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GPTC students awarded gold, silver & bronze medals

Georgia Piedmont Technical College students won big during the 50th Annual SkillsUSA Leadership and Skills Conference held in Kansas City, Missouri. The school had a phenomenal showing with students winning gold, silver and bronze medals.

July 10, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


BOE: first public hearing on '15 millage rate

The Newton County Board of Education adopted a tentative 2014-2015 budget based on a total millage rate of 20.45 mills.

July 10, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Woman who left son in car wins custody

A Buford woman who was arrested in Covington last year for leaving her 5-year-old son in her vehicle received judge-ordered full custody of him after apparently proving she overcame her drug addiction, leaving the child's father unhappy and ready to appeal.

July 10, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Restriping to close I-20 EB lanes this weekend

After a holiday weekend respite, Georgia Department of Transportation crews and contractors return to the roadways this weekend for improvements including sections of I-20 in Rockdale and Newton and I-285 on the northwest side.

July 10, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Arrest made in Newton Co murder

A man identified as a suspect in Thursday's murder of a Newton County man was arrested in Orlando Thursday.

July 10, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Film coming to Covington needs extras

Extras are needed for a new production set to begin Sunday in Covington and throughout Newton County and Conyers.

July 09, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


NCSO conducting internal investigation

The Newton County Sheriff's Office is conducting an internal investigation after it was discovered an individual was being held at the Newton County Detention Center following an erroneous arrest in another jurisdiction.

July 09, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Police look for hit and run driver

Conyers police are asking for the public's help finding a hit-and-run driver who left a man seriously injured on Interstate 20 early Sunday, July 6.

July 09, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Happenings around Newton County

Moore Street resurfacing construction finished

July 08, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Organizer: Fireworks bigger, better in 2015

Mayor Ronnie Johnston estimates that up to 10,000 people watched Saturday's Fourth of July fireworks show, with as many as 2,000 packed into Covington's Square. Monday night, Johnston and the city council credited Robert Foxworthy for making it possible.

July 08, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Yellow River to be established as official water trail

Kayakers and Porterdale residents alike should soon be able to call the river running through their town an official water trail.

July 08, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Grade-level CRCT scores released

School- and grade-level Georgia Criterion Referenced Competency Test (CRCT) scores were released by the Georgia Department of Education Tuesday, showing positive increases in both elementary and middle school results for the 2013-2014 school year.

July 08, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


NCSO to hold annual school supply drive

The Newton County Sheriff's Office is partnering with Washington Street Community Center, the Salvation Army and the A.K.A. Sorority Inc. for its Annual Back to School Supply Drive.

July 08, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Salem Camp Meeting schedule

Friday, July 11

July 08, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


City to consider fire code options

Old buildings might not meet new fire codes. But city officials are considering ways to ensure that doesn't mean those buildings have to close their doors.

July 08, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


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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


Economic Development Strategy unveiled this week

Leadership Collaborative officials presented their Economic Development Strategy for Newton County to the media Wednesday. The strategy was written because collaborative officials think that Newton County is at an important crossroad in its development.

"We need to focus on economic development," County Chairman Kathy Morgan said. "Where are we now? Where do we want to be in 2020? In 2050?"

March 06, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Senate targets tax delinquents

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Senate leaders are pushing a change that would allow the chamber to sanction or oust legislators who haven't paid their taxes.

It comes as a Department of Revenue report revealed that 22 lawmakers are delinquent on their tax bills, some owing taxes that date as far back as 2002. That's roughly 10 percent of Georgia's 236 state lawmakers.

March 04, 2009 | The Associated Press | LOCAL


NCSO helps nab internet predator in Alaska

An Alaskan man was arrested on various sexual charges after reportedly chatting with a Newton County Sheriff's Office investigator that he believed was a 13-year-old girl.

March 04, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Former county chairman, state legislator, businessman passes away

Most of those who had come to call Jack Hays Morgan Sr. a friend met him through business, politics, church or through the many acts of kindness he humbly performed throughout his life.

March 04, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Little Mr. and Miss Newton County

Bright smiles: The winners of the 2009 Mr. and Miss Newton County are Austin Wilson, 5, (left) son of Billy Wilson and the late Alisha Rowe, and Cali Smith, 5, daughter of Cindy and David Smith.

Super dancer: Antonio Shy Jr., 4, winner of the talent category performs the Superman dance from hit song of rapper Souljah Boy.

March 04, 2009 | Anthoney Banks | LOCAL


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