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Storms predicted this weekend

Storms will usher in more rain, followed by cold temperatures across Newton, Rockdale and surrounding counties this week.

January 03, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO deputy's vehicle catches fire

A Newton County Sheriff's Deputy patrol vehicle is currently under investigation by the Jasper County Fire Service after it caught fire shortly after 3:30 on Monday.

January 02, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Lions Club helps JROTC Toys for Tots

The Covington Lion's Club lent their support to the Newton High School JROTC Unit's Toys for Tots Campaign this Christmas.

January 02, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Karter Thomas is first born of 2015 in Newton

Karter Thomas, of Covington, was the first baby born in Newton County during 2015.

January 02, 2015 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


Isolated acts of violence mar holiday week

The suspect in a stabbing at Lawnwood Cemetary was still at large Wednesday, following a holiday week marred by several violent incidents, including a bloody altercation between roommates and a birthday party that devolved into a family fight where shots were fired.

December 31, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO graduates one from Public Safety training

The Newton County Sheriff's Office had one graduate from the 273rd Graduation Class of the Georgia Public Safety Training Center at the Athens Academy Friday, Dec. 12.

December 31, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Challenge yourself with your New Year resolutions

Have you ever thought of the challenge many of us take on every new year? It is the tradition of making resolutions for the year we are about to enter. The calendar we live with turns the page for a new year on Jan. 1. Have you ever thought that almost always the world we face on Jan. 1 is the same one we left on Dec. 31? But the tradition of making New Year's Resolutions is a reminder that though the world might not change, we can change some things about our own lives.

December 30, 2014 | Wiley Stephens | LOCAL


Turner Lake cleanup begins

The Newton County Recreation Commission began cleaning up Turner Lake Wednesday after heavy rains over the weekend washed piles of litter and debris into the lake and burst a nearby beaver dam.

December 30, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Glick earns Certified Diabetes Educator Status

The National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators announced that Kenna Glick, Newton Medical Center's registered dietitian, has achieved Certified Diabetes Educator® status by successfully completing the Certification Examination for Diabetes Educators.

December 30, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NMC fails a recent health inspection

A recent health inspection of the Newton Medical Center resulted in failing marks for the county's local hospital.

December 30, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


NCSO undergoes 8-hour training session

The Newton County Sheriff's Office received training on innovative police strategies, community policing, hiring practices and problem oriented policing recently.

December 30, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Miracle League registration to begin

The Miracle League in Newton County is one more step closer to becoming a reality.

December 30, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Farm Bureau makes donation to combat hunger

MACON, Ga. – Newton County Farm Bureau members recently collected donations for the Georgia Food Bank Association during the statewide Harvest for All campaign coordinated by Georgia Farm Bureau.

December 30, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man stabbed at Lawnwood Cemetery

A 26-year old male visiting a gravesite at Lawnwood Cemetery was stabbed in the shoulder by an older male Tuesday.

December 30, 2014 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


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Man charged in bomb hoax pleads guilty

Willard Anthony Montgomery, 52, the man who was charged with robbing a bank inside of the Covington Wal-Mart and threatening the staff with "explosives" pleaded guilty to armed robbery and hoax devices last week.

June 02, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Charter Charity Golf Classic to benefit Miracle League

The Newton County Recreation Commission will continue throughout the week to ask local businesses and community residents to sponsor holes in the inaugural Charter Charity Golf Classic to benefit the Miracle League of Newton County.

June 02, 2010 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Close-knit

Spinning a yarn: Knitting instructor Gabrielle Green teaches Ryann Jones, 8, how to make beginning stitches. The Kids Knitting Club will meet every Tuesday at the library. Beginning knitters will learn more basic skills and experienced knitters are welcome to come work on fun projects at 2:30 p.m. in the story Room of the Covington Branch Library. This class is designed for children eight and up. Parents will be waiting on pins and needles to see what their children create!

June 02, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man found drowned at Factory Shoals

A man whose family reported him missing Saturday afternoon was found drowned at Factory Shoals Park.

Check Wednesday's edition for more on this story.

June 01, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO launches summer driving safety initiative

The Newton County Sheriff's Office is launching traffic initiatives this summer aimed at keeping motorists in Newton safe. 100 Days of Summer Heat will stretch from May 17 through Labor Day. Click It or Ticket will last May 24 through June 6.

May 30, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Up the creek

Waterlogged: A head-on collision ended with four people in the hospital and one vehicle in a creek Friday afternoon. The accident between a pickup truck carrying one person and a van with three occupants took place on Oak Hill Road around 1 p.m. The van flipped over the guardrail and landed in a creek, partially submerged. All involved sustained non-life threatening injuries.

May 30, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Kenneth K. Davis retires after 38 years of service on the Newton County Board of Health

Kenneth K. Davis, a man well-known in the Covington and Newton County community as a long-time, respected and versatile pharmacist, recently retired from his 38 year position on the seven member Newton County Board of Health. Always an active and devoted member, for many of those years Davis served as the Chairman or Vice-Chairman of the Board.

May 30, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Don and Sherry Smith Named conservationist’s of the year

Don and Sherry Smith have been named Newton County's Conservationists of the Year by the Upper Ocmulgee River Soil and Water Conservation District. The award was presented at the district's annual program for their achievements in soil and water conservation on the farm.

May 30, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Deadline approaching for direct and counter Cyclical Payments Program enrollment

Hobby Stripling, State Executive Director of USDA's Georgia Farm Service Agency, reminds farmers of the approaching deadline to enroll eligible farms into the 2010 Direct and Counter Cyclical Payments Program or DCP. To enroll, contracts must be recorded in the applicable County FSA Office by June 1, 2010, and all persons sharing in the payments generated from the contract must have signed the contract by the deadline or the contract cannot be approved.

May 30, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Free tuition grants available for Natural Resources Camp at ABAC

Twenty tuition grants will be available to high school students who want to participate in the 49th Annual Natural Resources Conservation Workshop on June 13-17 at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. These tuition grants are for rising 10th – 12th grade students from Georgia. The deadline for applications for the grants is June 4.

May 30, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Organic experience

Nicolas Donck is a business owner, but he wouldn't mind if his competition increased tenfold. In fact, he'd probably help those competitors get started.

May 30, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Fixing up the old school

Time for a fix-up: Peachtree Construction Services President Tom Smithdeal, Newborn Mayor Roger Sheridan and project engineer Michael Clark stand in front of the Newborn Community Center after signing a contract to begin renovations.

May 30, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Infantryman glad to be alive this Memorial Day

It has been almost four months since a suicide bomb attack in Afghanistan nearly made Staff Sgt. Marty Brownlee someone remembered on Memorial Day rather than someone observing it.

Brownlee's National Guard unit had been assigned to a desolate border outpost in November 2009. On Feb. 10 Brownlee and his comrades were relaxing in their bunks watching a movie after an all-day training session with the Afghan National Police. He had just hung up with his wife, Autumn, when a large explosion blew the metal door of the barracks into tiny missiles mixed with dirt, concrete and glass.

May 30, 2010 | By Janet Jernigan | LOCAL


Railroad not being abandoned; service being discontinued

Norfolk Southern is no longer in the process of abandoning its 14.9 mile portion of rail line running from Porterdale to Newborn, but has instead applied to discontinue service, said Director of Public Relations Susan Terpay.

"The rules around abandoning and discontinuing are different … If we apply for discontinuance we may not have to maintain it [the line], however, the tracks stay there. If we resume service we can still use it. If we abandon it we will have forfeited all opportunity to use the tracks," she said in a phone interview.

May 30, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Crowell Rd. McDonalds robbed at gunpoint

Authorities are searching for the two men who robbed the McDonalds on Crowell Road Friday morning.

May 29, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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