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Hope for Christmas

When Rebecca Bates shared the news she had stage two breast cancer in the spring of 2013, her family was worried. For the next year, her husband, Kevin Bates, and children, Gavin and Grace, now 11 and 9 respectively, struggled with their fears as they supported her through chemotherapy and radiation treatments.

December 20, 2014 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Roots that run deep

Oxford is the only city of its kind.

December 20, 2014 | Randy Schafer | LOCAL


Local man guilty of child molestation

A Social Circle man will serve five years of a 20-year sentence in prison after pleading guilty to three counts of child molestation, the Walton County assistant district attorney confirmed Thursday.

December 18, 2014 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Work begins on Hwy. 81 and Crowell Rd.

County Chairman Keith Ellis presided Wednesday over the groundbreaking ceremony for improvements to the notorious intersection of Georgia Highway 81 and Crowell Road in Porterdale, where cars were lined up 10-deep well after rush hour.

December 17, 2014 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Man shot on Cecilia Street

A man was dragged from the bathroom and restrained to the floor, before being shot at a Covington residence Wednesday morning.

December 17, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


NCSS takes action to disinfect Oak Hill

In the wake of the recent outbreak of gastroenteritis at Oak Hill Elementary, the Newton County School Board concluded an action needed to disinfect the school during its meeting Tuesday night.

December 17, 2014 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


CPD gets Taser, new Rocket technology

The Covington Police Department is getting even more high tech and started preparing for the future Monday night.

December 16, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


NCSS's CCRPI score drops

The Georgia State Superintendent's Office released the Georgia College and Career Ready Performance Index, CCRPI, scores for the 2013-2014 school year Tuesday.

December 16, 2014 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


Maintenance required on donation boxes

Donation boxes in the city of Covington now has to kept to strict guidelines after the city council approved a text amendment to the zoning ordinance regulating unmanned donation boxes Monday.

December 16, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Rainbow to distribute 40,000 lbs of food

Update 12/18/2014: Due to inclement weather, the event will be postponed to next Saturday, Dec. 27 at the same time.

December 16, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


First F-150 in Georgia goes to Covington resident

The first 2015 Ford F-150 sold in Georgia will be driven in Covington, as Newton County resident Mike Poole made the purchase at Covington Ford.

December 16, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington to spend $46,000 on excavator, trailer

The City of Covington agreed to purchase a new excavator and trailer during Monday night's public meeting.

December 16, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Alcovy UMC hosts Giving Tree

Alcovy United Methodist Church is working with the Salvation Army's Toy Drive for the third year, and helped supply toys to those who might otherwise not have anything for Christmas.

December 16, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington votes no to personal care home

A group of concerned citizens spoke up to the Covington Planning and Zoning Department and the Covington City Council, and had their voices heard Monday night.

December 15, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Covington passes curfew ordinance

The Covington City Council unanimously passed a curfew ordinance at its meeting Monday night.

December 15, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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Person of the Year: Samuel Ozburn

Superior Court Judge Samuel D. Ozburn was disappointed when the governor's office called to tell him he would not be the next Georgia Supreme Court Justice. However, as a man who values family and community service, Ozburn considers it an honor and a blessing to continue to be able to interpret the law locally.

December 30, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Year in Review: Newton County

Monetary concerns facing the nation and state were no less pressing for local governments.

December 30, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Story of the Year: Rising waters

Compared to 2008, 2009 was wet - really wet. This year marked the end of the three-year-long, earth-scorching level IV drought much of the state was in as well as posted record-breaking rainfall amounts in Newton County.

December 30, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Year in Review: Crime & Courts

The past year has seen numbers fluctuate where law enforcement is concerned. The number of murder victims is down from 2008's eight to only five in 2009, but the number of people charged with the crime has increased in the county. But while violent crimes may be down, robberies have gone up. The year also saw several murder cases put to rest when their murderers were officially tried and punished for their crimes. And one notorious convicted murderer was laid to rest, but not without protest. What follows is a brief look into crime and courts in Newton County ...

December 30, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Year in Review: Economics and Housing

To find the most important stories of 2009, one simply has to follow the money.

December 30, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Oxendine urges fireworks safety for new year’s night celebration

Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John W. Oxendine and the National Association of State Fire Marshals urges parents to protect their children - and themselves - from the dangers of fireworks during the New Year's holiday.

The sale and individual use of any type of firework, except certain kinds of sparklers, is illegal in Georgia. The penalties are a maximum fine of up to $1,000 and/or a sentence of up to one year in jail. Professional fireworks displays are permitted provided they are licensed through the local judge of probate court.

December 29, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Dropping winter temperatures bring rising need to prepare

As winter weather begins to move across the South, Georgians are being asked to take the time to prepare for what could be colder temperatures this season.

December 27, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


2010 Girl Scout Cookie Program has kicked off

Place your order for Girl Scout Cookies a little earlier this year as girls now have their order cards in hand. Beginning Feb. 20 Girl Scout Cookie Booths will be at local grocery and retail stores.

December 27, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local judge named chairman of Leadership Georgia

Horace J. Johnson Jr., a superior court judge of the Alcovy Judicial Circuit, has been elected as the chairman of the 2010 Board of Trustees for Leadership Georgia.

December 27, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Woman beats man with a stick

Officers from the Covington Police Departmentwere called to Pineneedle Drive Wednesday afternoon regarding a fight in progress. When they arrived, they reportedly found a woman beating a man in the middle of the road

December 27, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


National Guard and Reserve members give the gift of thanks this holiday season

Across the nation, members of the National Guard and Reserve and their families have the opportunity to give the gift of thanks to supportive employers this holiday season by nominating them for the 2010 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award.

December 27, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Speeding fines increase

Beginning the first of the year speeding will cost Georgians more than ever when the Super Speeder Law goes into effect.

December 27, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Holiday safety tip of the week - Dec. 25

The holidays are a time when thieves and con artists are frequently on the prowl. Here are some tips from the Newton County Sheriff's Office to help keep your home, your car, your possessions, and your family safe.

December 25, 2009 | Cpl. Justin Hipps NCSO Uniform Patrol Division | LOCAL


Visions of Sugar Plums

Building houses: Ms. Braselton's and Ms. Green's pre-K classes at South Salem Elementary celebrated the holidays by decorating gingerbread houses with icing, candy, cereal and pretzels.

December 25, 2009 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


City Council plans annual March retreat

The Covington City Council voted to have its annual retreat at Brasstown Valley Resort and Spa in Young Harris on March 18-20.

December 25, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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