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County saves thousands in dam fix

The leak at Turner Lake has been fixed without leaking more cash out of Newton County for the project.

October 31, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Fall Festival, car show at CrossRoads

CrossRoads Baptist Church , in Social Circle, is holding its 10th Annual Community Fall Festival tonight from 6-8 p.m.

October 31, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Tales of a Haunted House (VIDEO)

Tales of a Haunted House

October 30, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


NCSS graduation rates top rest of Ga.

Graduation rates, released Thursday, show the Newton County School System is four percentage points higher than the rest of the state's average.

October 30, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Brief standoff ends with kidnapping suspect in custody

A standoff with a kidnapping suspect barricaded in a Conyers motel ended peacefully after the suspect gave himself up Wednesday around 5 p.m.

October 29, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Ebola concerns keeps 200 out of NHS

A day after Newton County School System released information that a Newton High School teacher was in contact with someone traveling form Sierra Leone, the school's absentee rate doubled Wednesday.

October 29, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Man Tazed by CPD at America's Best

Covington Police Tazed a man who had been standing on the balcony of America's Best Value taking off his clothes to urinate Tuesday.

October 29, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Local teen competes for Miss Georgia

Shaunice Baker, 15, of Covington will compete for the title of Miss Georgia USA 2015 on Nov. 20-2 at the Henry County Performing Arts Theatre in McDonough.

October 29, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man commands CPD, runs, is punched

After a man yelled at Covington Police Department officers on how to do their job, he took off running before being tackled and arrested near Thomas Buffet Saturday around 4:30 p.m.

October 28, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Newton County drug court graduates

Newton County's Adult Felony Drug Court held its graduation ceremony Friday at 2 p.m. in the jury assembly room of the Newton County Judicial Center.

October 28, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton officials meet at Ebola talks

Nearly 200 officials from Newton, Rockdale and Gwinnett counties gathered Friday morning to have a conversation about proper protocols and procedures to initiate when dealing with someone who has contracted the Ebola virus.

October 27, 2014 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


Family court graduates three

Three citizens graduated from Parent Accountability court recently.

October 27, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Trunk or Treat (slideshow)

Trunk or Treat at Salem United Methodist Church

October 26, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


Revolutionary road

Marching toward the Newton County School Board in 1970, local black students knew they needed to be treated fairly.

October 25, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Town hall looks for safety in Fairview area

Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown assured a crowd of dozens of concerned citizens that crime is down in their neighborhoods, and they urged community leaders that they want that trend to continue because they still feel threatened.

October 25, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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FBI charges local with extortion, conspiracy

A Newton County man was arrested and charged after an FBI investigation allegedly uncovered a bribery scheme that involved trading lighter prison terms for cash.

March 13, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Mansfield councilman, business owner, firefighter passes away

Lamar Hays held on to life until the day of his 47th wedding anniversary, forever turning March 4 into a day of deep, mixed emotions for his wife and three daughters.

March 13, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Sophomore Spirit Excellence in Leadership Forum

Food for mind and body: (Picture) Diane Loeble, Lee Aldridge, Betty McFadden and Unice Stevens prepare to serve lunch to the students participating in the SSELF program. (Picture) The students hold a mock trial with the help of Newton County personnel.

The Sophomore Spirit Excellence in Leadership Forum was held March 3 at the Covington First United Methodist Church. Forty-Eight students from six area high schools participated in the annual Service Guild sponsored event. Panelists included Bill Loeble of Beaver Manufacturing, James Johnson of DeKalb Technical College, former Covington City Manager Frank Turner Sr. and Louly Hay-Kapp of the Covington ...

March 12, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


SNCDAR Essay Contest Winner

The winner is: Grace Callaway, a fifth grade student at Ficquett Elementary, was named the Sergeant Newton Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution winner for their annual American History Essay Contest. This year's topic was "The Ideals of the Gettysburg Address." Winning essays from each elementary school were judged to select the chapter winner, who will move on to the state competition. Grace was presented with a medal, certificate and prize money award at the recent Georgia Day Luncheon held in cooperation with the Georgia Walton SAR. Grace is the daughter of William and Claudia Callaway.

March 12, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton Medical NICU 'graduates' first baby

Nolan Dean was in a hurry to celebrate "Fat Tuesday" with his family according to his mother, Stephanie Dean. "He had five more weeks to go before his due date, but he obviously could not wait," she said.

Born five-weeks prematurely on Feb. 24 at Newton Medical Center's BirthCare Center, Nolan Dean had the distinction of being the very first patient to "graduate" from the brand new Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the BirthCare Center.

March 11, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Drunk driver flees, says he has to 'go poop'

A 50-year-old man was arrested March 4 after he reportedly told officers he ran from them because he had to "go poop."

Officers from the Covington Police Department were on patrol late Wednesday evening when they got behind a white Ford F-150 on U.S. Highway 278 and Emory Street. The officers noticed the driver of the vehicle crossing the center lane on several occasions and driving erratically.

March 11, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Cable employee imposter scams family

 A woman on Emerson Trail reported that a woman from Charter Cable had arrived at her home Saturday and picked up cable boxes and a modem from her children, but when she called the company, she found out that Charter did not have a person by that name working for them.

March 11, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Metropolitan Design Studio students to show final presentations

 The UGA Metropolitan Design Studio is in the final stages of its Covington/Newton County Government District Plan and will make its final public presentation at 4 p.m. March 16 at The Center for Community Planning and Preservation on Washington Street.

March 11, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


2 women arrested for brawl

 Two women were arrested Friday afternoon after a fight over a man escalated into violence on Holmes Court.

March 11, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Libraries feel the squeeze

Libraries have been more than just a place to borrow books for quite some time. For many in the community, the library fills a role that other institutions no longer provide: educational resources and programs for children, free books, DVDs, and CDs for entertainment, a place for meetings and exams, and a place to study.

March 08, 2009 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Garden girl

Top honors: Katherine Haase, student at Social Circle Christian School, recently won the Youth Award at the Garden Club of Georgia State Flower Show held last month in Thomasville. Katherine's entry was one of several from Social Circle, where Gateways Garden Club Sponsors both a junior and youth club. She is the daughter of Tim and Tamara Haase of Mansfield.

March 07, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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


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