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Teen athlete hit by truck still hospitalized

Thomas Mason was on his way to pick up his son, Christian Mason, from a workout with the track team at Alcovy High School. Before ...

January 31, 2016 | Shakeem Holloway | LOCAL


Delta Sigma Theta hosts its annual Cotillion

Debutantes in white gowns. Beaus in top hats and tails. Young men and women make their come out, a mark of passage into adulthood.

January 31, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Council discusses issues facing city at retreat

At the end of the all-day retreat, Covington Mayor Ronnie Johnston said it had been one of the most productive retreats he'd experienced since ...

January 30, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Jury selection begins Monday on 2012 murder case

Jury selection is expected to begin Monday for the trial of Brawny Jarvis McCollough charged with two counts of malice murder and two counts of ...

January 30, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Newton’s unemployment rate down from a year ago

Newton County's unemployment rate was down significantly in December, 2015 from December, 2014.

January 29, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


NHS's Hezekiah Rodgers chosen top alto sax player in the state

Newton High School's Hezekiah Rodgers is in prestigious company.

January 29, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Hwy. 278 CID to host event on Feb. 4

The Hwy. 278 Community Improvement District (CID) is getting closer to becoming a reality.

January 28, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Goodman given lifetime service award

A crowd gathered in the Covington City Hall meeting room Thursday to celebrate Janet Goodman's 36 years as a councilwoman with a slight surprise ...

January 27, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Local manufacturer, NyloBoard, stops production

The manufacturing plant of NyloBoard, LLC, located at 14187 Industrial Park Blvd NE in Covington has ceased production and the company was put up for ...

January 27, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Juvenile arrested for stealing TVs

Covington police arrested a juvenile for burglary, possession of marijuana and possession of a weapon during a crime after witnesses saw someone believed to be ...

January 27, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Chief ADA Melanie Bell to run for Probate Judge

Melanie McCorey Bell declared her candidacy for Newton County Probate Judge Tuesday.

January 27, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Almond Turner seeks reelection

Throughout his 16 years as a member of the Newton County School Board, Almond Turner feels he has done a lot for the students of ...

January 26, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Work on SR36 bridge to be done Thursday and Friday

Delays near the South River bridge on State Route (SR) 36 at the Newton/Butts county line can be expected Thursday and Friday due to ...

January 26, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Social Circle City Council tables vote on annexation

Despite the recommendation made by the Planning and Zoning Board, the Social Circle City Council moved to table the vote on annexing two tracts of ...

January 24, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Magistrate Judge Henry Baker to retire

Judge Henry Baker, Probate Judge and Chief Magistrate of Newton County announced he will retire and not run for re-election in 2016 Friday.

January 24, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Bid accepted for start of Covington Towne Center

The city of Covington agreed to sell 99.7 acres of land along Alcovy Road to The Foxfield Company for $1.52 million Monday night.

November 09, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Second man arrested in murder case of Adrian Brooks

Just under a year after a warrant for his arrest was issued for his involvment in the murder of Adrian Brooks in July of 2014, Horace Coates was arrested Friday.

November 09, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Percentage of Newton County students graduating surpasses state's average

Newton County schools have something to celebrate. The percentage of students graduating from one of the county's three high schools has risen at two of the schools, while one has graduated the same percentage as last year.

November 09, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Steel from World Trade Center given to Covington Fire Department

Stoney Bowles has been through a lot in his 31 years as a firefighter. He has been involved in his share of saves, had great comradery with his peers and, since taking over as chief in Covington, has led a group of men and women who share his values.

November 08, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


New crosswalk signs make Floyd Street safer for pedestrians

There are new additions on Floyd Street after months of requests from community members.

November 08, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Commissioners call for a scope of work for legal services

Despite the continued protest from Commissioner Nancy Schulz, District 3, the Board of Commissioners approved the September check register, 3-1. Commissioner John Douglas, District 1, who was not present due to illness, told Commissioner Levie Maddox, District 5, that he would join Schulz in voting against approval.

November 08, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Porterdale veterans work to restore park in honor of those who serve

Originally, there were six of them, gathered at the gazebo in Porterdale's Veteran's Memorial Park a couple of years ago.

November 07, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Operation Watchful Eye keeps tabs on sex offenders

During the week of Oct. 26-31 221 registered sex offenders were arrested across Georgia thanks to the state's sheriffs and Operation Watchful Eye.

November 07, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Chicken Tracks Arts Festival

The Chicken Tracks Art Ranch and Chuck Hanes and Elizabeth Collins of Beauty and Beast Art are hosting a new outdoor arts festival the weekend before Thanksgiving.

November 07, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Gangsters come to Porterdale’s Speakeasy Dinner Club

Mobster Duke is in a major conflict about his woman and his money, and he is headed to Porterdale to settle the score. You can decide who you think did it as audience members in the hottest dinner club show in town.

November 07, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Single car accident leaves 2 dead on Halloween

Melody Story and a William Bowman died after a single car accident on Oct. 31.

November 07, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Candlelight Christmas Tour Dec. 3

The Satsuki Garden Club hosts its Candlelight Christmas Tour, featuring eight properties circa 1840-1950 Thursday, Dec. 3 from 3-7 p.m.

November 06, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


New film ordinance brings everyone to table

At times the Newton County Sheriff's Office and Newton County Fire Services have not been alerted to filming happening in the county.

November 05, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


NCSO Toy Ride approaching

The 17th Annual Newton County Toy Ride benefiting local children for Christmas and presented by the Newton County Sheriff's Office is approaching.

November 05, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Human remains found off Highway 81 and State Route 162

Human remains were discovered by a utility worker about 50 yards off of Highway 81 just south of Porterdale. The Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) was at the scene by midmorning Thursday.

November 05, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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