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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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Two men arrested for molestation

Two men were arrested recently for molesting young girls, according to law enforcement officials.

September 13, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


2 students arrested for pot brownes

Two 16-year-old, female Alcovy High School students have been suspended after an incident in which one baked brownies containing marijuana and another ate the brownies before school Monday.

September 13, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


GPC produces harvest for food pantry

Tomatoes, okra and cucumbers, oh my! GPC Newton math professor Sallie Paschal was among faculty and students who worked the gardens on the Newton Campus this summer. In between teaching math courses online, the math professor "adopted" and worked three garden plots, which produced more than 150 pounds of vegetables and a few watermelons this summer.

September 13, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Sounds of Motown to fill the square

Residents of all ages are invited to come out to the square tonight at 7 p.m. to enjoy the sounds of Motown at the last free, Friday night concert of the year.

September 13, 2012 | Anastasia Graves | LOCAL


Crime briefs: Man snatches purse

A woman said an unknown man stole her purse while she was walking to a gas station on Alcovy Road Wednesday early morning.

September 13, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Crime Briefs: Man punches another

Police arrested a man Wednesday night after he reportedly hit another man in the face because he would not give him a cigarette.

September 13, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Officials discuss excise tax

County and city officials met Tuesday afternoon to discuss whether or not Newton County would levy a local excise tax on energy used in manufacturing.

September 13, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Exploring the human body

Students at the Newton County Theme School at Ficquett learned about body health a little differently Thursday morning when they had the opportunity to explore a larger than life display of the human body called "The Body Walk" exhibit. The tour began when students walked through a giant ear and then through a giant mouth followed by other major parts of the body. The exhibit took years to come to fruition and was able the work of numerous volunteers, HealthMPowers, parents, faculty and staff.

September 13, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Deputy, suspect hospitalized after fight

UPDATE: The passenger who injested the drugs has died. Identified as Terry Dean Gore, 43, he had a lengthy criminal history, and was last arrested in July of this year. An autopsy is being performed by the GBI Medical Examiner Thursday morning to determine exact cause of death.

September 13, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Case Update: Whitehead twins trial postponed

(September 12, 2012) The trial of the teen Whitehead twins who allegedly killed their mother by beating and stabbing her to death in 2010 has been postponed until a later date to be decided. The trial had been due to start Sept. 26.

September 12, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Racial slurs written on a woman’s car

A woman said someone wrote a racial slur on her vehicle some time between Friday night and Saturday morning. According to a report from the Newton County Sheriff's Office, someone walked onto a property at Trotters Court and wrote three words on the rear windshield of the woman's 1999 Mercury Grand Marquis with white shoe polish or soap.

September 11, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Court upholds ’03 murder conviction

The Georgia Supreme Court reversed a ruling Monday that threw out the murder convictions and death sentence for William David Riley, convicted of killing his three young children in a fire on Aug. 16, 2000.

September 11, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Murderer sues Newton jailers

Convicted murderer Pablo Maldonado may have left Newton County for death row, but the lawsuits he filed still linger on, including one against the Newton County Sheriff's Office, Sheriff Ezell Brown and several NCSO deputies working in the jail.

September 11, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Remembering 9/11

South Salem Elementary School Principal Holly Dubois doesn't believe terrorism is an appropriate topic for young children, but she does believe in having children remember their country's past and honor the heroes that protect them.

September 11, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Accident causes congestion on Ga. Highway 36

An accident has blocked part of Ga. Highway 36 near Mabry Road, south of County Road 213.

September 11, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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