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Great American Cleanup kicks off in Newton County

Over 600 volunteers turned out Saturday for the start of the Great American Cleanup, which will continue from March until May.

March 29, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Covington to start extensive water line improvement project

The City of Covington will continue another section of the City's major water line improvement project this month, resulting in the temporary closure of a sidewalk along Jackson Highway from Town Branch Court north to Pennington Street.

March 29, 2015 | | LOCAL


Farm Bureau hosted inaugural gala

Georgia Farm Bureau (GFB) members and members of Georgia's ag community enjoyed a festive evening March 7 as the organization held its inaugural gala for the GFB Foundation for Agriculture at the Evergreen Marriott Resort in Stone Mountain Park.

March 29, 2015 | | LOCAL


Annual Cheerios Challenge returns April 18

In the midst of this beautiful spring weather, it's the perfect time to get out and run or just enjoy the outdoors. It can also be a good time to bond with the family. This is why there is so much anticipation for the 14th Annual Cheerios Challenge held right here in Covington, at the YMCA on April 18.

March 29, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Governor Deal gives cannabis oil green light

Local families living with seizure disorders welcomed Governor Nathan Deal's executive order this week greenlighting cannabis oil medical treatment in Georgia, but emphasized that they remain committed to in-state growing.

March 27, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton’s Baxter, now Baxalta

Baxalta Incorporated is still making its way toward bringing a large amount of new jobs and a new level of industrial growth to Newton County, and it progressed another step during a meeting of the Joint Development Authority (JDA) Tuesday.

March 27, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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


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Prior millage rates tell interesting history

There has been a lot of discussion about the rollback millage rate and whether the county should approve it. Although it's called the rollback rate, the 10.9 rate would obviously be higher than the current 9.73 rate.

However, the 10.9 rate is the rate necessary to bring the county the same amount of property tax revenue as it collected the year before. Property tax revenue in this past fiscal year was projected to be nearly $27.7 million, around 57 percent of the budget.

June 15, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Woman who attempted to rob bank caught

A woman who attempted to rob the United Bank located in Newton Plaza on June 10 was arrested Tuesday and charged with attempted robbery.

June 15, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Interstate 20 east near Wal-Mart has one lane open

A trailer carried by a pickup truck caught fire near exit 96 eastbound on Interstate 20.

June 14, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


U.S. C-SOG dynamic cell extraction training to be held in Newton

Sheriff Ezell Brown is inviting local law enforcement agencies to participate in Dynamic Cell Extraction training at the Newton County Sheriff's Office on July 27. The training will be conducted by United States Corrections-Special Operations Group. Presently, 12 agencies will be participating in the eight-hour instructional course.

June 13, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO offering second firearms safety course

Sheriff Ezell Brown and the Newton County Sheriff's Office are offering a Citizens Firearm Safety Course for 2010. These classes will consist of information on laws governing the use of deadly force, firearm safety at and away from the range, nomenclature of the basic revolver and semiautomatic pistols. Additionally, participants will have a chance to complete a course of fire at the Newton County Sheriff Firing Range.

June 13, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Creative and Colorful Kids

Many rising first through sixth-graders from all over Newton County packed up their musical, dramatic and artistic talents and traveled to Oxford College this week for the 12th annual Creative Kids Camp, held by the Arts Association in Newton County.

June 13, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Flag Day honors America's stars and stripes

Flag Day was originally conceived by schoolteacher BJ Cigrand to honor the anniversary of the Flag Resolution of 1777. According to usflag.org, He first referred to the observance as "Flag birthday." Some years later, George Balch, another teacher, would influence the State Board of Education of New York to officially observe Flag Day. After years of local and state celebrations, President Woodrow Wilson established Flag Day through an official proclamation in 1916. President Harry Truman would later sign an Act of Congress in 1949 to designate June 14 as National Flag Day.

Bobby Hamby, member of the American Legion ...

June 13, 2010 | By Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


Once in a lifetime

Anybody driving down Floyd Street in the last two decades may have seen the giant cactus-like plant outside the home of Ann May. The plant, commonly known as a century plant, is now beginning to bloom after all these years of wowing passersby.

May, a longtime resident of Covington, could not be more proud of her plant, which she named Mother.

June 13, 2010 | By Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


Breaking down recent state bills

Tuesday was the deadline for Gov. Perdue to sign or veto the remaining bills from the 2010 Georgia legislative session and many bills could affect local residents and governments.

Below is a description of some of the recently signed bills. To read any bill, visit www.legis.state.ga.us/ and type in the appropriate bill number in the upper right hand corner.

June 13, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Man pleads guilty to aggravated child molestation of stepsisters

Warning: The following article contains some details that may be disturbing to more sensitive readers. In order to protect their identity, the juvenile victims have not been named.

June 13, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Local officials take leadership positions

More than 100 county officials from across the state recently were recognized by the Association County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG) for completion of the Commissioners Training Program, including local county commissioners Nancy L. Schulz and Earnest Simmons.

June 13, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Woman attempts to rob bank

Covington Police officials are looking for a woman who attempted to make off with funds from the United Bank in Newton Plaza on U.S. Highway 278 on Thursday morning.

June 11, 2010 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Rotary awards Lassiter

Outstanding Rotarian: Mike Lassiter, member of the Rotary Club of Covington, received the Rotary Foundation District Service Award at the Rotary District 6910 Conference held at Jekyll Island in April. The award is presented annually to a Rotarian providing outstanding service in promoting the Rotary Foundation. The most significant project of the Foundation has been the eradication of Polio throughout the world. Mike has served as Foundation Chair of the Covington Club for 10 years. Covington has been one of the top Foundation Fund raisers in District 6910 with over 55 Paul Harris Fellows awarded in the past two years ...

June 11, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Moving work in house could save 21 county jobs

The county could save as many as 20 jobs, by cancelling its service contract for the county's recycling centers and reallocating existing employees to take over that work.

June 11, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Tournament at the Oaks raises money for Miracle League

Fore! The Charter Charity Classic, was held at the Oaks on Wednesday and raised between $18,000 and $20,000 for the Miracle League in Newton County. The first place team was National Bank Products, with team members Brandon Slade, Stan Gann, Gordon Slade and Shaw Blackmon. Charter took second place, team members were Terrance Lewis, Rusty Lehman, Philip Lehman and Patrick Harrell. Conyers Flower Shop placed third, team members were Scot Ward, Alan Sherrill, Chuck Groover and Paul Dailey.

June 11, 2010 | Lee Sandow | LOCAL


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