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Solid Waste Panel digs in

Transparency, financial security, inclusiveness, and fairness are just some of the guiding values identified by the citizens solid waste panel during its first facilitated meeting Thursday.

May 28, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Newton-Young Professionals to meet at The Oaks

Newton County's young professionals have a chance not only to network; not only to have an evening out on the golf course but also a chance to learn more about the county they work, live and play in.

May 27, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Fatality in I-20 crash identified

52-year-old Joel William Simpson, a Newton County resident, has been confirmed dead after he drove his vehicle against traffice on I-20 Tuesday night, crashing into another vehicle around the 89 mile mark between Almon and Salem roads.

May 27, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington-Newton Medical, Piedmont finalize deal

Newton Medical Center will soon become Piedmont Newton Hospital after NMC finalized a partnership agreement with Piedmont Healthcare earlier this week.

May 23, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Covington- Two dead in apparent murder suicide

The Covington Police Department responded to a shooting Thursday, discovering a man and woman shot when arriving on scene.

May 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


New section of Social Circle Bypass to open

The new section of the Social Circle Bypass from State road 11 to East Hightower Trail will open Tuesday, June 2, according to Superintendent of traffic, safety and utilities J. Robert Manning of ER Snell Contractor.

May 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Harry Owens likely interim county manager

Newton County revealed the name of the candidate under consideration for the position of interim county manager Friday following the departure of former County Manager Tom Garrett last week.

May 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Action Ministries opens office in Newton

For the first time in 20 years, the charitable nonprofit organization, Action Ministries, has opened a satellite office. The Newton County Action Ministries office opened its doors on May 4 in the Wesley Building of Covington First United Methodist Church, 2160 Church Street, Covington.

May 21, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Board scolded in public comments over legal budget

County Attorney Tommy Craig attempted to soothe public concerns over the county's high legal costs Tuesday night, but his explanation appeared to provoke the opposite reaction.

May 20, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


County seeks city help for library

Newton County will step up to save the Covington branch of the library, commissioners said Tuesday, but not before making one last attempt to get the city of Covington to contribute to the library's costly new heating, air conditioning and ventilation system (HVAC).

May 20, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


BOC to hire interim county manager

The Newton County Board of Commissioners voted to hire a new interim county manager Tuesday night, deliberately stopping short of placing the county chair in charge of the day to day administration of the county.

May 19, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Staffins: tourism big impact on Covington

Hundreds flocked to Covington this weekend, and it was exactly the turnout Newton County Tourism President Jenny McDonald expected, but it was a little much for Newton County-Covington Chamber of Commerce President Ralph Staffins.

May 18, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Peddle for a cause

The students of First Baptist Academy zoomed around the parking lot of the Welcome Center last week to raise money for the parochial school's library and playground as part of the Academy's first bikathon.

May 17, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Kelly takes over Porterdale downtown development

Everyone living in Porterdale is a stakeholder in the promotion of the town's Main Street Program, says Josephine Kelly.

May 17, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Cotton receives Rotary ethics award

In his more than a decade and a half as Covington Police Chief, Stacey Cotton has led his men and women in the way he was taught to conduct himself by Judge Stacey W. Cotton and Suzanne Cotton - with ethics.

May 17, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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Holt: Session nears its end for the year

During the second last week of the session, the House began working through Senate bills in earnest. We spent a lot of time in committee, and voted on 25 pieces of legislation on the House floor.

HB 386, a package of tax code changes, was the most significant item we voted on. It proposes a number of cuts, as well as several increases. Among the tax cuts, the two largest are the phase out of the sales tax on energy used in manufacturing, and an elimination of the marriage penalty in the state income tax. The energy tax has seen ...

March 24, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County to plan future of Salem Road

County officials view the Salem Road corridor as a commercial driver and future home to its own pseudo-city, and they've embarked on an in-depth planning process to clarify that vision.

March 24, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Piedmont Academy visits Georgia capitol

March 22, was a special day for Piedmont Academy's football program including the players, coaching staff, managers, ball boys, and cheerleaders and for the school's One-Act Play cast and crew. Both teams were invited to the Georgia's state capitol by House of Representative Susan Holmes (125th District) of Jasper County and Senator Johnny Grant (25th District) of Baldwin County to be recognized for their accomplishment of winning the GISA AA state title "back-to-back" in football and drama. The football team completed an undefeated thirteen-game 2011 season with a streak of twenty-six games for 2010 and 2011. The ...

March 24, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


The excitement of prom

Prom is a big deal for every teenager. Senior prom is an even bigger deal. When it's your senior prom, things are different.

This year will be my senior prom, and I couldn't be more excited. I have a date this year, which is pretty awesome. I wouldn't want to be going with anyone else either. He's been in my life for a long time now, and I can't think of any way to end our senior year together except celebrating with our friends at prom. Although getting through these past few months have been ...

March 24, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Rasmussen: For voters, tax reform means tax equality

There's a reason President Obama, Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan and many others are touting tax reform these days. On the campaign trail, it taps into deeply held beliefs about the way American society ought to work and the role of government.

Seventy-seven percent think it's important to replace the entire federal tax code with something simpler. Seventy-one percent favor a tax code with lower tax rates and very few deductions.

March 24, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


MasTer Landscape Supply

Mark A. Smith and Tim E. Reed first met at Mobile Oil, where they worked within the chemical division for 15 years. They didn't know each other very well, and neither realized they would be running a business together-years after they left the oil company.

Both men had worked in the landscaping field on the side, unbeknownst of each other. Coincidentally, after they left Mobile, they ran into each other while on separate contracting jobs.

March 24, 2012 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


Kimble: Summer camps available for age 9 to 12th grade

"Dear Mom, Have you ever been to 4-H camp?" starts a letter from a fifth grade 4-H student.

She lists her reasons in the persuasive letter, but my favorite has to be this paragraph:

March 24, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Helicopter egg drop will be April 7

The Avenue Church will host an inaugural helicopter egg drop April 7 at the South Walton Recreaton Complex, Social Circle. Over 10,000 plastic Easter eggs will be dropped.

There will be three separate drops -- one for toddler-4 year olds, a second for 5-7 year olds and the third drop for 8-12 year olds. The hunts on each field will be staggered by 20 minutes. Once the eggs are on the field, children will be able to hunt for eggs in their designated age area. After all the eggs are found, the children can take them to an area to ...

March 24, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Ewing accuses chair of breaking law

At Tuesday night's board meeting, county Commissioner Mort Ewing accused Chairman Kathy Morgan of breaking state law and violating board policy and the board's code of ethics while administering a recent road project, claims Morgan said Thursday she believed to be untrue.

March 23, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Reservoir condemnation case settled

The longstanding land condemnation case between Newton County and Emmett Denby, the lone remaining resident to live on land planned for the future Bear Creek Reservoir, was decided this week in Superior Court when the county was ordered to pay Denby $800,000 for his property.

March 23, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Y keeps kids healthy

Spring break camp registration is going on at the Covington Family YMCA for children ages 5-12. The cost is $95 a week per child or $25 a day. The camp will run April 2-6. There is a $35 program membership fee if applicable. Financial assistance is available based on need.

March 23, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Local landfill legal battle continues

A company wanting to build a private landfill in Newton County could yet get its way after the Georgia Supreme Court this week overturned a ruling that had effectively ended any chance of a landfill.

March 23, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Woman arrested for shoplifting for fourth time

A Covington woman was arrested for the fourth time for shoplifting in Newton County Tuesday, this time at Kmart.

A store employee noticed Margaret Watkins, 26, take clothing and jewelry into the fitting room, then leave the store immediately after exiting the fitting room.

March 23, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Two arrested for marijuana

A call to a Bent Pine Court home early Sunday morning for stalking led to several arrests, including two for marijuana.

As the officers approached the front door of the residence they could immediately smell marijuana, and although they could see two males asleep on the couch through the blinds, officers knocked for about five minutes before anyone came to the front door.

March 23, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Covington health care experts use speech therapy to help senior citizens

The simple act of swallowing is something many of us take for granted. Yet every year, approximately 10 million Americans are diagnosed with swallowing disorders, known as dysphagia. Nearly all dementia patients develop dysphagia, and swallowing disorders are associated with stroke, progressive neurological disorders including multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's.

March 23, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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