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Woman has gun pointed at her by driver

A woman reported that a driver pointed a gun at her while she was stopped in her car, according to the Newton County Sheriff's ...

August 29, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Brooks draws satisfaction from original graphic novels

For those with arachnophobia, Brett Brooks has a three book series that might appeal: "How to Kill a Spider," a three part "killology." [See side ...

August 29, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Porterdale artist releases game based on graphic novels

'How to Kill a Spider,' a 'killology' by Brett Brooks has been turned into a card game similar to UNO. Brooks is set to sell ...

August 29, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

No recommendations from county on ordinances so far

Staff is still reviewing Newton County's ordinances less than two weeks after a five-week moratorium was placed on permits for places of worship.

August 28, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Mosque debate heats up

The spotlight was Newton County, shining brightly both nationally and from within as the county, its residents and its officials reacted to news that a ...

August 27, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Newton County mayors protest BOC’s moratorium

The mayors of the five municipalities in the county sent a letter Friday, Aug. 26, to the Newton County Chair and members of the Board ...

August 26, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Certification awarded to Social Circle’s fire chief

On Saturday, Aug. 13 Chief Ken Zaydel and Deputy Chief James Robinson of the Social Circle Fire Department joined 21 fellow chiefs in receiving the ...

August 26, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

No evidence of blackmail against Chair discovered in June

When Newton County Commission Chair Keith Ellis accused two commissioners of blackmail in a written statement earlier this week, he did so despite having been ...

August 24, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

US 278 resurfacing resumes Sunday

The $1.27 million resurfacing of US 278/State Route (SR) 12 from Access Road to Mill Street resumes Sunday at 5 p.m. Planned ...

August 24, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

County responds to CAIR letter on moratorium

In a letter to the executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Newton County's attorney said the board of commissioners (BOC) acted ...

August 23, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

County responds to CAIR letter on moratorium

In a letter to the executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Newton County's attorney said the board of commissioners (BOC) acted ...

August 23, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

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Quadriplegic out of jail because of cost

The charges against one of the men charged in the shooting death of 34-year-old Calvin Kentrell Banks in the summer of 2009, has received a dead docket, meaning the case will not move forward at this time.

May 19, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Man’s best friend saves lives

A parade of motorcycles rolled down the streets of Porterdale with flags attached to the back waving, bearing the names of police dogs that fell in the line of duty this past year.

The fourth annual K-9 Memorial Police Benefit Motorcycle Ride raised money through an auction for the purchase of safety equipment for K-9 police teams in Georgia. The fundraiser auctioned off police and dog related items like a gun cleaning kit, dog leashes and dog treats.

May 19, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL

Blakeslee: Using the census to find relatives

During this past Mother's Day Sunday, did you record some fascinating stories told by your relatives at your gathering this weekend? Do you have any questions about one of my top 13 free sites? Were you able to talk about the site,, with relatives?

Let's talk this week about the next three free websites on my list:

May 19, 2012 | Ellen Blakeslee Columnist | LOCAL

More than 50 injured in school bus wreck

More than 50 adults and students were checked for injuries at local hospitals Saturday after a chain collision involving six school buses and a passenger car on I-20 Westbound near mile marker 98.

May 19, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL

New Open Records Laws

In light of sweeping changes to Georgia's Open Records Act, county officials have had to quickly adjust to new rules that have expanded transparency within Rockdale's governmental bodies. Yet the changes could pose some risks and challenges to county employees who have to comply with the state's revised law.

May 19, 2012 | Kelly Petty | LOCAL

Motorcycle ride will benefit K-9 officers

Porterdale police Lt. Jason Cripps and his wife Holly, will host the 4th annual K-9 Memorial Police Benefit Motorcycle Ride tomorrow in Porterdale.The ride will raise money for the purchase of safety equipment for K9 teams/police in Georgia.

May 18, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL

Crime briefs for 5/17/2012

When a Newton County officer arrived at the scene of a family fight, Cleshawn Jackson approached him. The officer observed a white female crying and screaming with blood on her left cheek.

May 17, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL

High school graduation is bittersweet

Graduation is a happy time in every young person's life. It is something that everyone looks forward to, and when first entering kindergarten, thirteen years seems like a long time away.

When I started my journey thirteen years ago, I thought I had forever to grow up and figure out what I wanted to do.

May 17, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL

The perfect time for strawberry picking

The first time I ever picked strawberries I was with my boyfriend. He's now my husband. So it only made sense that something we enjoyed so much together would become a family tradition when we had our son.

The first year we all went, Colin was about 6-months-old. There are pictures of me grinning manically while he squished a strawberry in his little hand and drooled on my shoulder.

May 17, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Adirondack shelters for rent in Conyers

Rockdale County parks and recreations offers great amenities and with the recent construction of the South Rockdale Community Park of East Fairview and soon to be completed Lorraine Trailhead, there's more reason to explore the new trails and get a little closer to nature.

The South Rockdale Park, which officially opened last September, features three Adirondack shelters that are available for rental year round.

May 17, 2012 | Nhi Ho | LOCAL

Man ticketed for dog feces in mailbox

Community leader Bob Furnad was ticketed for littering after being caught on camera placing feces in the mailbox of Benjamin Dameron and Ralph Miller, owners of Worthington Manor.

May 17, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Eastside trail to be built with concrete

The Newton County Board of Commissioners narrowly passed a motion by a 3-2 vote to give the Library to Eastside Trail almost $58,000 to complete the project, with Commissioners Mort Ewing and Tim Fleming opposing.

May 17, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL

Car show to come to square Sunday

Commissioner Lanier Sims is hosting his second annual car show festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday on the square.

May 17, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Renovated BirthCare Center opens

Newton Medical Center is showing off its newly renovated BirthCare Center at an open house from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday.

May 17, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Smoke clears out movie theater

IN BRIEF: The Crossroads Carmike movie theater in Conyers was evacuated around 2:30 p.m. Thursday after smoke was spotted. Rockdale firefighters reportedly found the source of the smoke near theater nine, one of the larger theaters, from a three-phase transformer with an oil leak and damaged wires.

May 17, 2012 | | LOCAL

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