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County finalizes form of gov't citizen panel

Each of Newton County's commissioners and chairman have chosen a citizen to sit on a panel to review the county charter, which dictates the local form of government.

March 26, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Newton unemployment rate dips in February

As metro Atlanta unemployment dropped, so has Newton County's.

March 26, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Landfill: Executive Summary from Green Hill

Newton County - East Georgia Settlement and Newton County - Green Hill P3, LLLPLandfill Lease and Operating Agreement

March 25, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Former mayor, others show support of White

The St. Patrick's Day holiday didn't keep people from attending a called meeting in Social Circle Tuesday, as city hall's community room was filled with concerned citizens.

March 22, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Meet Alcovy's Val and Sal

Alcovy High School senior Alex Yang was extremely proud of himself when he was named valedictorian of the school's 2015 graduation class. It was a goal of his since the start of his senior year.

March 22, 2015 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


Meet Newton's Val and Sal

Newton County High School senior Ian Cole isn't worried about much these days.

March 22, 2015 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


County chair to get back full powers

The Newton County Board of Commissioners narrowly approved this week a motion to restore the county chair with the full powers invested in the position by the charter, effective January 1, 2017, and to set up another citizens committee to review and update the language of the charter.

March 22, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


County lawyers see 13% raise

Newton County's legal fees continue to soar above budget, as commissioners approved more than $83,000 in payments to longtime County Attorney Tommy Craig's firm for the month of February alone.

March 22, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


At a crossroads

Newton County has 60 days to come up with a solution to its landfill crisis or face costly litigation and possibly the construction of a private, regional landfill. The head of the East Georgia Land & Development Company announced his intention this week to seek damages and a new landfill permit in response to the county's failure to approve a settlement.

March 22, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Meet Eastside's Val and Sal

Anna Davis believes much wasn't expected of her academically.

March 21, 2015 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


Newton County Farm Bureau members attend GFB Day at Capitol

Newton County Farm Bureau members traveled to Atlanta, Feb. 19 to participate in Georgia Farm Bureau Day at the Capitol. While at the capitol, members of the Newton County Farm Bureau delegation visited with Representatives Pam Dickerson and Dave Belton. Members of the Newton County Farm Bureau who attended the event included: Brent Galloway, Charles Berry, Chuck Berry, Julius Hays, Lori McCart, and Kevin Mitcham.

March 21, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCFB hosts Chinese delegation

Newton County Farm Bureau hosted a delegation of Chinese feed producers on Jan. 29 attending the International Poultry Expo in Atlanta. NCFB President Brent Galloway welcomed the group to the NCFB office, telling the group about agriculture in the county and Farm Bureau.

March 21, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Landfill tabled, chair powers to be restored

The Newton County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to table a vote on a controversial landfill settlement for at least 60 days in order to allow an independent review with input from a citizen committee.

March 18, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


NCSS receives climate star ratings

According to surveys conducted during the 2013-14 school year the climate, or quality and character of school life, of Newton County's middle schools are above average.

March 18, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Robbery suspect caught after 5 years on the run

After five years, the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office has the final suspect of an armed robbery case in custody.

March 18, 2015 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


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City has $9 million left from '07 Cable sale

Covington sold its cable TV system to Charter Communications for $27. 2 million in August 2007, and after four years of land purchases, paying down debt and airport improvements $8.9 million remain.

November 24, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


True Newton Blue

The Newton boys' basketball team honored Becky Rutledge, widow of former longtime administrator J.W. Rutledge, for donating new blazers and ties in a pre-game ceremony Tuesday. She donated a new set of the patented blue blazers and ties Newton players and coaches wear before games to replace the set the Rutledge family donated several years ago.

November 24, 2011 | Anthoney Banks | LOCAL


Newspaper delayed by mechanical problems

Due to mechanical problems with the printing press, print edition of The Covington News will be delivered late this morning.

November 23, 2011 | | LOCAL


Upcoming Arts Association events

Community Band Holiday Concert - December 5, 7:30 p.m. Free. Eastside High School

November 23, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Social Circle to hold annual tree lighting on Dec. 3

Social Circle will hold its annual tree lighting at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 3 on the lawn of city hall.

November 23, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Sunday sales to go into effect in Dec.

Covington and Porterdale voters approved Sunday package sales Nov. 8, but customers can't yet buy any form of alcohol on Sundays and they may not be able to buy liquor on Sunday anytime soon.

November 20, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Morgan working to reverse gov’t switch

As Newton County's government is transitioning to a county manager form, Chairman Kathy Morgan continues to investigate recourse - including the possibility of a lawsuit - to restore full administrative oversight to the chairman as called for in the county's charter.

November 20, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Sheriff Brown to seek reelection

Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown has announced that he plans to seek reelection as sheriff in the 2012 election.

November 20, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Middleton on change to county manager

Newly appointed County Manager John Middleton met with department heads and constitutional officers Friday morning to review with them changes made to the county's government.

November 20, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Hoodie argument ends in onion dip assault

An argument over a lost hoodie led to a juvenile being hit in the head with a container of French onion dip Thursday.

November 20, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newman arrested for DUI in Cobb

Prominent republican backer James Clayton Newman was arrested in Cobb County last month and charged with DUI, at least his second this year.

November 18, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Deputies contact DFACS for local child

A decision by a woman to not help authorities in their investigation against her alleged abuser had deputies contacting the Department of Children Services Wednesday evening on the child's behalf.

November 18, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Group sought in shots fired incident

Deputies from the NCSO are searching for a group of black males who allegedly fired shots and busted into a home on Oak Terrace Drive late Wednesday night.

November 18, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Middleton appointed as county manager

Two days after Newton County moved to a county manager form of government, officials have yet to detail how the new structure will work.

November 18, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Lighting the Courthouse

Newtonians of all ages came together last night for the annual lighting of the courthouse.

November 18, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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