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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


The Pride of Eastside performs in Hollywood Christmas Parade

The Pride of Eastside Marching Band joined the likes of Larry King, Olivia Newton-John and Bill Engvall this past weekend, during the 85th Annual Hollywood ...

December 02, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


3 Newton County children safe after Amber Alert

The Newton County Sheriff's Office issued an Amber Alert late Thursday night after three children were taken by their father after a domestic dispute ...

December 02, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


Newton County Fire graduates four recruits

The 2016 Newton County Fire Recruiting class celebrated the graduation of four recruits Nov. 29.

December 01, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


Forensic Audit: Actions ‘caused financial harm and damage to the taxpayers of Newton County’

Editor's Note: This is an overview of the Forensic Audit report released by Newton County Monday. More stories on this matter will follow at ...

December 01, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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Possible tobacco ban at parks

The Newton County Recreation Commission presented the Newton County Board of Commissioners with a proposed ordinance that would prohibit the use of tobacco products at county parks and recreation facilities.

November 24, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Local Marine protects, serves

Covington native Tyler Crook stands proud as a man who believes in sacrificing for others. The 21-year-old Marine will serve as a Towed Artillery Systems Technician and lead as a gunner for convoy security operations for his upcoming deployment before the end of the year.

November 24, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Santa returns to Covington Saturday

Santa's Workshop has returned to Ramsey's Furniture Annex again this year.

November 23, 2012 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Heartland Gallery hosts holiday themed classes

The Southern Heartland Art Gallery hopes to deck the halls with holiday paintings as they invite artists of all ages to the gallery for several workshops and classes focused on painting holiday themed paintings.

November 23, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Festival of Trees underway

Covington's Festival of Trees is back, and residents once again are able to bid on a variety of pre-decorated Christmas trees courtesy of area nonprofits and businesses.

November 23, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


City looking to replace 27 miles of waterlines

The city looks to replace about 27 miles of waterlines under their Waterline Replacement Program.Covington City Council approved for grant writer Randy Conner to apply for a loan for $5,981,115.25 with the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority under the State Revolving Fund to replace aging water lines in the city's water system; and approved for Richard Aiken with Rindt-McDuff Associates to assist with the engineering for the project.

November 23, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Downtown gets a little brighter

Downtown Covington is shining a little more after the installation of new lights around the square.

November 22, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


County takes next steps for reservoir

The Newton County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved accepting a $21 million, low-interest state loan for the construction of the long-proposed Bear Creek Reservoir and spending $2 million to have an engineering firm to design the reservoir's dam.

November 22, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


A gift helps rebuild

Snapping Shoals EMC recently donated $5,000 to the Project ReNeWal domestic violence shelter for women and families. The donated funds come from SSEMC's unclaimed capital recovery credits. The shelter building was gutted earlier this year after a sprinkler malfunction dumped 18,000 gallons of water and ruined all the shelter's donated supplies for families. Pictured, from left: Project ReNeWal executive director Vickie Stephenson receives a check from Snapping Shoals EMC's manager of member services Danny Stone.

November 21, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Giving Thanks

Anyone who knows Andy Copeland's story would know how thankful he is for his daughter's health, but Wednesday morning, Copeland came to Conyers to share a Thanksgiving message of hope that would touch any heart.

November 21, 2012 | Kathy Hooks | LOCAL


Thankful through the trials

My heart is heavy during this time of Thanksgiving and I haven't been able to stop thinking about the tragic loss of two fathers of two different families involved in a recent hit-and-run accident in Henry County.

November 21, 2012 | Nhi Ho | LOCAL


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Give the gift of community news today! Purchase a 1 year subscription today for $59.99 and a get a second subscription to give as a gift for FREE.

November 21, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


BOC approves Bear Creek Reservoir loan

The Newton County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved accepting a $21 million state loan for the construction of Bear Creek Reservoir.

November 20, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Tobacco could be banned at county parks

The Newton County Recreation Commission presented the Newton County Board of Commissioners with a proposed ordinance that would prohibit the use of tobacco products at county parks and recreation facilities.

November 20, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


An elementary view of Thanksgiving

Talking turkey: Porterdale Elementary School students tell The News why they think Thanksgiving (1) is a holiday (2) and how they would make the perfect turkey.

November 20, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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