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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

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


Covington Y prepares Cheerios Challenge

The Covington YMCA will host the 13th Annual Cheerios Challenge this Saturday, welcoming runners of all ages to its yearly Healthy Kid's Day Celebration.

April 17, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Gazebo gets committee’s support

The hotly-debated gazebo proposed to be built on the Covington square was sent to a committee this week for more citizen and business owner feedback.

April 17, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Reach for their roots

Recess was over, but a group of Middle Ridge Elementary School second-graders was still outside, accompanied by teachers and even the principal. And there was nothing but encouragement.

April 17, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Farm Bureau hosting meet and greet

Ask the candidates some questions and enjoy some homemade strawberry ice cream May 1 at the Newton County Farm Bureau's candidate meet and greet.

April 17, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Teachers win grants to fund innovation

Four teachers were presented with the Spring 2014 ReImagine Newton Classroom Grant by the Newton County Board of Education at its April work session on Tuesday evening. The grants, funded by the Newton Foundation for Educational Excellence, pay for a wide variety of innovative, instructional projects and materials.

April 17, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Two fatality wrecks on Ga. 36 this week

There were two fatality automobile wrecks this week in Newton County on Ga. Highway 36, but neither involved a Newton County resident.

April 17, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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A view from the House-- week 3

The third week of the legislative session saw the House turn, at least partially, to non-appropriations committee work. Work on the Fiscal 2015 budget will be ongoing, but at a more measured pace.

February 04, 2014 | Rep. Doug Holt R-Social Circle | LOCAL


Woman's family has proud military tradition

ive branches of the military are officially recognized: Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, Navy, and Marines. This journalist, though, believes that two other factions should be commended: the Merchant Marines and the Home Front.

February 04, 2014 | Pete Mecca | LOCAL


4-H Forever: Don't merely travel; experience the world

As seniors talk about college applications and acceptances, I can't help but think back.

February 01, 2014 | Terri Kimble Fullerton Columnist | LOCAL


Woman's home hit by gunfire

A woman reportedly walked out her home to find bullet holes in her residence last week.

February 01, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Newton County jail log

Gannon Chase Whitehead, 37, Montgomery State Prison, Mount Vernon, Jan. 23. Back for court.

February 01, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Main Street may finally move under chamber

Main Street Covington, the program responsible for promoting and developing downtown, could finally be moving under the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce after more than eight months of discussions.

February 01, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Survivor Sunday to honor cancer survivors

While two teams battle for the ultimate prize in football today, next Sunday will see Covington and Newton County honor true fighters, those who literally battle death.

February 01, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Public invited to offer opinions of retail needs, wants

You've shared your thoughts about Newton County's lack of shopping and dining options for years with friends and on Facebook, but now is your chance to finally tell someone who can do something about it.

February 01, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


County investigates landscaper’s claims

Newton County is investigating claims made by former county lawn-care contractor Billy Durden, who informed the county in late November he is planning to sue, claiming wrongful termination and libel and slander.

February 01, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Former lawn care contractor to sue county

Update, 12:51 p.m.: County Attorney Tommy Craig said the county is investigating the claims made by Billy Durden in the ante litem notice and expects to finish the investigation shortly.

January 31, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


County could change leadership structure

Newton County's future county manager is already in place with transportation director Tom Garrett being appointed to assistant county manager, but what happens when Garrett leaves?

January 30, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Slippin' n' slidin'

The winter storm that came through Newton County Tuesday evening resulted in around 20 car accidents (five known by the Covington Police Department, and an estimate of around 15 from the Newton County Sheriff's Office), plenty of people out of school and work, and a closure of the county and local city offices.

January 30, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County Jail log

Taurus O'Neal Baynes, 29, 145 Avontea Drive, Covington, Jan. 21. Probation violation.

January 30, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man charged with stealing car after release

A LaGrange man, released from the Newton County Jail Tuesday under a charge of theft by receiving stolen property from May 2013, reportedly stole a man's car from a gas station the next day.

January 30, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


NCSS to hold spelling bee next week

S-P-E-L-L-I-N-G, B-E-E… Spelling Bee.

January 30, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


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