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Grease fire shuts down American Deli

A grease fire at the American Deli on Highway 278 in Covington shut down the restaurant earlier this evening.

December 31, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


MLK community awards nominees wanted

Newton County's annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Observance is approaching, and along with it the awarding of "The I Have a Dream Award ...

December 31, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


BOC Chair to sign local state of emergency for county

Swollen rivers, rain-saturated ground and flash floods have closed more than 15 roadways in the county; so many the county had to purchase more barricades ...

December 31, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Road closures due to flooding

After the National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for Newton County due to heavy rain, several roads were closed throughout Newton County.

December 31, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Sexual assault, robbery investigated

The Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) is investigating a robbery that occurred in a home off Cooper road on Dec. 20.

December 30, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Trash piles up outside recycling center

Newton County Sheriff's Deputies were on site at the McGiboney Road Convenience Center Monday morning after residents dumped their trash outside the gates and ...

December 30, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Flash Flood warning for Covington

A flood watch is in effect for Newton and surrounding counties through Friday evening and a flash flood warning is in effect until 6:45 ...

December 30, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Remains may be those of one of FBI's most wanted

The skeletal remains found on City Pond Road near Bob Williams Parkway may be David Lee Sheffield, a man from Atkin, South Carolina, wanted by ...

December 30, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Most county roads reopened after flooding caused closings

Driving by the Yellow and Alcovy rivers in Newton County is a visible example of the record rainfall that's fallen in the Southeast in ...

December 30, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Skeletal remains found off City Pond Road

As clouds darkened the sky, threatening rain, Covington City police officers and firefighters joined officers from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) in a search ...

December 28, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Young mother fighting cancer finds love, support from family and friends

A 19-year-old engaged girl should be thinking about weddings, future husbands and bachelorette parties.

December 27, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Two finalists for county manager named

Newton County officials announced that Adam C. Mestres, the current County Administrator for Jefferson County, and Ronnie Cowan, Director of Human Resources for the City ...

December 27, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Important steps taken in 2015, promising future ahead

For Newton County, 2015 felt more like the set-up to the movie everyone is really waiting to see.

December 27, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


For Forehand It’s hard to say good-bye

Leaving is often bittersweet. Torn between the excitement of a challenging new position and the sadness at leaving those who have become family, the final ...

December 27, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Newton County Chairman Keith Ellis will not seek a second term

Newton County Chairman Keith Ellis will not seek a second term.

December 26, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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Mattie's Call issued for elderly male

The Newton County Sheriff's Office has issued a statewide Mattie's call for a missing 72-year-old male by the name of Jack McCarty.

May 04, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Prison ministry changing lives

Scripturally Sound is a ministry that, while being faith-based, is dedicated to encouraging and assisting in building healthy lifestyles. Its mission statement is "To Inspire a Desire for Healthy Lifestyles Through Spiritual Growth."

May 03, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local crime briefs for May 4

Dana Williams-Crawford called Covington police alleging that her boyfriend Kermit Thomas was going to hurt her and that she wanted him to leave. Officers advised Williams-Crawford that since Thomas lived at the residence she would need to have him evicted. Williams-Crawford then became very frustrated and loud stating that the police never do anything for anyone.

May 03, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


An afternoon of music

Residents were serenaded Thursday afternoon with the sweet sounds of the Newton High School Band and the Newton County Honor Band.

May 03, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Canoles, Kilonjis get fresh start

Branden Canoles brought his new next-door neighbors a basket of bright pink flowers Wednesday afternoon, while Jean-Joseph and Angelica Kalonji, professional bakers, returned the favor with an alternating cheese and white cake display.

May 03, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Pam Dew named 2011 Hometown Hero

Pam Dew can't help but be involved in enriching the lives of people with special needs. After retiring as coordinator of Newton County Special Olympics for the past 23 years, Dew simply decided to start another nonprofit, this time aimed at adults with special needs.

May 02, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Jumping for joy

Despite the hot weather, nearly 500 local special needs children participated in the annual Newton County Special Olympics this week.

On Tuesday, hundreds of special needs children sat under tents out of the harsh sun eating peanut butter sandwiches during lunch.

May 02, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


3 arrested in Lakeview Drive drug bust

At least three people were arrested after a search warrant was served by the Covington/Newton County Special Investigation Unit with the help of the Newton County SWAT team Wednesday morning on Lakeview Drive.

May 02, 2012 | | LOCAL


Alcovy principal addresses lawsuit

With hundreds of comments swirling around the Internet and accusations being thrown from all sides following a lawsuit filed against 11 anonymous bloggers, Alcovy High School Principal LaQuanda Carpenter said she is baffled by the animosity but determined to follow her case through to the bitter end.

May 01, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Conyers man killed Saturday

A Conyers man was killed early Saturday morning after his motorcycle ran off the road on County Line Road.

May 01, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Watterson throws hat in race for Sheriff

Bill Watterson has announced that he intends to run for Sheriff of Newton County once again this term. This comes after resigning from the NCSO after more than two decades in order to pursue the office.

Watterson started his career with the NCSO in 1990 as a jailer in the detention center and has worked in a variety of positions with the force, including supervisor over patrol, CHAMPS, community outreach, civil division, traffic division, school resource officer, drug task force, investigations, traffic division/accident reconstruction, court services and vehicle maintenance.

May 01, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Making a pedigree chart

How did your hunt go this week? Were you able to visit relatives? Have you filled in your family group sheets? It is time now to decide which surname we are going to follow first.

Let's make a pedigree chart or you can print one from Ancestry.com. To make one yourself, get a blank piece of paper. At the bottom, write your name, remember if you are married to write your maiden name. Now draw a line up between your name and across like a T.

May 01, 2012 | Ellen Blakeslee Columnist | LOCAL


Society of St. Vincent de Paul hosts silent auction and wine tasting Friday

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul members hosted their second Silent Auction and Wine Tasting (Fox Vineyards) this past Friday evening. Sherry Odum's selection of hors d'oeurvres complimented the wines along with Wing Zone's zesty wings. The guests were greeted by Peggy Mercer and Nancy East. Inside Moore Hall of St. Augustine Catholic Church, Michael Frederick played music while the guests helped themselves to the Fox Vineyards' wines and the hors d'oeurvres which included great flavors as stuffed dates, blueberry brie puffs, chicken 'n cranberry salad spread, spanakopita, various cheeses and crackers - just to mention ...

May 01, 2012 | Christy Lassiter | LOCAL


Yarbrough: Federal judge sees majesty in the law, not jokes

While May 1st is designated Law Day in the United States, Judge Lisa Godbey Wood, chief judge of the U.S. Southern District of Georgia, says we Americans should remember that every day is a day of law in this country. There would be anarchy without it.

I had the privilege of following Judge Wood on a program in Savannah a couple of weeks ago and I have never heard anyone explain our system of law better or with more passion than she did. When it was my turn to speak, I felt like Tiny Tim and his ukulele following ...

May 01, 2012 | Dick Yarbrough | LOCAL


Illegal dumping of trash and toilets

Newton County officers responded to a call of illegal dumping.

After observing, the officers determined that someone had illegally dumped three commodes, a box that a new commode had come in and two large plastic bags of trash.

May 01, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


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