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New Year Nutrition

2015 is here! And if you are like me, you enjoy your family traditions surrounding this holiday.

January 03, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Storms predicted this weekend

Storms will usher in more rain, followed by cold temperatures across Newton, Rockdale and surrounding counties this week.

January 03, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO deputy's vehicle catches fire

A Newton County Sheriff's Deputy patrol vehicle is currently under investigation by the Jasper County Fire Service after it caught fire shortly after 3:30 on Monday.

January 02, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Lions Club helps JROTC Toys for Tots

The Covington Lion's Club lent their support to the Newton High School JROTC Unit's Toys for Tots Campaign this Christmas.

January 02, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Karter Thomas is first born of 2015 in Newton

Karter Thomas, of Covington, was the first baby born in Newton County during 2015.

January 02, 2015 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


Isolated acts of violence mar holiday week

The suspect in a stabbing at Lawnwood Cemetary was still at large Wednesday, following a holiday week marred by several violent incidents, including a bloody altercation between roommates and a birthday party that devolved into a family fight where shots were fired.

December 31, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO graduates one from Public Safety training

The Newton County Sheriff's Office had one graduate from the 273rd Graduation Class of the Georgia Public Safety Training Center at the Athens Academy Friday, Dec. 12.

December 31, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Challenge yourself with your New Year resolutions

Have you ever thought of the challenge many of us take on every new year? It is the tradition of making resolutions for the year we are about to enter. The calendar we live with turns the page for a new year on Jan. 1. Have you ever thought that almost always the world we face on Jan. 1 is the same one we left on Dec. 31? But the tradition of making New Year's Resolutions is a reminder that though the world might not change, we can change some things about our own lives.

December 30, 2014 | Wiley Stephens | LOCAL


Turner Lake cleanup begins

The Newton County Recreation Commission began cleaning up Turner Lake Wednesday after heavy rains over the weekend washed piles of litter and debris into the lake and burst a nearby beaver dam.

December 30, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Glick earns Certified Diabetes Educator Status

The National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators announced that Kenna Glick, Newton Medical Center's registered dietitian, has achieved Certified Diabetes Educator® status by successfully completing the Certification Examination for Diabetes Educators.

December 30, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NMC fails a recent health inspection

A recent health inspection of the Newton Medical Center resulted in failing marks for the county's local hospital.

December 30, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


NCSO undergoes 8-hour training session

The Newton County Sheriff's Office received training on innovative police strategies, community policing, hiring practices and problem oriented policing recently.

December 30, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Miracle League registration to begin

The Miracle League in Newton County is one more step closer to becoming a reality.

December 30, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Farm Bureau makes donation to combat hunger

MACON, Ga. – Newton County Farm Bureau members recently collected donations for the Georgia Food Bank Association during the statewide Harvest for All campaign coordinated by Georgia Farm Bureau.

December 30, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man stabbed at Lawnwood Cemetery

A 26-year old male visiting a gravesite at Lawnwood Cemetery was stabbed in the shoulder by an older male Tuesday.

December 30, 2014 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


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A tasty donation

Pasta for police: Covington Elks Lodge No. 1806 recently sponsored a Spaghetti Dinner to raise funds to purchase much-needed Level III bullet-proof vests for the Newton County Sheriff's Department. Shown left to right are Captain Doug Kitchens, Elks State President Larry Capes, Exalted Ruler Butch Woodruff and Sheriff Ezell Brown. To donate contact the NCSO at (678) 625-1400.

October 21, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man sentenced to life for murder of his girlfriend

It took a Newton County jury less than an hour to convict 56-year-old Rick Ray Breedlove of the death of his former girlfriend Pamela Spencer. Judge John Ott then sentenced him to life in prison plus five years for malice murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

On Nov. 6, 2007, a call came in to Newton County 911. No one spoke on the tape, but what could clearly be heard were three piercing screams from Spencer and then two loud gunshots. After there was silence, save for the heavy breathing and groaning coming from ...

October 21, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Harristown to get senior living facility

 The Harristown Neighborhood will be getting a $9 million affordable senior housing facility in late 2010 or early 2011.

October 21, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Walton County Sheriff's Office employee dies at DeKalb Tech

A Walton County Sheriff's employee died Friday during training at the DeKalb Technical College's law enforcement academy.

October 21, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Breedlove found guilty on all charges

A jury found Rick Ray Breedlove guilty of murder in the 2007 death of his then-girlfriend Pamela Spencer. Judge John Ott sentenced him to life in prison plus five years on the charges of malice murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

October 20, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Vioces from the past

On a damp, dreary mid October evening, visitors to the Historic Covington Cemetery were treated to more than tombstones and flowers. At nine selected graves around the cemetery, voices from the past told the story of each site's occupant. From preachers to gypsies, they told a variety of stories that all ended in death.

October 18, 2009 | Tyler Smith | LOCAL


Sen. Douglas seeks funding for recent Crowell Road damage

Sen. John Douglas recently began talks with state and federal Department of Transportation (DOT) officials in order to receive vital funds needed to repair the damage to Crowell Road in Newton County. A section of the essential access road to Interstate 20 at exit 88 was washed out in the recent flooding which devastated many communities in Georgia. Like many areas in Georgia that are facing significant budget shortfalls, Newton County was not able to foresee the need in this year's budget for the type of funds needed to fix severe damages associated with this natural disaster.

October 18, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Benson found guilty

A jury found Franklin Elliott Benson guilty of murder Saturday evening and Judge Horace J. Johnson, Jr. sentenced the 49-year-old to life plus 11 years, as family members of both Benson, and the victim, cried.

October 17, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Benson takes the stand in murder trial

Franklin Elliott Benson took the stand Friday afternoon to defend himself against charges that he murdered Leslyan Williams nearly two years ago, and the inconsistencies jurors had been hearing throughout the prosecutions case were explained away by Benson who admitted to lying to anyone who asked about his whereabouts on Oct. 29, 2007.

October 16, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Trial begins for Franklin Benson

It was like a macabre Halloween prank when Brandy Snellgrove came home to her secluded house at around 2:45 a.m. Oct. 30, 2007, and found that her dog Foxy had brought a human foot on her porch. But within the hour she would find out that what she thought may be a joke was anything but funny.

October 16, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Prosecution calls witnesses in Benson case

The last time Leslyan Williams was heard from was Oct. 29, 2007, according to Franklin Benson when she called him with a flat tire in Tennessee. More than a week later it was her son Charles who reported her missing to DeKalb County police - not the man who witnesses say lived with her at least part time.

October 16, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


H1N1 vaccine available Saturday at health center

Newton County's Health Center, located at 8203 Hazelbrand Road, will be open Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to offer the nasal spray H1N1 vaccine. No appointment is necessary and the vaccine is free of charge.

October 16, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Porterdale to hold public hearing on preliminary comprehensive plan

At Tuesday night's Porterdale work session, consultant Chris McGahee presented council members with an outline of a 25-year comprehensive plan.

October 16, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


The state of the county

The top leaders of the county and cities within it met at the Newton County Library Wednesday to give an overview of their jurisdictions at the annual State of the County address. The Chamber of Commerce sponsored the event and moderator Danny Stone asked leaders about their biggest opportunities and challenges, other top issues and how the business community can help.

October 16, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


FBO decision still not reached

The Covington City Council had an airport work session Thursday, but an hour and a half later no consensus had been reached on the airport's future.

October 16, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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