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Owens resigns as Interim County Manager

Just as Newton County's Director of Human Resources sent notices to the media on Tuesday, Dec. 22 that the Board of Commissioners (BOC) may ...

December 23, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Rockdale Sheriff's Office files robbery charges against woman

Charges were filed against a 31-year-old female, suspected of being involved with Tuesday's attempted robbery of Lowe's Home Improvement Center in Conyers and ...

December 23, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Fleeing suspect shuts down roads near Hwy. 212

Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) deputies joined Rockdale County Sheriff's deputies and Conyers Police Tuesday in setting up a perimeter block along highways ...

December 22, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Local artist captures holiday scenes on shop windows

She really does do windows.

December 22, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


The miracle of two baby boys celebrated this Christmas

Christmas at the Waddleton house this year will be more than a celebration.

December 22, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Over $8,000 raised during Dine Out Newton County fundraiser

Newton County residents were generous Nov. 5, spent over $78,000 on breakfast, lunch or dinner while making sure children in need get fed.

December 20, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Johnston: A bright future ahead for Covington

Dear city of Covington residents,

December 19, 2015 | Ronnie Johnston | LOCAL


Car break-ins spread through Sterling Lakes

Several vehicles were broken into in the Sterling Lakes subdivision in Covington late Tuesday into early Wednesday.

December 17, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Safety tips for the Christmas season

The Holiday season can often be hectic with decorations needing to be put up, family visiting, traveling and shopping. With all that going on it ...

December 17, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Christmas decorations stolen in Covington

The Holiday season was made a little darker for some as Christmas decorations were stolen from two locations in Covington late Monday or early Tuesday.

December 17, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Three NCSS schools named Title I Reward Schools

The Georgia Department of Education has announced that three Newton County schools have been named 2015 Title I Reward Schools - East Newton Elementary, Mansfield Elementary ...

December 15, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Communication is vital to governing

Newton County has several matters awaiting a decision by the Board of Commissioners. The board has rightfully sought public input and employed citizen committees to ...

December 14, 2015 | Jerry Roseberry | LOCAL


County gets closer to new charter

The Newton County Board of Commissioners are looking to have a new county charter presented during the first meeting of the new year, and got ...

December 14, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


4-H’er builds prosthetic hands

If you're looking for 11-year-old home school seventh grader Croswell "CJ" Harris, you can often find him in the basement.

December 13, 2015 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


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What to do with downtown parking?

If Mystic Grill is any indication, the influx of people coming to Covington for lunch and dinner will increase with the opening of the Irish Bread and Your Pie restaurants in 2016.

September 23, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Newton County files motion against Sam Hay

Newton County Attorney W.T. "Tommy" Craig and attorney Edward Tolley filed a response to Sam Hay's lawsuit against Newton County Monday, answering several allegations that the county did not answer open records requests and seeking legal fees from Hay.

September 22, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Southern Heartland announces Artful Harvest winners

The painting "Three Sisters," by Bernadette Smith won first place recently at the Southern Heartland's Annual Artful Harvest Art Show.

September 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


School system, chamber select teachers of the year

Twenty-three teachers have been named Newton County School System and the New County Chamber of Commerce's 2014 to 2015 teachers of the year.

September 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Craig replies to Corps of Engineers letter

In a 10-page letter with 68 pages of attachments, Newton County Attorney W. T. "Tommy" Craig told Edward B. Johnson Jr., Chief of the Piedmont Branch of the Savannah District of the Army Corps of Engineers the number of project managers assigned to oversee the county's 404 permit for the proposed Bear Creek Supply Reservoir, which began in 2000, may had caused confusion and misunderstanding.

September 21, 2015 | Sandra L. Brands | LOCAL


NMC to host events for Breast Cancer Awareness

Anchored in Hope is the theme for this year's Hope events for breast cancer awareness sponsored by Newton Medical Center's Women's Diagnostic Center and Auxiliary. The events are hosted around the month of October, which is nationally recognized as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This year marks the 11th anniversary of the Hope festivities which all started with a luncheon and fashion show hosted by a group of Red Hatters and has grown over the years to include portraits of survivors displayed in the windows of downtown merchants and a free concert on the Covington Square.

September 21, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Investigation busts meth headquarters in hotel room

CONYERS - Four people have been arrested for selling a large amount of methamphetamine while using a hotel room in Rockdale County as their base of operations.

September 21, 2015 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


Corps of Engineers at standstill on reservoir permit

Newton County's request for a special leniency in its Section 404 Permit application, needed for the proposed Bear Creek Supply Reservoir, was denied, adding another road block to the county's long-time water project.

September 20, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington shows off Legion Park

The green space on Mill Street, behind the Covington Family Y, has long been an area Newton County residents have gone to for a little respite and entertainment for years.

September 19, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


NMC to host events for Breast Cancer Awareness

Anchored in Hope is the theme for this year's Hope events for breast cancer awareness sponsored by Newton Medical Center's Women's Diagnostic Center and Auxiliary. The events are hosted around the month of October, which is nationally recognized as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This year marks the 11th anniversary of the Hope festivities which all started with a luncheon and fashion show hosted by a group of Red Hatters and has grown over the years to include portraits of survivors displayed in the windows of downtown merchants and a free concert on the Covington Square.

September 19, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Parrotheads to find paradise in Newton County

Nearly four decades ago, Jimmy Buffet started bringing his unique style of Reggae and islander inspired Country music to a very welcoming audience. Today, those same fans, called Parrotheads, are still hungry for more of Buffet's signature style and music, but unfortunately this hunger cannot always be satiated in a live setting. However, for parrotheads in Newton County, the chance to listen to their favorite Buffet classics has arrived.

September 19, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Keeping the Yellow River alive

Volunteers (top) started near the Mt. Tabor overpass, heading seven miles downstream to Yellow River Park, Porterdale. Even children (right) like Chad Allen and Enzleigh Wagy, donned gloves and got into the act. (Below) Cassidy Delancey paddles down river. Tonya Bechtler of Mansfield, bottom, brought kayaks for people to use during the cleanup. (BOTTOM) Volunteers brought or borrowed kayaks to help with the annual Rivers Alive cleanup of the Yellow River on Saturday. The kayakers cleaned a stretch of river seven miles long. (photos by Tonya Bechtler and Sandra Brands)

September 19, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Three arrested in Silos fatal shooting

COVINGTON - Three arrests have been made in the shooting that left a 26-year-old Newton man dead in the Silos of Ellington neighborhood in September.

September 18, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton man charged with killing wife and son

Bernadene S. Lebert-Davis, 43 of Newton County and Robert M. Kelli-Davis, 21 of Newton County, were shot and killed in a residence on the 100 block of Helm Drive off Almon Road Thursday.

September 18, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Double homicide on Helm Drive

Newton County Sheriff's Office deputies are on the scene of a double homicide on the 100 block of Helm Drive, near Almon Road and I-20.

September 17, 2015 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


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