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Bouchillon: There's enough SPLOST for everyone

As most of you likely know by now, I have been putting a lot of effort into getting the 2017 SPLOST to pass – writing articles ...

March 20, 2017 | | Columnists

Crawford: Will the speaker run for governor?

David Ralston is now being mentioned as a possible candidate for governor in 2018, which leads to an obvious question.

March 20, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Columnists

STOVALL: When the student-athlete becomes the teacher

One of the reasons why sports journalism is so awesome to me is the fact that it often becomes a classroom setting in which the ...

March 20, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | SPORTS

Jeffares: Week 10 under the Gold Dome

We're in the home stretch of the 2017 legislative session with only five more legislative days left to vet and pass legislation. Committees are ...

March 20, 2017 | Sen. Rick Jeffares | LEGISLATIVE UPDATES

Man on the Street: How would you improve traffic around The Square?

The City of Covington tested four-way stop intersections just off The Covington Square in an attempt to ease the increasingly untenable traffic situation. How would ...

March 20, 2017 | Jarred Todd | Your Thoughts

Anderson:Bringing family to the Capitol

This week represents a turning point in the 2017 legislative session as we finally have begun to wind things down with the passage of 17 ...

March 20, 2017 | Sen. Tonya Anderson | LEGISLATIVE UPDATES

Belton: 'Sausage-making' getting frustrating at the Capitol

Very few bills passed this week as the House and Senate "horse-trade" some bills and hold others "hostage" that are important to the other Chamber ...

March 20, 2017 | Rep. Dave Belton | LEGISLATIVE UPDATES

Jordan Beam pushed by memory of father Shane to succeed in soccer, life

Jordan Beam remembers vividly some of the last words he heard from his father.

March 20, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | SPORTS

Oxford College emergency practice set for March 21

On the morning of Tuesday, March 21, local citizens may see emergency personnel and vehicles or hear sirens on the Oxford College campus. However, this ...

March 20, 2017 | Staff Report | Cities

SPLOST vote set for Tuesday

With less than 48 hours remaining before voters in Newton County go to the polls for the county's 2017 SPLOST vote, the fate of ...

March 20, 2017 | Darryl Welch | LOCAL

Welch: CPD week 7: Time to use what we’ve learned

It's hard to believe that we're at week seven of the Porterdale Police Department's Citizens Police Academy. Just two more classes and ...

March 20, 2017 | Darryl Welch | OPINION

Eastside baseball's sights now set on Woodward Academy

RIVERDALE – No offense to North Clayton, but the biggest suspense surrounding Eastside and North Clayton's baseball series this past week was whether or not ...

March 20, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Eastside

Community model for fighting poverty presented

Donna Beegle grew up, married, and started a family in extreme poverty. In her mid-twenties, she was single mother worried about becoming homeless and losing ...

March 20, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Education

SPLOST funding will impact Newton’s cities

In addition for funding Newton County projects such as transportation and the Yellow River Trail, the 2017 SPLOST vote Tuesday will also have impact on ...

March 20, 2017 | Darryl Welch | LOCAL

Newton offense still looking for consistency

Things started out well enough for the Newton Rams this past Friday, but they couldn't keep it going enough to halt an onslaught from ...

March 20, 2017 | Taylor Robins | SPORTS

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Work continues at Henderson’s intersection

Utility relocation activity is currently underway in the realignment of Henderson Mill Road at its intersection of Highway 36, according to Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) District Communications Officer Kyle Collins.

January 27, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | County

Expired tag leads to drug, weapon arrests in Porterdale

Two people were arrested and the Porterdale Police Department (PPD) took drugs and guns off the street after a routine check of an expired tag turned into a more than just a traffic stop.

January 27, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Crime

Jeffares: Keeping a balanced budget

Budget Week at the Capitol has come and gone with joint appropriations meetings with the General Assembly to discuss balancing Georgia's budget for the rest of this fiscal year and next. The Governor and state agencies delivered presentations and projections of how they suggest the budget be distributed.

January 27, 2017 | | LEGISLATIVE UPDATES

President Trump declares Major Disaster for Georgia

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that Federal disaster assistance has been made available to the state of Georgia to supplement State and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe storms, tornadoes, and straight-line winds during the period of Jan. 21-22.

January 27, 2017 | Staff Report | STATE

SWA members urge caution with solid waste contract

Some members of the Newton County Solid Waste Authority (SWA) are asking for changes and urging caution as the authority considers approving the county's contract with Advanced Disposal Systems (ADS) to provide mandatory curbside trash pick-up in the county.

January 26, 2017 | Darryl Welch | County

JDA elects officers for 2017

The Joint Development Authority (JDA) of Jasper, Morgan, Newton and Walton Counties held its first meeting of 2017 Jan. 25 at the Old Moore House, Stanton Springs, in Social Circle.

January 26, 2017 | Darryl Welch | LOCAL

Suspicious behavior leads to two arrests in Covington

Suspicious behavior and observant police work led to the arrest of two men in Covington early Monday. It also possibly prevented a crime.

January 26, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Crime

Complete performance gives No. 1 Newton blowout win over Grayson

Newton vs. Grayson, part two was supposed to be a matchup of the top two squads in Region 8-AAAAAAA.

January 25, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Newton

Georgia Lottery Corp. raises over half-billion dollars for HOPE, Pre-K

Georgia Lottery Corp. officials announced today that fiscal year 2017 first-half and second-quarter profits have reached their highest since inception in 1993. Georgia Lottery profits for the first half of fiscal year 2017 soared to $541 million – $24.5 million ahead of last year's record. Second-quarter profits transferred to the State Treasury's Lottery for Education Account will amount to $267.4 million, surpassing last year's second-quarter transfer by more than $4.8 million.

January 25, 2017 | Staff Report | STATE

Newton County Jail Log: Jan. 25

Michelle Piercette Arnold Jr., 19, Covington, Jan. 19, hold for other agency (Clayton County Sheriff's Office)

January 25, 2017 | Staff Report | Crime

Covington business owner reports illegal dumping

Jack Philips, owner of The Cork Boutique and Gifts and Irish Bred Pub and Restaurant in downtown Covington, came before the Covington City Council last week to express his interest in volunteering for one of the city's various committees. However, he also expressed concern about illegal dumping at his businesses.

January 25, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Covington

NCSO investigates burglary in Oxford

Investigators from the Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) are looking into a business break-in in Oxford.

January 24, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Crime

Senators Isakson, Perdue lead Senate in moment of silence for Georgia tornado victims

U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and David Perdue (R-GA) today led the U.S. Senate in a moment of silence to reflect on the lives lost over the weekend during the deadly tornadoes that touched down in south central Georgia.

January 24, 2017 | Staff Report | STATE

Littering reported in Oxford

On Jan 17, Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) responded to a report of littering on Moore Street in Oxford.

January 24, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Crime

Harold “Hal” Lee Stapp

Harold "Hal" Lee Stapp Jr., of Porterdale, passed away Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017 at the age of 45. He was born in Covington to the late Harold Sr. and Flora Raydene Stapp.

January 24, 2017 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

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