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By the Numbers: A deeper look at crime in Newton County

In less than two months, there have been five murders in Newton County.

July 17, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | LOCAL


Porterdale bike rodeo teaches bicycle skills and safety

It's not that kind of rodeo. There are no bulls, horses or lassos.

July 17, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Traffic light may be installed at dangerous intersection

There may be a traffic light coming to the intersection of Highway 212 and Bethany/Butler Bridge Road in the near future.

July 16, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Blood donors needed

The truth is blood cannot be manufactured.

July 16, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Five-year-old sells Lemonade to donate to Pregnancy Resource Center

At just five years old, Sadie Ozburn wanted to help. She also wanted to have a little fun, and combined both on Monday, July 4.

July 16, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Community center seeks afterschool instructors

The Washington Street Community Center is looking for instructors to teach afterschool homework instruction beginning Aug. 15.

July 16, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


NAN hands out school supplies

The National Action Network (NAN) gave out dozens of backpacks filled with school supplies Thursday evening. Cathlete Perry, NAN Youth Director, oversaw the backpack drive ...

July 16, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Community comes together to support giveaway

A box of crayons. A package of number two pencils. Blank notebook paper. A new backpack.

July 16, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


County settles storm water issue for $150,000

Newton County settled a lawsuit with owners of 54.5 acres on Gum Creek road for damages due to the county's storm water infrastructure ...

July 13, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Smith pleads guilty in Walmart murder

Brandon Shawn Smith entered a guilty plea in front of Judge W. Kendall Wynne, Jr. on Wednesday in the Newton County Judicial Court.

July 13, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | LOCAL


BOC comes to a consensus on closing convenience centers in January

The Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) came to a consensus on balancing the 2017 fiscal year budget Thursday night.

July 12, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Pokemon Go invades Covington

Locals are familiar with creatures calling Newton County home. We do, after all, play hosts to Vampires and Zombies. But this week new creatures moved ...

July 12, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


NCSO thanks citizens for support

In wake of the recent tragedies of the past week, the Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) has received an outpouring of support from local ...

July 12, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Tips to keep your pets cool

The temperature has reached above 90 degrees 22 out of the 30 days of June, and all but two days so far in July. In ...

July 10, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


A sit down with the Sheriff

This week, alone, two murders occurred in Newton County, and another person was killed in the city of Covington. Since April there has been two ...

July 10, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | LOCAL


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Gaither’s Plantation to host ghost tours

The guided tours will lead residents through the historic Gaither's home, historic church, and log cabin on Oct. 26 and 27 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

September 27, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Fall GPC graduates must wait to walk

Georgia Perimeter College students who were looking to graduate during a fall commencement ceremony in December will now have to wait until May 2013 to walk across the stage.

September 27, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Crime Briefs - Sept. 28

$1,400 worth of electronics stolen from home

September 27, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Concert honors breast cancer survivors

Surviving breast cancer is a feat that should be celebrated; that's why Newton Medical Center is hosting an uplifting concert Sunday in honor of those survivors.

September 27, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County jobless rate declines

Newton County's unemployment rate decreased from 10.6 percent in July to 10 percent in August, according to preliminary figures recently released by the Georgia Department of Labor. This number is down from August of 2011 when the unemployment rate was 11.8.

September 27, 2012 | Rachel Goff | LOCAL


New park for Newborn

Residents of Newborn can come out and enjoy a new park, New Town Park.

September 27, 2012 | Anastasia Graves | LOCAL


Today's weather: High near 86

Today's weather forecast from The National Weather Service calls for patchy fog before 9 a.m. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 86 and calm winds.

September 27, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Grand jury examined Cook Road project

The Newton County Grand Jury investigated Chairman Kathy Morgan's actions in the 2011 Cook Road resurfacing project, and its findings, which were released last week, recommended a change in the policy for road projects and the shifting of the public works department away from the chairman's control.

September 25, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Elem. school student murdered

Livingston Elementary School second-grader Ethan Israel Martinez died from blunt force trauma Sunday, and the father to his baby sister, and mother's live-in boyfriend David Mann Jr., is in the Newton County Jail, facing charges in the murder of the 7 year old.

September 25, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


SAT scores rise, but still below average

SAT RESULTS for the Senior Class of 2012

September 25, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Things to do while the leaves fall

As Newton County residents begin to feel autumn's cool breezes, the county's fall calendar heats up with a bevy of events sure to keep the family busy during the season.

September 25, 2012 | Rachel Goff | LOCAL


Georgia going green

In a press conference, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed hopes that an effort to expand the curbside recycling program in Atlanta makes not only the city of Atlanta greener but transforms the state of Georgia into the leading state in the nation with the smallest carbon footprint.

September 25, 2012 | Nhi Ho | LOCAL


County to study where water is used most

The Newton County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to approve an agreement between the county, the city of Covington and the Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority to fund a supervisory control and data acquisition system at their Sept. 18 board meeting.

September 25, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Facebook threats leads to stolen phone

A parent of an Indian Creek Middle School student reported her child's phone stolen and that the unknown person who stole the phone was posing terroristic threats on the Internet.

September 25, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Local recalls gruesome Vietnam War

On Sept. 24, 1970, Bobby Gayton stopped drinking and gave his life to Christ. He's been preaching ever since, and our country should be grateful he wasn't required to give his life in Vietnam.

September 25, 2012 | Pete Mecca | LOCAL


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