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Champion for change

From the base of a rural Georgia court room, Judge Sheri Roberts carries a message across her home state and the nation: we can do a lot better by the young people served by our courts.

March 02, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Proclamation signed for Youth Art Month

Members of the Arts Program at GFWC Service Guild of Covington gathered at Covington City Hall to have Mayor Ronnie Johnston sign a Proclamation partnering the National Council for Art Education and the National Council for the Arts with Covington and Newton County schools, encouraging public support of quality student art programs.

March 02, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Closing the child pornography loophole

Kelsey Upton was just 15 years old when she received a terrifying text from a registered sex offender in another state. The middle-aged man had seen a pornographic image of another woman that had been posted online along with Kelsey's name, phone number and address in Oxford.

March 01, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Covington looking at utilities changes

The Covington City Council will vote on amending provisions of the electric system and water system ordinances during Monday's council meeting, possibly reducing city revenue by approximately $700,000.

March 01, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Sarah Frances Hardeman to be honored

A long time Covington citizen, Sarah Frances Hardeman, born to George Washington Thompson and Lillie Davis- Thompson in 1918, is being recognized and honored for her legendary acts and community service in Covington.

March 01, 2015 | | LOCAL


Celebrating Black History

During its 5th Annual Black History Program Covington held a celebration, themed "A Century of Black Life, Culture & History" in the Newton County Historic Courthouse.

February 28, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man convicted of 2001 Newton County murder scheduled for execution

Brian Keith Terrell, the man convicted of killing 70-year-old John Watson in his Covington home in 1992 is scheduled to be executed March 10 at 7 p.m., Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens announced Friday.

February 27, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Their last meal

More than one in five children in Newton County do not know where their next meal will come from, according to the most recent study by food bank umbrella group Feeding America.

February 26, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Newton County Schools closed Wednesday

Newton County Schools will be closed for both students and staff Wednesday due to predicted inclement weather.

February 24, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington Police Explorers enjoy national success

The Covington Police Explorers recently participated in a national competition designed to showcase their law enforcement skills and placed third in one category.

February 24, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Deputies arrest armed robbery suspect

Sheriff's deputies arrested 17-year-old Ladarius Lockhart and charged him in connection with an armed robbery at the Oak Hill BP station that occurred Saturday morning.

February 24, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


NCSO to host Citizen's Firearm Safety Course

The Newton County Sheriff's Office will hold its Citizen's Firearm Safety Course March 28, teaching the public on laws governing use of deadly force, firearm safety, at and away from the firing range, nomenclature of the basic revolver and semiautomatic pistols and giving citizens a chance to complete a course of fire at the Newton County Sheriffs Office Firing Range.

February 24, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Winter Storm Watch for Wednesday

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch in effect for Newton, Rockdale and surrounding counties from Wednesday through Thursday.

February 24, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Problem lies in water management, not supply: Water Authority

On November 5, 2014, County Attorney Tommy Craig posted an alarming series of photographs at a work session for the proposed Bear Creek Reservoir.

February 23, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Alcovy names Val and Sal, Top 10

With the Class of 2015's graduation approaching Alcovy High School announced its top 10 graduates, and Valedictorian and Salutatorian Friday.

February 21, 2015 | Associated Press | LOCAL


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Health fair at Turner Lake

The inaugural health fair on Wednesday at the Turner Lake Complex featured health tests, food, information and sample giveaways. Vendors included Newton Medical Center, the Newton County Recreation Department, Fire Services, Chick-fil-A, Cigna, Senior Services, Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig.

April 13, 2011 | | LOCAL


Hello Dolly!

Say hello to an American musical theater classic this week, as the Oxford Youth Singers and the Oxford Singing Children offer their takes on "Hello Dolly!"

April 12, 2011 | Special to The News | LOCAL


Jail stressful on inmates and employees

Most days Fate Reed never turns his back. He keeps the same, alert, 180-degree view of his surroundings: metal tables, small rectangular windows and brown jumpsuits.

April 12, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Recreation budget debated by county

The county has more recreational facilities than ever, adding a new park, basketball gym, community center and house for office space last year, but declining property tax revenues may force facilities to be closed or result in less upkeep.

April 12, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Miracle League begins fundraiser

Notecards designed by Covinton-area children are on sale now in a Miracle League fundraiser. The cards were drawn last year in the Miracle League's annual competition to raise awareness of exceptional children and their recreation needs. Each pack of 12 cards costs $10 and features two cards designed by each of the six featured artists. All proceeds go to the construction of the Miracle League Complex at City Pond Park. Cards are available at the Turner Lake Complex, 6185 Turner Lake Road. Call (770) 786-4373, extension 14.

April 12, 2011 | Special to The News | LOCAL


What's in the county's proposed budget?

The Newton County Board of Commissioners is working on the county budget for fiscal year 2012.

April 12, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Is your road scheduled for repavement?

With the weather warming, road paving will get underway Friday when the state begins resurfacing Ga. Highway 81 North from U.S. Highway 278 through Oxford to the Walton County line.

April 12, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Tornado watch until 3 a.m.

A tornado watch has been issued for Newton and Rockdale counties and much of metro Atlanta until 3 a.m.

April 11, 2011 | | LOCAL


State tax overhaul dead for session

ATLANTA - A tax overhaul that Republicans had promoted as a key part of their agenda appears to be dead for the legislative session.

A joint legislative panel signed off on the bill Monday morning and it appeared headed to a full House vote the same day.

April 11, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


State Senate to take up immigration bill

ATLANTA - The Georgia Senate is set to take up a bill that aims to crack down on illegal immigration in the state and also has some provisions similar to those in a tough law enacted last year in Arizona.

Senators on Monday are set to take up an amended version of a House bill sponsored by Rep. Matt Ramsey, R-Peachtree City.

April 11, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Remembering the Blue Caps, textile leagues

Americans do two things perhaps better than any other group of people on the planet: party and have a good time. Leisure has been a critical part of the American framework throughout our history. That's not to say every nationality doesn't have some sort of customary games and or entertainment they grasp to when it's time to relax.

April 10, 2011 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL


Low reserves complicate county budget

While the federal government wrangles over how to cut its budget and reduce its deficit, Newton County officials are staring at the other side of the coin, trying to find a way to increase its dwindling emergency reserves while tax revenues continue to drop.

April 10, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


More than a victim: Wendy Cartledge-Carter

Wendy Cartledge-Carter became the victim of convicted murderer Cobey Wade Lakemper on August 18, 2005 - her 41st birthday. But before she was a victim, she was a wife, a mother and Daddy's little girl. And according to her family, nothing will ever change that.

April 09, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Conservation program signup through Friday

The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general signup will continue through April 15. During the signup period, farmers and ranchers may offer eligible land for CRP's competitive general signup at their county Farm Service Agency (FSA) Office.

April 09, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local NAACP wins awards

Stellar students: The Newton County NAACP Youth took home some top honors at the recent Southeast Region convention held in Montgomery, Ala., including Advisor of the Year and Youth Counselor of the Year honors. Shown are from left (advisor Cathelene Perry; members Kurtoious Crawford, a sophomore at Alcovy High School; Thomas Johnson, a freshman at Challenge Charter Academy; and Tevin Norman, a sophomore at Eastside High School. Not pictured is Brandi Clark, a senior at Newton High School.

April 09, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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