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Kelly earns master level certification for downtown development

An original supporter of the Georgia Downtown Association Development Professional Certification program, Josephine Kelly, Executive Director of Main Street Porterdale, recently earned master level certification.

September 03, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Update: Sycamore Street Pizzeria owner arrested following Social Circle shooting

Police have made an arrest following the shooting inside Sycamore Street Pizzeria in Social Circle that occurred early Sunday morning, according to the Social Circle ...

September 01, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

A look at the hidden costs of a DUI

The red and blue lights flash in the rearview mirror. The driver, even befuddled, knows that that means.

September 01, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Elvis performer coming to Newborn

Making a return to Newborn, Lou Vuto will bring legends to life during two shows at the Old Schoolhouse.

August 31, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Commissioners to vote on moratorium

Newton County will hold a special called meeting Tuesday, Sept. 13 to vote on the moratorium on permits for places of worship.

August 31, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Commissioners meet with mosque group

Some members of the Newton County Board of Commissioners met with a group representing the proposed mosque and cemetery on Monday. The mosque and cemetery ...

August 30, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Hearing on moratorium scheduled for Sept. 20

County officials say they have not decided to extend or end a controversial moratorium on permits of places of worship beyond the original Sept. 20 ...

August 30, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Oxford Lions celebrate 65 years

The Oxford Lions celebrates its 65th Anniversary this year. At recent celebrations, members were joined by past presidents, community members, international, state and district Lion ...

August 30, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

State Route 36 roadwork expected to begin mid-fall

Though contractor Knight and Associates is clearing and grubbing land that will become new intersections on State Route 36 near Henderson's Restaurant, actual roadwork ...

August 30, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

ASO performing at Grand Opening for Porter Performing Arts Center

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra is coming to Newton County Sunday, Oct. 2 for a 3 p.m. show presented by the Arts Association of Newton ...

August 30, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Woman arrested for meth at local hotel

A woman was arrested at Homewood Suites in Covington for possession of methamphetamine, according to the Covington Police Department (CPD).

August 29, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

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

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November 26, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Officers honored as Men of Valor

Two law enforcement officers were recently honored by the Newton County Rotary Club for their valiant efforts late last year that saved the lives of other officers from a gunman on the interstate.

November 26, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Retailers work to spur holiday sales

Surveys show Americans are planning to buy more holiday gifts this year and local retailers are increasing advertising, including their use of social media, and offering aggressive deals in 2010 in an effort to make sure they don't get left behind.

November 25, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Local tree on way to Gov's Mansion

With a mixture of sadness and excitement, JoAnn Sims watched her 35 ft. tall red cedar tree be cut down and loaded onto a flat bed truck Wednesday morning, as it prepared to head on its journey to the front yard of the Governor's Mansion.

November 24, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Newton unemployment drops

The unemployment rate in Newton County declined for a second straight month in October, with the rate at 11.4 percent, a .5 percent drop from September, according to information released today by the Georgia Department of Labor.

November 24, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Double lung transplant recipient thankful

During the holiday season it's easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle, to forget about being thankful for what we have and focus on other things. That won't be a problem this year For Jo Ellen Kimball. She is thankful just to be alive after recently surviving a double lung transplant.

November 24, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

African Art

Sharing a culture: The first African and African American Festival was held on Saturday, Nov. 13. Event Coordinator Mary (Terri) James said, "I feel we all should know our history after reading the book 'The Middle Passage.' I felt it was my duty to make a difference in educating people. The event was educational, informative, and enriching to all, history as we know it and live it, featuring African Folk Tales, Slave Ship dialog, local designers and hair stylists. Look for us in Feb. 2011 for Black History Month."

November 23, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Molestation suspect nabbed in Tennessee

A man accused of child molestation was arrested in Tennessee last week after fleeing a warrant for his arrest out of Newton County.

November 23, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Newborn prepares budget

The Newborn Town Council is expected to vote on a $306,026 budget for fiscal year 2011 at its Dec. 6 council meeting. The town's fiscal year runs from January to December.

November 23, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Spread the cheer

The holidays are all about giving. Here are some agencies that provide help to the needy. Is your group doing something special for others during the holidays? Send an e-mail to, or post on our Facebook page. You can suggest additions to our list at

November 23, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL

State patrol roll out Operation C.A.R.E.

Expect plenty of company on the roads this Thanksgiving holiday, and expect to pay more for gas, too.

The Georgia State Patrol says its officers will be watching for impaired drivers, seat belt violations and speeders, according to a release.

November 23, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Meet the new Congressman at 7 p.m.

Newly elected U.S. District 7 Representative Rob Woodall (R-Lawrenceville) will speak at the Newton County Republican Party's monthly meeting at 7 p.m. at the Covington Women's Club, located behind Amici's Italian Cafe on College Avenue.

November 22, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Newborn Opry ending 10-year run

The stage will fall silent in December at the Newborn Schoolhouse as the Newborn Opry is set to end its 10-year run with a final show.

November 22, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Gas costs up for Thanksgiving

Expect plenty of company on the roads this Thanksgiving holiday, and expect to pay more for gas, too.

November 22, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL

SPLOST list pared to $57.6 million

Despite the split among the Board of Commissioners, it did reach an informal consensus on a final SPLOST list Thursday night, totaling $57.6 million in projects.

November 21, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

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