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Law enforcement job fair Oct. 20 at GPTC Newton campus

Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) hosts a Law Enforcement Recruiting Day and Job/Career Fair, Monday, Oct. 20, 9 a.m. to noon, at the GPTC Covington Campus at 8100 Bob Williams Parkway, Covington, Ga. 30014 in the Exhibit Hall.

October 19, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Scary Tales & Trails and more (slideshow)

Photos from Scary Tales & Trails at Chimney Park and Witches Night Out on the Square.

October 19, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


Stay safe this Halloween

Halloween is less than two weeks away, and children are getting their costumes together in preparation for trick-or-treat.

October 18, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Party with a purpose

Normally gambling can lead to late nights and empty wallets - with dark-circled eyes staring at a dealer's hands, or a depressing bank statement at 4 a.m. outside an ATM.

October 18, 2014 | Randy Schafer | LOCAL


I-20 construction continues in Newton, Rockdale this weekend

Construction work continues on I-20 eastbound in Rockdale and westbound in Newton County this weekend, along with other projects on I-285 and elsewhere.

October 17, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Hanson named Teacher of the Year

Indian Creek Middle School's Kenneth Hanson was named the Newton County School System's 2015 Teacher of the Year Thursday.

October 16, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


NCSO hosting 8th Halloween Shut-In

Newton County Sheriff's Office and the Covington Probation Office will sponsor its Eighth Annual Halloween Shut-In on Oct. 31, 2014 from 6 to 10 p.m.

October 16, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Fleeing suspect hits power line

Newton County Sheriff's Office deputies had to pull a suspect out of his car at gun point after he tried to flee from High Point MHP Tuesday.

October 16, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Horror flick 'The Ring 3' base in Rockdale

A major horror movie-"The Ring 3"-will start production in Conyers just in time for Halloween and remain based here for at least six months, the Conyers Rockdale Economic Development Council learned on Oct. 14.

October 16, 2014 | | LOCAL


Snapping Shoals awards $15,000 in grants

Teachers in Newton County were awarded approximately $15,000 in grants from Snapping Shoals EMC through the co-ops Bright Ideas program.

October 15, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSS celebrates School Lunch Week

In recognition of National School Lunch Week, children at the Newton County Theme School at Ficquett saw a surprise guest serving them their chicken nuggets Wednesday.

October 15, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCCA initiates new computer program

The Newton College and Career Academy is initiating a new program that will help low-income middle-school students get access to a desktop computer.

October 15, 2014 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


Hwy 138 underpass project advances

Rockdale County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the hiring of a contractor for the Old Covington Highway widening project at its Tuesday voting session.

October 15, 2014 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


Tornado watch lifted

The tornado watch for areas including Rockdale and Newton has been lifted. It is still in place for east central counties, such as Baldwin, Putnam, Taliaferro and more until 10 p.m., according to the National Weather Service in Peachtree City.

October 14, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Cocaine, fight, Taser lead to arrest

The Porterdale Police Department made an arrest early Oct. 7 that would be a natural fit in any criminal drama in the movie theaters or on television.

October 14, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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Naked woman threatens to kill officers

A call for help to the Covington Police ended in a woman being arrested after she threatened to kill officers early Thursday morning.

Officers were called to a home on Johnson Drive, and as they pulled up, they noticed a man and woman struggling in a upstairs bedroom through the open window.

March 06, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


SIU nets 3 in separate drug busts

Newton County Special Investigation Unit conducted three major busts in February, removing marijuana and cocaine dealers off the streets of Newton County.

On Feb. 11, investigators from the SIU arrested 42-year-old Tommy Lee Smith, known around Newborn as Superman. After requests from several of the Newton County Commissioners, who had received complaints from their constituents of drug activity in the area, investigators began looking closely at Smith, who lives in the area of The Settlement on Valley Street.

March 06, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


911 center call volume up

Newton County has continued to experience growth, but the amount of calls for assistance to Covington/Newton County 911 went up only slightly in 2008 according to numbers released in their annual report.

Calls for service passed the 100,000 mark but calls for assistance increased by only .55 percent in 2008. The total calls generated by Covington Police were 27,209, Georgia State Patrol generated 93, Animal Control generated 899, Newton County Sheriff's Office generated 58,077, Oxford Police generated 1,731 and Porterdale Police generated 4,437 calls.

March 06, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


BOC will not help fund July fireworks

Newton County will not provide funding for the Covington July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza. On Tuesday the Board of Commissioners voted not to fund their $3,790 portion of the annual display in a 3-2 decision, with Commissioners Earnest Simmons and J.C. Henderson voting to fund the display.

Henderson said the fireworks display was an important community event that should be funded.

March 06, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Economic Development Strategy unveiled this week

Leadership Collaborative officials presented their Economic Development Strategy for Newton County to the media Wednesday. The strategy was written because collaborative officials think that Newton County is at an important crossroad in its development.

"We need to focus on economic development," County Chairman Kathy Morgan said. "Where are we now? Where do we want to be in 2020? In 2050?"

March 06, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Senate targets tax delinquents

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Senate leaders are pushing a change that would allow the chamber to sanction or oust legislators who haven't paid their taxes.

It comes as a Department of Revenue report revealed that 22 lawmakers are delinquent on their tax bills, some owing taxes that date as far back as 2002. That's roughly 10 percent of Georgia's 236 state lawmakers.

March 04, 2009 | The Associated Press | LOCAL


NCSO helps nab internet predator in Alaska

An Alaskan man was arrested on various sexual charges after reportedly chatting with a Newton County Sheriff's Office investigator that he believed was a 13-year-old girl.

March 04, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Former county chairman, state legislator, businessman passes away

Most of those who had come to call Jack Hays Morgan Sr. a friend met him through business, politics, church or through the many acts of kindness he humbly performed throughout his life.

March 04, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Little Mr. and Miss Newton County

Bright smiles: The winners of the 2009 Mr. and Miss Newton County are Austin Wilson, 5, (left) son of Billy Wilson and the late Alisha Rowe, and Cali Smith, 5, daughter of Cindy and David Smith.

Super dancer: Antonio Shy Jr., 4, winner of the talent category performs the Superman dance from hit song of rapper Souljah Boy.

March 04, 2009 | Anthoney Banks | LOCAL


2 saved from house blaze

Fast thinking from a passerby likely saved the lives of two Newton County residents when their home caught fire and began burning without their knowledge Monday morning.

March 03, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newton County pummeled with snow Sunday

Around 3,000 Newton County residents remained without power Monday afternoon because of the widespread nature of the power outages from Sunday's winter storm.

March 02, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Homestead tax exemption spared

Newton County property owners who received a homestead exemption last year won't have to give any of that money back thanks in part to the federal stimulus package. Stimulus money is allowing the state to reimburse Newton County entities for the $5.69 million in homestead exemptions they handed out in 2008.

March 01, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Keeping the arts alive

When budgeting for fiscal year 2009, Arts Association in Newton County Executive Director Buncie Hay Lanners anticipated a $45,000 shortfall because of a decrease in corporate funding.

March 01, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Mooner, drunk driver arrested

Newton County residents who happened to be at the area of U.S. Highway 278 and Turner Lake Road Thursday might have noticed an unusual sight - a full moon at around 5 p.m. when two women were driving around, one of them hanging her rear out of the window to moon those passing by.

March 01, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


General Mills donates more than $240,000 to local groups

Employees of General Mills' Covington plant donated about $240,000 to Newton and Rockdale nonprofit organizations at a reception Friday.

March 01, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


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