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NCSS ACT scores fall short of benchmarks

COVINGTON- The Newton County School System (NCSS) announced the ACT scores from the 2014-2015 school year Wednesday afternoon.

August 27, 2015 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


Covington library opened

The Covington Branch of the Newton County Library System opened today after being closed for a week and a half.

August 27, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


School threat 'pre-recorded bomb threat'

A Newton County Sheriff's Office investigation has discovered that the bomb threat called into Porterdale Elementary School on Aug. 14 was a pre-recorded threat.

August 25, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


$2,560 donated by Jersey Mike’s to the Covington YMCA

During the grand opening week of the Jersey Mike's Subs shop on Industrial Blvd. patrons who brought in a YMCA donation coupon received a ...

August 24, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


1803 St. Louis comes to Conyers

Sometime in October, the city of St. Louis, Mo., circa 1803, will be built at the International Horse Park, a set for "Undaunted Courage," the ...

August 24, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


The fanaticism of Dragon Con reaches Newton County

It's a definitely a big deal.

August 24, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


GBI Director Keenan speaks to Kiwanis Club

Superior Court Judge Samuel Ozburn told the Kiwanis Club of Covington that if there was any criminal activity at Thursday's meeting the person could ...

August 23, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log: Aug 19

Raymond Dean Adkins, 49, Oxford, August 17, child support default

August 23, 2015 | | LOCAL


Two more plead guilty in Newton RICO case

A defendant in a racketeering case returned to court on Thursday and pled guilty to one count of racketeering and carrying a firearm during the ...

August 23, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Library remains closed

The pump on the broken HVAC unit at the Covington branch of the Newton County Library System has been replaced; however the project is still ...

August 21, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


What’s in store for this weekend?

Events 8-21-15

August 20, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Exit 90 on- and off-ramps to be closed

The on- and off-ramp at Exit 90 on Interstate-20, along with the westbound inside and middle lanes from mile 90-91, will be closed from 9 ...

August 20, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


14-year-old charged for school threats

A 14-year-old Newton County student has been charged with terroristic threat via computer and false public alarm in connection with social media threats made against ...

August 20, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Tempers flare over convenience centers

The frustration was palpable at Tuesday's Board of Commissioners' meeting after interim County Manager Harry Owens revealed that Newton County has exceeded its contract ...

August 19, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Man found dead in his truck following altercation in Rockdale County

CONYERS - A man was found dead in his truck Monday night after an alleged verbal altercation, according to the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office (RCSO).

August 18, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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County facing more cuts or taxes

Newton County commissioners are in for another tough budget cycle as they have to decide whether to cut the budget yet again or raise the millage rate, this time above the rollback rate, to account for declining tax revenues.

March 30, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Vampire fans flock to Covington

Sandra Lesny received an early birthday present from her husband for 2011. And 2012. And 2013. A trip to the EyeCon convention last week in Atlanta to see her favorite stars of the hit TV show "The Vampire Diaries."

She was joined by fans from all around the United States. Lesny is from Bremen, Germany, and she was far from the only foreign citizen to make the trip.

March 30, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log - March 30

o Donrico Marcellous Smith, 18, 330 Mountainview Drive, Covington, March 16. Speeding, license required (surrender of), obstruction or hindering law enforcement officer.

March 30, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


The Cheerios Challenge

Registration is open through April 12 for the 10th Annual Covington Cheerios Challenge.

March 29, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Panel OK's tax plan

ATLANTA - A legislative committee has approved a tax overhaul plan that would cut the personal income tax rate but slap a sales tax on some new goods and services.

The Special Joint Committee on Georgia Revenue Structure voted to send the bill to a full House vote. It will be on the House floor Wednesday.

March 29, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Scout cookie crackdown crumbles in Villa Rica

VILLA RICA, Ga. - After Girl Scout leaders said some of the younger girls feared being arrested during a February confrontation with police in Villa Rica at their cookie stand, another troop of Girl Scouts from the area decided to show their support for the officers.

Members of Troop 10442 visited the police station this week and surprised officers with plaques of appreciation, Girl Scout cookies and a scrapbook of thank you cards, the Times-Georgian of Carrollton reported.

March 29, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


April is National Child Abuse month

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. This month and throughout the year, Prevent Child Abuse Newton encourages all individuals and organizations to play a role in making Newton County a better place for families. By ensuring that parents have the knowledge, skills and resources they need to care for their children, we can help prevent child abuse and neglect by strengthening families and communities.

March 29, 2011 | Special to The News | LOCAL


Atlanta pastor slain

ATLANTA - Authorities say the associate pastor of an Atlanta church was found shot to death Monday at a home in Atlanta.

WSB-TV reports that Derek Moses sustained multiple gunshot wounds to his head.

March 29, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


MD: Lakemper has antisocial personalty

Attorneys spent much of Monday questioning the state's expert forensic psychiatrist as to whether Cobey Wade Lakemper was mentally ill during his 2005 crime spree as he's claimed.

March 29, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Crystal Organic Farm honored

Crystal Organic Farm has been named Newton County's Conservationist of the Year by the Upper Ocmulgee River Soil and Water Conservation District.

March 28, 2011 | | LOCAL


Senate panel approves budget

ATLANTA - A Senate panel on Monday signed off on an $18.2 billion budget for the coming fiscal year that adds millions of dollars in new borrowing for capital projects for the state's university system and also finds funds for new investigators to track down tax cheats.

The spending plan for the fiscal year that begins July 1 was approved unanimously in the Senate Appropriations Committee. It's expected to face a vote by the full Senate later this week as Georgia's 2011 legislative session heads into its final days.

March 28, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Construction will close Settler's Grove

The entrance to Settler's Grove Road at Ga. Highway 142 will close for two months beginning Monday, April 4, for roadwork.

March 28, 2011 | | LOCAL


Man charged in officer's death waives hearing

ATHENS, Ga. - A man charged with killing one Athens police officer and wounding another has waived an initial court hearing.

The Athens-Clarke County magistrate court says 33-year-old Jamie Hood waived a hearing Monday morning. The court did not have the name of Hood's attorney.

March 28, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


House guts Senate immigration bill

ATLANTA - A Georgia House committee took up a Senate bill aimed at cracking down on illegal immigration in the state and substituted the text of a more comprehensive House bill.

The House Judiciary Non-Civil Committee on Monday gutted the Senate bill proposed by Sen. Jack Murphy. It then inserted the text of a bill proposed by Rep. Matt Ramsey.

March 28, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Sheriff wants to figure out budget dilemma

Sheriff Ezell Brown has issued an open invitation to the Newton County Board of Commissioners, as they prepare for the 2012 fiscal year.

March 28, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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