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Early SPLOST voting begins Monday

Early voting for the March 21 SPLOST vote begins Monday.

February 24, 2017 | Darryl Welch | LOCAL

Detour coming March 7 for new bridge over Yellow River

Replacing the Yellow River bridge on State Route (SR) 36 requires a one-year detour beginning Tuesday, March 7. Traffic will use SR 162 and SR ...

February 22, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Covington resident claims $9.6 million Jumbo Bucks Lotto prize

Michael Camp, of Covington, recently came forward as the winner of the $9.6 million jackpot prize from the Feb. 6 Jumbo Bucks Lotto drawing.

February 22, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL

NCSO honors officers at annual awards ceremony

The Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) honored its own and remembered a fallen brother Friday night as the department held its Eighth Annual Awards ...

February 18, 2017 | Darryl Welch | LOCAL

Hardy resigns as Main Street director

Velinda Hardy, Covington Main Street director, has resigned effective immediately, according to an email to merchants from Newton County Chamber of Commerce President Ralph Staffins ...

February 18, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL

SPLOST deadline Tuesday

Feb. 21 is the last day to register to vote on next month's SPLOST referendum. The election is March 21.

February 17, 2017 | Darryl Welch | LOCAL

NCSO Explorers take home 2nd

The Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) Explorers received second place at the Boy Scouts of America "Winterfest" competition held in Gatlinburg, Tennessee Feb. 11.

February 17, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL

NCSO recognizes promotions

The Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) recently promoted two employees; Deputy Jacob Rice and Deputy Steve Walden were both promoted to the rank of ...

February 16, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Record-breaking $9.6 million Jumbo Bucks Lotto ticket sold in Covington

A Covington convenience store has sold the largest Jumbo Bucks Lotto jackpot ticket in Georgia Lottery history. A winning ticket worth a record $9.6 ...

February 09, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL

GSP Trooper SFC Tony Henry succumbs to injuries from December motorcycle accident

Georgia State Trooper SFC Tony Henry succumbed to injuries Tuesday in an Atlanta hospital from a Dec. 3, 2016 motorcycle accident in Florida. The husband ...

February 08, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL

NCSO to offer Citizen's Firearm Safety Course

Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) announced last month the dates for an upcoming Citizen's Firearm Safety Course.

February 07, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Social Circle auction house to sell bed frame connected to Manson murders

A historic bed, originally from 10050 Cielo Drive, in Los Angeles, California, will be up for auction Feb. 10 at Ole Hound Auction House. The ...

February 02, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL

One person killed in Jan. 26 crash on Bypass

A 75-year-old woman was killed and two other people were injured in a two-vehicle crash on the Covington Bypass near Puckett Street Jan. 26 after ...

February 01, 2017 | Darryl Welch | LOCAL

Covington’s blue bloods

With more than 75 years of combined law enforcement experience, three generations of the Bradford family have accepted their callings in serving the community through ...

January 29, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL

JDA elects officers for 2017

The Joint Development Authority (JDA) of Jasper, Morgan, Newton and Walton Counties held its first meeting of 2017 Jan. 25 at the Old Moore House ...

January 26, 2017 | Darryl Welch | LOCAL

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A day of unity

The day after the country elected its first black president in what has been the nation's longest and most eventful election, residents of Newton County and Rockdale County gathered in the Covington square for an afternoon prayer circle. Led by Rev. Eric Lee of Springfield Baptist Church, the gathered – Republicans and Democrats, black and white – prayed for unity and healing from the recent years of a national divisiveness. They prayed for their counties' elected officials, civil servants, educators, first responders and fighting men and women abroad.

November 16, 2008 | Staff Report | LOCAL

The votes are in...24 of 24 Newton precincts reporting


November 15, 2008 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Mother robbed at gunpoint

A woman was robbed at gunpoint Tuesday evening while waiting to pick her child up from school outside Fairview Elementary.

November 12, 2008 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Alleged cybersex predator arrested

Investigators from the Newton County Sherriff's Office, assisted by Berrien County Sheriff's deputies, arrested a 34-year-old man for Internet sex crimes.

November 12, 2008 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

DUI driver urinates in patrol car

A woman arrested for drunk driving reportedly urinated in the patrol car after being arrested in the wee hours of Oct. 26.

November 12, 2008 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

POOCH pups together again

At the annual Pooch Paw Fest at Oxford College, graduates of the college's POOCH program mixed and mingled with their owners and former canine roommates on the grassy quad of the campus Saturday afternoon.

November 12, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL

Supplemental Educational Services offered to eligible Middle Ridge and Clements students

Parents of students at Middle Ridge Elementary School and Clements Middle School are invited to attend an informational meeting on Nov. 1 at Clements Middle School to review possible Supplemental Educational Services (SES) currently available for their children. This is the second informational meeting provided by the Office of Federal Programs of the Newton County School System. After the informational meeting, parents will have the opportunity to meet various qualified SES providers in the local area.

November 11, 2008 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Ford denied appeal

Melbert Ray Ford Jr., a death row inmate convicted of killing his former girlfriend and a young girl in 1986, was denied his appeal by the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Monday.

November 11, 2008 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

NCSO to increase patrols Friday night

With Halloween coming on a Friday this year, law enforcement is urging citizens to beware of additional foot and motor traffic around Newton County as little ghosts and goblins scurry around town in search of treats.

Additionally, the Georgia State Patrol is cautioning drivers to be prepared, noting that traffic is expected to be heavier than normal this Halloween with more motorists on the roads for the weekend with trick-or-treating, high school football games and the Florida/Georgia game in Jacksonville.

November 11, 2008 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Ministries closed temporarily for lack of funds

In the last few days, three ministries in the county that give aid to the economically disadvantaged have had to either shut down temporarily or turn people away due to a lack of funds and food.

November 11, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL

Two girls, a guy and a throwdown

Covington Police officers were called to a home that was reportedly being burglarized on Oct. 17 and found a domestic situation instead, according to reports.

November 10, 2008 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Drunk driver wets himself

Deputies from the Newton County Sheriff's Department responded to a call Saturday night when citizens reported that a silver Impala was wandering over the road on Interstate 20 East and slamming on its brakes.

November 10, 2008 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Fleeing car stuck on another vehicle while escaping deputies

Newton County Sheriff's Department deputies are looking for the driver and passenger of a vehicle that fled from The Silos of Ellington subdivision early last Wednesday.

November 08, 2008 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Porterdale councilmember resigns

 Porterdale city council member Kay Piper announced her resignation from the council at a called meeting Thursday night, after three years on the council. She citied her health as the number one reason, but also noted she had been unhappy with the direction of the council this year.

November 08, 2008 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Hit-and-run perp sought

 The Newton County Sheriff's Department is seeking help from the community in locating the person who stuck a pedestrian on Brown Bridge Road Sunday night.

November 08, 2008 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

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