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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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Commissioners dedicate highway

Family and friends of the late J. Dixon Hays were in attendance at the Board of Commissioners meeting on Tuesday night as a portion of a highway was dedicated in his name.

August 23, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Second co-defendant pleads guilty

Christian Caldwell, one of the four people charged in the 2009 murder of Timothy Clements, pleaded guilty Thursday to several charges, including malice murder and promised to testify against the alleged mastermind Pablo Maldonado, who is currently on trial and facing the death penalty for the murder of Clements.

August 23, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Nutcracker auditions Sept. 8

Although outside doesn't feel like Christmas just yet, the Arts Association of Newton County is getting into the holiday spirit early by announcing public auditions for its annual Nutcracker ballet.

The group is asking all curious residents to give the ballet slipper a try and come to Mainstream Dance in Covington Saturday, Sept. 8. Auditions for children ages five and six are from noon to 12:30 p.m., ages seven and up, auditions are from 12:45 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.

August 23, 2012 | Rachel Goff | LOCAL


Woman arrested after attacking sister

Covington police responded to a call about a family fight at a home on Hillside Drive just after 3 a.m. on Tuesday. When police arrived, they spoke to a woman who said her oldest daughter had jumped on her youngest daughter.

Police spoke with the youngest daughter who said her older sister Mallery Smith was mad at her because she thought she had been seeing her boyfriend.

August 23, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Death penalty trial of Maldonado begins

Like a scene out of a horror movie, that was how the murder of popular landscaper Tim Clements was discovered, when two teenagers went fishing at Snapping Shoals Creek on June 12, 2009.

August 22, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


911 center invites you to comment

The Newton-Covington 911 Communications Center wants to hear the public's comments on their services.

August 21, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Introducing the new area code

The newest set of phone numbers about to crop up using the new metro Atlanta 470 area code will seem strange at first, but for residents in the greater Atlanta area setting up a brand new phone number, they will only have to accept that as the other area codes, 770, 678, and 404 are no longer available.

While the area code 470 first appeared to me on a personal level this weekend, 470 is actually not so new, having been first activated in 2010.

August 21, 2012 | Nhi Ho | LOCAL


Death penalty trial begins Wednesday

The death penalty trial of accused murderer Pablo Fernando Maldonado begins Wednesday in the courtroom of Newton County Superior Court Judge Horace Johnson.

August 21, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Carpenter not finalist for Fla. supt. job

Local school system executive Dennis Carpenter will not be the next superintendent of the school system in Duvall County, Fla.

August 21, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Crime Briefs - Aug. 21

3 arrested after teen was dragged at stable

August 21, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Utilizing local and national historical societies

It is a great idea to belong to your local historical society. The society may have information on where and how your relatives lived. Local Historical and Genealogical societies sometimes sponsor genealogy classes. They may also need volunteers which, of course, is a valuable experience when researching your ancestors.

August 21, 2012 | Ellen Blakeslee | LOCAL


From Ga. Tech to bombing Germany

On Dec. 7, 1941, Floridian Jim Armstrong listened to the radio with his classmates on the second floor of Harrison Hall at Georgia Tech. As the disaster at Pearl Harbor unfolded, sophomore Armstrong realized his books would soon be exchanged for bullets and bombs.

August 21, 2012 | Pete Mecca | LOCAL


Runoff election results

Below are the results from tonight's primary election runoff, updated as results come in:

August 21, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Runoff races to be decided today

The two remaining primary election races in Newton County will be decided in today's runoff, as what could be a small number of voters determine the fate of the Republican race for the District 5 Board of Commissioners seat and the

August 21, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


District 113 state rep. runoff preview

Below is a runoff election preview for the Democratic District 113 state representative race. As there are no Republican contenders, the winner of this election will be the next state represenative for the district.

August 20, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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