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Photos from Snapping Shoals EMC Annual Roundup

The Snapping Shoals EMC Annual Roundup was held at the International Horse Park on July 21, 2016. Despite the heat, this annual event was well ...

July 21, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


The Enclave’s HOA: Peace, No Violence

Two men were killed earlier this month inside the gated Orchard Cove apartment complex. Because the apartments sit inside the entrance of The Enclave subdivisions ...

July 20, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Former Oxford student sentenced to five years on probation

Emily Sakamoto, 21, was sentenced to five years on probation with the first two years on house arrest by Judge Samuel Ozburn, according to Assistant ...

July 18, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Update: NCSO identifies victim of weekend truck fatality

The victim in the truck accident on the Access Road at the Yellow River Sunday evening has been identified as Valentine Gayle, 48, of Lithonia ...

July 17, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


By the Numbers: A deeper look at crime in Newton County

In less than two months, there have been five murders in Newton County.

July 17, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | LOCAL


Traffic light may be installed at dangerous intersection

There may be a traffic light coming to the intersection of Highway 212 and Bethany/Butler Bridge Road in the near future.

July 16, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Blood donors needed

The truth is blood cannot be manufactured.

July 16, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Five-year-old sells Lemonade to donate to Pregnancy Resource Center

At just five years old, Sadie Ozburn wanted to help. She also wanted to have a little fun, and combined both on Monday, July 4.

July 16, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Community center seeks afterschool instructors

The Washington Street Community Center is looking for instructors to teach afterschool homework instruction beginning Aug. 15.

July 16, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


NAN hands out school supplies

The National Action Network (NAN) gave out dozens of backpacks filled with school supplies Thursday evening. Cathlete Perry, NAN Youth Director, oversaw the backpack drive ...

July 16, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Community comes together to support giveaway

A box of crayons. A package of number two pencils. Blank notebook paper. A new backpack.

July 16, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


County settles storm water issue for $150,000

Newton County settled a lawsuit with owners of 54.5 acres on Gum Creek road for damages due to the county's storm water infrastructure ...

July 13, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Smith pleads guilty in Walmart murder

Brandon Shawn Smith entered a guilty plea in front of Judge W. Kendall Wynne, Jr. on Wednesday in the Newton County Judicial Court.

July 13, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | LOCAL


BOC comes to a consensus on closing convenience centers in January

The Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) came to a consensus on balancing the 2017 fiscal year budget Thursday night.

July 12, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Pokemon Go invades Covington

Locals are familiar with creatures calling Newton County home. We do, after all, play hosts to Vampires and Zombies. But this week new creatures moved ...

July 12, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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Phone scam targets disabled

Newton County resident Wanita Dodd had been waiting to hear about her disability settlement when she received a phone call from a man who appeared to want to help her.

The man, who said he was from U.S. Department of Health Services, convinced her that she qualified for a $7,000 grant. What made the call more alarming to Dodd was that the caller already knew her personal information.

July 28, 2012 | Rachel Goff | LOCAL


4-H’ers shine at State 4-H Congress

We ended the last 4-H year this week with the project competition of 250 of the top 4-H'ers in the state, including four from Newton County.

While each of the 4-H'ers was nervously focused on the announcement of winners at State 4-H Congress, I have to admit, I wasn't nervous at all.

July 28, 2012 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


Dorward: If these walls could talk

For many years, I had a recurring dream about a house. The dream would always begin with me walking through the woods, trying to find my way home. Branches veiled the moonlight, and as I came to a clearing, there it was, looming large and safe. I knew every closet, every corner, every keyhole. Then, years ago, the dreams tapered away and the image became faded and forgotten, tucked away like an old photo album.

I was house hunting on the Internet the first time I saw Orna Villa, the historic Greek Revival home built in 1820 by Dr. Alexander ...

July 28, 2012 | Lisa Dorward | LOCAL


Fan drive to help seniors

Local public safety organizations are partnering together to keep senior citizens cooler this summer, hosting a fan drive from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Aug. 1-3 at the community room of the Covington Fire Department's headquarters, 2101 Pace Street, Covington.

July 26, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Part of Mill Street to close

The section of Mill Street between Newton Drive and Phedora Street will be closed to all through traffic from Monday through Aug. 30 for $148,000 worth of repairs designed to prevent flooding of the road.

July 26, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newton girl to compete in national pageant

Eight-year-old Kaitlyn Cole, of Newton County is a third grader at Oak Hill Elementary and she recently competed in the East Coast Beauty Pageant held in Raleigh, N.C. where she won the grand prize.

Kaitlyn will now represent North Carolina at Nationals against contestants representing every other state in Orlando, Fla. over Thanksgiving.

July 26, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Friday last day to vote early

Today is the last day for early voting before Tuesday's Primary Election, and more than 3,700 voters have already cast their ballots.

July 26, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Man found bleeding in Porterdale

Porterdale police found a wounded man laying in the street on Monday. Police said an unidentified white male who had a gunshot or knife wound to the arm was on the ground near Main Street and City Hall. Officers searched the victim for other wounds and called EMS to the scene. Deputies from the Newton County Sheriff's Office were called to the scene. A deputy followed a trail of blood from the victim, which led to the direction of Willow Street. The victim was taken to Grady Hospital in Atlanta.

July 26, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Restaurant Health Scores - July 27

American Deli, 3154 Highway 278, Covington, June 14, Score: 84.

July 26, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Beauty, poise, personality

Anticipation will fill the auditorium of Eastside High School on Aug. 11 at 10 a.m. for the third annual Mister and Miss Covington Pageant. This year's theme is "Back to School."

July 26, 2012 | Elizabeth Park | LOCAL


Jeffares to focus on job creation

For two years, Rick Jeffares has served as a state senator for Newton County and parts of Henry, Rockdale, Spaulding and Walton counties.

July 26, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Chief of the Year

After 15 years as chief of police, Covington's Stacey Cotton was been named Outstanding Chief of the Year from the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police Tuesday.

According to Cotton, he was not expecting the award and was taken completely off guard.

July 26, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Covington man charged in rape

A Covington man is being held without bond after being charged with rape July 19.

Richard Timothy Dillon, 43, was arrested following an investigation into accusations made on June 28.

July 26, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Challengers lose SSEMC board bid

All three challengers who petitioned to get their names on the ballot for the Snapping Shoals EMC Board of Directors lost their bids in a landslide but brought higher than average turnout.

July 26, 2012 | | LOCAL


Social Circle woman celebrates 112 birthday

The memories and tales were told with laughter and smiles as I listened to Mattie's friends and family as they shared the stories of years past. This July marks the 112th year Mattie Crutchfield Bates has been blessed to make her life's memories.

Mattie was born July 28, 1900, just three years after the world's current oldest living person Besse Cooper.

July 24, 2012 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


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