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Property tax rate likely to drop in FY15

Commissioners got some good news Tuesday night at their budget work session, including learning their health insurance bill will be at least $339,660 lower and seeing rising property values that would allow the board to make good on its promise to lower the millage rate.

April 22, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Council unsure how to use Legion Field

Covington City Council members are still unsure whether they want to allow Legion Field on Mill Street to be rented for private events and whether they want to charge a fee or simply a refundable deposit.

April 22, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Deputy arrested for child molestation

A former Newton County deputy was arrested Monday for allegedly inappropriately touching a child multiple times between 2006 and 2011.

April 21, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


BOC working on budget to drop tax rate

With a goal of lowering the county's property tax rate, after raising it last year, the Newton County Board of Commissioners is set to kick off its part of the budget process in earnest and officials will be looking for ways to cut costs and increase revenue.

April 21, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newton teens arrested in Heritage High robbery

Four Newton County teens from were arrested in connection with the March 27 assault and robbery of a student in the Heritage High School parking lot and deputies are on the lookout for a fifth teen.

April 21, 2014 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Casting call for 'Taken 3' extras in Covington

Liam Neeson is back kicking bad guy butt for the third installment of the hit "Taken" series, though the plot itself is to-be-announced. Scenes are reportedly to be filmed in Covington and the production is calling for extras.

April 21, 2014 | | LOCAL


Bear spotted south of Newborn

A large bear was spotted south of Newborn this week, and the Jasper County man who initially reported the bear says there is evidence it's hanging around, but an official with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources said real concern doesn't set in until a bear starts damaging property or stops showing fear.

April 19, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Smart Growth’s political forum Monday

Early voting for the May 20 Primary begins Friday, and local group Smart Growth Newton County is giving residents a chance to hear from all the local and state candidates facing opposition this year.

April 19, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Paving his way

A home-schooled kid with a father who dropped out of high school and a mother who dropped out of college doesn't quite fit the typical profile for a stellar college student.

April 19, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Taking the challenge

THE WINNERS OF THE CHEERIOS CHALLENGE

April 19, 2014 | Anthoney Banks | LOCAL


Sam B. Hay, Jr. into GCA Hall of Fame

The Georgia Cattlemen's Association inducted Sam B. Hay, Jr. into the GCA Hall of Fame at the Cattlemen's Ball on Friday, April 4 during its 53rd annual convention & trade show and 17th annual Georgia Beef Expo in Perry.

April 19, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton HS drama presents new show

Many high-schoolers run out of the door as soon as the bell rings Friday afternoon, eager for the weekend and time away from school. Not Tawana Parker-Bellamy's cast of yellow, emerald and gold. In the auditorium, they dance, sing, laugh, play and make sure they know what type of food will be provided at an upcoming cast lunch.

April 19, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


The hunt is on

Social Circle United Methodist Church kicks off its Easter celebration with its annual community egg hunt Saturday morning at Gunter Hall.

April 19, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Kroger helps give back

The next time you buy your groceries part of the proceeds could go to your favorite nonprofit.

April 18, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Monday is voter registration deadline

Monday is the voter registration deadline for anyone who wants to vote in May 20 Primary Election.

April 18, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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Remembering the Blue Caps, textile leagues

Americans do two things perhaps better than any other group of people on the planet: party and have a good time. Leisure has been a critical part of the American framework throughout our history. That's not to say every nationality doesn't have some sort of customary games and or entertainment they grasp to when it's time to relax.

April 10, 2011 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL


Low reserves complicate county budget

While the federal government wrangles over how to cut its budget and reduce its deficit, Newton County officials are staring at the other side of the coin, trying to find a way to increase its dwindling emergency reserves while tax revenues continue to drop.

April 10, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


More than a victim: Wendy Cartledge-Carter

Wendy Cartledge-Carter became the victim of convicted murderer Cobey Wade Lakemper on August 18, 2005 - her 41st birthday. But before she was a victim, she was a wife, a mother and Daddy's little girl. And according to her family, nothing will ever change that.

April 09, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Conservation program signup through Friday

The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general signup will continue through April 15. During the signup period, farmers and ranchers may offer eligible land for CRP's competitive general signup at their county Farm Service Agency (FSA) Office.

April 09, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local NAACP wins awards

Stellar students: The Newton County NAACP Youth took home some top honors at the recent Southeast Region convention held in Montgomery, Ala., including Advisor of the Year and Youth Counselor of the Year honors. Shown are from left (advisor Cathelene Perry; members Kurtoious Crawford, a sophomore at Alcovy High School; Thomas Johnson, a freshman at Challenge Charter Academy; and Tevin Norman, a sophomore at Eastside High School. Not pictured is Brandi Clark, a senior at Newton High School.

April 09, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Will Newton gain more state influence?

The lines have yet to be drawn, but Newton County's state representation will change and its influence should theoretically increase, given the fact the county gained nearly 40,000 residents in the past decade.

April 08, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Dam requires repairs

A failing dam and drainage structure is threatening High Point Forest Drive, forcing Newton County Board of Commissioners to approve a $127,000 construction request Tuesday to repair the structure.

April 08, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Covington detective arrested for battery

A Covington Police Department detective is on administrative leave after being charged with battery under the Family Violence Act.

April 07, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Firearm safety course offered

The Newton County Sheriff's Office is accepting applications for firearm safety courses to be offered in May.

April 07, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County could get four roundabouts

Roundabouts have seen enough success across Georgia that the federal government wants to provide full funding for four more of the continuous-flow, circular intersections within Newton County.

April 07, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Storm costs Covington $20,000-plus

Wednesday Update: The windstorm early Tuesday may have cost Covington's electric department $20,000 to $25,000 in labor, overtime, equipment and parts.

April 07, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


City railroad crossings to be paved

Covington will finally begin paving some of the unused Norfolk Southern railroad crossings this month.

April 06, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Sheriff requesting $2.76 million more

Once again, one of the toughest budget decisions for county commissioners will be how much money to devote to law enforcement and the jail, as the sheriff asked commissioners to reverse course Tuesday night and give his office an additional $2.76 million for fiscal year 2012.

April 05, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Lakemper given life sentence

Convicted murderer Cobey Wade Lakemper was sentenced to life without parole for the 2005 murder of Wendy Cartledge-Carter on Tuesday afternoon. The jury also sentenced him to life for armed robbery and 25 years to run concurrent on charges of armed robbery, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and bringing stolen property into the state.

April 05, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Lions to hold barbecue fundraiser

The solution for supper is easy for next Wednesday, as the Covington Lions Club stages its 39th annual chicken barbecue.

Tickets are on sale now for the barbecue, which will be held form 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on April 13 at the Academy Springs Park Pavilion on Conyers Street.

April 05, 2011 | | LOCAL


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