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Porterdale police and alumni host block parties this summer

The Porterdale Police Department and Porterdale Citizen's Police Academy Alumni will hold block parties throughout the village on Saturdays through July 23.

May 31, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


UPDATE: GDOT work scheduled this summer

The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) announced its schedule for construction this summer and beyond. While there are four projects on the GDOT list, only ...

May 31, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Motorcyclist dies in single-vehicle crash

A College Park police officer was killed in a single vehicle crash Memorial Day on Interstate 20, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office ...

May 31, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Water treatment upgrades suggested to county leaders

It has been undeniable that a community needs water to survive and thrive.

May 28, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


‘Drastic’ cost-cutting options being looked at by BOC

The Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) heard from constitutional officers from the horseshoe at the Newton County Historic Courthouse Thursday on why their respective ...

May 28, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Two GDOT Newton County road projects to begin this summer

The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) announced its schedule for construction this summer and beyond. While there are four projects on the GDOT list, only ...

May 26, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Former county fire chief appears in court Thursday

Former Newton County Fire Chief Kevin O'Brien appeared in court Thursday as his lawyer, John L. Straus, filed a request for continuance. Judge Horace ...

May 26, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


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Man arrested in restaurant owner killing

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta police say they've made an arrest in connection with the slaying of an Atlanta restaurant owner last month.

Authorities say 53-year-old Vanessa Thrasher was preparing to testify in an upcoming murder trial when she was gunned down at her northwest Atlanta business, OT's Lounge and Soul Food Grill, on Aug. 16.

October 08, 2012 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Online opinions can lead to legal tests

Online commenting. Facebook. Blogging, Social media.

October 07, 2012 | By Norman Baggs Gainesville Times General Manager | LOCAL


City retired employees to get pavers

Covington City Council members approved for pavers that would recognize former employees and city officials to be placed on the sidewalks around the square at their meeting on Monday.

October 06, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


City to spend $4K to evaluate Main Street

The city agreed to fund bringing in a consultant to conduct an evaluation on Main Street Covington at their meeting on Monday.

October 06, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


BOE to discuss local charter school

Newton County's Board of Education will discuss Tuesday whether or not to renew Challenge Charter Academy's charter. This comes on the heels of a resolution, signed by all members but District 1 representative Jeff Meadors, requesting that voters oppose the Constitutional amendment relative to the state approval of charter schools.

October 06, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Shelter gets nearly $15K in donations

The residents of Newton County came to the rescue of the local homeless shelter Friday, donating a combined $14,800 to keep the lights on and the water running.

October 06, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Oak Hill sets the standard

In the lobby of Oak Hill Elementary, the trophy case is packed full of recognition.

In barely more than 10 years since opening, the students, faculty and staff have earned a variety of trophies, but eight bear the 4-H logo.

October 06, 2012 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


Crime: Money taken from Coke machine

A manager and employees at Food Depot reported that two unknown men took money out of the outside Coca-Cola vending machine. According to a report, a Covington police responded to the Food Depot on U.S. Highway 278 on Wednesday around 9 a.m. in reference to someone breaking into the Coke machine.

October 06, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Child molester to be sentenced

Charles Leslie Skrobot is scheduled to be sentenced on charges that he molested a 4-year-old female relative in 2010.

October 06, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Continuance requested in child exploitation case

An attorney for Andrew Patrick Harper, charged with 15 counts of sexual exploitation of children, has asked for a continuance in the case, which was on the trial calendar for Newton County Superior Court Judge Horace Johnson during the week of Oct. 8.

The charges against Harper, 22, stem from his April, 2011 arrest.

October 06, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Woman sets woods on fire

A local woman charged with setting the woods on fire near City Pond and Alcovy Road was ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation.

Alecia Charlette Jackson, 28, was charged at the beginning of the year with arson of lands in the third degree, a felony.

October 06, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


2012 Newton County Mutt Show

Dozens of puppies and dogs came out Saturday morning to strut their stuff for the Humane Society's annual Newton County Mutt Show fundraiser.

The show, hosted on the Covington square, began at 10 a.m. and featured five different categories: Face Only a Mother Can Love, Most Beautiful, Most Handsome, Best Dressed, and Best Trick. First, second, and third place ribbons were awarded in each category.

October 06, 2012 | Rachel Goff | LOCAL


Conyers cracks down on local spa

Two people were recently charged under Conyers' new regulations on spa businesses, the first such charges after the city began cracking down massage parlors.

October 06, 2012 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Help keep our ‘Rivers Alive’

Update: Laurie Riley, executive director of Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful, said the staging area for the "Rivers Alive" event has changed.

October 05, 2012 | Hayley Williams | LOCAL


Lane closures begin Oct. 9

Georgia DOT maintenance crews have scheduled to continue tractor mowing on Ga. Highway 212 and Ga. Highway 36 and have scheduled to continue roadway ditch maintenance requiring a single lane closure on Ga. Highway 12, Ga. Highway 142 and Ga. Highway 162 in Newton County. This work is tentatively scheduled daily between 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., weather permitting.

Flagmen may be used for this work. Motorists are asked to use caution, reduce their speed and be alert to changing traffic conditions.

October 04, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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