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Social Circle officer appeals termination after aggressive actions

A former Social Circle Police Department (SCPD) officer is asking for his job back after being terminated following a traffic stop that crossed the line ...

December 07, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


BOC Summary: 162 proposed to honor Deputy Justin White

The Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) honored Deputy Justin White Tuesday evening by requesting the local legislative delegation to have a portion of Georgia ...

December 07, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Recreation Commission finds ‘no illegal or dishonest behavior’

The Newton County Recreation Commission's board of directors did not make any personnel changes stemming from a recent forensic audit released by Frazier and ...

December 05, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Football coach turning heads in … The Nutcracker

If you happen to take a trip to the Porter Auditorium this coming weekend and you see a familiar local football coach donning a wig ...

December 05, 2016 | Gabriel Stovall | LOCAL


Forensic Audit: Actions ‘caused financial harm and damage to the taxpayers of Newton County’

Eds Note: To read more on the forensic accounting report click for a report on the Bear Creek Reservoir project, here; read about the report ...

December 04, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Sawyer: former attorney’s actions ‘detrimental to taxpayers’

On Oct. 18, 2015, the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) voted to bring a halt to the proposed Bear Creek Reservoir project, under way ...

December 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Accountant points to unapproved contracts at landfill

The landfill has been a financial burden on Newton County for years, especially since a leachate spill in 2015 caused millions of dollars in damage.

December 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


County refutes Sawyer’s SPLOST claims

In David Sawyer's accounting analysis of Newton County's Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) and Impact Fees funds, he reported that at ...

December 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Look at Nelson Heights may spur change in county practices

While David Sawyer's reporting on the Bear Creek Reservoir project, SPLOST and Impact Fees and the county's landfill was released Monday, in May ...

December 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Former commissioners speak out against water sale

The Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority (NCWSA) will present the team it has selected to perform due diligence to the Newton County Board of ...

December 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Christmas marches through Covington

One-hundred floats, including the first-place prize winning Misfits Welcome float by Eastridge Church, participated in Saturday's parade through downtown Covington.

December 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Judge Baker honored prior to his retirement

Judge Henry Baker, Newton County's Probate Court Judge for the last 40 years was celebrated by dozens of Newton County and regional dignitaries for ...

December 02, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Newton County Theme School raises blue ribbon flag

The Newton County Theme School (NCTS) at Fiquett was recently named a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education - a distinction ...

December 02, 2016 | Duane M. Ford | LOCAL


The Pride of Eastside performs in Hollywood Christmas Parade

The Pride of Eastside Marching Band joined the likes of Larry King, Olivia Newton-John and Bill Engvall this past weekend, during the 85th Annual Hollywood ...

December 02, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


3 Newton County children safe after Amber Alert

The Newton County Sheriff's Office issued an Amber Alert late Thursday night after three children were taken by their father after a domestic dispute ...

December 02, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


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Spree of vehicle break-ins hit area

Several homeowners in the Alcovy Crossing subdivision called the Newton County Sheriff's Office to report their vehicles being broken into on Saturday morning between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m.

August 07, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Tax-free weekend details

Newton County residents will be able to stretch their wallets a little further this weekend, as Georgia will have its first tax-free holiday since 2009 this Friday and Saturday, according to Associated Press reports.

August 07, 2012 | Rachel Goff | LOCAL


Jail Log: Aug. 8, 2012

Jennifer Marie Joyner, 29, Monticello, July 15. Public drunkenness.

August 07, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Crime Briefs: Woman hits husband

On Monday night a man told Covington police his wife hit him several times in their home. According to the report, police responded to the call about an assault happening at a residence on Hicks Avenue.

August 07, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


S.C. wins Dixie Boys opener

After two days, the Dixie Boys 2012 World Series opening game concluded with an offensive explosion.

August 05, 2012 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Ga. gives Bear Creek reservoir $21M loan

The laborious path to get approval for the planned Bear Creek Reservoir in southeastern Newton County could finally end this year, after the state gave the project a de facto vote of confidence by awarding it a $21 million long-term, low-interest loan.

August 04, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Ashton Hills Golf Club to open Aug. 14

Golf pro Bryan Raines kneeled down to inspect the putting green. The specially created MiniVerde Bermuda grass was taking root, spreading and thatching to create a smooth surface. The green had been dusted with sand, the fine grains of which find their way into crevices to fill in any imperfections.

August 04, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Unveil Yellow River’s hidden gems

Residents interested in experiencing wildlife can participate in the event "Unveiling the Hidden Gems of Metro Atlanta" from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept.15.

August 04, 2012 | By Elizabeth Park | LOCAL


First day of school, why on a Friday?

Newton County students went back to school on a Friday this year, which left some students and parents befuddled; however, school officials said the first day being on Friday was simply a scheduling necessity.

August 04, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Christmas in July for terminal patient

What has been a long hard battle against cancer for 68-year-old Shirley Moss now comes down to a few precious months left to spend with her family and friends.

August 04, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Crime Briefs: A recap of local crimes

Dog feces found on equipment at a business

August 04, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Local has tie to Olympic gold medalist

Fay Hancock has had quite the month.

August 02, 2012 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


T-SPLOST failed; so now what?

Voters in Newton County, the Northeast Georgia Region and across Georgia struck down T-SPLOST Tuesday, leaving leaders to look at what went wrong and what to do next.

August 02, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Staffing Struggles

For decades Carol Durusau has been a staple at the children's desk of the Newton County Library on Floyd Street. It was not unusual to see her dressed up, dancing with children, acting out the stories in the books and speaking with children and parents about which book would fit perfectly with each child. But since the spring, her desk has been empty - in fact, it has been removed. And although Durusau has not been cut, the position of a full-time children's librarian has been, leaving many parents upset and concerned about the future of the library. But ...

August 02, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Democratic dinner to be held Saturday

The Newton and Rockdale County Democratic Parties will host the inaugural Jefferson-Jackson Dinner at 6 p.m. at the Georgia Piedmont Technical College on Saturday, Aug. 4.

August 02, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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