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Council encourages nonprofit to work with Main Street on 5K race

Road closures, building code enforcement and appointments to boards and committees made up the majority of the City of Covington's council meeting Feb. 1.

February 11, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Alcovy Road commercial development no more

The plan to build a movie theater, hotels, offices and retail stores along Alcovy Road in Covington, known as Covington Towne Center and Project Kitchen ...

February 11, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


John Douglas will not seek reelection

John Douglas, District 1 Newton County Commissioner, announced Wednesday he will not seek reelection in 2016.

February 10, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Early voting begins today

It's a presidential election year, which means more voting than usual and for the need-to-know, which is everyone that can vote, there are a ...

February 06, 2016 | Shakeem Holloway | LOCAL


Watch: Jet Rawls wins Spelling Bee

Watch our video of INdian Creek Middle School student Jet Rawls winning the Newton County School System's Spelling Bee Friday.

February 05, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local B&B featured in GPB special

Twelve Oaks, the historic Covington Bed and Breakfast, will be featured as one of eight of the most romantic places in Georgia in an upcoming ...

February 05, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Dailey family opens third Zaxby’s in Covington

A new Zaxby's restaurant is opening in west Newton County, and with it an opportunity for 40 new jobs.

February 05, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Appreciation and accreditation for NCSO

Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown shared, not only a plaque signifying his office's recent accreditation, but also some of the rave reviews bestowed upon ...

February 04, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


District spelling bee starts Friday

The Newton County School System will host the 2016 District Spelling Bee on Friday, February 5, at 10:30 a.m. at Newton High School ...

February 04, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Elementary School death ruled accidental, caused by asphyxia

Five-year-old Andrea Tyrah DeBruhl died due to asphyxia after being caught in playground equipment at the Newton County Theme School at Ficquett Monday, according to ...

February 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


No issues found in JDA finances

In a study of the Joint Development Authority's (JDA) financial transactions, in particular bonds, no illegalities or potential liability to Newton County were discovered ...

February 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Stanton Springs neighborhood permit withdrawn

A much maligned residential development planned for Stanton Springs is off the table after the developers withdrew a petition for rezoning recently.

February 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Tragedy strikes Theme School

Tragedy struck Newton County Theme School at Ficquett this week with the death of a 5-year-old kindergarten student Monday.

February 02, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Alcovy Road commercial development no more

The plan to build a movie theater, hotels, offices and retail stores along Alcovy Road in Covington, known as Project Kitchen Sink, has been shut ...

February 02, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Shootings leave one person dead, another injured

UPDATE:

February 02, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


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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


BOC votes to hire an in-house attorney

It was probably one of the worst kept secrets in Newton County in recent months.

November 17, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Volunteers install wreath on courthouse

The Covington Square got its final trimming for the annual Lighting of the Square celebration this week as crews installed a giant wreath on the clock of the Historic Courthouse Tuesday.

November 17, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Protests occur at Historic Courthouse

Throughout the day Tuesday, the Newton County Historic Courthouse was dotted with protestors concerning Newton County's Attorney Tommy Craig.

November 17, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Lawsuit against county advances

A lawsuit against Newton County will continue after a hearing in Superior Court Monday.

November 16, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


County's legal fees continue to create controversy

Among the controversies facing the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) throughout the past few years, one of the most divisive seems to behas been the debate concerning legal fees .

November 15, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Election 2015: Some voters had to go to 2 locations

The race for Covington city council's Post 1 West Ward seat was a close one with just 14 votes separating incumbent Janet Goodman from the newly elected Kenneth Morgan.

November 15, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Back room of Porterdale deli opens with a bang

Once it was the Bibb Manufacturing Company store where employees could buy provisions using the coins or "loonies" to pay for goods.

November 15, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Miss America appearing at Georgia 4-H events

One of the highlights of National 4-H Congress is the chance to see Miss America, Olympians, national elected officials, and other nationally known personalities.

November 14, 2015 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


Newton County residents asked to donate luggage for foster children

The Newton County Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS), along with Help Moving Hearts, is holding a luggage drive for children entering foster care to give them a suitable way to transport personal items.

November 14, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Irish Bred Pub construction begins

There wasn't any ground to be broken, but Covington officials were still eager to celebrate. This time, to announce, a new commercial venture coming to the city, officials opted for a sledgehammer, rather than a shovel.

November 13, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Covington awarded funds for fire hose form Firehouse Subs

The Covington Fire Department (CFD) was recently awarded a grant of $16,902 from Firehouse Subs, which will go toward a new fire hose and accessories to outfit the new fire truck the city recently purchased.

November 13, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


County has five candidates for manager position

Of the 29 complete applications Newton County has received for its county manager position, five candidates are moving on to the next stage of the process.

November 13, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Covington’s Lendmark Financial Services to acquire 127 branches

Lendmark Financial Services, LLC, based at 2118 Usher Street in Covington, has reached an agreement to acquire 127 branch offices and related loan assets from Springleaf Financial.

November 13, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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