Former Newton County Fire Services Chief Kevin O'Brien was sentenced to 20 years' probation with the first year spent in prison, fined $1,000 for each of the four counts of theft by taking he was charged with and ordered to pay the county back $16,991.
Not many schools are invited by the U.S. Department of Education to apply for recognition as a National Blue Ribbon School. But that is exactly what happened to the Newton County Theme School (NCTS) at Ficquett.
A variety of elected officials and staff representing a number of organizations and governing bodies throughout Newton County gathered together for the ribbon cutting of the Porter Memorial Performing Arts Center Wednesday. A large number of people there to cut a piece of fabric was more than just a ceremonial gesture, it was representative of the collaborative effort that led to the realization of a 15-year-long dream.
On Sept. 24, the Newton County National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) held its Annual Freedom Fund and Scholarship Gala at the Turner Lake Recreation Complex. The theme was "Our Lives Matter, Our Vote Counts," and the guest speaker was Georgia Representative Rev. Dee Dawkins-Haigler (D-Lithonia).