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NCSO's annual Back to School giveaway begins

School may have just ended, but the Newton County Sheriff's Office Annual Back to School Supply Giveaway is underway.

June 07, 2015 | | LOCAL


Newton County faces tough choices on budget

Newton-By limiting spending, increasing revenue, the Board of Commissioners is seeking to tidy the books while keeping the budget within range of this year's ...

June 07, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Hometown Hero: Todd Scott

Covington-Todd Scott was down on the floor staring into the eyes of a stranger. He didn't think the gunshots that forced him to take ...

June 07, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | LOCAL


County settles wrongful termination suit

Newton-Newton County has agreed to settle with former landscaping contractor William Durden for $45,000 after the latter filed a wrongful termination suit in 2013.

June 07, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Newton County turns out for Family Fun Day

Family Fun Day attracted happy crowds to Turner Lake Park Saturday with music, food, and prizes. The event was sponsored by Congressman Hank Johnson, Senator ...

June 06, 2015 | | LOCAL


5 Covington men arrested for pandering

The Covington Police Department, in a joint operation with the Conyers Police Department, arrested 20 males for pandering and other charges throughout a five day ...

June 05, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Magnet shooter, Pitts, death ruled a suicide

Jeffrey Scott Pitts, 36, committed suicide during a shootout with Rockdale County deputies Sunday, May 31, according to an autopsy report.

June 05, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Newcomers receive rude welcome

First Jean-Joseph, 61, and Angelica Kalonji, 57, were held at gunpoint by their new neighbors for 10 minutes. Then the couple was confronted by six deputies from the Newton County Sheriff's Office, who in spite of the couple's protests that they had just purchased the home, arrested them and locked them in the Newton County Detention Center.

Nearly a week later and all charges have been dismissed against the Kalonjis, but the ordeal is far from over. The neighbors, who brandished semi-automatic weapons because they thought the couple was robbing the house, remain in the Newton County Detention ...

April 24, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Australian professionals visit Covington

While Australians can provide different views on many aspects of life, Covington's Rotarians were most interested Tuesday in the country's government-funded health care.

April 24, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Thompson keeps feeding the hungry

The Community Food Pantry is celebrating its 25th anniversary while its director Rosalee Thompson is celebrating her 25 years at the helm of the project.

Thompson became involved with the project when it was in its beginning stages. In 1987, several local churches like the First Presbyterian Church and Bethlehem Baptist Church created the food pantry to serve as a centralized pantry for the community.

April 24, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Mail scam uses lottery to attract victims

Financial advisors are warning their clients of a new mail scam that notifies recipients that they have won the lottery.

The scam was brought to the attention of David Allred of Advanced Retirement Planning when a woman in her 80s requested him to look at a check she'd received in mail.

April 24, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Covington soldier promoted to Sgt.

KABUL, Afghanistan - Covington resident Ju Bobby Xiong was promoted from specialist to sergeant April 5 at Camp Phoenix during his deployment to Afghanistan with the 648th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, "Task Force Hydra," an Army National Guard unit out of Columbus.

Army National Guard Command Sgt. Maj. Richard Burch promoted Xiong while visiting Camp Phoenix.

April 24, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mother calls police for daughter after hit by son-in-law

Officers responded to a call from a mother about a fight between her daughter and her daughter's husband.

The mother stated that when she arrived at the apartment, her daughter came out of the door holding the left side of her face and saying that she had gotten into a fight with her husband.

April 24, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Taser brings down drunken man at The Depot

When officers arrived at The Depot after receiving a call in reference to an intoxicated man attempting to leave on his motorcycle, they observed a man fighting with one of The Depot's security guards.

The responding officers told the man to stop fighting, turn around and put his hands behind his back.

April 24, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Copper stolen from church’s air conditioning units

Officers responded to a report of copper theft at the Hebron World Church.

Pastor Mark Barratt stated that when he went to the rear of the church building, he noticed that three of the air conditioning units had been tampered with.

April 24, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Three males arrested for shoplifting condoms

An officer responded to the Walmart on Industrial Blvd in reference to shoplifting.

The loss prevention representative along with two other associates, observed three males shoplift $7.47 worth of condoms.

April 24, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Daughter’s comment sparks family feud

Officers responded to a domestic dispute that resulted from a daughter making a comment about her father's girlfriend's backside.

When the officer arrived, the daughter stated that her younger sister had told her father's girlfriend that she had a "big booty." However, the girlfriend stated that the daughter made a comment about one of the kids "wanting her booty."

April 24, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Kimble: Throw a snag on the barbie

We crossed the International Date Line and the equator, and so far have traveled nearly 40 hours by plane.

I'm still no fan of Vegemite (I tried Mighty Mite, which is supposed to be less strong), but the rest of Australia is incredible.

April 24, 2012 | Columnist | LOCAL


Couple arrested trying to enter new home

The neighbors who allegedly prevented Jean-Joseph and Angelica Kalonji from entering their recently purchased Newton County home at gunpoint have been charged with aggravated assault, false imprisonment and criminal trespass.

April 24, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Insurance tax helps county budget

Newton County commissioners will not have to cut their budget for the first time in four years, in part thanks to receiving $1.28 million more in insurance premium tax money, a little discussed revenue source.

In order to receive insurance coverage, people must pay a premium to their insurance company. Those premium payments are then taxed by the state, with revenues split between the state and local governments.

April 21, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Boy tells escape tale to students

Hundreds of students filled the Oxford Chapel Thursday to listen to a single boy speak. But this was no ordinary boy. His name is Santos and he had escaped only a few years ago from the child armies of Ugandan guerilla leader Joseph Kony.

Santos came to Oxford with the organization Invisible Children to speak out about the evils of Kony and what local students can do to stop his reign in Africa.

April 21, 2012 | Nicole Goetz | LOCAL


Accreditation Assessment Team invites public comment on local law enforcement

A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies will arrive April 29 to examine all aspects of the Covington Police Department's policies and procedures, management, operations and support services, Police Chief Stacey Cotton said recently.

Verification by the team that the CPD meets the commission's state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation - a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence, he said.

April 21, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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