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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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Social Circle mourns loss of Lemonds

Social Circle is grieving the loss of a man who dedicated 26 years of his life to his beloved town.

June 14, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Tech updates requested for schools

If approved next month, several Newton County schools could receive technology updates. Thanks, in part, to E-rate funding available this year.

June 14, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Farewell, Charles

Charles King was a man from many different times, times he remembered well and enjoyed sharing with others.

June 14, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Cooper out of D3 race due to health

Andre Cooper, who previously announced a run for the District 3 board of commissioners' seat, never officially qualified to run because of health issues.

June 14, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Court Sentencings - June 15

Arthur D. Hardeman, theft by shoplifting, nolle pross. Theft by receiving misdemeanor, 12 months probation, 2 days confinement, $500. Stay away order.

June 14, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


GPTC student best hope for a cure, marrow transplant

Jamel Lockhart, a student at Georgia Perimeter College and an assistant manager at McDonald's, was born with Sickle Cell Anemia. His best hope for a cure is a marrow transplant. But first, he must find a genetically matched donor. Jamel is African American and he will most likely match someone of his own racial background. Unfortunately, of the more than 10 million members of the Be The Match Registry®, only 8 percent are African American.

June 14, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Dead body found at local motel

A dead body was found Tuesday afternoon at the Covington Lodge after law enforcement officials were called in reference to a cardiac arrest situation.

June 14, 2012 | Meghan de St. Aubin | LOCAL


Ethics commission to talk Deal complaints

ATLANTA (AP) - The state ethics commission is set to meet Friday and is expected to discuss complaints involving Gov. Nathan Deal that are now at the center of a pair of lawsuits by two former commission employees.

June 14, 2012 | ERRIN HAINES, Associated Press | LOCAL


BOC candidate eligible to run for office

Anthony Flanagan, a Democratic for the District 3 board of commissioners seat, is allowed to run for office, having had that right restored after being convicted of a felony in early 1992, according to the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles.

June 12, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Middle Ridge keeps attitude positive

Middle Ridge Elementary may have the highest free and reduced lunch rate in the county and 20 percent of its students may be classified as Students with Disabilities, but none of this keeps MRES from working hard to be the best they can be at everything they do.

"The combination of the highest Free and Reduced lunch rate in the county at approximately 88 percent, combined with a Student with Disabilities population that equals 20 percent of the school population for the last three years offers unique challenges," said Principal Alan Satterfield. "Those challenges have been met and student achievement ...

June 12, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Doctor to run for Sen. District 17

Dr. Nelva Lee of Locust Grove is running for State Senate District 17, focusing her platform on small business development and improving education.

Lee has a three-step plan to revitalize small business in the district.

June 12, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Local residents to celebrate freedom

While all Americans celebrate July 4, for many black Americans the celebration of Juneteenth holds even more meaning as it commemorates the ending of slavery in the United States.

June 12, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Convicted murderers ask for new trials

Two murderers, convicted on separate crimes, are both petitioning the court for new trials this summer, each for different reasons.

June 12, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Official: City residents not double taxed

After a court in Gwinnett County recently ruled that the county double taxed residents for services like fire, many Newton County residents are questioning whether they are also being double taxed for services.

Covington residents pay a 8.20 millage rate on top of the 10.91 county-wide millage rate, confirmed Covington City Manager Steve Horton and Newton County Manager John Middleton.

June 12, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Tech schools talk future job market

America remains the world's dominant superpower, but leaders and educators are worried by trends that show the competitiveness of the American worker continues to fall.

Cynthia Edwards is the vice president of institutional advancement for Georgia Piedmont Technical College, formerly known as DeKalb Tech, and her role is to spread the word about an institution dedicated to helping Georgians get job and Georgia remain competitive in recruiting industry.

June 12, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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