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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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Man knocks on door, strips naked

When Newton County officers responded to a suspicious call, the officer observed a black male in front of the garage door standing naked.

When the officer exited his vehicle, the man was putting on blue boxers and blue jeans. Holding his Taser as a precaution, the officer placed the man, Michael Keith Valentine, in hand restraints.

May 01, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Special Olympics Parade

Newton County Special Olympians and their supporters gathered Monday morning for a parade to kick off the annual spring games. The games will continue Tues. and Wed. at Sharp Stadium.

April 30, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Watterson plans to run for sheriff

After over two decades of dedicated service with the Newton County Sheriff's Office, Bill Watterson announced his own candidacy for Sheriff of Newton County in the upcoming election. Watterson, who recently resigned from the current administration, said in a press release that he regrets that he had to voluntarily leave the job he loved after 23 years of service. He joined the NCSO in 1990 and has literally worked in every division of the department.

April 30, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


CPD looks into local prostitution claims

If Covington police have it their way there will be no happy ending for local massage parlors that are allegedly offering more then just standard massage services to their clients.

April 28, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Covington recycling to accept more items

Covington is totally revamping its recycling program and now nearly everything is recyclable and the more that's recycled the more money the city will earn.

April 28, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Cottonwood Farm has new instructor

Cottonwood Farm in Covington will welcome its newest employee Amy McKaughan this coming week.

April 28, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


11-year-old charged with exposure

A Flint Hill Elementary student has been charged with indecent exposure and electronically furnishing obscene material to minors following an incident where he reportedly exposed himself to two classmates and also sent obscene text messages to others.

April 28, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


$241K raised for ‘Life’

Newton County residents raised $241,922 for Relay for Life this year as 64 teams and 950 people participated in the annual fundraiser for the fight against the cancer.

April 28, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Sights from the Legion fair

The only fundraiser for the American Legion Post 32, the fair ended Saturday at the Legion Field just off Newton Drive behind the Covington Y. Traditional rides and games were available, as was regular fair fare, like funnel cakes and the legion's famous BBQ. This year the fair had some new rides, including the Wave Swinger and the X-Factor - a 18-person gondola tat revolves, tips and comes complete with water jet fountains.

April 28, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Young artists learn basics of the craft

The Southern Heartland Gallery on the square is offering four art camps for students entering first grade through the age of 12-years-old.

April 28, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


ReImagine Newton gives three grants

The Newton Education Foundation awarded $6,000 worth in grants to three school programs as part of its fundraising campaign, ReImagine Newton.

April 28, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


CPD offers assault awareness seminar

The Covington Police Department will be offering an Assault Awareness Seminar on May 16 at the Covington Police Department located at 1143 Oak Street, SE. The objective of this important personal safety training is to help provide citizens with techniques and safety strategies to prevent, minimize, or survive an assault. A portion of the class will be hands-on defensive tactics training where the student will have the opportunity to work with a defensive tactics instructor. Other topics to be discussed include; observation skills, negotiation skills and victim reporting skills. The class will begin at 7 p.m. and conclude at ...

April 28, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Traffic closures to begin Tuesday

Residents can expect closures on Interstate 20 at the ramp at State Route 11 (exit 98) and a single lane closure at mile markers 97.5-98.5 on Tuesday, May 1, weather permitting.

April 28, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Young Farmers hosts tractor show

The Newton County Farm Bureau's Young Farmers association hosted its second annual tractor show on the square Saturday and doubled in size this year to around 25 entrants.

April 28, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


A recap of local crimes for April 29

Man arrested for attempting to sell fittings to Oconee Metal

April 28, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


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