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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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Archive By Section - LOCAL


Ozburn nominated to Georgia Court of Appeals, declines

Newton County Superior Court Judge Samuel D. Ozburn has declined a nomination to the Georgia Court of Appeals.

September 03, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Parking ordinance would prevent some commercial vehicles from res. areas

The city council reached a consensus Wednesday about what kind of larger commercial vehicles will be allowed to park in residential areas.

September 03, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Troopers prepare for busy holiday weekend

The Georgia State Patrol is reminding drivers not to get behind the wheel impaired during the upcoming Labor Day holiday travel period. Troopers and officers with the Motor Carrier Compliance Division will be working alongside sheriff's deputies and police officers in an effort to keep the holiday weekend as safe as possible.

September 03, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Fuel failure

The Covington Municipal Airport once again ran low on fuel, and it appears airport operator Dixie Jet Services may have run out of second chances.

The Covington City Council has again summoned the company, this time to its Sept. 8 council meeting, to discuss a failure to maintain an adequate supply of Jet A aviation fuel. Jet fuel is similar to highly purified kerosene.

September 03, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


GBI nabs 3 for Section 8 voucher fraud

Three Newton County residents have been arrested and warrants are outstanding for five more on charges that they fraudulently obtained federal money in the way of Section 8 vouchers. There have been 65 arrests state-wide in what the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is calling Operation Clean House.

September 03, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Picture of the Day - Sept. 2

The Jazz Guardians, a traveling Army Ground Forces Band headquartered at Fort McPherson in Atlanta, performed an hour's worth of swinging jazz tunes as part of the Concert on the Square series Thursday afternoon.

To see more photos, click on the links below Related Content.

September 02, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Several people arrested, more wanted for fraudulently obtaining federal funding

Maureen Francois and Lamonitrias Smith have been arrested and six more people are wanted in Newton County for fraudulently obtaining federal funding for affordable housing.

September 01, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Picture of the Day - Sept. 1

The Lady Tigers get a pep talk before beginning their second set against Ola in Tuesday evening's volleyball match.

To see more photos, click the links under Related Content.

September 01, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Man arrested after threatening to cut the throat of ex-wife's boyfriend

A Covington man was arrested Saturday afternoon after reportedly threatening to cut the throat of his ex-wife's current boyfriend.

September 01, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Jim Marshall holds town hall meeting in Porterdale

U.S. Rep. Jim Marshall (D-Macon) visited the city of Porterdale Friday to hold a town hall meeting to field questions from concerned citizens. Marshall has been on a town hall meeting tour in the last couple of months as he seeks reelection in November.

He began the meeting explaining the critical nature of the current economic climate.

September 01, 2010 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


Review: Last Exorcism livens up fall movie doldrums

August is B-movie month, where movie studios' leftovers are rolled into the multiplexes, giving us rubbish like "Pirahna 3D," "Vampires Suck" and last week's "The Switch." "The Last Exorcism" is no exception. What's surprisingly different about this late summer horror flick is it actually tries to make you think.

September 01, 2010 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


A new hope for Nelson Heights

As he snipped the red, celebratory ribbon, District 4 Commissioner J.C. Henderson officially opened the Nelson Heights Community Center, completing a dream several years in the making.

"Most people know that even though it's been appointed as being my idea, it's not. It's really your idea," Henderson told the assembled crowd that packed the new center. "When we first started thinking about the 2005 SPLOST, we wanted to go out to people who lived in the community and ask for your ideas, your opinions. What do you want? What's your vision?"

September 01, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Picture of the Day - Aug. 31

Newton High School's Markea Sheppard smacks the ball to centerfield during Monday evening's softball game against Grayson.

To see more photos, click the links under Related Content.

August 31, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Fire department budget doesn’t allow for promised pay increases

Some firefighters are wondering if a 2 percent pay increase promised for becoming EMTs will ever happen. According to the county fire chief it will, but not until the county fire has more money budgeted for the department.

August 29, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Lendmark, BB&T donate more than $6,000 to shelter

The Garden of Gethsemane Homeless Shelter aims to be Covington's safety net, the place that prevents those who have lost everything from falling through society's cracks.

August 29, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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