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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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GOP to host skeet shoot fundraiser

The Newton County GOP is hosting a skeet shoot and barbecue banquet dinner March 23 at the South River Gun Club to support gun rights and revive its scholarship fund.

March 07, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Man shoots self in leg, faces host of charges

A 30-year-old man was hospitalized after shooting himself in the leg Friday evening. But rather then end there, the story got more complicated, according to reports from the Covington Police Department.

March 07, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Council considers CNG fueling station

The city will examine the possibility of building a compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station and converting some of its fleet to run on CNG in an effort to save money and possibly even produce future revenue.

March 07, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Gingrich takes Newton with 59 percent

Newt Gingrich took Newton County Tuesday with overwhelming support, capturing 59.4 percent of the vote on his way to winning Georgia's primary with 48 percent of the vote.

March 06, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


DOT worker in bucket truck fall airlifted

A DOT worker was airlifted to Grady after falling from a bucket truck that was struck by a tractor trailer around 11 a.m.

March 06, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Teen arrested for bestiality

A Lithonia teen was arrested Saturday afternoon after neighbors reported seeing him having sex with dogs.

March 05, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Salman Rushdie in Oxford tonight

Internationally-acclaimed author Sir Salman Rushdie will appear on the campus of Oxford College at 7 p.m. in the Oxford chapel. He will participate in a literary conversation on literature and the arts with Lucas Carpenter, PhD, Charles Howard Candler Professor of English at Oxford College and Christine Loflin, PhD, Oxford associate professor of English. A reception will follow immediately after in the Oxford College Library, where Rushdie will sign copies of his books, which will be on sale by the Oxford College Bookstore.

March 05, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Afternoon fight ends in arrests

Two people were arrested Monday afternoon after an argument turned physical on Green Street.

March 04, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Mattie’s Call – what is it?

Although the last person a Mattie's Call was issued for in Newton County was found safe, some aren't so lucky. So what exactly is the Mattie's Call and what does it mean for the citizens of Newton County.

March 04, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


A Seuss extravaganza

Friday, Mar. 2, would have been Theodor Seuss Geisel's (otherwise known as Dr. Seuss) 108th birthday. In his memory, the Newton County Library held their annual reading of his most popular books in their meeting room.

March 04, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Storage fire proves challenging

Matt Bruno's head hung from exhaustion Thursday night as he walked back from the blaze for another air bottle and brief respite.

March 04, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


$190,000 in General Mills grants

The General Mills Covington Community Action Council awarded more than $190,000 in grant money Friday to community organizations from Newton, Walton and Rockdale counties.

March 04, 2012 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL


Couple cultivates roots of local agriculture

It all started with agriculture.

March 04, 2012 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


Get free compost from Cottonwood Farm

Cottonwood Farm is offering free composted horse manure to anyone who wants to benefit his garden.

March 03, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Deadly bend

Brandy Parker and her family are terrified to go to bed at night.

March 03, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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