Today's Top Stories

The Decatur Volunteer Fire Department may soon have its pumper truck back in action after the Board of Aldermen voted Monday to cover the cost of repairs on the county owned truck.
Newton County residents kicked off the Christmas season last week with a series of parades and holiday events spread throughout the county.
The Newton Lady Tigers took a huge step last week with a comeback for the ages.
The Union Lady Yellowjackets won three straight games to claim the Sebastopol Tournament title last week.

Sexual battery charges dismissed against ECCC student


An ECCC student has been cleared of sexual battery charges that resulted from a Halloween night incident on campus.

Ladetres Kirkland, 19, of Philadelphia, was arrested Nov. 6 by ECCC Police and originally charged with rape, which was reclassified as sexual battery. The case was dismissed Thursday during a preliminary hearing.