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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


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


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History opens its doors

The home formerly known as Whitehall, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, will now serve as a bed and breakfast and event facility in Covington.

November 03, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Alcovy CASA to hold auction and car show

Muscle cars, motorcycles and low riders will be just a few of the vehicles driving to a car show charity fundraiser for the Newton, Rockdale and Walton County Court Appointed Special Advocates for Abused and Neglected Children in Covington next weekend.

November 03, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Local artist makes official Ga. ornaments

Newton County resident Cindy Murphy considers herself a starving artist, but this starving artist has been improving her skills for the past 15 years and recently received a top state honor, when Gov. Nathan Deal chose her for to make Georgia's official Christmas ornaments.

November 03, 2012 | By Anastasia Graves news@covnews.com | LOCAL


Community pillar Pierce Cline dies

Community pillar Pierce Cline died Saturday morning at the age of 85.

November 03, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


4-H'ers continue recycling, earn state award

That's right-in under five years, with your help, we have recycled 10,000 books back into our own community.

November 03, 2012 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


A not-so-welcomed Halloween scare

A woman went to the Newton County Sheriff's Office to report harassing phone calls.

November 03, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Last of early voting draws a crowd

Early voting lines wrapped around the Newton County Administration Building Friday as residents tried to cast their vote before Nov. 6.

November 03, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


NHS parapro fired, charged with enticing a child

A Newton High School assistant coach and paraprofessional has been fired, after being charged with enticing a child for indecent purposes.

November 02, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Crime briefs: Women fight over parking

Two women were charged with disorderly conduct after a disagreement over a parking space that turned physical. An officer with the Covington Police Department responded to Johnson Drive around 8 p.m. on Wednesday after receiving a call about a fight.

November 01, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Farm Bureau seeks entries for essay contest

The Newton County Farm Bureau encourages 6th, 7th and 8th grade students to enter the Georgia Farm Bureau Middle School Essay Contest. Students should address the topic "How has agriculture changed in the last 75 years?" The winner of the contest will receive $50.00.

November 01, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Live auction benefit to be held on Nov. 3

Saturday, Nov. 3rd, Community Assistance Relief Effort Inc. (C.A.R.E. Inc.), a non-profit group dedicated to helping people of Porterdale, will host a live auction at the Porterdale Mill Lofts. The event will take place from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

November 01, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local churches host fall events

This Saturday, Mansfield Baptist Church will host a run to benefit Operation Christmas Child, a nonprofit organization that provides under privileged children in other countries with Christmas gifts and offers to children the word of God.

November 01, 2012 | Hayley Williams | LOCAL


Santa, smurfs to visit Stonecrest

Ring in the Christmas season with a visit to Santa Claus at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17 at the Mall at Stonecrest in Lithonia. Santa's workshop will be located on the lower level of the mall outside Sears.

November 01, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Holbrook to replace McCollum as state wildlife president

The Georgia Wildlife Federation announced that Todd Holbrook, former Deputy Commissioner of Georgia's Department of Natural Resources (DNR), as its new President and CEO, effective January 1, 2013.

November 01, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Wells Fargo gives $2,000 to the arts

Wells Fargo has donated $2,000 dollars to the Arts Association in Newton County. This is the first time the company has donated to the Arts Association.

November 01, 2012 | Hayley Williams | LOCAL


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