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Property tax rate likely to drop in FY15

Commissioners got some good news Tuesday night at their budget work session, including learning their health insurance bill will be at least $339,660 lower and seeing rising property values that would allow the board to make good on its promise to lower the millage rate.

April 22, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Council unsure how to use Legion Field

Covington City Council members are still unsure whether they want to allow Legion Field on Mill Street to be rented for private events and whether they want to charge a fee or simply a refundable deposit.

April 22, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Deputy arrested for child molestation

A former Newton County deputy was arrested Monday for allegedly inappropriately touching a child multiple times between 2006 and 2011.

April 21, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


BOC working on budget to drop tax rate

With a goal of lowering the county's property tax rate, after raising it last year, the Newton County Board of Commissioners is set to kick off its part of the budget process in earnest and officials will be looking for ways to cut costs and increase revenue.

April 21, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newton teens arrested in Heritage High robbery

Four Newton County teens from were arrested in connection with the March 27 assault and robbery of a student in the Heritage High School parking lot and deputies are on the lookout for a fifth teen.

April 21, 2014 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Casting call for 'Taken 3' extras in Covington

Liam Neeson is back kicking bad guy butt for the third installment of the hit "Taken" series, though the plot itself is to-be-announced. Scenes are reportedly to be filmed in Covington and the production is calling for extras.

April 21, 2014 | | LOCAL


Bear spotted south of Newborn

A large bear was spotted south of Newborn this week, and the Jasper County man who initially reported the bear says there is evidence it's hanging around, but an official with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources said real concern doesn't set in until a bear starts damaging property or stops showing fear.

April 19, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Smart Growth’s political forum Monday

Early voting for the May 20 Primary begins Friday, and local group Smart Growth Newton County is giving residents a chance to hear from all the local and state candidates facing opposition this year.

April 19, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Paving his way

A home-schooled kid with a father who dropped out of high school and a mother who dropped out of college doesn't quite fit the typical profile for a stellar college student.

April 19, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Taking the challenge

THE WINNERS OF THE CHEERIOS CHALLENGE

April 19, 2014 | Anthoney Banks | LOCAL


Sam B. Hay, Jr. into GCA Hall of Fame

The Georgia Cattlemen's Association inducted Sam B. Hay, Jr. into the GCA Hall of Fame at the Cattlemen's Ball on Friday, April 4 during its 53rd annual convention & trade show and 17th annual Georgia Beef Expo in Perry.

April 19, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton HS drama presents new show

Many high-schoolers run out of the door as soon as the bell rings Friday afternoon, eager for the weekend and time away from school. Not Tawana Parker-Bellamy's cast of yellow, emerald and gold. In the auditorium, they dance, sing, laugh, play and make sure they know what type of food will be provided at an upcoming cast lunch.

April 19, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


The hunt is on

Social Circle United Methodist Church kicks off its Easter celebration with its annual community egg hunt Saturday morning at Gunter Hall.

April 19, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Kroger helps give back

The next time you buy your groceries part of the proceeds could go to your favorite nonprofit.

April 18, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Monday is voter registration deadline

Monday is the voter registration deadline for anyone who wants to vote in May 20 Primary Election.

April 18, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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Celestial Sounds

Handbell Choirs from First Presbyterian Church of Covington, First United Methodist Church of Covington and First Baptist Church of Conyers join together in "A Service of Handbell Music" under the direction of Festival Clinician John Link, Associate Pastor of Music at First Baptist Church of Conyers. The concert took place Saturday at 3 p.m. in the First Presbyterian Church of Covington sanctuary. First Presbyterian provided breakfast and lunch, and participants practiced for several hours until the concert.

February 08, 2009 | Mandi Singer | LOCAL


Local artist captures the spirit of the wood

From the heart: Local woodcarver Garfield Johnson holds a carving of Barack Obama that he created in honor of the first black president of the United States.

February 08, 2009 | Mandi Singer | LOCAL


Bond denied again in dismemberment case

 Franklin Benson, who is accused of allegedly killing and dismembering the body of his girlfriend in 2007, was denied bond for the third time in Newton County Superior Court Thursday.

February 06, 2009 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


NCSO helps snag man for cyber sex crime

 A Flowery Branch man was arrested Tuesday after allegedly providing sexually explicit material to a person he believed was a 13-year-old female.

February 06, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


A life apart

From her small home in the historically black Sandhill community in Covington, 78-year-old Emogene Williams has seen it all. She's seen crosses burned by members of the local Ku Klux Klan in neighbors' lawns and she has seen the first black president elected to office.

February 06, 2009 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


NHS class of 2009 hosts candlelight vigil at school

Students, teachers and parents braved below freezing temperatures Thursday night to pay tribute to slain Newton High School student T.J. Dorsey who was killed Sunday morning.

February 06, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Covington woman claims $250,000 prize for office pool

ATLANTA - A Covington woman, who is the treasurer of a Forest Park lottery pool, has claimed a quarter-million dollar lottery win. Candice Goodson, and eight of her co-workers at Premier Transportation, matched the first five winning numbers in the Jan. 27 Mega Millions drawing and won a second prize of $250,000.

The others in the lottery pool with Goodson are ecstatic. Members of the group chose to use their date of hire for the lucky combination.

February 04, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Climate Coalition raises awareness of carbon footprint

At a recent showing of the environmental documentary "Kilowatt Ours" members of the Newton Climate Action Coalition swapped ideas of ways they could reduce their carbon footprint and encourage the greater Newton County community to do the same.

Shown at the Newton County Library on Tuesday, the documentary by filmmaker Jeff Barrie examines the effects of the Southeast's coal-based electricity grid on things such as higher rates of asthma among children and drastically altered mountaintops from coal mountain blasting.

February 04, 2009 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Local shoots man

 A Newton County man was arrested Monday night after allegedly shooting another man during an altercation.

February 04, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Student remembered at school, online

 Though things are slowly getting back to normal at Newton High School, the death of 17-year-old Terrence J. Dorsey, known as T.J., is still weighing heavily on the students, both those who knew him and those who did not.

February 03, 2009 | By Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Designer parking

Well spoken: (Right) Two conceptual models created by University of Georgia Landscape Architecture students at the Metropolitan Design Studio in Covington are displayed at The Center for Community Preservation and Planning Tuesday during a presentation of 10 creative bike racks designed for use throughout Covington. (Above) UGA Student Ansley White makes her bike rack presentation. White's design is modeled after a reel of film - a tribute to Newton's Hollywood history.

February 03, 2009 | Mandi Singer | LOCAL


Gun drawn in parking lot fight

Two men were arrested last week after an altercation at Newton Medical Center led to one man allegedly pulling a gun on the other.

February 01, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


County faces $5.3 million shortfall

It is highly likely that Newton County will have to layoff some of its employees in the next budget cycle in order to balance a projected $5.3 million deficit.

February 01, 2009 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Getting ready for the big game

For the fans: Five O'Clock Somewhere Bartender Melissa SanFelice hangs Super Bowl themed balloons and streamers over the pool tables Saturday afternoon in preparation for the Super Bowl party hosted by the local Covington establishment. The big game will be featured in surround sound on the 106" theater screen at Five O'Clock Somewhere and a free buffet will be available starting 4 p.m. Sunday.

Porterdale Bar and Grill is also hosting a Super Bowl BBQ Party and two-year anniversary celebration starting 1 p.m Sunday. Customers eat for free.

January 31, 2009 | Mandi Singer | LOCAL


Unemployment soars in Newton County

 Newton County's unemployment rate climbed to new heights in December to 10.4 percent, according to figures released by the Georgia Department of Labor on Thursday.

January 30, 2009 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


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