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Interim legal firm hired by BOC

The Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) approved a contract with Jarrard and Davis, LLP, of Cumming, Georgia to serve as the county's interim ...

November 23, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Meeting to approve legal team Monday

The Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) announced a special called meeting for Monday, Nov. 23, at 7 p.m. to approve a contract with ...

November 23, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Two suspects in the Walmart murder arrested in Tennessee

A man and woman were arrested in connection with the Covington Walmart murder yesterday in Manchester, Tn., after a citizen tipped off the local media.

November 22, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Pastor announces candidacy for District 113

As a pastor, Sharon Henderson has been serving the community since 1989. Now she wants to take that service to a broader level, and has ...

November 22, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Learn from history

A day after our president called ISIS "contained" the Islamic State launched a well-coordinated attack on the City of Light. ISIS just took down an ...

November 22, 2015 | Dave Belton | LOCAL

BOC approves money for community afterschool meals

Newton County will cover the cost of pre-packaged foods purchased for the afterschool program at Nelson Heights Community Center.

November 21, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Rezoning recommendation denied

Though attention focused heavily on the future of Newton County's legal counsel at Tuesday night's Board of Commissioners (BOC) meeting, the board did ...

November 21, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Video released of suspects in Walmart death

The Covington Police Department (CPD) issued a "Be on the look-out" (BOLO) tonight for the murder/robbery suspects in the Nov. 16 death of Marsha ...

November 20, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Rodney Clark arrested in murder of Newton man

Rodney Carter Clark was arrested Wednesday in the murder of Mario Demonte Johnson.

November 19, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Police seek Walmart murder suspect in Chattanooga

The Covington Police Department (CPD) has been ardently trying to find the subjects of a senseless killing at Walmart Monday, searching from Covington to Tennessee.

November 19, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Kicking off the season

Local musicians started the Christmas season off in Covington with the annual Lighting of the Square.

November 19, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Wedding ring, thousands in cash stolen from church

A wedding ring, thousands of dollars in cash and a gun permit were among the items stolen from cars in the parking lot of Solid ...

November 18, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Ellis, Ewing object to JDA land sale

The Joint Development Authority voted to sell land in Stanton Springs to developer Kippy Clarke and partners for a new residential neighborhood Monday, but the ...

November 18, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Crop production rises

It's been a good year for soybean and corn production, while cotton is down almost 20 percent from a year ago.

November 18, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Two children find adopted homes thanks to CASA, others

Two children recently were recently adopted by families in Newton County after work by many in the area.

November 18, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

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Drive Time ‘guaranteed to bring a party’

Over four years ago, Mack McKibben, composer, musician, arranger and business owner, began his band, Drive Time. Back then it only consisted of two musicians, and throughout the years - even though the ensemble has grown and shrunk - the band maintained its ability to make people smile.

September 05, 2015 | Hezekiah Rogers | LOCAL

Driver safety signs placed at high schools

The Child Fatality Panel has been helping to get the word out at Newton County High Schools about the dangers of texting and driving.

September 05, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Local Pastor honored by Leading Ladies of Atlanta

On Friday. Sept. 18, Pastor Clara Lett along with other prominent female Pastors, Ministers and First Ladies will be honored and inducted into the Hall of Faith by the Leading Ladies of Atlanta. The evening is to celebrate those who have sown into the Body of Christ and the Greater Atlanta Communities with dedication, commitment and excellence. The annual event will be held this year at the Atlanta Marriot Century Hotel in Atlanta. The Keynote Speaker for the night will be International Conference Speaker, Pastor, Preacher, Mentor, Mother and Wife, Medina Pullings.

September 05, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Municipal elections set for November

The mayors of Newton County will run unopposed in this year's municipal elections.

September 04, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

A.G. approves NMC's affiliation with Piedmont Healtchare

The Georgia Attorney General officially approved Newton Medical Center's affiliation with Piedmont Healthcare Friday.

September 04, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Film production takes downtown Covington to 1955

Crews were in downtown Covington this week, filming "The Coat of Many Colors," based on Dolly Parton's 1971 single of the same name. The story spans a nine-month period when Parton was eight years old, and stars Alyvia Alyn Lind as Parton, Gerald McRaney as Rev. Jake Owens, her grandfather, and Ricky Schroder and Jennifer Nettle as Robert Lee and Alvie Lee Parton, her parents.

September 04, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

NCSS SAT scores fell 12 points from 2013-14

The Newton County School System released SAT scores for the 2014-2015 school year.

September 03, 2015 | Martin Rand | LOCAL

Board of Election Director retires

After nine years at Newton County, Donna Morrison is retiring as Board of Elections Director.

September 03, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Porterdale Police Department swears in JaJuan Shaw

In December of 2011 13-year-old Jajuan Shaw wrote a column that concluded with the sentence "God has blessed me with so much and my autism will not hold me back."

September 03, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

BOC hears recommendations from committee on organizational changes

A citizen's committee formed six months ago presented its recommendations to the Newton County Board of Commissioners Tuesday night.

September 02, 2015 | Sandra L. Brands | LOCAL

26-year-old, dead, found shot at Silos

Twenty-six-year-old Nigiel Cliffard James, of Newton County, died at Grady Hospital after being found shot at Springlake Terrace Tuesday.

September 02, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

College to launch film and TV production program

Dr. Jabari Simama, President of Georgia Piedmont College, told the Board of Commissioners Tuesday night the school will be introducing a three-tract film and television production program this fall.

September 01, 2015 | Sandra L. Brands | LOCAL

Chair of BOC's call for work session on solid waste company premature

As the Newton County Solid Waste Citizens' Committee prepares to present its final report to the Board of Commissioners on Wednesday, Sept. 14, Board Chair Keith Ellis began Tuesday night's meeting with a request that the board convene for a special work session on Thursday, Sept. 17, to discuss landfill issues.

September 01, 2015 | Sandra L. Brands | LOCAL

Quiet Courage

The beginning of the end of racial segregation in local schools came 50 years ago this month, in September 1965. A new "freedom of choice" plan allowed Rockdale's black students to attend the whites-only school system for the first time.

September 01, 2015 | John Ruch | LOCAL

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September 01, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

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