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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


Alcovy UMC hosts Giving Tree

Alcovy United Methodist Church is working with the Salvation Army's Toy Drive for the third year, and helped supply toys to those who might otherwise not have anything for Christmas.

December 16, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington votes no to personal care home

A group of concerned citizens spoke up to the Covington Planning and Zoning Department and the Covington City Council, and had their voices heard Monday night.

December 15, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Covington passes curfew ordinance

The Covington City Council unanimously passed a curfew ordinance at its meeting Monday night.

December 15, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Springfield Baptist food giveaway Dec. 16-19

UPDATE: Springfield Baptist's 100,000 pounds of food was fully distributed by Wednesday, Dec. 17. SBC holds a free food distribution once every three months.

December 15, 2014 | | LOCAL


Man arrested for attacking Kroger cashier

A Kroger employee had to pull an attacker off a cashier Saturday afternoon.

December 15, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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Wanted teen holes up in home's attic

Covington/Newton County SWAT Team were called to a home in south Newton County Thursday afternoon after a teen wanted for robbery was reportedly holed up in a home with a shotgun.

According to Newton County Sheriff's Department 1st Lt. Mark Mitchell, deputies first located 18-year-old Ryan Peter-Horn Wednesday evening, but the young man fled before they were able to apprehend him on the outstanding robbery warrants.

May 22, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


GSP: accidents high on Memorial Day

Memorial Day weekend is considered the official kickoff for summer and celebrations are a common occurrence in Newton County, but law enforcement officials are warning residents to celebrate safely because they will be out in force to make sure citizens are safe.

According to a press release from the Georgia State Patrol, troopers will be watching not only for unsafe drivers but also for those not wearing their safety belts. Estimates from the GSP say that over the 78-hour holiday period (from Friday evening until midnight Memorial Day) there could be as many as 2,725 traffic accidents, resulting in ...

May 22, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Necklace theft leads to drug charge

A couple was arrested on marijuana charges Friday afternoon after a woman came to a local jewelry store to return a necklace she stole two days prior.

May 22, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Residents receive mysterious automated call condemning millage rate increases

Newton County residents have been receiving automated phone calls opposing any millage rate increases and accusing Board of Commissioners Chairman Kathy Morgan and commissioners J.C. Henderson, Nancy Schulz and Earnest Simmons of wasting money on selfish, special interest projects.

The phone call goes on to support the stands of commissioners Mort Ewing and Tim Fleming and urges residents to call all of the commissioners to make their views known.

May 21, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Morning wreck snarls traffic on Hwy 278

Two cars wrecked on U.S. Hwy 278 early Thursday morning east of Martin's Crossing causing major delays in traffic.

May 21, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


BOC at impasse over budget

After a four and a half-hour budget work session on Monday night, the Board of Commissioners remained divided over how best to cut the remaining $4.8 million fiscal year 2010 budget deficit.

May 18, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Celebrating the Great Outdoors

More than 100 attendees, from the young and the young at heart, turned out for the 13th annual J.A.K.E.S. (Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship) Day and Outdoor Festival at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center on Saturday. The festival, sponsored by the Georgia Wildlife Federation and Beaver Manufacturing, was designed to turn kids on to the wonders of the great outdoors and featured snake and birds of prey shows, face painting and a free lunch. Kids even got to try their hand at outdoor activities such as archery, fishing and shooting.

May 17, 2009 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Local GM, Chrysler car dealerships safe from cuts

Covington Car Dealer Billy Fortson received good news for the second day in a row when he did not receive a letter from General Motors Friday. Fortson's Ginn Motor Company is not one of the 1,100 GM dealerships whose contract will not be renewed by GM in 2010.

May 16, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


John Miles Chevrolet not among dealers cut

The John Miles Chevrolet in Conyers announced that it was not among the GM dealerships notified today that their contracts were not being renewed.

"We have not received a letter so we are not among the 1,100 that re going to receive the letter today," said owner Kim Miles.

May 15, 2009 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Local legislators discuss recent session's 'winners, losers'

The Georgia Legislative Assembly ended its 2009 session on April 3, and according to Sen. John Douglas (R – Social Circle) the state budget was a winner because the state didn't have to raise taxes. However, he said the state's transportation system was a loser because no bills were passed.

May 14, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Job workshop to take place Saturday

By Gabriel Khouli

May 14, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


I-20 wreck kills 2 Thursday morning

Two people were killed on Interstate 20 Thursday morning when one car travelled across the median into the

May 14, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Army Briefs May 14

  • Army Pvt. Marcus S. Barton has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. Barton is the son of Kimberly Whedbee of Covington.
  • Army Pvt. C. Forsythe has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla. Forsythe earned distinction as an honor graduate of the course. He is the son of Lana Forsythe of Covington.
  • Army Reserve Pvt. Marquice S. Geter has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla. Geter is the grandson of Earline Brown of Covington. The private is a 2007 graduate of Newton High School.
  • Army Pvt. Johnathan D ...

May 14, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Farm Day 2009

May 14, 2009 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


County discusses layoffs

The Newton County Board of Commissioners is considering two budget-cutting options to lay off either approximately 45 or 62 county employees in order to balance the fiscal year 2010 budget.

At the May 5 budget work session, the BOC agreed that it did not want to raise the millage rate from 9.73 to 10.308, which means that supply and personnel costs will have to be cut to reduce the entire initial $8.6 million budget deficit.

May 13, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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