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One fatality in I-20 crash

One individual is confirmed dead and another injured after a vehicle travelling westbound on I-20 East crashed into another vehicle Tuesday night around the 89 mile mark between Almon and Salem roads.

May 27, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton Medical, Piedmont finalize deal

Newton Medical Center will soon become Piedmont Newton Hospital after NMC finalized a partnership agreement with Piedmont Healthcare earlier this week.

May 23, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Two dead in apparent murder suicide

The Covington Police Department responded to a shooting Thursday, discovering a man and woman shot when arriving on scene.

May 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


New section of Social Circle Bypass to open

The new section of the Social Circle Bypass from State road 11 to East Hightower Trail will open Tuesday, June 2, according to Superintendent of traffic, safety and utilities J. Robert Manning of ER Snell Contractor.

May 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Harry Owens likely interim county manager

Newton County revealed the name of the candidate under consideration for the position of interim county manager Friday following the departure of former County Manager Tom Garrett last week.

May 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Action Ministries opens office in Newton

For the first time in 20 years, the charitable nonprofit organization, Action Ministries, has opened a satellite office. The Newton County Action Ministries office opened its doors on May 4 in the Wesley Building of Covington First United Methodist Church, 2160 Church Street, Covington.

May 21, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Board scolded in public comments over legal budget

County Attorney Tommy Craig attempted to soothe public concerns over the county's high legal costs Tuesday night, but his explanation appeared to provoke the opposite reaction.

May 20, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


County seeks city help for library

Newton County will step up to save the Covington branch of the library, commissioners said Tuesday, but not before making one last attempt to get the city of Covington to contribute to the library's costly new heating, air conditioning and ventilation system (HVAC).

May 20, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


BOC to hire interim county manager

The Newton County Board of Commissioners voted to hire a new interim county manager Tuesday night, deliberately stopping short of placing the county chair in charge of the day to day administration of the county.

May 19, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Staffins: tourism big impact on Covington

Hundreds flocked to Covington this weekend, and it was exactly the turnout Newton County Tourism President Jenny McDonald expected, but it was a little much for Newton County-Covington Chamber of Commerce President Ralph Staffins.

May 18, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Peddle for a cause

The students of First Baptist Academy zoomed around the parking lot of the Welcome Center last week to raise money for the parochial school's library and playground as part of the Academy's first bikathon.

May 17, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Kelly takes over Porterdale downtown development

Everyone living in Porterdale is a stakeholder in the promotion of the town's Main Street Program, says Josephine Kelly.

May 17, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Cotton receives Rotary ethics award

In his more than a decade and a half as Covington Police Chief, Stacey Cotton has led his men and women in the way he was taught to conduct himself by Judge Stacey W. Cotton and Suzanne Cotton - with ethics.

May 17, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Stacey Cotton appointed to medical marijuana study group

Covington Police Chief Stacey Cotton has been named one of 11 members named to Gov. Nathan Deal's new panel charged with making recommendations about what type of medical marijuana use Georgia should allow.

May 17, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Certified Quality Breast Center at Newton Medical Center

Newton Medical Center's Women's Diagnostic Center has recently been recognized as a Certified Quality Breast Center in the National Quality Measures for Breast Centers Program™. This distinguished honor represents a commitment by this breast center to provide the highest level of quality breast health care to patients in the community.

May 16, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Airport authority names chairman

The Covington Municipal Airport Authority elected officers and set its meeting schedule in its inaugural session on Monday.

March 02, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Dedicated to the department

Four of the finest: The Covington Police Department honored four of their finest Tuesday night with a retirement reception at 1138 Monticello Street. (from left) Captain Willie Davis, Captain Barney Anglin and Officer Oscar Rogers have a combined 92 years of service between them to the city. Not pictured is administrative assistant Chris Harrison who was honored for her 24 years of service. All retired in 2010.

March 02, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County joins “Secure Communities”

Newton County is one of the latest counties to join the "Secure Communities" program, which seeks to curb illegal immigration in Georgia.

March 01, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Burglar found naked in school ceiling

Officers responding to a burglary call at Cousins Middle School in the wee hours of the morning Saturday got more than they bargained for when they eventually found their suspect naked in the school ceiling.

March 01, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Shining light lost: Carrie Freeman dies

A shining light went out in Newton County last week.

February 28, 2011 | | LOCAL


Tornado watch in effect through 8 p.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for Newton County, Rockdale County and much of north Georgia through 8 p.m.

February 28, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newborn states intent to buy railroad

Newborn Mayor Roger Sheridan sent a letter of intent to Norfolk Southern Monday to state Newborn's "strong interest in purchasing the railroad right of way (for) Rails to Trails in Newton County."

February 28, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


County discusses reduced budget, employee morale

Not only will Newton County's property tax digest decline next year, but the board of commissioners won't even know exactly how much until July 1.

February 27, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Thief tries to give employees the slip

A 17-year-old girl was arrested Friday afternoon, after allegedly attempting to shoplift from Rite-Aid.

February 27, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Adult threatens child on Facebook

Officers were called to a home on Crestview Drive to speak with a mother whose 11-year-old child was being threatened on Facebook by the father of one of his peers.

February 27, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Police respond to domestic dispute

A former couple was issued citations Saturday morning after a loud fight over a former elicit relationship disturbed neighbors in her apartment complex.

February 27, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Water authority exploring benefit of railroad corridor

Whenever the county builds Bear Creek Reservoir in the southern part of the county, it will have to build the water infrastructure to pump that water to the rest of the county.

February 27, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Jackie Mattison blazed a cheerful trail

In 1975, the student body at the University of Georgia looked nothing like it does today. It was almost exclusively white. And while things have changed over the years, whites still make up the majority.

February 27, 2011 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL


Rocky Creek Nursery

Rocky Creek Nursery, located in Newborn, has struggled to maintain its operations due to the current economic climate. The farm specializes in conventional landscaping trees, with 35 varieties like maples, oaks, hollies, magnolias and crape myrtles.

February 27, 2011 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


Little Mr. and Miss Newton - Meet the winners

Little Mister Newton County, Best Boy Talent winner

February 27, 2011 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


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