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Forensic Audit: Actions ‘caused financial harm and damage to the taxpayers of Newton County’

Eds Note: To read more on the forensic accounting report click for a report on the Bear Creek Reservoir project, here; read about the report ...

December 04, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Sawyer: former attorney’s actions ‘detrimental to taxpayers’

On Oct. 18, 2015, the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) voted to bring a halt to the proposed Bear Creek Reservoir project, under way ...

December 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Accountant points to unapproved contracts at landfill

The landfill has been a financial burden on Newton County for years, especially since a leachate spill in 2015 caused millions of dollars in damage.

December 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


County refutes Sawyer’s SPLOST claims

In David Sawyer's accounting analysis of Newton County's Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) and Impact Fees funds, he reported that at ...

December 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Look at Nelson Heights may spur change in county practices

While David Sawyer's reporting on the Bear Creek Reservoir project, SPLOST and Impact Fees and the county's landfill was released Monday, in May ...

December 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Former commissioners speak out against water sale

The Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority (NCWSA) will present the team it has selected to perform due diligence to the Newton County Board of ...

December 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Christmas marches through Covington

One-hundred floats, including the first-place prize winning Misfits Welcome float by Eastridge Church, participated in Saturday's parade through downtown Covington.

December 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Judge Baker honored prior to his retirement

Judge Henry Baker, Newton County's Probate Court Judge for the last 40 years was celebrated by dozens of Newton County and regional dignitaries for ...

December 02, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Newton County Theme School raises blue ribbon flag

The Newton County Theme School (NCTS) at Fiquett was recently named a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education - a distinction ...

December 02, 2016 | Duane M. Ford | LOCAL


The Pride of Eastside performs in Hollywood Christmas Parade

The Pride of Eastside Marching Band joined the likes of Larry King, Olivia Newton-John and Bill Engvall this past weekend, during the 85th Annual Hollywood ...

December 02, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


3 Newton County children safe after Amber Alert

The Newton County Sheriff's Office issued an Amber Alert late Thursday night after three children were taken by their father after a domestic dispute ...

December 02, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


Newton County Fire graduates four recruits

The 2016 Newton County Fire Recruiting class celebrated the graduation of four recruits Nov. 29.

December 01, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


Forensic Audit: Actions ‘caused financial harm and damage to the taxpayers of Newton County’

Editor's Note: This is an overview of the Forensic Audit report released by Newton County Monday. More stories on this matter will follow at ...

December 01, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Meet and greet with Chair-elect Banes set for Thursday, Dec. 8

Newton County residents will have a chance to meet their next Chair of the Board of Commissioners Thursday, Dec. 8.

December 01, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Judge Wynne to hear Georgia Supreme Court case

Superior Court Judge W. Kendall Wynne, Jr.of the Alcovy Judicial Circuit has been designated to serve in place of Justice Carol Hunstein in the ...

December 01, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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BOC wrap-up: Water Authority looking to purchase county’s water assets

A first step for the Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority (WSA) to purchase the county's water infrastructure was taken Tuesday night.

October 04, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Mackenzie Mallard named Eastside Homecoming Queen

Mackenzie Mallard was named Eastside High School's 2016 Homecoming Queen Friday night. Mallard was escorted by her father Leo Mallard. Her mother is Renee Mallard.

October 04, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO identifies body found at Factory Shoals Park

The body found Monday morning at Factory Shoals Park after a report of a missing person has been identified as Ciera Evans, 20, of Covington, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO).

October 03, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NAACP honors Pastor Clara Lett at annual gala

On Sept. 24, the Newton County National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) held its Annual Freedom Fund and Scholarship Gala at the Turner Lake Recreation Complex. The theme was "Our Lives Matter, Our Vote Counts," and the guest speaker was Georgia Representative Rev. Dee Dawkins-Haigler (D-Lithonia).

October 02, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Art and yard sale combined for Porterdale event

It's not just a yard sale. It's also a place where buyers can pick up original art work at reasonable prices.

October 02, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Hometown Hero: 14-year-old Marlee Anne Hopkins named Hometown Hero

Earlier this year, Marlee Anne Hopkins raised more than $23,000 for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) in honor of her siblings. She stood "for the kids who cannot … in honor of [sisters] Michala, Mary Elizabeth and Abe, who could not stand."

October 02, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


NCSS takes lead in creating poverty-informed community

It's not just the poor who are affected by poverty. It's the entire community.

October 02, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Debbie Hillman pays her rent in service

Listening to Debbie Hillman talk about her life's passion is enough for anyone to learn why she was selected as a finalist for The Covington News' and General Mills' 2016 Hometown Hero Award Friday.

October 02, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


The decline and likely fall of Donald Trump

A recent essay in The Wall Street Journal described Donald Trump thusly: "Rather like the crazy boy-emperors after the fall of the Roman Republic, he may have problems with impulse control -- and an uncontrolled, ill-formed, perpetually fragmented mind."

October 02, 2016 | Froma Harrop | LOCAL


Initiative asks parents to ‘Talk with Me Baby’

A student who can't read on grade level by third grade is four times less likely to graduate by the age of 19 than a child who reads proficiently by that time, a 2011 study by the American Educational Research Association revealed. Yet, alarmingly "Get Georgia Reading" says that 64 percent of third-grade students are not reading proficiently.

October 02, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Hometown Hero: Kaitlyn Cole continuing service at young age

When Kaitlyn Cole was 7-years-old she needed a community service project for her work in pageants.

October 01, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Hometown Hero: Debbie Hillman pays her rent in service

Listening to Debbie Hillman talk about her life's passion is enough for anyone to learn why she was selected as a finalist for The Covington News' and General Mills' 2016 Hometown Hero Award Friday.

October 01, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Local public health district earns national accreditation

After a rigorous peer review, the Gwinnett, Newton and Rockdale (GNR) County Health Department was nationally accredited through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) in August. It is one of just three of Georgia's 18 health districts comprised of one or more of the state's 159 counties to receive such an accreditation.

September 30, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


KCNB holds river clean up

Join other volunteers to help clean up rivers and streams in Newton County as part of Rivers Alive on Saturday, Oct. 8, beginning at 9 a.m. at Longhorn Steakhouse, 6112 Pavilion Way, Covington.

September 29, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Former employees work at Henderson’s for old time’s sake

Since news of the Newton County restaurant's closing broke, Henderson's has been busy, according to Cassandra Henderson. But not just with customers clamoring for their last chance at the fried catfish, hush puppies and slaw but also with former employees coming back to lend a hand.

September 28, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


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