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Forensic audit stirs reactions

The FBI, Georgia Bureau of Investigation or Newton County District Attorney have not released any findings from a forensic audit of Newton County operations conducted ...

December 11, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Recreation Commission used director’s company to conduct camps

The Newton County Recreation Commission's board of directors supported Director Anthony Avery this week and took no actions against his employment after reviewing a ...

December 11, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Library, janitorial contract funding approved

The Newton County Library was granted $27,000 by the Board of Commissioners (BOC) Tuesday night after library officials said the system could lose its ...

December 10, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


19-year old arrested for murder Tuesday

Elijah William Ramoutar, 19, has been arrested by the Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) for the murder of Alyssa Ann Wright, 19, Tuesday evening.

December 08, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Social Circle officer appeals termination after aggressive actions

A former Social Circle Police Department (SCPD) officer is asking for his job back after being terminated following a traffic stop that crossed the line ...

December 07, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


BOC Summary: 162 proposed to honor Deputy Justin White

The Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) honored Deputy Justin White Tuesday evening by requesting the local legislative delegation to have a portion of Georgia ...

December 07, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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


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GPC hosts events for International Education week

Open any decorating magazine today and Moroccan style is sure to be seen in furniture, fabrics and food. North African cuisine can even be found in Newton County starting next week as part of a three-day celebration at Georgia Perimeter College called International Education Week on Nov. 12, 14 and 15.

November 10, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Porterdale Elementary hosts Parent University

Parents are invited to Porterdale Elementary Nov. 15 to attend Parent University. A free event with several speakers, the goal is to work to make sure students get the very best from both school and home.

November 10, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Challenge Charter Academy seeking donations for Eat with a Treat

Challenge Charter Academy is seeking donations from the community for their annual Eat with a Treat, a dinner for students, their families and community members. A recent decrease in donations for CCA has made the annual event a challenge.

November 10, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


GOP happy with county, state gains

Though Tuesday was clearly disappointing for the Republican Party on a national scale, Republicans gained even more seats in the Georgia legislature and the local party celebrated the recapture of the chairman's seat in Newton County.

November 10, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Non-emergency ER patients to pay

Newton Medical Center will begin charging a $150 deposit to patients who don't have a true emergency condition yet still request care from the hospital's emergency room. Patients with insurance will be required to pay their co-pay or deductible.

November 10, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Officials reveal Salem Overlay draft

Members of the community gathered in the West Newton Elementary school cafeteria Thursday night to see design and development plans for the western side of the county.

November 10, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Review: Lynch offensive, but seriously entertaining

Like a cyclone of humor and downright dirty wit, Stephen Lynch took the stage at The Varity Playhouse Thursday evening to promote his newest album "Lion." And while I wasn't quite a blushing fan girl this time, I was, as ever, impressed by both his live show and his new album.

November 10, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Veterans bond through survival stories

I was asked to 'pick out' a few favorite stories for Veterans Day. Folks, that is a difficult task. I've had the privilege of interviewing more than 200 veterans and I favor all of them. I have a soft spot in my heart for The Greatest Generation. Resilient, patriotic, and frugal, they saved democracy. Their casualties proved horrific, yet they marched into battle time and time again. We, their offspring, had our own war - Vietnam. For 10 years, we did our duty in dung-filled rice paddies and thick jungles owned by the enemy. I relate to my brothers; we ...

November 10, 2012 | Pete Mecca | LOCAL


Covington’s 4-H rein-lambs bring Santa to town

Legend has it that Santa's reindeer just couldn't hack it in Australia.

November 10, 2012 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


Celebrating local veterans

The Sunday edition of The Covington News will feature a special Veterans Day section in celebration of our local servicemen.

November 09, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Council passes new utility deposit policy

Several new policy changes for the city of Covington's utilities services offered to residential and commercial customers were approved at a council meeting on Monday.

The council unanimously approved the first reading of an ordinance which made changes to the deposit guidelines required by residential and commercial customers for utility services; approved a new policy that forms an agreement that will be offered by the city to assist customers with past due balances; and approved a new policy that formed an optional landlord agreement for continuous service.

November 08, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


American Legion to hand out poppies Sat.

After World War I, Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae wrote a poem, "In Flanders Fields," and spoke of red poppies that grew around the white crosses which were planted into fields of only dirt and mud where soldiers were buried. It wasn't long before the poppies became a symbol of the blood shed by those soldiers, and by 1920, the American Legion named the poppy the official flower for veterans.

November 08, 2012 | Hayley Williams | LOCAL


Teacher, student save choking teen

A Woodlee Christian Academy teacher and student are being hailed as heroes after saving a student's life after he started to choke on a snack.

History teacher Ashley Tamasi and eight grader DeAngelo Gibbs credit quick response and teamwork to saving eight-grade student Eric Goodman's life.

November 08, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Efforts continue to land industry

Covington City Council approved changing zoning conditions for Gwinnett Industries on two parcels of land located in the Lochridge Industrial Park in an effort to land prospect Project Dove.

November 08, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


County to resurface Lake Varner road

The Newton County Board of Commissioners approved a bid for the resurfacing of Lake Varner's entrance road and park at their meeting on Tuesday.

November 08, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


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