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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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Covington warms on natural gas vehicles

In the wake of ever-increasing diesel and gasoline prices, Covington officials continue to warm to the idea of building a compressed natural gas fueling facility that would be available to the city and public.

March 29, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Smith found guilty of '09 murder

Ricky Lewis Smith, 46, of Covington was found guilty of the shooting death of a woman last Wednesday by a Newton County jury.

He was found guilty of malice murder, felony murder, two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of possession of firearms during the commission of a felony and possession of firearm by convicted felon.

March 29, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


NMC to celebrate National Doctor’s Day

The Newton Medical Center will celebrate National Doctors' Day Friday by providing lunch for its doctors.

March 29, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Porterdale seeks $266K community grant

Substandard housing is the target of a $266,623 grant the city is seeking as part of an overall effort to upgrade neglected areas.

March 29, 2012 | | LOCAL


Jail ministry offers chance for a better life

Being enclosed in a room filled with inmates is something most people might find unsettling, but it's something Ken Horstmann and Robert Washington have done every week for the past three years.

March 29, 2012 | Rachel Goff | LOCAL


Man arrested for 2011 vehicular homicide

Charges have been filed in the 2011 crash that injured several and killed one Newton County woman, 78-year-old Sarah Belcher.

Ricky Todd Guice, 39, is charged with vehicular homicide, DUI and improper lane usage in the August crash. According to Georgia State Patrol spokesman Gordy Wright, around 5 p.m. on Ga. Highway 162, Guice, who was driving a 2005 Ford pickup, crossed the centerline in a curve and struck a 1998 Prizm in the side, then struck a Dodge Neon in the front bumper. Belcher, the driver of the Neon, was airlifted to Atlanta Medical Center where she later ...

March 29, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Drunk woman insists on going to jail

A woman called Newton County police on herself insisting that she had violated her probation by drinking alcohol.

When the responding deputy radioed her identification through dispatch, it showed that the woman was not on active probation. When the deputy informed her that she was not on probation, the woman became agitated and proclaimed even louder that she was indeed on probation and insisted that she needed to be taken to jail.

March 29, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man exposes himself to taxi driver

A Newton County man was taken into custody last Saturday after he peed on a taxicab and exposed himself to the taxi driver.

According to the taxi driver, the man got into the cab and complained that he had to urinate. The taxi driver instructed him to go back in the bar to relieve himself. However, the man exited the cab and proceeded to pee on the back, driver-side tire and quarter panel of the car.

March 29, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


State tax reform bill to affect locals

Many Newton County residents will be affected by changes coming to Georgia's tax code, after the Georgia General Assembly overwhelmingly passed its tax reform bill last week.

March 28, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Fight at dinner table leads to arrest

A fight at the dinner table led to one man's arrest Saturday night.

March 28, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Annual Salem Camp meeting is July 6-13

The annual Salem Camp Meeting is coming in July and will feature two international preachers.

March 28, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Trial begins in Smith case

The trial of Ricky Lewis Smith, the 46-year-old charged with shooting Tajuana Lashawn Stroud in 2009, began Tuesday, in the courtroom of Newton County Chief Superior Court Judge John Ott.

March 28, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Man allegedly punches child in face, takes his sons for ice cream

A Newton County woman called police after her 10-year-old cousin was allegedly punched in the face by the father of two neighborhood boys.

March 28, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Child calls police on negligent mother

A juvenile called the police on her mother and her mother's boyfriend for smoking marijuana and child neglect last Sunday.

March 28, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Water pipe breaks in judicial center

A pipe broke Sunday at the Newton County Judicial Center, damaging portions of the first floor, including the juvenile, magistrate and probate courtrooms and offices.

March 28, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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