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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


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


Stacey Cotton appointed to medical marijuana study group

Covington Police Chief Stacey Cotton has been named one of 11 members named to Gov. Nathan Deal's new panel charged with making recommendations about what type of medical marijuana use Georgia should allow.

May 17, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Certified Quality Breast Center at Newton Medical Center

Newton Medical Center's Women's Diagnostic Center has recently been recognized as a Certified Quality Breast Center in the National Quality Measures for Breast Centers Program™. This distinguished honor represents a commitment by this breast center to provide the highest level of quality breast health care to patients in the community.

May 16, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Preparing for graduation

The Newton County School System's high schools will be celebrating graduation Friday and Saturday.

May 16, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Man arrested for battery on girlfriend

A woman trying to wake her boyfriend for work was surprised when the man came awake swinging.

June 16, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Rain just a brief respite from drought

Storms Wednesday evening doused Newton County with three-quarter inches of rain, but the precipitation for the year is down about 25 percent from average.

June 16, 2011 | | LOCAL


Fugitive surrenders in Elbert County

ELBERTON - The Elbert County sheriff's office says a man who escaped from the Madison County Jail has surrendered, ending a four-day manhunt.

June 16, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Foreclosures up in state, fall in nation

LOS ANGELES - Though Georgia's foreclosures rose in May, the number of U.S. homeowners who were put on notice for being behind on their mortgage payments fell in May to the lowest level since 2006, the result of a slowing housing market and lingering delays in banks' foreclosure process.

June 16, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


State unemployment unchanged

ATLANTA - State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler says Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate stayed at 9.8 percent last month, and there was a slight increase in payroll jobs.

June 16, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Severe storm warning for Newton

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning until 9 p.m. for Newton County.

June 15, 2011 | | LOCAL


Social Circle welcome center repairs continue

Social Circle's welcome center remains closed as crews continue to clean up from a fire that struck the structure on June 2.

June 15, 2011 | | LOCAL


DeKalb officer shoots man

DECATUR - A DeKalb County police officer shot a man about 3 p.m. today outside a home in the county's Kings Park subdivision.

June 15, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Jordan to undergo mental evaluation

A judge on Tuesday ordered Byron Christopher Jordan to undergo a mental evaluation before the court proceeds with charges against him of bestiality.

June 15, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Court sentencings - June 15

Maurice S. Forman. Misdemeanor obstruction, 12 months probation, 10 days confinement, $1,000.

June 15, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Unsolved murders

Wendell Barber's lifeless body was found dumped like so much garbage last year in woods off Piper Road.

June 15, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Commissioners to present budgets Thursday

After weeks of discussions, the Newton County Board of Commissioners may finally get down to choosing a budget at a 6:30 p.m. work session Thursday at the Historic Courthouse.

June 15, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Covington News owner honored

From paper boy to reporter to owner of more than 70 media companies, Charles Hill Morris Sr. has made improving community journalism his life's ambition.

June 15, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


School board approves 2011-2012 budget

The Newton County School Board unanimously approved the 2011-12 budget last night; a budget that is nearly $6 million less than this year's operating budget.

June 14, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Deal: Farmers should hire probationers

ATLANTA - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal said Tuesday that farmers who complain that a crackdown on illegal immigrants has scared off their workforce should hire people on probation to work the fields.

June 14, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


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