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1: A proposed mosque - August

Newton County was in the national spotlight in 2016 as the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) learned that 165 acres of land on Highway ...

January 02, 2017 | Staff Report | TOP 16 OF 2016

2: NCSO Deputy Justin White dies in the line of duty – Nov. 2

2016 brought a lot of firsts for Newton County; however, on Nov. 15 the Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) had a first it never ...

January 02, 2017 | Staff Report | TOP 16 OF 2016

3: 2016 New County leadership – Nov. 8

Newton County, as a governmental entity, will see a change in leadership, both politically and administratively in 2017 with the election of the first-ever black ...

January 02, 2017 | Staff Report | TOP 16 OF 2016

4: Square transformation

The Square is like the "remember when" of Covington, with changes to stores and restaurants as well as mobility. This year downtown Covington has received ...

January 02, 2017 | Staff Report | TOP 16 OF 2016

5: Crime increases

Local law enforcement saw an increase in violent crime in 2016. Newton County saw more murders in 2016 than the seven in 2015. The Covington ...

January 02, 2017 | Staff Report | TOP 16 OF 2016

6: BOC financial issues

Newton County's finances were under scrutiny for much of the year with Fire Services Chief Kevin O'Brien indicted on four counts of theft ...

January 02, 2017 | Staff Report | TOP 16 OF 2016

7: Convenience center cost implemented/SWA

For the first time Newton County residents were charged for using the county's Neighborhood Recycling Centers. The centers, which have been in use by ...

January 02, 2017 | Staff Report | TOP 16 OF 2016

8: Georgia State officially comes to Newton County – Jan. 13

The Georgia State University (GSU) family extended into Newton County Jan. 13 as the former Georgia Perimeter College Newton Campus celebrated a merger a year ...

January 02, 2017 | Staff Report | TOP 16 OF 2016

9: Sheldon Rankins drafted by Saints – April 29

Sheldon Rankins made history April 19 as he became the first player from Eastside High School to be drafted in the first round of the ...

January 02, 2017 | Staff Report | TOP 16 OF 2016

10: Major production studio announced – June 28

The Newton County Office of Economic Development announced a production studio that is set to break ground in Covington in June of 2016. The studio ...

January 02, 2017 | Staff Report | TOP 16 OF 2016

11: Performing Arts Center opens

After being approved by voters in the 2005 SPLOST, Newton County's performing arts center opened with a performance of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Oct ...

January 02, 2017 | Staff Report | TOP 16 OF 2016

12: Theme School recognized nationally – Oct. 5

The Newton County Theme School (NCTS) was recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a National Blue Ribbon School in October. NCTS was ...

January 02, 2017 | Staff Report | TOP 16 OF 2016

13: Newton County public servants retire

The year 2016 saw several long-time public servants finish their service to the community.

January 02, 2017 | Staff Report | TOP 16 OF 2016

14: Henderson’s announces end, others celebrate their longevity

For more than 60 years Henderson's Restaurant has served the people of Newton County and 2016 marked the beginning of the end of that ...

January 02, 2017 | Staff Report | TOP 16 OF 2016

15: Agriculture Center breaks ground – Dec. 19

The Newton County Agricultural Center is officially under construction after a special ground breaking ceremony Dec. 13. The project will cost $3,350,000, with ...

January 02, 2017 | Staff Report | TOP 16 OF 2016

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Photos: A Holiday Illumination

The Christmas season officially started in downtown Covington Thursday evening with the Lighting of the Tree.

November 17, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

No. 5 Newton looking for pay back against Henry County

Armani Harris will admit it. He, nor his Newton boys' basketball teammates, takes losing very well.

November 17, 2016 | Gabriel Stovall | Newton

Fire Services selling Cajun Fried Turkeys for a cause

The Newton County Fire Services (NCFS) will host a Cajun Fried Turkey fundraiser to benefit the Salvation Army's Angel Tree program.

November 17, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Stephanie Tikita Foster

A graveside service for Stephanie Tikita Foster, 58, a native of Gaffney, South Carolina, will be conducted on Saturday, November 19, 2016, 11 a.m. at Ebenezer Baptist Church, 241 Ebenezer Road, Gaffney, SC 29430.

November 17, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

Council questions ordinance change

The Covington City Council will consider the first reading of an ordinance change to allow The Cork Boutique to host alcohol tastings outside during its regular meeting Monday, Nov. 21.

November 17, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | Covington

Alcovy's Koby Perry gets trio of offers

Alcovy football coach Chris Edgar knew enough about the potential in Koby Perry until he was convinced that it'd just be a matter of time before scholarship offers would start trickling in.

November 17, 2016 | Gabriel Stovall | SPORTS

Letter: This school works

Dear Editor,

November 17, 2016 | Staff Report | Letters

BOE increases budget

Around this time each year the board of education (BOE) reviews and, if appropriate, adjusts the Newton County School System's (NCSS) annual budget. According to Samantha Fuhrey, NCSS superintendent, only a few Georgia school boards do such mid-year reviews and adjustments.

November 17, 2016 | Duane M. Ford | Education

Newton County Jail Log: Nov. 16

Jerel Latavius Adams, 28, Macon State Prison, Nov. 10, back for court

November 16, 2016 | Staff Report | Crime

Cary Flitter

Cary Flitter, of Covington, passed away November 14, 2016. He was born in Savannah to the late Frances Louise and Ernest Marion Flitter, of Thomaston, on February 28, 1937. Cary served in the United States Air Force from 1959 to 1965, and was stationed in Spain. He then ran an insulation company based in Covington for 27 years, before retiring to enjoy more time golfing.

November 16, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

Parson: What’s happening on the farm?

I get asked what's happening on the farm several times a day, and I'm never sure if people really want to know that answer or if they are just making conversation. It makes no difference to me because each time I give them the real answer - from how the weather is, to weeds, to pests, to planting, to descriptions of a crop bounty.

November 16, 2016 | Daniel Parson | Agriculture

Justin White

Deputy Justin White of Monticello, passed away Nov. 15, 2016, at the age of 28. A 2007 graduate of Newton County High School, Justin served as a deputy with the Newton County Sheriff's Office since 2012. He was a very dedicated law enforcement official who cared deeply about the people he served. Justin was among the best in dealing with situations involving family violence. He was an avid Georgia Bulldog fan, loved fresh-water fishing, and deer hunting. Justin was a very loving father, who worked hard to support his family. He considered his dog, Max, to be his four-legged ...

November 16, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

District 4 commissioner makes accusations against fellow commissioners

District 4 Commissioner J.C. Henderson accused District 3 Commissioner Nancy Schulz and District 5 Commissioner Levie Maddox of corruption, and the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) of using a forensic audit to "target individuals for race and politics".

November 16, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Georgia DNR issues Code Red air quality alert

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Environmental Protection Division issued a Code Red (unhealthy) air quality alert for Atlanta today due to the smoke from the north Georgia wildfires.

November 16, 2016 | Jasmine Floyd | LOCAL

2017 SPLOST list approved

More than $18 million for transportation, just under $4 million for the Emergency-911 Center, just under $2 million for expansion of the Senior Service Center and a little more than $1 million for an animal control shelter were among the items approved on the proposed 2017 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) list by the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) Tuesday.

November 16, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

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