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Newton County Fire graduates four recruits

The 2016 Newton County Fire Recruiting class celebrated the graduation of four recruits Nov. 29.

December 01, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


Forensic Audit: Actions ‘caused financial harm and damage to the taxpayers of Newton County’

Editor's Note: This is an overview of the Forensic Audit report released by Newton County Monday. More stories on this matter will follow at ...

December 01, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Meet and greet with Chair-elect Banes set for Thursday, Dec. 8

Newton County residents will have a chance to meet their next Chair of the Board of Commissioners Thursday, Dec. 8.

December 01, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Judge Wynne to hear Georgia Supreme Court case

Superior Court Judge W. Kendall Wynne, Jr.of the Alcovy Judicial Circuit has been designated to serve in place of Justice Carol Hunstein in the ...

December 01, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


State representatives provide insight

Five of Newton County's state-level representatives stopped by for the first-ever Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce Pre-Legislative Breakfast sponsored by AT&T Wednesday morning ...

November 30, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


New Jersey man arrested after driving on I-20 without a tire

After reports of a vehicle traveling down Interstate 20 with no tires, Covington Police Department (CPD) found the reported vehicle, which was in fact missing ...

November 30, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


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


Social Circle Lt. Downs helps lost Florida couple

After receiving multiple phone calls about a suspicious vehicle in Social Circle, Social Circle Lieutenant Randy Downs found an elderly couple lost on their way ...

November 26, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


NCSO tracks down hot vehicle

The westbound lanes of Interstate 20 were briefly shut down Nov. 23 while fire department personnel extinguished the flames of a stolen vehicle, according to ...

November 23, 2016 | Staff Report | 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


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GSP watching out for impaired drivers

Georgia State Patrol are cautioning drivers to plan for a sober designated driver if alcohol consumption will be part of their holiday celebrations this year. Troopers will be keeping a close eye out for impaired drivers now through the end of the year.

December 22, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


New judges sworn in for four years

The judges of the Superior Courts of the Alcovy Judicial Circuit (Newton County and Walton County) were sworn in for their new four-year terms on Dec. 21, by Hon. William M. Ray, II, of the Court of Appeals of Georgia, in a ceremony held at the Walton County Government Building in Monroe.

December 22, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Madison Cultural center hosts Grammy award winning artist

Instead of taking a trip to the Big Easy to take a break from the colder winter weather, head over to the Cultural Center's Hall on Friday, Jan. 18 at 7:30 p.m. to enjoy some amazing Creole Zydeco music... And you just might find yourself dancing the night away!

December 22, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Decision on judicial center expansion tabled

The Newton County Board of Commissioners put the brakes on making a decision to proceed with plans for expanding the Newton County Judicial Center at their Dec. 18 board meeting.

December 22, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Commissioners defer Salem Road ordinance

The Newton County Board of Commissioners deferred an ordinance for the Salem Road Overlay District at its Dec. 18 meeting.

December 22, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Upkeep of Mansfield community center up to Newton County

The Newton County Board of Commissioners approved an intergovernmental agreement with the city of Mansfield to be solely responsible for the general maintenance of the center and created a committee for the Mansfield Community Center at its Dec. 18 meeting.

December 22, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Crime Briefs: Minor gets harrassing calls

A father contacted local law enforcement Wednesday after his daughter received several harassing calls from an unknown man.

December 20, 2012 | Rachel Goff | LOCAL


Conyers boy charged with 3 felonies

A 16-year-old Conyers boy has been arrested on felony counts of identity theft, terrorist threats and giving false statements to law enforcement after he hacked into a 10-year-old Covington girl's online Xbox LIVE account and then threatened her after she questioned him about the purchases he made on her account.

December 20, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


The Covington Y inspires children to be healthy

The Y's mission to be "open to and serving all" includes inspiring our children to live healthy and fit lives.

December 20, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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December 19, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


O'Brien appointed as county fire chief

Interim fire chief Kevin O'Brien has been appointed as the new permanent fire chief for Newton County Fire Service.

December 19, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


U.S. judge to speak at prayer breakfast

U.S. District Judge Steve C. Jones will be this year's guest speaker at the annual Legislative Prayer Breakfast beginning at 7 a.m., Jan. 11 at the Turner Lake Complex.

December 18, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


City manager Horton honored at council

Citizens, family and friends gathered at city hall on Monday night to honor Covington City Manager Steve Horton as he attended his last council meeting as city manager.

December 18, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Return to Vietnam

Hubert L. Townley began his military career in March 1955 and retired from the U.S. Army more than 20 years later in November 1979. In January 2013, Townley will travel to Vietnam on a Veterans of Foreign Wars sponsored tour, "Return to Vietnam," which will last for two weeks during Jan. 3 through 17.

December 18, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Teen charged after pointing gun

A 15-year-old boy was arrested Wednesday after reportedly having a muzzle loader that officers believe was stolen from a car earlier in the week.

December 18, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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