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Watch: Landfill issues take center stage

The Newton County landfill has been a hot topic in the county and with the board of commissioners.

January 12, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Baxalta enters in $32B deal with Shire

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Irish drugmaker Shire PLC's second attempt to buy Baxalta looks more likely to succeed, with Baxalta's board backing the ...

January 12, 2016 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Oxford College graduate to speak at MLK Celebration

The Keynote speaker at this year's King Celebration, to be held Jan. 17 at the Newton County High School Auditorium, 1 Ram Way, Covington ...

January 10, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Belton: Regarding Ga. education: Time to bridge the gap

Teachers in Georgia should be proud that our high school graduation rate is at an all-time high of 79 percent (Newton was even better at ...

January 10, 2016 | | LOCAL


What’s behind the BOC’s vote of no confidence

After four of the five commissioners serving Newton County cast votes of no confidence against the leadership of Chair Keith Ellis, statements and interviews have ...

January 10, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


A decision on form of government

After years of discussions and shifting responsibilities, the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) voted 4-1 to approve enabling legislation, officially changing the county's ...

January 10, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Search for county manager put on hold

At Thursday night's special called meeting of the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC), District 3 Commission Nancy Schulz made a motion that put ...

January 10, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Denny Dobbs named to Joint Development Authority

Former State Representative Denny Dobbs has been appointed to serve as Newton County's citizen representative on the Joint Development Authority of Jasper, Morgan, Newton ...

January 09, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Sheriff’s Toy Ride helps 1,000 get toys

Thanks to more than 250 motorcycle riders and donors and the Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) more than 1,000 children received gifts from ...

January 09, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Addison leads the way during annual prayer breakfast

The Georgia legislative session begins Monday, meaning the laws that will shape the future of the state will be made by the men and women ...

January 09, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Festival of Trees raises more than $14,000 for Chimney Park

Thanks to the Festival of Trees, a big check was presented to the Friends of Newton County Parks for improvements to Chimney Park Thursday.

January 09, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Former Fire Chief Kevin O'Brien indicted

Former Newton County Fire Chief Kevin O'Brien was booked into the Newton County Detention Center Friday after a Grand Jury handed down an indictment ...

January 09, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


New form of government voted on by BOC

One surprise followed another at Thursday evening's Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) work session and follow-up special called meeting.

The BOC voted for ...

January 08, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


BOC meeting shadowed by conflict

Emotions ran high, framing the year's first meeting of the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) on Tuesday night.

January 07, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Annual Prayer Breakfast to be held Friday

The 2016 Georgia legislative session is set to begin Jan. 11 with a full slate of decisions to be made by state senators and representatives.

January 07, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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Smith found guilty of '09 murder

Ricky Lewis Smith, 46, of Covington was found guilty of the shooting death of a woman last Wednesday by a Newton County jury.

He was found guilty of malice murder, felony murder, two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of possession of firearms during the commission of a felony and possession of firearm by convicted felon.

March 29, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


NMC to celebrate National Doctor’s Day

The Newton Medical Center will celebrate National Doctors' Day Friday by providing lunch for its doctors.

March 29, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Porterdale seeks $266K community grant

Substandard housing is the target of a $266,623 grant the city is seeking as part of an overall effort to upgrade neglected areas.

March 29, 2012 | | LOCAL


Jail ministry offers chance for a better life

Being enclosed in a room filled with inmates is something most people might find unsettling, but it's something Ken Horstmann and Robert Washington have done every week for the past three years.

March 29, 2012 | Rachel Goff | LOCAL


Man arrested for 2011 vehicular homicide

Charges have been filed in the 2011 crash that injured several and killed one Newton County woman, 78-year-old Sarah Belcher.

Ricky Todd Guice, 39, is charged with vehicular homicide, DUI and improper lane usage in the August crash. According to Georgia State Patrol spokesman Gordy Wright, around 5 p.m. on Ga. Highway 162, Guice, who was driving a 2005 Ford pickup, crossed the centerline in a curve and struck a 1998 Prizm in the side, then struck a Dodge Neon in the front bumper. Belcher, the driver of the Neon, was airlifted to Atlanta Medical Center where she later ...

March 29, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Drunk woman insists on going to jail

A woman called Newton County police on herself insisting that she had violated her probation by drinking alcohol.

When the responding deputy radioed her identification through dispatch, it showed that the woman was not on active probation. When the deputy informed her that she was not on probation, the woman became agitated and proclaimed even louder that she was indeed on probation and insisted that she needed to be taken to jail.

March 29, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man exposes himself to taxi driver

A Newton County man was taken into custody last Saturday after he peed on a taxicab and exposed himself to the taxi driver.

According to the taxi driver, the man got into the cab and complained that he had to urinate. The taxi driver instructed him to go back in the bar to relieve himself. However, the man exited the cab and proceeded to pee on the back, driver-side tire and quarter panel of the car.

March 29, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


State tax reform bill to affect locals

Many Newton County residents will be affected by changes coming to Georgia's tax code, after the Georgia General Assembly overwhelmingly passed its tax reform bill last week.

March 28, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Fight at dinner table leads to arrest

A fight at the dinner table led to one man's arrest Saturday night.

March 28, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Annual Salem Camp meeting is July 6-13

The annual Salem Camp Meeting is coming in July and will feature two international preachers.

March 28, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Trial begins in Smith case

The trial of Ricky Lewis Smith, the 46-year-old charged with shooting Tajuana Lashawn Stroud in 2009, began Tuesday, in the courtroom of Newton County Chief Superior Court Judge John Ott.

March 28, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Man allegedly punches child in face, takes his sons for ice cream

A Newton County woman called police after her 10-year-old cousin was allegedly punched in the face by the father of two neighborhood boys.

March 28, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Child calls police on negligent mother

A juvenile called the police on her mother and her mother's boyfriend for smoking marijuana and child neglect last Sunday.

March 28, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Water pipe breaks in judicial center

A pipe broke Sunday at the Newton County Judicial Center, damaging portions of the first floor, including the juvenile, magistrate and probate courtrooms and offices.

March 28, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Dancing the night away

This year, Eastside High School's junior/senior prom was held at The State Botanical Gardens in Athens. A section of the garden was blocked off for the students who attended the prom. For mostly everyone, it was a night to remember.

March 28, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


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