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Motion for arrest warrant for Keith Ellis dismissed

A motion to issue an arrest warrant for Newton County Chairman Keith Ellis was dismissed by Chief Magistrate Court Judge Henry Baker Tuesday morning.

August 18, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Help sought in kidnapping case, reward offered

Crime Stoppers Atlanta is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment in a case of aggravated ...

August 18, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

No students injured in NCSS school bus accident

There were no injuries reported after a Newton County School System bus was involved in a head-on collision Monday.

August 18, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Covington Library closed this week

The Covington branch of the Newton County Library System is closed after the HVAC unit broke down Friday.

August 17, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Demands for senior services will rise at as population ages

There's no place like home.

August 17, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

William Winston arrested in murder of Caylen Gooch

UPDATE: COVINGTON - William Dontrel Winston has been arrested for the murder of 19-year-old Caylen Gooch.

August 17, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

School threats occurring across the state

This week there were two threats called in to two Newton County Schools. A week previous, there was another.

August 17, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL

Stay hydrated, my friends

It is hot outside.

August 16, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Middle Ridge Elementary media specialist name South Metro District Media Specialist of the Year

The awards keep coming for Middle Ridge Elementary School media specialist Tammy Privette. Last spring, she was named Newton County School System's 2015 Media ...

August 16, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

NCSS to start $5 million negotiation with county

The Newton County School Board (BOE) has agreed to engage in financial negotiations with the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) that could eventually lead ...

August 16, 2015 | Martin Rand | LOCAL

John Douglas returns to work at GPC

Newton County Commissioner John Douglas has returned to work at Georgia Perimeter College after he was placed on paid administrative leave following Douglas' admission that ...

August 14, 2015 | | LOCAL

Porterdale Elementary cleared

Porterdale Elementary School was cleared after receiving a telephoned threat concerning the safety of the school Friday morning.

August 14, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Solid Waste panel meeting cancelled

The meeting of the solid waste citizen panel that had been scheduled for Friday, August 14 has been cancelled

August 13, 2015 | | LOCAL

Ombre 'doing very well' after dramatic rescue

Thanks to quick-thinking neighbors and the Newton County Fire Service, Ombre the horse was saved from near certain death Sunday after an apparent prank gone ...

August 13, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL

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Water authority looks into rail line

The 16-miles of Norfolk Southern railroad in Newton County could be a potential corridor for a water main to transport water from the planned Bear Creek Reservoir, but the Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority needs more information before it can make a final call.

April 01, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Officials discuss Walker’s Bend center

Dozens of city and county officials met Wednesday to discuss a potential mixed-used residential apartment, business incubator building in the Walker's Bend neighborhood in Covington, and officials seemed generally in favor.

April 01, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Supporter Spotlight: Trading Spaces

"Trading Spaces on the Square in Covington is no flea market. Owner Heather Lewis, with a penchant for interior design, brings a warm, decorative style to the antiques sold at the store.

March 31, 2011 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL

ICON Aircraft could locate plant in Covington

The light sport aircraft maker considering Covington for a manufacturing plant has been identified as ICON Aircraft, a Los-Angeles based start-up company founded by a former pilot and engineer.

March 31, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Lakemper guilty on all counts

Jurors late Thursday ruled 34-year-old Cobey Wade Lakemper guilty on all counts in the 2005 death of Wendy Cartledge-Carter.

March 31, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Accident slows traffic on I-20

Traffic shutdown: A wreck involving a tractor-trailer truck and a smaller car brought Interstate 20 westbound at Almon Road to a halt for an hour Thursday afternoon. The wreck occurred at about 1:30 p.m. The driver of the car, seen wedged under the truck above, sustained minor injures. Have a breaking news tip? Email us at or call the newsroom at (770) 787-6399.

March 31, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL

County unemployment rate drops slightly

Newton County's unemployment rate declined slightly, from 12.4 percent in January to 12.1 percent for February, according to information released Thursday from the Georgia Department of Labor.

March 31, 2011 | | LOCAL

Sun returns for weekend

If you're tired of clouds and rain, hang in there: Bountiful sun and warmth should arrive for the weekend.

March 31, 2011 | | LOCAL

Tax overhaul stalls

ATLANTA - An overhaul of Georgia taxes has stalled amid objections from Democrats and tea party activists.

They said the plan hikes taxes on the middle class while handing wealthier Georgians a tax break.

March 31, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL

Senate panel approves immigration bill

ATLANTA - A Georgia Senate committee on Wednesday approved an altered version of a House bill that aims to crack down on illegal immigration but kept intact many provisions similar to those in a tough law enacted last year in Arizona.

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the bill sponsored by Rep. Matt Ramsey, R-Peachtree City, but the version that cleared the panel is a hybrid of Ramsey's bill and a similar measure sponsored by Sen. Jack Murphy, R-Cumming. A House committee on Monday had gutted Murphy's bill and substituted the text of Ramsey's bill.

March 31, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL

Wife of slain cop: "We wanted forever"

One of the first things Melissa Rutledge noticed about Buddy Christian 18 years ago was his eyes.

March 30, 2011 | Douglas Moser Barrow County News | LOCAL

Newton lags in county health rankings

Newton County is a leader in Georgia in some unfortunate categories when it comes to health: Obesity, smoking, teen birth rate and in the number of sexually transmitted disease cases, according to a health survey released today.

March 30, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Doctors: Lakemper ‘antisocial’

Attorneys spent much of Monday and Tuesday questioning forensic psychiatrists as to whether Cobey Wade Lakemper was mentally ill during his 2005 crime spree as he's claimed.

March 30, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Bats invade foreclosed Atlanta home

ATLANTA - Neighbors living near a bat-infested Georgia home in foreclosure are trying to figure out what to do about the flying mammals.

They say the smell outside is so overwhelming they can't sit on their porches and enjoy the spring weather.

March 30, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL

County facing more cuts or taxes

Newton County commissioners are in for another tough budget cycle as they have to decide whether to cut the budget yet again or raise the millage rate, this time above the rollback rate, to account for declining tax revenues.

March 30, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

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