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Bicycle unit to patrol Porterdale

Come July 4, a new police patrol will hit the streets in Porterdale.

June 18, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Covington Pilot named governor of organization’s Georgia district

She does not fly planes, but Cynthia Spearman is a Pilot.

June 18, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Juvenile Court gets another tool in Casey Foundation

The Newton County Juvenile Court will have another tool to reduce juvenile detention and increase public safety starting in August.

June 18, 2016 | Jasmine Floyd | LOCAL


BOC approves transport vehicles for sheriff’s office

The Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) unanimously approved for the sheriff's department to purchase two Chevy Tahoe's during a special called meeting ...

June 15, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


$50 convenience center fee discussed by BOC

A fee of $50 for Newton County's convenience centers was close to being added to the tax bills of each property owner Wednesday when ...

June 15, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Summer Concert Series: Sensational Sounds of Motown

Downtown Covington Summer Concert Series started Friday night with the Sensational Sounds of Motown. A lively crowd turned out to dance the night away.

June 13, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington Police Specialized Patrol Unit closes ongoing drug investigation

The Covington police department (CPD) closed out an ongoing drug investigation on Thursday, according to Sgt. Chris Smith.

June 12, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | LOCAL


Nelson Heights to host 4th annual Juneteenth festival

Newton County is having our fifth annual Juneteenth Festival at Nelson Heights Community Center from 12:00pm to 8:00pm on Saturday, June 18, 2016.

June 12, 2016 | Jasmine Floyd | LOCAL


Newton County fire services to purchase new breathing apparatus

The Newton County Fire Services department will get 76 new self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) after the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) approved the purchase ...

June 08, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Covington police to get body cameras

Covington police officers will soon be outfitted with ProVision body cameras.

June 07, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Nursing home project receives extension permit

After tabling a request from developer Kippy Clarke of B&B Southside Holdings Company to extend a Special Use Permit (SUP) for Royal Hall Senior ...

June 07, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


BOC needs more than $2 million to balance budget

The Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) still hasn't resolved their budget, which will have a $2.6 million shortfall even if reductions are ...

June 07, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Government 101: Communication, compromise, collaborate

Chris Matthews, host of the MSNBC television show, "Hardball," is the author of a book entitled "Tip and The Gipper - When Politics Worked," that should ...

June 07, 2016 | Jerry Roseberry | LOCAL


Man robs CVS, steals Oxycodone and allergy medicine

A Covington man was arrested for robbing a CVS pharmacy Monday night, according to the Covington Police Department (CPD).

June 07, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | LOCAL


City of Covington to host free legion field grand opening event

Drive Time and the Newton County Community Band will perform at the official grand opening of Legion Field, hosted by the city of Covington.

June 07, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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County jobless rate declines

Newton County's unemployment rate decreased from 10.6 percent in July to 10 percent in August, according to preliminary figures recently released by the Georgia Department of Labor. This number is down from August of 2011 when the unemployment rate was 11.8.

September 27, 2012 | Rachel Goff | LOCAL


New park for Newborn

Residents of Newborn can come out and enjoy a new park, New Town Park.

September 27, 2012 | Anastasia Graves | LOCAL


Today's weather: High near 86

Today's weather forecast from The National Weather Service calls for patchy fog before 9 a.m. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 86 and calm winds.

September 27, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Grand jury examined Cook Road project

The Newton County Grand Jury investigated Chairman Kathy Morgan's actions in the 2011 Cook Road resurfacing project, and its findings, which were released last week, recommended a change in the policy for road projects and the shifting of the public works department away from the chairman's control.

September 25, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Elem. school student murdered

Livingston Elementary School second-grader Ethan Israel Martinez died from blunt force trauma Sunday, and the father to his baby sister, and mother's live-in boyfriend David Mann Jr., is in the Newton County Jail, facing charges in the murder of the 7 year old.

September 25, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


SAT scores rise, but still below average

SAT RESULTS for the Senior Class of 2012

September 25, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Things to do while the leaves fall

As Newton County residents begin to feel autumn's cool breezes, the county's fall calendar heats up with a bevy of events sure to keep the family busy during the season.

September 25, 2012 | Rachel Goff | LOCAL


Georgia going green

In a press conference, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed hopes that an effort to expand the curbside recycling program in Atlanta makes not only the city of Atlanta greener but transforms the state of Georgia into the leading state in the nation with the smallest carbon footprint.

September 25, 2012 | Nhi Ho | LOCAL


County to study where water is used most

The Newton County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to approve an agreement between the county, the city of Covington and the Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority to fund a supervisory control and data acquisition system at their Sept. 18 board meeting.

September 25, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Facebook threats leads to stolen phone

A parent of an Indian Creek Middle School student reported her child's phone stolen and that the unknown person who stole the phone was posing terroristic threats on the Internet.

September 25, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Local recalls gruesome Vietnam War

On Sept. 24, 1970, Bobby Gayton stopped drinking and gave his life to Christ. He's been preaching ever since, and our country should be grateful he wasn't required to give his life in Vietnam.

September 25, 2012 | Pete Mecca | LOCAL


Vampire Diaries shoots in Olde Town Conyers

IN BRIEF: Parts of Olde Town Conyers are being transformed into New Orleans as the CW's show "Vampire Diaries" shoots scenes for its fourth season. The shoot, scheduled to run until Friday in Olde Town, will be mainly at night and will shut down parts of some streets at night. Traffic will also be directed during a few times in the day, according to Main Street Conyers' Monica Coffin. Much of the indoor shooting will take place at the Celtic Tavern. Some of the main stars of the hit television show will reportedly be on set for these scenes.

September 25, 2012 | | LOCAL


Vehicle fire blocks WB I-20 lanes near exit 98

A vehicle fire on I-20 westbound near mile marker 97 has blocked off all but one lane.

September 25, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local artist featured in Atlanta gallery

His walls were covered with art - a few of his paintings mixed with the works of others - and several pieces were lined up in the foyer, an appropriate look for an aspiring artist and single man.

September 22, 2012 | By Anastasia Graves | LOCAL


Newton Medical saves $2.1 million

Newton Medical Center was able to trim costs by $2.1 million over the past four months by switching to generic drugs, shopping more competitively for products and streamlining internal processes.

September 22, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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