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Battered: a look at family violence

He held a weight bar behind his back as he walked out the back door, in no rush but staring hard. Approaching the car, he veered the bar behind his head and swung as hard as he could. The blow shattered the windshield but just missed its mark as it failed to connect with human flesh or bone.

October 04, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Video: CRB takes to the stage Saturday

The Newton Arts Association brought music alive to the audience's ears a week ago, kicking its 2014-15 arts series off with an organ concert. This week, music will come alive through visuals as the Covington Regional Ballet (CRB) Company performs its III: Contemporary Dance Repertory Show.

October 04, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Surviving breast cancer

6 tips to reduce breast cancer risk

October 04, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Heroes against breast cancer

Throughout her nine-year career, Dr. Amanda Bauer has read thousands of mammograms. But she never gets jaded about the importance of her task, because she knows something that most other radiologists don't: what it feels like to be a breast cancer survivor.

October 04, 2014 | Dr. Amanda | LOCAL


Farm Bureau collects donations to help hungry

Many Georgians are still struggling to provide food for their families. Newton County Farm Bureau understands the significance of helping our neighbors, which is why we are participating in Georgia Farm Bureau's annual Harvest for All Campaign.

October 04, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Crashes on I-20 EB in Rockdale

A crash between a tractor trailer and a minivan briefly shut down Interstate 20 eastbound in Rockdale Saturday morning, around 9:30 a.m. Minor injuries were reported in that crash, which occured near Ga. Hwy 138.

October 04, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSS names Teacher of Year finalists

After tense deliberation, three Newton County School Systems teachers are a step closer to being named the 2015 Teacher of the Year.

October 03, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


'Vacation' reboot filming in Covington

Twelve Oaks has been the backdrop to many film and TV scenes, but the iconic historic building that most associate with "Gone with the Wind" transformed into something completely different for three days this week: a sorority house in Tennessee, littered with red cups, partying college students and a few A-list movie stars.

October 03, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Backup on I-20 westbound

IN BRIEF: Traffic is backed up on Interstate 20 westbound, before the West Avenue exit in Rockdale County. The backup extends at least to the Parker Road bridge. Drivers are advised to use alternate routes. Check back for more later.

October 03, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Strong storms moving through Newton, Rockdale

Strong thunderstorms are predicted for Rockdale, Newton, Walton and Henry counties until 10:30 a.m. according to the National Weather Service in Peachtree City.

October 03, 2014 | | LOCAL


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NSCO on the hunt for burglar

The Newton County Sheriff's Office is searching for a burglary suspect and is asking residents to be on the lookout as well.

June 11, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Melbert Ray Ford executed

Melbert Ray Ford Jr. took his last breath on June 9 at 7:27 p.m., more than 24 years after the last breaths of those he murdered. He ate most of his last meal and declined a sedative as well as a prayer request from the prison chaplin at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson. His last words were not ones of remorse for his crimes but thanks to his family, friends and loved ones.

June 09, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Fire closes I-20 eastbound past exit 98

Two Newton County Fire Department crews are working a small brush fire on Interstate-20, between exits 98 and 101, which has closed down eastbound traffic.

Deputy Chief Tim Smith said the crew hoped to have the fire put out and everything cleaned up before rush hour.

June 09, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Welcome home

Handshakes, hugs and a few tears greeted the dozens of Covington-based National Guard troops who triumphantly returned home after a tour of duty in Afghanistan.

June 09, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Redevelopment Authority to buy additional lots

The Covington Redevelopment Authority is planning to purchase nine more lots in the Walker's Bend subdivision as it continues efforts to revitalize that area.

June 09, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Project Adventure closing down

Project Adventure Kids, a non-profit organization focusing on the rehabilitation of at-risk children and teen-aged drug abusers and sex offenders, is closing down its 16 area group homes and treatment facility on Elks Club Road.

June 09, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


2 accidents halt evening traffic on I-20 East

During the evening commute an accident with injuries 1 mile east of exit 90 on I-20 stalled traffic so that another accident occurred when a female driver slammed on her brakes and cut her wheel causing her to flip and strike another vehicle. According to Newton County Sheriff's Office Cpl. Anthony Washington, a passenger in the female driver's car was transported to Atlanta Medical Center by ground ambulance.

June 08, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Woman pushed from moving car

Officers from the Covington Police Department were called to a home on Hannah Street Saturday afternoon after a 911 came in where a woman could be heard screaming in the background.

Dispatch operators reportedly heard a woman screaming, "I am not going with you," and, "I don't know where I am." The operator also allegedly told officers she heard a male voice yelling, "jump out of the car."

June 08, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


BOC remains uncertain about the budget

Newton County simply won't have enough revenue to operate its proposed FY2011 budget at the current 9.73 millage rate, even if it cuts 100 jobs and raises various fees.

June 06, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


County leaders graduate from econ. academy

The Board of the Georgia Academy for Economic Development recently announced Newton County graduates from the 2010 Region Five Multi-Day Training Program. Class participants represented a number of professional and non-professional economic development fields, including elected officials, public servants, business leaders, educators and social service providers from 12 counties in Northeast Georgia. The Academy provided each of the graduates an opportunity to gain a unique understanding of the complexities of economic and community development on the local, regional and state levels.

June 06, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


A range of colors

Hydrangeas can be found in white, pink, purple and blue - and shades in between. But where do those colors come from?

June 06, 2010 | By Ashley Bates abates@gainesvilletimes.com | LOCAL


Ford denied clemency, will be executed Wednesday

The State Board of Pardons and Paroles denied a request for the clemency of convicted murderer Melbert Ray Ford Friday.

June 06, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Roy Varner: A giant among men

Roy Varner didn't intend to stay in Newton County, but like many young men, he fell in love - first with his wife Charlyne and then with the county. And since he made Newton County his home, he decided to make it a better place than when he came. According to many, he accomplished just that.

June 06, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Waffle House cook gets baked at work

A Waffle House employee was arrested Tuesday night after a concerned citizen called authorities to report that the employee had been smoking marijuana behind the restaurant with two women.

Deputies from the Newton County Sheriff's Department arrived at the Brown Bridge Road location as they were walking inside they could reportedly smell a strong odor of marijuana near the entrance to the restaurant. When they walked inside they noticed a black male, later identified as Victor Damone Belcher, 28, who matched the citizen's description, cooking.

June 06, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


KCNB encouraging all groups to Adopt-a-Mile

Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful, has been working in our community for 30 years to provide environmental education through litter prevention, beautification, community programs, solid waste and recycling, and water pollution prevention efforts. As part of its 30th anniversary, KCNB is working to revitalize the "Adopt-a-Mile" program.

More than 700 volunteers in Newton County participated in Great American Cleanup efforts in March, April and May. They gave more than 1,800 hours of their time to clean up litter along local roadways.

June 05, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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