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Judges to be sworn in

On Dec. 16, at 9:30 a.m. in the jury impaneling room in the Newton County Judicial Center, the judges of the Superior Courts ...

November 30, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


Representative Jody Hice stops by Newton

U.S. Representative for Georgia's 10th District Jody Hice paid a visit to the Newton County Republican Party Monday night before catching a ...

November 29, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


Judge Henry Baker: 'A rare breed'

Things change and evolve.

November 26, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Firefighters fry 43 turkeys for Angel Tree program

Newton County firefighters deep fried 43 turkeys Wednesday for its newest fundraiser.

November 23, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Junior Hilliard notifies Newton County of suit to ‘exceed $3 million’

Junior Hilliard will file a lawsuit against Newton County, which recently voted to end its contract with Junior Hilliard General Services, operator of the county ...

November 22, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Newton County School System mourns the passing of Mallard, Nolan

The Newton County School System lost two members last week with the passing of Eastside High School teacher Leo Mallard and Veterans Memorial Middle School ...

November 22, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Sheriff thanks community for support

Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown reached out to Facebook earlier this morning to share his gratitude with the community on its support of the family ...

November 22, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


Rowe: Making America Great Again

When the Presidential Election ended, I thought the debating, tension and division would be finished as well. But we have more to talk about than ...

November 20, 2016 | Beth Rowe | LOCAL


Alcohol suspension overturned for The Social House

The Social House, located at 2101 Main St. in Porterdale, is able to serve alcohol again after a unanimous vote from the Porterdale City Council ...

November 18, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


Donations for Deputy White accepted at local bank

Donations to the family of Newton County Sheriff's Deputy Justin White can now be made at any branch of Bank of North Georgia by ...

November 18, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


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Black boxes of mystery

Are they makeshift caskets for pandemics and war? Coffins? Septic tanks? Did the CDC, FEMA or another federal agency order them in case of mass casualties? People driving down Interstate 20 west from Covington may have noticed row after row of black coffin-looking boxes lining a portion of Almon Road. But what are they really?

January 05, 2013 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Employees’ pay still to drop in ’13

Americans' paychecks will be a little smaller in 2013.

While Congress and the president reached a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff - meaning all but the wealthiest Americans will not see an income tax hike - the Social Security payroll tax increased by 2 percent this year.

January 03, 2013 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Training to prevent tragedy

It's the worst nightmare for parents and school staff, a shooter loose in the halls, but as the tragedies at Columbine and, most recently, Sandy Hook has taught law enforcement, they can never be too prepared.

January 03, 2013 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Community celebrates 150 years of freedom

Hundreds gathered Sunday night in a celebration of freedom, faith and family in the Sesquicentennial Emancipation Proclamation community worship service, hosted at Springfield Baptist Church.

January 03, 2013 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Elementary aged kid starts fire

A home on Collins Street was a total loss after the family's 6-year-old accidentally set the Christmas tree on fire Sunday.

Assistant Fire Marshal, Capt. Tony Smith said the call came in around 10 a.m. and firefighters spent several hours at the home, leaving at 3 p.m.

January 03, 2013 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


A hero’s last march

Joseph Griffin, 49, the Mansfield man killed Christmas Eve in Afghanistan, was honored with a hero's escort Monday afternoon, when members of the Newton County Sheriff's Office, the Patriot Guard, Henry County Sheriff's Office, Covington Fire Departmant, Newton County Fire Service and others escorted his body from Atlanta to Covington.

Griffin once worked as a deputy with the Newton County Sheriff's Office, first from 1996 until 2000 and again in 2007. He was in Afghanistan as a military veteran advising the Afghan National Police when he was murdered by a policewoman.

January 03, 2013 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Schulz named Chairman

Newton County Commissioner Nancy Schulz recently was named as the 2012-2013 Chairman of the Association County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG) Health and Human Services Committee. The appointment was made by ACCG President and Taylor County Commissioner Clinton Perry. Schulz previously served as the vice chairman.

January 03, 2013 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man exposes himself in Kroger parking lot

A woman waiting with children in the Kroger parking lot started her New Year off by calling the police on a man who reportedly exposed himself to her.

The victim was waiting in a car parked outside the grocery store with three children between the ages of 3 and 5 while her sister shopped inside. She told police that she noticed a truck parked in front of her when the driver backed out. Instead of leaving the parking lot, the driver reportedly drove around, parked beside her and opened his door.

January 03, 2013 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Christmas Eve arrest in knife attack

A Covington man was arrested on Christmas Eve after randomly brandishing a knife, according to reports.

January 02, 2013 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Homeless to homeowner

During this time of the year, stories of hope and joy are often as inspiring as being surrounded by loving family and friends. New homeowner and graduate of the Phoenix Pass program Tracy Yantis, has her own inspirational story to share this holiday season.

January 02, 2013 | Rachel Lloyd | LOCAL


The first haircut

For some families, the first haircut for their little boy can be a challenge. It's a time when parents have to teach their child to sit still, let them know that clippers won't hurt them and that they will get a special treat when it's all over.

January 02, 2013 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Family rings in year with return of soldier son

Christmas came a little late for the family and loved ones of Sgt. Jeffrey Ozburn, but they are ringing the New Year in right, with the 25-year-old soldier home from a 12-month tour in Afghanistan.

January 02, 2013 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Settlement in the works for NSP homes

A settlement is in the works for a contractor who worked with the Independent Educational Community Development Group - an organization the county partnered with to purchase 12 homes for rehabilitation under the Neighborhood Stabilization Program.

January 02, 2013 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Father, son take over Kiwanis

Newton County resident Shannon Sneed and his son Andrew don't always see eye to eye. In fact, they argue quite a bit, generally over some typical issues a father and teenage son face: politics, responsibility and the future.

January 02, 2013 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Homeless to homeowner

During this time of the year, stories of hope and joy are often as inspiring as being surrounded by loving family and friends. New homeowner and graduate of the Phoenix Pass program Tracy Yantis, has her own inspirational story to share this holiday season.

January 01, 2013 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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