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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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Crime Briefs: Man punches another

Police arrested a man Wednesday night after he reportedly hit another man in the face because he would not give him a cigarette.

September 13, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Officials discuss excise tax

County and city officials met Tuesday afternoon to discuss whether or not Newton County would levy a local excise tax on energy used in manufacturing.

September 13, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Exploring the human body

Students at the Newton County Theme School at Ficquett learned about body health a little differently Thursday morning when they had the opportunity to explore a larger than life display of the human body called "The Body Walk" exhibit. The tour began when students walked through a giant ear and then through a giant mouth followed by other major parts of the body. The exhibit took years to come to fruition and was able the work of numerous volunteers, HealthMPowers, parents, faculty and staff.

September 13, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Deputy, suspect hospitalized after fight

UPDATE: The passenger who injested the drugs has died. Identified as Terry Dean Gore, 43, he had a lengthy criminal history, and was last arrested in July of this year. An autopsy is being performed by the GBI Medical Examiner Thursday morning to determine exact cause of death.

September 13, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Case Update: Whitehead twins trial postponed

(September 12, 2012) The trial of the teen Whitehead twins who allegedly killed their mother by beating and stabbing her to death in 2010 has been postponed until a later date to be decided. The trial had been due to start Sept. 26.

September 12, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Racial slurs written on a woman’s car

A woman said someone wrote a racial slur on her vehicle some time between Friday night and Saturday morning. According to a report from the Newton County Sheriff's Office, someone walked onto a property at Trotters Court and wrote three words on the rear windshield of the woman's 1999 Mercury Grand Marquis with white shoe polish or soap.

September 11, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Court upholds ’03 murder conviction

The Georgia Supreme Court reversed a ruling Monday that threw out the murder convictions and death sentence for William David Riley, convicted of killing his three young children in a fire on Aug. 16, 2000.

September 11, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Murderer sues Newton jailers

Convicted murderer Pablo Maldonado may have left Newton County for death row, but the lawsuits he filed still linger on, including one against the Newton County Sheriff's Office, Sheriff Ezell Brown and several NCSO deputies working in the jail.

September 11, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Remembering 9/11

South Salem Elementary School Principal Holly Dubois doesn't believe terrorism is an appropriate topic for young children, but she does believe in having children remember their country's past and honor the heroes that protect them.

September 11, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Accident causes congestion on Ga. Highway 36

An accident has blocked part of Ga. Highway 36 near Mabry Road, south of County Road 213.

September 11, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newspapers are a great resource for the family researcher

How can I find my relatives in newspapers? Why are newspapers so important in learning about my ancestors? Have you ever seen a Historical newspaper?

September 08, 2012 | Ellen Blakeslee | LOCAL


Crime briefs: Man attacks woman

Deputies with the Newton County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to the area of Flat Shoals Road in reference to a battery call around 3 p.m. on Thursday.

September 08, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log, Sept. 9

Charles Leroy Lloyd, 68, Sharpsburg, Aug. 23. Contempt of superior court.

September 08, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NSCO fixes underreporting stats error

Newton County School Resource Officers have a refined process for reporting incidents that happen in Newton County schools after an oversight caused around 1,200 reports to be omitted from those given to local media.

September 08, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Locals moved by spirit of convention

Sharron Brown-Willis didn't get to attend Barack Obama's historic nomination as the presidential candidate for Democratic Party in 2008, but she was thrilled to settle for attending the second time around.

September 08, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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