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Sheriff thanks community for support

Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown reached out to Facebook earlier this morning to share his gratitude with the community on its support of the family ...

November 22, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


Traffic stop nets drug arrest

After following a truck registered to a known drug house, Covington Police Officer Steve Swann initiated a traffic stopped that resulted in a foot pursuit ...

November 21, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


Young men told to ‘do the little things’

University of Georgia and NFL football player, author and musician Rennie Curran told 21 young men assembled last Friday in the Media Center at Newton ...

November 21, 2016 | Duane M. Ford | LOCAL


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


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Family of convicted murderer speak

Jurors spent the latter part of Tuesday and all of Wednesday learning about the life of convicted murderer Pablo Maldonado, from family and friends - many brought from Mexico - to tell about Maldonado's life, first in Mexico, then in the United States.

September 05, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Deputy investigated for sexual assault

The Newton County Sheriff's Office has asked the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to investigate allegations of a deputy being involved in a sexual assault.

September 05, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Bank of America to assist veterans

As the banking industry receives the brunt of criticism for unpopular government bailouts, reckless lending practices, and has been the favorite target of politicians, apparently Bank of America is at least trying to improve its image.

September 04, 2012 | Pete Mecca | LOCAL


RCSO employee, wife arrested for fight

A Rockdale County Sheriff's Office employee and his wife were arrested on Friday after fighting with each other at their Covington home.

September 04, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Hometown boy goes Hollywood

A private investigator, football player, stunt man and actor, Oxford resident Jaye Tyroff is anything but typical.

September 04, 2012 | Rachel Goff | LOCAL


Head-on collision kills two locals

An Oxford woman and a man from Jasper County died on Sunday night after being involved in a head-on collision in Jasper County.

September 04, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Victims' family speaks in murder trial

While the jury has decided that Pablo Maldonado is guilty of the 2009 murder of Tim Clements, their job is far from done. They now have to decide if Maldonado should live in prison or die by lethal injection for the murder.

September 04, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Hospitals worry about future finances

Gov. Nathan Deal recently said he has no intention of expanding Medicaid insurance eligibility under Obamacare in an effort to save $4 billion over the next decade, but state and local health officials question whether the long-term costs of so many uninsured patients are greater.

September 04, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Cattlemen's Association will host auction

Registration is still open for the Piedmont Cattlemen's Association's 18th Annual Live and Silent Auction fundraiser on Thursday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m.

Glen Hayes, the organizer for the event, said the community has until Tuesday, Sept. 11 to RSVP for the event, which will take place at the FFA-FCCLA Camp on Ga. Highway 36.

September 04, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Woman falsely claims kidnap

Covington police arrested Andrea Davis on Sunday after she reportedly told officers in DeKalb County she was kidnapped from her Covington home on Friday night. According to a report from the Covington Police Department, an officer with the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office called Covington police and said a man took Davis against her will and held her in a car until Sunday. The woman told police she was able to escape and contact police at a Chevron gas station in DeKalb County. The DCSO officer took Davis to Salem Road in Rockdale County and called the Rockdale County Police ...

September 04, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Celebrating the South and Yellow River

Outdoor enthusiasts celebrate two of Georgia's hidden gems, the South River and Yellow River, on Sept. 8 and 15 with two celebrations dubbed "Unveiling the Hidden Gems of Metro Atlanta."

September 04, 2012 | | LOCAL


Man beaten and robbed giving woman a ride home

A Covington man was reportedly beaten and robbed after he gave an unknown woman a ride home.

Covington police spoke to the man at Newton Medical Center on Saturday afternoon who said he was beaten and robbed by four men after he gave an unknown woman a ride from a gas station.

September 04, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Mecca: Serving in the first Gulf War

Doug Hinton's kinfolk settled in Rockdale County in the 1800s. His parents and grandparents rest in peace at Green Meadows; a great-uncle killed on Iwo Jima and his great-grand parents are interred at Eastview, and his Civil War relatives rest in peace at Smyrna Presbyterian Camp Ground. His new bride Cindy, was born and raised in Yankeetown, Fla. Go figure.

A 1985 graduate of Heritage High School, Hinton received an appointment to the Merchant Marine Academy from Senator Sam Nunn. He said, "ROTC at Heritage prepared me for the Academy, but within two years I decided on another path ...

September 04, 2012 | Pete Mecca | LOCAL


Farm-to-table food celebration Sept. 30

The Field of Greens festival returns to Whippoorwill Hollow Organic Farm in September for a celebration of the finest in the farm-to-table movement in Georgia.

September 03, 2012 | | LOCAL


Native American festival to be held Sat.

Make plans to explore Native American culture with the 23rd annual Indian Springs Native American Festival and Powwow.

September 01, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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