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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


Local church hosting business expo

The pastor of Atlanta Deliverance Tabernacle, Larry Bryant, is also a small business owner, and he's passionate about helping others in his community get their own businesses up and running.

March 18, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


CNG fueling station opens to public

The city of Covington's compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station is now open to the public, and the city is planning to have an open house and grand opening April 4 at 2 p.m. at the station, which is located off City Pond Road, near the Alcovy Road intersection.

March 18, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Covington Fire Dept. reaccredited

The Covington Fire Department recently earned international reaccreditation for the second time, a rigorous process that forces the department to analyze its operations and ensure its using best practices.

March 18, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Gazebo on square could cost $55K

The gazebo Mayor Ronnie Johnston wants to see placed on the Covington square could cost $55,000, but some Covington City Council members want more information, including seeing the gazebo's footprint physically marked out on the square, before moving forward.

March 17, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


The News, conservative group host local forum

With U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, R-Athens, deciding to seek Georgia's open U.S. Senate seat, a crowded field of Republicans is lining up to take his 10th district seat, which represents the eastern half of Newton County.

March 15, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | Election


Covington shows off recent film success to international leaders

Covington's rich filming history and recent successes has landed it a spot as a host city on a state-sponsored tour for international leaders.

March 15, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | Business


Vet named in national lawsuit recalls horrors

Newton County resident George Siders is involved in a class-action lawsuit against the U.S. military, related to post-traumatic stress disorder, but the Vietnam veteran is equally troubled by the horrors he saw in the war and the way the military treated him afterward.

March 15, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Comparing winter power rates

Power prices are always a popular topic, but the conversation has picked up in recent weeks, with Snapping Shoals EMC touting its low prices in the latest statewide survey and residents elsewhere questioning their rates.

March 13, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Holiday job losses bump up unemployment rate

Newton County's unemployment rate increased by half a percent to 8.5 percent in January as an estimated 468 locals lost jobs, likely due to the loss of seasonal jobs added during the holiday shopping season.

March 13, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | Business


Bypass Rd. accident kills 1, injures 5

A three-car accident on the Covington Bypass Road Tuesday afternoon left one Covington resident dead and five other people injured.

March 12, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Mansfield moving on after mayor's resignation

A handful of days after the resignation of mayor Estona Middlebrooks, the Mansfield City Council tried to get back to business Monday, and the residents who had been vocally critical of the former mayor thanked the council for answering questions and getting business done.

March 11, 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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