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Traffic stop nets drug arrest

After following a truck registered to a known drug house, Covington Police Officer Steve Swann initiated a traffic stopped that resulted in a foot pursuit ...

November 21, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


Young men told to ‘do the little things’

University of Georgia and NFL football player, author and musician Rennie Curran told 21 young men assembled last Friday in the Media Center at Newton ...

November 21, 2016 | Duane M. Ford | LOCAL


Rowe: Making America Great Again

When the Presidential Election ended, I thought the debating, tension and division would be finished as well. But we have more to talk about than ...

November 20, 2016 | Beth Rowe | LOCAL


Alcohol suspension overturned for The Social House

The Social House, located at 2101 Main St. in Porterdale, is able to serve alcohol again after a unanimous vote from the Porterdale City Council ...

November 18, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


Donations for Deputy White accepted at local bank

Donations to the family of Newton County Sheriff's Deputy Justin White can now be made at any branch of Bank of North Georgia by ...

November 18, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


Photos: A Holiday Illumination

The Christmas season officially started in downtown Covington Thursday evening with the Lighting of the Tree.

November 17, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Fire Services selling Cajun Fried Turkeys for a cause

The Newton County Fire Services (NCFS) will host a Cajun Fried Turkey fundraiser to benefit the Salvation Army's Angel Tree program.

November 17, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


District 4 commissioner makes accusations against fellow commissioners

District 4 Commissioner J.C. Henderson accused District 3 Commissioner Nancy Schulz and District 5 Commissioner Levie Maddox of corruption, and the Newton County Board ...

November 16, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Georgia DNR issues Code Red air quality alert

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Environmental Protection Division issued a Code Red (unhealthy) air quality alert for Atlanta today due to the smoke from ...

November 16, 2016 | Jasmine Floyd | LOCAL


2017 SPLOST list approved

More than $18 million for transportation, just under $4 million for the Emergency-911 Center, just under $2 million for expansion of the Senior Service Center ...

November 16, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Santa’s appearance on Square drawing closer

The Covington Square is decorated and ready for the arrival of Santa during Thursday night's Lighting of the Tree.

November 16, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


BOC summary: Developments of Community Impact zoning approved

After District 1 Commissioner John Douglas requested any language of burial be removed and the acreage increased from four to 10 acres, the Newton County ...

November 16, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Water restrictions imposed

Newton County residents are now under restrictions for water use after the Board of Commissioners (BOC) unanimously approved to raise the county's Drought Response ...

November 16, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


NCSO Capt. Banks speaks to BOC of fallen deputy

The Newton County Board of Commissioner's meeting started off on a somber note Tuesday as Newton County Sheriff's Office Capt. Sammy Banks spoke ...

November 15, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Deputy succumbs to injuries from crash

Update (Nov. 16, 2 p.m.): Funeral arrangements have been made for Newton County Sheriff's Deputy Justin White.

November 15, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


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Pam Dew named 2011 Hometown Hero

Pam Dew can't help but be involved in enriching the lives of people with special needs. After retiring as coordinator of Newton County Special Olympics for the past 23 years, Dew simply decided to start another nonprofit, this time aimed at adults with special needs.

May 02, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Jumping for joy

Despite the hot weather, nearly 500 local special needs children participated in the annual Newton County Special Olympics this week.

On Tuesday, hundreds of special needs children sat under tents out of the harsh sun eating peanut butter sandwiches during lunch.

May 02, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


3 arrested in Lakeview Drive drug bust

At least three people were arrested after a search warrant was served by the Covington/Newton County Special Investigation Unit with the help of the Newton County SWAT team Wednesday morning on Lakeview Drive.

May 02, 2012 | | LOCAL


Alcovy principal addresses lawsuit

With hundreds of comments swirling around the Internet and accusations being thrown from all sides following a lawsuit filed against 11 anonymous bloggers, Alcovy High School Principal LaQuanda Carpenter said she is baffled by the animosity but determined to follow her case through to the bitter end.

May 01, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Conyers man killed Saturday

A Conyers man was killed early Saturday morning after his motorcycle ran off the road on County Line Road.

May 01, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Watterson throws hat in race for Sheriff

Bill Watterson has announced that he intends to run for Sheriff of Newton County once again this term. This comes after resigning from the NCSO after more than two decades in order to pursue the office.

Watterson started his career with the NCSO in 1990 as a jailer in the detention center and has worked in a variety of positions with the force, including supervisor over patrol, CHAMPS, community outreach, civil division, traffic division, school resource officer, drug task force, investigations, traffic division/accident reconstruction, court services and vehicle maintenance.

May 01, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Making a pedigree chart

How did your hunt go this week? Were you able to visit relatives? Have you filled in your family group sheets? It is time now to decide which surname we are going to follow first.

Let's make a pedigree chart or you can print one from Ancestry.com. To make one yourself, get a blank piece of paper. At the bottom, write your name, remember if you are married to write your maiden name. Now draw a line up between your name and across like a T.

May 01, 2012 | Ellen Blakeslee Columnist | LOCAL


Society of St. Vincent de Paul hosts silent auction and wine tasting Friday

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul members hosted their second Silent Auction and Wine Tasting (Fox Vineyards) this past Friday evening. Sherry Odum's selection of hors d'oeurvres complimented the wines along with Wing Zone's zesty wings. The guests were greeted by Peggy Mercer and Nancy East. Inside Moore Hall of St. Augustine Catholic Church, Michael Frederick played music while the guests helped themselves to the Fox Vineyards' wines and the hors d'oeurvres which included great flavors as stuffed dates, blueberry brie puffs, chicken 'n cranberry salad spread, spanakopita, various cheeses and crackers - just to mention ...

May 01, 2012 | Christy Lassiter | LOCAL


Yarbrough: Federal judge sees majesty in the law, not jokes

While May 1st is designated Law Day in the United States, Judge Lisa Godbey Wood, chief judge of the U.S. Southern District of Georgia, says we Americans should remember that every day is a day of law in this country. There would be anarchy without it.

I had the privilege of following Judge Wood on a program in Savannah a couple of weeks ago and I have never heard anyone explain our system of law better or with more passion than she did. When it was my turn to speak, I felt like Tiny Tim and his ukulele following ...

May 01, 2012 | Dick Yarbrough | LOCAL


Illegal dumping of trash and toilets

Newton County officers responded to a call of illegal dumping.

After observing, the officers determined that someone had illegally dumped three commodes, a box that a new commode had come in and two large plastic bags of trash.

May 01, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Attacker says man got bruised face from falling

When Newton County officers responded to a call about an assault, James Norris stated that Timothy Gawenda had attacked him.

According to Norris, Gawenda and his girlfriend had come home and began accusing Norris of stealing items from their bedroom. Norris denied that he stolen anything from Gawenda's bedroom and Gawenda went outside to smoke a cigarette.

May 01, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Two arrested for forgery after gun shot incident at CVS

Covington officers pulled over a vehicle believed to contain individuals connected to a shot that was fired near the CVS on Highway 278. According to dispatch, a male had shot at a car in the CVS parking lot. Shortly after, a male came into the store and yelled out the name Denise.

The officer identified the vehicle's two occupants as Denise Smith and Keldrin Perry. When the officer questioned Smith about the shot, Smith stated that she had just come from CVS, but knew nothing about a shot being fired. She also stated that Perry did yell her name ...

May 01, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Student punched after showing off good grade

A father filed a report with the Newton County Sheriff's Office after his daughter was punched in the face by another student on the school bus.

While showing off a good grade she had made on a test that day, a male student who lives in her subdivision slapped the paper out of her hands and punched her in the face.

May 01, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Man knocks on door, strips naked

When Newton County officers responded to a suspicious call, the officer observed a black male in front of the garage door standing naked.

When the officer exited his vehicle, the man was putting on blue boxers and blue jeans. Holding his Taser as a precaution, the officer placed the man, Michael Keith Valentine, in hand restraints.

May 01, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Special Olympics Parade

Newton County Special Olympians and their supporters gathered Monday morning for a parade to kick off the annual spring games. The games will continue Tues. and Wed. at Sharp Stadium.

April 30, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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