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Convenience Center hang tags to be $75 starting March 1

COVINGTON, Ga. - The 2018-19 vehicle hang tags for the Newton County Convenience Centers will be reduced to $75 March 1. These hang tags will expire on June 30. The hang tags, which are valid annually from July 1 through June 30, were $155 but have been reduced with four months remaining until they


THC Found in Valentine's Day Food That Caused 28 Georgia Students to Be Hospitalized

Investigators have detected THC in food samples taken from Sandtown Middle School in Atlanta, after more than two dozen students were hospitalized on Valentine’s Day because food they ate left them feeling ill.


Covington police cite store employees for underage alcohol sales

COVINGTON, Ga. – The Covington Police Department issued citations to employees of eight businesses last week after they allegedly sold alcohol to underage “customers” during a two-day police operation.


Supreme Court rules against Newton, other counties in 911 fee lawsuit

COVINGTON — The Georgia Supreme Court ruled Monday against counties — including Newton — that are looking to collect millions in 911 fees they say are not being charged to customers.


‘Empire' actor Jussie Smollett turns self in on felony disorderly conduct charge

CHICAGO - Police continue to investigate the reported attack against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett, who told authorities he was assaulted in the predawn hours Jan. 29 by a pair of men who yelled racial and homophobic slurs at him.


Johnson says tax fairness is the fundamental issue facing congress

OXFORD, Ga. – U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson told government, business and education leaders in Newton County Tuesday afternoon that fairness in the tax code is the fundamental policy issue facing Congress today.


JUST IN: New flood watch issued for parts of north Georgia

ATLANTA - If you're ready for an end to this rain -- you're going to have to wait a few more days. Light showers will continue throughout the day and more waves of rain will move through this evening and into tomorrow, with a focus over the north Georgia mountains.


Chainsaws stolen during early morning break-in

COVINGTON, Ga. – Police are looking for whoever threw a cinder block through the entry doors at Tractor Supply early Saturday and made off with two chainsaws. According to a Covington Police Department incident report, police were dispatched to the store on Lochridge Boulevard just before 2 a.m. Feb


Sheriff: Georgia firefighter stole from burning home

COWETA COUNTY, Ga. (FOX 5 Atlanta) - Deputies in Coweta County have arrested a firefighter after they say he went into a burning house to steal from the homeowner. According to the Coweta County deputy's report, fire crews were called to a home on Cannon Road in Sharpsburg, Georgia the night of Jan.


Georgia food stamp recipients will get March benefits in two parts

The 1.6 million Georgia residents who receive food stamps will get their benefits in two parts next month. Georgia’s Division of Family and Children Services announced the change to the normal timing of food stamp distribution as a way to make sure recipients won’t have to wait too long between gett


Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard Learns Sex of Upcoming Baby in 'Ellen Show' Surprise

Florida Georgia Line member Tyler Hubbard and his wife, Hayley, recently announced that they are expecting their second child, and on Thursday, Ellen DeGeneres helped the couple find out whether they'll be welcoming a boy or a girl.


UPDATE: Body found in Henry County lake identified as missing grandfather

A body pulled from a Henry County lake Monday was identified as a missing grandfather with early-onset dementia who walked away from his home nearly two weeks ago. Timothy Russell Osborne, 58, was reported missing Feb. 6 after he slipped out of his Peeksville Road home in Locust Grove while his wife


School bus safety law goes into effect in Georgia

A new law regarding school bus safety in Georgia went into effect recently, after Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed Senate Bill 25. Reversing a law change made last year, the new law requires drivers to stop for a school bus when no physical barrier, including a dirt median, a concrete median or some o


Search is on for $3.2 million lottery winner in Henry County

An unsuspecting grocery shopper in metro Atlanta is $3.2 million richer after nailing all six numbers in Monday night’s Jumbo Bucks Lotto drawing. The lucky ticket was sold at the Locust Grove Publix on Ga. 155 in Henry County, the Georgia Lottery Corporation announced Wednesday.


Class action lawsuit filed against Georgia Power

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Georgia Power customers are filing a class action lawsuit against Georgia’s largest utility company. The company has approximately 2.5 million customers across the state. This case, first filed in 2011, claims Georgia Power overcharged customers for more than a decade. The suit


Henry County’s Most Wanted

McDONOUGH — The Henry County Sheriff’s Office is looking for fugitives on their Ten Most Wanted List. William Thomas Armstrong, 39, is wanted on felony aggravated stalking related to a Jan. 10, 2018 incident in McDonough, as well as misdemeanor failure to appear for a fingerprintable charge.


Butts County Courthouse gets 'makeunder' for film production

The spotlight is about to shine on the Butts County Courthouse. While passersby might think the county is clearing out in preparation for upcoming renovations to the 1898 building, the courthouse is actually being prepped for a spot in a film production, according to county officials.


Georgia woman, 79, reportedly shoots at suspected home intruder: 'I got something for you'

A 79-year-old homeowner in Georgia reportedly fired off two shots during an attempted home invasion earlier this month. The actions taken by the unidentified woman to ward off the intruder before responders could arrive at her residence on Feb. 12 were captured on her 911 call, ABC News reported Wed


Distracted Georgia Teen Driver Faces 9 Charges After Fatally Hitting 2 Women and a Newborn

A Georgia teen accused of fatally hitting three people, including an infant, as they crossed a street, will go to trial after a judge ruled against several defense motions. Zoe Reardon, 18, has been charged with nine misdemeanors, including second-degree vehicular homicide and distracted driving, fo


Atlanta man jailed after allegedly exposing himself last Saturday

COVINGTON, Ga. - Covington police arrested a 24-year-old Atlanta man last Saturday after he allegedly exposed himself to a woman walking her dog. According to a Covington Police Department incident report, officers were dispatched to Conyers Street shortly before 6:30 p.m. Feb. 16 on a report of ind