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12-year-old breaks into Clements Middle

A 12-year-old reportedly broke into Clements Middle School Sunday.

February 25, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Four face drug charges after tip

A tip received by officers with the Covington Police Department led to the arrests of four people who reportedly were found with methamphetamine at a hotel Saturday.

February 25, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Man gets second DUI charge in span of weeks

A man who reportedly gave a Newton County Sheriff's deputy DUI papers instead of his driver's license was again charged with DUI Friday.

February 25, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Live Oak to hold Mini Relay for Life

Students and teachers at Live Oak Elementary School will soon host a mini Relay for Life event to raise funds for cancer research.

February 25, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log

Courtney Darnell Feagin, 29, Conyers, Feb. 10. Probation violation.

February 25, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Fashion show promotes heart health

Chi Tau Omega Chapter hosted its 2nd annual Pink Goes Red Fashion Show and Heart Awareness Forum at Stonecrest Mall on Saturday, Feb. 9, to raise awareness and promote the prevention of heart disease.

February 25, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Deadline looms for decision on car tax

Georgians who purchased a new or used automobile in 2012 or in early 2013 have until Friday to decide if they want to continue to pay annual car taxes or pay a one-time tax up-front.

February 25, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Scholarship gala to honor Goodman

The Newton County Historical Committee on Black Heritage Preservation is honoring City Councilwoman Janet Goodman at its first Scholarship Gala Friday, Feb. 28, beginning at 6 p.m., at Under the Stars Banquet Center in Oxford. Tickets are $25.

February 25, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Settlement ends Mansfield Power Line Conflict

Mansfield officials' two-and-half-year fight to prevent a new power line from being built through their city has fallen short, as the city agreed this month to accept a $250,000 settlement.

February 25, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Crash kills 20-year-old

A single-vehicle crash killed a 20-year-old Covington man and sent two others to the hospital.

February 25, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington Explorers compete in Gatlinburg

Twenty-four young adults in the Covington Police Explorers program recently traveled to Gatlinburg, Tenn., to take part in the 2014 Boy Scouts of America Winterfest Competition, and placed in one of the competitions.

February 25, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


20-year-old killed in fiery car crash

A fatal single-vehicle crash killed a 20-year-old Covington man and sent two others to the hospital.

February 24, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Arbor Day Celebration

Arbor Day Celebration in Newborn Ga.

February 23, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


Former Main Street director takes over retail recruitment

The Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce decided to fill its vacant industrial recruiter position in-house, tabbing retail recruiter Dave Bernd, a former 33-year Kimberly Clark executive, to lead its efforts.

February 22, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


NCSO honors former deputy killed in Afghanistan

The family of a Mansfield man killed Christmas Eve 2012 in Afghanistan accepted honors and recognitions on the man's behalf for his heroic services globally and in the Newton County community.

February 22, 2014 | Danielle Everson | 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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