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Rowe: Making America Great Again

When the Presidential Election ended, I thought the debating, tension and division would be finished as well. But we have more to talk about than ...

November 20, 2016 | Beth Rowe | LOCAL


Alcohol suspension overturned for The Social House

The Social House, located at 2101 Main St. in Porterdale, is able to serve alcohol again after a unanimous vote from the Porterdale City Council ...

November 18, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


Donations for Deputy White accepted at local bank

Donations to the family of Newton County Sheriff's Deputy Justin White can now be made at any branch of Bank of North Georgia by ...

November 18, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


Photos: A Holiday Illumination

The Christmas season officially started in downtown Covington Thursday evening with the Lighting of the Tree.

November 17, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Fire Services selling Cajun Fried Turkeys for a cause

The Newton County Fire Services (NCFS) will host a Cajun Fried Turkey fundraiser to benefit the Salvation Army's Angel Tree program.

November 17, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


District 4 commissioner makes accusations against fellow commissioners

District 4 Commissioner J.C. Henderson accused District 3 Commissioner Nancy Schulz and District 5 Commissioner Levie Maddox of corruption, and the Newton County Board ...

November 16, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Georgia DNR issues Code Red air quality alert

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Environmental Protection Division issued a Code Red (unhealthy) air quality alert for Atlanta today due to the smoke from ...

November 16, 2016 | Jasmine Floyd | LOCAL


2017 SPLOST list approved

More than $18 million for transportation, just under $4 million for the Emergency-911 Center, just under $2 million for expansion of the Senior Service Center ...

November 16, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Santa’s appearance on Square drawing closer

The Covington Square is decorated and ready for the arrival of Santa during Thursday night's Lighting of the Tree.

November 16, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


BOC summary: Developments of Community Impact zoning approved

After District 1 Commissioner John Douglas requested any language of burial be removed and the acreage increased from four to 10 acres, the Newton County ...

November 16, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Water restrictions imposed

Newton County residents are now under restrictions for water use after the Board of Commissioners (BOC) unanimously approved to raise the county's Drought Response ...

November 16, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


NCSO Capt. Banks speaks to BOC of fallen deputy

The Newton County Board of Commissioner's meeting started off on a somber note Tuesday as Newton County Sheriff's Office Capt. Sammy Banks spoke ...

November 15, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Deputy succumbs to injuries from crash

Update (Nov. 16, 2 p.m.): Funeral arrangements have been made for Newton County Sheriff's Deputy Justin White.

November 15, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


Georgia DNR issues Code Orange air quality alert

UPDATE (Nov. 15, 1:40 p.m.):

November 15, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


Accreditation assessment team invites public comment

A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) will arrive Nov. 28 to examine all aspects of the ...

November 14, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Gas leak causes store evacuations

UPDATE: Workers and customers are expected to be allowed back into businesses by 5 p.m.

December 14, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Local couple to be honor at UGA

Former Jasper County Extension agent Jean Fowler may have retired in 2011, but she and her husband Rob continue to promote the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

December 13, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Historic home up for grabs

A historic home in Social Circle could be yours for free. That's only if you are willing to relocate the entire house to a new location.

December 13, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Jail Log: Dec. 14, 2012

James Scott Baldwin, 37, Monticello, Dec. 11. Contempt of court, child support default.

December 13, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Crime briefs: Underage drinking

Three people were arrested and two 17-year-old girls were issued citations after they were found drinking at a hotel.

December 13, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


A gift guide for loved ones

I'm a wish list kinda gal. I have one year round with the thought that if someone who likes me wins the lottery, my requests were the first in line. Sadly, not everyone is as naturally helpful as I am. It's because of that very nature that I bring you the 2012 gift guide. Say thank you with presents.

December 13, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Man shot at housing authority

UPDATE: The Covington Police Department's Criminal Investigative Division

December 13, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Above and beyond

For Porterdale Police Lt. Jason Cripps, jumping into the Yellow River to save a man's life was just part of his job, but for the family of 60-year-old Earl Young, he went above and beyond the call of duty Wednesday afternoon.

December 13, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log - Dec. 12

Terance Terrell Sheppard, 21, Decatur, Nov. 28. Aggravated assault, possession of arms by convicted felons and first offender probationers, possession of marijuana, armed robbery, theft by taking auto, possession of firearm during commission of a crime.

December 11, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Ramsey’s ransacked of cash, meat

Police are searching for those responsible for the theft of cash, a cash register and smoked meats from Ramsey's Produce Stand either late Friday or early Saturday morning.

December 11, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Animal control ordinance changed

The Newton County Board of Commissioners adopted a revised version of their animal control ordinance at their Dec. 4 board meeting.

December 11, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Theater dreams

Shante Ragin first caught the acting bug when she was just 8 years old at a summer drama camp. Now, she and her husband Kevin have decided to share their passion by opening the Dramatic Arts Productions Theater in Covington, offering not only acting classes, but also first-rate productions, like the one currently playing, the Charles Dickens classic, "A Christmas Carol."

December 11, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Asst. Chief ADA leaves

Newton County Chief Assistant Distract Attorney Anne Kurtz has left the Alcovy Judicial Circuit for the Attorney General's Office Medicare Fraud division.

December 11, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Outgoing BOC members honored Tues.

The Newton County Board of Commissioners will hold a reception to honor BOC Chairman Kathy Morgan and commissioners Mort Ewing and Tim Fleming.

December 11, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Sheriff’s toy run collects 155 toys

The Newton County Sheriff's Office collected 155 toys, as well as money to purchase more, during their 14th annual toy run Saturday.

December 11, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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