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28,699 vote in Newton County

Voting in Tuesday's midterm elections was down slightly from the last cycle in 2010.

November 05, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Person shot on Lakeview Drive

A Covington man was shot in the hip and his right arm from a gunshot wound at 7223 Lakeview Drive was flown to an Atlanta hospital early Wednesday morning.

November 05, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Lanier Sims reelected to BOC

Board of Commissioner Lanier Sims will represent District 2 for four more years.

November 04, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Jody Hice wins seat in U.S. House

Jody Hice will represent District 10 in the Hosue of Representatives.

November 04, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Dave Belton wins Ga House seat

Dave Belton won the State House District 112 seat, defeating Patsy Harris Tuesday night.

November 04, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Man arrested with drugs at West Newton

A man who was subbing through a temp agency at West Newton Elementary School was arrested for possession of drugs after a bag of marijuana was found on their person Friday.

November 04, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Man arrested in Nov. 1 shooting

Jevantae Toreandus Jester was arrested in connection with a shooting at a Newton County gas station Tuesday.

November 04, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Ram royalty

Jacquila Butler was named Newton High Schools 2014-15 Homecoming Queen Oct 3. The king is Jessie Haynes.

November 04, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Early release for NCSS Friday

All Newton County public schools will release students early on Friday, November 7 for teacher professional learning

November 04, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Holiday fun on the Square starts Nov. 20

Santa-and shoppers-will have pedestrian access to Main Street, Covington this holiday season.

November 04, 2014 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Conyers St train tracks to be removed

The Council also unanimously approved the closing of a section of Conyers Street, while city crews remove existing train tracks and resurface the road. The work is expected to take three or four days and begin approximately Nov. 17. Deputy City Manager Billy Bouchillon said a detour for Elizabeth and Mill Streets would temporarily divert traffic.

November 04, 2014 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


County briefed on Ebola

Newton County leadership feels it is prepared to handle issues that may be posed by the Ebola virus.

November 03, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


County hires Development Services Coordinator

Lloyd Kerr will start as Newton County's new Development Services Coordinator in November, according to County Manager Tom Garrett.

November 03, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


BOC to discuss NCSO pay

For months Newton County Sheriff's deputies have been asking the Board of Commissioners for a way to keep people from leaving the office and a raise. Monday night, Commissioner J.C. Henderson asked his fellow commissioners to start looking into granting that request.

November 03, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Looking behind in time

Daylight Saving Time is here once again had everyone turn their clock back an hour Sunday morning.

November 03, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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Tournament at the Oaks raises money for Miracle League

Fore! The Charter Charity Classic, was held at the Oaks on Wednesday and raised between $18,000 and $20,000 for the Miracle League in Newton County. The first place team was National Bank Products, with team members Brandon Slade, Stan Gann, Gordon Slade and Shaw Blackmon. Charter took second place, team members were Terrance Lewis, Rusty Lehman, Philip Lehman and Patrick Harrell. Conyers Flower Shop placed third, team members were Scot Ward, Alan Sherrill, Chuck Groover and Paul Dailey.

June 11, 2010 | Lee Sandow | LOCAL


NSCO on the hunt for burglar

The Newton County Sheriff's Office is searching for a burglary suspect and is asking residents to be on the lookout as well.

June 11, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Melbert Ray Ford executed

Melbert Ray Ford Jr. took his last breath on June 9 at 7:27 p.m., more than 24 years after the last breaths of those he murdered. He ate most of his last meal and declined a sedative as well as a prayer request from the prison chaplin at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson. His last words were not ones of remorse for his crimes but thanks to his family, friends and loved ones.

June 09, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Fire closes I-20 eastbound past exit 98

Two Newton County Fire Department crews are working a small brush fire on Interstate-20, between exits 98 and 101, which has closed down eastbound traffic.

Deputy Chief Tim Smith said the crew hoped to have the fire put out and everything cleaned up before rush hour.

June 09, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Welcome home

Handshakes, hugs and a few tears greeted the dozens of Covington-based National Guard troops who triumphantly returned home after a tour of duty in Afghanistan.

June 09, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Redevelopment Authority to buy additional lots

The Covington Redevelopment Authority is planning to purchase nine more lots in the Walker's Bend subdivision as it continues efforts to revitalize that area.

June 09, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Project Adventure closing down

Project Adventure Kids, a non-profit organization focusing on the rehabilitation of at-risk children and teen-aged drug abusers and sex offenders, is closing down its 16 area group homes and treatment facility on Elks Club Road.

June 09, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


2 accidents halt evening traffic on I-20 East

During the evening commute an accident with injuries 1 mile east of exit 90 on I-20 stalled traffic so that another accident occurred when a female driver slammed on her brakes and cut her wheel causing her to flip and strike another vehicle. According to Newton County Sheriff's Office Cpl. Anthony Washington, a passenger in the female driver's car was transported to Atlanta Medical Center by ground ambulance.

June 08, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Woman pushed from moving car

Officers from the Covington Police Department were called to a home on Hannah Street Saturday afternoon after a 911 came in where a woman could be heard screaming in the background.

Dispatch operators reportedly heard a woman screaming, "I am not going with you," and, "I don't know where I am." The operator also allegedly told officers she heard a male voice yelling, "jump out of the car."

June 08, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


BOC remains uncertain about the budget

Newton County simply won't have enough revenue to operate its proposed FY2011 budget at the current 9.73 millage rate, even if it cuts 100 jobs and raises various fees.

June 06, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


County leaders graduate from econ. academy

The Board of the Georgia Academy for Economic Development recently announced Newton County graduates from the 2010 Region Five Multi-Day Training Program. Class participants represented a number of professional and non-professional economic development fields, including elected officials, public servants, business leaders, educators and social service providers from 12 counties in Northeast Georgia. The Academy provided each of the graduates an opportunity to gain a unique understanding of the complexities of economic and community development on the local, regional and state levels.

June 06, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


A range of colors

Hydrangeas can be found in white, pink, purple and blue - and shades in between. But where do those colors come from?

June 06, 2010 | By Ashley Bates abates@gainesvilletimes.com | LOCAL


Ford denied clemency, will be executed Wednesday

The State Board of Pardons and Paroles denied a request for the clemency of convicted murderer Melbert Ray Ford Friday.

June 06, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Roy Varner: A giant among men

Roy Varner didn't intend to stay in Newton County, but like many young men, he fell in love - first with his wife Charlyne and then with the county. And since he made Newton County his home, he decided to make it a better place than when he came. According to many, he accomplished just that.

June 06, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Waffle House cook gets baked at work

A Waffle House employee was arrested Tuesday night after a concerned citizen called authorities to report that the employee had been smoking marijuana behind the restaurant with two women.

Deputies from the Newton County Sheriff's Department arrived at the Brown Bridge Road location as they were walking inside they could reportedly smell a strong odor of marijuana near the entrance to the restaurant. When they walked inside they noticed a black male, later identified as Victor Damone Belcher, 28, who matched the citizen's description, cooking.

June 06, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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