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Explore Covington rail trail section at preview

Technically, the trail section isn't open to the public, yet.

September 09, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Pilot Club donates to Sheriff Brown, Project LifeSaver

The Pilot Club of Covington presented Sheriff Ezell Brown with a $700 donation for Project LifeSaver, according to a press release by the Newton County ...

September 09, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Signing of Constitution celebrated on Square

The Fourth of July is the day Americans celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, but rarely is the signing of the ...

September 09, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Commemoration of 9-11 held at Cousins Middle School

The majority of those sitting in the auditorium at Cousins Middle School on Friday morning weren't alive when planes crashed into the World Trade ...

September 09, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Hunters discover human remains on property

Human remains were found on Creekside Lane in Covington Thursday evening, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

September 09, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Village will seek new outfitter for kayak rentals

Those expecting to rent a kayak during the Labor Day weekend from Porterdale Yak Club found the business's doors closed.

September 07, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Covington council wrap-up: senior living facility SUP approved

A request to extend a Special Use Permit (SUP) for another nine months for a proposed assisted senior living facility on Eagle Drive was approved ...

September 07, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Golf carts, vehicles stolen from Fat Boys

Three 2017 F/A Express Shuttle Short Frame Gas Golf Carts, a 2017 Cushman Hauler 800x Gas Golf Cart, an Isuzu flatbed and a Dodge ...

September 07, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Convenience Center tags available Sept. 15

Tags to hang from the mirrors of vehicles for admission to the county's trash collection convenience centers will be available for sale for Newton ...

September 06, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


15 years after Sept. 11: How the unity we forged broke apart

JENNIFER PELTZ, Associated Press

September 06, 2016 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Love and strength behind the badges

They don't get to sit around the dinner table every night as a family and eat dinner. They don't get to watch their ...

September 04, 2016 | Taylor Brown | LOCAL


Super Seniors create community in Mansfield

For a little more than a year, between 30 and 50 seniors have been gathering on Tuesdays at the Mansfield Community Center. They are the ...

September 04, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Commissioners to vote on lifting moratorium

Newton County will hold a special called meeting Tuesday, Sept. 13 at the Newton County Historic Courthouse at 6 p.m. to vote on the ...

September 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Kelly earns master level certification for downtown development

An original supporter of the Georgia Downtown Association Development Professional Certification program, Josephine Kelly, Executive Director of Main Street Porterdale, recently earned master level certification.

September 03, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Update: Sycamore Street Pizzeria owner arrested following Social Circle shooting

Police have made an arrest following the shooting inside Sycamore Street Pizzeria in Social Circle that occurred early Sunday morning, according to the Social Circle ...

September 01, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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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


Porterdale seeks $266K community grant

Substandard housing is the target of a $266,623 grant the city is seeking as part of an overall effort to upgrade neglected areas.

March 29, 2012 | | LOCAL


Jail ministry offers chance for a better life

Being enclosed in a room filled with inmates is something most people might find unsettling, but it's something Ken Horstmann and Robert Washington have done every week for the past three years.

March 29, 2012 | Rachel Goff | LOCAL


Man arrested for 2011 vehicular homicide

Charges have been filed in the 2011 crash that injured several and killed one Newton County woman, 78-year-old Sarah Belcher.

Ricky Todd Guice, 39, is charged with vehicular homicide, DUI and improper lane usage in the August crash. According to Georgia State Patrol spokesman Gordy Wright, around 5 p.m. on Ga. Highway 162, Guice, who was driving a 2005 Ford pickup, crossed the centerline in a curve and struck a 1998 Prizm in the side, then struck a Dodge Neon in the front bumper. Belcher, the driver of the Neon, was airlifted to Atlanta Medical Center where she later ...

March 29, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Drunk woman insists on going to jail

A woman called Newton County police on herself insisting that she had violated her probation by drinking alcohol.

When the responding deputy radioed her identification through dispatch, it showed that the woman was not on active probation. When the deputy informed her that she was not on probation, the woman became agitated and proclaimed even louder that she was indeed on probation and insisted that she needed to be taken to jail.

March 29, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man exposes himself to taxi driver

A Newton County man was taken into custody last Saturday after he peed on a taxicab and exposed himself to the taxi driver.

According to the taxi driver, the man got into the cab and complained that he had to urinate. The taxi driver instructed him to go back in the bar to relieve himself. However, the man exited the cab and proceeded to pee on the back, driver-side tire and quarter panel of the car.

March 29, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


State tax reform bill to affect locals

Many Newton County residents will be affected by changes coming to Georgia's tax code, after the Georgia General Assembly overwhelmingly passed its tax reform bill last week.

March 28, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Fight at dinner table leads to arrest

A fight at the dinner table led to one man's arrest Saturday night.

March 28, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Annual Salem Camp meeting is July 6-13

The annual Salem Camp Meeting is coming in July and will feature two international preachers.

March 28, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Trial begins in Smith case

The trial of Ricky Lewis Smith, the 46-year-old charged with shooting Tajuana Lashawn Stroud in 2009, began Tuesday, in the courtroom of Newton County Chief Superior Court Judge John Ott.

March 28, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Man allegedly punches child in face, takes his sons for ice cream

A Newton County woman called police after her 10-year-old cousin was allegedly punched in the face by the father of two neighborhood boys.

March 28, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Child calls police on negligent mother

A juvenile called the police on her mother and her mother's boyfriend for smoking marijuana and child neglect last Sunday.

March 28, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


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