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Former Oxford student sentenced to five years on probation

Emily Sakamoto, 21, was sentenced to five years on probation with the first two years on house arrest by Judge Samuel Ozburn, according to Assistant ...

July 18, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Update: NCSO identifies victim of weekend truck fatality

The victim in the truck accident on the Access Road at the Yellow River Sunday evening has been identified as Valentine Gayle, 48, of Lithonia ...

July 17, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


By the Numbers: A deeper look at crime in Newton County

In less than two months, there have been five murders in Newton County.

July 17, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | LOCAL


Traffic light may be installed at dangerous intersection

There may be a traffic light coming to the intersection of Highway 212 and Bethany/Butler Bridge Road in the near future.

July 16, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Blood donors needed

The truth is blood cannot be manufactured.

July 16, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Five-year-old sells Lemonade to donate to Pregnancy Resource Center

At just five years old, Sadie Ozburn wanted to help. She also wanted to have a little fun, and combined both on Monday, July 4.

July 16, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Community center seeks afterschool instructors

The Washington Street Community Center is looking for instructors to teach afterschool homework instruction beginning Aug. 15.

July 16, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


NAN hands out school supplies

The National Action Network (NAN) gave out dozens of backpacks filled with school supplies Thursday evening. Cathlete Perry, NAN Youth Director, oversaw the backpack drive ...

July 16, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Community comes together to support giveaway

A box of crayons. A package of number two pencils. Blank notebook paper. A new backpack.

July 16, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


County settles storm water issue for $150,000

Newton County settled a lawsuit with owners of 54.5 acres on Gum Creek road for damages due to the county's storm water infrastructure ...

July 13, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Smith pleads guilty in Walmart murder

Brandon Shawn Smith entered a guilty plea in front of Judge W. Kendall Wynne, Jr. on Wednesday in the Newton County Judicial Court.

July 13, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | LOCAL


BOC comes to a consensus on closing convenience centers in January

The Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) came to a consensus on balancing the 2017 fiscal year budget Thursday night.

July 12, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Pokemon Go invades Covington

Locals are familiar with creatures calling Newton County home. We do, after all, play hosts to Vampires and Zombies. But this week new creatures moved ...

July 12, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


NCSO thanks citizens for support

In wake of the recent tragedies of the past week, the Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) has received an outpouring of support from local ...

July 12, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


A sit down with the Sheriff

This week, alone, two murders occurred in Newton County, and another person was killed in the city of Covington. Since April there has been two ...

July 10, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | LOCAL


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Ride for Roxy continues to help others

A motorcycle poker ride that was started to raise money for a Covington woman diagnosed with breast cancer soon turned into an event to help others with the disease.

September 29, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Trail through Chimney Park gets $6K

Chimney Park, the hidden outdoor gem behind the Covington Branch Library, is getting another nice boost as a long-awaited pedestrian trail now snakes through its woods.

September 29, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Portraits of Hope

A group of women whose smiles, uplifting spirits and devotion to other people's lives, gathers in the center of the square Friday. For the entire month of October, breast cancer survivors will have portraits in local boutiques around the Covington square, honoring those who were able to overcome the disease.

Six years ago, the program started out with 12 portraits of women, now exceeding more than 60. "Take everyday as a blessing, and be sure to tell everyone that you love, you love them. Everyday is a new blessing," said Kay Goff, breast cancer survivor and volunteer for the ...

September 29, 2012 | Anastasia Graves | LOCAL


A faithful journey through cancer

Stephanie Lunt, a 37-year-old mother and wife, was diagnosed with breast cancer in July 2010. She was 34 years old and completely taken aback by her diagnosis, as there had been no history of breast cancer in her family at all.

September 29, 2012 | Hayley Williams | LOCAL


Armed robbery actually a drug deal

What police initially believed was an attempted armed robbery at Don's Superette has turned out to be a drug deal gone bad.

Covington police officers were originally told that a patron had pumped some gas and, as he was getting ready to leave, a man brandishing a handgun got into the patron's car and told him to drive.

September 29, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Missing man's death ruled homicide

Two men have been arrested and charged with the death of missing Newton County man Gregory Vernon Harris, whose burned body was found in the trunk of a car in Fulton County on July 14.

The Atlanta Police Department's Fugitive Unit officers arrested Andrew Valentino Wilson, 44, and Edgar Allen Hubbard, 40, Thursday, charging both men with murder and arson in the first degree. They were transported to the Fulton County Jail where they remain, with no bond.

September 29, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Woman fights breast cancer for family

Stephenie Coleman was only going in for her first mammogram when she learned something that would forever change her life, something that would make her rise up and fight for her life.

When Coleman, 41, went to the doctor, she was told that she might have to have more images and an ultrasound taken since it was her first mammogram. So when doctors called back and told her they needed her to come in, she wasn't worried. It was when she went into the ultrasound room and saw the images of her right breast up, she immediately knew something ...

September 29, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Early detection key to surviving cancer

Breast cancer survivor Dianna Galloway said early detection was the key to fighting and surviving the illness, which she and her mother were diagnosed with.

The Newton County School System bus driver said 24 years ago, her mom Beverly Nelson was diagnosed with breast cancer and she passed away. She said after her mom was diagnosed, she decided to start having screenings and mammograms done for herself.

September 29, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


More than 2,900 students withdraw

Newton County School System had more than 2,900 students withdraw from the counties schools last year, 293 of which were considered dropouts, according to school reports.

The reports came after a request from Newton County Board of Education Chairman Eddie Johnson to NCSS officials.

September 29, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Christian horseback riding club starts

Cottonwood Farm will kick off their new Christian riding club for children between third to eighth grade on Monday, Oct. 1, at 4:30 p.m. The fee is $100 per month, along with other additional fees which will vary by individual students.

Kenneth and Teri Justice will teach classes with the help from Amy McKaughan, who is a trainer at Cottonwood.

September 29, 2012 | Hayley Williams | LOCAL


Sunbelt Ag Expo celebrates 35 years

Each year, the Sunbelt Ag Expo makes fall a festive time for farmers and their families in the Southeast. This year Expo, which will be held Oct. 16-18 in Moultrie, Ga., will celebrate its 35th anniversary.

"For the past 35 years, our farm show has provided farmers and their families with a glimpse of the newest available agricultural technology, all in one central location," said Expo Director Chip Blalock.

September 29, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Tractor show in Mansfield

Mansfield Masonic Lodge #489 will host the 2nd Annual Lamar Hays Antique Tractor Show Saturday, Oct. 20 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

September 29, 2012 | Hayley Williams | LOCAL


GPTC gets ‘A’ on accreditation report

Georgia Piedmont Technical College has completed the 10-year review by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) for reaffirmation of its accreditation.

Years of preparation culminated in an on-site review by a team of visiting academic professionals from the southeastern region of the country.

September 29, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Fun fall one-tank trips

As the fall season approaches, residents are sure to experience candid events in other counties. Here is a list of what's going on this fall.

September 27, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man charged with child molestation

A Newton County man has been charged with aggravated child molestation, child molestation, sodomy and incest, after the mother of a 15-year-old girl discovered him with her child.

September 27, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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