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Property tax rate likely to drop in FY15

Commissioners got some good news Tuesday night at their budget work session, including learning their health insurance bill will be at least $339,660 lower and seeing rising property values that would allow the board to make good on its promise to lower the millage rate.

April 22, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Council unsure how to use Legion Field

Covington City Council members are still unsure whether they want to allow Legion Field on Mill Street to be rented for private events and whether they want to charge a fee or simply a refundable deposit.

April 22, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Deputy arrested for child molestation

A former Newton County deputy was arrested Monday for allegedly inappropriately touching a child multiple times between 2006 and 2011.

April 21, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


BOC working on budget to drop tax rate

With a goal of lowering the county's property tax rate, after raising it last year, the Newton County Board of Commissioners is set to kick off its part of the budget process in earnest and officials will be looking for ways to cut costs and increase revenue.

April 21, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newton teens arrested in Heritage High robbery

Four Newton County teens from were arrested in connection with the March 27 assault and robbery of a student in the Heritage High School parking lot and deputies are on the lookout for a fifth teen.

April 21, 2014 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Casting call for 'Taken 3' extras in Covington

Liam Neeson is back kicking bad guy butt for the third installment of the hit "Taken" series, though the plot itself is to-be-announced. Scenes are reportedly to be filmed in Covington and the production is calling for extras.

April 21, 2014 | | LOCAL


Bear spotted south of Newborn

A large bear was spotted south of Newborn this week, and the Jasper County man who initially reported the bear says there is evidence it's hanging around, but an official with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources said real concern doesn't set in until a bear starts damaging property or stops showing fear.

April 19, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Smart Growth’s political forum Monday

Early voting for the May 20 Primary begins Friday, and local group Smart Growth Newton County is giving residents a chance to hear from all the local and state candidates facing opposition this year.

April 19, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Paving his way

A home-schooled kid with a father who dropped out of high school and a mother who dropped out of college doesn't quite fit the typical profile for a stellar college student.

April 19, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Taking the challenge

THE WINNERS OF THE CHEERIOS CHALLENGE

April 19, 2014 | Anthoney Banks | LOCAL


Sam B. Hay, Jr. into GCA Hall of Fame

The Georgia Cattlemen's Association inducted Sam B. Hay, Jr. into the GCA Hall of Fame at the Cattlemen's Ball on Friday, April 4 during its 53rd annual convention & trade show and 17th annual Georgia Beef Expo in Perry.

April 19, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton HS drama presents new show

Many high-schoolers run out of the door as soon as the bell rings Friday afternoon, eager for the weekend and time away from school. Not Tawana Parker-Bellamy's cast of yellow, emerald and gold. In the auditorium, they dance, sing, laugh, play and make sure they know what type of food will be provided at an upcoming cast lunch.

April 19, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


The hunt is on

Social Circle United Methodist Church kicks off its Easter celebration with its annual community egg hunt Saturday morning at Gunter Hall.

April 19, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Kroger helps give back

The next time you buy your groceries part of the proceeds could go to your favorite nonprofit.

April 18, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Monday is voter registration deadline

Monday is the voter registration deadline for anyone who wants to vote in May 20 Primary Election.

April 18, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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Man suspected of setting car, house ablaze arrested in Alabama

An Alabama man was arrested Thursday afternoon and charged with setting fire to his ex-girlfriend's vehicle in the early morning hours of April 15.

April 17, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Hot Shots

Fore! The Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce held its annual golf tournament on an absolutely beautiful day Thursday. The Oaks hosted the event, which drew about 30 teams. Various community sponsors set up tables on each hole and gave away prizes and refreshments. The Sunbelt Builders 1A team won first place (score of 52 on the 71 par course), with Hodge Underground (55) and Miracle League/Newton County Recreation Department (56) teams coming in second and third. Denny Sellers won the most accurate drive contest and Deborah Davis won closest to the pin. For photos of Thursday's winning teams ...

April 16, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Recreation coach dismissed for admitting drug use

A long-time Newton County Recreation coach has been dismissed from his coaching duties and arrested after admitting to using drugs during a probation meeting.

April 16, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Researcher David Simons passes away

Dr. David G. Simons spent his life marveling at the world around him and pushing the boundaries of human knowledge and experience. But no matter his project of the day, the focus was always to improve the lives of others.

April 16, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Longtime Legionnaire

Sixty years of service: B. C. Crowell is a well known community minded individual with many, many accomplishments. B.C. has recently reached a mile stone of an elite group of individuals by being awarded a Certificate of Continuous Membership in the American Legion. He has been a member in good standing of American Legion Post 32 of Covington continuously for the past 60 years. Such a record of consistent loyalty to the American Legion merits the Honor of being cited as an outstanding contributor to the programs of the American Legion. Pictured with B.C. is Bobby Hamby, Commander ...

April 16, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Tuskegee Airmen share history, advice

Updated, April 14 - Please click on the links to your left to read more documents containing more Tuskegee Airmen history, courtesy of Ron Brewington, former national public relations officer of Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. (TAI) and a member, of Harry A. Sheppard Research Team of TAI.

April 14, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


The Vampire Diaries season finale on the square

Television magic: The Vampire Diaries shut down the square on Sunday to film a parade scene for the season one finale of the hit CW show. The night ended with a spectacular fire works show over the courthouse.

April 14, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Leadercast for Miracle Field

The Miracle League of Newton County has almost reached its goal of $85,000 for construction documents, and Newton County Recreation League Miracle League consultant Tamara Richardson hopes an upcoming fundraiser will put the organization over its initial goal.

April 14, 2010 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Man makes too much noise in Wal-Mart

Officers were called to the Subway inside Wal-Mart after several patrons called 911 complaining about a man in line screaming profanities while talking on his cell phone, in front of and at times, at, the children present.

April 14, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Figures in motion

Margaret Warfield has been chosen "Artist of the Month" for the month of April at Southern Heartland Gallery. A graduate of Tennessee State University with a degree in clothing and textiles and a minor in fine art, Warfield expresses her love of brilliant colors and flowing fabrics by draping figures in motion with colorful acrylic paint.

April 14, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Erratic driver arrested on drug charges

A call regarding an erratic driver on the interstate ended with an arrest on drug charges early Friday morning.

April 11, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


The great outdoors of Newton

You may not know it, but nestled behind the trees and shrubbery on Hazelbrand Road is a Tupelo Gum Swamp and wildlife center that is preserved by the Georgia Wildlife Federation; the Alcovy Conservation Center.

April 11, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Bond denied for man accused of child molestation

Editor's note: Julian Mitchell was found "Not Guilty" by a jury during a trial in January of 2011.

April 11, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Sam, Louly Hay to host 2010 NMC Auxiliary Gala

The home of Sam and Louly Hay, Clark's Grove, will be the venue for the annual Newton Medical Center Auxiliary Spring Gala on April 24. The home, at 3184 Clark Street, was built in 1941 by Louly's parents, Robert and Louly Fowler.

Having the gala at this site is particularly meaningful to the Newton Medical Center Auxiliary in the 50th year since the founding of the organization, as Louly Fowler was chosen as the first Auxiliary president. In 1960, the group consisted of 25 women, who had helped with the building of the hospital and its opening in ...

April 09, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Vampire Diaries 1st season to end with parade on square

Small towns love their parades, whether those towns are fictional or real. The square will be closed off nearly all day Sunday, as the Vampire-inhabited town of Mystic Falls, Va. hosts its Founder's Day Celebration, complete with an evening fireworks show.

A parade with floats and around 500 extras is expected to start around noon on either the square or Floyd Street, but won't last very long, said a Vampire Diaries crew member. Fireworks are expected to be set off between 9 p.m. and midnight.

April 09, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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