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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


Ellis and Ewing resign from JDA

Citing their protest to the sale of land to a residential developer at "below market" value, Keith Ellis, Chair of the Newton County Board of ...

December 23, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Owens resigns as Interim County Manager

Just as Newton County's Director of Human Resources sent notices to the media on Tuesday, Dec. 22 that the Board of Commissioners (BOC) may ...

December 23, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Rockdale Sheriff's Office files robbery charges against woman

Charges were filed against a 31-year-old female, suspected of being involved with Tuesday's attempted robbery of Lowe's Home Improvement Center in Conyers and ...

December 23, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


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Woman throws pizzas at boyfriend

A 32-year-old woman was arrested and charged with battery under the Family Violence Act after reportedly punching and throwing pizzas on her boyfriend early Saturday morning.

April 05, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Would-be bank robber arrested

Police have apprehended a suspect that attempted to rob the Bank of North Georgia around 10 a.m.

April 05, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Tim Fleming will not seek reelection

Newton County Commissioner Tim Fleming, who represents the fifth district, announced during Tuesday's board of commissioners meeting that he would not be seeking reelection.

April 03, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Carpenter finalist for superintendent job

Dennis Carpenter has been named as one of the two finalists for the position of superintendent in Jackson, Miss.

April 03, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Oxford city council to hold work session on sanitation

Oxford City Council planned for a work session to discuss how to handle the city's sanitation service during its regular meeting Monday.

April 03, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Arts Association presents two different versions of "Grease"

The Newton County Arts Association is proud to present "Grease." A musical that will feature performance groups Oxford Youth Singers and Oxford Singing Children. Two different versions of the show will be performed by each group.

The Oxford Singing Children will perform the school version of "Grease" on April 13 at 7 p.m. and April 14 at 4 p.m. Tickets for adults are $10, $8 for senior citizens and $5 for children and students.

April 03, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Three local officers honored for service

An academic achievement award is given to the top graduate of the police academy each year based on their grade point average and performance during their time at the academy. The Covington Police Department has had three graduates receive this honor for three years in a row which is rare for any police department, but what is even rarer is the fact that they are all women.

The Sheriff Franklin Thornton Award, named after the long-time Walton County Sheriff, is a prestigious award for any upcoming law enforcement officer.

April 03, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Driving growth

Golf fans around the world have their attention focused on Augusta this week as the game's best descend on The Masters.

However, attention should also be brought elsewhere in Georgia. Bridgestone Golf in Covington is providing more than the thrill of competition and the pageantry of Amen Corner.

April 03, 2012 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Lawyer Strauss to run for BOC seat

Local attorney John Strauss announced Tuesday that he will run as a Republican for the District 1Board of Commissioners seat.

April 03, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Possible probation company audit

The city's former probation services provider, East Georgia Correctional Services, turned over its records to the city Friday, and interim Municipal Court Judge Ben Hendricks recommended that the city approve an audit of the records.

"For the protection and edification of all the parties involved, both the outgoing and the incoming probation services for the court as well as the permanent judge, when appointed, I respectfully request that an audit of the court be done by the city auditors. I am not aware that a comprehensive audit of the court has been done in recent memory," Hendricks wrote in ...

April 03, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


City council drops pants ordinance

The Covington City Council voted Monday to table a proposed sagging pants ordinance, after the majority of council members remained unconvinced they could or should legislate how people wear their pants.

Councilman Chris Smith had asked the city attorneys to research the topic, and after the council had a lively debate at a Wednesday work session, Smith asked the council Monday whether it wanted to move forward.

April 03, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Teacher accused of sex with student

A Conyers high school teacher who lives in Covington was arrested Friday on charges of a teacher having sexual contact with a student.

April 03, 2012 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Annual McDonough festival adds evening concert

Downtown McDonough will host its 35th annual Geranium Festival on May 19 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. followed by an evening concert.

The festival will host exhibitors from all over the Southeast who will be selling homemade crafts. Food vendors will also offer festival goers a wide selection of options. Admission and parking are free.

April 03, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Commemorating the past

The seventh annual gathering on the square to commemorate Black Easter, Covington's most famous civil rights event, will take place Sunday at 3 p.m.

The gathering will feature singing, fellowship and speakers like Georgia Rep. Tyrone Brooks, D-Atlanta.

April 03, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Hicks found not guilty of child molestation

A man accused of molesting his adopted daughter was found not guilty last week on all charges.

Daniel Lee Hicks, 46, was originally arrested in May 2009 and charged with four counts of child molestation.

April 03, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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