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CPD K9 holds man who attacks wife

Covington Police K-9 Sultan tracked down a man who had reportedly threatened his wife at the Holiday Inn on the Access Road Thursday, and held him for the arrest.

October 10, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Social Circle suffered power outage

A surge at the Georgia Power substation left part of Social Circle without power Thursday evening.

October 10, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


BOC to look at PR contract

Before a motion could be filed to renew a contract between GovComms, LLC and Newton County, commissioners spoke up about the lack of services the BOC felt it was receiving from the PR firm. The contract, which expires at the end of the fiscal year, will be revisited by the BOC at its first meeting in November.

October 09, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


County approves grant funds

Superior court grant received

October 09, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Construction on I-20 this weekend

Construction traffic will most likely be present this weekend, as road work on I-20 continues.

October 09, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSS given Golden Radish

After featuring local food 10 times in school meals, and helping to promote farm-to-school programs, the Newton County School System (NCSS) was recognized with the Golden Radish Award.

October 09, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


CID gets motion from council, BOC

The Hwy. 278 Community Improvement District has the resolutions it needs to head to the Georgia state Legislature in late January or early February.

October 08, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


BOC agrees to contract worth $218,000

For Newton County about $218,000 actually does grow on trees.

October 08, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Gubernatorial candidate Carter visits Rockdale

It was a standing room only crowd as Democratic gubernatorial challenger Jason Carter came to visit with Rockdale Democrats, stumping on issues of funding the public education system, economic development for the middle class and ethics.

October 08, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Wall of Hope celebrates 12 Newton County breast cancer survivors

For those who are diagnosed with it, breast cancer can be terrifying.

October 08, 2014 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Eastside High receives bomb threat

Early Wednesday morning Eastside High School received a bomb threat against the school, via email to Principal Jeff Cher.

October 08, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Motion to stop funding The Center fails

A motion by Newton County District 1 Commissioner John Douglas to suspend funding to The Center for Community Preservation and Planning failed due to lack of support at Tuesday's Board of Commissioners public meeting.

October 07, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Woman forced from Flash Foods

A Flash Foods clerk told a Newton County Sheriff's Office deputy that they observed a male and a female in the parking lot of the Salem Road store arguing.

October 07, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Woman assaults sister with knife

A woman involved in an argument, pulled a knife on her sister early Tuesday morning, shortly after 2 a.m.

October 07, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


NCSO shows breast cancer awareness support

In show of support of breast cancer awareness, the Newton County Sheriff's Office will tie a pink ribbon on all marked patrol vehicles assigned to the Sheriff's Office during October.

October 07, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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FBI charges local with extortion, conspiracy

A Newton County man was arrested and charged after an FBI investigation allegedly uncovered a bribery scheme that involved trading lighter prison terms for cash.

March 13, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Mansfield councilman, business owner, firefighter passes away

Lamar Hays held on to life until the day of his 47th wedding anniversary, forever turning March 4 into a day of deep, mixed emotions for his wife and three daughters.

March 13, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Sophomore Spirit Excellence in Leadership Forum

Food for mind and body: (Picture) Diane Loeble, Lee Aldridge, Betty McFadden and Unice Stevens prepare to serve lunch to the students participating in the SSELF program. (Picture) The students hold a mock trial with the help of Newton County personnel.

The Sophomore Spirit Excellence in Leadership Forum was held March 3 at the Covington First United Methodist Church. Forty-Eight students from six area high schools participated in the annual Service Guild sponsored event. Panelists included Bill Loeble of Beaver Manufacturing, James Johnson of DeKalb Technical College, former Covington City Manager Frank Turner Sr. and Louly Hay-Kapp of the Covington ...

March 12, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


SNCDAR Essay Contest Winner

The winner is: Grace Callaway, a fifth grade student at Ficquett Elementary, was named the Sergeant Newton Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution winner for their annual American History Essay Contest. This year's topic was "The Ideals of the Gettysburg Address." Winning essays from each elementary school were judged to select the chapter winner, who will move on to the state competition. Grace was presented with a medal, certificate and prize money award at the recent Georgia Day Luncheon held in cooperation with the Georgia Walton SAR. Grace is the daughter of William and Claudia Callaway.

March 12, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton Medical NICU 'graduates' first baby

Nolan Dean was in a hurry to celebrate "Fat Tuesday" with his family according to his mother, Stephanie Dean. "He had five more weeks to go before his due date, but he obviously could not wait," she said.

Born five-weeks prematurely on Feb. 24 at Newton Medical Center's BirthCare Center, Nolan Dean had the distinction of being the very first patient to "graduate" from the brand new Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the BirthCare Center.

March 11, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Drunk driver flees, says he has to 'go poop'

A 50-year-old man was arrested March 4 after he reportedly told officers he ran from them because he had to "go poop."

Officers from the Covington Police Department were on patrol late Wednesday evening when they got behind a white Ford F-150 on U.S. Highway 278 and Emory Street. The officers noticed the driver of the vehicle crossing the center lane on several occasions and driving erratically.

March 11, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Cable employee imposter scams family

 A woman on Emerson Trail reported that a woman from Charter Cable had arrived at her home Saturday and picked up cable boxes and a modem from her children, but when she called the company, she found out that Charter did not have a person by that name working for them.

March 11, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Metropolitan Design Studio students to show final presentations

 The UGA Metropolitan Design Studio is in the final stages of its Covington/Newton County Government District Plan and will make its final public presentation at 4 p.m. March 16 at The Center for Community Planning and Preservation on Washington Street.

March 11, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


2 women arrested for brawl

 Two women were arrested Friday afternoon after a fight over a man escalated into violence on Holmes Court.

March 11, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Libraries feel the squeeze

Libraries have been more than just a place to borrow books for quite some time. For many in the community, the library fills a role that other institutions no longer provide: educational resources and programs for children, free books, DVDs, and CDs for entertainment, a place for meetings and exams, and a place to study.

March 08, 2009 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Garden girl

Top honors: Katherine Haase, student at Social Circle Christian School, recently won the Youth Award at the Garden Club of Georgia State Flower Show held last month in Thomasville. Katherine's entry was one of several from Social Circle, where Gateways Garden Club Sponsors both a junior and youth club. She is the daughter of Tim and Tamara Haase of Mansfield.

March 07, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Naked woman threatens to kill officers

A call for help to the Covington Police ended in a woman being arrested after she threatened to kill officers early Thursday morning.

Officers were called to a home on Johnson Drive, and as they pulled up, they noticed a man and woman struggling in a upstairs bedroom through the open window.

March 06, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


SIU nets 3 in separate drug busts

Newton County Special Investigation Unit conducted three major busts in February, removing marijuana and cocaine dealers off the streets of Newton County.

On Feb. 11, investigators from the SIU arrested 42-year-old Tommy Lee Smith, known around Newborn as Superman. After requests from several of the Newton County Commissioners, who had received complaints from their constituents of drug activity in the area, investigators began looking closely at Smith, who lives in the area of The Settlement on Valley Street.

March 06, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


911 center call volume up

Newton County has continued to experience growth, but the amount of calls for assistance to Covington/Newton County 911 went up only slightly in 2008 according to numbers released in their annual report.

Calls for service passed the 100,000 mark but calls for assistance increased by only .55 percent in 2008. The total calls generated by Covington Police were 27,209, Georgia State Patrol generated 93, Animal Control generated 899, Newton County Sheriff's Office generated 58,077, Oxford Police generated 1,731 and Porterdale Police generated 4,437 calls.

March 06, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


BOC will not help fund July fireworks

Newton County will not provide funding for the Covington July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza. On Tuesday the Board of Commissioners voted not to fund their $3,790 portion of the annual display in a 3-2 decision, with Commissioners Earnest Simmons and J.C. Henderson voting to fund the display.

Henderson said the fireworks display was an important community event that should be funded.

March 06, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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