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County tightens laws for group homes

Newton County residents have consistently spoken out against efforts to open group or personal care homes in their neighborhoods, saying extra traffic and noise will ruin the peaceful nature of their neighborhoods and open the door for future unwanted development.

May 31, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


HBO's “Bessie” to film in Covington

Just weeks after the crew of the Martin Luther King Jr. biopic "Selma" filmed in Covington, another film about an African-American icon is coming to town.

May 31, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


City hires new transportation director

Covington's newest transportation director has built interstates and worked on the busiest stretches of highway in Atlanta, and he's looking forward to a chance of pace.

May 31, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


10 excuses not to go to camp answered

We're down to the last days of camp registration, and lucky for you there are still a few spaces available! Are your ready for your child to have the most amazing week of adventure?

May 31, 2014 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


Special needs student honorary driver

An Eastside student became an honorary truck driver for the day when Walmart honored him for overcoming the many obstacles life has placed in his path.

May 31, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Dance studio owner fleeing?

About 50 local parents are owed money by a local dance studio and had to tell their kids their dance recital might not have been able to happen after the studio's owner shut down the studio, stopped responding to calls and planned to move out of town.

May 31, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


2 WB lanes on I-20 to close this weekend

Expect delays this weekend as highway construction projects on I-20 in Newton County continue, weather permitting.

May 30, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


CSX employee injured in Social Circle

A CSX railroad employee was significantly injured at General Mills' distribution center in Social Circle around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

May 29, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Southeastern Newton to get better AT&T 4G coverage

AT&T recently installed a new mobile internet cell site on Ga. Highway 213 near Mansfield that will boost the company's 4G access in the area.

May 29, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Jazz by the River concert returns June 6

For the fourth straight year, locals are invited to sit by the river and enjoy a picnic with friends and family while listening to the sounds of a local jazz artist. And the proceeds go to a good cause.

May 29, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Nationwide phone scam reaches Social Circle

When a Social Circle resident received a phone call from a police officer threatening to arrest him unless he paid a fine to void a warrant, he sensed something was fishy.

May 29, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Another car title loan approved on Salem Road

Another car title loan business is coming to the Salem Road corridor.

May 29, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


School system, SAFARI Montage partnership wins techn award

If you're looking for a globally leading technology partnership, your search doesn't need to go farther than Newton County limits.

May 29, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Students to learn to grow, prepare food

A pastor, farmer and chef got together one day and decided they were going to revolutionize how local residents think about and consume food. They also want to transform communities while they're at it.

May 29, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


‘Irreplaceable’ Chief Davenport retires

Newton County Fire Service Battalion Chief Terry Davenport asked his fellow firefighters to join him as his final shift ended Thursday, a way to say goodbye to those around him and his career of over 30 years.

May 29, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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D.A. grills Lakemper in murder trial

Seven days after testimony in the trial of accused murderer Cobey Wade Lakemper began, District Attorney Layla Zon began questioning him about the shooting of Wendy Cartledge-Carter and the events that he said led up to her death and the double murder of an elderly couple in North Carolina.

March 26, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Lobbyists push Sunday liquor sales

ATLANTA (AP) - Most any day the Georgia Legislature is in session, you can find lobbyist Jim Tudor of Newborn in an anteroom steps from the House chamber clad in an apron. Tudor is dishing out food for state lawmakers, something he's been doing for years as the face of the Georgia Association of Convenience Stores, whose members want to be able to sell beer and wine on Sundays.

The push to win passage of Sunday alcohol sales appears to operate on a simple assumption: The best way to win a lawmaker's vote is through his stomach.

March 26, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


The Oaks ramps up for the Masters

The Oaks course is bustling with activity as the Masters fast approaches. It's been seasonably warm as spring has arrived and summer fast approaches. Perhaps that's why the greens over at The Oaks course are already, well, green. They're normally playable throughout the year but with the warm weather, the course is in near mid-season form already.

March 26, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Not too late to help in Clean-up today

You can do your part to clean up Newton County by volunteering for the Great Amercian Clean-up today.

March 26, 2011 | Tharon Giddens | LOCAL


Uh-oh: Strong storms possible today

Rain should hold off this morning, but there's a good chance of thunderstorms, some possibly severe, after noon across Newton County.

March 26, 2011 | | LOCAL


Gunman surrenders in Athens

ATHENS - Holding five hostages in an apartment surrounded by police, the suspect in the slaying of a Georgia police officer made an unusual request to negotiators - he wanted to surrender on live TV.

March 26, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Outdoor burning ban in effect today

Wildfires across Georgia are putting a strain on firefighting capacities and led to a ban on outdoor burning, according to the Georgia Forestry Commission.

March 25, 2011 | | LOCAL


State unemployment fund going broke

ATLANTA - State officials are trying to figure out how to meet Georgia's unemployment insurance obligations.

More than 191,000 Georgians received unemployment insurance payments last week. Labor Department officials said the jobless will get their checks, but say the fund is running out of money.

March 25, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Newton could undergo redistricting in 2012

One of the most direct effects of the 2010 Census data will be the redrawing of Newton County's five commission districts, likely in 2012, to ensure that each resident has equal representation.

March 25, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Smiley’s opens in new location

Elvis is back in the building.

March 25, 2011 | Tharon Giddens | LOCAL


Lakemper takes stand

Cobey Wade Lakemper told jurors on Thursday in his death penalty case that the downward spiral of his life that led to the shooting of Wendy Cartledge-Carter in 2005 all started when his fiancée left him and took their young son with her.

March 25, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newton County could appeal census total

Newton County officials are convinced that the county has more than 100,000 people, and they're crunching numbers to make a case to appeal the official 2010 U.S. Census count of 99,958.

March 25, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Court sentencings - March 25

Jack R. Olinger, disorderly conduct. 12 months probation, $200.

March 24, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington woman charged with murder in boyfriend's death

A Covington woman has been arrested by Walton County authorities and charged with the March 18 murder of her boyfriend.

March 24, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Gunmen rob Newton teen

Two men with handguns reportedly robbed a Newton County teen Sunday night as he was walking home.

March 24, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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