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County to ramp up social media

Work is already well under way to bring Newton County's website into the current age, but county leaders are also planning to build a social media presence to connect with more citizens.

March 11, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Woman with reported mental illness arrested in car theft at hospital

A woman who family members reportedly said had a known case of schizophrenia reportedly stole another woman's car from Newton Medical Center Saturday.

March 11, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Mass. man walking for heroes

His original intent was to head to what he called "sea to shining sea" from Boston, west to Los Angeles. However, after heading south to visit his nephew in Connecticut, he then continued to New York and the Long Island National Cemetery where his father is buried. That gave him the inspiration to walk to Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C. From there his journey went south through the Carolinas and into Georgia, trying to escape the snow, before now heading west along I-20 past Newton and Rockdale.

March 11, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Burglary report leads to drug arrest

A woman who initially reported that her home was being burglarized later found that her daughter and a Maryland man were hiding in the home.

March 11, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Obama endorses Rep. Hank Johnson

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 won't investigate alleged improper touching by first-grader

Officials with the Newton County Sheriff's Office said an incident involving a 7-year-old male touching other female students at West Newton Elementary school will be handled internally by the school system.

March 11, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful seeking volunteers

Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful (KCNB) needs volunteers to clean up roadside litter during the Great American Cleanup, the nation's largest annual community improvement program. KCNB's kickoff event will be at 9 a.m. March 29 at Longhorn Steakhouse of Covington, rain or shine.

March 11, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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


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Holiday lights finally coming down

The square was still in a festive spirit this week, but only because the bitter cold prevented crews from taking down Christmas lights around the square.

January 09, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Crime briefs: Old friend reportedly attacks woman

A woman reported that she was attacked by an old friend Sunday in the parking lot at Merryvale Assisted Living.

January 09, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Whitehead sister pleads guilty

Tasmiyah Whitehead, one of the young twin sisters charged with the bloody 2010 killing of their mother in Conyers, pleaded guilty today to voluntary manslaughter and other charges.

January 09, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Water leaks slow as weather warms

Calls for broken water pipes slowed Thursday, though dozens of residents were still discovering leaks as the water in their pipes fully thawed after this week's hard freeze.

January 09, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Some find health insurers have no record of them

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Record-keeping snags could complicate the start of insurance coverage this month as millions of people begin using policies they purchased under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

January 09, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Lowest gas price - Jan. 9

The lowest price for regular fuel is $3.11 at Marathon, located at 1032 Dixie Road and Ga. Highway 142.

January 09, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Cold spell leaves broken pipes in wake

Updates, Wednesday:

January 08, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Lowest gas price - Jan. 8

The lowest price for regular fuel is $3.15 at Citgo, located at 14625 Ga. Highway 36 and Willow Springs Drive.

January 08, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Recycling event planned

DeKalb Academy of Technology & Environment will provide an environmentally sound way to dispose of electronic waste Jan. 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m..

January 07, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Two hospitalized after Social Circle explosion

An explosion in Social Circle sent two men to the hospital Sunday.

January 07, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Newton Medical Center to host blood drive

Newton Medical Center will host a blood drive Thursday in partnership with LifeSouth Community Blood Centers in recognition of National Blood Donor Month.

January 07, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Federal candidates in Newton Thursday

U.S. Senate candidate Karen Handel and U.S. House of Representatives candidate Mike Collins will speak in Newton County Thursday.

January 07, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Anonymous tip leads to arrest in BP burglaries

An anonymous tip to the Newton County Sheriff's Office led to the arrest of man accused in two December smash-and-grab burglaries.

January 07, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Newton County jail log

Gail Marie Baucom, 45, P.O. Box 626, Oxford, Dec. 22. Obstruction of driver's view or interference with control, simple battery.

January 07, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Vietnam was only the beginning of this soldier's story

Occasionally, an interview with a veteran challenges my creative abilities. How do I properly relate the story of a military career seemingly beyond normal human aptitudes? This is one of those stories, much too condensed to suitably honor hard-earned accomplishments.

January 07, 2014 | Pete Mecca | LOCAL


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