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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


GDOT awards $868,000 for SR 142 in Newton

Newton County will receive more than $800,000 of the recently announced $7 million in resurfacing contracts awarded by the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT).

November 14, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Voters reject Opportunity School District

Georgia voters rejected Amendment 1, or the Opportunity School District, proposition on this year's ballot.

November 13, 2016 | Duane M. Ford | LOCAL


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Farm Bureau seeks essays for contest

Newton County, Ga. - The Newton County Farm Bureau encourages 6th, 7th and 8th grade students to enter the Georgia Farm Bureau Middle School Essay Contest. Students should address the topic "How has agriculture changed in the last 75 years?" The winner of the Newton County Farm Bureau Essay Contest will receive $50.00.

October 27, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


DA Zon appeals dropped charges

The felony racketeering case against Victor Hill, Clayton County's former sheriff who is currently seeking re-election, has been delayed for possibly as long as a year, but Newton County District Attorney Layla Zon, the special prosecutor on the case, said she will respect the court's wishes and believes several important issues in the case should be examined by appellate courts before moving forward.

Hill served as sheriff of Clayton County from 2005-2008. During his controversial term, several of his actions were questioned, including the immediate firing of 27 employees, who were escorted from the building, while snipers were ...

October 27, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Adams plays Denzel’s father in ‘Flight’

T.K. Adams is set to hit the big screen in the new movie "Flight."

October 27, 2012 | Anastasia Graves | LOCAL


6 ways to celebrate Halloween

With Halloween just days away, there is plenty for Newton County residents on all sides of the county to look forward to, from the popular trick or treating on the square to ghost tours. So get your costumes on and get ready for a spook-tacular good time!

Tour of Southern Ghosts - Oct. 28

October 27, 2012 | Anastasia Graves | LOCAL


Parker happy to be giving back

Lydia Parker has been going to the Covington Y since the early 2000s, but a decision to run in the annual Cheerios Challenge seven years ago led her to where she is today as the Y's Volunteer of the Year.

October 27, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Parent upset at school reaction to gun

A Newton County Theme School third grader was suspended Monday for accidentally bringing an unloaded pellet gun to school and his family is accusing the school of punishing the 8-year-old boy for doing the right thing and telling his teacher the gun was in his book bag.

October 27, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


NCSO to shut in sex offenders for Halloween

Newton County Sheriff's Office and the Covington Probation Office will sponsor its Sixth Annual Halloween Shut-In on Oct. 31, from 6 to 10 p.m.

October 27, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


UGA students to design study Porterdale

A group of students and faculty with the University of Georgia's College of Environment and Design plans to hold a public design session with the city of Porterdale.

October 27, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Kimble: Forget your troubles, remember your blessings

You're late for another deadline. There are 16 emails waiting for responses with more coming in every time you turn around. Two programs need to be scheduled, but the calendar is already packed. The phone is ringing...

October 27, 2012 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


Women steal Georgia Dawg hat

5-finger discount on Dawg items

October 27, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Sure shot: welcome to the gun show

It's been a tough few months for me, what with people leaving notes on my front door and sending me nasty messages on Facebook. I started thinking about how to protect myself and - more importantly - my son, and then a friend made a brilliant suggestion: Learning to shoot.

October 27, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Daycare shooter pleads guilty

The man who shot his estranged wife and step-daughter outside a Rockdale County daycare last year will spend the next 50 years in prison after pleading guilty Friday.

October 27, 2012 | Kathy Hooks | LOCAL


Daycare shooter pleads guilty

The man who shot his estranged wife and step-daughter outside a Rockdale County daycare last year will spend the next 50 years in prison after pleading guilty Friday.

October 26, 2012 | Kathy Hooks | LOCAL


Newton County's Shining Educator

The auditorium burst into applause as East Newton fourth grade teacher Julie Thompson was named Newton County School System's 2013 Teacher of the Year; however, as in years past, Thompson accepted the award on behalf of not only herself, but her family, friends, co-workers and students.

"You are the reason I do what I do and that I love what I do," she said to her students, cheering from the audience. "These students make it a pleasure to come to work every day."

October 25, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newton jobless rate back under 10 %

The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that the preliminary unemployment rate in Newton County declined to 9.6 percent in September, down four-tenths of a percentage point from a revised 10 percent in August. The rate was 12 percent in September 2011.

October 25, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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