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Ruling brings same-sex marriage to Newton

The "thunderbolt" struck the nation around 11 a.m. Friday morning. For some Newton County residents the storm had been brewing for two decades, and for a local couple the ringing began at 3 p.m. – ringing of wedding bells.

June 28, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


4th of July events sparkle across Newton

COVINGTON- One of the joys of small town Georgia is the town square. It's not just an area where people can shop and eat, but it's a place where they can come together to celebrate holidays, hear seasonal concerts, and take a breather under the trees during a hectic work day.

June 27, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Council re-imagines amenities for Yellow River Park

There have been changes in Porterdale since the plans for Yellow River Park were drawn up in 2011-12.

June 27, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Covington gets closer to new hotel

COVINGTON- City of Covington and Royal Hotel Investment Officials broke ground on the city's newest hotel project, a Holiday Inn Express & Suites Friday.

June 26, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Green Hill deal pulled ahead of vote

A proposal to lease and operate the Newton County landfill put forward by Green Hill P3 earlier this year effectively died Friday, but the company says it will propose an alternative agreement with input from the community.

June 26, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


City votes to not enforce recent action

COVINGTON- After an evening of plenty of heated debate, some legalese, a little political intrigue and much emotion, the Covington City Council decided to suspend enforcement on action it made at its previous council meeting.

June 25, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Communities gather for Emmanuel 9

Approximately 150 people from churches around Newton County came together Wednesday night at St. Paul's African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Covington to hold vigil for the nine people slain while at prayer services in Charleston last week.

June 25, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Millage increase likely

Newton County officially announced Thursday the "tentative" adoption a 12.99 millage rate for county operations in fiscal year 2016, as county commissioners emphasized that the tax hike represents a shift in millage rather than a significant increase in spending.

June 25, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


BOE approves budget, improvements to Eastside's field

With a new fiscal year beginning next week for the Newton County school district, the Newton County Board of Education (BOE) approved several different contracts for the upcoming school year.

June 24, 2015 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


BOE approves budget, improvements to Eastside's field

With a new fiscal year beginning next week for the Newton County school district, the Newton County Board of Education (BOE) approved several different contracts for the upcoming school year.

June 24, 2015 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


Woman shot by boyfriend

A 31-year-old woman was shot in the leg by her boyfriend Monday, prompting an investigation by the Newton County Sheriff's Office, according to Deputy Felicia Jefferson.

June 24, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Thunderstorm watch in effect

Caution is urged this evening after the National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Newton, Rockdale and surrounding counties through 10 p.m. Wednesday.

June 24, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Grace Christian Academy celebrates academic, artistic achievements

Newton County's Grace Christian Academy's academic quiz bowl team became international champions for the third time in four years recently at the Accelerated Christian Education International Student Convention in Las Cruses, New Mexico.

June 24, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO deputies arrest Fla. fugitive

COVINGTON- An attempted murder suspect in a case out of Escambia County in Florida was arrested by deputies last week, the Newton County Sheriff's Office announced Thursday.

June 24, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local Prayer Vigil for Charleston

COVINGTON- The public is invited to attend a prayer vigil for the victims of the mass shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, Wednesday, June 24, at the St. Paul AME Church, 13108 Brown Bridge Road, Covington.

June 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Man arrested for sexual exploitation

A Alabama man has been arrested and charged with sexual exploitation of a child and electronically furnishing obscene material to a minor.

January 31, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Broken coffee table leads to arrest

A family fight ended with the arrest of one man on charges of cruelty to children and criminal trespass early Sunday morning.

January 31, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Rockdale home invasion suspect arrested

Authorities in Gwinnett County have arrested a man suspected in a Rockdale County home invasion that took place in February of 2011.

January 31, 2012 | | LOCAL


Home burns down on Tucker Mill Road

A blaze destroyed the home and the posessions of a mother and two young children Monday night on Tucker Mill Road.

January 31, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mentor turns youth's life around

John McCammon's mother was far away, his father was dead, his brother was in trouble and he was left alone in a foreign country he barely knew. He was 14.

January 29, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Five banished from Housing Authority

Five men were banished from the Covington Housing Authority after one ran from the police and the others were caught allegedly packaging drugs in a home.

On Thursday afternoon, officers from the Covington Police Department were called to a home on Johnson Drive (inside the Housing Authority) on reports that a man with two outstanding felony warrants had been seen outside.

January 29, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Tip of the Week - Jan. 29

You can buy pricey dog treats from the specialty store or you can DIY for gourmet treats your canine friends won't soon forget. With just four ingredients, this recipe is truly frugal and fabulous.

January 29, 2012 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | LOCAL


Leaders discuss 2050 Build-Out Plan

Leaders from Newton County's governments, school system and the water authority met Saturday at Burge Plantation to update each other on their latest efforts and future plans. The grouping of officials is known as the Leadership Collaborative and work on joint planning.

January 28, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Covington Woman killed in head-on wreck

A 56-year-old Covington woman was killed in a head-on collision around 2:48 a.m.

January 28, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Chicken soup fight leads to arrest

Police arrested a 45-year-old man last week after a fight over chicken soup turned violent.

January 26, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Police, public see trends via crime map

There may be only 53 officers at the Covington Police Department, but in the last year they answered around 40,000 calls, not all of which were crimes. In fact, according to Detective Daniel Seals, crime has gone down in the city since the implementation of their interactive crime map.

January 26, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Nominations sought for Pat Patrick award

The Newton Fund is taking nominations for its fourth annual Pat Patrick Big Heart Award, which recognizes exceptional volunteers in the community.

January 26, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local gets national lifetime poultry award

Covington resident Jim Sumner, president of the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council (USAPEEC), has been named the recipient of the 2012 Poultry Industry Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Poultry & Food Distributors Association (NPFDA).

January 26, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


United Community Bank explains losses

An official with United Community Bank, which has branches in Newton and Rockdale counties, says recently reported additional income tax expenses shouldn't have any bearing on day-to-day business.

January 26, 2012 | Crystal Ledford Forsyth News | LOCAL


Accident on Access Road

Traffic is flowing freely after a morning accident that blocked the Access Road in front of Riverside Estates Mobile Home Park, just east of Crowell Road, and at least one person was taken to a hospital in Atlanta, said 1st Lt. Mark Mitchell with the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

January 26, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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