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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


Letters from Camp: The Georgia FFA-FCCLA Center

The month of July marks a change of pace for the staff at the Georgia FFA-FCCLA Center. After the bittersweet conclusion of Summer Leadership Camp ...

July 09, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Photos: Salem Camp Meeting begins

The 188th Salem Camp Meeting began Friday evening with a salute to veterans and a sermon from Dr. Bill Burch, Senior Pastor of LawrencevilleFirst United ...

July 09, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Decision on trash fees not made by Solid Waste Authority

The Newton County Solid Waste Authority (SWA) did not make a decision on fees associated with the county's convenience centers at a special called ...

July 08, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Mansfield's mystery of town’s namesake solved

As the story goes, the members of Carmel Land Improvement Company decided to name the new planned community in Newton County after the man who ...

July 07, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Interfaith vigil held for Oxford students

David Leinweber, an associate professor of European History at Oxford College of Emory University, said after he finished grading Abinta Kabir's final examination from ...

July 07, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Covington man sought as suspect in murder of Atlanta man

The Newton County Sheriff's Office and Crime Stoppers are on the lookout for Deante Hall, 36, of Covington, who is believed to have shot ...

July 07, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Extreme heat can cause health problems

Those dealing with the 90-degree plus weather these past few weeks won't be surprised to learn that a heat advisory has been issued for ...

July 07, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


JJ and Micah perform at Amici

Howdy, folks! Welcome to another edition of The Minute. Hope all is well out there. Let's dig in.

July 06, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LOCAL


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Ethics commission to talk Deal complaints

ATLANTA (AP) - The state ethics commission is set to meet Friday and is expected to discuss complaints involving Gov. Nathan Deal that are now at the center of a pair of lawsuits by two former commission employees.

June 14, 2012 | ERRIN HAINES, Associated Press | LOCAL


BOC candidate eligible to run for office

Anthony Flanagan, a Democratic for the District 3 board of commissioners seat, is allowed to run for office, having had that right restored after being convicted of a felony in early 1992, according to the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles.

June 12, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Middle Ridge keeps attitude positive

Middle Ridge Elementary may have the highest free and reduced lunch rate in the county and 20 percent of its students may be classified as Students with Disabilities, but none of this keeps MRES from working hard to be the best they can be at everything they do.

"The combination of the highest Free and Reduced lunch rate in the county at approximately 88 percent, combined with a Student with Disabilities population that equals 20 percent of the school population for the last three years offers unique challenges," said Principal Alan Satterfield. "Those challenges have been met and student achievement ...

June 12, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Doctor to run for Sen. District 17

Dr. Nelva Lee of Locust Grove is running for State Senate District 17, focusing her platform on small business development and improving education.

Lee has a three-step plan to revitalize small business in the district.

June 12, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Local residents to celebrate freedom

While all Americans celebrate July 4, for many black Americans the celebration of Juneteenth holds even more meaning as it commemorates the ending of slavery in the United States.

June 12, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Convicted murderers ask for new trials

Two murderers, convicted on separate crimes, are both petitioning the court for new trials this summer, each for different reasons.

June 12, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Official: City residents not double taxed

After a court in Gwinnett County recently ruled that the county double taxed residents for services like fire, many Newton County residents are questioning whether they are also being double taxed for services.

Covington residents pay a 8.20 millage rate on top of the 10.91 county-wide millage rate, confirmed Covington City Manager Steve Horton and Newton County Manager John Middleton.

June 12, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Tech schools talk future job market

America remains the world's dominant superpower, but leaders and educators are worried by trends that show the competitiveness of the American worker continues to fall.

Cynthia Edwards is the vice president of institutional advancement for Georgia Piedmont Technical College, formerly known as DeKalb Tech, and her role is to spread the word about an institution dedicated to helping Georgians get job and Georgia remain competitive in recruiting industry.

June 12, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


AT&T strengthens mobile coverage in Covington

As part of its continuing network investment to support growing demand for mobile devices and services, AT&T announced Tuesday the activation of a new cell site in southern Newton County near the intersection of Highway 136 and 212, expected to enhance network coverage for area residents and businesses.

"Delivering dependable wireless coverage for consumers and businesses that need to stay connected is the company's ultimate objective," said Paul Chambers, Regional Director of External Affairs for AT&T. "AT&T's ongoing investments in Newton County will help ensure that the company's customers have access to the wireless ...

June 12, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Cat fight complaint leads to drug arrest

A phone call about a cat quickly turns into an officer allegedly finding two juveniles with marijuana.

June 12, 2012 | Meghan de St. Aubin | LOCAL


Gas prices down from previous week

Average retail gasoline prices in Atlanta have fallen in the past week, averaging $3.33/gal yesterday. This compares with the national average that has fallen in the last week to $3.56/gal, according to gasoline price website AtlantaGasPrices.com.

Including the change in gas prices in Atlanta during the past week, prices yesterday were lower than the same day one year ago and are 23.3 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased during the last month and stands lower than this day one year ago.

June 12, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Oxford to hold Fourth of July celebration

Residents will soon bring their patriotic pride as the City of Oxford and the Oxford Lions Club are hosting the annual Fourth of July Parade and Celebration and would like for locals to join in this year's event which will be held Wednesday, July 4.

Participants are encouraged to decorate your bicycle, car, truck or float in a patriotic theme. There will be an award for the best float.

June 12, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Rep. Broun to debate Republican challenger

The campaign of Republican Congressman Paul Broun today released the following statement regarding upcoming primary debates:

"Congressman Broun is enthusiastically looking forward to debating his competitor. He is confident it would be to his political advantage to debate more frequently. However, Congressman Broun is highly focused on fulfilling his official duties, both in Washington and in Georgia, and is not a full-time candidate.

June 12, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO graduates students from program

On January 28 the Newton County Sheriff's Office embarked upon a new journey, the Offender Responsibility Program.

June 12, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local named student president of Georgetown

Earlier this spring, Shaun Zhang was elected the President of the Student Bar Association of Georgetown Law at age 20. The Student Bar Association is law schools' student government. Georgetown Law is the second largest law school in the nation (slightly behind Harvard), and is the most applied to. Georgetown is one of the most prestigious institutions of legal education in the world. Shaun enrolled at Georgetown Law in the Fall of 2010 when he was 19-years-old. He is, by far, the youngest student of his class, which had at the time of his enrollment an average age of 26 ...

June 09, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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