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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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Twilight star to appear at Mall at Stonecrest

In celebration of the hit book series and enormously successful movie, "Twilight," the Mall at Stonecrest will present an exclusive appearance by Peter Facinelli who portrays Dr. Carlisle Cullen on Saturday, Dec. 12, beginning at noon. An autograph fee of $25 will be charged to all fans in line. Photos will be included while supplies last. A VIP photo opportunity with Peter Facinelli is available for $40. A portion of all proceeds will benefit Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation. For additional event information, including rules and regulations, please visit www.mallatstonecrest.com.

November 25, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Oxendine urges caution with turkey fryers

Insurance Commissioner John W. Oxendine urged Georgians to use caution when cooking the holiday bird with the increasingly popular turkey fryer.

November 25, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man caught selling fake laptops

Officers were called to the Raceway gas station after reports came in that a man was attempting to sell stolen laptops to the customers in the parking lot.

November 25, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


The county jewels of District 1

Covington News reporter Gabriel Khouli toured the five county districts with county commissioners as his guide to learn more about the people and places of Newton County. First up, the county's largest and most rural district.

November 25, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Giving thanks

Holiday tradition: The Blue Willow Inn in Social Circle takes you back to 1621 in their annual Thanksgiving Exhibit. The early Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Tribe came together to create the first successful harvest for the pilgrims, and both walks of life came together to share the rewards. The Blue Willow Inn partnered with Joseph Hurt Studios to make the free exhibit possible. It runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. until Nov. 29.

November 25, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Christmas Tree Association awarded grant

Making way for a new tree crop: The Georgia Christmas Tree Association was recently awarded a $30,000 grant from the Georgia Department of Agriculture. The grant money was allocated to the state as part of the 2008 U.S. Farm Bill. The purpose of the grant is to promote specialty crops in Georgia. Chuck Berry, president-elect of the GCTA and owner of Berry's Tree Farm in Covington, applied for and accepted the grant on behalf of the GCTA. The monies will be used to promote further "choose and cut" Christmas tree farms in Georgia. Four billboards have been ...

November 25, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Fairview community still divided on issues

The 14th meeting about the Neighborhood Stabilization Program ended the way it started - with a divided community.

November 25, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Mammography Recommendations Unchanged

Newton Medical Center is among many other leading authorities that disagree with the recent declaration from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force regarding mammography guidelines.

November 25, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


CFD celebrates 100 years of faithful service

Despite the cold, rainy weather Sunday, dozens attended the 100 year anniversary celebration for the Covington Fire Department at Station No. 1 on Pace Street.

November 25, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


NAACP Youth win awards at state conference

Top recruiters:

November 22, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Former Newton man inducted into State Bar

On Oct. 30, Bryan Thomas Johnson received official notice he passed the Georgia State Bar exam. On Nov. 2, Johnson was sworn in as a member of the State Bar of Georgia by his father, Presiding Judge Edward H. Johnson, Court of Appeals of Georgia, sitting by designation as a Judge of the Superior Court of Clayton County. Johnson was also sworn in as an Assistant District Attorney for the Clayton Judicial Circuit by District Attorney Tracy Graham Lawson.

November 22, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Operation Sandbox: The most important mission of the year

Operation Sandbox was organized in 2004 to send holiday care packages to soldiers who could not be home for the holidays. A chapter is active in Newton County, and with the holidays approaching fast, now is the time to make your donation. Anyone wishing to donate can call (770) 784-9155 for more information, or visit the Operation Sandbox Web site at www.operationsandboxga.com.

November 22, 2009 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Livingston students vow to make their school bully-free

Students at Livingston Elementary School made a conscious decision to rid themselves and their school of "trashy behavior." The students wrote down a bad behavior and threw it in the garbage on their way out of an assembly that brought an end to a week of learning about preventing bullying at their school.

November 22, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Crowe given two weeks to enter plea

Judge Horace Johnson Jr. granted attorneys for Christina Crowe just two more weeks to inform the court if Crowe wanted to move forward with a stipulated bench trial or a plea of guilty on charges that she drove while intoxicated and in so doing, caused the death of 7-year-old Bobby Joe Couch.

November 22, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


City council, BOC and Chamber share plans for Chamber president

The next Chamber of Commerce president should be a strong leader with experience in helping existing businesses expand and attracting new businesses.

November 22, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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