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Law enforcement: Social media threats not credible

In response to questions from residents, local law enforcement is letting the public know that the threats on social media towards schools and officers on ...

September 10, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

NCSO responds on the scene at Silos

UPDATE: West Newton Elementary School buses resumed taking students home after Newton County Sheriff's Office deputies declared the area all-clear.

September 09, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

NCSS students to get released early Friday

All Newton County public schools will release students early Friday for parent/teacher conferences.

September 09, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Porterdale PD swears in Jajuan Shaw

In December of 2011 13-year-old Jajuan Shaw wrote a column that concluded with the sentence "God has blessed me with so much and my autism ...

September 06, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Nutcracker auditions announced

The Newton County Arts Association is holding auditions for "The Nutcracker," Saturday, Sept. 12.

September 05, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Howard appointed to serve on Recreation Commission

With the Miracle League Complex pretty much complete, long-time Recreation Board of Commission member Kay Strickland has stepped down. At the Sept. 1 Board of ...

September 05, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Drive Time ‘guaranteed to bring a party’

Over four years ago, Mack McKibben, composer, musician, arranger and business owner, began his band, Drive Time. Back then it only consisted of two musicians ...

September 05, 2015 | Hezekiah Rogers | LOCAL

Driver safety signs placed at high schools

The Child Fatality Panel has been helping to get the word out at Newton County High Schools about the dangers of texting and driving.

September 05, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Local Pastor honored by Leading Ladies of Atlanta

On Friday. Sept. 18, Pastor Clara Lett along with other prominent female Pastors, Ministers and First Ladies will be honored and inducted into the Hall ...

September 05, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Municipal elections set for November

The mayors of Newton County will run unopposed in this year's municipal elections.

September 04, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

A.G. approves NMC's affiliation with Piedmont Healtchare

The Georgia Attorney General officially approved Newton Medical Center's affiliation with Piedmont Healthcare Friday.

September 04, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Film production takes downtown Covington to 1955

Crews were in downtown Covington this week, filming "The Coat of Many Colors," based on Dolly Parton's 1971 single of the same name. The ...

September 04, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

NCSS SAT scores fell 12 points from 2013-14

The Newton County School System released SAT scores for the 2014-2015 school year.

September 03, 2015 | Martin Rand | LOCAL

Board of Election Director retires

After nine years at Newton County, Donna Morrison is retiring as Board of Elections Director.

September 03, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Porterdale Police Department swears in JaJuan Shaw

In December of 2011 13-year-old Jajuan Shaw wrote a column that concluded with the sentence "God has blessed me with so much and my autism ...

September 03, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

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Multi-faceted farm

Farms today are faced with multiple challenges. Between natural circumstances like droughts and floods to a market that grows more fickle by the year, farmers have had to evolve over the years in order to stay in the agricultural business.

Hodges Farm is one such business that has learned to adapt. The farm started as a cotton farm until the mid-70s, when the market for cotton plummeted and the cost of raising the crop skyrocketed. Realizing it was not feasible to invest everything into a single crop, the farm began to grow a larger variety of crops like grain, wheat ...

June 27, 2010 | By Sabastian Wee | LOCAL

Judge denies motion to withdraw Crowder guilty plea

A request made by convicted murderer Darrell Antonio Crowder to withdraw his guilty plea in the murder of his estranged wife, was denied by Newton County Superior Court Judge Eugene Benton.

Crowder initially pleaded guilty in December 2009 but said he did so under pressure from his attorney Garland Benny Cook, Jr., who he alleged told him that if he took a plea he could "probably get out in 15 years or so." He also testified that Cook did not come up with a defense for him.

June 27, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Locals hold Tea Party; discuss national issues

Luke Knight doesn't trust his government. The Newton County resident believes today's political scene is too infused with lying and innuendo, and he wants to counterbalance that by becoming an informed voice.

June 27, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Snapping Shoals EMC annual meeting is July 15

Snapping Shoals EMC's Annual Meeting of the Members will be held Thursday, July 15, at the Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers. Registration and activities will begin at 10:00 a.m. Registration closes at 1:15 p.m., and the business session will begin at 1:30 p.m.

June 27, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL

State loan to pay for Landfill storage cell

Construction for the expansion of the Newton County landfill is expected to begin within the next month, as the county seeks to add enough capacity to last for the next decade.

June 25, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL

DA: Maldonado will face death penalty at trial

Newton County District Attorney Ken Wynne formally announced that the state intends to seek the death penalty against 23-year-old Pablo Fernando Maldonado, the accused ringleader in the 2009 murder of Timothy Clements.

June 25, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

The News earns 10 GPA awards

Although The News did not place in General Excellence, as it did last year by winning top honors in Georgia Press Association's annual competition, its editorial staff still earned 10 awards, including four first place honors.

June 25, 2010 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL

Covington man arrested in Forsyth Co. for burglary

A burglary suspect's run from authorities was cut short Tuesday after he crashed in a neighborhood south of Cumming.

June 25, 2010 | By Julie Arrington | LOCAL

Man charged with bestiality

A 37-year-old man was arrested Tuesday morning and charged with bestiality after several witnesses allegedly saw him having sexual intercourse with several horses.

June 24, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

National FFA scholarship awarded to local student

The National FFA Organization recently awarded a $1,000 Rose Acre Farms scholarship to Jacquelyn Leissa, a graduate of Putnam County High School and formerly of Newton High FFA. Leissa plans to use the funds to pursue a degree in animal science at Berry College.

June 23, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL

How to prepare your family for summer weather

Summer in Georgia brings camping trips, cookouts and afternoons by the pool. Unfortunately, the warm weather also brings severe storms and other heat-related hazards that can turn summer fun into summer threats.

June 23, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Affordable homes could be built in Walker’s Bend

The Covington Redevelopment Authority continues its efforts to remake Walker's Bend and has reached an agreement to sell 28 lots to private developer Affordable Equity Partners to build 32 single-family homes.

June 23, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Zombie sighted near Mansfield; residents urged to flee for lives

When the zombie apocalypse comes, even the small town of Mansfield might not be safe. Crews filmed for three days earlier this month along Highway 11, shooting footage for the pilot episode of "The Walking Dead," a six-episode series on AMC.

"The Walking Dead" is based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics ; Kirkman is also helping produce the television series.

June 23, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Officers take charge

Meet the officers: The Pilot Club of Covington held its 2010-2011 Officer Installation Ceremony June 17 at First Presbyterian Church of Covington. Officers are President - Ann Brooks; President-Elect - Mary Barnes; Vice President - Theresa Shields; Treasurer - Ann Phillips; Recording Secretary - Terry Ziemer; Corresponding Secretary; Directors - Cynthia Spearman, Sharon Leduc, Eleanor Scarborough. Pilot International is a global organization of executive, business and professional leaders working together to improve the quality of life in local communities and throughout the world. The Pilot Club of Covington, founded in 1958, has many projects to help the citizens of Covington and Newton County. They include holding ...

June 23, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Georgia Department of Driver Services announces dates of July closings

All Georgia Department of Driver Services licensing and testing centers will be closed on Saturday, July 3. Customer Service Centers statewide will reopen to serve customers on Tuesday, July 6th. (All DDS customer service centers statewide are always closed on Monday).
DDS Administrative Offices in Conyers - including the customer service telephone lines - will be closed on Friday, July 2. These administrative offices (and the contact center) will resume operation on Monday, July 5th.
The days following any closing are typically very busy days, so please plan ahead. DDS launched new hours of service statewide - opening earlier and staying later to ...

June 22, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL

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