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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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BOC considers anti-tethering rule for dogs

Some county officials are concerned that tying or tethering dogs can be inhumane and cause dogs to become more violent.

February 25, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


County prepares ordinances for future growth

As residential growth has come to a standstill, the Newton County Board of Commissioners decided it was time to examine and possibly strengthen several housing and development related ordinances.

At this past weekend's county retreat, Chairman Kathy Morgan proposed creating an ordinance to force developers to build amenities before they are able to sell homes.

February 24, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


One dead in crash after armed robbery, shooting

A Newton County woman was killed Tuesday night when her vehicle was struck by a car reportedly being driven by two men who authorities were looking for in connection with an earlier armed robbery and shooting.

February 24, 2010 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


The first Young Legend

The Washington Street Community Center is an important part of Covington's black history, but many of the young students who pass through its doors every day wouldn't know that if not for Breisha Dupree.

February 24, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Local Lions host fundraisers for Ga charities

Even though the days have been warming up in Newton County, the nights can still be pretty chilly. That's why the Covington Lion's Club will host their 9th annual chili supper fundraiser from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Lions Club Pavilion at Academy Springs Park.

February 24, 2010 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Faithworks fundraiser will make the rafters ring

Choirs and performers from among the 35 churches that support Faithworks will lift their voices high in a fundraiser to benefit the ministry on Friday, Feb. 26.

February 24, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


‘Swinging for Sight’

The Oxford Lions Club is hosting its first golf tournament, "Swinging for Sight" on March 26 at the Oaks Golf Course. The entry fee of $75 for each player includes green fee, cart, lunch, beverages and prizes. There is a $10,000 prize for a hole-in-one on a par 3 hole. Lunch and registration begin at 11:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. All of the proceeds from the event will raise funds for sight-related charities supported by the club.

February 24, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Little Mr. and Miss Newton County

The 49th Annual Little Mr. and Miss Newton County Pageant was a great success last Saturday with 10 beautiful little girls and six handsome young men competing for the crowns in the Alcovy High School auditorium. Colorful ice cream cone balloons decked the stage as part of the "Ice Cream Dreams! Kids Scream for Ice Cream" theme this year.

February 24, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


BOC considers umbrella 501(c)(3) org. to simplify donation process

The Newton County Board of Commissioners are considering the formation of an umbrella 501(c)(3) organization that would oversee all other non-profits related to the county and simplify accounting.

February 23, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


BOC discusses sale of alcohol by the drink

Newton is a dry county, but some commissioners feel its time to hold another public vote on liquor by the drink to see if public sentiment has changed.

February 23, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


BOC considers umbrella 501(c)(3) to simplify donation process

The Newton County Board of Commissioners are considering the formation of an umbrella 501(c)(3) organization that would oversee all other non-profits related to the county.

February 23, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL




Former Chamber President Kip Purvis dies

Former Newton County Chamber of Commerce President Kip Purvis died suddenly Sunday at his home from a heart attack. Kip was a member of GEDA and had been the director of the Meriwether County Development Authority for the past ten years. Kip was the President of the Covington/Newton County Chamber of Commerce in the mid-late 1990s.

February 22, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


City receives engineering grant for Pace Street

The City of Covington received a $160,000 federal grant this week to move forward on the Pace Street Liveable Communities Initiative streetscape project.

February 21, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Many changes coming to theme schools

Students entering Clements Theme School for the 2011-2012 school year should be prepared for lots of changes, including a new name and additional academic rigor.

February 21, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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