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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


3 Newton County children safe after Amber Alert

The Newton County Sheriff's Office issued an Amber Alert late Thursday night after three children were taken by their father after a domestic dispute ...

December 02, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


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Pope takes plea in murder

The murder trial against Candice Cadasha Pope ended abruptly last Thursday when she elected to enter a guilty plea in the 2010 death of Alvin Hall.

After three days of testimony, Pope pleaded guilty to malice murder, making false statements and concealing the death of another. She received life with the possibility of parole for murder and 15 years concurrent confinement for the two lesser charges. She will become eligible for parole after serving 30 years.

April 26, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Rep. Dickerson runs for re-election

State Rep. Pam Dickerson, D-Conyers, is running for re-election in the newly redrawn District 113.

April 26, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Race for district 4 heats up

Democratic candidate Courtney Dillard along with Republican candidates Catherine Davis and Chris Vaughn have confirmed they will run for the fourth congressional district, making the race to capitol a competitive one.

April 26, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Boyfriend denies hitting girlfriend’s face

Upon arriving at the scene of a report of a family fight, the officer noted that a woman and her child outside in their yard crying. The woman had a large red mark on her right check and the child was holding her right hand close to her tummy.

The woman told the officer that she and her boyfriend had been sitting on the couch talking and he slapped her for no reason.

April 26, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Teacher tells police officer to hurry up

A Newton County officer pulled over a vehicle with an expired tag.

April 26, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


College grads struggle to find jobs

The future is bleak for college graduates entering the workforce, according to analysis of government data by the Associated Press.

Half of all college graduates are either jobless or underemployed in positions that don't fully use their degree or skills, the study reported.

April 26, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Baxter to get $101M in local incentives

Georgia made one of its most aggressive deals ever to land global medical manufacturer Baxter International, offering a combined $179 million in local and state incentives.

April 26, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Students suspended over senior prank

Five Newton High School students have been suspended for 30 days after planning to have a water balloon fight in the school's parking lot as part of a senior prank.

April 26, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Teacher arrested for cocaine, DUI

A Newton High School language arts teacher was arrested Saturday night in Rockdale on charges of DUI and cocaine possession.

Kathern Laura Green, 36, was stopped by Rockdale Sheriff's Office deputies who noticed her driving too fast in Olde Town Conyers, according to reports. After following Green's vehicle on Sigman Road and onto Ga. Highway 138, officers noticed her driving erratically and watched as she veered off the roadway with both the front and rear passenger side tires and then crossed the center lane. Deputies eventually stopped Green's Ford Explorer on Centennial Olympic Parkway at Keswick Village ...

April 26, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Teacher faces child molestation charge

The former Heritage teacher who was arrested for having sex with a student was also later charged with child molestation after investigators discovered the activity started while the student was 15.

April 26, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Tech trends

DING! "Basement floor."

April 24, 2012 | William Brawley | LOCAL


Local to release debut album

Shane Millwood will celebrate the release of his official debut album, "The Other Way" at Cowboys Hotspot in Rutledge at 8 p.m. Saturday April 28.

Son of local country legend Tommy Millwood, Shane's music is recognizable for its distinctive country style and relevant, powerful lyrics and has been featured on local well-known radio stations such as 94.9 The Bull and 92.5 The Bear.

April 24, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


American Legion fair comes to town

Nothing says spring like the annual American Legion fair. And while the weather may be a little cooler than usual this time of year, the fair is still going full steam ahead.

April 24, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Voter registration drive this Saturday

God's Concerned Citizens will sponsor its first voter registration drive for 2012 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at the Porter Memorial Library, on Ga. Highway 212 next to Oak Hill Elementary Schools.

"Persons who haven't registered to vote should do so. I encourage each person to come out and register to vote and not to wait until 30 days before the primaries," said Deputy Registrar and Minister Elizabeth Partridge-Godfrey.

April 24, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Georgia gas prices fall 8.4 cents per gallon in past week

Average retail gasoline prices in Atlanta have fallen 8.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.73/gal yesterday. This compares with the national average that has fallen 4.2 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.85/gal, according to gasoline price website AtlantaGasPrices.com.

Including the change in gas prices in Atlanta during the past week, prices yesterday were 1.2 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 4.8 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 0.7 cents per ...

April 24, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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