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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


NMC to join Piedmont system Oct. 1

Newton Medical Center will formally become a subsidiary of Piedmont Healthcare on Oct. 1.

May 21, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | 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


Preparing for graduation

The Newton County School System's high schools will be celebrating graduation Friday and Saturday.

May 16, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Golf Tournament to raise funds for Haiti missions

Teams of four golfers will play Ashton Hills Golf Course in Covington at the Drive4Hope Charity Golf Tournament on Thursday, May 21. The event is sponsored by Covington First Baptist Church and will raise money for the church's Haiti Mission Projects.

May 16, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Alcovy UMC charity run benefits men’s residential recovery program

Walkers and runners will be raising money for the Damascus Road Recovery, Inc., a nonprofit long-term residential recovery program for men suffering from dependence on drugs and alcohol in Newton County.

May 15, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


All options on the table for Solid Waste Panel

The solid waste citizen's panel will explore all options, including closing the current landfill on Lower River Road, while emphasizing the need to reduce waste across the board, its members decided Thursday.

May 14, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


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State unemployment rate rises in November

The unemployment rate for Newton County climbed to 12.2 percent in November, according to information released Wednesday by the Georgia Department of Labor.

December 23, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Off-duty jailer injured in crash

An off-duty Newton County Jail detention officer was injured Wednesday afternoon when the motorcycle he was driving was hit by an alleged drunk driver.

December 23, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Chimney Park scores big

Chimney Park has received its largest single donation, $2,556, thanks to sponsors of the inaugural Deck the Halls silent auction.

December 23, 2010 | | LOCAL


Bethlehem Baptist gives handmade toys

Bethlehem Baptist Church, located on Usher Street, gave away 100 handmade drums and other handmade gifts to needy children on Dec. 18. Many of the gifts, including the drums, pillows, blankets and other crafts were made by philanthropist Jean Jackson.

December 23, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Rain, little snow expected for Christmas

It's going to be wet out for Christmas in Covington, but the National Weather Service has dropped its forecast for frozen precipitation to 40 percent Christmas Night.

December 23, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton band Sugar Bowl bound

The Newton County High School Band is set to make history, thanks to the generosity of several donors who helped the group raise the funds needed for a trip to New Orleans to play at the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 4.

December 23, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Track Santa on his way to deliver presents

December 23, 2010 | Tyler Smith | LOCAL


City buys generators for medically dependent

Covington recently purchased eight generators that can be provided in a power outage to city residents who are on oxygen.

December 23, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Developer receives tax credit

The private development group Affordable Equity Partners recently received a state tax credit, which will allow it to build 32 homes in the Walker's Bend subdivision off Ga. Highway 81.

December 23, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Christmas Eve services offered

You have a choice of either a family celebration or a classic observance of Christmas Eve on Friday at The Church of Covington, 11975 Ga. Highway 142 in Oxford.

December 23, 2010 | Chris Queen | LOCAL


Train with the Firefighter Explorers

For high schoolers considering a career in firefighting or those merely interested in what a firefighter's life is like, Newton County offers a firefighter explorer program. The group is affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America. Through hands-on practice and small group lectures, aspiring firefighters gain an accurate depiction of what the profession is like, not only its merits, but also its difficulties. Explorers meet twice a month at a local station for about 90 minutes.

December 23, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Woman flees after allegedly being beaten with belt

A woman who was trying to leave her husband with their baby was allegedly attacked by him in front of the child.

December 22, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


State, local unemployment rates rise

The unemployment rate for Newton County climbed to 12.2 percent in November, according to information released today by the Georgia Department of Labor.

December 22, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Homeless shelter faces financial woes

Less than a week before Christmas, Pastor Clara Lett, director of the Garden of Gethsemane homeless shelter, is worrying if the shelter will be able to keep its doors open.

December 22, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


County approves Ewing's SPLOST list

The Newton County Board of Commissioners approved Commissioner Mort Ewing's 6-year, $57.6 million SPLOST list by a 4-1 vote Tuesday night, with Commissioner Earnest Simmons opposing.

December 21, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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