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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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Court Sentencings - Aug. 17

Robert Kitchens, escape, 10 years probation, three years confinement, $1,000.

August 17, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


"Nutcracker" auditions begin Saturday

Auditions for the Covington Regional Ballet's performance of "Nutcracker" will be held Saturday for ages five and up.

August 17, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


ID on remains could take weeks

Identification on the skeletal remains found by the Yellow River early Saturday morning could take several weeks.

August 17, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Tween makes threats, knife found

A 14-year-old middle school student reportedly threatened to "shoot up" the school Friday morning.

August 16, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Man shot during disagreement

A 25-year-old man was shot in the foot during a disagreement Monday evening, and deputies are looking for the person responsible.

August 16, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Battery note contents released

Update, Monday, 5:38 p.m.: "You just got punked."

August 15, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mom calls NCSO on son for smoking pot

A fed-up mother called authorities on her adult son Wednesday for smoking marijuana in her home.

August 14, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Dangerous driver arrested for DUI

Reports of a dangerous driver on Interstate 20 led to a DUI arrest Friday afternoon.

August 14, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Snapping Shoals donates to Newton Chamber

Snapping Shoals EMC has donated $10,000 to the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce to be used for economic development.

August 14, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton to benefit from redistricting

Newton County stands to gain two additional state legislators in 2012, a new senator and representative, under the proposed redistricting maps released to the public Friday.

August 13, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Skeletal remains found by Yellow River

Men spending their night cat fishing on the Yellow River came across more than they bargained for early this morning - skeletal remains.

August 13, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Deal visits Newton County

Gov. Nathan Deal visited the Newton County FFA-FCCLA camp Thursday night to speak to members of the Piedmont Cattleman's Association.

August 13, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Road worries not over at Airport Road

Concerns from parents attempting to navigate back to school traffic at Flint Hill Elementary may have dissipated, but road worries are far from over for Airport Road and Ga. Highway 142.

August 13, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


One robbery suspect dead, other jailed

One of the suspects in Thurdsay's robbery of Bank of North Georgia has died.

August 12, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newborn votes to keep millage rate from rising

Newborn voted to keeps its millage stable at 1.935, despite a 7.7 percent reduction in property values.

August 12, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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