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I Have a Dream winner announced

A large crowd remembered, celebrated and honored those who act Sunday afternoon during Newton County's MLK Ecumenical Celebration at Newton High School.

January 18, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Keeping up with your smoke detectors

While having a smoke detector in your house is important, it is also important to keep up with maintenance. Agent Bill Calder of Newton County Farm Bureau and the Georgia Arson Control Board would like to provide the citizens of Newton County with lifesaving smoke detector information and maintenance tips.

January 18, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Honoring the departed

Some two dozen volunteers turned out Saturday to help clean the historically black section of Liberty Cemetery in Porterdale, where boy scouts labored alongside older generations to rake, prune, and restore the site as best they could.

January 18, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Restaurant health inspection scores

Taco Bell, 6151 Highway 278, Covington, Jan 12, 92 A

January 17, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Ice brings numerous crashes to Newton

I-20 reopened and most of Newton County is safe for travel after black ice hit many roadways in North Georgia Friday morning.

January 16, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Deal over landfill likely soon

Newton County is very close to reaching a deal with the East Georgia Land and Development Company following nearly two decades of litigation, the company's head, Jim Baker, told The News Thursday.

January 16, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


SWAT arrest suspect on Griffin Lane

After surrounding a home, Covington Police arrested an armed man at 10116 Griffin Lane with SWAT team responding Friday.

January 16, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Chamber honor award winners

There was a lot of change at this year's Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce annual meeting and awards reception at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center Thursday, but it was the lack of change that was the big moment of the evening.

January 15, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


NMC and Piedmont look to partner up

Newton Medical Center announced today its Board of Directors had authorized hospital management to enter into "exclusive discussions" with Piedmont Healthcare aimed at formalizing a relationship between the two organizations.

January 15, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Jeff Benton dedicated life to family, church, community

Covington resident Jeff Benton was described as a loving father and husband and a pillar of the community by those who knew him following his tragic passing Wednesday night.

January 14, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


BOE considering Clear Touch panels

The Newton County Board of Education is considering a contract to purchase new Clear Touch interactive touchscreen panels for the classrooms.

January 14, 2015 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


Medical marijuana hopes dashed at Capitol

Mike Hopkins had hoped a new, limited medical marijuana bill in Georgia would allow him to bring his family back from Colorado, where his 17-year-old daughter, Michala, is being successfully treated for seizures and pain with cannabis oil.

January 13, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Pacho's receives failing health score

Pacho's Mexican Grill management feels it has already recovered from the failing health score it received during a Jan. 9 inspection.

January 13, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


BOC 'potential litigation' special meeting Wednesday

The Newton County Board of Commissioners will enter into a closed executive session immediately following the opening of a public meeting Wednesday to discuss potential litigation, according to a public notice issued over the weekend.

January 13, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


BOE Chair, Vice-Chair sworn in

Shakila Henderson-Baker and Abigail Coggin were both sworn in to their second term on the Newton County Board of Education recently.

January 13, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Man had gun at funeral of slain woman

Directly following the funeral of murdered Newton County woman Ketitra Techelle Jones, a semi-automatic handgun was collected and warrants have been issued for one man who reportedly tried to pull it on people attending the gathering.

February 23, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Several pre-trial hearings March 7

Several murder cases are moving steadily forward in March with pre-trial hearings in front of Newton County Superior Court Judge Eugene Benton.

February 23, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Gas prices expected in to keep rising

Motorists should be aware of the likelihood of a sharp rise in gasoline prices in the next few days and through the weekend in Atlanta.

February 23, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Supreme Court overturns Crowder plea

The guilty plea entered by Darrell Antonio Crowder in the 2008 murder of his estranged wife has been overturned by the Supreme Court, despite Newton County Superior Court Judge Eugene Benton's denial for a new trial in 2010.

February 23, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newt Gingrich to visit Covington Feb. 29

Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich will visit Newton County Feb. 29 as he campaigns in advance of the March 6 GOP presidential primary.

February 22, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Teenage twins surviving on their own

Michael and Nathanial Hodge aren't your average 19-year-old twins. The Alcovy High School seniors have been self-sufficient and living on their own since they were 16.

February 22, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Young sentenced to death

After roughly six hours of deliberation, a jury sentenced 44-year-old Rodney Young to die for the bludgeoning and stabbing death of 28-year-old Gary Jones.

February 22, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Serious crimes decline in Covington

Serious crimes in Covington declined in 2011 for the second straight year, but the changes were a mixed bag as thefts and sexual offenses increased, while assaults and property thefts declined.

February 22, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Health Scores - Feb. 22

American Deli, 3154 U.S. Highway 278, Jan. 18. Score 96.

February 22, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log - Feb. 22

Brian Jeffery Taylor, 22, 260 High Grove Drive, Covington, Jan. 26. Possession of Schedule IV drug Xanax), possession of marijuana felony with intent, possession of firearm or knife, possession of Schedule II drug (oxycodone).

February 21, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Fit to be queen

Valencia Johnson experienced her fair share of hurdles before making history and becoming Newton County's first singly-appointed black homecoming queen in 1975.

February 21, 2012 | Rachel Goff | LOCAL


I-20 westbound accident closes some lanes

IN BRIEF: A crash with multiple cars and tractor-trailers on Interstate 20 westbound, just before exit 80 for West Avenue, has shut down a few lanes, according to Conyers police. Emergency personnel are at the scene and tow trucks en route.

February 21, 2012 | | LOCAL


Penalty phase begins in Young trial

Update, 7 p.m.: Rodney Young was sentenced to the death penalty Tuesday evening by a Newton County jury.

February 20, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Covington man killed in Rockdale crash

A 26-year-old Covington man, the passenger in a single vehicle crash, was killed Saturday night when the car went off McDaniel Mill road into a yard and into a tree. The driver, a 27-year-old Conyers man, was transported by helicopter to Atlanta Medical Center with serious injuries.

February 20, 2012 | | LOCAL


City worker chased with knife

A city of Covington worker was allegedly chased with a knife while out marking the road on Need Street Friday.

February 18, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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