graduate of Heritage High School, Hinton received an appointment to the Merchant Marine Academy from Senator Sam Nunn. He said, "ROTC at Heritage prepared me for the Academy, but within two years I decided on another path ...

September 04, 2012 | Pete Mecca | LOCAL


Farm-to-table food celebration Sept. 30

The Field of Greens festival returns to Whippoorwill Hollow Organic Farm in September for a celebration of the finest in the farm-to-table movement in Georgia.

September 03, 2012 | | LOCAL


Native American festival to be held Sat.

Make plans to explore Native American culture with the 23rd annual Indian Springs Native American Festival and Powwow.

September 01, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Riding for the fallen

One of the most spirited and self-sacrificing veteran support groups wears leather vests and chaps, helmets, riding or after-riding boots, and the ladies might don an assortment of riding beads. They are known as the American Legion Riders.

September 01, 2012 | Pete Mecca | LOCAL


Local GOP sent two to convention

While Paul Ryan attacked President Barack Obama's record, Mitt Romney shared his history and talking points for a brighter future and director Clint Eastwood interviewed an empty chair, two Newton County residents eagerly listened from the audience of the Republican National Convention.

September 01, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Covington woman dies in wreck

The woman killed in a single car accident Thursday afternoon has been identified as 46-year-old Kimberly Pippin of Covington.

September 01, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Porterdale council denies liquor application

Porterdale City Council denied an application for liquor licenses for Porterdale Bar and Grill at a special called meeting on Thursday night.

September 01, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


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