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Magistrate Judge Henry Baker to retire

Judge Henry Baker, Probate Judge and Chief Magistrate of Newton County announced he will retire and not run for re-election in 2016 Friday.

January 24, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local attorney Shannon Sneed announces run for probate judge

Local attorney Shannon Sneed has announced his intention to seek the office of Probate Judge of Newton County.

January 24, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


BOC reactivates waste authority

Newton County's waste needs will soon be handled through a Solid Waste Management Authority after a unanimous vote during Thursday night's Board of ...

January 24, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


County to help pay JDA loan

Newton County will join three other counties within the Joint Development Authority (JDA) to pay $2,058,000 over the next 11 years to the ...

January 24, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Man dies from accident on Henderson Mill Road

A 21-year-old male Newton County native died from injuries suffered during a single-vehicle accident Friday afternoon.

January 23, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Piedmont Cattleman’s Association honorees

L to R: Phillip Britton –Commercial Cattlemen of the Year, Scott Shelton-Pure Bred Cattleman of the Year, Trey Gafnea –Member of the Year, Charles Woodward ...

January 23, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Belton: Budget time in the legislative session

The second week of the Georgia legislative session always deals with developing a budget. This week was no different as the governor and the general ...

January 23, 2016 | Dave Belton | LOCAL


Jeffares: A busy week at the Capitol

It has been a short but busy week here at the state Capitol in Atlanta.

January 23, 2016 | Rick Jeffares | LOCAL


Two arrested fleeing Home Depot with stolen items

A man and women fled Home Depot after stealing more than $2,000 in merchandise Thursday.

January 22, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


After school activities cancelled due to weather

All Newton County School system after-school activities have been cancelled for Friday due to expected inclement weather.

January 22, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


BOC activates Solid Waste Management Authority

Newton County's waste needs will soon be handled through a Solid Waste Management Authority after a unanimous vote during Thursday night's Board of ...

January 21, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


City approves $1 lease with former land owner

A lease between the city of Covington and the former owner of a property on Williams Road was unanimously approved at the Covington City Council ...

January 21, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Braving winter weather

Be prepared

January 21, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Youth struck by logging truck on Hwy. 36

An Alcovy High School student is sedated at Egleston Hospital in Atlanta after being hit by a logging truck on Hwy. 36 Jan. 14.

January 21, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Lanners, others honored by chamber of commerce

It was a banner night for the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce at the Charlie Elliot Wildlife Center Tuesday evening, with awards going to several ...

January 20, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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Roadwork may cause delays

WHEN: 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, April 2, continuing through Thursday, April 5, weather permitting

April 02, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Ex-husband sought in woman's assault

The ex-husband of a woman who was beaten in a hotel off City Pond Road Wednesday is being sought by authorities.

Officers from the Covington Police Department were called to the hotel and when they arrived, met with the victim who was "visibly shaken." Officers noted that her hotel room had items strewn all over the floor and the victim's eyes were bloodshot as if she had been crying.

March 31, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Dead body found on fire in woods off I-20

Authorities in Social Circle are investigating a body found late Thursday night. According to Social Circle director of public safety Tom Fox, a 911 call placed at 11:44 p.m. reported seeing a fire being started in the woods off exit 101 near Interstate 20 and Ga. Hwy. 278. According to Fox, firefighters responded to the blaze and discovered a black male, possibly in his 30s.

Both the GBI and Social Circle Police Department were working the scene throughout the day Friday morning. The GBI conducted an autopsy Saturday but have yet to release the name of the victim ...

March 31, 2012 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL


Covington debates saggy pants law

While Covington council members seem to unanimously dislike the practice of people wearing pants that sag below their waists, they were divided on whether the city should seek to outlaw the practice through an ordinance.

March 31, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Keeping it real

Sharon Sawyer fusses over her husband Forrest, arranging his headphones, as the two sit in the whitewashed, brick radio station on Hendricks Street. In the community, Forrest is known for his vocal activism, but in the studio Sharon is the boss.

"I'm not really the boss. I'm the director," said Sharon laughing.

March 31, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Meneguzzo named principal of Theme School at Ficquett

With the announcement of theme school principal Ruth Anne Smith's retirement, James Meneguzzo has been named principal of the Newton County Theme School at Ficquett.

Meneguzzo, currently an assistant principal at Indian Creek Middle School, will take over at the theme school the start of the next school year. The Newton County Board of Education voted unanimously at a called meeting March 29 to appoint him.

March 31, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Free wireless internet around downtown

As part of its efforts to attract more people to the square, the city of Covington is now offering free wireless internet service on and surrounding the square.

March 31, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Palm Sunday kicks off full week of Easter events

Easter will be celebrated this year on April 8. Local churches have gathered together to present a week full of fun events that the whole family can enjoy during this holiday.

On April 1, the First Baptist Church of Covington will present a musical called "God with Us." It will be performed in the sanctuary of the church at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. During the week after the musical, there will be

March 31, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Covington YMCA gears up for 11th annual Cheerios Challenge

On Saturday, April 21 the Covington family YMCA will be hosting the 11th annual Cheerios Challenge on the square. The event will begin at 7:30 a.m. with the 10K run. The one mile fun run will begin at 9 a.m. followed by the 5K run beginning at 9:30 a.m. All races will start and finish at the Covington Family YMCA located at 2140 Newton Drive.

"The great thing about the race is the fact it is USATF certified," event coordinator Kacie Brown said. "Anyone who plans of running in the Atlanta Journal Constitution's Peachtree ...

March 31, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Woman arrested after hiding crack pipe in pants

While patrolling, two Newton County officers observed a group of three males and one female talking loudly in the backyard of a residence that has been known for drug activity.

Both officers had made numerous arrests in and around the residence and have received complaints about the homeowner and his involvement in drug trading.

March 31, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Woman arrested for stealing from Walmart with her son

A woman was arrested Tuesday afternoon after she and her mentally handicapped son allegedly attempted to steal from Walmart.

According to reports, a loss prevention employee at the Industrial Boulevard store recognized Melva Montgomery and her son from watching them shoplift from the store on video the day before.

March 31, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Body found in Social Circle

Authorities in Social Circle are investigating a body found late last night. According to Social Circle director of public safety Tom Fox, a 911 call placed at 11:44 p.m. reported seeing a fire being started in the woods off exit 101 off Interstate 20 and Ga. Hwy. 278. According to Fox, firefighters responded to the blaze and discovered a black male, possible in his 30s.

March 30, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington warms on natural gas vehicles

In the wake of ever-increasing diesel and gasoline prices, Covington officials continue to warm to the idea of building a compressed natural gas fueling facility that would be available to the city and public.

March 29, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Smith found guilty of '09 murder

Ricky Lewis Smith, 46, of Covington was found guilty of the shooting death of a woman last Wednesday by a Newton County jury.

He was found guilty of malice murder, felony murder, two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of possession of firearms during the commission of a felony and possession of firearm by convicted felon.

March 29, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


NMC to celebrate National Doctor’s Day

The Newton Medical Center will celebrate National Doctors' Day Friday by providing lunch for its doctors.

March 29, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


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