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Solid Waste Panel digs in

Transparency, financial security, inclusiveness, and fairness are just some of the guiding values identified by the citizens solid waste panel during its first facilitated meeting Thursday.

May 28, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Newton-Young Professionals to meet at The Oaks

Newton County's young professionals have a chance not only to network; not only to have an evening out on the golf course but also a chance to learn more about the county they work, live and play in.

May 27, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Fatality in I-20 crash identified

52-year-old Joel William Simpson, a Newton County resident, has been confirmed dead after he drove his vehicle against traffice on I-20 Tuesday night, crashing into another vehicle around the 89 mile mark between Almon and Salem roads.

May 27, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington-Newton Medical, Piedmont finalize deal

Newton Medical Center will soon become Piedmont Newton Hospital after NMC finalized a partnership agreement with Piedmont Healthcare earlier this week.

May 23, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Covington- Two dead in apparent murder suicide

The Covington Police Department responded to a shooting Thursday, discovering a man and woman shot when arriving on scene.

May 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


New section of Social Circle Bypass to open

The new section of the Social Circle Bypass from State road 11 to East Hightower Trail will open Tuesday, June 2, according to Superintendent of traffic, safety and utilities J. Robert Manning of ER Snell Contractor.

May 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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


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


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Archive By Section - LOCAL


Mom threatens son with knife

A mother remains jailed after allegedly threatening her teen son with a knife because he didn't do his chores.

September 28, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Teen caught urinating on tree

A Newton County teen was arrested for public drunk after officers saw him urinating on a tree next to Checkers.

September 28, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Blazing the trail

Over the years, Susan Boss noticed a disturbing pattern among many of her customers. Every time she turned around, another customer had been diagnosed with breast cancer.

September 25, 2011 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


County to buy 34 NCSO cars w/ SPLOST

Newton County is planning to spend the first of its 2011 SPLOST collections - $811,835 - by purchasing 34 new cars for the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

September 25, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newton to get good return on T-SPLOST

Only a handful of residents attended Thursday night's T-SPLOST open house at Georgia Perimeter College despite the fact the additional penny tax will totally revamp transportation funding in the state and will greatly affect major regional thoroughfares.

September 25, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Honor flight departs from American Legion

Twenty-five World War II veterans, including several from Newton County, and their guardians flew to Washington, D.C. from Atlanta on Thursday in the inaugural flight of Honor Flight Conyers. The group left the American Legion Post 77 at 5 a.m., escorted by police, and spent the day in Washington D.C. visiting monuments and memorials such as the World War II memorial. The veterans, who came from across the metro Atlanta region and the state and ranged from ages 84 - 97, returned at 11:30 p.m travel-weary but proud.

September 25, 2011 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Two airlifted in weekend car accidents

Over the weekend, two separate car accidents resulted in area residents being airlifted to Atlanta hospitals

September 23, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Church helping boy with severe spasms

Tiffany Smith talks like a seasoned health care professional. This local mother of two young boys can spout off the complicated, often times impossibly long, names of disorders, procedures and medications that would leave most people tongue tied. Tiffany came by her knowledge the hard way. Not through years of formal education, but rather seven years of loving, nurturing and understanding her first born son's medical condition.

September 23, 2011 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | LOCAL


Fire burns down house on Ga. 212

A home at 7245 Ga. Highway 212 was destroyed in a fire early Thursday morning, causing the road to be closed between 3:20 a.m. and 9:45 a.m.

September 22, 2011 | | LOCAL


Fire department asking for community's help for grant

The Covington Fire Department is calling on the people of Covington to help them win a $10,000 grant from Liberty Mutual's Be Fire Smart Safety Pledge program.

September 21, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log - Sept. 21

Crystal Gail Shackleford, Kimberly Linn Shelton, 34, 1288 Cannon Farm Road, Oxford, Sept. 12. Possession of marijuana less than one ounce, possession of Schedule I & II drug (methamphetamine) with intent to distribute

September 21, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Legislators discuss redistricting maps

Five of Newton County's state legislators, including new additions Rep. Steve Davis (R-McDonough) and Sen. Ronald Ramsey (D-Lithonia), introduced themselves and talked about the new redistricting maps Tuesday at the Covington Rotary Club.

September 21, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newton’s top teachers

Three Newton County teachers were surprised and excited Monday - more so than usual, of course - when they were named finalists for the county's 2012 Teacher of the Year award.

September 21, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Stubborn thieves refuse jail reprieve

Thieves were busy again this weekend stealing more than $38,250 in 18 separate cases.

September 21, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Man shoots daughter, wife in Stockbridge

UPDATE, 12:30 p.m. - The mother is reportedly in stable condition after going through surgery at Atlanta Medical Center. The 10-year-old daughter is reportedly in critical condition and out of surgery.

September 20, 2011 | | LOCAL


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