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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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The rise and fall of Newton's dairy farms

Brad Marks wants his grandchildren to grow up knowing how to handle a calf, milk a cow and run a farm. He wants the future generations to know the experience of their ancestors, working the same fields that have been in the family for 180 years.

July 28, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Family history dragged into state race

Family information is being drudged up in the District 109 state representative race between Republican incumbent Steve Davis and his party challenger Dale Rutledge.

July 28, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Meadors denies being blogger

In an answer and defense filed this week by his attorney, Newton County Board of Education member Jeff Meadors formally denied blogging, or asking anyone to blog on his behalf, about Alcovy High School Principal LaQuanda Carpenter, who is suing Meadors, among others, accusing them of making defaming comments on the Newton Citizen's website.

July 28, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Burned body is missing Newton man

The body found in the trunk of a burning car in Atlanta on July 14 has been identified as the missing Newton County man, 49-year-old Gregory Vernon Harris, the Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed.

July 28, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newton County campaign contributions

Who's giving money to whom?

July 28, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


City revokes liquor license from restaurant

Porterdale council members decided to revoke three liquor licenses from Porterdale Bar and Grill for its failure to file distilled spirits excise tax returns in the amount of $1,650 and its failure to pay more than $500 in excise taxes.

The council voted 4-0 on the measure at a called city council meeting Thursday night after listening to an alcohol license hearing for Lindsay Crawford, the owner, CEO and CFO of Porterdale Bar and Grill. Councilman Tim Savage was not present during the meeting.

July 28, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Local gun sales don't rise after shooting

Nationally, firearms sales are surging as a result of fears stirred by the Colorado movie massacre, but in Newton County, for the most part, gun sales are staying constant, according to local gun store owners.

July 28, 2012 | Rachel Goff | LOCAL


Phone scam targets disabled

Newton County resident Wanita Dodd had been waiting to hear about her disability settlement when she received a phone call from a man who appeared to want to help her.

The man, who said he was from U.S. Department of Health Services, convinced her that she qualified for a $7,000 grant. What made the call more alarming to Dodd was that the caller already knew her personal information.

July 28, 2012 | Rachel Goff | LOCAL


4-H’ers shine at State 4-H Congress

We ended the last 4-H year this week with the project competition of 250 of the top 4-H'ers in the state, including four from Newton County.

While each of the 4-H'ers was nervously focused on the announcement of winners at State 4-H Congress, I have to admit, I wasn't nervous at all.

July 28, 2012 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


Dorward: If these walls could talk

For many years, I had a recurring dream about a house. The dream would always begin with me walking through the woods, trying to find my way home. Branches veiled the moonlight, and as I came to a clearing, there it was, looming large and safe. I knew every closet, every corner, every keyhole. Then, years ago, the dreams tapered away and the image became faded and forgotten, tucked away like an old photo album.

I was house hunting on the Internet the first time I saw Orna Villa, the historic Greek Revival home built in 1820 by Dr. Alexander ...

July 28, 2012 | Lisa Dorward | LOCAL


Fan drive to help seniors

Local public safety organizations are partnering together to keep senior citizens cooler this summer, hosting a fan drive from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Aug. 1-3 at the community room of the Covington Fire Department's headquarters, 2101 Pace Street, Covington.

July 26, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Part of Mill Street to close

The section of Mill Street between Newton Drive and Phedora Street will be closed to all through traffic from Monday through Aug. 30 for $148,000 worth of repairs designed to prevent flooding of the road.

July 26, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newton girl to compete in national pageant

Eight-year-old Kaitlyn Cole, of Newton County is a third grader at Oak Hill Elementary and she recently competed in the East Coast Beauty Pageant held in Raleigh, N.C. where she won the grand prize.

Kaitlyn will now represent North Carolina at Nationals against contestants representing every other state in Orlando, Fla. over Thanksgiving.

July 26, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Friday last day to vote early

Today is the last day for early voting before Tuesday's Primary Election, and more than 3,700 voters have already cast their ballots.

July 26, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Man found bleeding in Porterdale

Porterdale police found a wounded man laying in the street on Monday. Police said an unidentified white male who had a gunshot or knife wound to the arm was on the ground near Main Street and City Hall. Officers searched the victim for other wounds and called EMS to the scene. Deputies from the Newton County Sheriff's Office were called to the scene. A deputy followed a trail of blood from the victim, which led to the direction of Willow Street. The victim was taken to Grady Hospital in Atlanta.

July 26, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


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