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Are service clubs outdated?

After speaking to the Lions Club of Oxford this week about 4-H opportunities, I noticed yet again that my old classmates simply aren't present in service clubs.

April 06, 2014 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


Joint effort helped stem fire damage

Five Social Circle police officers responded with fire personnel to an alarm received through 911 on Tuesday in an effort that both departments said helped prevent widespread damage or injuries.

April 03, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Woman, who takes 15-pill cocktail, drives on curb

A woman who told police "it wasn't against the law" and "it wasn't a big deal, no one was on the road" in reference to her scrubbing the curb on Jefferson Blvd was arrested for failure to maintain lane and DUI Wednesday.

April 03, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Covington man arrested in sting

A Covington man was one of three arrested during a Conyers Police Department prostitution sting at a Conyers hotel Wednesday.

April 03, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Murder victim's identity released

A 45-year-old Newton County woman was fatally shot around 8 p.m. Tuesday, and Aaron Garsua McClain, also age 45 and the women's alleged domestic partner, is being charged with the murder.

April 03, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County talking to grant writing co.

Newton County is getting closer to hiring a firm to write grants to seek out more state and federal funding.

April 02, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


BOC not behind Henderson SPLOST plans

County Commissioner J.C. Henderson wanted to move forward with purchasing land to expand some existing parks and build some new ones using 2011 SPLOST money, but his fellow commissioners weren't on board with his plan Tuesday.

April 01, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


State superintendent forum Friday

With Common Core's place in Georgia schools being hotly debated and education being linked ever closer with business needs and the health of the economy, Georgia's state school superintendent race has no shortage of pressing issues.

April 01, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Tips that could help get a job at Baxter

While state and local officials celebrated breaking ground on a training center that will serve Baxter International and help recruit future bioscience industries, area residents want to know how they can get a shot at one of Baxter's high-quality jobs.

April 01, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Basketball leads to pepper spray

During a fight, a woman's daughter was reportedly hit with a pipe and a group of juveniles pepper sprayed on West Street Sunday, between 6 and 7 p.m.

April 01, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


BioScience training center breaks ground

Officials celebrated construction starting on the Georgia BioScience Training Center, a facility set to open in early 2015 that will both help train future Baxter International employees and be used to recruit other life sciences industries to Georgia.

April 01, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Rotary’s Public Service Person of 2014

The Rotary Club of Covington's motto is simple, "service above self."

April 01, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Gun pulled in Turner Lake hoops game

After a shoving spat during a basketball game at the Turner Lake Recreational Complex, a man pulled a gun from his bag Thursday.

April 01, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Rolling lane closures planned

Newton County State route 81 will have rolling closures from mile marker 0-11 from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday, March 31 through April 3, weather permitting.

March 31, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO involved in fatal shooting

A woman who, was shot by Newton County Sheriff's deputies and died in a nearby hospital Monday afternoon, has been identified as Shirley Joyce Brown.

March 31, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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Crime briefs: Man arrested for exploitation of teen

A 26-year-old Jonesboro man was arrested and charged after chatting with an investigator that he believed was a 13-year-old girl.

Walter Alexis Semidey was taken into custody by Newton County Sheriff's Office investigators Tuesday and charged with sexual exploitation of children and computer pornography. According to a statement released by the NCSO, Semidey reportedly began communicating with the "girl" via the internet and had been doing so over a two-month period.

June 26, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


"I've lived a good life"

With census workers beginning to creep into the county to gather information for the 2010 census, many wonder what demographics numbers will reveal about the county at present. However, few have as much insight into the history of our county as centenarians born and bred here do.

June 24, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Man robs Walgreens, caught within minutes

An 18-year-old Ohio man was arrested Monday afternoon minutes after he reportedly robbed a drug store employee at gunpoint.

June 24, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Extra officers on the road for July 4 holiday

Law enforcement officers have started an increase in patrol a little early this year in anticipation of a busy Fourth of July weekend.

June 24, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Restaurant owners discuss string of low grades

After months of complaints about failing restaurant inspection scores, several Newton County restaurant owners finally sat down with local health officials on June 18 to air their grievances and get some answers.

June 24, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Woman arrested for forging prescription

Christina J. Gray was arrested Saturday at the Kroger Pharmacy on Ga. Highway 20 in Covington. Gray was charged with prescription fraud in reference to a forged prescription sent to the Kroger Pharmacy on June 13.

Pharmacy Manager Amie Anderson contacted authorities around 10:30 a.m. on Saturday morning and explained to the officer that she had received a prescription for 10mg of the narcotic Loritab. Anderson also stated that the prescription was sent in by a Dr. Charanjit S. Shijh, M.D., and that Gray was suppose to be in to pick up the prescription shortly.

June 24, 2009 | By Molly Lundy Covington News Intern | LOCAL


Returned to glory

Looking at Puddy Bullard's glimmering black '68 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS, car enthusiasts know he's put an amazing amount of work into it.

June 21, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


County cuts more than 14 jobs due to budget strains

A sense of melancholy loomed over the historic courthouse and county administrative building this week as 13 county employees cleared out their desks and said goodbye to co-workers, friends and buildings they had called home for years.

June 21, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Program offers children meals during summer

A square meal is hard to come by for many poor families, especially in the current economy. Free and reduced-cost breakfasts and lunches help cover the gap in children's diets, but during the summer those resources aren't available and children go hungry.

June 21, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


A noble nomination

Judge Samuel Ozburn pauses in concentration as he works his way back through his years of memories as a lawyer and judge.

June 19, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Fireplace receives donation

Hearth and home: Covington Fire Department Capt. Tony Smith received a $1,000 donation from a local business Thursday for the CFD's Fireplace, a community-based fire safety house. Smith said he has collected approximately $60,000 in donations and in-kind services from local businesses and residents for the house but still needs around $5,000 to make the house operational. He said all ages will be served by the house from school children learning how to exit a burning house safely to seniors being instructed on the safest methods of cooking and heating their homes. To donate, call Smith ...

June 19, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County announces CRCT results

Test results for the county's Criterion Referenced Competency Test have been released by the Georgia Department of Education and the Newton County School System has seen increases in the majority of subjects in which they are tested.

June 19, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Principals leave Alcovy, Eastside HS

Four local principals will be leaving Newton County before the start of the 2009-2010 school year, leaving Eastside and Alcovy High School without principals as well as Veteran's Memorial Middle School and Middle Ridge Elementary School.

June 19, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


County gets $1.75 million for transportation

Newton County has still not received any stimulus road funding from the Georgia Department of Transportation, but it will receive $1.75 million in stimulus transportation money from the Atlanta Regional Commission.

County Engineer Kevin Walter said he didn't know how the county would spend the money, but he said the money from ARC can be used more flexibly than money that comes from GDOT, because the GDOT project approval process is more strict.

June 19, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


State further removes water restrictions

One week after Newton County's drought water restrictions were reduced, the state decided to remove the drought restrictions altogether.

On June 10 Gov. Sonny Perdue declared Georgia was going to non-drought restrictions because of the state's abundant rainfall over the past few months.

June 19, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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