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County approves Old Atlanta Hwy cell tower

The Newton County Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 in favor of a new, 150-foot cell tower at 10816 Old Atlanta Highway Tuesday evening.

November 19, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


$21 million spent to date on Bear Creek

Newton County has spent approximately $21.6 million dollars on the proposed Bear Creek Reservoir since 1998, with the bulk of those funds going towards land acquisition, County Attorney Tommy Craig revealed Tuesday during a Newton County Board of Commissioners meeting.

November 18, 2014 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Third person arrested in Smith murder

Jamarcus Tyrone Smith, of Covington, was the third person arrested in the investigation of the murder of 29-year-old Newton County resident Demario Smith.

November 18, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Board could know NMC parter in Jan.

The Newton Medical Center (NMC) expects to pick an equity partner in January, according to a presentation given by CEO Jim Weadick at a meeting of the Covington Rotary Club Tuesday.

November 18, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Elderly woman dies in Oxford fire

An 88-year-old Oxford woman's body was found after a housefire Tuesday morning.

November 18, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Contentious debate precedes curfew vote

Members of the Covington City Council asked if government should police people's children during Monday's work session.

November 18, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


City to begin airport improvement plan

There will soon be more than just take offs and landings happening at the Covington Municipal Airport.

November 17, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Historic courthouse featured in new book

The courthouses of Georgia's 159 counties hold the keys to the history of individual families and entire communities alike. From their primary role as the temples of justice for our court system to their better known function as the official repository of public records for significant life events, these buildings anchor many of Georgia's town squares.

November 15, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Hollywood finds new home in Georgia

If you haven't noticed, Georgia has become a hotbed for the film industry in recent years.

November 15, 2014 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


A family running out of options

Just days before 21-year-old Mary Elizabeth Hopkins passed away, her father, Mike, stood in the driveway of their Covington home at dawn and listened to her singing in her bedroom. Mary Elizabeth was known for her love of music, and would often sing to herself and her family.

November 15, 2014 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Shooting at Salem Rd Kroger parking lot

The Newton County Sheriff's Department responded to the third shooting in less than two weeks Thursday, after gunshots were fired in the parking lot of the Kroger on Salem Road.

November 14, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


2 Eagles to play in Thanksgiving Parade

Two Eastside High School students will be representing the Eagles live on national television this Thanksgiving.

November 13, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSS employees to get bonus check

In an effort to gain good faith with its staff, the Newton County Board of Education approved to give teachers a one-time check in addition to their regular pay, add to their 403(b) retirement plan and increase the work hours for their elementary school paraprofessionals.

November 13, 2014 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


Covington snipers compete with the best

A 38 two-man team competition of snipers/spotters from around the world traveled to Fort Benning last week to compete in the 14th annual International Sniper Competition. Teams from Germany, the Army, the Department of Justice and Homeland Security were all their to compete and amongst those household names were Matt Cooper and Gene Nuqui of the Covington Police Department.

November 13, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | LOCAL


Lack of lights leads to cocaine arrest

A Rutledge man, who was pulled over for not having his lights on, was arrested with cocaine and marijuana in Social Circle Tuesday.

November 13, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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Annual Mutt show to be held Oct. 8

Newton County pups will be strutting their stuff this Saturday at the annual Mutt Show on the square.

October 05, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Spend the night at Gaither Plantation

Looking for some spooky fun this Halloween? East Georgia Paranormal is offering tours of one of the most haunted locations in Newton County - Gaither Plantation.

October 05, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Yo Gabba Gabba stars are coming to the Mall at Stonecrest

Just in time for the 10th Anniversary of the Mall at Stonecrest, the cast of "Yo Gabba Gabba!" make an exclusive appearance direct from the hit Nick Jr. show "Yo Gabba Gabba!" Meet Brobee, Foofa, Muno, Plex and Toodee on Saturday, Oct. 22, beginning at noon. Bring the kids, bring the camera and meet the stars of "Yo Gabba Gabba!" up close and personal like never before.

October 05, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


3 represent Georgia horse competition

If 4-H'ers are challenged to start a revolution of responsibility, three Newton 4-H'ers are leading the revolution on studying hard and working as a team.

October 03, 2011 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


County, school to talk local redistricting

Now that the state and federal districts have been redrawn, local redistricting is beginning in earnest.

October 02, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Man arrested after fighting niece

A family fight in front of his 94-year-old mother led to the arrest of 58-year-old Willie Rogers Pitts Thursday night.

October 02, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Tiger in a Tiara

Kate Palo was crowned Homecoming Queen of Alcovy High School Friday night when the Tigers beat Ola High School.

October 02, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Deputy ends up in shootout

A Newton County deputy was shot at Saturday morning while assisting the U.S. Marshall's in apprehending a man wanted out of Ohio.

October 01, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Court Sentencings - Sept. 30

Robin L. Jones, violation of probation, revoke two years to prison.

September 30, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Woman found dead in Newton County Jail

A woman serving weekends at the Newton County Jail was found dead Saturday morning.

September 30, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Robber quickly apprehended

An armed robbery suspect was apprehended just 30 minutes after robbing a gas station on Crowell Road Thursday morning.

September 30, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Deadline for registration approaches

This year's municipal elections could have a large affect on the future of Covington and Porterdale as both mayoral positions and six council seats will be contested.

September 30, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log - Sept. 30

Juan Luis Vega-Vazquez, 28, 1891 Access Road, Covington, Sept. 20. Open container, affixing tint to windows. License required (surrender of), improper lane usage.

September 30, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Inside Worthington Manor

Benjamin Dameron has a sense of humor when it comes to his famous house.

September 30, 2011 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | LOCAL


Nominations sought for needy families

The Tykes, Tots and Teens (TTT) Consignment Sale is looking to make one local family's Christmas much brighter by providing $500 in winter clothing and gifts for their children.

September 28, 2011 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | LOCAL


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