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Local rancher says his cattle are being chased to death

The farm off Old Hickory Road in Oxford looks peaceful. The cows crowd together in pastures that sweep down to Lake Varner in Covington. Yet ...

June 20, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Man’s body found on side of road in Covington

The Newton County Sheriff's Office is investigating a possible homicide after finding a man's body on Lower River Road Sunday morning, according to ...

June 19, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Summer vacation: How to prevent home burglaries while away

With the summer months comes plenty of time for family vacations, but sadly unoccupied homes are easy targets for potential burglars.

June 19, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | LOCAL


Rocking in the park

Hundreds attended a grand opening celebration for Covington's Legion Field Park on Mill Street Friday night.

June 18, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Bicycle unit to patrol Porterdale

Come July 4, a new police patrol will hit the streets in Porterdale.

June 18, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Covington Pilot named governor of organization’s Georgia district

She does not fly planes, but Cynthia Spearman is a Pilot.

June 18, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Juvenile Court gets another tool in Casey Foundation

The Newton County Juvenile Court will have another tool to reduce juvenile detention and increase public safety starting in August.

June 18, 2016 | Jasmine Floyd | LOCAL


BOC approves transport vehicles for sheriff’s office

The Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) unanimously approved for the sheriff's department to purchase two Chevy Tahoe's during a special called meeting ...

June 15, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


$50 convenience center fee discussed by BOC

A fee of $50 for Newton County's convenience centers was close to being added to the tax bills of each property owner Wednesday when ...

June 15, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Summer Concert Series: Sensational Sounds of Motown

Downtown Covington Summer Concert Series started Friday night with the Sensational Sounds of Motown. A lively crowd turned out to dance the night away.

June 13, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington Police Specialized Patrol Unit closes ongoing drug investigation

The Covington police department (CPD) closed out an ongoing drug investigation on Thursday, according to Sgt. Chris Smith.

June 12, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | LOCAL


Nelson Heights to host 4th annual Juneteenth festival

Newton County is having our fifth annual Juneteenth Festival at Nelson Heights Community Center from 12:00pm to 8:00pm on Saturday, June 18, 2016.

June 12, 2016 | Jasmine Floyd | LOCAL


Newton County fire services to purchase new breathing apparatus

The Newton County Fire Services department will get 76 new self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) after the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) approved the purchase ...

June 08, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Covington police to get body cameras

Covington police officers will soon be outfitted with ProVision body cameras.

June 07, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Nursing home project receives extension permit

After tabling a request from developer Kippy Clarke of B&B Southside Holdings Company to extend a Special Use Permit (SUP) for Royal Hall Senior ...

June 07, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


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Eastside trail to be built with concrete

The Newton County Board of Commissioners narrowly passed a motion by a 3-2 vote to give the Library to Eastside Trail almost $58,000 to complete the project, with Commissioners Mort Ewing and Tim Fleming opposing.

May 17, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Car show to come to square Sunday

Commissioner Lanier Sims is hosting his second annual car show festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday on the square.

May 17, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Renovated BirthCare Center opens

Newton Medical Center is showing off its newly renovated BirthCare Center at an open house from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday.

May 17, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Smoke clears out movie theater

IN BRIEF: The Crossroads Carmike movie theater in Conyers was evacuated around 2:30 p.m. Thursday after smoke was spotted. Rockdale firefighters reportedly found the source of the smoke near theater nine, one of the larger theaters, from a three-phase transformer with an oil leak and damaged wires.

May 17, 2012 | | LOCAL


Rockdale superintendent gets Va. job

Rockdale Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Samuel King has been chosen as the new superintendent of Norfolk Public Schools in Norfolk, Virginia. The Norfolk school board approved hiring King in a 6-1 vote Monday evening, according to the Virginian-Pilot.

May 16, 2012 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Madison to host Peach State Blues Festival

King Communications Group and Main Street Madison Ga. will kick off the summer with the first Peach State Blues Festival in Madison, Ga., on Saturday, June 2, from noon to 10 p.m.

The celebrated, legendary Blues singer Bobby Rush will be the festival's headliner. Blues singers Claudette King (daughter of legendary B.B. King), Willie Hill, Bobbye (Doll) Johnson, Cantwise and Freedom, Cruisers, and Lady D and the Set it Off Band will also perform.

May 15, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


U.S. Rep. Broun to visit Newton County on tour

U.S. Representative Paul Broun, R-Athens, will be in Newton County May 23 as part of a five-day, re-election bus tour to visit all 25 counties in the newly drawn 10th Congressional District.

Broun will visit Newton County at 4:30 p.m. at the Newton County GOP Headquarters, located at 1107 Church St. on the square next to Square Perk Café.

May 15, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Councilwoman judges children contest

Covington City Councilwoman Hawnethia Williams was one of four city officials to serve as a judge of the Georgia Municipal Association's "If I Were Mayor, I Would" essay contest this year. The "If I Were Mayor, I Would" essay contest gives students the opportunity to share their visions of what their community would be like under their guidance.

May 15, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO holding free firearm safety course

The Newton County Sheriff's Office is holding a free Citizen's Firearms Safety Course.

The eight-hour course will be conducted on Saturday, June 2, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Newton County Law Enforcement Training Center located at 15151 Alcovy Road.

May 15, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County’s 2050 Plan featured in foundation’s report

Newton County has been featured by the Orton Family Foundation in a report for its strong stewardship program, the 2050 Plan.

The 2050 Plan aims to house 88 percent of the county's future population on just 30 percent of the county's land by 2050.

May 15, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Soaring for Service

The local Boy Scouts Troop 222 had a bumper crop of Eagle Scouts this past year, as nine young men completed the capstone projects necessary to gain the Boy Scouts' top honor.

May 15, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Crime roundup for May 16

When the officer asked Rico Garrett for his driver's license, he said that he didn't have one. He told the officer that it was suspended because he hadn't paid child support.

May 15, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Arraignment schedule for two charged in Tempie Lane double homicide

The two men charged in the shooting deaths of 56-year-old Donald Eugene McCullough and his 66-year-old aunt and caretaker Peggy Molden are scheduled for arraignment next week.

Brawny Jarvis McCullough, the 31-year-old son of victim Donald McCullough, and Jonathan Michael Henderson, 28, both Villa Rica residents, were arrested in February by Newton County Sheriff's Investigators, Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents, U.S. Marshals and the Villa Rica police.

May 15, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Officials serve it up

Mayor Ronnie Johnston cooked burgers and Police Chief Stacey Cotton handled the fries, while council members Chris Smith and Hawnethia Williams took orders and police Lt. Wendell Wagstaff took care of the drive-thru.

Covington council members and police officers worked at the newly reopened Covington McDonald's Monday evening, as part of the store's groundbreaking ceremony.

May 15, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newton leaders graduate from economic development academy

The Board of the Georgia Academy for Economic Development announces Newton County graduates from the 2012 Region 5 Multi-Day Training Program. Class participants represented a number of professional and non-professional economic development fields, including elected officials, public servants, business leaders, educators, and social service providers from twelve counties in Northeast Georgia. The academy provided each of the graduates an opportunity to gain a unique understanding of the complexities of economic and community development on the local, regional and state levels.

Newton County graduates at the May 3 ceremony included: Hunter Hall, Newton County Chamber of Commerce; Rick Henderson, Georgia Department ...

May 15, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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