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Library, janitorial contract funding approved

The Newton County Library was granted $27,000 by the Board of Commissioners (BOC) Tuesday night after library officials said the system could lose its ...

December 10, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


19-year old arrested for murder Tuesday

Elijah William Ramoutar, 19, has been arrested by the Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) for the murder of Alyssa Ann Wright, 19, Tuesday evening.

December 08, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Social Circle officer appeals termination after aggressive actions

A former Social Circle Police Department (SCPD) officer is asking for his job back after being terminated following a traffic stop that crossed the line ...

December 07, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


BOC Summary: 162 proposed to honor Deputy Justin White

The Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) honored Deputy Justin White Tuesday evening by requesting the local legislative delegation to have a portion of Georgia ...

December 07, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Recreation Commission finds ‘no illegal or dishonest behavior’

The Newton County Recreation Commission's board of directors did not make any personnel changes stemming from a recent forensic audit released by Frazier and ...

December 05, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Football coach turning heads in … The Nutcracker

If you happen to take a trip to the Porter Auditorium this coming weekend and you see a familiar local football coach donning a wig ...

December 05, 2016 | Gabriel Stovall | LOCAL


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


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Kiwanis donates $500 to Salvation Army

The Kiwanis Club of Covington donated $500 in cash and 43 Kiwanians each sponsored a child for the Salvation Army's Angel Tree giveaway and spent around $50 a piece on each child. The Angel Tree Program is designed to provide everyday necessities, clothing and Christmas gifts to disadvantaged young children and the elderly. The local Salvation Army is located at 5193 Washington Street SW in Covington.

December 26, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Excerpts from aboard the H.M.S. Victorious

While dining recently at Outback Steakhouse in Conyers, my wife and I were having our usual pleasant chitchat with Shannon Smith, a long-time Outback employee and family friend, when he conveyed his admiration of "A Veteran's Story." Shannon said he loved the articles, especially the stories of our aging warriors of World War II, and asked if I'd consider writing a story about his grandfather, a British fighter pilot. You bet'cha.

December 26, 2012 | Pete Mecca | LOCAL


Ellis looking to move the county forward

Newton County's new Board of Commissioners Chairman is positive about the future of the county and looking forward to working with the board as a team player.

December 26, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Newton County Business Licenses - Dec. 26

Environmental Resources Inc., Adam Womack, 10135 Twin Oaks Drive, (770) 722-8759, Sept. 21, other services.

December 26, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Gas prices fall below $3, drop 19 cents

Average retail gasoline prices in Covington have fallen 19 cents per gallon to $2.99 in the past week, averaging $3.18/gal last week.

December 26, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


SunCrest collects 500 lbs of food for food pantry

The SunCrest Healthcare family, based out of Madison, Tenn., joined together to hold a Soup for Seniors soup drive this December. For the past month, more than 70 branch locations collected canned soups, along with other canned goods and boxed items that can be used to make soup, such as noodles, canned vegetables, beans and broth.

December 26, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local family could win $1K for making school payments

A Covington family could win $1,000 and $500 for their charity of choice just by making a school-related payment online by Dec. 31. Newton County Schools currently use the online system MyPaymentsPlus through the "Season of Giving" promotion.

December 26, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County officials sworn into office

Family and citizens from the community witnessed several officials get sworn-in to office by Judge Henry Baker during a ceremony on Thursday night held at the historic courthouse.

December 22, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Couple hopes arts revitalizes Washington St

Ashley and Peter Swan came to Covington a year and a half ago to lead the Covington Regional Ballet to a new level. Now they have their sights sets a little higher as they hope to raise Covington's artistic community to new heights, and they're planning to do it in an unlikely place.

December 22, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newton County Sentencing - Dec. 23

Linda Ann Hale, felony identity fraud, 10 years probation, $1,000. No contact with victim, banished from Newton County.

December 22, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


GSP watching out for impaired drivers

Georgia State Patrol are cautioning drivers to plan for a sober designated driver if alcohol consumption will be part of their holiday celebrations this year. Troopers will be keeping a close eye out for impaired drivers now through the end of the year.

December 22, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


New judges sworn in for four years

The judges of the Superior Courts of the Alcovy Judicial Circuit (Newton County and Walton County) were sworn in for their new four-year terms on Dec. 21, by Hon. William M. Ray, II, of the Court of Appeals of Georgia, in a ceremony held at the Walton County Government Building in Monroe.

December 22, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Madison Cultural center hosts Grammy award winning artist

Instead of taking a trip to the Big Easy to take a break from the colder winter weather, head over to the Cultural Center's Hall on Friday, Jan. 18 at 7:30 p.m. to enjoy some amazing Creole Zydeco music... And you just might find yourself dancing the night away!

December 22, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Decision on judicial center expansion tabled

The Newton County Board of Commissioners put the brakes on making a decision to proceed with plans for expanding the Newton County Judicial Center at their Dec. 18 board meeting.

December 22, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Commissioners defer Salem Road ordinance

The Newton County Board of Commissioners deferred an ordinance for the Salem Road Overlay District at its Dec. 18 meeting.

December 22, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


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