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County to be charged for oil

Newton County will be charged to pick up refuse oil at its convenience centers.

February 13, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Council encourages nonprofit to work with Main Street on 5K race

Road closures, building code enforcement and appointments to boards and committees made up the majority of the City of Covington's council meeting Feb. 1.

February 11, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Alcovy Road commercial development no more

The plan to build a movie theater, hotels, offices and retail stores along Alcovy Road in Covington, known as Covington Towne Center and Project Kitchen ...

February 11, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


John Douglas will not seek reelection

John Douglas, District 1 Newton County Commissioner, announced Wednesday he will not seek reelection in 2016.

February 10, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Early voting begins today

It's a presidential election year, which means more voting than usual and for the need-to-know, which is everyone that can vote, there are a ...

February 06, 2016 | Shakeem Holloway | LOCAL


Watch: Jet Rawls wins Spelling Bee

Watch our video of INdian Creek Middle School student Jet Rawls winning the Newton County School System's Spelling Bee Friday.

February 05, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local B&B featured in GPB special

Twelve Oaks, the historic Covington Bed and Breakfast, will be featured as one of eight of the most romantic places in Georgia in an upcoming ...

February 05, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Dailey family opens third Zaxby’s in Covington

A new Zaxby's restaurant is opening in west Newton County, and with it an opportunity for 40 new jobs.

February 05, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Appreciation and accreditation for NCSO

Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown shared, not only a plaque signifying his office's recent accreditation, but also some of the rave reviews bestowed upon ...

February 04, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


District spelling bee starts Friday

The Newton County School System will host the 2016 District Spelling Bee on Friday, February 5, at 10:30 a.m. at Newton High School ...

February 04, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Elementary School death ruled accidental, caused by asphyxia

Five-year-old Andrea Tyrah DeBruhl died due to asphyxia after being caught in playground equipment at the Newton County Theme School at Ficquett Monday, according to ...

February 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


No issues found in JDA finances

In a study of the Joint Development Authority's (JDA) financial transactions, in particular bonds, no illegalities or potential liability to Newton County were discovered ...

February 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Stanton Springs neighborhood permit withdrawn

A much maligned residential development planned for Stanton Springs is off the table after the developers withdrew a petition for rezoning recently.

February 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Tragedy strikes Theme School

Tragedy struck Newton County Theme School at Ficquett this week with the death of a 5-year-old kindergarten student Monday.

February 02, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Alcovy Road commercial development no more

The plan to build a movie theater, hotels, offices and retail stores along Alcovy Road in Covington, known as Project Kitchen Sink, has been shut ...

February 02, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


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Woman arrested after hiding crack pipe in pants

While patrolling, two Newton County officers observed a group of three males and one female talking loudly in the backyard of a residence that has been known for drug activity.

Both officers had made numerous arrests in and around the residence and have received complaints about the homeowner and his involvement in drug trading.

March 31, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Woman arrested for stealing from Walmart with her son

A woman was arrested Tuesday afternoon after she and her mentally handicapped son allegedly attempted to steal from Walmart.

According to reports, a loss prevention employee at the Industrial Boulevard store recognized Melva Montgomery and her son from watching them shoplift from the store on video the day before.

March 31, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Body found in Social Circle

Authorities in Social Circle are investigating a body found late last night. According to Social Circle director of public safety Tom Fox, a 911 call placed at 11:44 p.m. reported seeing a fire being started in the woods off exit 101 off Interstate 20 and Ga. Hwy. 278. According to Fox, firefighters responded to the blaze and discovered a black male, possible in his 30s.

March 30, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington warms on natural gas vehicles

In the wake of ever-increasing diesel and gasoline prices, Covington officials continue to warm to the idea of building a compressed natural gas fueling facility that would be available to the city and public.

March 29, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Smith found guilty of '09 murder

Ricky Lewis Smith, 46, of Covington was found guilty of the shooting death of a woman last Wednesday by a Newton County jury.

He was found guilty of malice murder, felony murder, two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of possession of firearms during the commission of a felony and possession of firearm by convicted felon.

March 29, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


NMC to celebrate National Doctor’s Day

The Newton Medical Center will celebrate National Doctors' Day Friday by providing lunch for its doctors.

March 29, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Porterdale seeks $266K community grant

Substandard housing is the target of a $266,623 grant the city is seeking as part of an overall effort to upgrade neglected areas.

March 29, 2012 | | LOCAL


Jail ministry offers chance for a better life

Being enclosed in a room filled with inmates is something most people might find unsettling, but it's something Ken Horstmann and Robert Washington have done every week for the past three years.

March 29, 2012 | Rachel Goff | LOCAL


Man arrested for 2011 vehicular homicide

Charges have been filed in the 2011 crash that injured several and killed one Newton County woman, 78-year-old Sarah Belcher.

Ricky Todd Guice, 39, is charged with vehicular homicide, DUI and improper lane usage in the August crash. According to Georgia State Patrol spokesman Gordy Wright, around 5 p.m. on Ga. Highway 162, Guice, who was driving a 2005 Ford pickup, crossed the centerline in a curve and struck a 1998 Prizm in the side, then struck a Dodge Neon in the front bumper. Belcher, the driver of the Neon, was airlifted to Atlanta Medical Center where she later ...

March 29, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Drunk woman insists on going to jail

A woman called Newton County police on herself insisting that she had violated her probation by drinking alcohol.

When the responding deputy radioed her identification through dispatch, it showed that the woman was not on active probation. When the deputy informed her that she was not on probation, the woman became agitated and proclaimed even louder that she was indeed on probation and insisted that she needed to be taken to jail.

March 29, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man exposes himself to taxi driver

A Newton County man was taken into custody last Saturday after he peed on a taxicab and exposed himself to the taxi driver.

According to the taxi driver, the man got into the cab and complained that he had to urinate. The taxi driver instructed him to go back in the bar to relieve himself. However, the man exited the cab and proceeded to pee on the back, driver-side tire and quarter panel of the car.

March 29, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


State tax reform bill to affect locals

Many Newton County residents will be affected by changes coming to Georgia's tax code, after the Georgia General Assembly overwhelmingly passed its tax reform bill last week.

March 28, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Fight at dinner table leads to arrest

A fight at the dinner table led to one man's arrest Saturday night.

March 28, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Annual Salem Camp meeting is July 6-13

The annual Salem Camp Meeting is coming in July and will feature two international preachers.

March 28, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Trial begins in Smith case

The trial of Ricky Lewis Smith, the 46-year-old charged with shooting Tajuana Lashawn Stroud in 2009, began Tuesday, in the courtroom of Newton County Chief Superior Court Judge John Ott.

March 28, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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