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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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Trial begins in Smith case

The trial of Ricky Lewis Smith, the 46-year-old charged with shooting Tajuana Lashawn Stroud in 2009, began Tuesday, in the courtroom of Newton County Chief Superior Court Judge John Ott.

March 28, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Man allegedly punches child in face, takes his sons for ice cream

A Newton County woman called police after her 10-year-old cousin was allegedly punched in the face by the father of two neighborhood boys.

March 28, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Child calls police on negligent mother

A juvenile called the police on her mother and her mother's boyfriend for smoking marijuana and child neglect last Sunday.

March 28, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Water pipe breaks in judicial center

A pipe broke Sunday at the Newton County Judicial Center, damaging portions of the first floor, including the juvenile, magistrate and probate courtrooms and offices.

March 28, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Dancing the night away

This year, Eastside High School's junior/senior prom was held at The State Botanical Gardens in Athens. A section of the garden was blocked off for the students who attended the prom. For mostly everyone, it was a night to remember.

March 28, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Church in the Now land to be purchased

Springfield Baptist Church head Pastor Eric Lee confirmed that the 132-year-old church has "entered into an agreement" with the mortgage holder Evangelical Christian Credit Union to purchase the former Church in the Now property on Iris Drive.

March 26, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Water pipe breaks in courthouse

A pipe broke Sunday at the Newton County Judicial Center, damaging portions of the first floor, including the juvenile, magistrate and probate courtrooms and offices.

March 26, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Alleged child molestation investigated

Detectives are looking into an accusation of child molestation reported early Friday morning.

March 24, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newton tries to woo Caterpillar suppliers

Caterpillar is moving quickly to build its $200 million manufacturing plant near Athens, breaking ground March 16, and Newton County is aggressively marketing itself to the company's suppliers.

March 24, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Crowder sentenced to life plus 35 years

Darrell Antonio Crowder was sentenced to life plus 35 years Friday for the murder of his estranged wife. The sentence is more then what he originally pleaded to in 2009.

March 24, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Holt: Session nears its end for the year

During the second last week of the session, the House began working through Senate bills in earnest. We spent a lot of time in committee, and voted on 25 pieces of legislation on the House floor.

HB 386, a package of tax code changes, was the most significant item we voted on. It proposes a number of cuts, as well as several increases. Among the tax cuts, the two largest are the phase out of the sales tax on energy used in manufacturing, and an elimination of the marriage penalty in the state income tax. The energy tax has seen ...

March 24, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County to plan future of Salem Road

County officials view the Salem Road corridor as a commercial driver and future home to its own pseudo-city, and they've embarked on an in-depth planning process to clarify that vision.

March 24, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Piedmont Academy visits Georgia capitol

March 22, was a special day for Piedmont Academy's football program including the players, coaching staff, managers, ball boys, and cheerleaders and for the school's One-Act Play cast and crew. Both teams were invited to the Georgia's state capitol by House of Representative Susan Holmes (125th District) of Jasper County and Senator Johnny Grant (25th District) of Baldwin County to be recognized for their accomplishment of winning the GISA AA state title "back-to-back" in football and drama. The football team completed an undefeated thirteen-game 2011 season with a streak of twenty-six games for 2010 and 2011. The ...

March 24, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


The excitement of prom

Prom is a big deal for every teenager. Senior prom is an even bigger deal. When it's your senior prom, things are different.

This year will be my senior prom, and I couldn't be more excited. I have a date this year, which is pretty awesome. I wouldn't want to be going with anyone else either. He's been in my life for a long time now, and I can't think of any way to end our senior year together except celebrating with our friends at prom. Although getting through these past few months have been ...

March 24, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Rasmussen: For voters, tax reform means tax equality

There's a reason President Obama, Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan and many others are touting tax reform these days. On the campaign trail, it taps into deeply held beliefs about the way American society ought to work and the role of government.

Seventy-seven percent think it's important to replace the entire federal tax code with something simpler. Seventy-one percent favor a tax code with lower tax rates and very few deductions.

March 24, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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