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Patriot Guard rider on the lookout for “Lil Bear”

James Royster has used his love for riding his motorcycle to help others in a time of grief.

October 12, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Piedmont Newton hospital to become tobacco and smoke-free campus

Piedmont Newton Hospital will be a tobacco and smoke-free campus starting Nov. 17.

October 12, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Red Cross to conduct Home Fire Campaigns

The Red Cross of Georgia will look to set the record for the highest number of smoke alarms installed in a single day during more ...

October 12, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County finance director resigns

Michelle Kelly has resigned as Newton County's Director of Finance.

October 11, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


New events for Christmas, New Year’s Eve highlight downtown lineup

When people gathered around the Newton County Historic Courthouse in downtown Covington for the lighting of the Square and Christmas tree and Santa's return ...

October 11, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Caldwell and Cowan embalmer completes advanced training

Christine Banks, embalmer at Caldwell and Cowan Funeral Home, completed more than 130 hours of specialized embalming and reconstructive training in Springfield, Missouri recently.

October 10, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Butterfly Garden dedicated at Academy Springs park

The Satsuki Garden Club hosted a dedication to Covington's new pollinator garden in Academy Springs Park, off Conyers Street and Legion Drive, Monday.

October 10, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Students celebrate day of peace

Students at the Montessori School of Covington gathered around the school's peace pole to celebrate the International Day of Peache on Sept. 21.

October 10, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


FMA entertains while educating middle school students

Using hip hop, dance, film and comedy, Forces in Motion (FMA) Live! made Sir Isaac Newton's Three Laws of Motion and Universal Law of ...

October 09, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


WSA and county to move forward on water initiative

The proposal could help Newton County out of its financial woes.

October 09, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Jason Smith named Teacher of the Year

Jason Smith wept and hugged his wife and sons when he was announced as the Newton County School System's top teacher.

October 09, 2016 | Duane M. Ford | LOCAL


Village completes community housing initiative

After three years, the Village of Porterdale completed the Georgia Initiative for Community Housing and Mayor Arline Chapman and City Manager Bob Thomson were part ...

October 09, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


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Case Update: Whitehead twins trial postponed

(September 12, 2012) The trial of the teen Whitehead twins who allegedly killed their mother by beating and stabbing her to death in 2010 has been postponed until a later date to be decided. The trial had been due to start Sept. 26.

September 12, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Racial slurs written on a woman’s car

A woman said someone wrote a racial slur on her vehicle some time between Friday night and Saturday morning. According to a report from the Newton County Sheriff's Office, someone walked onto a property at Trotters Court and wrote three words on the rear windshield of the woman's 1999 Mercury Grand Marquis with white shoe polish or soap.

September 11, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Court upholds ’03 murder conviction

The Georgia Supreme Court reversed a ruling Monday that threw out the murder convictions and death sentence for William David Riley, convicted of killing his three young children in a fire on Aug. 16, 2000.

September 11, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Murderer sues Newton jailers

Convicted murderer Pablo Maldonado may have left Newton County for death row, but the lawsuits he filed still linger on, including one against the Newton County Sheriff's Office, Sheriff Ezell Brown and several NCSO deputies working in the jail.

September 11, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Remembering 9/11

South Salem Elementary School Principal Holly Dubois doesn't believe terrorism is an appropriate topic for young children, but she does believe in having children remember their country's past and honor the heroes that protect them.

September 11, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Accident causes congestion on Ga. Highway 36

An accident has blocked part of Ga. Highway 36 near Mabry Road, south of County Road 213.

September 11, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newspapers are a great resource for the family researcher

How can I find my relatives in newspapers? Why are newspapers so important in learning about my ancestors? Have you ever seen a Historical newspaper?

September 08, 2012 | Ellen Blakeslee | LOCAL


Crime briefs: Man attacks woman

Deputies with the Newton County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to the area of Flat Shoals Road in reference to a battery call around 3 p.m. on Thursday.

September 08, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log, Sept. 9

Charles Leroy Lloyd, 68, Sharpsburg, Aug. 23. Contempt of superior court.

September 08, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NSCO fixes underreporting stats error

Newton County School Resource Officers have a refined process for reporting incidents that happen in Newton County schools after an oversight caused around 1,200 reports to be omitted from those given to local media.

September 08, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Locals moved by spirit of convention

Sharron Brown-Willis didn't get to attend Barack Obama's historic nomination as the presidential candidate for Democratic Party in 2008, but she was thrilled to settle for attending the second time around.

September 08, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


21 industries looking at Newton Co.

More than 20 industries are looking to locate or relocate to Newton County, and officials hope that means bright economic times are ahead.

September 08, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Road construction projects coming

Newton County residents will see more construction on roads around the county by the end of this year after the board of commissioners approved four road projects on Tuesday.

September 08, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Eastside’s first drum major visits

Eastside began playing varsity football on Sept. 6, 1996 and the high school's inaugural drum major was a sophomore Lori Johnson.

September 08, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local rock band vying for big break

At first glance, Newton County natives might have trouble believing Chris Nichols is a Mansfield boy. Sure he's the soft-spoken, 30-year-old head chef at Bess' Place in Newborn, but his exterior tells a different tale of his true passion.

September 06, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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