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Closing the child pornography loophole

Kelsey Upton was just 15 years old when she received a terrifying text from a registered sex offender in another state. The middle-aged man had seen a pornographic image of another woman that had been posted online along with Kelsey's name, phone number and address in Oxford.

March 01, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Covington looking at utilities changes

The Covington City Council will vote on amending provisions of the electric system and water system ordinances during Monday's council meeting, possibly reducing city revenue by approximately $700,000.

March 01, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Sarah Frances Hardeman to be honored

A long time Covington citizen, Sarah Frances Hardeman, born to George Washington Thompson and Lillie Davis- Thompson in 1918, is being recognized and honored for her legendary acts and community service in Covington.

March 01, 2015 | | LOCAL


Celebrating Black History

During its 5th Annual Black History Program Covington held a celebration, themed "A Century of Black Life, Culture & History" in the Newton County Historic Courthouse.

February 28, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man convicted of 2001 Newton County murder scheduled for execution

Brian Keith Terrell, the man convicted of killing 70-year-old John Watson in his Covington home in 1992 is scheduled to be executed March 10 at 7 p.m., Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens announced Friday.

February 27, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Their last meal

More than one in five children in Newton County do not know where their next meal will come from, according to the most recent study by food bank umbrella group Feeding America.

February 26, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Newton County Schools closed Wednesday

Newton County Schools will be closed for both students and staff Wednesday due to predicted inclement weather.

February 24, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington Police Explorers enjoy national success

The Covington Police Explorers recently participated in a national competition designed to showcase their law enforcement skills and placed third in one category.

February 24, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Deputies arrest armed robbery suspect

Sheriff's deputies arrested 17-year-old Ladarius Lockhart and charged him in connection with an armed robbery at the Oak Hill BP station that occurred Saturday morning.

February 24, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


NCSO to host Citizen's Firearm Safety Course

The Newton County Sheriff's Office will hold its Citizen's Firearm Safety Course March 28, teaching the public on laws governing use of deadly force, firearm safety, at and away from the firing range, nomenclature of the basic revolver and semiautomatic pistols and giving citizens a chance to complete a course of fire at the Newton County Sheriffs Office Firing Range.

February 24, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Winter Storm Watch for Wednesday

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch in effect for Newton, Rockdale and surrounding counties from Wednesday through Thursday.

February 24, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Problem lies in water management, not supply: Water Authority

On November 5, 2014, County Attorney Tommy Craig posted an alarming series of photographs at a work session for the proposed Bear Creek Reservoir.

February 23, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Alcovy names Val and Sal, Top 10

With the Class of 2015's graduation approaching Alcovy High School announced its top 10 graduates, and Valedictorian and Salutatorian Friday.

February 21, 2015 | Associated Press | LOCAL


NCSO deputies honored as heroes

After a year when law enforcement was often in the news in a negative light nationally, Newton County Sheriff's Office deputies were resuscitating children back to life, jumping on guns to save themselves, victims and bystanders and performing other feats of heroism in 2014.

February 20, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Social Circle officer involved in shooting

A Social Circle police officer shot and wounded a man on Hwy. 11 near the Marathon gas station Friday afternoon.

February 20, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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BOC reaches SPLOST consensus amid contentious debate

The Board of Commissioners came to an informal consensus, 3-2, on a final $57.6 million SPLOST list Thursday night, but not before a contentious discussion broke out about which projects should be included and whether or not the three commissioners in favor had met illegally prior to the meeting.

November 18, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Covington's Guiding Lights

The three women chosen to flip the switch on the holiday decorations at the Historic Courthouse, Carrie Freeman, Lula V. Smith-Rachels and Betty Bellairs, are Shining Lights in their own rights.

November 18, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Architects share renderings of new Newton High

Newton County Board of Education members got a look at what the new Newton High may look like when system architects on Tuesday unveiled initial renderings.

November 18, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Father of infant attacked by raccoons charged

The father of a Newton County child who was attacked by raccoons earlier this month has been charged with keeping the animals that attacked his infant daughter as pets.

November 18, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Police search for arson suspects, offer reward

On Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, during the early hours of the morning, an unknown suspect(s) intentionally set fire to two Pure Service Stations in Covington. Due to the proximity of the stations, one located at 4111 Emory St., the other located at 4144 Ga. Highway 278, and similar circumstances of the events surrounding the fires, these events are believed to be related.

November 18, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Help with heating bills offered

Help is available for paying your heating bills this winter through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

November 17, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Driver charged in Nov. 8 fatality wreck

The man authorities say are responsible for the wreck that killed an Oxford man last week has been formally charged with homicide by vehicle.

November 17, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Students learn how to preserve water quality

Newton County uses geographic mapping software to locate sex offenders, settle zoning disputes and predict flood patterns.

This week is national Geography Awareness Week, and Covington and Newton County recently declared Wednesday as Geographic Information Systems, or GIS, Day.

November 17, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


County seeking trail, sidewalk grants

The Newton County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved two pedestrian-friendly grants Tuesday night, one for a trail in Porterdale and the other for sidewalks and street crossings to allow students to walk or bike to school.

November 16, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Perimeter Newton receives safety grant

Georgia Perimeter College Newton Campus will use a $7,500 state grant to launch a driver safety program, GPC Newton Campus Cares.

November 16, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Turner Lake roundabout set to open Nov. 30

The roundabout at the intersection of Turner Lake Road and Clark Street is scheduled to open at 10 a.m. Nov. 30, weather permitting, according to a release from the Georgia Department of Transportation.

November 16, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


It's time to enter Hometown Christmas Parade

Entries are being accepted for the Hometown Christmas Parade, which will be held downtown at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4.

November 16, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Schools facing budget cuts for 2011-2012

Projected revenue losses for next year have the Newton County School System looking to trim $4.6 million to $9 million from its 2011-2012 budget, according to a release today from Superintendent Gary Mathews.

November 16, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Nelson Heights sign and junk to be removed

Curtis Goss has removed many of the junk vehicles that littered his small lot at the corner of Puckett and Laseter streets, and residents say it's about time, though they wonder when it will be fully cleared.

November 14, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Helping the CPD

The Police Who Care: Dr. Doug Gilreath of Covington First United Methodist Church presented Covington Police Chief Stacey Cotton with a check for $750 for the "Police Who Care Fund." The money was collected during the Fuzz Run Weekend at the spaghetti lunch and dinner held at the church. The meal was free but donations were accepted.

November 14, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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