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Standing tall: Student overcomes brain injury

When CJ Heard sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in ninth grade, many may have thought it would be easy to throw in the towel and give up on school, athletics and any hopes of college.

June 07, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Woodlee’s Christian Academy to shut down

The private school located on Ga. Hwy 162 walked its final group of graduates this year as school directors made the difficult decision to close the school after four graduating classes.

June 07, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Mansfield youth killed in dirt bike crash

A Mansfield youth died after being ejected from his dirt bike in Jasper County Thursday.

June 06, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


We ride to provide (video)

The annual "we ride to provide" was held in Porterdale Georgia Saturday.

June 06, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


Pests, trash and mold found in hotel

Pests, dirty mattresses and no hot water were just a handful of complaints from guests of Covington Lodge, an extended stay hotel located at 9161 City Pond Rd in Covington.

June 05, 2014 | Samantha Reardon | LOCAL


Knee deep: School in the wetlands

From mud angels to learning about leaves, a group of area teachers and students gained hands-on experience in Georgia's wetlands to better their education and teaching abilities.

June 05, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


County mulls in-home daycares, catering licenses

County officials are going to consider re-allowing in-home day cares and allowing caterers to serve alcohol in the county at special events, after two residents brought up the issues at the May 6 meeting.

June 05, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


The dance will go on

From the heartbreak and frustration recently surrounding the closing of Starbound Dance Studio in Porterdale and its owner's sudden cancellation of a dance recital and failure to refund fees finally came a bright note.

June 05, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


BOE adopts 2015 budget

Even though summer just began, the people working behind the school scenes are ready for next year to begin with a full wallet, doling out more than last year to teachers and other public school employees.

June 05, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Charges pending for dance studio owner

While some parents just want to move on and begin to heal from the sudden closing of Starbound Dance Studio, another group of parents feel they cannot do so until the receive retribution for money the studio's owner, Valerie Odom, as of yet, has failed to refund.

June 05, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Newton Newsflash: Ringo processional

Covington Police Department's fallen K-9 Ringo will be escorted from the Porterdale Police Department to Covington Police Department today between 1:30-2 p.m.

June 05, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton Newsflash: More I-20 road work this weekend

The right lane of I-20 eastbound between mile marker 92-95 will be closed for bridge deck demolition and setting precast panels Sunday.

June 05, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Severe storm advisory

Severe storms are blowing through the area tonight until 9:15 p.m. with winds and wind gusts of 40 mph.

June 05, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Conyers ruptured gas line closed

UPDATE: The ruptured gas line has been shut off and residents and employees can now return to their homes and businesses, according to Conyers Police.

June 05, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Salvation Army to hose June 22 car show

The Covington City Council didn't have its regularly scheduled Monday meeting because it didn't have a quorum - the number of members needed to have a majority vote.

June 05, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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Newborn Council Briefs

 Newborn City Council held a meeting on Oct. 5.

October 21, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NMC’s Wound Care Center receives 2 state-of-the-art hyperbaric chambers

 A large 18-wheeler truck will pull up to The BirthCare Center entrance at Newton Medical Center on Oct. 15 loaded with two new Sechrist hyperbaric oxygen chambers.

October 21, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


A tasty donation

Pasta for police: Covington Elks Lodge No. 1806 recently sponsored a Spaghetti Dinner to raise funds to purchase much-needed Level III bullet-proof vests for the Newton County Sheriff's Department. Shown left to right are Captain Doug Kitchens, Elks State President Larry Capes, Exalted Ruler Butch Woodruff and Sheriff Ezell Brown. To donate contact the NCSO at (678) 625-1400.

October 21, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man sentenced to life for murder of his girlfriend

It took a Newton County jury less than an hour to convict 56-year-old Rick Ray Breedlove of the death of his former girlfriend Pamela Spencer. Judge John Ott then sentenced him to life in prison plus five years for malice murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

On Nov. 6, 2007, a call came in to Newton County 911. No one spoke on the tape, but what could clearly be heard were three piercing screams from Spencer and then two loud gunshots. After there was silence, save for the heavy breathing and groaning coming from ...

October 21, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Harristown to get senior living facility

 The Harristown Neighborhood will be getting a $9 million affordable senior housing facility in late 2010 or early 2011.

October 21, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Walton County Sheriff's Office employee dies at DeKalb Tech

A Walton County Sheriff's employee died Friday during training at the DeKalb Technical College's law enforcement academy.

October 21, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Breedlove found guilty on all charges

A jury found Rick Ray Breedlove guilty of murder in the 2007 death of his then-girlfriend Pamela Spencer. Judge John Ott sentenced him to life in prison plus five years on the charges of malice murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

October 20, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Vioces from the past

On a damp, dreary mid October evening, visitors to the Historic Covington Cemetery were treated to more than tombstones and flowers. At nine selected graves around the cemetery, voices from the past told the story of each site's occupant. From preachers to gypsies, they told a variety of stories that all ended in death.

October 18, 2009 | Tyler Smith | LOCAL


Sen. Douglas seeks funding for recent Crowell Road damage

Sen. John Douglas recently began talks with state and federal Department of Transportation (DOT) officials in order to receive vital funds needed to repair the damage to Crowell Road in Newton County. A section of the essential access road to Interstate 20 at exit 88 was washed out in the recent flooding which devastated many communities in Georgia. Like many areas in Georgia that are facing significant budget shortfalls, Newton County was not able to foresee the need in this year's budget for the type of funds needed to fix severe damages associated with this natural disaster.

October 18, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Benson found guilty

A jury found Franklin Elliott Benson guilty of murder Saturday evening and Judge Horace J. Johnson, Jr. sentenced the 49-year-old to life plus 11 years, as family members of both Benson, and the victim, cried.

October 17, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Benson takes the stand in murder trial

Franklin Elliott Benson took the stand Friday afternoon to defend himself against charges that he murdered Leslyan Williams nearly two years ago, and the inconsistencies jurors had been hearing throughout the prosecutions case were explained away by Benson who admitted to lying to anyone who asked about his whereabouts on Oct. 29, 2007.

October 16, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Trial begins for Franklin Benson

It was like a macabre Halloween prank when Brandy Snellgrove came home to her secluded house at around 2:45 a.m. Oct. 30, 2007, and found that her dog Foxy had brought a human foot on her porch. But within the hour she would find out that what she thought may be a joke was anything but funny.

October 16, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Prosecution calls witnesses in Benson case

The last time Leslyan Williams was heard from was Oct. 29, 2007, according to Franklin Benson when she called him with a flat tire in Tennessee. More than a week later it was her son Charles who reported her missing to DeKalb County police - not the man who witnesses say lived with her at least part time.

October 16, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


H1N1 vaccine available Saturday at health center

Newton County's Health Center, located at 8203 Hazelbrand Road, will be open Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to offer the nasal spray H1N1 vaccine. No appointment is necessary and the vaccine is free of charge.

October 16, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Porterdale to hold public hearing on preliminary comprehensive plan

At Tuesday night's Porterdale work session, consultant Chris McGahee presented council members with an outline of a 25-year comprehensive plan.

October 16, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


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