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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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Sports and more at Salem Camp

Dozens of children participated in the Bobby and Karen Milton Wide World of Salem Sports event at Salem Campmeeting Saturday.

July 09, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Teenagers intern at county offices

Newton County's latest batch of summer interns spent their last day with the county Friday.

July 09, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Martin challenges Whatley for council

Ronald Martin says he wants to bring another fiscally conservative voice to the Covington City Council and will challenge Mike Whatley for the Post 2 East council seat.

July 09, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Former Atlanta school super apologizes

ATLANTA - Former Atlanta schools Superintendent Beverly Hall apologized Friday to the people of Atlanta and their children for "any shortcomings," but says the educators involved in the district's cheating scandal bear the "moral responsibility."

July 09, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Woman arrested in grandma beating

Officers on their way to a family fight found the offender lying in the middle of the road screaming.

July 08, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Stocks plunge on weak hiring

WASHINGTON - Hiring slowed to a near-standstill last month, raising doubts that the economy will rebound in the second half of the year.

July 08, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Athens teen dies of pellet gun injury

ATHENS - The family of 15-year-old Jose Antonio "Tony" Rivera is donating the organs of the teen, who died after an accidental shooting left a pellet lodged in his brain.

July 08, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Library will get reduced state funding

Update, Friday, 11:37 a.m.: The Newton County Library System will get state money this year, though that funding will be 16 percent less than last year.

July 08, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Man killed by train in Douglas County

LITHIA SPRINGS - Authorities say a man lying on railroad tracks has been struck by a train and killed near Lithia Springs in Douglas County.

July 08, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


The history of the Campmeeting

This year's Salem Campmeeting, spanning July 8 to 15, will be the 183rd gathering of the faithful at the grounds off Salem Road for a time of spiritual renewal, revival and camaraderie.

July 08, 2011 | AJ Archer | LOCAL


Listen to the animals talk

These days we don't use an alarm clock. Instead, we are shocked into consciousness by the frantic scratching by one of the cats at the bedroom door or the muffled whimper of Sonny the Border Collie, ready for us to get up and relieve him from the overnight company of the kitties. (We finally booted them out of the bedroom when their sleep patterns - mostly nonexistent - didn't match ours.)

July 08, 2011 | Barbara Morgan | LOCAL


Newton residents receive $2,300 in disaster assistance

Newton County residents received $2,300 in disaster assistance following the county being declared a major disaster area on April 29.

July 07, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Snapping Shoals EMC annual meeting is July 21

Snapping Shoals EMC's 2011 Annual Meeting of the Members will be held Thursday, July 21, at the Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers.

July 07, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Airport Road being repaired for new school

Flint Hill Elementary is scheduled to open Aug. 4, but Airport Road needs several improvements before it will be able to handle approximately 1,935 vehicles per day, including dozens of buses.

July 07, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Fight between brothers involved hammer

Two brothers were arrested after a fight involving a girl ended in blows, and with one brother wielding a hammer.

July 07, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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