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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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Welcome home, troops

Heading home: Captain Shilo Crane, Commander of the Covington Armory, and First Sgt. Patrick Eaton are welcomed back to American soil by Sen. John Douglas (R-Social Circle) on their arrival at Hunter Army Airfield near Savannah on Sunday. First Sergeant After a very brief welcoming ceremony at Fort Stewart, the soldiers were reunited with their families. An official welcoming ceremony with the community in Covington is being planned for May 1.

March 31, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Phelps pleads not guilty in overdose death

Jennifer Lynn Phelps pleaded not guilty in Newton County Superior Court Tuesday morning on charges that she supplied a friend with drugs that led to the woman's death.

March 31, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Vincent Van Gogh revived

Vincent Van Gogh came back to life, if only for one day, to celebrate his 157th birthday at Van Go's Studio, Arts and Gifts in Covington.

March 31, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Officer shot at while patrolling Oconee Metal

A man has been arrested after shooting at a Covington Police Department officer who was checking a business for intruders early Tuesday morning.

March 31, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Farmers’ market coming to Snellville this summer

A Saturday morning farmers' market is coming to Snellville, beginning in June.

March 28, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Revised Trade Adjustment Assistance for Farmers Program announced

Hobby Stripling, State Executive Director of USDA's Farm Service Agency in Georgia announced that USDA has a revised Trade Adjustment Assistance for Farmers (TAAF) Program. Under the program, the USDA provides technical assistance and cash benefits to eligible producers of raw agricultural commodities and fishermen who have been hurt by import competition.

March 28, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Alcovy FFA earns second place at Northeast Georgia FFA

The Newton County School System is pleased to announce that Alcovy High School's FFA Team won second place honors in the senior division at the recent Northeast Georgia FFA Floriculture Development Event and will now advance to the state competition on March 20th, 2010, at the State FFA Center in Covington. The team is coached by Ben Brand. Team members included Ethan Kitchens, Luke Bagley and Kileen Ford.

March 28, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


USDA to issue partial 2009 crop counter-cyclical payments for upland cotton and peanuts

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced on March 5 that USDA will issue approximately $121 million in partial 2009-crop counter-cyclical payments to producers with upland cotton and peanut base acres enrolled in USDA's Direct and Counter-cyclical Payment (DCP) program.

March 28, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Herd mentality

The average American consumes roughly 67 pounds of beef per year, according to the United States Department of Agriculture, and the Georgia Cattleman's Association shows that cattlemen in the state own approximately 1.3 million head of cattle - meaning the steak you find on your plate tonight might well have been raised in Newton County.

March 28, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


County, The Center welcome new hires

Hosanna Fletcher is well known in Newton County as half of the two-person team that runs the non-profit group affectionately known as The Center.

March 28, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Parents of injured deputies thank local InVest donors

It's been less than a year since Newton County Sheriff's Deputies James Trent and Wesley Atha were shot and injured in the line of duty, but thanks to the generosity of the community, the InVest fund has raised roughly $90,000 to purchase new state-of-the-art bulletproof vests for all 156 mandated officers.

March 28, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


InVest meets goal

It began on August 3, 2009 when deputies James Trent and Wesley Atha were shot and injured during a standoff. That same month, the NCSO and Atha's parents organized a fundraising campaign to purchase improved vests for the deputies to wear on the job. In March of 2010, their goal was finally met.

March 26, 2010 | Lee Sandow | LOCAL


Key players plead not guilty for murder

The four men charged with the murder of 38-year-old Andrew "Drew" Nichols in late-2009 pleaded not guilty in Newton County Superior Court Thursday.

March 26, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Color and light

 Cindy Murphy is "Artist of the Month" at Southern Heartland Art Gallery on the square, where a reception in her honor will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday. The reception is open to the public and Cindy's art work will be on display.

March 24, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


The River of Words

Poets and artists: Newton County River of Words Poetry and Art Contest winners were recognized at the Board of Commissioners Meeting on March 16. All entries were required to feature water. Winners received savings bonds, with prize costs lessened through a donation from the Service Guild of Covington. First place winners received $100 bonds, second place winners received $75 bonds, and third place winners and Honorable Mentions received $50 bonds. Service Guild members judged the contest. First Row, Left to Right: Karsten McMichael - First Place Poetry Grades 3-6, Jackson Stephens - First Place Poetry Grades K-2, Lena Gunthorp - First Place Art ...

March 24, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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