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NCSS SAT scores increase across the board

Newton County School System's (NCSS) overall scores on the SAT increased across the board in 2016. The district posted an 11-point increase in both ...

September 27, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington resident celebrates 100th birthday

Last Saturday, friends and family gathered at Salem United Methodist Church to celebrate Martha Wellburn Malcolm's 100th birthday. She was joined by her ...

September 27, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


SPLOST projects, revenues discussed

The Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) started its course for a 2017 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) Monday.

September 26, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Adult literacy volunteer tutors are honored at luncheon

For Ann Stokes, learning to read has been exciting because she has been able to read the Bible daily.

September 26, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Eastside Trail benches to be enhanced by local Scout

When Covington resident Jake McCarthy was 8-years-old, he told his parents what he wanted to do for his Eagle Scout project.

September 26, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Auction will benefit county’s hungry

Members of the Church of the Good Shepherd, Episcopal held auctions at the church before, but this is the first time the Covington church is ...

September 25, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Teacher of the Year finalists announced

Tamahia Benton, of Liberty Middle School, Cecily Bullock, of Alcovy High School and Jason Smith, of Newton High School, were named the finalists for Newton ...

September 24, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Precious Waters named Newton Homecoming Queen

Precious Waters was named the 2016 Newton High School Homecoming Queen Friday night at Sharp Stadium.

September 24, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Ban on vinyl siding on houses being built discussed

Vinyl siding has long been an aesthetically pleasing and affordable choice for homeowners, to go along with brick and wood. However, is it a dangerous ...

September 23, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Jam to raise money for new accessible access to Yellow River

A year ago, it rained for the inaugural Yellow River Jam. This year, good weather is expected Saturday when the second Yellow River Jam kicks ...

September 23, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Chair Ellis proclaims Thursday Suicide Prevention Awareness Day

Newton County Chair Keith Ellis proclaimed Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, to be Suicide Prevention Awareness Day during an event on the Covington Square Thursday morning.

September 22, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


O’Brien pleads guilty to theft by taking

Former Newton County Fire Services Chief Kevin O'Brien stood with his attorney Steven M. Frey, of The Frey Law Firm, and withdrew his not ...

September 22, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Child's Voice Child Advocacy Center celebrates 10 years

A Child's Voice Child Advocacy Center celebrated 10 years of service with an open house at its Social Circle location Wednesday.

September 21, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


BOC summary: No action taken on moratorium or mosque

The moratorium on permits for places of worship came to an end at midnight Sept. 20 after no action was taken by the Newton County ...

September 20, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


The three victims in Monday's fatal accident identified

Two of the three victims in Monday's fatal accident involving a Newton County School System (NCSS) school bus were under the age of 10.

September 20, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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District 113 state rep. runoff preview

Below is a runoff election preview for the Democratic District 113 state representative race. As there are no Republican contenders, the winner of this election will be the next state represenative for the district.

August 20, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Ronnie Dimsdale - runoff election preview

Ronnie Dimsdale

August 20, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Levie Maddox - runoff election preview

Levie Maddox

August 20, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


A vigil for fallen soldier from Conyers

The backdrop could just as easily been a painting by Norman Rockwell. There were young mothers pushing baby strollers; old friends and classmates reminiscing or shaking hands or hugging each other; all gathered around an immaculate baseball field Saturday at Loganville Middle School.

August 19, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Library to offer e-book service

Newton County residents will soon be able to download library e-books directly to their computer or e-reader from the comfort of their home.

August 18, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newton County Sentencing - Aug. 19

Sandy Mullinax, theft by taking felony, nolle pross. Felony financial transaction fraud theft, 3 years probation, $1,000. Three counts felony financial transaction card fraud, 3 months probation consecutive, $1,000, 3 years probation consecutive, 2 years probation consecutive.

August 18, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Crime Briefs - Aug. 19

Covington police responded to a criminal damage to property call on Friday around 12:30 a.m. at Cecilia Street. Police spoke with a woman who said her boyfriend Anthony Hubert bust the windows out of her white 1998 Chevrolet Suburban.

August 18, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Local group donates school supplies

The Covington Area Employer Committee, a committed group of human resource professionals from the Covington area, recently completed its first "Operation Backpack." Operation Backpack 2012 was an initiative to get much needed school supplies in the hands of as many children as possible. There are thousands of school-aged children in Newton County living under the poverty level. One of the most devastating consequences of poverty is the impact it has on the children's education. Covington's Area Employer Committee supported Operation Backpack, a back-to-school drive, by asking the general public to deliver backpacks and/or school supplies to designated ...

August 18, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Gas prices rise 5 cents from last week

Average retail gasoline prices in Newton County have risen 5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.60/gal Tuesday. This compares with the national average that has increased 5.4 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.67/gal, according to gasoline price website AtlantaGasPrices.com.

August 18, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Chairman questioned over new position

Another disagreement over the power of the county chairman cropped up last week, when Commissioner Mort Ewing questioned a newly-created public works position posted online by Chairman Kathy Morgan.

August 18, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Love at First Sight: 70 Years of Bliss

In a little more than two weeks, Newton County residents Frank and Earline Seale will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary, a feat that speaks for itself.

August 18, 2012 | Rachel Goff | LOCAL


$19K worth of items stolen from man

A Covington man was reportedly hit in the head and robbed of approximately $19,000 worth of items at his home Monday.

August 16, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Accounting errors found in P'dale audit

An independent auditor's report found accounting errors and several other financial problems for the city of Porterdale.

August 16, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Mansfield power line fight continues

The fight by city officials to keep new power lines out of the small city of Mansfield will finally be decided in court more than a year after the contentious issue first surfaced.

Georgia Transmission Corporation is taking steps to build a 3.2-mile transmission line that will pass through Mansfield in an effort to provide more electricity capacity to regional residents, but a remaining hurdle is a tract of disputed city-owned land that city officials say the corporation can't build on.

August 16, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Widowed fiancee starts nonprofit

It's been nearly two years since 38-year-old Larry Dwayne Bradley died. And while she has mourned, the fiancée he left behind has also worked towards creating something that will honor the memory of her lost love.

August 16, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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