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Detour coming March 7 for new bridge over Yellow River

Replacing the Yellow River bridge on State Route (SR) 36 requires a one-year detour beginning Tuesday, March 7. Traffic will use SR 162 and SR ...

February 22, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington resident claims $9.6 million Jumbo Bucks Lotto prize

Michael Camp, of Covington, recently came forward as the winner of the $9.6 million jackpot prize from the Feb. 6 Jumbo Bucks Lotto drawing.

February 22, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO honors officers at annual awards ceremony

The Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) honored its own and remembered a fallen brother Friday night as the department held its Eighth Annual Awards ...

February 18, 2017 | Darryl Welch | LOCAL


Hardy resigns as Main Street director

Velinda Hardy, Covington Main Street director, has resigned effective immediately, according to an email to merchants from Newton County Chamber of Commerce President Ralph Staffins ...

February 18, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


SPLOST deadline Tuesday

Feb. 21 is the last day to register to vote on next month's SPLOST referendum. The election is March 21.

February 17, 2017 | Darryl Welch | LOCAL


NCSO Explorers take home 2nd

The Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) Explorers received second place at the Boy Scouts of America "Winterfest" competition held in Gatlinburg, Tennessee Feb. 11.

February 17, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO recognizes promotions

The Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) recently promoted two employees; Deputy Jacob Rice and Deputy Steve Walden were both promoted to the rank of ...

February 16, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Record-breaking $9.6 million Jumbo Bucks Lotto ticket sold in Covington

A Covington convenience store has sold the largest Jumbo Bucks Lotto jackpot ticket in Georgia Lottery history. A winning ticket worth a record $9.6 ...

February 09, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


GSP Trooper SFC Tony Henry succumbs to injuries from December motorcycle accident

Georgia State Trooper SFC Tony Henry succumbed to injuries Tuesday in an Atlanta hospital from a Dec. 3, 2016 motorcycle accident in Florida. The husband ...

February 08, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


NCSO to offer Citizen's Firearm Safety Course

Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) announced last month the dates for an upcoming Citizen's Firearm Safety Course.

February 07, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Social Circle auction house to sell bed frame connected to Manson murders

A historic bed, originally from 10050 Cielo Drive, in Los Angeles, California, will be up for auction Feb. 10 at Ole Hound Auction House. The ...

February 02, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


One person killed in Jan. 26 crash on Bypass

A 75-year-old woman was killed and two other people were injured in a two-vehicle crash on the Covington Bypass near Puckett Street Jan. 26 after ...

February 01, 2017 | Darryl Welch | LOCAL


Covington’s blue bloods

With more than 75 years of combined law enforcement experience, three generations of the Bradford family have accepted their callings in serving the community through ...

January 29, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


JDA elects officers for 2017

The Joint Development Authority (JDA) of Jasper, Morgan, Newton and Walton Counties held its first meeting of 2017 Jan. 25 at the Old Moore House ...

January 26, 2017 | Darryl Welch | LOCAL


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Archive By Section - LOCAL


Conn. town mourns its loss

Investigators on Saturday worked to understand what led a bright but painfully awkward 20 year old to slaughter 26 children and adults at a Connecticut elementary school, while townspeople took down Christmas decorations and struggled with how to get through a holiday season that has suddenly become a time of mourning.

December 15, 2012 | Associated Press | LOCAL


AMERICAN TRAGEDY

In the wake of the tragic shooting that claimed 26 people's lives, including 20 children, in Newtown, Conn. Friday, communities across the nation weep for those lost and hold their own loved ones closer. But the questions also begin and one rises above the others: Is Newton County prepared to respond to such a tragedy in its own backyard?

December 15, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Tenants’ rent checks stolen

Several occupants of Magnolia Heights apartments had their rent money stolen from the night deposit box last week.

December 15, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Avoid holiday theft this season

For many, the holiday season brings forth thoughts of togetherness and giving, but there are those who use the hustle and bustle of the season to prey on others. Statistically, this time of year crimes against property is up, this includes everything from purse snatching to home robberies.

December 15, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Film committee finalizes filming policy

The Covington Filming Committee revised the final draft of their Film Procedures policy at their meeting on Friday morning.

December 15, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Blue Christmas?

Grief comes in many sizes and shapes and often when least expected. It has no boundaries and unfortunately, the arrival of the holiday season does not stop it from happening. Nonetheless, there are ways to help cope with grief during what is supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year.

December 15, 2012 | Rachel Loyd | LOCAL


Gas leak causes store evacuations

UPDATE: Workers and customers are expected to be allowed back into businesses by 5 p.m.

December 14, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Local couple to be honor at UGA

Former Jasper County Extension agent Jean Fowler may have retired in 2011, but she and her husband Rob continue to promote the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

December 13, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Historic home up for grabs

A historic home in Social Circle could be yours for free. That's only if you are willing to relocate the entire house to a new location.

December 13, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Jail Log: Dec. 14, 2012

James Scott Baldwin, 37, Monticello, Dec. 11. Contempt of court, child support default.

December 13, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Crime briefs: Underage drinking

Three people were arrested and two 17-year-old girls were issued citations after they were found drinking at a hotel.

December 13, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


A gift guide for loved ones

I'm a wish list kinda gal. I have one year round with the thought that if someone who likes me wins the lottery, my requests were the first in line. Sadly, not everyone is as naturally helpful as I am. It's because of that very nature that I bring you the 2012 gift guide. Say thank you with presents.

December 13, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Man shot at housing authority

UPDATE: The Covington Police Department's Criminal Investigative Division

December 13, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Above and beyond

For Porterdale Police Lt. Jason Cripps, jumping into the Yellow River to save a man's life was just part of his job, but for the family of 60-year-old Earl Young, he went above and beyond the call of duty Wednesday afternoon.

December 13, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log - Dec. 12

Terance Terrell Sheppard, 21, Decatur, Nov. 28. Aggravated assault, possession of arms by convicted felons and first offender probationers, possession of marijuana, armed robbery, theft by taking auto, possession of firearm during commission of a crime.

December 11, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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