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What to do with downtown parking?

If Mystic Grill is any indication, the influx of people coming to Covington for lunch and dinner will increase with the opening of the Irish ...

September 23, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Newton County files motion against Sam Hay

Newton County Attorney W.T. "Tommy" Craig and attorney Edward Tolley filed a response to Sam Hay's lawsuit against Newton County Monday, answering several ...

September 22, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Southern Heartland announces Artful Harvest winners

The painting "Three Sisters," by Bernadette Smith won first place recently at the Southern Heartland's Annual Artful Harvest Art Show.

September 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

School system, chamber select teachers of the year

Twenty-three teachers have been named Newton County School System and the New County Chamber of Commerce's 2014 to 2015 teachers of the year.

September 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Craig replies to Corps of Engineers letter

In a 10-page letter with 68 pages of attachments, Newton County Attorney W. T. "Tommy" Craig told Edward B. Johnson Jr., Chief of the Piedmont ...

September 21, 2015 | Sandra L. Brands | LOCAL

NMC to host events for Breast Cancer Awareness

Anchored in Hope is the theme for this year's Hope events for breast cancer awareness sponsored by Newton Medical Center's Women's Diagnostic ...

September 21, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Investigation busts meth headquarters in hotel room

CONYERS - Four people have been arrested for selling a large amount of methamphetamine while using a hotel room in Rockdale County as their base of ...

September 21, 2015 | Martin Rand | LOCAL

Corps of Engineers at standstill on reservoir permit

Newton County's request for a special leniency in its Section 404 Permit application, needed for the proposed Bear Creek Supply Reservoir, was denied, adding ...

September 20, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Covington shows off Legion Park

The green space on Mill Street, behind the Covington Family Y, has long been an area Newton County residents have gone to for a little ...

September 19, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

NMC to host events for Breast Cancer Awareness

Anchored in Hope is the theme for this year's Hope events for breast cancer awareness sponsored by Newton Medical Center's Women's Diagnostic ...

September 19, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Parrotheads to find paradise in Newton County

Nearly four decades ago, Jimmy Buffet started bringing his unique style of Reggae and islander inspired Country music to a very welcoming audience. Today, those ...

September 19, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Keeping the Yellow River alive

Volunteers (top) started near the Mt. Tabor overpass, heading seven miles downstream to Yellow River Park, Porterdale. Even children (right) like Chad Allen and Enzleigh ...

September 19, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Three arrested in Silos fatal shooting

COVINGTON - Three arrests have been made in the shooting that left a 26-year-old Newton man dead in the Silos of Ellington neighborhood in September.

September 18, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Newton man charged with killing wife and son

Bernadene S. Lebert-Davis, 43 of Newton County and Robert M. Kelli-Davis, 21 of Newton County, were shot and killed in a residence on the 100 ...

September 18, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Double homicide on Helm Drive

Newton County Sheriff's Office deputies are on the scene of a double homicide on the 100 block of Helm Drive, near Almon Road and ...

September 17, 2015 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL

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Jumping for joy

Despite the hot weather, nearly 500 local special needs children participated in the annual Newton County Special Olympics this week.

On Tuesday, hundreds of special needs children sat under tents out of the harsh sun eating peanut butter sandwiches during lunch.

May 02, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL

3 arrested in Lakeview Drive drug bust

At least three people were arrested after a search warrant was served by the Covington/Newton County Special Investigation Unit with the help of the Newton County SWAT team Wednesday morning on Lakeview Drive.

May 02, 2012 | | LOCAL

Alcovy principal addresses lawsuit

With hundreds of comments swirling around the Internet and accusations being thrown from all sides following a lawsuit filed against 11 anonymous bloggers, Alcovy High School Principal LaQuanda Carpenter said she is baffled by the animosity but determined to follow her case through to the bitter end.

May 01, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Conyers man killed Saturday

A Conyers man was killed early Saturday morning after his motorcycle ran off the road on County Line Road.

May 01, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Watterson throws hat in race for Sheriff

Bill Watterson has announced that he intends to run for Sheriff of Newton County once again this term. This comes after resigning from the NCSO after more than two decades in order to pursue the office.

Watterson started his career with the NCSO in 1990 as a jailer in the detention center and has worked in a variety of positions with the force, including supervisor over patrol, CHAMPS, community outreach, civil division, traffic division, school resource officer, drug task force, investigations, traffic division/accident reconstruction, court services and vehicle maintenance.

May 01, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Making a pedigree chart

How did your hunt go this week? Were you able to visit relatives? Have you filled in your family group sheets? It is time now to decide which surname we are going to follow first.

Let's make a pedigree chart or you can print one from To make one yourself, get a blank piece of paper. At the bottom, write your name, remember if you are married to write your maiden name. Now draw a line up between your name and across like a T.

May 01, 2012 | Ellen Blakeslee Columnist | LOCAL

Society of St. Vincent de Paul hosts silent auction and wine tasting Friday

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul members hosted their second Silent Auction and Wine Tasting (Fox Vineyards) this past Friday evening. Sherry Odum's selection of hors d'oeurvres complimented the wines along with Wing Zone's zesty wings. The guests were greeted by Peggy Mercer and Nancy East. Inside Moore Hall of St. Augustine Catholic Church, Michael Frederick played music while the guests helped themselves to the Fox Vineyards' wines and the hors d'oeurvres which included great flavors as stuffed dates, blueberry brie puffs, chicken 'n cranberry salad spread, spanakopita, various cheeses and crackers - just to mention ...

May 01, 2012 | Christy Lassiter | LOCAL

Yarbrough: Federal judge sees majesty in the law, not jokes

While May 1st is designated Law Day in the United States, Judge Lisa Godbey Wood, chief judge of the U.S. Southern District of Georgia, says we Americans should remember that every day is a day of law in this country. There would be anarchy without it.

I had the privilege of following Judge Wood on a program in Savannah a couple of weeks ago and I have never heard anyone explain our system of law better or with more passion than she did. When it was my turn to speak, I felt like Tiny Tim and his ukulele following ...

May 01, 2012 | Dick Yarbrough | LOCAL

Illegal dumping of trash and toilets

Newton County officers responded to a call of illegal dumping.

After observing, the officers determined that someone had illegally dumped three commodes, a box that a new commode had come in and two large plastic bags of trash.

May 01, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL

Attacker says man got bruised face from falling

When Newton County officers responded to a call about an assault, James Norris stated that Timothy Gawenda had attacked him.

According to Norris, Gawenda and his girlfriend had come home and began accusing Norris of stealing items from their bedroom. Norris denied that he stolen anything from Gawenda's bedroom and Gawenda went outside to smoke a cigarette.

May 01, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL

Two arrested for forgery after gun shot incident at CVS

Covington officers pulled over a vehicle believed to contain individuals connected to a shot that was fired near the CVS on Highway 278. According to dispatch, a male had shot at a car in the CVS parking lot. Shortly after, a male came into the store and yelled out the name Denise.

The officer identified the vehicle's two occupants as Denise Smith and Keldrin Perry. When the officer questioned Smith about the shot, Smith stated that she had just come from CVS, but knew nothing about a shot being fired. She also stated that Perry did yell her name ...

May 01, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL

Student punched after showing off good grade

A father filed a report with the Newton County Sheriff's Office after his daughter was punched in the face by another student on the school bus.

While showing off a good grade she had made on a test that day, a male student who lives in her subdivision slapped the paper out of her hands and punched her in the face.

May 01, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL

Man knocks on door, strips naked

When Newton County officers responded to a suspicious call, the officer observed a black male in front of the garage door standing naked.

When the officer exited his vehicle, the man was putting on blue boxers and blue jeans. Holding his Taser as a precaution, the officer placed the man, Michael Keith Valentine, in hand restraints.

May 01, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL

Special Olympics Parade

Newton County Special Olympians and their supporters gathered Monday morning for a parade to kick off the annual spring games. The games will continue Tues. and Wed. at Sharp Stadium.

April 30, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Watterson plans to run for sheriff

After over two decades of dedicated service with the Newton County Sheriff's Office, Bill Watterson announced his own candidacy for Sheriff of Newton County in the upcoming election. Watterson, who recently resigned from the current administration, said in a press release that he regrets that he had to voluntarily leave the job he loved after 23 years of service. He joined the NCSO in 1990 and has literally worked in every division of the department.

April 30, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

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