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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


Preparing for graduation

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

May 16, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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County considering requiring animal licenses

The county is considering requiring pet owners to pay for licenses for their dogs and cats and is reaching out to the county's municipalities to get their opinions.

October 20, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


8th congressional district race heating up

As a man who considers himself a centrist, Congressman Jim Marshall (D-Macon) draws support and ire from both sides of the aisle, and both parties are fighting hard for his seat.

October 20, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Horace Oneal Vason

Mr. Horace Oneal Vason died Oct. 17. The son of Mrs. Dora Lucile Sims and the late Mr. Arthur "Pap" Vason Sr., he was born in 1952 in Covington. He was the second of their three sons. He was preceded in death by half-sister Kathy Maude Woods; grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Shedrick (Emma) Vason, Mr. and Mrs. Earlie (Etta) Sims Sr.; aunts Irene Vason, Delthia Deer, Ellen Heard; and uncles Charlie and Albert Vason. He was raised and educated in Newton County and graduated from R. L. Cousins High School in 1970. Affectionately called Super Lou, he was an avid ...

October 19, 2010 | | LOCAL




Democrats rally

Spreading the word: The Newton County Democratic Party elected not to stage a candidate's forum this year, but chose to hold a rally Saturday as a chance to inform voters and highlight Democratic candidates.

October 17, 2010 | | LOCAL


‘Diaries’ donates courthouse replica

Newton County has a new courthouse, but county employees won't be moving their offices anytime soon.

October 17, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


The past speaks

The Covington Historic Society brought several of the spirits buried in the Covington Cemetery to life Thursday night to speak on the history of the town and it's people. Proceeds go to Historical Society to benefit the history center to be establish the museum in the Old Jail.

October 17, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Portion of Lee Street to permanently close

The portion of Lee Street between Conyers and Reynolds streets will be permanently closed as preparations begin for construction of the long-awaited $9 million senior affordable complex.

October 17, 2010 | | LOCAL


Local girl wins International Junior Miss Georgia Princess pageant

Seven-year-old Kaitlyn Cole has earned the title as International Junior Miss Georgia Princess.

October 17, 2010 | | LOCAL


Group continues to pursue NS railroad purchase

The public-private partnership that formed to purchase 14.9 miles of abandoned Norfolk Southern railroad track in Newton County continues to negotiate the creation of a contract, though officials expect the process will take several months.

October 17, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Local recession could linger

A stalling economic recovery could lead to a national double-dip recession, and local financial officials expect Newton County's high foreclosure and unemployment numbers to persist as the county remains mired in the first recession.

Bank executives are becoming more pessimistic about the economy and nearly half of respondents to a recent survey said they believe the U.S. will experience a double-dip recession, according to the survey's conductors, Grant Thornton, an audit and tax firm, and "Bank Director" magazine.

October 17, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Nathan Deal visits Newton County

When asked to simplify Georgia's gubernatorial race, Republican Nathan Deal said he's the best candidate because of his extensive legal and political background and his conservative promise to not increase residents' tax burden.

October 17, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Nominations sought for the lighting of the courthouse

Main Street Covington, the Arts Association and local governments have partnered to seek nominations for individuals and/or groups to "light" the Newton County Courthouse during the annual holiday ceremony on November 18. The chosen person and/or group will have the opportunity to flip the switch as the historic courthouse is lit up ushering in the holiday season in downtown Covington.

October 16, 2010 | | LOCAL




Breaking the cycle of violence

A slap, a kick, a ruthless word - few things break through socioeconomic and racial boundaries the way that domestic violence does. In fact, in the time it took you to read this, at least one woman in the United States has been a victim of battery.

October is Domestic Violence Prevention Month and the Newton County District Attorney's office wants to make people aware of both the problem and the solutions. Staff members and their children on Wednesday filmed a commercial that will air on Charter cable Oct. 22 to raise awareness.

October 15, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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