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Government 101: Courageous leaders needed

American University Professors Jennifer Lawless and Richard L. Fox have co-authored a book entitled "Running from Office: Why Young Americans are turned off to politics ...

January 03, 2016 | Jerry Roseberry | LOCAL


Christmas tree disposals around Newton County

The ornaments are put away. The tinsel has been stripped from the tree branches. The once glittering Christmas tree is now an evergreen with needles ...

January 02, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Free notary public classes offered

Linda Hays, Newton County Superior Court Clerk, is offering two free notary public training classes for the public.

January 02, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Action Ministries offering free money management classes

Learn how to budget money, manage credit cards, get a loan, purchase a house and more at free Money Management Classes, beginning Monday, Jan. 11 ...

January 02, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County man dies in accident New Year's Eve

Linwood Brice, Jr., of Newton County, died during a single-vehicle wreck Thursday evening.

January 01, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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


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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


Child calls police on negligent mother

A juvenile called the police on her mother and her mother's boyfriend for smoking marijuana and child neglect last Sunday.

March 28, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Water pipe breaks in judicial center

A pipe broke Sunday at the Newton County Judicial Center, damaging portions of the first floor, including the juvenile, magistrate and probate courtrooms and offices.

March 28, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Dancing the night away

This year, Eastside High School's junior/senior prom was held at The State Botanical Gardens in Athens. A section of the garden was blocked off for the students who attended the prom. For mostly everyone, it was a night to remember.

March 28, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Church in the Now land to be purchased

Springfield Baptist Church head Pastor Eric Lee confirmed that the 132-year-old church has "entered into an agreement" with the mortgage holder Evangelical Christian Credit Union to purchase the former Church in the Now property on Iris Drive.

March 26, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Water pipe breaks in courthouse

A pipe broke Sunday at the Newton County Judicial Center, damaging portions of the first floor, including the juvenile, magistrate and probate courtrooms and offices.

March 26, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Alleged child molestation investigated

Detectives are looking into an accusation of child molestation reported early Friday morning.

March 24, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newton tries to woo Caterpillar suppliers

Caterpillar is moving quickly to build its $200 million manufacturing plant near Athens, breaking ground March 16, and Newton County is aggressively marketing itself to the company's suppliers.

March 24, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Crowder sentenced to life plus 35 years

Darrell Antonio Crowder was sentenced to life plus 35 years Friday for the murder of his estranged wife. The sentence is more then what he originally pleaded to in 2009.

March 24, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Holt: Session nears its end for the year

During the second last week of the session, the House began working through Senate bills in earnest. We spent a lot of time in committee, and voted on 25 pieces of legislation on the House floor.

HB 386, a package of tax code changes, was the most significant item we voted on. It proposes a number of cuts, as well as several increases. Among the tax cuts, the two largest are the phase out of the sales tax on energy used in manufacturing, and an elimination of the marriage penalty in the state income tax. The energy tax has seen ...

March 24, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County to plan future of Salem Road

County officials view the Salem Road corridor as a commercial driver and future home to its own pseudo-city, and they've embarked on an in-depth planning process to clarify that vision.

March 24, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Piedmont Academy visits Georgia capitol

March 22, was a special day for Piedmont Academy's football program including the players, coaching staff, managers, ball boys, and cheerleaders and for the school's One-Act Play cast and crew. Both teams were invited to the Georgia's state capitol by House of Representative Susan Holmes (125th District) of Jasper County and Senator Johnny Grant (25th District) of Baldwin County to be recognized for their accomplishment of winning the GISA AA state title "back-to-back" in football and drama. The football team completed an undefeated thirteen-game 2011 season with a streak of twenty-six games for 2010 and 2011. The ...

March 24, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


The excitement of prom

Prom is a big deal for every teenager. Senior prom is an even bigger deal. When it's your senior prom, things are different.

This year will be my senior prom, and I couldn't be more excited. I have a date this year, which is pretty awesome. I wouldn't want to be going with anyone else either. He's been in my life for a long time now, and I can't think of any way to end our senior year together except celebrating with our friends at prom. Although getting through these past few months have been ...

March 24, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Rasmussen: For voters, tax reform means tax equality

There's a reason President Obama, Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan and many others are touting tax reform these days. On the campaign trail, it taps into deeply held beliefs about the way American society ought to work and the role of government.

Seventy-seven percent think it's important to replace the entire federal tax code with something simpler. Seventy-one percent favor a tax code with lower tax rates and very few deductions.

March 24, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


MasTer Landscape Supply

Mark A. Smith and Tim E. Reed first met at Mobile Oil, where they worked within the chemical division for 15 years. They didn't know each other very well, and neither realized they would be running a business together-years after they left the oil company.

Both men had worked in the landscaping field on the side, unbeknownst of each other. Coincidentally, after they left Mobile, they ran into each other while on separate contracting jobs.

March 24, 2012 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


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