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Property tax rate likely to drop in FY15

Commissioners got some good news Tuesday night at their budget work session, including learning their health insurance bill will be at least $339,660 lower and seeing rising property values that would allow the board to make good on its promise to lower the millage rate.

April 22, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Council unsure how to use Legion Field

Covington City Council members are still unsure whether they want to allow Legion Field on Mill Street to be rented for private events and whether they want to charge a fee or simply a refundable deposit.

April 22, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Deputy arrested for child molestation

A former Newton County deputy was arrested Monday for allegedly inappropriately touching a child multiple times between 2006 and 2011.

April 21, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


BOC working on budget to drop tax rate

With a goal of lowering the county's property tax rate, after raising it last year, the Newton County Board of Commissioners is set to kick off its part of the budget process in earnest and officials will be looking for ways to cut costs and increase revenue.

April 21, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newton teens arrested in Heritage High robbery

Four Newton County teens from were arrested in connection with the March 27 assault and robbery of a student in the Heritage High School parking lot and deputies are on the lookout for a fifth teen.

April 21, 2014 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Casting call for 'Taken 3' extras in Covington

Liam Neeson is back kicking bad guy butt for the third installment of the hit "Taken" series, though the plot itself is to-be-announced. Scenes are reportedly to be filmed in Covington and the production is calling for extras.

April 21, 2014 | | LOCAL


Bear spotted south of Newborn

A large bear was spotted south of Newborn this week, and the Jasper County man who initially reported the bear says there is evidence it's hanging around, but an official with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources said real concern doesn't set in until a bear starts damaging property or stops showing fear.

April 19, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Smart Growth’s political forum Monday

Early voting for the May 20 Primary begins Friday, and local group Smart Growth Newton County is giving residents a chance to hear from all the local and state candidates facing opposition this year.

April 19, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Paving his way

A home-schooled kid with a father who dropped out of high school and a mother who dropped out of college doesn't quite fit the typical profile for a stellar college student.

April 19, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Taking the challenge

THE WINNERS OF THE CHEERIOS CHALLENGE

April 19, 2014 | Anthoney Banks | LOCAL


Sam B. Hay, Jr. into GCA Hall of Fame

The Georgia Cattlemen's Association inducted Sam B. Hay, Jr. into the GCA Hall of Fame at the Cattlemen's Ball on Friday, April 4 during its 53rd annual convention & trade show and 17th annual Georgia Beef Expo in Perry.

April 19, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton HS drama presents new show

Many high-schoolers run out of the door as soon as the bell rings Friday afternoon, eager for the weekend and time away from school. Not Tawana Parker-Bellamy's cast of yellow, emerald and gold. In the auditorium, they dance, sing, laugh, play and make sure they know what type of food will be provided at an upcoming cast lunch.

April 19, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


The hunt is on

Social Circle United Methodist Church kicks off its Easter celebration with its annual community egg hunt Saturday morning at Gunter Hall.

April 19, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Kroger helps give back

The next time you buy your groceries part of the proceeds could go to your favorite nonprofit.

April 18, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Monday is voter registration deadline

Monday is the voter registration deadline for anyone who wants to vote in May 20 Primary Election.

April 18, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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Two dead in Ga. Highway 11 wreck

Two men who had been missing for a week were found dead Saturday morning, victims of a car wreck on Ga. Highway 11 near Surrey Chase Drive.

January 13, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Restaurant Inspection Scores

Health inspection ratings for food providers in Newton County provided by the Georgia Department of Public Health Community Health Division.

January 13, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Frigid photos: Readers share snow shots

We asked you to share your photos of what it was like in the ice and snow in your neighborhood, and dozens of people have responded. Here's a sampling. See more in Wednesday's print edition, and coming in Friday's print edition.

January 13, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Ice cleanup costly to state

ATLANTA - Georgia s shelling out up to $2 million a day cleaning up the winter storm that dumped ice and snow across the state, a state Department of Transportation spokesman said Wednesday.

January 13, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


HOPE faces cuts in Deal budget

ATLANTA - Gov. Nathan Deal preached austerity in his first State of the State address on Wednesday, unveiling an $18.2 billion budget proposal that will mean deep cuts to the state's popular HOPE scholarship program and a slimmed down state workforce.

January 13, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


New library director sought

The Newton County Library Board of Directors hopesto hire a new library director soon as it seeks a replacement for Greg Heid, who accepted the library director position in Des Moines, Iowa.

January 12, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Library director sought

The Newton County Library Board of Directors hopesto hire a new library director soon as it seeks a replacement for Greg Heid, who accepted the library director position in Des Moines, Iowa.

January 12, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


City, county offices to open today

Conditions are steadily improving and the governments of both Covington and Newton County are planning to open for business Thursday.

January 12, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newton Schools closed for Thursday

Newton County Schools and the central office will remain closed Thursday due to hazardous road conditions.

January 12, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


County clears Rep. Holt’s driveway

At least one person has taken exception to the fact the Newton County Public Works department cleared the driveway of State Representative Doug Holt's Social Circle home on Monday.

January 11, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Alcovy girls down Eastside

Eastside's girls could have made the statement that they are the best team in the county Saturday. Instead, it was Alcovy emerging with that title.

January 11, 2011 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL


Some stores open, governments closed

Authorities are advising residents to stay at home and the local governments are closed, but if you need groceries or other goods, Covington's major retailers are open today. Here's a look at their hours, which could change if the weather worsens:

January 11, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Power restored at Conyers Walmart

Update, 1:32 p.m.: Power was restored to the Conyers Walmart and all 1,400 Snapping Shoals customers at 1:24 p.m. The outage occurred at 12:40 p.m. and was caused by a material failure and was unrelated to the weather, Snapping Shoals spokesperson Leigh-Anne Burgess said in an e-mail.

January 11, 2011 | | LOCAL


WEATHER UPDATE: I-20 reopens in Rockdale

One lane eastbound of I-20 has been opened through Conyers. Westbound lanes are open as well.

January 11, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


I-20 reopens in Rockdale

One lane eastbound of I-20 has been opened through Conyers. Westbound lanes are open as well.

January 11, 2011 | | LOCAL


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