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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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School Superintendent speaks to Celebrating Women group

Lee Aldridge believes new Superintendent Dr. Gary Mathews has some really great ideas about how to improve the Newton County School System - she would know.

August 08, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Rules of the road: Cell phone, texting laws change and amp up fines for drivers

The start of school comes with a new set of rules for drivers, some of them aimed directly at teenagers.

August 08, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


FCHA to host foreclosure prevention workshop

Concerned homeowners and future homeowners are invited to a free foreclosure prevention workshop presented by the Family Community Housing Association, Inc. and its community partner The National Association of Real Estate Brokers - Investment Division, Inc., Housing Counseling Agency.

August 06, 2010 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


Residents express confusion over Board of Commissioners alcohol issues, vote

Tuesday's decision by the Newton County Board of Commissioners not to put the county alcohol-by-the-drink issue to a public vote left some residents confused.

August 06, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Man arrested coming to meet minor

A 58-year-old grandfather was arrested when he arrived in Newton County under the pretense of meeting an underage girl he met on a chat room.

August 06, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Five years later, Lakemper still awaits trial

On Aug. 3, 2005, Cobey Wade Lakemper allegedly began a violent multi-state crime spree that would ultimately end the lives of three people. Five years later, he is still in the Newton County Detention Center and has yet to face trial on any of the charges against him.

August 06, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Railroad stop signs leave drivers cross

Stop signs are necessary to keep drivers safe, but when those stop signs are located at railroad crossings that haven't seen a train pass by for around a year, they turn into a nuisance for some drivers.

August 06, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


25 years of excellence: CPD celebrates quarter century of international accreditation

For a quarter of a century the Covington Police Department has earned international accreditation, the first law enforcement agency in the state to earn that title and the tenth in the nation.

August 06, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Police search for suspects in ATM heist

Detectives from the Covington Police Department are asking for tips from the public to catch the thieves responsible for stealing an ATM machine from United Community Bank early Sunday morning.

According to CPD Lt. Paul Dailey, an officer responded to a burglary alarm on the ATM at the bank, which is located on the Covington ByPass Road. When he arrived, he immediately noticed a large blue forklift sitting in front of where the ATM would be. There was glass scattered around the area and the forklift was still turned on. The cameras were spray painted and the ATM machine was ...

August 04, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Man wanted for assault and armed robbery located in Newton County

A man wanted in connection with a robbery and shooting in Cornelia on July 22 was arrested in Newton County yesterday.

August 04, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


PSC runoff candidates square off

State Senator John Douglas (R-Social Circle) and Tim Echols of Athens were the top two finishers in the July 20 Public Service Commission Primary and will face off in the Aug. 10 runoff. The Patriots Table, a local conservative advocate group, hosted a Public Service Commission District 2 Republican runoff forum Monday night at the Little Red School House, next to the Covington Y on Newton Drive. Candidates answered questions submitted by audience members via note cards.

August 04, 2010 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


Local students discuss teen issues at WSCC; listen to former NFL player

Area teens met at the Washington Street Community Center Saturday for a Teen Summit to discuss a variety of teen issues and to learn about entrepreneurship from former NFL player and McDonald's franchise owner Van Jakes.

August 04, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


BOC opposes by-the-drink alcohol sales

There will not be an alcohol by the drink referendum on this year's Nov. 2 General Election ballot in Newton County, as the Board of Commissioners voted down a resolution Tuesday night that would have put the issue to a public vote.

District 3 Commissioner Nancy Schulz made a motion to approve the resolution and was supported by District 5 Commissioner Tim Fleming, but commissioners Mort Ewing, J.C. Henderson and Earnest Simmons voted against the resolution.

August 04, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Dixie Boys World Series to return in 2012

The Dixie Boys World Series is coming back to Newton County in 2012 and will bring several hundred teen baseball players with it.

August 04, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Dirty dancing leads to dirty fighting

Alleged unwanted advances on the dance floor led to a brawl early Sunday morning at The Depot, according to reports from the Covington Police Department.

August 04, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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