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Newton student wins 2019 State Young Georgia Authors Contest

COVINGTON, Ga. - The Newton County School System is pleased to announce Newton High School freshman, Arriana Gross, won the statewide ninth-grade Young Georgia Authors Contest competition with her entry, “The Seeds.” Gross previously won first place at both the school district and regional level.


Ralph Staffins steps down as Covington-Newton Chamber president

COVINGTON — After five years leading the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce, Ralph Staffins will step down as president on May 31 to become president and chief executive officer of the Brunswick–Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce.


LIVE UPDATES: President Trump speaking at opioid summit in downtown Atlanta

ATLANTA - President Donald Trump is in Atlanta Wednesday to headline a summit on the opioid crisis. The president and first lady Melania Trump are addressing the Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Atlanta.


Murder suspect booked in Newton County

COVINGTON, Ga. - Accused murder, Keondre Bernard Preston, was booked into the Newton County Jail Monday afternoon after his arrest Sunday morning in Cordele. According to his arrest/booking report, the 18-year-old was booked into the Newton County Jail at 1:54 p.m. on charges of aggravated assault,


E. coli outbreak from tainted ground beef expands to Florida, Georgia

ATLANTA - At least 156 people in 10 states have been infected with E. coli after eating tainted ground beef at home and in restaurants, federal officials said. Of the people infected so far, 20 have been hospitalized, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday. No deaths have been r


Men become unlikely friends with elderly widow mourning alone at restaurant

When Jamario Howard and some friends went out to eat at Brad's restaurant in Oxford, Ala., they weren't expecting to come back with an unlikely new friend. As they were waiting for their food, Howard, JaMychol Baker and Tae Knight noticed an elderly woman sitting alone, according to a Facebook post


Georgia prisoner sentenced for running drug operation behind bars

MORGAN, Ga. (FOX 5 Atlanta) - A Georgia inmate is sentenced to an additional 25-years in prison for running a drug trafficking operation from behind bars. Prosecutors say 27-year-old Edwin Murillo from Gwinnett County was communicating with people on the outside to distribute meth.


Rainfall leads to road damage, closures

COVINGTON — Heavy rainfall Friday led to flooding that resulted in road damage and closures in some areas of Newton County. County Manager Lloyd Kerr said portions of three roads will remain closed for an extensive period of time pending repairs. Those roads are Ellington Road and Johnson Road north


I-85 Widening in Gwinnett, Barrow, Jackson will slow drivers

Construction activity for the I-85 Widening project will require lane closures in Gwinnett, Barrow, and Jackson counties this week. Asphalt paving and bridge work on I-85 will result in single-lane closures in both directions between State Route 211 in Barrow and State Route 53 in Jackson between 9


UPDATE: Woman arrested after fight near Atlanta University Center turns deadly

A deadly shooting near the Atlanta University Center Tuesday afternoon started as an argument between two women, authorities said. Atlanta police officers called to the shooting the 900 block of Sells Avenue about 1:15 p.m. found a woman with multiple gunshot wounds, according to police spokesman Ja


Georgia mother convicted in stabbing death of husband, 4 children

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. (FOX 5 Atlanta) - The mother accused in the deadly stabbing of her husband and four of her children in July 2017 was convicted and sentenced Tuesday. Isabel Martinez, 35, was convicted on five counts of murder and one count each of aggravated assault and cruelty to children in t


Cardi B husband Offset hit with felony gun charge in Georgia traffic stop arrest: report

Offset is now reportedly facing a felony gun charge stemming from an arrest last year in Georgia. In July 2018, Offset, whose real name is Kiari Cephus, was arrested after he was pulled over for allegedly making an improper lane change and police discovered the Migos rapper to be in possession of th


Tom Holland’s New Movie Said To Be So Bad That It’s Unreleasable

The trend for big movie adaptations for YA novels seems to be on the wane, as the Peter Jackson-produced Mortal Engines failed to make much of an impression last December. However, Lionsgate must have had big hopes for Chaos Walking, the teen-oriented sci-fi from Edge of Tomorrow’s Doug Liman that c


Reality show 'Wife Swap' looking for Georgia families

Have you ever wondered if the grass is greener in another home? Do you want to see what you can learn from a family that is far different from yours? Do you need to take a break from your spouse and kids?


Why are so many people getting rare cancers in this small Georgia town?

In Waycross, there’s a tale about a boy who got a surprise while playing outside one day. He was behind his home on Brunel Street. This was back in the middle of the 20th century in a working-class neighborhood on the southeast side of the railroad yard. He got ahold of some matches. The boy was nea


NCSS announces guidelines for 2019-2020 Georgia Special Needs Scholarship

COVINGTON, Ga. - Senate Bill 10 as signed into law on May 18, 2007, created the Georgia Special Needs Scholarship Program. The GSNS allows eligible special needs students to transfer to another public school, public school district, state school or authorized participating private school.


Man charged with murder after woman's body found in Conyers home

CONYERS, Ga. — After law enforcement officers first called a 58-year-old woman's death suspicious, they have now charged a man with her murder. According to the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office, Alfred Jermain Arnold been charged with malice murder, arson-1st degree, aggravated assault and theft by


Pregnant Georgia woman killed in car crash was once homeless, lost mother

Shaun Smith only knew Jessica Senior for a little more than a year, and was impressed by her commitment to her faith and to her children. Smith, a bishop at Reunited in Christ Family Worship Center in Powder Springs, said Senior began attending his services with a friend and immediately rolled up he


GBI: Man dies after being found unresponsive in North Georgia

CALHOUN, Ga. — Calhoun Police have called on the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) to help investigate a man's death. According GBI spokesperson Nelly Miles, James Balston was taken to a local hospital after he was found unresponsive, and he later died. He was 47.


Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp highlights his first 100 days in office

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp marked his first 100 days in office on Wednesday by launching a statewide tour to meet with citizens from across the state and highlight his accomplishments from his first weeks as the Peach State's chief executive.