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Unemployment up in Newton

State statistics show local unemployment numbers increased slightly in June, the latest month reported.

July 26, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Flying history

There are several ways to familiarize yourself with the history of the iconic flying machine of the Vietnam War, the Bell Helicopter Co. UH-1 "Huey."

July 26, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Middle Ridge principal selected for leadership network

One local school principal will have his schedule full with the opportunity to make a step toward the future of Georgia's education.

July 26, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


It’s SSEMC meeting time

About 1,357 Snapping Shoals EMC members turned out for the 76th annual shareholders' meeting at the Georgia International Horse Park Thursday, July 24.

July 26, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington teen missing, information sought

Fourteen-year-old Jordan Aaron has been reported missing to the Newton County Sheriff's Department.

July 26, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


State releases Student Growth Model

For those parents, students and teachers who want to see a different form of explanation regarding students' test scores and what they mean, other than lists of numbers throughout the years, they may want to check out a new tool.

July 26, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


’20 acres’ dominate 2050 discussion

Thursday's public hearing on the 2050 Plan began as did the two before it – with an in-depth discussion of a particular part of the document, in Thursday's case the "compact communities" and higher-density zoning areas planned for the western part of the county.

July 26, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Covington woman arrested in prostitution sting

Conyers police are turning their sights to deterring prostitutes, instead of just johns, from coming to Conyers with a recent undercover sting that arrested two women for prostitution and one man for drug possession.

July 26, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Words from the county chairman Keith Ellis

Newton County Board of Commissioners Chairman Keith Ellis answered four questions about the 2050 Plan as part of an ongoing series of general questions with county and city leaders. These were so pertinent to Thursday's 2050 Plan public hearing they are included here:

July 26, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


City employees join wellness challenge to walk around the world

Nancy Harvill said people have been asking her why so many City of Covington employees are walking around town recently.

July 26, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


4H Forever: State 4H Congress

Newton County 4-H member Flannery Peay (on right) represented Northwest District at State 4-H Congress this week at the Crowne Plaza Ravinia in Atlanta. She competed in Performing Arts Instrumental, one of the largest projects in the state, and finished in fourth place. As part of the competition, Peay completed a year's portfolio work including performing arts work, leadership and service, then also arranged her own four-minute old-time fiddle piece. She was accompanied by County Extension Agent Terri Fullerton.

July 26, 2014 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


Social Circle activities

July 26, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


One tank trip: Sleeping bear, hidden alligator

Bear Hollow Zoo in Athens, Georgia has something for everyone. A short drive from Newton and Rockdale counties, this zoo offers a wide variety of wild animals. Here you can find a owls, bears, an American bald eagle and a reptile house with a variety of snakes and alligators. Volunteers educated on each of the animals are on hand to answer questions and offer a hands-on visit with some of the wildlife. The Bear Hollow Zoo is free for all visitors. Zoo hours are 9 to 5 seven days a week. For more info, call 706-613-3616.

July 26, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


Judge OKs $397 in bonds for Braves stadium

Cobb judge Oks $397M in bonds for Braves stadium

July 26, 2014 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Snapping Shoals meeting time

About 1,357 Snapping Shoals EMC members turned out for the 76th annual shareholders' meeting at the Georgia International Horse Park Thursday, July 24.

July 26, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Guns, drugs netted during arrests

Deputies from the Newton County Sheriff's Department were able to get several guns off the streets after two arrests on two different dates this month.

November 28, 2008 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Citigroup to cut another 53,000 jobs

NEW YORK -- Citigroup Inc. is cutting approximately 53,000 more jobs in the coming quarters as the banking giant struggles to steady itself after suffering massive losses from deteriorating debt.

The plans, posted on the company's Web site, are being discussed by CEO Vikram Pandit at the company's town hall meeting in New York Monday with employees.

November 28, 2008 | Madlen Read AP Business Writer | LOCAL


Queens for a day

Ageless beauty: The 2008 Ms. Senior Newton County Pageant was held on Saturday, Oct. 11, at the Olive Swan Porter Auditorium of Newton High School. The audience was entertained and amazed by the talents of the contestants. Participants from left to right: Ms. Agnes Frederick, Mrs. Rockie Butts (Second Runner Up), Ms. Mary Ellen Horne (2008 Ms. Senior Newton County), Mrs. Doris Campbell (Third Runner Up) and Mrs. Jeanette Fraser.

November 26, 2008 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Laid off: unemployment on the rise in Newton

Unemployment in Newton County continued its steady rise in September to 7.8 percent, according to statistics from the Georgia Department of Labor.

November 26, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Hard to keep a big man down

Officers from the Covington Police Department were called to investigate a reckless driver who was reportedly driving erratically and failing to stop at stop signs on Old Atlanta Highway.

November 26, 2008 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Parking lot expansion talks on hold

The Newborn City Council discussed the possibility of expanding the parking lot next to the Newborn Town Hall at the town's monthly meeting on Nov. 10.

November 26, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Lunsford receives legislative service award

On Wednesday, Ga. Rep. John Lunsford was presented with a 2008 Legislative Service Award by the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia at the organization's fourth district meeting. Lunsford's district includes Newton, Butts and Henry counties.

November 26, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Town hall sees utility, housing concerns

The ongoing need for more aid for residents hurting financially and efforts to improve sub-standard housing were reoccurring themes at the city of Covington's second town hall meeting on Thursday.

November 26, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Courthouse lighting scheduled for Thursday evening

In a time-honored holiday tradition, a special honoree will lead the countdown and flip the switch Thursday in the annual lighting of the Newton County Historic Courthouse.

November 26, 2008 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


GDOT seeks input on road project

An open house to discuss a Georgia Department of Transportation proposed project on Ga. Highway 212 in Newton County will be held on Nov. 20 at Oak Hill Elementary School. The public is encouraged to drop by anytime between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. No formal presentation will be given.

November 26, 2008 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Shots fired at homes, car aimed at deputy

 A call for deputy assistance in a local subdivision has yet to lead to arrests but has netted several marijuana plants found growing inside a home.

November 24, 2008 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Visions of the past

 In an effort to preserve the county's historical heritage, the Newton County Board of Commissioners passed a Historic Preservation Ordinance which calls for the formation of a new commission.

November 24, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Jury considers death penalty for courthouse gunman

ATLANTA -- Prosecutors urged a jury Wednesday to deliver a death sentence to a gunman convicted of escaping custody and murdering four people in a courthouse shooting spree, warning that otherwise he would spend the rest of his life searching for ways to escape and kill again.

The jury last week found Brian Nichols guilty of all 54 counts against him including murder in the March 2005 shootings that left a judge, a court reporter, a deputy and a federal agent dead. He had pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, claiming he was gripped by a delusional compulsion that he ...

November 23, 2008 | Greg Bluestein Associated Press Writer | LOCAL


Child in crash named

The child killed in Friday's single car accident on Ga. Highway 162 has been identified as 7-year-old Bobby Joe Couch, a second grade student at Ficquett Elementary School.

November 22, 2008 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Celebrating Veteran's Day

A ceremony was held on the Covington square Tuesday morning in honor of Veterans' Day. The ceremony was hosted by American Legion Post 32. The Newton High School Jr. ROTC Color Guard was on hand to post colors at the beginning of the ceremony. Porterdale Baptist Church Pastor Dickie Johnson gave a prayer followed by the Pledge of Allegiance delivered by American Legion Post 32 Commander Bobby Hamby. Joanna Horstmans sang The National Anthem and God Bless America for the crowd before the story of the holiday was delivered by Hamby. Key note speaker Roger Tingler commented before the ceremony ...

November 22, 2008 | Mandi Singer | LOCAL


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