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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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SPLOST early voting ends 5 p.m. today

If you don't vote by 5 p.m. today in the SPLOST election, you'll have to wait until the regular election on Tuesday.

March 10, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Filming returns to downtown Covington

Filming in Covington began Thursday for NBC's made-for-TV movie "The Magic Eye" a tale about high school football in small town America.

March 10, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newton County unemployment climbs again

The unemployment rate stands at 12.5 percent in Newton County, according to information released Thursday from the Georgia Department of Labor.

March 10, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


At 114, Georgian is world's oldest person

MONROE. - It's official: 114-year-old Besse Cooper of Monroe was recognized Thursday as the oldest person in the world.

March 10, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


SPLOST early voting ends Friday

Early voting for SPLOST ends at 5 p.m. Friday.

March 10, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


The misery map: See where Newton ranks

The unemployment rate stands at 12.5 percent in Newton County and 12.4 percent in Rockdale County, according to information released today from the Georgia Department of Labor.

March 10, 2011 | | LOCAL


Foreclosures decline in metro Atlanta

ATLANTA - New figures show foreclosure activity fell substantially last month in February across a 28-county area of metro Atlanta.

March 10, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


UGA reports recruiting violation

ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia acknowledged breaking NCAA rules in its recruitment of linebacker Ray Drew.

The school sent a letter to the Southeastern Conference saying that two former football players attended a Jan. 28 news conference in which Drew announced his commitment to Georgia, a violation of five NCAA bylaws relating to illegal contract before signing a letter-of-intent.

March 10, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Give blood: Blood drive schedule

From Staff Reports

March 09, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Two arrested in Conyers toddler's death

A mother and her boyfriend were arrested Tuesday by Conyers Police in connection with the death of the woman's child, 3-year-old Edna Figueroa.

March 09, 2011 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Bank bandit suspect killed in Sandy Springs

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. - Police say a man suspected of robbing a bank in the Atlanta suburb of Sandy Springs was later shot and killed by a police officer in Atlanta after a car chase.

Sandy Springs police Lt. Steve Rose says the man was accused of robbing a Wells Fargo bank shortly before noon. Sandy Springs police and Georgia State Patrol officers pursued the man's car south on Georgia 400 as the chase entered Atlanta.

March 09, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Thanks, Jeff, for leaving your mark

Anyone who has ever been given an opportunity to do what they love knows how valuable that can be. Going to work knowing you're getting paid to do something you'd probably do for free is something we all strive for.

March 09, 2011 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL


Weather advisory for Newton County

The National Weather Service has issued a Significant Weather Advisory for Newton County, cautioning that heavy rain and wind to 35 mph are expected in the area.

March 09, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


State Patrol expands motorcycle safety initiative

The Georgia Department of Public Safety has received a grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to collect data over the next two years to improve motorcycle safety. The $70,000 grant will be used to conduct six, one-day safety checkpoints between March 1 of this year and December 31, 2012.

March 09, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Community choir to make a joyful noise

Mack McKibben wants to form a true community choir. He wants 100 to 150 people joining voices for some good old-fashioned Southern gospel music.

March 09, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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