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Local nonprofits get $5K checks

Five local nonprofits got a $5,000 boost to their efforts to improve Newton County.

March 11, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Hank Johnson endorsed by Obama

Congressman Hank Johnson, D-Lithonia, who is expected to face a tough primary battle from former DeKalb County Sheriff Tom Brown, received an endorsement Tuesday from President Barack Obama.

March 11, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO: Man inappropriately touched teen

A man has been charged with cruelty to children and child molestation after he reportedly inappropriately touched a teen while at a gas station.

March 08, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Officer Morgan gets specialized wheelchair

As promised at "Officer Morgan Day," Quantum Rehab officials presented 5-year-old Morgan Steward with a new specialized wheelchair, complete with police lights and sirens, at a special ceremony Friday afternoon at the Covington Police Department.

March 08, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Georgia House considers three high-interest bills

The Georgia General Assembly began last week at a fast pace, since Monday was what we call crossover day. Crossover day is the 30th day of our 40-day annual legislative session. More importantly, it is the last day that you can move a bill out of one chamber of the legislature and still have the opportunity to try and move it in the other chamber. In the House, we considered 64 bills and resolutions during the week, with 52 of those being on crossover day itself. I'll cover the three, by far, most interesting measures.

March 08, 2014 | | LOCAL


Crime briefs: Student hit with cellphone

Deputies with the Newton County Sheriff's Office are working to identify a young female who reportedly threw a cellphone and injured a 10-year-old student while arguing with the student on a school bus.

March 08, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Roommate fight leads to woman's arrest

A Jackson woman now faces a charge of simple battery after she reportedly fought with her roommate.

March 08, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


CMS Cardinals visit Atlanta Hawks

Cousins Middle School's chorus and its cheerleaders recently attended and performed at an Atlanta Hawks game.

March 08, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


District 112 candidates square off at forum

(Watch the video from the debate by clicking here.)

March 08, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Don't forget to set clocks 1 hour ahead

Winter has dragged on in much of the country, but here's a sign spring is close at hand: Daylight saving time arrives this weekend.

March 08, 2014 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Covington man fatally shot in Augusta

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Law officers say they've taken six young people into custody -- including one who has been charged with murder -- after a fatal shooting in the parking lot of a Kroger grocery store in Augusta.

March 08, 2014 | Associated Press | LOCAL


One WB I-20 lane to be closed next week for construction

One lane on I-20 west in Newton County will be closed from Sunday through Thursday for bridge work.

March 08, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO: Man inappropriately grabs teen

A man has been charged with cruelty to children and child molestation after he reportedly inappropriately touched a teen while at a gas station.

March 07, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Mansfield Mayor Middlebrooks resigns

Mansfield Mayor Estona Middlebrooks resigned from her position Thursday afternoon, citing a lack of time to devote to the position, though she had also faced questioning and criticism for months from council members and residents about spending of city funds.

March 06, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Alpha Academy principal resigns, may face charges

A Covington man who resigned last week as principal at the Alpha Academy, Rockdale County Public Schools' program for students with disciplinary issues, is being considered for charges of sexual battery after allegations of inappropriate behavior arose from a student.

March 06, 2014 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


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DeKalb superintendent talks leading through unity

DeKalb County School System Superintendent Michael Thurmond challenged Newton County's leaders Friday to expand their comfort zones across racial, economic and geographical barriers and to listen and concern themselves with the welfare of all their constituents. He asked leaders to join him in his "bold, new vision" for a Georgia that isn't separated by race, location, style of living or even political party, but is instead unified.

January 11, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Nelson Heights gets $8,000 more in funding

The newly reorganized Nelson Heights Community Center is impressing county commissioners, who have voted to give the center an additional $8,000 for the second half of fiscal year 2014.

January 11, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Elementary student threatens another with knife

A Flint Hill Elementary School student was charged with terroristic threats after allegedly threatening to kill another student with a knife.

January 11, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Flint Hill dedicates new track to Jonah Barnett

Flint Hill Elementary School students, faculty and community residents walked a newly paved running and walking track in silence Friday afternoon in memory of Jonah Barnett, a former student who died last year after a nearly lifelong battle with brain cancer.

January 11, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Monte Carlo fundraiser set for Southern Heartland

Southern Heartland Arts, Inc. will host its annual fundraiser, Monte Carlo for the Arts, sponsored by United Bank and Air Conditioning Specialists, Feb. 8 in the Conference and Event Center at Georgia Piedmont Technical College.

January 11, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Hands on Newton, Rams United plan MLK event

Two volunteer groups are teaming up to hold a community service event to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s commitment to service.

January 11, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


NCCA offers additional pre-K class

The New Year has brought in additional Pre-K slots at the Newton College and Career Academy.

January 11, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


4-H forever: 70 youths present projects

Seventy young people in fourth through sixth grades competed for top honors at 4-H County Project Achievement Thursday.

January 11, 2014 | Terri Kimble Fullerton Columnist | LOCAL


Info from executive sessions can be shared

Local governments in Newton County and across the state regularly meet in executive sessions, closed to the public, to discuss sensitive topics, but it's not illegal for elected officials to share information discussed in executive sessions, according to one of the state's leading open meetings experts.

January 11, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Local man killed in train crash

Newton County resident Richard "Rick" Furry, 49, was killed Sunday evening when his semi-truck got stuck on a railroad crossing in Morgan County and was hit by a train.

January 10, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington woman talks 'colorism' with Oprah

A Covington freelance writer and mother of three is sharing her experiences dealing with "colorism" on 'Oprah's Lifeclass' - a television program that seeks to help viewers live their best lives. It airs tonight at 9 p.m. on the OWN Network.

January 09, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Troy plans blood drive

Troy University's Covington Campus will host a blood drive Tuesday, Jan 21, from noon-5 p.m. at 1160 Monticello St.

January 09, 2014 | Sue Horn | LOCAL


County Manager Middleton to retire in late '14

County Manager John Middleton announced Tuesday he will retire in late 2014 after a 14-year career with Newton County.

January 09, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Two charged in cellphone battery thefts

Two men who claimed to be power company employees were arrested Tuesday for reportedly stealing more than $8,000 worth of batteries from cellphone towers in Oxford and Social Circle.

January 09, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Motorist shoots himself in the head

A Norcross man, initially thought to be injured in an auto accident Sunday, reportedly had a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

January 09, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


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