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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


Rainbow to distribute 40,000 lbs of food

Update 12/18/2014: Due to inclement weather, the event will be postponed to next Saturday, Dec. 27 at the same time.

December 16, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


First F-150 in Georgia goes to Covington resident

The first 2015 Ford F-150 sold in Georgia will be driven in Covington, as Newton County resident Mike Poole made the purchase at Covington Ford.

December 16, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington to spend $46,000 on excavator, trailer

The City of Covington agreed to purchase a new excavator and trailer during Monday night's public meeting.

December 16, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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Emory St. CSX crossing to close Thurs.

CSX has changed its railroad crossing closure schedule.

November 30, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newborn hosts tree lighting Friday

The Town of Newborn will host its annual tree lighting at 6 p.m., Friday at town hall.

November 30, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Champs Again

For the past several years, high school football teams in the area have found quite a bit of success. Eastside, Alcovy and Newton have all made the playoffs recently and it's becoming like clockwork that the city hosts a playoff game at Sharp Stadium each fall. But the three county high schools aren't the only local programs getting it done on the gridiron.

November 30, 2011 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL


Court sentencings

Demario Nolley, violation of probation, 120 days work release.

November 30, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Social Circle resident watches rocket launch

November 30, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Furniture dumped in councilman's yard

Police responded to a Porterdale City Councilor's house earlier this month when he found furniture dumped on his property.

November 30, 2011 | Douglas Moser and Amber Pittman | LOCAL


‘Tis the Season for Fire Safety: from the CFD

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, each year fires that occur during the holiday season claim the lives of over 400 Americans, injure 650 more and cause over $990 million in damage.

November 30, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Take a Hike Newton planning Friday event

Take a Hike Newton is a non-profit organization for those within the community who want to start living a more healthy life, but also to enjoy the fun that hiking has to offer. These hikes have been known,for shedding weight while cleaning the environment at the same time. Matchbook Pr + Media's CEO, Taylor Owenby, lost a significant amount of weight, and it started from hiking. Matchbook is now affiliated with Take a Hike Newton.

November 30, 2011 | Kaylyn Hinz Guest writer | LOCAL


Spotlight: Bear Creek Golf Course

Bear Creek Golf Course, located in Monroe, didn't always look the way it does today.

November 30, 2011 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


Farming a family tradition

Hard workers aren't made, but born.

November 27, 2011 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


Piedmont Academy honors locals on Veterans Day

Piedmont Academy's Senior and Junior Y-Clubs hosted a breakfast at the school on Veterans' Day for area veterans. Ms. Julie's K-5 class led the Pledge of Allegiance. Each veteran stood and shared in which branch of the military he/she served, number of years served and in which war, if any, they served.

November 27, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Satsuki Garden Club donates to Benton House

On Oct. 14, the Satsuki Garden Club met at the Library for their meeting and arranged flowers in vases for the residents of the Benton House. The club purchased flowers from A Bouquet by Betty and the flower shop, in turn, gave a most generous amount of yellow carnations to add to the project.

November 27, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Special Olympic Equestrian Team rides in Perry

The Newton County Special Olympic Equestrian Team consists of 12 athletes with various special needs and disabilities but also great talents.

November 27, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man with walker threatens police officers

A 60-year-old man with a walker was arrested Tuesday night after allegedly threatening officers from the Covington Police Department.

November 27, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Mama Bee's Holiday Tip of the Week - Nov. 27

My favorite gifts are those that people have made themselves. Homemade gifts demonstrate caring, creativity, and passion. You don't have to be super crafty to pull together a meaningful (and frugal!) gift for your friends and family. Think about what you can do and go from there. Do you bake, cook, or scrapbook? Offer homemade cookies, soup, or a small book. Are you handy with a camera? Give a small framed print. Can you offer baby sitting? Give a coupon for a night of service. A DIY Christmas gift is the frugal and thoughtful way to go this year.

November 27, 2011 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | LOCAL


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