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Harry Owens likely interim county manager

Newton County revealed the name of the candidate under consideration for the position of interim county manager Friday following the departure of former County Manager Tom Garrett last week.

May 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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


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Rockdale home invasion suspect arrested

Authorities in Gwinnett County have arrested a man suspected in a Rockdale County home invasion that took place in February of 2011.

January 31, 2012 | | LOCAL


Home burns down on Tucker Mill Road

A blaze destroyed the home and the posessions of a mother and two young children Monday night on Tucker Mill Road.

January 31, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mentor turns youth's life around

John McCammon's mother was far away, his father was dead, his brother was in trouble and he was left alone in a foreign country he barely knew. He was 14.

January 29, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Five banished from Housing Authority

Five men were banished from the Covington Housing Authority after one ran from the police and the others were caught allegedly packaging drugs in a home.

On Thursday afternoon, officers from the Covington Police Department were called to a home on Johnson Drive (inside the Housing Authority) on reports that a man with two outstanding felony warrants had been seen outside.

January 29, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Tip of the Week - Jan. 29

You can buy pricey dog treats from the specialty store or you can DIY for gourmet treats your canine friends won't soon forget. With just four ingredients, this recipe is truly frugal and fabulous.

January 29, 2012 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | LOCAL


Leaders discuss 2050 Build-Out Plan

Leaders from Newton County's governments, school system and the water authority met Saturday at Burge Plantation to update each other on their latest efforts and future plans. The grouping of officials is known as the Leadership Collaborative and work on joint planning.

January 28, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Covington Woman killed in head-on wreck

A 56-year-old Covington woman was killed in a head-on collision around 2:48 a.m.

January 28, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Chicken soup fight leads to arrest

Police arrested a 45-year-old man last week after a fight over chicken soup turned violent.

January 26, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Police, public see trends via crime map

There may be only 53 officers at the Covington Police Department, but in the last year they answered around 40,000 calls, not all of which were crimes. In fact, according to Detective Daniel Seals, crime has gone down in the city since the implementation of their interactive crime map.

January 26, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Nominations sought for Pat Patrick award

The Newton Fund is taking nominations for its fourth annual Pat Patrick Big Heart Award, which recognizes exceptional volunteers in the community.

January 26, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local gets national lifetime poultry award

Covington resident Jim Sumner, president of the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council (USAPEEC), has been named the recipient of the 2012 Poultry Industry Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Poultry & Food Distributors Association (NPFDA).

January 26, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


United Community Bank explains losses

An official with United Community Bank, which has branches in Newton and Rockdale counties, says recently reported additional income tax expenses shouldn't have any bearing on day-to-day business.

January 26, 2012 | Crystal Ledford Forsyth News | LOCAL


Accident on Access Road

Traffic is flowing freely after a morning accident that blocked the Access Road in front of Riverside Estates Mobile Home Park, just east of Crowell Road, and at least one person was taken to a hospital in Atlanta, said 1st Lt. Mark Mitchell with the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

January 26, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Fire on I-20 eastbound near Salem Road

IN BRIEF: A fire was reported by the side of Interstate 20 on the eastbound lanes, near the Salem Road exit, around 8 a.m. Check back for more information later.

January 26, 2012 | | LOCAL


Atlanta finally passes air quality test

(ATLANTA - January 25, 2012) The federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined that, for the first time, the 20-county metro Atlanta region now meets the federal standards for air quality established in 1997.

January 25, 2012 | Atlanta Regional Commission | LOCAL


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