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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


NMC to join Piedmont system Oct. 1

Newton Medical Center will formally become a subsidiary of Piedmont Healthcare on Oct. 1.

May 21, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | 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


Golf Tournament to raise funds for Haiti missions

Teams of four golfers will play Ashton Hills Golf Course in Covington at the Drive4Hope Charity Golf Tournament on Thursday, May 21. The event is sponsored by Covington First Baptist Church and will raise money for the church's Haiti Mission Projects.

May 16, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Alcovy UMC charity run benefits men’s residential recovery program

Walkers and runners will be raising money for the Damascus Road Recovery, Inc., a nonprofit long-term residential recovery program for men suffering from dependence on drugs and alcohol in Newton County.

May 15, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


All options on the table for Solid Waste Panel

The solid waste citizen's panel will explore all options, including closing the current landfill on Lower River Road, while emphasizing the need to reduce waste across the board, its members decided Thursday.

May 14, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


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Hunting for Easter eggs

On the hunt: Excited Palmer-Stone Elementary kindergarten students crossed the street to the Quad at Oxford College Thursday morning to gather Easter eggs. At the sound of a whistle, the smiling students raced to gather candy- and sometimes money-filled eggs hidden in the grass, trees and plants. Afterwards, the kindergarten classes enjoyed lunch and the beautiful weather before returning to school.

Here comes Peter Cottontail: The Easter Bunny himself helped drop thousands of colorful Easter eggs from a helicopter onto Legion Field Saturday afternoon. The large crowd of children and their parents charged the field as soon as the helicopter ...

April 04, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Covington YMCA to host a Cheerios Challenge for children

When one of the community's largest non-profit organizations partners with one of the county's largest industries, you know it's a big deal. And 2010's 9th annual Cheerios Challenge figures to be the biggest yet, maybe even topping 1,000 runners and volunteers.

April 04, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


New Walgreens one step closer to Covington

The City of Covington is one step closer to getting its first Walgreens, after the former Shell station on the corner of Elm St. and U.S. Highway 278 had all of its gasoline storage tanks removed this week.

April 04, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


CPD arrests two parties for drug use in hotels

Officers from the Covington Police Department were called to America's Best Value Inn around 1:40 a.m. Wednesday morning, where the manager reportedly told them the two men who rented room 209 had multiple people inside, violating their verbal contract with him.

April 04, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Census: growth dramatically lower in 2009

Construction numbers throughout 2009 showed that growth in Newton County was falling off a cliff; the Atlanta Regional Commission's 2009 population estimates illustrate just how steep that cliff is.

April 02, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Friday Scrapbook

Terry Godfrey took a fantastic photo of the full moon high in the sky Tuesday night.

April 02, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Man and brother-in-law arrested after fight

A fight between a woman's husband and her brother ended with both men arrested and the female with a busted lip.

April 02, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Drunk man found talking to squirrels

Deputies from the Newton County Sheriffs Department were called to a home on Russel Braden Road in reference to a family fight but, when they arrived, found a man staring into the trees.

April 02, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


List of trials — April

The trial for accused murderer Jamaal Marquez Pridgett is set to begin the week of April 19 in the courtroom of Newton County Superior Court Judge Eugene M. Benton.

April 02, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Local National Guard troops come home

Several local National Guardsmen will be returning home to their families this weekend, just in time for Easter.

April 02, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


2 county roads closed for a day next week

Duncan Road, about a half mile from Macedonia Road, will be closed during daylight hours only on April 5.

Dixie Road at Big Woods Road also will be closed for repairs during daylight hours only on April 7.

April 01, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Supporter Spotlight... Trust Security

Looking for a company to trust your home to? Then look no further than Trust Security. Locally owned and operated for more than 70 years, the staff offers all the perks of a large national company with small-town prices and one-on-one attention.

March 31, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Secretary of State Kemp announces High School Voter Registration Month

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp today reminded high school principals, parents and eligible students that April is High School Voter Registration Month in Georgia. High schools are encouraged to hold voter registration drives and make registration materials available to eligible students.

March 31, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Puppy dropped from second story window

Officers from the Newton County Sheriff's Office were called to a home on Clover Valley Drive after a teenager reportedly saw her juvenile neighbors drop a puppy out of a window.

March 31, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


DDS offers new teen drinking-driving course

The Georgia Department of Driver Services has created a new internet option for the state mandated teenage Alcohol and Drug Awareness Program. eADAP will provide an additional solution for teens that are unable to obtain the traditional classroom ADAP course.

March 31, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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