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Leadership uncertainty dogs Nelson Heights

Last Tuesday, the Newton County Board of Commissioners voted to remove Commissioner J.C. Henderson as chairman of the Nelson Heights Center, a facility dedicated to helping children after school. The matter seemed open and closed - he was the chairman, then he wasn't.

September 04, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


NCSO Sgt. wins Instructor of Year award

Newton County Sheriff's Office Sergeant Randy Downs received the Dale Moorefield award for Firearms Instructor of the Year at the 2014 Georgia Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (GALEFI) conference on Aug. 26.

September 03, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Ellis’ responsibilities changed by BOC

Newton County Board of Commissioners Chairman Keith Ellis lost at least some of his power Tuesday night, as the board voted to strip him of his control of the county's vehicle fleet and engineering department.

September 02, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Henderson stripped of financial powers

The Newton County Board of Commissioners simply crushed Commissioner J.C. Henderson Tuesday night, stripping him of all financial powers and forcing him off the boards of the Nelson Heights Community Center and the Recreation Commission.

September 02, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


NCSS announces Scholars of the Week

Newton County School System plans to highlight exceptional students with a new weekly spotlight. Two high school seniors will be recognized each week as NCSS Scholars of the Week starting in October and will be chosen to recognize and promote "exemplary academic performance and outstanding contributions to their school and community."

September 02, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


DOE offers free digital textbooks

As the 2014-2015 academic year begins, teachers, school leaders, parents and students should be aware they can access free, interactive digital textbooks through the Georgia Department of Education's website.

September 02, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO dep. restores heartbeat to boy

A Newton County Sheriff's Office deputy may have saved the life of a minor who was not breathing after drowning.

September 02, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Man subdued by Taser

After a call concerning an intoxicated male riding his bicycle into a trash can, police officers had to subdue the suspect by deploying a Taser.

September 02, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Legality of Henderson’s check questionable

There's a clause in the Georgia constitution that says governments can't give money without receiving a "benefit" in exchange. It's reiterated in numerous handbooks for local governments.

September 02, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Family to move to CO for med. marijuana

It may be their last resort, but the Hopkins family is making a big move with full hopes they will find sanctum for one of their daughters in Colorado's medical marijuana. Still, they'll be packing their family minus one.

September 02, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


New pavers to honor longtime businesses

Covington City Councilwoman Janet Goodman wants to honor the handful of families who have maintained their businesses on the Square for 50-plus years.

September 02, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Weather, granite delay Square’s reopening

Don't get blue, the jazz concert set for Thursday on the Covington Square will still happen – just not on the Square.

September 02, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Video purports to show beheading of US journalist

BEIRUT (AP) - An Internet video posted online Tuesday purported to show the beheading by the Islamic State group of U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff, who went missing in Syria last year.

September 02, 2014 | ZEINA KARAM, Associated Press | LOCAL


Hit-and-run driver strikes child in stroller

A Conyers driver who struck a Covington woman and a 2-year-old and then tried to flee the scene was arrested and charged with driving under the influence.

September 02, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Home on the Range (video)

A visit to Cottonwood Farm.

September 02, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


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GOP's Chambliss wins Senate runoff

ATLANTA - Georgia Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss handed the GOP a firewall against Democrats eager to flex their newfound political muscle in Washington, winning a bruising runoff battle Tuesday night that had captured the national limelight.

Chambliss' victory thwarted Democrats' hopes of winning a 60 seat filibuster-proof majority in the Senate. It came after a bitter month long runoff against Democrat Jim Martin that drew political luminaries from both parties to the state and flooded the airwaves with fresh attack ads weeks after campaigns elsewhere had ended.

December 13, 2008 | by Shannon McCaffrey The Associated Press | LOCAL


85 percent of Georgia precincts reporting in Chambliss/Martin runoff

Chambliss: 59.0 percent

December 13, 2008 | Staff Report | LOCAL


It's official: U.S. in a recession

WASHINGTON - The U.S. economy has been in a recession since December 2007, the National Bureau of Economic Research said Monday.

The NBER - a private, nonprofit research organization - said its group of academic economists who determine business cycles met and decided that the U.S. recession began last December.

December 12, 2008 | Martin Crutsinger AP Economics Writer | LOCAL


Eastside head coach charged with theft

Eastside High School head football coach and biology teacher (Joseph) Rick Hurst turned himself in to DeKalb County authorities Nov. 25 on felony charges of theft by taking in apparent mortgage fraud, according to information available on DeKalb County's Online Judicial System.

December 12, 2008 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Residents win GCGMA awards

 Three Newton County residents were recently recognized by the Georgia Country and Gospel Music Association, collecting top awards in the country, bluegrass and gospel music categories.

December 10, 2008 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Commuters share alternatives to individual driving

 Even though gas prices have dropped dramatically in recent weeks to three-year lows, analysts say the prices may have bottomed out and predict the price will rise again in the future. Many drivers are likewise wary of reveling at the pumps, not believing the low prices will last.

December 10, 2008 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Friends remember Whelchel

Aubrey Sego Whelchel, 85, who died in a house fire on Saturday morning, is being remembered by many of his peers as a consummate athlete and fixture in Newton County his entire life.

December 09, 2008 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Cheez-Whiz and beer - the Thanksgiving of champions

Officers from the Covington Police Department were called to Food Depot Saturday evening after a man ran off with almost $50 worth of merchandise.

December 09, 2008 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Starved for love

Along with rising foreclosures in Newton County, another trend has started to rear its ugly head. Those forced out of their homes sometimes leave animals behind, while people who cannot afford to feed their animals leave them to starve rather than give them away.

December 09, 2008 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


BOC debates purchasing foreclosed properties

After some initial enthusiasm toward the possibility of acquiring foreclosed homes and redeveloping them, the Newton County Board of Commissioners is now engaged in an ideological skirmish over whether local government should be involved.

December 09, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Citizens warned to be careful letting strangers in homes

Most families have their own holiday traditions for this time of year and it is doubtful that any of those include having their homes invaded or their belongings stolen. With an increase in crimes against property this time of year, citizens are urged to be vigilant and to watch out for scams, including a new one going on in surrounding counties.

December 09, 2008 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


FBI agents ordered to India to investigate attacks

WASHINGTON - The U.S. government ordered FBI agents Friday to fly to India to assist in the investigation of the bloody Mumbai attacks that killed two American travelers and a former New York couple. U.S. citizens still in the city were warned their lives remain at risk.

December 09, 2008 | By Foster Klug and Lara Jakes Jordan Associated Press Writers | LOCAL


An "Ole' Tyme" Newborn Christmas

After the Thanksgiving goodies are gobbled down and the shopping is done, come relax and celebrate Christmas with Newborn's second annual Ole' Tyme Christmas Tree Lighting on Saturday, Nov. 29, from 3 pm. To 6 p.m at the Old School House and Town Hall on Ga. Highway 142 in Newborn.

December 06, 2008 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Accident caused by heart attack

 A 77-year-old man, Robert Burgess, was killed Friday in a single car accident on Dixie Road according to the Georgia State Patrol.

December 06, 2008 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


T-shirt sales to help Food Pantry

After hearing that the Community Food Pantry had to briefly close its doors earlier this month when it ran out of food several Eastside High students decided something had to be done.

December 06, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


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