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NCSS SAT scores increase across the board

Newton County School System's (NCSS) overall scores on the SAT increased across the board in 2016. The district posted an 11-point increase in both ...

September 27, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington resident celebrates 100th birthday

Last Saturday, friends and family gathered at Salem United Methodist Church to celebrate Martha Wellburn Malcolm's 100th birthday. She was joined by her ...

September 27, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


SPLOST projects, revenues discussed

The Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) started its course for a 2017 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) Monday.

September 26, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Adult literacy volunteer tutors are honored at luncheon

For Ann Stokes, learning to read has been exciting because she has been able to read the Bible daily.

September 26, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Eastside Trail benches to be enhanced by local Scout

When Covington resident Jake McCarthy was 8-years-old, he told his parents what he wanted to do for his Eagle Scout project.

September 26, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Auction will benefit county’s hungry

Members of the Church of the Good Shepherd, Episcopal held auctions at the church before, but this is the first time the Covington church is ...

September 25, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Teacher of the Year finalists announced

Tamahia Benton, of Liberty Middle School, Cecily Bullock, of Alcovy High School and Jason Smith, of Newton High School, were named the finalists for Newton ...

September 24, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Precious Waters named Newton Homecoming Queen

Precious Waters was named the 2016 Newton High School Homecoming Queen Friday night at Sharp Stadium.

September 24, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Ban on vinyl siding on houses being built discussed

Vinyl siding has long been an aesthetically pleasing and affordable choice for homeowners, to go along with brick and wood. However, is it a dangerous ...

September 23, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Jam to raise money for new accessible access to Yellow River

A year ago, it rained for the inaugural Yellow River Jam. This year, good weather is expected Saturday when the second Yellow River Jam kicks ...

September 23, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Chair Ellis proclaims Thursday Suicide Prevention Awareness Day

Newton County Chair Keith Ellis proclaimed Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, to be Suicide Prevention Awareness Day during an event on the Covington Square Thursday morning.

September 22, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


O’Brien pleads guilty to theft by taking

Former Newton County Fire Services Chief Kevin O'Brien stood with his attorney Steven M. Frey, of The Frey Law Firm, and withdrew his not ...

September 22, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Child's Voice Child Advocacy Center celebrates 10 years

A Child's Voice Child Advocacy Center celebrated 10 years of service with an open house at its Social Circle location Wednesday.

September 21, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


BOC summary: No action taken on moratorium or mosque

The moratorium on permits for places of worship came to an end at midnight Sept. 20 after no action was taken by the Newton County ...

September 20, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


The three victims in Monday's fatal accident identified

Two of the three victims in Monday's fatal accident involving a Newton County School System (NCSS) school bus were under the age of 10.

September 20, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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4-H'ers continue recycling, earn state award

That's right-in under five years, with your help, we have recycled 10,000 books back into our own community.

November 03, 2012 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


A not-so-welcomed Halloween scare

A woman went to the Newton County Sheriff's Office to report harassing phone calls.

November 03, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Last of early voting draws a crowd

Early voting lines wrapped around the Newton County Administration Building Friday as residents tried to cast their vote before Nov. 6.

November 03, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


NHS parapro fired, charged with enticing a child

A Newton High School assistant coach and paraprofessional has been fired, after being charged with enticing a child for indecent purposes.

November 02, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Crime briefs: Women fight over parking

Two women were charged with disorderly conduct after a disagreement over a parking space that turned physical. An officer with the Covington Police Department responded to Johnson Drive around 8 p.m. on Wednesday after receiving a call about a fight.

November 01, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Farm Bureau seeks entries for essay contest

The Newton County Farm Bureau encourages 6th, 7th and 8th grade students to enter the Georgia Farm Bureau Middle School Essay Contest. Students should address the topic "How has agriculture changed in the last 75 years?" The winner of the contest will receive $50.00.

November 01, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Live auction benefit to be held on Nov. 3

Saturday, Nov. 3rd, Community Assistance Relief Effort Inc. (C.A.R.E. Inc.), a non-profit group dedicated to helping people of Porterdale, will host a live auction at the Porterdale Mill Lofts. The event will take place from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

November 01, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local churches host fall events

This Saturday, Mansfield Baptist Church will host a run to benefit Operation Christmas Child, a nonprofit organization that provides under privileged children in other countries with Christmas gifts and offers to children the word of God.

November 01, 2012 | Hayley Williams | LOCAL


Santa, smurfs to visit Stonecrest

Ring in the Christmas season with a visit to Santa Claus at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17 at the Mall at Stonecrest in Lithonia. Santa's workshop will be located on the lower level of the mall outside Sears.

November 01, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Holbrook to replace McCollum as state wildlife president

The Georgia Wildlife Federation announced that Todd Holbrook, former Deputy Commissioner of Georgia's Department of Natural Resources (DNR), as its new President and CEO, effective January 1, 2013.

November 01, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Wells Fargo gives $2,000 to the arts

Wells Fargo has donated $2,000 dollars to the Arts Association in Newton County. This is the first time the company has donated to the Arts Association.

November 01, 2012 | Hayley Williams | LOCAL


Suspended student returns to school

A Newton County Theme School 8-year-old student is back in class, after being suspended last week for bringing to attention a BB gun he had inadvertently left in his book bag after a weekend with his grandfather.

November 01, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Man's body found in Baldwin County

A 30-year-old Covington man was found dead in Baldwin County early Wednesday morning and his death is being investigated as a homicide.

November 01, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Hurricane Sandy's aftermath

As most residents prepared their costumes for Halloween Wednesday, area volunteers gathered and prepared their disaster relief gear to travel hundreds of miles north to help Hurricane Sandy victims.

November 01, 2012 | Rachel Goff | LOCAL


What happens to lost pit bulls?

At any given time, the Newton County Animal Control could have pit bulls make up as much as 90 percent of its furry occupants. Considered un-adoptable by animal control, does that mean that a huge population of these animals - both feared and coveted - has been given a death sentence? Not quite.

November 01, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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