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Davis named Rotary Club president

The Covington Rotary Club closed out its 76th year Tuesday, handing out awards from 2014-15 and inducting its next president.

June 30, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Authorities investigating possible anti-gay hate crime in northwestern Forsyth County

NORTHWEST FORSYTH - Authorities say they are treating the burning of a rainbow flag on a vehicle at a northwestern Forsyth County home as an anti-gay hate crime.

June 30, 2015 | Kayla Robins krobins@forsythnews.com | LOCAL


Georgia State Patrol steps up enforcement this weekend

The July Fourth weekend is not only a chance for many people to celebrate, it is also the busiest travel period of the year. The holiday weekend is recognized as beginning Thursday at 6 p.m. and running through Sunday, July 5 at midnight, according to the Georgia Department of Public Safety.

June 30, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


AKA Chi Tau Omega chapter awards $20,000 in scholarships

COVINGTON- The Chi Tau Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated of Covington, Ga., serving Newton and Rockdale counties, awarded $20, 000 in scholarships on June 21, 2015 at Antioch AME Church in Conyers to high school students heading to various colleges and universities including HBCUs in the state of Georgia and nationwide.

June 30, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Checkers closed after grease fire

The Checkers on Hwy. 278 is closed after a small grease fire ignited Monday morning.

June 29, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Road construction restricted this weekend

The Georgia Department of Transportation is suspending construction-related lane closures on interstates and major state system highways for the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

June 29, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Ruling brings same-sex marriage to Newton

The "thunderbolt" struck the nation around 11 a.m. Friday morning. For some Newton County residents the storm had been brewing for two decades, and for a local couple the ringing began at 3 p.m. – ringing of wedding bells.

June 28, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


4th of July events sparkle across Newton

COVINGTON- One of the joys of small town Georgia is the town square. It's not just an area where people can shop and eat, but it's a place where they can come together to celebrate holidays, hear seasonal concerts, and take a breather under the trees during a hectic work day.

June 27, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Council re-imagines amenities for Yellow River Park

There have been changes in Porterdale since the plans for Yellow River Park were drawn up in 2011-12.

June 27, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Covington gets closer to new hotel

COVINGTON- City of Covington and Royal Hotel Investment Officials broke ground on the city's newest hotel project, a Holiday Inn Express & Suites Friday.

June 26, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Green Hill deal pulled ahead of vote

A proposal to lease and operate the Newton County landfill put forward by Green Hill P3 earlier this year effectively died Friday, but the company says it will propose an alternative agreement with input from the community.

June 26, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


City votes to not enforce recent action

COVINGTON- After an evening of plenty of heated debate, some legalese, a little political intrigue and much emotion, the Covington City Council decided to suspend enforcement on action it made at its previous council meeting.

June 25, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Communities gather for Emmanuel 9

Approximately 150 people from churches around Newton County came together Wednesday night at St. Paul's African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Covington to hold vigil for the nine people slain while at prayer services in Charleston last week.

June 25, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Millage increase likely

Newton County officially announced Thursday the "tentative" adoption a 12.99 millage rate for county operations in fiscal year 2016, as county commissioners emphasized that the tax hike represents a shift in millage rather than a significant increase in spending.

June 25, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


BOE approves budget, improvements to Eastside's field

With a new fiscal year beginning next week for the Newton County school district, the Newton County Board of Education (BOE) approved several different contracts for the upcoming school year.

June 24, 2015 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


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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


Man arrested for pulling gun on woman

Officers were called to a home late Tuesday evening after a woman called and told them that Willie Adam Blackwell, 20, had been at her home and had pulled a gun on her.

February 27, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


School board takes straw poll on budget cuts

Newton County School Board members in non-binding votes indicated their approval on Friday to a seven-period school day for high schools next year, and to contract out with a private firm, Ombudsman, for alternative school services.

February 25, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Paper-filled truck catches fire

A tractor trailer truck carrying a load of paper caught fire Friday morning on Ga. Highway 20 near the intersection with Brown Bridge Road.

February 25, 2011 | Lee Sandow | LOCAL


Levins named to leadership academy

Assistant District Attorney Buck Levins will participate in the 2011 Young Lawyers Division Leadership of the State Bar of Georgia, a competitive program that helps young attorneys hone leadership skills.

February 25, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Officers take “plunge” to kick off Special Olympics fundraising

Law enforcement agencies around the state raised $800 to kick off their annual effort to raise money for Special Olympics with a Polar Plunge on Saturday at Lake Lanier.

February 25, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Cookies arrive

Special delivery: Sisters Charlotte and Sarah McCauley of Girl Scout Troop 20319 in Atlanta collected 12,000 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies during their annual fund raiser to send to our deployed troops. With the help of Operation Sandbox and National Guard soldiers, the boxes were delivered to the National Guard Armory in Covington Wednesday morning in preparation to be sent overseas.

February 25, 2011 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


The champs take the Capitol

Special recognition: The state-champion Piedmont Academy football team, coaching staff, managers, ball boys and cheerleaders were invited to the golden dome of Georgia's state capitol by State Rep. Susan Holmes (125th District) of Jasper County and Sen. Johnny Grant (25th District) of Baldwin County to be recognized for their accomplishment of winning the GISA AA state title and completing an undefeated, 13-game season.

February 24, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Teacher on probation, fined for duct-taping student

CANTON. - Authorities say a Woodstock High School teacher accused of duct-taping an autistic boy to a chair and confining a girl under a desk has been sentenced to six years of probation and $2,000 in fines.

February 24, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Social Circle man charged with child molestation

A 25-year-old Social Circle man remains in the Newton County Jail on charged of child molestation.

February 24, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Savannah students make gold teeth video

SAVANNAH, Ga. - With their principal's encouragement, a group of Savannah High School students wrote a song about a fixture in hip-hop culture - removable gold teeth known as grills.

February 24, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Thundershowers likely tonight

There's a 90 percent chance of rain and thundershowers after midnight in Newton County, but any severe weather likely will be confined to northwest Georgia, according to the National Weather Service.

February 24, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Children killed in meth fire buried

DALTON, Ga. - More than 100 people attended the burial Wednesday of three young children killed in a suburban Atlanta house fire.

The mourners wept as the three tiny white coffins - adorned by floral sprays of white roses and white carnations - were lowered into the Georgia red clay.

February 24, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


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