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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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General Mills layoffs to affect Newton County

The announcement of layoffs by General Mills will impact Newton County, though it is unclear how much.

According to General Mills' spokeswoman Bridget Christenson, who said the company does not go into details about the impact by location, "there are a handful of individuals who have been impacted" at the Covington facility.

June 30, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Temperature to reach 109 degrees today

The National Weather Service is calling for temperatures to remain above 100 degrees today with sunshine and not a cloud in the sky for the day.

June 30, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Singles try sense of smell to find love

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Sniff your way to love? Singles who have attended so-called pheromone parties haven't ruled it out.

June 29, 2012 | AMY TAXIN, Associated Press | LOCAL


See videos from Thursday's forum

The Covington News and Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce hosted a forum for local contested races Thursday night before a packed house at The Center for Community Preservation and Planning.

June 29, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local promoted to two-star general

For most of his life, Les Carroll has served his country.

June 28, 2012 | Meghan de St. Aubin | LOCAL


Celebrate 4th of July all over Newton

A parade, fireworks and good ol'fashion family fun are planned in Newton County for the Fourth of July. Here's the lowdown on events happening all over the county.

June 28, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Bomb threat proves to be false

A bomb threat called in to local Walmart stores in Newton County Wednesday proved false, after both stores were evacuated and shut down for several hours as authorities searched the premises.

June 28, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


EHS transcripts issue resolved

Am issue with Georgia Perimeter College accepting Eastside's 2012 graduates transcripts was avoided Wednesday.

June 28, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Sizzling weekend ahead

In Newton County, weekend temperatures are predicted to meet triple digits.

June 28, 2012 | Meghan de St. Aubin | LOCAL


Jail Log: June 28, 2012

Alvin McArthur Mathurin, 32, 3400 Salem Road, Apt., 151, Covington, June 14. Terroristic threats and acts.

June 28, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Crime Briefs: Juvenile runs away

A juvenile is reported to the Newton Juvenile Courts for being unruly and running away on Monday.

June 28, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


GOP Sheriff candidates face off at event

One thing the two Republican candidates running for sheriff agree on: current Sheriff Ezell Brown is lacking in the leadership necessary to run the office.

June 26, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Voters League to host meet and greet

The Newton County Voters League is once again active and has taken the ambitious step of hosting a meet and greet for all county, state and federal candidates who represent Newton County.

June 26, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Local landlord hit with 8 violations

A local landlord was fined after a judge found him responsible on eight different code violations for a rental property in Porterdale, where, among other things, was infested with cockroaches and the doors would not latch.

June 26, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Heat of the Night 5K race a success

Newton County Home Builders held their annual Heat of the Night 5K race in Covington recently. With all the runners gathering together at the start point at 7p.m., the heat held off as the clouds and approaching storm brought in a cool breeze and a wonderful evening to run the 5K Heat of the Night race. The final awards were announced to all first, second and third-place runners in 15 different gender age groups. The Wheeler family (pictured) took home five trophies.

June 26, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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