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Interim legal firm hired by BOC

The Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) approved a contract with Jarrard and Davis, LLP, of Cumming, Georgia to serve as the county's interim ...

November 23, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Meeting to approve legal team Monday

The Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) announced a special called meeting for Monday, Nov. 23, at 7 p.m. to approve a contract with ...

November 23, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Two suspects in the Walmart murder arrested in Tennessee

A man and woman were arrested in connection with the Covington Walmart murder yesterday in Manchester, Tn., after a citizen tipped off the local media.

November 22, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Pastor announces candidacy for District 113

As a pastor, Sharon Henderson has been serving the community since 1989. Now she wants to take that service to a broader level, and has ...

November 22, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Learn from history

A day after our president called ISIS "contained" the Islamic State launched a well-coordinated attack on the City of Light. ISIS just took down an ...

November 22, 2015 | Dave Belton | LOCAL

BOC approves money for community afterschool meals

Newton County will cover the cost of pre-packaged foods purchased for the afterschool program at Nelson Heights Community Center.

November 21, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Rezoning recommendation denied

Though attention focused heavily on the future of Newton County's legal counsel at Tuesday night's Board of Commissioners (BOC) meeting, the board did ...

November 21, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Video released of suspects in Walmart death

The Covington Police Department (CPD) issued a "Be on the look-out" (BOLO) tonight for the murder/robbery suspects in the Nov. 16 death of Marsha ...

November 20, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Rodney Clark arrested in murder of Newton man

Rodney Carter Clark was arrested Wednesday in the murder of Mario Demonte Johnson.

November 19, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Police seek Walmart murder suspect in Chattanooga

The Covington Police Department (CPD) has been ardently trying to find the subjects of a senseless killing at Walmart Monday, searching from Covington to Tennessee.

November 19, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Kicking off the season

Local musicians started the Christmas season off in Covington with the annual Lighting of the Square.

November 19, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Wedding ring, thousands in cash stolen from church

A wedding ring, thousands of dollars in cash and a gun permit were among the items stolen from cars in the parking lot of Solid ...

November 18, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Ellis, Ewing object to JDA land sale

The Joint Development Authority voted to sell land in Stanton Springs to developer Kippy Clarke and partners for a new residential neighborhood Monday, but the ...

November 18, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Crop production rises

It's been a good year for soybean and corn production, while cotton is down almost 20 percent from a year ago.

November 18, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Two children find adopted homes thanks to CASA, others

Two children recently were recently adopted by families in Newton County after work by many in the area.

November 18, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

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Lakemper guilty on all counts

Jurors late Thursday ruled 34-year-old Cobey Wade Lakemper guilty on all counts in the 2005 death of Wendy Cartledge-Carter.

March 31, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Accident slows traffic on I-20

Traffic shutdown: A wreck involving a tractor-trailer truck and a smaller car brought Interstate 20 westbound at Almon Road to a halt for an hour Thursday afternoon. The wreck occurred at about 1:30 p.m. The driver of the car, seen wedged under the truck above, sustained minor injures. Have a breaking news tip? Email us at or call the newsroom at (770) 787-6399.

March 31, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL

County unemployment rate drops slightly

Newton County's unemployment rate declined slightly, from 12.4 percent in January to 12.1 percent for February, according to information released Thursday from the Georgia Department of Labor.

March 31, 2011 | | LOCAL

Sun returns for weekend

If you're tired of clouds and rain, hang in there: Bountiful sun and warmth should arrive for the weekend.

March 31, 2011 | | LOCAL

Tax overhaul stalls

ATLANTA - An overhaul of Georgia taxes has stalled amid objections from Democrats and tea party activists.

They said the plan hikes taxes on the middle class while handing wealthier Georgians a tax break.

March 31, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL

Senate panel approves immigration bill

ATLANTA - A Georgia Senate committee on Wednesday approved an altered version of a House bill that aims to crack down on illegal immigration but kept intact many provisions similar to those in a tough law enacted last year in Arizona.

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the bill sponsored by Rep. Matt Ramsey, R-Peachtree City, but the version that cleared the panel is a hybrid of Ramsey's bill and a similar measure sponsored by Sen. Jack Murphy, R-Cumming. A House committee on Monday had gutted Murphy's bill and substituted the text of Ramsey's bill.

March 31, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL

Wife of slain cop: "We wanted forever"

One of the first things Melissa Rutledge noticed about Buddy Christian 18 years ago was his eyes.

March 30, 2011 | Douglas Moser Barrow County News | LOCAL

Newton lags in county health rankings

Newton County is a leader in Georgia in some unfortunate categories when it comes to health: Obesity, smoking, teen birth rate and in the number of sexually transmitted disease cases, according to a health survey released today.

March 30, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Doctors: Lakemper ‘antisocial’

Attorneys spent much of Monday and Tuesday questioning forensic psychiatrists as to whether Cobey Wade Lakemper was mentally ill during his 2005 crime spree as he's claimed.

March 30, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Bats invade foreclosed Atlanta home

ATLANTA - Neighbors living near a bat-infested Georgia home in foreclosure are trying to figure out what to do about the flying mammals.

They say the smell outside is so overwhelming they can't sit on their porches and enjoy the spring weather.

March 30, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL

County facing more cuts or taxes

Newton County commissioners are in for another tough budget cycle as they have to decide whether to cut the budget yet again or raise the millage rate, this time above the rollback rate, to account for declining tax revenues.

March 30, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Vampire fans flock to Covington

Sandra Lesny received an early birthday present from her husband for 2011. And 2012. And 2013. A trip to the EyeCon convention last week in Atlanta to see her favorite stars of the hit TV show "The Vampire Diaries."

She was joined by fans from all around the United States. Lesny is from Bremen, Germany, and she was far from the only foreign citizen to make the trip.

March 30, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Newton County Jail Log - March 30

o Donrico Marcellous Smith, 18, 330 Mountainview Drive, Covington, March 16. Speeding, license required (surrender of), obstruction or hindering law enforcement officer.

March 30, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL

The Cheerios Challenge

Registration is open through April 12 for the 10th Annual Covington Cheerios Challenge.

March 29, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Panel OK's tax plan

ATLANTA - A legislative committee has approved a tax overhaul plan that would cut the personal income tax rate but slap a sales tax on some new goods and services.

The Special Joint Committee on Georgia Revenue Structure voted to send the bill to a full House vote. It will be on the House floor Wednesday.

March 29, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL

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