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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

No recommendations from county on ordinances so far

Staff is still reviewing Newton County's ordinances less than two weeks after a five-week moratorium was placed on permits for places of worship.

August 28, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

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Rail corridor now up for public sale

The no-longer-used Norfolk Southern railroad line that runs through Newton County is now up for public sale.

December 01, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Pedestrian killed trying to cross road

Benita O'Neal Marks, 57, of Covington, was killed Thursday as she attempted to cross Ga. Highway 36 at Lassiter Street around 6:50 p.m.

A 2007 Ford F150 driven by Derrick Nichols of Covington was traveling south when Marks reportedly stepped in front of his vehicle, according to Georgia State Patrol spokesman Gordy Wright. Nichols did stop his vehicle when he struck Marks.

December 01, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Baxter coming could help big development

Plans are moving forward on a massive mixed-use residential and commercial development in Conyers, and, although the project isn't aimed at Baxter International employees, project officials believe the modern development could benefit from the medical company's arrival.

December 01, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Explaining the next education SPLOST

The Newton County School Board recently approved moving forward with the education Special Local Option Sales Tax referendum, but that's just the beginning. The BOE wants to continue SPLOST, but some taxpayers are dubious - so how does that one cent affect the students of Newton County?

What is the education SPLOST?

December 01, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Parade Proposal

It all started in the eighth grade at Cousins Middle School. That's when 21-year-old Andrew Terrell first saw Kaila Sills in his homeroom. That first meeting led the couple to where they are today. Engaged after a surprise proposal at the annual Covington Christmas parade Saturday.

December 01, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Family feud with Bobo and a broom

Police responded to a couple fighting over the custody of their child Friday and arrested one person.

They spoke with the couple and the female reportedly told them her child's father and boyfriend of two years, Kevin Bobo, was threatening to take their 10-moth-old away from her, causing a heated argument between the two.

December 01, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

NFL player killed girlfriend, then self

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher fatally shot his girlfriend early Saturday, then drove to Arrowhead Stadium and committed suicide in front of his coach and general manager after first thanking them for everything they had done for him, police said.

December 01, 2012 | Associated Press | LOCAL

Development gains from Baxter halo

IN BRIEF: The company behind the Corner Market and Village at Almand Creek Apartments has started the process of studies for the 308-acre plot of land in Conyers that has long been in the works for mixed use commercial and residential development. However, a spokesperson said project was not related to the Baxter International medical manufacturing development. "It's not related per se," said development coordinator David Roeper. "If it doesn't do anything else, it brings more attention to the I-20 east corridor. That news clearly impacts us."

November 30, 2012 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL

Two arrested in drug-related shooting

Alton Andrew Jackson, Jr., 21, of Atlanta, and Terrence T. Sheppard, 21, of Decatur were arrested Wednesday and charged with armed robbery and aggravated assault after a 28-year-old Covington man was hospitalized with a non-life threatening gunshot wound.

November 29, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Wrong way driver charged with DUI

De'Quan Allen Caldwell was arrested early Sunday morning after reportedly driving the wrong way on I-20.

November 29, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

How much water do we have?

As county officials continue to await the government permits needed to begin work on the proposed Bear Creek Reservoir, they're taking steps to prepare the site in southeast Newton County for construction.

November 29, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Female killed trying to cross street

UPDATE: Benita O'Neal Marks, 57, of Covington, was killed tonight as she attempted to cross Ga. Highway 36 at Lassiter Street around 6:50 p.m.

November 29, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Crime briefs: Shots fired in Covington

A Covington man was arrested the evening of Thanksgiving after officers were called to a home on Bent Pine Court regarding shots fired.

November 27, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

County votes to not pursue trail funding

The Newton County Board of Commissioners voted to deny applying for a $100,000 funding from the Georgia Recreational Trails Program through the Department of Natural Resources at their Nov. 20 meeting.

November 27, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL

Vision for Salem Road advances

Salem Road is already one of the county's main commercial corridors, but county officials realize it likely won't reach its potential as a true destination to both shop and live in without some changes.

November 27, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

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