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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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Deck the halls

Work on high: A ladder from the Covington Fire Department rises high into a blue clear sky as workers place wreaths around the clocks at the top of the Newton County Historic Courthouse.

November 13, 2009 | Gail Mooneyham-Anglin | LOCAL


Feeding the needy

Stocking the pantry: Each Covington Elkadette and Elks member has been asked to contribute to the Food Pantry in Newton County this fall. Adrian and Larry Capes have spearheaded this effort by collecting the canned goods and delivering them to the food pantry. Please help by bringing some food items to the Lodge on your next trip. If you want to bring something during Bingo on Monday and Thursday nights the Lodge is open from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and it would help with this worthwhile project. They also donated emergency personal care kits from Delta to ...

November 13, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man found dead on bypass Friday evening

Demario Jackson, age 25, was killed Friday evening after he was struck by a vehicle while lying on the fog line of the Bypass Road behind Burger King.

November 13, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


10 years of giving celebrated

Some of Newton County's biggest hearts gathered at The Center on Tuesday to celebrate a decade of philanthropy and volunteerism.

November 13, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Marshall to hold another town hall meeting Sat.

U.S. Congressman Jim Marshall is hosting another town hall meeting at 10 a.m., Saturday at the Alcovy High School Auditorium. Marshall will take questions about the economy, health care and energy prices.

November 12, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Flood warning issued for Alcovy River

The National Weather Service in Peachtree City has issued a flood warning for the Alcovy River near Covington. At 2:15 p.m. Thursday the stage was 12.1 feet and rising slowly. Flood stage for the Alcovy River is 12.0 feet.

November 12, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Veteran's Day ceremony on the square

Despite the weather, many people gathered on the square Wednesday morning to honor our veterans. The Social Circle High School JROTC presented the colors, Ric Chiapetta sang patriotic songs, Glenn Whitaker spoke praising words of ordinary people doing extraordinary things, and Terry Moore and Don Floyd presented a red, white and blue wreath.

November 11, 2009 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Newton County remains under flood warning

The National Weather Service has extended a Yellow River flood warning for Newton County until Thursday evening.

November 11, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Director of free clinic wins Pat Patrick Big Heart Award

The second annual Pat Patrick Big Heart Award was given to Ed Jenkins Tuesday at The Center for his work as director of the free Willing Helpers Medical Clinic.

November 11, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Volunteers, donations needed for Community Thanksgiving Dinner

The Newton County Minister's Union is in need of monetary and food donations and volunteers for its annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner.

November 11, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Santa Claus is coming to town

The Covington Lion's Club and Main Street Covington is calling all groups who want to participate in the 2009 Covington/Newton Hometown Christmas Parade.

November 11, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Pine Valley Mission

Helping those who need it: Children from the Pine Valley Mission enjoyed hot dogs, refreshments, a hayride and other fun activities on Nov. 1 at Knox Farms. This annual event was made possible by the farm and volunteer helpers from Eastridge Community Church. The Pine Valley Mission has assisted needy children for 20 years. Winter coats, wind breakers, hoodies and sweatshirts were given to the children recently. School supplies, uniforms and shoes are furnished year round. The mission is run solely by volunteers and is located a 12185 Ga. Highway 36.

November 11, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Red ribbon friends

Fighting against drugs with puppet power: A second grade class at Rocky Plains Elementary School got treated to a puppet show sponsored by the Elks Club during Red Ribbon Week. They watched the puppeteers put on the drug awareness puppet show and wore their red ribbons in support of being drug free. The Elks present (L-R) were State Elks President Larry Capes, Ann Graham, Jack Wheeler, Penny Blakeney, Linda Chadwick, Mary Frances Royster. and T.A. and Eleanor Haney, and they helped to set up the show and played the part of the various puppets.

November 11, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Once a Marine...

Gerald "Bud" Hipps joined the Marines at age 17. The year was 1942.

"When they bombed Pearl Harbor, all my buddies was going into the war and I wanted to go too," Hipps said.

November 11, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


2 shot, 1 killed Sunday night in Porterdale

Ricky Lewis Smith, age 44, has been arrested and charged with the shooting death of a woman in Porterdale Sunday evening.

According to Newton County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer 1st Lt. Mark Mitchell, deputies were called to a home on Bell Street off Ga. Highway 162 in south Porterdale at 7:49 p.m. When they arrived they found 36-year-old Tajuana Lashawn Stroud dead from an apparent gunshot wound. They also located 42-year-old Steven Cadet Smith - the brother of the alleged shooter - who had been seriously wounded by a gunshot as well. He was transported to an Atlanta ...

November 11, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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