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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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Runoff races to be decided today

The two remaining primary election races in Newton County will be decided in today's runoff, as what could be a small number of voters determine the fate of the Republican race for the District 5 Board of Commissioners seat and the

August 21, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


District 113 state rep. runoff preview

Below is a runoff election preview for the Democratic District 113 state representative race. As there are no Republican contenders, the winner of this election will be the next state represenative for the district.

August 20, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Ronnie Dimsdale - runoff election preview

Ronnie Dimsdale

August 20, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Levie Maddox - runoff election preview

Levie Maddox

August 20, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


A vigil for fallen soldier from Conyers

The backdrop could just as easily been a painting by Norman Rockwell. There were young mothers pushing baby strollers; old friends and classmates reminiscing or shaking hands or hugging each other; all gathered around an immaculate baseball field Saturday at Loganville Middle School.

August 19, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Library to offer e-book service

Newton County residents will soon be able to download library e-books directly to their computer or e-reader from the comfort of their home.

August 18, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newton County Sentencing - Aug. 19

Sandy Mullinax, theft by taking felony, nolle pross. Felony financial transaction fraud theft, 3 years probation, $1,000. Three counts felony financial transaction card fraud, 3 months probation consecutive, $1,000, 3 years probation consecutive, 2 years probation consecutive.

August 18, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Crime Briefs - Aug. 19

Covington police responded to a criminal damage to property call on Friday around 12:30 a.m. at Cecilia Street. Police spoke with a woman who said her boyfriend Anthony Hubert bust the windows out of her white 1998 Chevrolet Suburban.

August 18, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Local group donates school supplies

The Covington Area Employer Committee, a committed group of human resource professionals from the Covington area, recently completed its first "Operation Backpack." Operation Backpack 2012 was an initiative to get much needed school supplies in the hands of as many children as possible. There are thousands of school-aged children in Newton County living under the poverty level. One of the most devastating consequences of poverty is the impact it has on the children's education. Covington's Area Employer Committee supported Operation Backpack, a back-to-school drive, by asking the general public to deliver backpacks and/or school supplies to designated ...

August 18, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Gas prices rise 5 cents from last week

Average retail gasoline prices in Newton County have risen 5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.60/gal Tuesday. This compares with the national average that has increased 5.4 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.67/gal, according to gasoline price website AtlantaGasPrices.com.

August 18, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Chairman questioned over new position

Another disagreement over the power of the county chairman cropped up last week, when Commissioner Mort Ewing questioned a newly-created public works position posted online by Chairman Kathy Morgan.

August 18, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Love at First Sight: 70 Years of Bliss

In a little more than two weeks, Newton County residents Frank and Earline Seale will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary, a feat that speaks for itself.

August 18, 2012 | Rachel Goff | LOCAL


$19K worth of items stolen from man

A Covington man was reportedly hit in the head and robbed of approximately $19,000 worth of items at his home Monday.

August 16, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Accounting errors found in P'dale audit

An independent auditor's report found accounting errors and several other financial problems for the city of Porterdale.

August 16, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Mansfield power line fight continues

The fight by city officials to keep new power lines out of the small city of Mansfield will finally be decided in court more than a year after the contentious issue first surfaced.

Georgia Transmission Corporation is taking steps to build a 3.2-mile transmission line that will pass through Mansfield in an effort to provide more electricity capacity to regional residents, but a remaining hurdle is a tract of disputed city-owned land that city officials say the corporation can't build on.

August 16, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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