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Water treatment upgrades suggested to county leaders

It has been undeniable that a community needs water to survive and thrive.

May 28, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


‘Drastic’ cost-cutting options being looked at by BOC

The Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) heard from constitutional officers from the horseshoe at the Newton County Historic Courthouse Thursday on why their respective ...

May 28, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Two GDOT Newton County road projects to begin this summer

The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) announced its schedule for construction this summer and beyond. While there are four projects on the GDOT list, only ...

May 26, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Former county fire chief appears in court Thursday

Former Newton County Fire Chief Kevin O'Brien appeared in court Thursday as his lawyer, John L. Straus, filed a request for continuance. Judge Horace ...

May 26, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


What about those questions on the ballots?

Ballot questions made an appearance on Tuesday's primary ballots - four on the Democratic ballot, one on the Republican.

May 25, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Election 2016 Primary: live results

BOC District 1 - Republican

May 24, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Schulz, Edwards elected to BOC

Nancy Schulz has been reelected to the Newton County Board of Commissioners in District 3, and will be joined on the board by Republican Stan ...

May 24, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Free golf cart shuttle to be offered on the Square

Visitors to the Covington Square unable to find a parking spare directly in front of their dining or shopping destination, will not have to worry ...

May 24, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


4-H’ers celebrate year around the campfire

"We all have our differences. Some big and some small," said 4-H member Scott Evritt of the Newton County Theme School.

May 22, 2016 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


18-year-old stabbed to death

A man died near the Wesleyan neighborhood off Boogers Hill Road Thursday evening, after what the Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) said was a ...

May 20, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


‘Every Body Walk Newton’ series continues through June

Newton Trails' Wednesday walk series, "Every Body Walk Newton," will begin on Wednesday, May 18 on the Eastside High School end of Eastside Trail at ...

May 19, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Vigil to be held for postal carrier killed over weekend

Fellow postal workers, friends and family held a candlelight vigil for Hillary Hicks Wednesday at the Post Office Annex at 10721 ByPass Road in Covington ...

May 19, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Vigil to be held for postal carrier killed over weekend

A candlelight vigil is being held at the Post Office Annex at 10721 ByPass Road in Covington at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May ...

May 18, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


NCSO to host job fair next week

The Newton County Sheriff's Office will host its first job fair from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, May ...

May 18, 2016 | Hezekiah Rodgers | LOCAL


Vigil to be held for postal carrier killed over weekend

A postal carrier was killed Saturday on Highway 81 near Booger Hill Road in Oxford.

May 17, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


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Archive By Section - 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


Man allegedly punches child in face, takes his sons for ice cream

A Newton County woman called police after her 10-year-old cousin was allegedly punched in the face by the father of two neighborhood boys.

March 28, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Child calls police on negligent mother

A juvenile called the police on her mother and her mother's boyfriend for smoking marijuana and child neglect last Sunday.

March 28, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Water pipe breaks in judicial center

A pipe broke Sunday at the Newton County Judicial Center, damaging portions of the first floor, including the juvenile, magistrate and probate courtrooms and offices.

March 28, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Dancing the night away

This year, Eastside High School's junior/senior prom was held at The State Botanical Gardens in Athens. A section of the garden was blocked off for the students who attended the prom. For mostly everyone, it was a night to remember.

March 28, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


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