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John Douglas will not seek reelection

John Douglas, District 1 Newton County Commissioner, announced Wednesday he will not seek reelection in 2016.

February 10, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Early voting begins today

It's a presidential election year, which means more voting than usual and for the need-to-know, which is everyone that can vote, there are a ...

February 06, 2016 | Shakeem Holloway | LOCAL


Watch: Jet Rawls wins Spelling Bee

Watch our video of INdian Creek Middle School student Jet Rawls winning the Newton County School System's Spelling Bee Friday.

February 05, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local B&B featured in GPB special

Twelve Oaks, the historic Covington Bed and Breakfast, will be featured as one of eight of the most romantic places in Georgia in an upcoming ...

February 05, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Dailey family opens third Zaxby’s in Covington

A new Zaxby's restaurant is opening in west Newton County, and with it an opportunity for 40 new jobs.

February 05, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Appreciation and accreditation for NCSO

Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown shared, not only a plaque signifying his office's recent accreditation, but also some of the rave reviews bestowed upon ...

February 04, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


District spelling bee starts Friday

The Newton County School System will host the 2016 District Spelling Bee on Friday, February 5, at 10:30 a.m. at Newton High School ...

February 04, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Elementary School death ruled accidental, caused by asphyxia

Five-year-old Andrea Tyrah DeBruhl died due to asphyxia after being caught in playground equipment at the Newton County Theme School at Ficquett Monday, according to ...

February 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


No issues found in JDA finances

In a study of the Joint Development Authority's (JDA) financial transactions, in particular bonds, no illegalities or potential liability to Newton County were discovered ...

February 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Stanton Springs neighborhood permit withdrawn

A much maligned residential development planned for Stanton Springs is off the table after the developers withdrew a petition for rezoning recently.

February 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Tragedy strikes Theme School

Tragedy struck Newton County Theme School at Ficquett this week with the death of a 5-year-old kindergarten student Monday.

February 02, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Alcovy Road commercial development no more

The plan to build a movie theater, hotels, offices and retail stores along Alcovy Road in Covington, known as Project Kitchen Sink, has been shut ...

February 02, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Shootings leave one person dead, another injured

UPDATE:

February 02, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Jeffares: Week 3 brings bills and committee meetings

Committee meetings are finally underway here at the Capitol. I, and many of my colleagues, have had a busy week juggling our various committee appointments ...

January 31, 2016 | Rick Jeffares | LOCAL


Belton: House votes on amended budget

The third week of Session we voted on what is called the "Small" or "Amended" budget. It is basically the mid-year adjustment to account for ...

January 31, 2016 | Dave Belton | LOCAL


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Chief of the Year

After 15 years as chief of police, Covington's Stacey Cotton was been named Outstanding Chief of the Year from the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police Tuesday.

According to Cotton, he was not expecting the award and was taken completely off guard.

July 26, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Covington man charged in rape

A Covington man is being held without bond after being charged with rape July 19.

Richard Timothy Dillon, 43, was arrested following an investigation into accusations made on June 28.

July 26, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Challengers lose SSEMC board bid

All three challengers who petitioned to get their names on the ballot for the Snapping Shoals EMC Board of Directors lost their bids in a landslide but brought higher than average turnout.

July 26, 2012 | | LOCAL


Social Circle woman celebrates 112 birthday

The memories and tales were told with laughter and smiles as I listened to Mattie's friends and family as they shared the stories of years past. This July marks the 112th year Mattie Crutchfield Bates has been blessed to make her life's memories.

Mattie was born July 28, 1900, just three years after the world's current oldest living person Besse Cooper.

July 24, 2012 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


City plans to increase spending by 1.7M

The city of Covington plans to increase spending by $1.7 million this fiscal year as it plans to tackle some large projects, including work on a new airport terminal, a natural gas fueling facility, improving lighting on the square and the completion of the trail from Eastside High School to the Covington Branch Library.

The city council approved of more than $124 million for fiscal year 2013 in June, and much of the increase in the budget was due to the city's plans to spend its remaining saved funds from the 2005 SPLOST in addition to incoming 2011 ...

July 24, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Local helps fight deadly disease

Covington resident Shelley Campbell has traveled all over the world studying deadly diseases from the caves of Uganda to the town of Pune, India to the diverse country of South Africa.

For her most recent work on a vaccine for Rift Valley Fever, a potentially lethal mosquito-borne disease that affects animals and humans, Campbell won the Charles C. Shepard Science Award for Laboratory Science.

July 24, 2012 | Elizabeth Park | LOCAL


Pilot Club announces officers

Average retail gasoline prices in Atlanta have risen 10.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.42/gal yesterday. This compares with the national average that has increased 4.9 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.49/gal, according to gasoline price website AtlantaGasPrices.com.

July 24, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Principals from the private sector?

By next school year, school-level leadership could come from the private sector.

July 24, 2012 | By Lee Johnson | LOCAL


Man arrested after Gaither Street fire

Richard Douglas Norton, 31, was arrested late Tuesday in connection with a fire that destroyed the home at 3126 Gaither St. earlier in the day.

Norton was one of the renters and, at this time, is believed to have set the fire for insurance purposes. He was arrested in Athens and charged with obstruction of justice Tuesday, but Assistant Fire Marshall said he planned to bring three other charges against Norton today including insurance fraud, arson in the first degree and criminal damage of property.

July 24, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Education millage rate stays the same

Despite declining property tax revenues, the Newton County Board of Education was unable to raise its millage rate because it was already at the max rate of 20 mils.

July 24, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Paratrooper tells tales from WWII

Born into a Fayetteville farming community in 1924, Lofton Lee Hill helped harvest cotton and corn until joining the CCC (civilian conservation corps) during the Great Depression. He helped complete the paratrooper jump school at Fort Benning, on Nov 11, 1941. Hill said, "Little did I know I'd be going through the same jump school in 1943."

July 24, 2012 | Pete Mecca | LOCAL


Survival kit for the road

As we go full swing into the summer months, are you thinking about taking a genealogy trip out of town? Are you planning to go to the State and National Archives, State College Libraries, out of town cemeteries, out of town Probate Court Office? Wherever you go, you will need a survival kit and be well prepared.

July 24, 2012 | Ellen Blakeslee | LOCAL


Man gets disorderly at Mexican restaurant

On Monday, an officer was walking into El Charro when a blue Honda, occupied by two men, drove into the parking area.

July 24, 2012 | Meghan de St. Aubin | LOCAL


House destroyed on Gaither Street

A fire broke out this morning at 3126 Gaither Street in Covington. The cause of the fire is still being investigated, officials said, but the fire was under control by around 8:40 p.m.

July 24, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


More industrial interest in Newton

More and more industries are showing interest in Newton County, representing millions in investment and thousands of jobs, and Covington Mayor Ronnie Johnston believes Covington could be set for its own boom.

July 21, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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