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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


Letters from Camp: The Georgia FFA-FCCLA Center

The month of July marks a change of pace for the staff at the Georgia FFA-FCCLA Center. After the bittersweet conclusion of Summer Leadership Camp ...

July 09, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Heartland Woman’s Club attends conference

Heartland Woman's Club members Debbie Pohl, Rachel Gonter and Debbie Vanderbunt attended the Georgia Federation of Women's Clubs at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education on the University of Georgia campus in Athens.

August 30, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


A clearer understanding of Obama

Two weeks ago, I told my wife Molly that I wasn't going to spend the weekend doing Honey Do's especially around the yard. Honestly, I should say I requested this, since I was still suffering from a poison ivy infection on my feet received from picking up sticks in the woods from the weekend before. Molly is very particular about our woods.

She suggested that we go to see the movie "2016" based on the award winning book "The Roots of Obama's Rage" by Dinesh D'Souza.

August 30, 2012 | T. Pat Cavanaugh | LOCAL


Tech Trends: From digital to tangible

Everything is digital now. Your camera is digital: images stored on hard drives and viewed on computer screens. Your books are digital: thousands of e-Books are stored on devices like Kindles. Movies and TV shows are digital: streamed from online services like Netflix or iTunes.

The Internet age has ushered in a whole new way of buying and consuming media. It's pretty much all digital, and therefore it's all instantly obtainable. I love it. When I go out to take photographs with my digital camera, I can then go back to my computer and instantly see the results ...

August 30, 2012 | William Brawley | LOCAL


Homeless man charged with sexual battery

A 32-year-old homeless man was arrested Tuesday, and charged with the sexual battery of a 20-year-old female.

August 30, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


EHS graduate wins scholarship

Eastside High School 2012 graduate Maya Ann Collins has been named a 2012 Buick Scholarship recipient. As one of only 100 national Buick Achievement scholarship winners, Collins will receive up to $25,000 a year, renewable for up to four years, to go toward her college tuition. She is planning on pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Chemical and bimolecular engineering at Georgia Tech. She also plans on completing the school's Ph.D. program in hopes of becoming a professional engineer.

Supported by the General Motors Foundation, the Buick Achievers program is one of the largest scholarship programs in ...

August 30, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mother convicted of ’07 murder of infant

Five years after her 5-week-old Malay Yvette Chandler died, her mother Quanitta Yvette Turner has been convicted of murdering the newborn.

Immediately after the baby's death, Turner told investigators with the Newton County Sheriff's Office that she had accidentally rolled over on the baby while sleeping, but when the child started to cry, she woke up.

August 30, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Gas prices reach record highs for ’12

Yuvette Lowe, a Covington resident, said she "didn't have the right words to answer," when asked about her thoughts of the recent jump in gas prices.

August 30, 2012 | Rachel Goff | LOCAL


Woman stabs boyfriend; man arrested

Covington police responded to a call about an assault at a home located at Jefferson Village Boulevard on Tuesday night. They spoke with a woman who said she stabbed her boyfriend Demetrius Victor with a knife after he hit her in the eye and knocked her down. The woman said she stabbed Victor out of self defense. According to the report, she had blood running down the right side of her face, her right eye was swollen and she had a small cut on the inside part of her nose. She was taken to Newton Medical Center by her friend ...

August 30, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


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August 30, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Co-defendant testimony continues in death penalty trial

Testimony continued Wednesday from the co-defendant that defense attorneys argue was the actual ringleader in the 2009 murder of Conyers landscaper Timothy Clements and not their client Pablo Maldonado.

August 29, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Women voters' league seeks more voters

The Rockdale-Newton League of Women Voters will hold its second voter registration drive for 2012 in September.

August 28, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Library announces fall programs

The Newton County Library System is offering some new services this fall, including new children's and teen's programs and two new book collections.

August 28, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Couple banished from home for fighting

A man and woman were banished from the Covington Housing Authority after reportedly getting into a fight. Covington police responded to a call at Nixon Circle (inside the Housing Authority) in reference to a family fight around 11 p.m. on Friday.

August 28, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Co-defendants testify at Clements trial

Re-enactments of the murder of 53-year-old Tim Clements by co-defendants Brittney Beasley and Christian Caldwell had family members of the slain landscaper in tears this week, as the death penalty trial against Pablo Maldonado, the alleged ringleader of the murder, continues.

August 28, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Residents could feel effects of Isaac

Newton County residents can expect stormy weather for the next few days as the effects of Hurricane Isaac pass through the area.

August 28, 2012 | Rachel Goff | LOCAL


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