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Road closures due to flooding

After the National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for Newton County due to heavy rain, several roads were closed throughout Newton County.

December 31, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Sexual assault, robbery investigated

The Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) is investigating a robbery that occurred in a home off Cooper road on Dec. 20.

December 30, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Trash piles up outside recycling center

Newton County Sheriff's Deputies were on site at the McGiboney Road Convenience Center Monday morning after residents dumped their trash outside the gates and ...

December 30, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Flash Flood warning for Covington

A flood watch is in effect for Newton and surrounding counties through Friday evening and a flash flood warning is in effect until 6:45 ...

December 30, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Remains may be those of one of FBI's most wanted

The skeletal remains found on City Pond Road near Bob Williams Parkway may be David Lee Sheffield, a man from Atkin, South Carolina, wanted by ...

December 30, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Most county roads reopened after flooding caused closings

Driving by the Yellow and Alcovy rivers in Newton County is a visible example of the record rainfall that's fallen in the Southeast in ...

December 30, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Skeletal remains found off City Pond Road

As clouds darkened the sky, threatening rain, Covington City police officers and firefighters joined officers from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) in a search ...

December 28, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Young mother fighting cancer finds love, support from family and friends

A 19-year-old engaged girl should be thinking about weddings, future husbands and bachelorette parties.

December 27, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Two finalists for county manager named

Newton County officials announced that Adam C. Mestres, the current County Administrator for Jefferson County, and Ronnie Cowan, Director of Human Resources for the City ...

December 27, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Important steps taken in 2015, promising future ahead

For Newton County, 2015 felt more like the set-up to the movie everyone is really waiting to see.

December 27, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


For Forehand It’s hard to say good-bye

Leaving is often bittersweet. Torn between the excitement of a challenging new position and the sadness at leaving those who have become family, the final ...

December 27, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Newton County Chairman Keith Ellis will not seek a second term

Newton County Chairman Keith Ellis will not seek a second term.

December 26, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Ellis and Ewing resign from JDA

Citing their protest to the sale of land to a residential developer at "below market" value, Keith Ellis, Chair of the Newton County Board of ...

December 23, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Owens resigns as Interim County Manager

Just as Newton County's Director of Human Resources sent notices to the media on Tuesday, Dec. 22 that the Board of Commissioners (BOC) may ...

December 23, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Rockdale Sheriff's Office files robbery charges against woman

Charges were filed against a 31-year-old female, suspected of being involved with Tuesday's attempted robbery of Lowe's Home Improvement Center in Conyers and ...

December 23, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


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Steel from World Trade Center given to Covington Fire Department

Stoney Bowles has been through a lot in his 31 years as a firefighter. He has been involved in his share of saves, had great comradery with his peers and, since taking over as chief in Covington, has led a group of men and women who share his values.

November 08, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


New crosswalk signs make Floyd Street safer for pedestrians

There are new additions on Floyd Street after months of requests from community members.

November 08, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Commissioners call for a scope of work for legal services

Despite the continued protest from Commissioner Nancy Schulz, District 3, the Board of Commissioners approved the September check register, 3-1. Commissioner John Douglas, District 1, who was not present due to illness, told Commissioner Levie Maddox, District 5, that he would join Schulz in voting against approval.

November 08, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Porterdale veterans work to restore park in honor of those who serve

Originally, there were six of them, gathered at the gazebo in Porterdale's Veteran's Memorial Park a couple of years ago.

November 07, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Operation Watchful Eye keeps tabs on sex offenders

During the week of Oct. 26-31 221 registered sex offenders were arrested across Georgia thanks to the state's sheriffs and Operation Watchful Eye.

November 07, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Chicken Tracks Arts Festival

The Chicken Tracks Art Ranch and Chuck Hanes and Elizabeth Collins of Beauty and Beast Art are hosting a new outdoor arts festival the weekend before Thanksgiving.

November 07, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Gangsters come to Porterdale’s Speakeasy Dinner Club

Mobster Duke is in a major conflict about his woman and his money, and he is headed to Porterdale to settle the score. You can decide who you think did it as audience members in the hottest dinner club show in town.

November 07, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Single car accident leaves 2 dead on Halloween

Melody Story and a William Bowman died after a single car accident on Oct. 31.

November 07, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Candlelight Christmas Tour Dec. 3

The Satsuki Garden Club hosts its Candlelight Christmas Tour, featuring eight properties circa 1840-1950 Thursday, Dec. 3 from 3-7 p.m.

November 06, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


New film ordinance brings everyone to table

At times the Newton County Sheriff's Office and Newton County Fire Services have not been alerted to filming happening in the county.

November 05, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


NCSO Toy Ride approaching

The 17th Annual Newton County Toy Ride benefiting local children for Christmas and presented by the Newton County Sheriff's Office is approaching.

November 05, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Human remains found off Highway 81 and State Route 162

Human remains were discovered by a utility worker about 50 yards off of Highway 81 just south of Porterdale. The Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) was at the scene by midmorning Thursday.

November 05, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO seeking help in Publix theft

The Newton County Sheriff's Office is seeking assistance from the public in identifying two females who may have information about a theft that occurred at the Publix on Brown Bridge Road on Aug. 8.

November 05, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Blanket contacting heater causes Wheat St fire

The Covington Fire Department responded to a residential fire at 5131 Wheat Street Wednesday evening.

November 04, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Bear Creek makes Dirty Dozen list

The Bear Creek Reservoir water supply project made a statewide list Wednesday, marking it as one of 12 entities the Georgia Water Coalition considers the worst offenders of the state's water ways.

November 04, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


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