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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


NMC to join Piedmont system Oct. 1

Newton Medical Center will formally become a subsidiary of Piedmont Healthcare on Oct. 1.

May 21, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | 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


Golf Tournament to raise funds for Haiti missions

Teams of four golfers will play Ashton Hills Golf Course in Covington at the Drive4Hope Charity Golf Tournament on Thursday, May 21. The event is sponsored by Covington First Baptist Church and will raise money for the church's Haiti Mission Projects.

May 16, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Alcovy UMC charity run benefits men’s residential recovery program

Walkers and runners will be raising money for the Damascus Road Recovery, Inc., a nonprofit long-term residential recovery program for men suffering from dependence on drugs and alcohol in Newton County.

May 15, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


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Clayton chief's gun stolen

JONESBORO - Clayton County Police Chief Greg Porter says his gun, badge and other items were stolen from his car while he was playing golf.

May 11, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


DeKalb Tech law enforcement graduation May 12

Recruits who earned certificates from DeKalb Technical College's Law Enforcement Academy will be honored at a graduation ceremony to recognize their achievement on May 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the Conference Center of DeKalb Technical College's Newton Center located at 8100 Bob Williams Parkway. Ken Vance, Executive Director of the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T) Council will deliver the keynote address.

May 11, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


State athletic classification system changed

MACON - In a startling turn of events, the Georgia High School Association executive committee has voted to alter the state's athletic classification system, adopting a six-division plan by a 26-24 vote Tuesday.

May 11, 2011 | Adam Krohn Gainesville Times | LOCAL


Traffic light up at Ga. 212, Oak Hill

Updated, Wednesday, 11:20 a.m.: The intersection of Ga. Highway 212 and Oak Hill Road finally has a traffic signal, but it won't be fully operational until 10 a.m. on May 24, weather permitting.

May 11, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Woman set on fire at Cobb gas station

KENNESAW, Ga. - Police in Kennesaw say a woman was burned when a man set fire to her and her car at a gas station and convenience store.

Officials say the woman pulled up to a gas pump at the BP station on Barrett Parkway at I-75 about 2 a.m. Wednesday when a man who had followed her into the station set the fire. They say she's hospitalized with serious burns.

May 11, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Newton wants $260 million for roads

Newton County submitted $260 million in road projects for the upcoming transportation-only SPLOST, but local officials must wait to see how many projects make the final regional list.

May 11, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Food aid to tornado victims in Georgia

ATLANTA - Federal officials have approved food assistance for tornado victims in 25 Georgia counties.

May 11, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Local Eagle Scout finishes project

Jimmy Greenich built a bridge for his Eagle Scout project.

The 40-foot-long beams and wood plank bridge is over the creek that feeds Hicks Lake on Georgia Highway 212 and is dedicated to Nita and Charlie Tarleton, members of Prospect United Methodist Church, the home for Jimmy's Troop 748.

May 11, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Court Sentencings - May 11

o Jerrod Jenkins, violation of probation, revoke balance to Newton County Jail. Attempted violation Georgia Controlled Substance Act, 1 year confinement, $500.

May 11, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local filmmaker to debut movie

Arlando Usher is a dreamer. He's pursuing a career in acting, and when he couldn't land a significant role with an established company, he decided to make his own movie. The plot: The struggles of a young man trying to turn his life around by becoming an actor and making his own movie. The title: "Dream Killerz."

May 11, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Search on after Mother’s Day gone wrong

A refusal to accept a Mother's Day gift has Covington Police officers searching for a man who reportedly assaulted a woman in front of her two daughters.

May 11, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


City will not fund library increase

Update, Tuesday, 8:55 p.m.: The Covington City Council reached an informal consensus Tuesday night not to double its funding to the Newton County Library System to $30,000 next year.

May 10, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


City considers stormwater fee options

The city of Covington is considering its options to collect stormwater bills it claims is owed by the county government and school board. The county owes $88,000 and the school board owes $74,235.

May 10, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


City tightens parking rules downtown

Parking rules on and around the square are changing this week, and those not following the rules will receive warnings followed by fines.

May 10, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Sheriff Brown personally assists in police pursuit

Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown engaged in some patrol work Saturday night, helping Covington police arrest a man on multiple charges.

May 10, 2011 | | LOCAL


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