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Closing the child pornography loophole

Kelsey Upton was just 15 years old when she received a terrifying text from a registered sex offender in another state. The middle-aged man had seen a pornographic image of another woman that had been posted online along with Kelsey's name, phone number and address in Oxford.

March 01, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Covington looking at utilities changes

The Covington City Council will vote on amending provisions of the electric system and water system ordinances during Monday's council meeting, possibly reducing city revenue by approximately $700,000.

March 01, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Sarah Frances Hardeman to be honored

A long time Covington citizen, Sarah Frances Hardeman, born to George Washington Thompson and Lillie Davis- Thompson in 1918, is being recognized and honored for her legendary acts and community service in Covington.

March 01, 2015 | | LOCAL


Celebrating Black History

During its 5th Annual Black History Program Covington held a celebration, themed "A Century of Black Life, Culture & History" in the Newton County Historic Courthouse.

February 28, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man convicted of 2001 Newton County murder scheduled for execution

Brian Keith Terrell, the man convicted of killing 70-year-old John Watson in his Covington home in 1992 is scheduled to be executed March 10 at 7 p.m., Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens announced Friday.

February 27, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Their last meal

More than one in five children in Newton County do not know where their next meal will come from, according to the most recent study by food bank umbrella group Feeding America.

February 26, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Newton County Schools closed Wednesday

Newton County Schools will be closed for both students and staff Wednesday due to predicted inclement weather.

February 24, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington Police Explorers enjoy national success

The Covington Police Explorers recently participated in a national competition designed to showcase their law enforcement skills and placed third in one category.

February 24, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Deputies arrest armed robbery suspect

Sheriff's deputies arrested 17-year-old Ladarius Lockhart and charged him in connection with an armed robbery at the Oak Hill BP station that occurred Saturday morning.

February 24, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


NCSO to host Citizen's Firearm Safety Course

The Newton County Sheriff's Office will hold its Citizen's Firearm Safety Course March 28, teaching the public on laws governing use of deadly force, firearm safety, at and away from the firing range, nomenclature of the basic revolver and semiautomatic pistols and giving citizens a chance to complete a course of fire at the Newton County Sheriffs Office Firing Range.

February 24, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Winter Storm Watch for Wednesday

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch in effect for Newton, Rockdale and surrounding counties from Wednesday through Thursday.

February 24, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Problem lies in water management, not supply: Water Authority

On November 5, 2014, County Attorney Tommy Craig posted an alarming series of photographs at a work session for the proposed Bear Creek Reservoir.

February 23, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Alcovy names Val and Sal, Top 10

With the Class of 2015's graduation approaching Alcovy High School announced its top 10 graduates, and Valedictorian and Salutatorian Friday.

February 21, 2015 | Associated Press | LOCAL


NCSO deputies honored as heroes

After a year when law enforcement was often in the news in a negative light nationally, Newton County Sheriff's Office deputies were resuscitating children back to life, jumping on guns to save themselves, victims and bystanders and performing other feats of heroism in 2014.

February 20, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Social Circle officer involved in shooting

A Social Circle police officer shot and wounded a man on Hwy. 11 near the Marathon gas station Friday afternoon.

February 20, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Early voting begins for SPLOST

Early voting for the 2011 SPLOST election began today and will run through March 11.

February 01, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


HERO operator dies in wreck

ATLANTA - Authorities say a Georgia Department of Transportation "HERO" operator has been killed while helping a motorist on Interstate 85 south of downtown Atlanta.

Authorities say the crash happened late Monday morning near the Metropolitan Parkway exit. The Georgia State Patrol says the operator had stopped in an emergency lane on I-85 and was outside the vehicle. Authorities say a truck pulling a trailer struck the HERO truck, which then collided with the operator. All the southbound lanes of I-85 were closed for a time after the wreck.

January 31, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


State fees bring in less than expected

ATLANTA - Extra fees Georgia lawmakers imposed last year on lead-footed drivers and others to bolster low state revenues without politically risky tax increases are bringing in far less cash than projected, according to an Associated Press review.

The AP's review of state data showed the fees on hospitals, court filings and even lobbyists have brought in tens of millions of dollars less than budget writers had counted on. The disappointing collections contributed to new Gov. Nathan Deal's decision to lower the revenue estimate for the current fiscal year, effectively giving the already cash-strapped state less money to spend.

January 31, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Fuel the streak

There's no love lost between Newton and Stephenson especially while Derrick Henry is a Ram.

January 30, 2011 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL


Gov. Nathan Deal's Newton ties

A 16-year-old boy walked to the podium, dressed in a fine suit and tie. His hair was slicked back, accentuating a long face broken up by horn-rimmed glasses and a thin, confident smile. And when he spoke, people listened.

January 30, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Extension Office does it all

The Newton County Extension Office, located in the administrative building at 1113 Usher Street, is mystery to some. Providing valuable agricultural education and community services, the obscure office is often mistaken as the county's phone directory.

January 30, 2011 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


Reward offered in gun store robbery

The Atlanta Field Division, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is offering an award of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and convictions of the four men responsible for the armed robbery of Direct Gold Outlet Thursday afternoon.

January 30, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Rams' comeback falls short

Rockdale earned the season split with Newton after holding serve at home with a 66-55 win Saturday. But it wasn't easy.

January 29, 2011 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL


Newton Classic spotlights youth and livestock

Peppermint Pattie, called "P" for short, can't stand the color pink.

January 29, 2011 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


Share the Dress

Proms were always special for Miranda Tamaska.

January 28, 2011 | Chris Queen | LOCAL


The floors aren’t the only thing that shine at Newton Medical Center

To say Greg Ceaser is committed to his job would be an understatement. Along with his housekeeping staff, Ceaser ensures that Newton Medical Center operates cleanly and efficiently and according to all industry guidelines and standards. He obtained his Certified Healthcare Environmental Services Professional designation from the American Hospital Association in 2004 and works diligently to acquire 45 hours of continuing education every three years to remain certified. He was recertified this month. The CHESP certification covers a variety of areas including human resources, financial management and leadership, as well as environmental services such as biohazardous waste removal and cleaning ...

January 28, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Trial date set for Lakemper case

More than five years after the death of hotel clerk Wendy Cartledge-Carter, her alleged shooter, Cobey Wade Lakemper, is scheduled to face a Newton County jury in a death penalty trial.

January 27, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Chamber honors announced

Covington dentist Melvin O'Neal Baker is the recipient of the R.O. Arnold Award, given annually by the Covington/Newton Chamber of Commerce.

January 27, 2011 | Tharon Giddens | LOCAL


Rams in command

It's not often you get a regular season matchup between two Final Four teams from the previous year but that's what Newton faced Wednesday on the road at Westlake. And while the Rams lost in last year's semifinals and Westlake went on to play for a state title, it was Newton rolling to a 74-61 win.

January 27, 2011 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL


Bandits bind clerk, steal guns

Authorities are searching for four men who reportedly tied up a clerk and robbed her at gunpoint at Direct Gold and Pawn on Ga. Highway 36 today.

January 27, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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