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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


NMC to join Piedmont system Oct. 1

Newton Medical Center will formally become a subsidiary of Piedmont Healthcare on Oct. 1.

May 21, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | 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


Stacey Cotton appointed to medical marijuana study group

Covington Police Chief Stacey Cotton has been named one of 11 members named to Gov. Nathan Deal's new panel charged with making recommendations about what type of medical marijuana use Georgia should allow.

May 17, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Certified Quality Breast Center at Newton Medical Center

Newton Medical Center's Women's Diagnostic Center has recently been recognized as a Certified Quality Breast Center in the National Quality Measures for Breast Centers Program™. This distinguished honor represents a commitment by this breast center to provide the highest level of quality breast health care to patients in the community.

May 16, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Preparing for graduation

The Newton County School System's high schools will be celebrating graduation Friday and Saturday.

May 16, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Golf Tournament to raise funds for Haiti missions

Teams of four golfers will play Ashton Hills Golf Course in Covington at the Drive4Hope Charity Golf Tournament on Thursday, May 21. The event is sponsored by Covington First Baptist Church and will raise money for the church's Haiti Mission Projects.

May 16, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Alcovy UMC charity run benefits men’s residential recovery program

Walkers and runners will be raising money for the Damascus Road Recovery, Inc., a nonprofit long-term residential recovery program for men suffering from dependence on drugs and alcohol in Newton County.

May 15, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


All options on the table for Solid Waste Panel

The solid waste citizen's panel will explore all options, including closing the current landfill on Lower River Road, while emphasizing the need to reduce waste across the board, its members decided Thursday.

May 14, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


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Gas prices expected in to keep rising

Motorists should be aware of the likelihood of a sharp rise in gasoline prices in the next few days and through the weekend in Atlanta.

February 23, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Supreme Court overturns Crowder plea

The guilty plea entered by Darrell Antonio Crowder in the 2008 murder of his estranged wife has been overturned by the Supreme Court, despite Newton County Superior Court Judge Eugene Benton's denial for a new trial in 2010.

February 23, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newt Gingrich to visit Covington Feb. 29

Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich will visit Newton County Feb. 29 as he campaigns in advance of the March 6 GOP presidential primary.

February 22, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Teenage twins surviving on their own

Michael and Nathanial Hodge aren't your average 19-year-old twins. The Alcovy High School seniors have been self-sufficient and living on their own since they were 16.

February 22, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Young sentenced to death

After roughly six hours of deliberation, a jury sentenced 44-year-old Rodney Young to die for the bludgeoning and stabbing death of 28-year-old Gary Jones.

February 22, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Serious crimes decline in Covington

Serious crimes in Covington declined in 2011 for the second straight year, but the changes were a mixed bag as thefts and sexual offenses increased, while assaults and property thefts declined.

February 22, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Health Scores - Feb. 22

American Deli, 3154 U.S. Highway 278, Jan. 18. Score 96.

February 22, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log - Feb. 22

Brian Jeffery Taylor, 22, 260 High Grove Drive, Covington, Jan. 26. Possession of Schedule IV drug Xanax), possession of marijuana felony with intent, possession of firearm or knife, possession of Schedule II drug (oxycodone).

February 21, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Fit to be queen

Valencia Johnson experienced her fair share of hurdles before making history and becoming Newton County's first singly-appointed black homecoming queen in 1975.

February 21, 2012 | Rachel Goff | LOCAL


I-20 westbound accident closes some lanes

IN BRIEF: A crash with multiple cars and tractor-trailers on Interstate 20 westbound, just before exit 80 for West Avenue, has shut down a few lanes, according to Conyers police. Emergency personnel are at the scene and tow trucks en route.

February 21, 2012 | | LOCAL


Penalty phase begins in Young trial

Update, 7 p.m.: Rodney Young was sentenced to the death penalty Tuesday evening by a Newton County jury.

February 20, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Covington man killed in Rockdale crash

A 26-year-old Covington man, the passenger in a single vehicle crash, was killed Saturday night when the car went off McDaniel Mill road into a yard and into a tree. The driver, a 27-year-old Conyers man, was transported by helicopter to Atlanta Medical Center with serious injuries.

February 20, 2012 | | LOCAL


City worker chased with knife

A city of Covington worker was allegedly chased with a knife while out marking the road on Need Street Friday.

February 18, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Cousins FCCLA club donates 50 blankets

Last month, the Family Career and Community Leaders of America club at Cousins Middle School organized a blanket drive. The club donated over 50 blankets to Pastor Lett of the Garden of Gethsemane Homeless Shelter.

February 18, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Future Caterpillar plant could help local businesses

Following Caterpillar's Friday announcement to build a new manufacturing facility near Athens and hire 1,400 workers, Newton County economic development officials are already working to reap some of the benefits.

February 18, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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