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Kelly earns master level certification for downtown development

An original supporter of the Georgia Downtown Association Development Professional Certification program, Josephine Kelly, Executive Director of Main Street Porterdale, recently earned master level certification.

September 03, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Update: Sycamore Street Pizzeria owner arrested following Social Circle shooting

Police have made an arrest following the shooting inside Sycamore Street Pizzeria in Social Circle that occurred early Sunday morning, according to the Social Circle ...

September 01, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

A look at the hidden costs of a DUI

The red and blue lights flash in the rearview mirror. The driver, even befuddled, knows that that means.

September 01, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Elvis performer coming to Newborn

Making a return to Newborn, Lou Vuto will bring legends to life during two shows at the Old Schoolhouse.

August 31, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Commissioners to vote on moratorium

Newton County will hold a special called meeting Tuesday, Sept. 13 to vote on the moratorium on permits for places of worship.

August 31, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Commissioners meet with mosque group

Some members of the Newton County Board of Commissioners met with a group representing the proposed mosque and cemetery on Monday. The mosque and cemetery ...

August 30, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Hearing on moratorium scheduled for Sept. 20

County officials say they have not decided to extend or end a controversial moratorium on permits of places of worship beyond the original Sept. 20 ...

August 30, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Oxford Lions celebrate 65 years

The Oxford Lions celebrates its 65th Anniversary this year. At recent celebrations, members were joined by past presidents, community members, international, state and district Lion ...

August 30, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

State Route 36 roadwork expected to begin mid-fall

Though contractor Knight and Associates is clearing and grubbing land that will become new intersections on State Route 36 near Henderson's Restaurant, actual roadwork ...

August 30, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

ASO performing at Grand Opening for Porter Performing Arts Center

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra is coming to Newton County Sunday, Oct. 2 for a 3 p.m. show presented by the Arts Association of Newton ...

August 30, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Woman arrested for meth at local hotel

A woman was arrested at Homewood Suites in Covington for possession of methamphetamine, according to the Covington Police Department (CPD).

August 29, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Woman has gun pointed at her by driver

A woman reported that a driver pointed a gun at her while she was stopped in her car, according to the Newton County Sheriff's ...

August 29, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Brooks draws satisfaction from original graphic novels

For those with arachnophobia, Brett Brooks has a three book series that might appeal: "How to Kill a Spider," a three part "killology." [See side ...

August 29, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Porterdale artist releases game based on graphic novels

'How to Kill a Spider,' a 'killology' by Brett Brooks has been turned into a card game similar to UNO. Brooks is set to sell ...

August 29, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

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Former NCSS teacher develops flexible software for education

The late poet laureate Maya Angelou was quoted as saying, "If you don't like something, change it."

August 21, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Local storyteller recognized with Parents’ Choice Award

Andy Irwin, 53, storyteller, singer, musician, comedian and master whistler recorded his first children's album, "Andy's' Wild Amphibian Show". His album won a 2016 Parents' Choice Awards after his performance at the International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough, Tennessee, earlier this year.

August 21, 2016 | Jasmine Floyd | LOCAL

Hiring at Newton County School System

The Human Resources Department at Newton County School System (NCSS) has a big job. Among other things, the Department, under the direction of Nyree Sanders, recruits, hires, and on-boards new teachers, administrators, and classified employees (the System's name for non-teaching staff members).

August 21, 2016 | Duane M. Ford | LOCAL

Man robs Chevron gas station in Covington

An armed robbery occurred at the Almon Road Chevron Saturday morning, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

August 20, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

How it happened – Newton County

Editor's note: The following is a statement from Lloyd Kerr, Newton County Manager.

August 19, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

How it happened – Phil Johnson, seller’s agent

Editor's note: The following is a statement from Philip Johnson, agent to Neely Farms Family.

August 19, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Convenience center hours changed

The hours of Newton County's 11 trash collection convenience centers were changed by the county's Solid Waste Authority (SWA) Thursday night.

August 18, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Unknown duo throws fruit at church sign

A complainant claims two people threw cantaloupes at Early Hope Church in Covington, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO).

August 18, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | LOCAL

Proposed place of worship spurs moratorium

Newton County will have a five-week moratorium on permit applications for places of worship after a motion proposed by District 1 Commissioner John Douglas passed unanimously at the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) meeting, attended by a standing-room only crowd, Tuesday night.

August 18, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

County discusses moving community centers under city of Covington

An attempt by some Newton County commissioners to move the operation of Washington Street and Nelson Heights community centers to the city of Covington during Tuesday night's meeting at the Newton County Historic Courthouse was put on hold after commissioner J.C. Henderson said he was not informed of the move in advance.

August 17, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Covington Town Center project resurrected

A development for retail shopping, Class A business space and a hotel has been in the works for two years. First it was on. Then it was off.

August 17, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

NCSO forms Body Worn Camera standard operating procedure

The Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) became one of only three agencies in Georgia to receive a Department of Justice Body Worn Camera (BWC) grant last September.

August 16, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

One bad decision changed and is changing lives

The hundreds of teens gathered outside on a hot and muggy night weren't checking their phones. They didn't talk over each other to the next group of friends. They weren't talking at all. They weren't squirming, eager to leave. Their hands weren't swiping their faces to shoo away bugs. No, they were swatting away tears.

August 14, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Miller attends Washington D.C. Summit on Mort Ewing WLC scholarship

Allen Miller attended the Washington Leadership Conference (WLC) for the Eastside High School Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapter. The Mort Ewing WLC scholarship made it possible for the Eastside student to attend the conference.

August 14, 2016 | Xavier McKnight | LOCAL

Government 101: Leadership and teamwork

This year's presidential election campaign has reached a rarely explored depth of absurdity. One candidate makes claims that few believe and still fewer take seriously. The other has a talent for obfuscation that surpasses Abbott and Costello's "Who's on First" routine for doubletalk. One got nominated through a process that awards name recognition above competence and the other spent years stacking the deck so that there was never any question as to who would be nominated.

August 14, 2016 | Jerry Roseberry | LOCAL

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