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Update: NCSO identifies victim of weekend truck fatality

The victim in the truck accident on the Access Road at the Yellow River Sunday evening has been identified as Valentine Gayle, 48, of Lithonia ...

July 17, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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


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Upset mom plans national 'nurse-in'

The Douglasville woman who said she was asked to leave Applebee's for breast-feeding has hired an attorney to represent her, and has started a Facebook page for supporters, calling for a Nurse-In at Applebee's restaurants nationwide Sept. 29.

September 20, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


City offers industry incentive to stay

Covington council members voted unanimously to offer an existing industry a 10-year tax abatement worth $1.1 million to keep its business in the county.

September 20, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Lake Varner to get two pavilions

Newton County residents will soon have another picturesque place to enjoy a picnic.

September 20, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Seasonal consignment store looks to help others

A local consignment store is looking to lift the economic burden off residents with discounted clothes and help homeless men, women and children in the local area.

September 20, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Snapping Shoals donates $10K

Snapping Shoals EMC recently awarded $10,000 to both the Covington-Newton Office of Economic Development and the Conyers-Rockdale Economic Development Council.

September 20, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Two students found with knives

Two Newton County students were charged with bringing knives to school, one at Liberty Middle School on Sept. 5, one at Oak Hill Elementary Monday.

September 20, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Officials OK tree service operation

The Newton County Board of Commissioners approved for a tree service operation to start business at 126 Larue Road, a street located on Ga. Highway 162, at their meeting Tuesday night.

September 20, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Jail log: Sept. 21, 2012

Howard Melville Astley, 60, homeless, Sept. 18. Possession of methamphetamine.

September 20, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Two men burglarize a nursing home

A resident at a nursing home was reportedly woken up by burglars on Thursday morning.

September 20, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Walmart employee punches manager

A Walmart manager said one of his employees punched him after having a meeting with him on Wednesday.

September 20, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Literacy Festival on Sept. 23

The 10th Annual Newton County Literacy Festival, co-sponsored by The Learning Center, Main Street Covington, and Newton County Community Partnership, brings together organizations and businesses committed to strengthening family literacy in an afternoon of fun.

September 20, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Wildlife Center hosts event Sept. 22

In honor of National Hunting and Fishing Day, an event will be held at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center in Mansfield tomorrow, Sept. 22 from 8 a.m. to noon.

September 20, 2012 | Anastasia Graves | LOCAL


Covington man shot on Salem Road

A 20-year-old Covington man was shot in the leg Thursday morning after he tried to run from and pointed an AK-47 rifle at a Georgia State Patrol trooper who was trying to pull the man over.

September 20, 2012 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Celebrate peace Friday

The community is invited to a peaceful event at the Covington Montessori School Friday.

September 19, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County approves tree service operation

The Newton County Board of Commissioners approved a tree service operation to start a business at 126 Larue Road, a street located on Ga. Highway 162, at their meeting Tuesday night.

Commissioners voted 3 to 2 on a proposal that modified the uses allowed on the site to include a tree service business, modified the site plan standards and modified the standards to construct an entrance that meet all commercial standards.

September 19, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


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