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Two GDOT Newton County road projects to begin this summer

The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) announced its schedule for construction this summer and beyond. While there are four projects on the GDOT list, only ...

May 26, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Former county fire chief appears in court Thursday

Former Newton County Fire Chief Kevin O'Brien appeared in court Thursday as his lawyer, John L. Straus, filed a request for continuance. Judge Horace ...

May 26, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


What about those questions on the ballots?

Ballot questions made an appearance on Tuesday's primary ballots - four on the Democratic ballot, one on the Republican.

May 25, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


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Zero tolerance policy by the handbook

One Newton County parent is incensed that her 8-year-old son has been suspended pending a tribunal for accidentally bringing a BB gun to school and turning it over to administrators when he realized his mistake, but according to zero tolerance policy and law, how the situation is handled is largely out of the hands of Newton County school officials.

October 30, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Daycare shooter pleads guilty

The man who shot his estranged wife and step-daughter outside a Rockdale County daycare last year will spend the next 50 years in prison after pleading guilty Friday.

October 30, 2012 | Kathy Hooks | LOCAL


Women steal $500 in Kroger groceries

Covington police caught up with two women after they reportedly stole shopping carts full of groceries from Kroger and Walmart on Saturday.

October 30, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Local scammed by fraudulent check scheme

Times are tough with the economic downturn and no one would not be faulted for looking for ways to relieve some of their monetary stresses and burdens.

October 30, 2012 | Annette Godwin | LOCAL


Early voting starts strong

Update, Oct. 30: Early voting turnout continues to be strong and could get an even bigger boost this week as a satellite early voting center is open this week from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Porter Memorial Branch Library, 6191 Highway 212, Covington, Ga. 30016. Early voting is also still available at the Newton County Board of Elections, 1113 Usher St., Covington, Ga. 30014; people can also still mail in absentee ballots.

October 30, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Farm Bureau seeks essays for contest

Newton County, Ga. - The Newton County Farm Bureau encourages 6th, 7th and 8th grade students to enter the Georgia Farm Bureau Middle School Essay Contest. Students should address the topic "How has agriculture changed in the last 75 years?" The winner of the Newton County Farm Bureau Essay Contest will receive $50.00.

October 27, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


DA Zon appeals dropped charges

The felony racketeering case against Victor Hill, Clayton County's former sheriff who is currently seeking re-election, has been delayed for possibly as long as a year, but Newton County District Attorney Layla Zon, the special prosecutor on the case, said she will respect the court's wishes and believes several important issues in the case should be examined by appellate courts before moving forward.

Hill served as sheriff of Clayton County from 2005-2008. During his controversial term, several of his actions were questioned, including the immediate firing of 27 employees, who were escorted from the building, while snipers were ...

October 27, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Adams plays Denzel’s father in ‘Flight’

T.K. Adams is set to hit the big screen in the new movie "Flight."

October 27, 2012 | Anastasia Graves | LOCAL


6 ways to celebrate Halloween

With Halloween just days away, there is plenty for Newton County residents on all sides of the county to look forward to, from the popular trick or treating on the square to ghost tours. So get your costumes on and get ready for a spook-tacular good time!

Tour of Southern Ghosts - Oct. 28

October 27, 2012 | Anastasia Graves | LOCAL


Parker happy to be giving back

Lydia Parker has been going to the Covington Y since the early 2000s, but a decision to run in the annual Cheerios Challenge seven years ago led her to where she is today as the Y's Volunteer of the Year.

October 27, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Parent upset at school reaction to gun

A Newton County Theme School third grader was suspended Monday for accidentally bringing an unloaded pellet gun to school and his family is accusing the school of punishing the 8-year-old boy for doing the right thing and telling his teacher the gun was in his book bag.

October 27, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


NCSO to shut in sex offenders for Halloween

Newton County Sheriff's Office and the Covington Probation Office will sponsor its Sixth Annual Halloween Shut-In on Oct. 31, from 6 to 10 p.m.

October 27, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


UGA students to design study Porterdale

A group of students and faculty with the University of Georgia's College of Environment and Design plans to hold a public design session with the city of Porterdale.

October 27, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Kimble: Forget your troubles, remember your blessings

You're late for another deadline. There are 16 emails waiting for responses with more coming in every time you turn around. Two programs need to be scheduled, but the calendar is already packed. The phone is ringing...

October 27, 2012 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


Women steal Georgia Dawg hat

5-finger discount on Dawg items

October 27, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


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