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County finalizes form of gov't citizen panel

Each of Newton County's commissioners and chairman have chosen a citizen to sit on a panel to review the county charter, which dictates the local form of government.

March 26, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Newton unemployment rate dips in February

As metro Atlanta unemployment dropped, so has Newton County's.

March 26, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Landfill: Executive Summary from Green Hill

Newton County - East Georgia Settlement and Newton County - Green Hill P3, LLLPLandfill Lease and Operating Agreement

March 25, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Former mayor, others show support of White

The St. Patrick's Day holiday didn't keep people from attending a called meeting in Social Circle Tuesday, as city hall's community room was filled with concerned citizens.

March 22, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Meet Alcovy's Val and Sal

Alcovy High School senior Alex Yang was extremely proud of himself when he was named valedictorian of the school's 2015 graduation class. It was a goal of his since the start of his senior year.

March 22, 2015 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


Meet Newton's Val and Sal

Newton County High School senior Ian Cole isn't worried about much these days.

March 22, 2015 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


County chair to get back full powers

The Newton County Board of Commissioners narrowly approved this week a motion to restore the county chair with the full powers invested in the position by the charter, effective January 1, 2017, and to set up another citizens committee to review and update the language of the charter.

March 22, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


County lawyers see 13% raise

Newton County's legal fees continue to soar above budget, as commissioners approved more than $83,000 in payments to longtime County Attorney Tommy Craig's firm for the month of February alone.

March 22, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


At a crossroads

Newton County has 60 days to come up with a solution to its landfill crisis or face costly litigation and possibly the construction of a private, regional landfill. The head of the East Georgia Land & Development Company announced his intention this week to seek damages and a new landfill permit in response to the county's failure to approve a settlement.

March 22, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Meet Eastside's Val and Sal

Anna Davis believes much wasn't expected of her academically.

March 21, 2015 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


Newton County Farm Bureau members attend GFB Day at Capitol

Newton County Farm Bureau members traveled to Atlanta, Feb. 19 to participate in Georgia Farm Bureau Day at the Capitol. While at the capitol, members of the Newton County Farm Bureau delegation visited with Representatives Pam Dickerson and Dave Belton. Members of the Newton County Farm Bureau who attended the event included: Brent Galloway, Charles Berry, Chuck Berry, Julius Hays, Lori McCart, and Kevin Mitcham.

March 21, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCFB hosts Chinese delegation

Newton County Farm Bureau hosted a delegation of Chinese feed producers on Jan. 29 attending the International Poultry Expo in Atlanta. NCFB President Brent Galloway welcomed the group to the NCFB office, telling the group about agriculture in the county and Farm Bureau.

March 21, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Landfill tabled, chair powers to be restored

The Newton County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to table a vote on a controversial landfill settlement for at least 60 days in order to allow an independent review with input from a citizen committee.

March 18, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


NCSS receives climate star ratings

According to surveys conducted during the 2013-14 school year the climate, or quality and character of school life, of Newton County's middle schools are above average.

March 18, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Robbery suspect caught after 5 years on the run

After five years, the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office has the final suspect of an armed robbery case in custody.

March 18, 2015 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


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Erosion and sediment control plan reviews protect Newton County’s environmental resources

The Upper Ocmulgee River Soil and Water Conservation District strives to protect soil and water resources in Newton and Jasper Counties. While Jasper County remains predominantly rural, Newton County has become more urban in nature. Considering the potential environmental impacts from land disturbing activities to Newton County's streams and stream buffers and possible Federal Clean Water Act violations, a thorough review of the erosion and sediment control plans is important. The Newton County Board of Commissioners contracts with the Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission on behalf of the county and the soil and water conservation district to fund ...

November 07, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


More filming projects looking at county

Two more movie projects are looking at sites in Newton County as the area continues to be a hotbed for filming.

A horror movie is looking to film in Newton County's rural southern portion, an area that recently served as a desolate backdrop for the TV series "The Walking Dead", which is playing currently on AMC.

November 07, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


A quiet day at the library

A novel way to spend a weekend: Saturdays are always nice, relaxing days at the Covington library.

November 07, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Classic hunter

A successful hunt: This spike was killed by Jeannine Marchesseau on Oct. 22 in Newton County. It was taken using a one-piece, self-made bow. The arrow was made of bamboo with a flint tip.

November 07, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Scouts’ service

The pack provides: Cub Scout Pack 163 from Shiloh United Methodist Church donated 2,018 cans to the food bank on Oct. 26. Top row (l-r): David Miller, Melvin Green, Tammy Laan, Greg Bryan, Debbie Kittle, Billy Kittle. Middle row: Christopher Kittle, J.D. Coltharp and Lee Chriswell. Front row: Matthew Hire, Cam Bryan, Jackson Mcintyre, Justin Jenkins and Gavin Mcann.

November 07, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man violates probation when found with gun

A 23-year-old man violated his probation and picked up a new charge late Thursday night after his probation officer reportedly caught him with a gun.

November 06, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


NCSO receives COPS grant

The Newton County Sheriff's Office has received a grant that will allow them to hire two additional deputies and pay their salaries and benefits for three years, according to Sheriff Ezell Brown.

November 06, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Two more film projects consider Newton County

Two more movie projects are looking at sites in Newton County as the area continues to be a hotbed for filming.

November 05, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Roundabout on hold pending lighting installation

Construction is mostly complete on the Turner Lake Road roundabout project, but it will remain closed pending installation of streetlights.

November 05, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Infant remains in critical condition after attack by raccoons

The 9-month-old baby attacked by raccoons in her crib early Wednesday remains in critical condition. Authorities are investigating to see if the parents were keeping the animals as pets.

November 05, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Judge Ozburn swears in son as lawyer

David Ozburn placed his left hand on the same Bible that his father did years ago and raised his right hand. Judge Samuel Ozburn then administered the lawyer's oath and welcomed his son into the legal profession.

November 05, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Farm Bureau to observe National Farm-City Week

The Newton County Farm Bureau is set to observe National Farm-City Week from Nov. 19 through Nov. 25 with an agricultural art contest for fifth graders.

November 05, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Tea Party energized voters, buoyed

Austin Scott was one of dozens of Republican congressional candidates swept into office on a wave of party support and energy apparently infused into the election by the Tea Party movement.

November 05, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Man attacked, doused in lighter fluid

Authorities are questioning suspects after a man was reportedly attacked and doused with lighter fluid earlier this week.

November 05, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Some residents opposed to animal licenses

Several Newton County residents told county commissioners on Tuesday that they don't want the county to license pets, calling it an animal tax.

November 04, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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