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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


Newton County Fire graduates four recruits

The 2016 Newton County Fire Recruiting class celebrated the graduation of four recruits Nov. 29.

December 01, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


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

Editor's Note: This is an overview of the Forensic Audit report released by Newton County Monday. More stories on this matter will follow at ...

December 01, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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Citations issued in school bus crash

The Georgia State Patrol today issued citations to four drivers involved in the May 19 school bus crash on Interstate 20 in Newton County that injured 61 people.

June 21, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County approves $44.89 million budget

The Newton County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a $44.89 million budget for the 2012-2013 year Tuesday and voted to keep the millage rate at its current 10.91 rate, but did not promise to devote any additional revenue to economic development.

June 20, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Anonymous bloggers remain so for now

The anonymous bloggers will be allowed to remain so for now, according to a ruling by Newton County Superior Court Judge Eugene Benton, who also ordered Stephanie Lindsey, attorney for Alcovy High School Principal LaQuanda Carpenter, to notify the bloggers of the lawsuit.

June 19, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Main Street moves office to city building

Main Street Covington will soon be moving its offices into the Covington's planning and zoning building next to city hall, after the Covington City Council decided not to pay the organization's rent and utility costs at the 2104 Washington St. building owned by Rob Fowler III.

June 19, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


City budget approved with no fanfare

Without hesitation or discussion, the Covington city council unanimously approved the 2012-2013 budget.

June 19, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Study: Oconee Metal not too noisy

The Covington city council heard a presentation from a study conducted by Vibra-Tech, which hired it to test the noise and vibration levels produced from the car shredding machine at Oconee Metal Recovery on Washington Street.

June 19, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Rep. Scott takes stand for 4th amendment

U.S. Congressman Austin Scott, GA-08, recently authored and introduced H.R. 5925, Preserving Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act of 2012. This legislation would ensure that the use of domestic drones does not infringe on an American's Fourth Amendment rights. Rep. Scott offered the following comments upon introducing the legislation:

"H.R. 5925 would require the government to obtain a warrant before conducting drone surveillance in the United States. Recognizing that there are situations where the use of drones is both necessary and appropriate, my bill aims to balance privacy concerns and the ability to harness drone technology for ...

June 19, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Gas prices fall 3.5 cents in past week

Average retail gasoline prices in Atlanta have fallen 3.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.29/gal yesterday. This compares with the national average that has fallen 3.2 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.53/gal, according to gasoline price website AtlantaGasPrices.com.

Including the change in gas prices in Atlanta during the past week, prices yesterday were 28.7 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 20.4 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 17.6 cents per ...

June 19, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Crime Briefs - June 20

An alleged gunshot heard behind the old Ozone bar and grill led to law enforcement seizing drugs from inside a man's vehicle on Monday.

June 19, 2012 | Meghan de St. Aubin | LOCAL


Dinah Watts Pace: a Covington legend

On a tree-lined street in Covington, just a stone's throw from the hurly-burly of the Interstate, time slows to the pace of an earlier era. The air is thick and unhurried and cicadas drawl their summer songs they way they did more than 125 years ago when the street's namesake - a light-complexioned woman with serious eyes - first stepped into town.

June 19, 2012 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Fazio: Is the future of football changing?

Baseball is America's favorite pastime.

June 19, 2012 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Should Newton support the T-SPLOST?

Years after Atlanta's population boom, local voters have grown weary of the region's traffic snarls, while at the same time becoming ever more leery of government's attempts to raise taxes in the wake of lingering effects from the housing market collapse and economic recession.

June 19, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Anonymous blogger hearings today

Motions are scheduled to be heard today in the civil case of Alcovy High School Principal LaQuanda Carpenter versus several anonymous bloggers and District 1 Board Representative Jeff Meadors. (Follow the hearings live on Twitter.)

June 16, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newborn starts work on downtown park

Newborn officials have begun work on a downtown park to continue efforts to build a tight-knit community and make the downtown a true community gathering spot.

June 16, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Public supports alcohol by the drink

The public had a chance to comment before the Newton County Board of Commissioners this week on the proposed alcohol by the drink ordinance.

June 16, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


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