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School threats occurring across the state

This week there were two threats called in to two Newton County Schools. A week previous, there was another.

August 17, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Stay hydrated, my friends

It is hot outside.

August 16, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Middle Ridge Elementary media specialist name South Metro District Media Specialist of the Year

The awards keep coming for Middle Ridge Elementary School media specialist Tammy Privette. Last spring, she was named Newton County School System's 2015 Media ...

August 16, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSS to start $5 million negotiation with county

The Newton County School Board (BOE) has agreed to engage in financial negotiations with the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) that could eventually lead ...

August 16, 2015 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


John Douglas returns to work at GPC

Newton County Commissioner John Douglas has returned to work at Georgia Perimeter College after he was placed on paid administrative leave following Douglas' admission that ...

August 14, 2015 | | LOCAL


Porterdale Elementary cleared

Porterdale Elementary School was cleared after receiving a telephoned threat concerning the safety of the school Friday morning.

August 14, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Solid Waste panel meeting cancelled

The meeting of the solid waste citizen panel that had been scheduled for Friday, August 14 has been cancelled

August 13, 2015 | | LOCAL


Ombre 'doing very well' after dramatic rescue

Thanks to quick-thinking neighbors and the Newton County Fire Service, Ombre the horse was saved from near certain death Sunday after an apparent prank gone ...

August 13, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Cousins Middle School evacuated

Cousins Middle School has been cleared by law enforcement as safe for students after a telephoned threat was received regarding the safety of the school.

August 12, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


CPD receives complaint on Jennifer Garner’s bodyguards

A paparazzo called Covington Police to the area near Scoops after one of Jennifer Garner's bodyguards shined a green laser pointer into their camera ...

August 12, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Pebble Brook victim identified

The Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) has identified the victim of Tuesday's shooting as 19-year-old Newton County resident Caylen Gooch.

August 12, 2015 | | LOCAL


Schizophrenic man missing since Aug. 3

CONYERS - The Rockdale County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help finding a Rockdale man diagnosed with mental disorders who has been ...

August 11, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Old Atlanta Highway to be closed this weekend

Reconstruction of the I-20 bridge over the railroad and Old Atlanta Highway will continue this weekend, affecting traffic near exit 90 on the interstate.

August 11, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


KKK recruitment fliers in Newton County

The Newton County Sheriff's Office is investigating several complaints of Klu Klux Klan recruitment fliers placed in Newton County residents' yards.

August 11, 2015 | | LOCAL


Firehouse Subs helps donate water to CFD

Firehouse Subs recently held a promotion "H2O for Heroes". The program allowed customers to bring in cases of water in exchange for a Free Medium ...

August 10, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Prison ministry changing lives

Scripturally Sound is a ministry that, while being faith-based, is dedicated to encouraging and assisting in building healthy lifestyles. Its mission statement is "To Inspire a Desire for Healthy Lifestyles Through Spiritual Growth."

May 03, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local crime briefs for May 4

Dana Williams-Crawford called Covington police alleging that her boyfriend Kermit Thomas was going to hurt her and that she wanted him to leave. Officers advised Williams-Crawford that since Thomas lived at the residence she would need to have him evicted. Williams-Crawford then became very frustrated and loud stating that the police never do anything for anyone.

May 03, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


An afternoon of music

Residents were serenaded Thursday afternoon with the sweet sounds of the Newton High School Band and the Newton County Honor Band.

May 03, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Canoles, Kilonjis get fresh start

Branden Canoles brought his new next-door neighbors a basket of bright pink flowers Wednesday afternoon, while Jean-Joseph and Angelica Kalonji, professional bakers, returned the favor with an alternating cheese and white cake display.

May 03, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Pam Dew named 2011 Hometown Hero

Pam Dew can't help but be involved in enriching the lives of people with special needs. After retiring as coordinator of Newton County Special Olympics for the past 23 years, Dew simply decided to start another nonprofit, this time aimed at adults with special needs.

May 02, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Jumping for joy

Despite the hot weather, nearly 500 local special needs children participated in the annual Newton County Special Olympics this week.

On Tuesday, hundreds of special needs children sat under tents out of the harsh sun eating peanut butter sandwiches during lunch.

May 02, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


3 arrested in Lakeview Drive drug bust

At least three people were arrested after a search warrant was served by the Covington/Newton County Special Investigation Unit with the help of the Newton County SWAT team Wednesday morning on Lakeview Drive.

May 02, 2012 | | LOCAL


Alcovy principal addresses lawsuit

With hundreds of comments swirling around the Internet and accusations being thrown from all sides following a lawsuit filed against 11 anonymous bloggers, Alcovy High School Principal LaQuanda Carpenter said she is baffled by the animosity but determined to follow her case through to the bitter end.

May 01, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Conyers man killed Saturday

A Conyers man was killed early Saturday morning after his motorcycle ran off the road on County Line Road.

May 01, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Watterson throws hat in race for Sheriff

Bill Watterson has announced that he intends to run for Sheriff of Newton County once again this term. This comes after resigning from the NCSO after more than two decades in order to pursue the office.

Watterson started his career with the NCSO in 1990 as a jailer in the detention center and has worked in a variety of positions with the force, including supervisor over patrol, CHAMPS, community outreach, civil division, traffic division, school resource officer, drug task force, investigations, traffic division/accident reconstruction, court services and vehicle maintenance.

May 01, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Making a pedigree chart

How did your hunt go this week? Were you able to visit relatives? Have you filled in your family group sheets? It is time now to decide which surname we are going to follow first.

Let's make a pedigree chart or you can print one from Ancestry.com. To make one yourself, get a blank piece of paper. At the bottom, write your name, remember if you are married to write your maiden name. Now draw a line up between your name and across like a T.

May 01, 2012 | Ellen Blakeslee Columnist | LOCAL


Society of St. Vincent de Paul hosts silent auction and wine tasting Friday

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul members hosted their second Silent Auction and Wine Tasting (Fox Vineyards) this past Friday evening. Sherry Odum's selection of hors d'oeurvres complimented the wines along with Wing Zone's zesty wings. The guests were greeted by Peggy Mercer and Nancy East. Inside Moore Hall of St. Augustine Catholic Church, Michael Frederick played music while the guests helped themselves to the Fox Vineyards' wines and the hors d'oeurvres which included great flavors as stuffed dates, blueberry brie puffs, chicken 'n cranberry salad spread, spanakopita, various cheeses and crackers - just to mention ...

May 01, 2012 | Christy Lassiter | LOCAL


Yarbrough: Federal judge sees majesty in the law, not jokes

While May 1st is designated Law Day in the United States, Judge Lisa Godbey Wood, chief judge of the U.S. Southern District of Georgia, says we Americans should remember that every day is a day of law in this country. There would be anarchy without it.

I had the privilege of following Judge Wood on a program in Savannah a couple of weeks ago and I have never heard anyone explain our system of law better or with more passion than she did. When it was my turn to speak, I felt like Tiny Tim and his ukulele following ...

May 01, 2012 | Dick Yarbrough | LOCAL


Illegal dumping of trash and toilets

Newton County officers responded to a call of illegal dumping.

After observing, the officers determined that someone had illegally dumped three commodes, a box that a new commode had come in and two large plastic bags of trash.

May 01, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Attacker says man got bruised face from falling

When Newton County officers responded to a call about an assault, James Norris stated that Timothy Gawenda had attacked him.

According to Norris, Gawenda and his girlfriend had come home and began accusing Norris of stealing items from their bedroom. Norris denied that he stolen anything from Gawenda's bedroom and Gawenda went outside to smoke a cigarette.

May 01, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


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