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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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Archive By Section - LOCAL


One robbery suspect dead, other jailed

One of the suspects in Thurdsay's robbery of Bank of North Georgia has died.

August 12, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Remembering the Olympic Dream

When the 1996 Summer Olympic Games were awarded to Atlanta, few could have predicted a small town outside of Atlanta would become a part of that dream. Conyers went on to win the bid to host the equestrian competitions and built the Georgia International Horse Park. Nearly two decades years later after the close of the Atlanta games, the Horse Park remains one of the few facilities built for the '96 Olympics that is still operating in its intended use. Here is the story of how it happened.

August 12, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newborn votes to keep millage rate from rising

Newborn voted to keeps its millage stable at 1.935, despite a 7.7 percent reduction in property values.

August 12, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Bank of North Georgia robbed

Two men who reportedly robbed the Bank of North Georgia at the intersection of Salem and Old Salem this afternoon have been arrested.

August 11, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


2nd man arrested for armed robbery

A second man was arrested Saturday and charged with the May robbery at Bailey's Food Pride.

August 11, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Covington panhandler arrested for meth

A man panhandling in a gas station parking lot was arrested for possession of methamphetamine late Friday evening.

August 10, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Steve Jones appointed deputy coroner

The county coroner position in Georgia is one of the state's quirky institutions.

August 10, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Residents upset by new power line

Some Mansfield city residents are unhappy with plans to place new power lines right through the middle of their neighborhood on County Road 213, and they're planning to discuss the issue at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Mansfield Community Center, 3158 Ga. Highway 11.

August 10, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


The faces of Chimney Park

There are two new reasons to visit Chimney Park located behind the Newton County Library, 7116 Floyd Street, in Covington. Chainsaw artist Ben Eidson of Shady Dale turned his chainsaw loose on the massive trunk of an oak that fell during the spring storms and created an interesting bench with three seating areas, perfect for a peaceful afternoon's rest. Then he turned his attention to creating a mystical face of a wood nymph in the trunk of a dead tree near the storytelling area.

August 10, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local woman charged in 2009 car death

Nearly two years since the car accident that claimed the life of a 67-year-old retired DOT worker, the woman accused of causing the accident entered a pre-trial order in Superior Court Tuesday.

August 09, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Man guilty of taking ex hostage

When a 27-year-old woman was found running naked down Taylor Road Sept. 19, 2010 she told authorities she had escaped from her ex-boyfriend who had held her hostage and assaulted her. That man pleaded guilty to charges stemming from that incident Tuesday.

August 09, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


U.S. 278 railroad crossing being paved

The railroad crossing at U.S. Highway 278 near West Street will be paved over beginning Aug. 8. Although the road will remain open to traffic, travelers can expect single lane closures in the area from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. through Aug. 11.

August 08, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Making a Miracle

The second annual Let's Make a Miracle Car & Bike Show was held yesterday at Turner Lake Complex. Cars, trucks and motorcycles were on display and several vendors sold food, such as bar-b-que and funnel cakes.

August 07, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Pilot Club of Covington installs officers

The Pilot Club of Covington held its 2011-2012 Officer Installation on Thursday, June 16 at First Presbyterian Church. The officers are: President, Mary Barnes; President Elect, Theresa Shields; Treasurer, Alice Phillips; Secretary, Terry Ziemer; Directors, Ann Brooks, Sharon Leduc and Jessica Morris. Pictured (l-r): Jessica Morris, Theresa Shields, Mary Barnes, Terry Ziemer, Ann Brooks.

August 07, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


A close relationship

At 19, Russell Reddick has a love for sharks, video games and Arby's roast beef sandwiches. However, nothing brings him more excitement than checking out Shark Week at the Georgia Aquarium.

August 07, 2011 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


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