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Jackson prison warden shares stories

Three Newton County criminals are on death row, and if they're ever put to death, the lethal injections will take place at Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson.

March 29, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Unemployment rate drops

Newton County's unemployment rate dropped to 8 percent in February, down from 8.3 percent in January, but the number of employed workers also fell as the overall number of people looking for work dropped.

March 27, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Fire causes minor damage at NyloBoard

A small flash fire caused minor injuries to two employees, damaged a piece of equipment and shut down part of local industry NyloBoard's manufacturing plant Thursday morning, but overall fire and company officials said the damage was minimal.

March 27, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Deputy Mathis gets 5 years in prison

Former Newton County Sheriff's Office deputy Darrell Mathis was sentenced to five years in federal prison stemming for possessing a firearm during a drug transaction, stemming from his Sept. 19 arrest by the FBI for selling drugs.

March 27, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Unemployment rate drops; fewer looking for work

Newton County's unemployment rate dropped to 8 percent in February, down from 8.3 percent in January, but the number of employed workers also fell as the overall number of people looking for work dropped.

March 27, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Former deputy gets 5 years in prison

Former Newton County Sheriff's Office deputy Darrell Mathis was sentenced to five years in federal prison stemming for possessing a firearm during a drug transaction, stemming from his Sept. 19 arrest by the FBI for selling drugs.

March 27, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


NCSS recommended to reaccreditated

The Newton County School System is on its way to being reaccredited for another five years.

March 26, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | Education


Groundbreakings and bridge replacements

Work is starting on the $14 million Georgia BioScience Training Center in Stanton Springs Industrial Park, a perk that accompanied Baxter International's $1 billion manufacturing campus on the Newton/Walton county line.

March 25, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Washington Street center gets extra $8,000

The Washington Street Community Center is getting an additional $8,000 this year to help pay for programming.

March 22, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


International leaders tour Covington

Newton County leaders showed off Covington to a group of diplomats from 26 countries, praising the county's filming and economic development successes and hoping to make future connections with more international companies.

March 22, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Construction begins on library roof

Construction is finally starting next week on the Covington Branch Library's leaky roof and could last for two months.

March 22, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Thomas' Buffet begs for 2nd chance

Some of Thomas' Country Buffet servers have been working at the repurposed train depot for several years and they think of their customers as family, but the business is on the verge of closing down in the aftermath of a failed health inspection.

March 20, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


More than $2,700 raised

Newton County firefighters came together as a family last Saturday, spending a day fishing to raise money for the son of their fallen brother.

March 20, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Future of Salem Rd businesses

Despite impassioned pleas by a prospective business owner, the Newton County Board of Commissioners refused to grant an exemption to the strict Salem Overlay zoning standards the board placed on the Salem Road corridor and surrounding area in early 2013.

March 20, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newton inmate dies after suicide attempt

An 18-year-old Porterdale man died Thursday after allegedly attempting suicide while he was being held in the Newton County Detention Center.

March 20, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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S.C. earthquake rattles Newton residents

Earthquakes are so rare in Georgia, many Newton County residents didn't realize they felt the effects of one Friday evening, instead attributing the brief shaking of their homes to strong winds, tornadoes, trains, a sonic boom and even a car crashing into a garage.

February 15, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


City's Black History event to be Feb. 22

Janet Goodman notices a lot of young people don't realize society is the way it is today because of the sacrifices of past generations. She's planning to educate them.

February 13, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Will Twelve Oaks be allowed to host weddings?

The Twelve Oaks Bed and Breakfast has been hosting weddings for more than a year, but events aren't actually allowed under its current zoning permit and its fate as a wedding destination rests in the hands of the Covington City Council.

February 13, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Landscaping lawsuit officially filed against county

Newton County's former landscape contractor Billy Durden officially filed a lawsuit against the county Feb. 7 claiming the county illegally terminated his contract, but the two sides are expected to discuss the case next week.

February 13, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Tonight's public retail meeting canceled

Tonight's public informational meeting about the county's latest retail study has been canceled because of weather and will be rescheduled.

February 13, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Will 12 Oaks be allowed to host weddings?

The Twelve Oaks Bed and Breakfast has been hosting weddings for more than a year, but events aren't actually allowed under its current zoning permit and its fate as a wedding destination rests in the hands of the Covington City Council.

February 12, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


Newborn gets new mayor

Newborn won't have a special election to fill its vacant mayor's seat as Gregg Ellwanger was the lone person to qualify for the seat.

February 10, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


New municipal court judge sought

The city of Covington is looking for a new municipal court judge following last week's resignation of former judge Steven Hathorn.

February 10, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


Main Street program to move under chamber

Main Street Covington, the program responsible for promoting and developing downtown, has been in a holding pattern with uncertainty about its future and no permanent director, but the program will finally transition under the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce next week.

February 08, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Details released from BOC exec session

In light of continuing public questions and complaints, County Attorney Tommy Craig, with permission from a majority of commissioners, released some details from the Jan. 21 executive session in which commissioners discussed choosing the next county manager.

February 08, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


County to discuss form of govt, org chart

Though Newton County's next county manager is set to take over later this year, the Board of Commissioners is still planning to review its organizational chart and charter.

February 08, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Weather delays Miracle League project

Abundant rain and, more recently, extreme cold, have set back the timetable back for completion of the Miracle League field project at City Pond Park, but the concession building should be completed within six to eight weeks, with work on the actual fields set to get underway soon.

February 06, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Local high schools shine in mock trial

Newton County's high schools could be education some pretty talented future lawyers.

February 06, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Trees on square get treatments

With Arbor Day a couple of weeks away, the trees on the square were getting their monthly maintenance to keep them healthy.

February 06, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Retail Round Table with Dave Bernd and the Newton Chamber of Commerce

February 05, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | Sponsored Business


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