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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


NCSO thanks citizens for support

In wake of the recent tragedies of the past week, the Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) has received an outpouring of support from local ...

July 12, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


A sit down with the Sheriff

This week, alone, two murders occurred in Newton County, and another person was killed in the city of Covington. Since April there has been two ...

July 10, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | LOCAL


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Intoxicated man allegedly kidnapped

Officers were dispatched last Friday in reference to a possible kidnapping.

July 12, 2012 | Meghan de St. Aubin | LOCAL


Covington native brings fun to libraries

The Porterdale Memorial Library hosted a fun event for children and adults alike on Tuesday. Covington native Andy Irwin told stories from his childhood and performed comedic songs for his audience.

July 12, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Brawley: iCloud

The cloud. It's a term that's been floating around (forgive the pun) in the technology arena for a few years now, but it's being talked about more and more now. So, what exactly is "the cloud" and "cloud computing?"

Chances are, if you use a computer and the Internet, you've had some interaction with cloud computing without even realizing it. Let me tell why the cloud is pretty awesome.

July 12, 2012 | William Brawley | LOCAL


Painting through summer

This summer, young artist have the opportunity to learn fine art skills that could last them a lifetime. Southern Heartland Art Gallery is offering its last summer art camp on July 16-19 for participants ages 6 through 12.

Ann Wildmon, Camp Director and one of the 18 artists working at the gallery, said these promising young artists will learn different fine art techniques. Campers will not be occupied with simple crafts involving macaroni and glue.

July 12, 2012 | Meghan de St. Aubin | LOCAL


Democratic candidates speak at forum

Job growth and recovering from a troubled economy echoed as some of the needs for Newton County from candidates discussing their platforms at a two-hour political forum held Tuesday night.

July 12, 2012 | Danielle Everson Special to The News | LOCAL


Baseball movie filming in Social Circle

Old-time baseball is coming to Social Circle Friday, as Legendary Entertainment is filming the final two scenes of the upcoming Jackie Robinson-inspired movie "42."

Crews will be filming at a private home and in downtown Social Circle at the corner of Cherokee Road and East Hightower Trail, according to a production letter to area residents and merchants.

July 12, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


End of era for pharmacies

In their hey-day, independently-owned pharmacies filled Covington, offering their customers personalized service, home delivery, charge accounts and a community gathering spot.

July 12, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Chemical spill at Nisshinbo

Fire officials have been called to Nisshinbo North America off Ga. Highway 142, after several hundred gallons of hydrogen peroxide spilled out of a container that was being loaded onto a truck.

July 12, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Crime Briefs - July 11

An unidentified person allegedly spray painted the sidewalk in front of the Newton County Library on Friday.

July 10, 2012 | Meghan de St. Aubin | LOCAL


The News kicks off election poll series

The Covington News is dedicating its online poll to the primary election for the next month as it tries to gauge how voters are feeling with early voting starting Monday and the election taking place July 31.

July 07, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Salem Campmeeting calendar

Daily July 12 through July 13

July 07, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Murder suspects could face execution

District Attorney Layla Zon will seek the death penalty against Brawny Jarvis McCollough and Jonathan Michael Henderson, the two men charged in the February shooting death of a woman and her wheelchair-bound nephew.

July 07, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Domestic violence shelter damaged

For the first time in its history Project ReNeWal, the domestic violence shelter for women and children, has been closed due to extensive water damage that not only destroyed much of the building, but all of the contents inside as well.

July 07, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Local boy's poster moves to nationals

Many people often say home is where the heart is, but to eight-year-old Flint Hill elementary student Keyon Davis, home means much more.

July 07, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


A ‘River of Words’

The Newton County Library System will host the "River of Words" display, a free international poetry and art contest on the theme of watersheds, from July 2-14.

July 07, 2012 | Meghan de St. Aubin | LOCAL


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