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Newton High School's homecoming court

Newton High School named its 20015 homecoming court, with the queen to be announced during Friday's game, 7:30 p.m. at Sharp Stadium.

October 26, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Time line for proposed Bear Creek Reservoir water supply project

1980's – Alternatives analysis conducted for Lake Varner Reservoir; Bear Creek deemed second best place for reservoir

October 25, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Farm Bureau celebrates farm-city week

Here's a piece of trivia you may not know: One bale of cotton contains enough of the "Fabric of Our Lives" to make 215 ...

October 25, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

What’s next for Newton County’s water supply

The Bear Creek Water Supply Reservoir project has been a hot topic for its questions of validity and expenses. But the overlying issue is the ...

October 25, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Snapping Shoals awards $15,000 in grants

Snapping Shoals EMC awarded $15,000 in grants to 21 projects in Newton County through the co-op's Bright Ideas program. The grants, which are ...

October 24, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Peachtree Academy to Host Annual Harvest Festival Fundraiser

Peachtree Academy will host its annual Harvest Festival fundraiser Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1801 Ellington Road ...

October 24, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Search continues for missing Newton County man

The Community United Effort (CUE) Center for the Missing will be in Covington Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 24 and 25, searching for missing Newton County ...

October 23, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

County suspends Purchasing Cards

The suspension of Newton County Fire Chief Kevin O'Brien pending investigation into the misuse of county purchasing cards, or P-cards, last week seemed to ...

October 22, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Newton's unemployment rate drops

The Georgia Department of Labor announced a decline in Newton County's unemployment rates for September, as well as for the Metro Atlanta area as ...

October 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

NCSO sponsors Halloween Shut-In

Newton County Sheriff's Office and the Department of Community Supervision will sponsor its Ninth Annual Halloween Shut-In on Oct. 31, 2015 from 6 to ...

October 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Computer believed to be taken from homeless shelter

The Covington Police Department received a call of unlawful entry at the Rainbow Community Shelter on Turner Lake Circle after a witness saw three black ...

October 21, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Convenience centers to stop accepting tires

The Newton County convenience centers will stop accepting tires on Nov. 1.

October 21, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Eat out and feed the hungry

Breakfast, lunch or dinner -- it doesn't matter which.

October 21, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Watch: BOC suspends all work on Bear Creek Reservoir

All work on the Bear Creek Reservoir has been suspended by a 4-0 vote of the county commission, with Commission J.C. Henderson abstaining.

October 20, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Police department to get new weapons

The Covington Police Department will get new service weapons, both for primary use and backup weapons, after a unanimous vote by the Covington City Council ...

October 19, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

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Woman arrested for stealing from Walmart with her son

A woman was arrested Tuesday afternoon after she and her mentally handicapped son allegedly attempted to steal from Walmart.

According to reports, a loss prevention employee at the Industrial Boulevard store recognized Melva Montgomery and her son from watching them shoplift from the store on video the day before.

March 31, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Body found in Social Circle

Authorities in Social Circle are investigating a body found late last night. According to Social Circle director of public safety Tom Fox, a 911 call placed at 11:44 p.m. reported seeing a fire being started in the woods off exit 101 off Interstate 20 and Ga. Hwy. 278. According to Fox, firefighters responded to the blaze and discovered a black male, possible in his 30s.

March 30, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Covington warms on natural gas vehicles

In the wake of ever-increasing diesel and gasoline prices, Covington officials continue to warm to the idea of building a compressed natural gas fueling facility that would be available to the city and public.

March 29, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Smith found guilty of '09 murder

Ricky Lewis Smith, 46, of Covington was found guilty of the shooting death of a woman last Wednesday by a Newton County jury.

He was found guilty of malice murder, felony murder, two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of possession of firearms during the commission of a felony and possession of firearm by convicted felon.

March 29, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL

NMC to celebrate National Doctor’s Day

The Newton Medical Center will celebrate National Doctors' Day Friday by providing lunch for its doctors.

March 29, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL

Porterdale seeks $266K community grant

Substandard housing is the target of a $266,623 grant the city is seeking as part of an overall effort to upgrade neglected areas.

March 29, 2012 | | LOCAL

Jail ministry offers chance for a better life

Being enclosed in a room filled with inmates is something most people might find unsettling, but it's something Ken Horstmann and Robert Washington have done every week for the past three years.

March 29, 2012 | Rachel Goff | LOCAL

Man arrested for 2011 vehicular homicide

Charges have been filed in the 2011 crash that injured several and killed one Newton County woman, 78-year-old Sarah Belcher.

Ricky Todd Guice, 39, is charged with vehicular homicide, DUI and improper lane usage in the August crash. According to Georgia State Patrol spokesman Gordy Wright, around 5 p.m. on Ga. Highway 162, Guice, who was driving a 2005 Ford pickup, crossed the centerline in a curve and struck a 1998 Prizm in the side, then struck a Dodge Neon in the front bumper. Belcher, the driver of the Neon, was airlifted to Atlanta Medical Center where she later ...

March 29, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Drunk woman insists on going to jail

A woman called Newton County police on herself insisting that she had violated her probation by drinking alcohol.

When the responding deputy radioed her identification through dispatch, it showed that the woman was not on active probation. When the deputy informed her that she was not on probation, the woman became agitated and proclaimed even louder that she was indeed on probation and insisted that she needed to be taken to jail.

March 29, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Man exposes himself to taxi driver

A Newton County man was taken into custody last Saturday after he peed on a taxicab and exposed himself to the taxi driver.

According to the taxi driver, the man got into the cab and complained that he had to urinate. The taxi driver instructed him to go back in the bar to relieve himself. However, the man exited the cab and proceeded to pee on the back, driver-side tire and quarter panel of the car.

March 29, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

State tax reform bill to affect locals

Many Newton County residents will be affected by changes coming to Georgia's tax code, after the Georgia General Assembly overwhelmingly passed its tax reform bill last week.

March 28, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Fight at dinner table leads to arrest

A fight at the dinner table led to one man's arrest Saturday night.

March 28, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Annual Salem Camp meeting is July 6-13

The annual Salem Camp Meeting is coming in July and will feature two international preachers.

March 28, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Trial begins in Smith case

The trial of Ricky Lewis Smith, the 46-year-old charged with shooting Tajuana Lashawn Stroud in 2009, began Tuesday, in the courtroom of Newton County Chief Superior Court Judge John Ott.

March 28, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Man allegedly punches child in face, takes his sons for ice cream

A Newton County woman called police after her 10-year-old cousin was allegedly punched in the face by the father of two neighborhood boys.

March 28, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL

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