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Salem Camp meeting begins July 8

A Newton County tradition that goes back almost 200 years returns this week.

July 02, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


New Children’s book takes imagination to a whole new level

"Imagination Interactive Counting Coloring Book" is designed to help children develop their imaginations and sense of personal accomplishment, according to the book's creator.

July 02, 2016 | Jasmine Floyd | LOCAL


Square Perk closes

After almost six years of serving local residents coffee, lunch and community fellowship, Square Perk Café has closed its doors starting Friday.

July 01, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


New airport terminal celebrated

State, county and local dignitaries turned out early Thursday to celebrate the groundbreaking for the new terminal at the Covington Municipal Airport.

June 30, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Covington’s Fourth of July celebration to be bigger, brighter this year

As the two grand finales of fireworks went off simultaneously during the 2015 Independence on the Square in Covington, some spectators staring up at the ...

June 29, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Independence Day celebrations across Newton County

Several cities in Newton County are hosting celebrations for the 2016 Independence Day holiday. Check below for events in Covington, Oxford, Porterdale and Social Circle.

June 29, 2016 | Jasmine Floyd | LOCAL


NCSO announces SWAT Team graduates

Several Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team members of the Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) have completed or will complete specialized training at Barrow ...

June 29, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


‘Go-to site for entertainment’ coming to Covington

A "one of a kind, massive, film, TV, music and video gaming production site" is close to coming to Covington.

June 28, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Alcovy, Flint Hill eligible for school choice

Flint Hill Elementary School and Alcovy High School have been identified by the Newton County School System (NCSS) as potentially eligible schools for school choice.

June 28, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Finding alternatives to gangs

It may just look like someone got creative with a spray can of paint, but law enforcement sees graffiti as a possible sign of gang ...

June 27, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Hampton Inn Covington awarded 2016 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award

The Hampton Inn Covington has received a 2016 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award. Now in its sixth year, the achievement celebrates hospitality businesses that have ...

June 26, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County Senior Services receives new shuttle bus

Newton County Senior Services is the proud recipient of a new shuttle bus that will soon hit the road to transport senior residents to and ...

June 26, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Three Newton County deputies graduate from Georgia Public Safety Training Center

The 286th Graduation Class of the Georgia Public Safety Training Center-Athens Academy held their graduation on June 10 at the Winder Community Center.

June 26, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Learning the signs of gang interest

Newton County Sheriff's Office Captain Keith Crum suggested that if parents start seeing gang symbols on their child's school, the need to pay ...

June 26, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Memorial honors former El Charro manager in wake of tragedy

Since the death of Enrique Ramirez Trejo, the El Charro family has banded together to support the Trejo family and one another.

June 26, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | LOCAL


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Maldonado gets death penalty

What started on June 11, 2009 with the murder of 53-year-old Tim Clements, ended Thursday afternoon when a jury imposed the death penalty on the alleged ringleader, 25-year-old Pablo Maldonado.

September 06, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Car chase after Waffle House robbery

A stolen car suspected of being the get-away vehicle in a Waffle House armed robbery fled when deputies approached, leading a chase through three counties before ending in a crash with the driver escaping on foot.

September 06, 2012 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Family of convicted murderer speak

Jurors spent the latter part of Tuesday and all of Wednesday learning about the life of convicted murderer Pablo Maldonado, from family and friends - many brought from Mexico - to tell about Maldonado's life, first in Mexico, then in the United States.

September 05, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Deputy investigated for sexual assault

The Newton County Sheriff's Office has asked the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to investigate allegations of a deputy being involved in a sexual assault.

September 05, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Bank of America to assist veterans

As the banking industry receives the brunt of criticism for unpopular government bailouts, reckless lending practices, and has been the favorite target of politicians, apparently Bank of America is at least trying to improve its image.

September 04, 2012 | Pete Mecca | LOCAL


RCSO employee, wife arrested for fight

A Rockdale County Sheriff's Office employee and his wife were arrested on Friday after fighting with each other at their Covington home.

September 04, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Hometown boy goes Hollywood

A private investigator, football player, stunt man and actor, Oxford resident Jaye Tyroff is anything but typical.

September 04, 2012 | Rachel Goff | LOCAL


Head-on collision kills two locals

An Oxford woman and a man from Jasper County died on Sunday night after being involved in a head-on collision in Jasper County.

September 04, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Victims' family speaks in murder trial

While the jury has decided that Pablo Maldonado is guilty of the 2009 murder of Tim Clements, their job is far from done. They now have to decide if Maldonado should live in prison or die by lethal injection for the murder.

September 04, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Hospitals worry about future finances

Gov. Nathan Deal recently said he has no intention of expanding Medicaid insurance eligibility under Obamacare in an effort to save $4 billion over the next decade, but state and local health officials question whether the long-term costs of so many uninsured patients are greater.

September 04, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Cattlemen's Association will host auction

Registration is still open for the Piedmont Cattlemen's Association's 18th Annual Live and Silent Auction fundraiser on Thursday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m.

Glen Hayes, the organizer for the event, said the community has until Tuesday, Sept. 11 to RSVP for the event, which will take place at the FFA-FCCLA Camp on Ga. Highway 36.

September 04, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Woman falsely claims kidnap

Covington police arrested Andrea Davis on Sunday after she reportedly told officers in DeKalb County she was kidnapped from her Covington home on Friday night. According to a report from the Covington Police Department, an officer with the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office called Covington police and said a man took Davis against her will and held her in a car until Sunday. The woman told police she was able to escape and contact police at a Chevron gas station in DeKalb County. The DCSO officer took Davis to Salem Road in Rockdale County and called the Rockdale County Police ...

September 04, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Celebrating the South and Yellow River

Outdoor enthusiasts celebrate two of Georgia's hidden gems, the South River and Yellow River, on Sept. 8 and 15 with two celebrations dubbed "Unveiling the Hidden Gems of Metro Atlanta."

September 04, 2012 | | LOCAL


Man beaten and robbed giving woman a ride home

A Covington man was reportedly beaten and robbed after he gave an unknown woman a ride home.

Covington police spoke to the man at Newton Medical Center on Saturday afternoon who said he was beaten and robbed by four men after he gave an unknown woman a ride from a gas station.

September 04, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Mecca: Serving in the first Gulf War

Doug Hinton's kinfolk settled in Rockdale County in the 1800s. His parents and grandparents rest in peace at Green Meadows; a great-uncle killed on Iwo Jima and his great-grand parents are interred at Eastview, and his Civil War relatives rest in peace at Smyrna Presbyterian Camp Ground. His new bride Cindy, was born and raised in Yankeetown, Fla. Go figure.

A 1985 graduate of Heritage High School, Hinton received an appointment to the Merchant Marine Academy from Senator Sam Nunn. He said, "ROTC at Heritage prepared me for the Academy, but within two years I decided on another path ...

September 04, 2012 | Pete Mecca | LOCAL


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