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Ringing In the New Year

Whether it's a party, a delicious meal or live music is your way to celebrate, there will be plenty of opportunities to help ring in 2015 in Newton County and the surrounding area.

December 27, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Drug arrest after eviction

A month's long drug investigation came to a close during the evictions and arrest of one Covington man and a woman.

December 27, 2014 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


Oxford man arrested after assault

An Oxford man was arrested and is being charged with battery for allegedly attacking his girlfriend in October.

December 27, 2014 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


Track Santa with military grade tech

In this day and age, not even Santa Claus can pass through monitored airspace undetected.

December 24, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


General Store to close after near century

For 95 years, the Wiley family's General Store has sold Social Circle and the surrounding communities the items of daily life.

December 23, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


Rain till Christmas for Newton County

Showers and thunderstorms over the next day or so are expected to give way to sun by Christmas, as the National Weather Center warned of possible hailstorms Tuesday morning.

December 23, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Hope for Christmas

When Rebecca Bates shared the news she had stage two breast cancer in the spring of 2013, her family was worried. For the next year, her husband, Kevin Bates, and children, Gavin and Grace, now 11 and 9 respectively, struggled with their fears as they supported her through chemotherapy and radiation treatments.

December 20, 2014 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Roots that run deep

Oxford is the only city of its kind.

December 20, 2014 | Randy Schafer | LOCAL


Local man guilty of child molestation

A Social Circle man will serve five years of a 20-year sentence in prison after pleading guilty to three counts of child molestation, the Walton County assistant district attorney confirmed Thursday.

December 18, 2014 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Work begins on Hwy. 81 and Crowell Rd.

County Chairman Keith Ellis presided Wednesday over the groundbreaking ceremony for improvements to the notorious intersection of Georgia Highway 81 and Crowell Road in Porterdale, where cars were lined up 10-deep well after rush hour.

December 17, 2014 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Man shot on Cecilia Street

A man was dragged from the bathroom and restrained to the floor, before being shot at a Covington residence Wednesday morning.

December 17, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


NCSS takes action to disinfect Oak Hill

In the wake of the recent outbreak of gastroenteritis at Oak Hill Elementary, the Newton County School Board concluded an action needed to disinfect the school during its meeting Tuesday night.

December 17, 2014 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


CPD gets Taser, new Rocket technology

The Covington Police Department is getting even more high tech and started preparing for the future Monday night.

December 16, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


NCSS's CCRPI score drops

The Georgia State Superintendent's Office released the Georgia College and Career Ready Performance Index, CCRPI, scores for the 2013-2014 school year Tuesday.

December 16, 2014 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


Maintenance required on donation boxes

Donation boxes in the city of Covington now has to kept to strict guidelines after the city council approved a text amendment to the zoning ordinance regulating unmanned donation boxes Monday.

December 16, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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Police, public see trends via crime map

There may be only 53 officers at the Covington Police Department, but in the last year they answered around 40,000 calls, not all of which were crimes. In fact, according to Detective Daniel Seals, crime has gone down in the city since the implementation of their interactive crime map.

January 26, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Nominations sought for Pat Patrick award

The Newton Fund is taking nominations for its fourth annual Pat Patrick Big Heart Award, which recognizes exceptional volunteers in the community.

January 26, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local gets national lifetime poultry award

Covington resident Jim Sumner, president of the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council (USAPEEC), has been named the recipient of the 2012 Poultry Industry Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Poultry & Food Distributors Association (NPFDA).

January 26, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


United Community Bank explains losses

An official with United Community Bank, which has branches in Newton and Rockdale counties, says recently reported additional income tax expenses shouldn't have any bearing on day-to-day business.

January 26, 2012 | Crystal Ledford Forsyth News | LOCAL


Accident on Access Road

Traffic is flowing freely after a morning accident that blocked the Access Road in front of Riverside Estates Mobile Home Park, just east of Crowell Road, and at least one person was taken to a hospital in Atlanta, said 1st Lt. Mark Mitchell with the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

January 26, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Fire on I-20 eastbound near Salem Road

IN BRIEF: A fire was reported by the side of Interstate 20 on the eastbound lanes, near the Salem Road exit, around 8 a.m. Check back for more information later.

January 26, 2012 | | LOCAL


Atlanta finally passes air quality test

(ATLANTA - January 25, 2012) The federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined that, for the first time, the 20-county metro Atlanta region now meets the federal standards for air quality established in 1997.

January 25, 2012 | Atlanta Regional Commission | LOCAL


No "Tent City" in Newton County

Turns out, there is no tent city in Newton County.

January 25, 2012 | Douglas Moser | LOCAL


Hiring nearly complete at new Walmart

The new Walmart at the intersection of Brown Bridge and Salem roads has hired 282 workers and nearly completed its hiring.

January 25, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Finding closure

Carl Ray Fuller was full of life.

January 25, 2012 | Douglas Moser | LOCAL


UGA students to design Newborn parks

Newborn officials are on a mission to beautify their town, including replanting trees to replace those uprooted during April's tornado and designing parks to be placed at town hall and the old schoolhouse.

January 25, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Hundreds participate in GPC Day of Service Events

to participate in events for the MLK Day of Service. Volunteers did everything from painting the Clarkston Community Center to digging up periwinkles at Stone Mountain Park to sprucing up a garden for a food pantry in Newton County.

January 25, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton Fund Now Accepting Nominations for Pat Patrick Big Heart Award

The Newton Fund, a local fund of The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, is looking for the most outstanding volunteer in the community for the fourth annual Pat Patrick Big Heart Award. Local nonprofits as well as individuals and other community-based organizations are asked to nominate individuals who have made a measurable difference in the county through selfless endeavors. Along with recognition, the winner of the award, named in honor of the founding chair of the Newton Fund, will receive a $2,000 award grant to be designated to a charity of choice.

January 25, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


CPD unveils new software participation

The Covington Police Department is going one step further to combat crime in local neighborhoods by using a free app available on smart phones that will deliver tips to officers in real time while allowing tipsters to remain completely anonymous.

January 25, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Zon named special prosecutor

Newton County District Attorney Layla Zon has been tapped as a special prosecutor in the Clayton County case against former sheriff Victor Hill, who is accused of committing multiple thefts while in office.

January 25, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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