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Two GDOT Newton County road projects to begin this summer

The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) announced its schedule for construction this summer and beyond. While there are four projects on the GDOT list, only ...

May 26, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Former county fire chief appears in court Thursday

Former Newton County Fire Chief Kevin O'Brien appeared in court Thursday as his lawyer, John L. Straus, filed a request for continuance. Judge Horace ...

May 26, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


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Walk of Heroes memorial in need of help

A new campaign push will begin this week. The Walk of Heroes Veterans War Memorial project, based in Conyers, will be reaching out to regional residents, veterans and leaders to request donations.

February 27, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Georgia Piedmont Technical College declared ‘strong; breaking boundaries

Georgia Piedmont Technical College has added a police academy and film production programs to its Newton campus. The programs provide students a new path for career training.

February 27, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Sorority alumni running collection for a cause

The Newton County Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta alumnae is conducting a shoe collection drive through the end of March to raise funds for organization's outreach programs.

February 27, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Ga. State Trooper throws hat in ring for District 1

Georgia State Trooper Nathan Bradley, a 24-year-old Republican, is running for Newton County's Board of Commissioners District 1 seat. This seat is currently held by John Douglas, who recently announced that he will not be running for reelection.

February 27, 2016 | Hezekiah Rodgers | LOCAL


Jeffares: Senate business picks up ahead of Crossover day

We've had some long days this week as we've been working through a considerable amount of legislation. This Monday is Crossover day (or the 30th legislative day) which is the last day in which bills originating in the Senate Chamber can be voted on and transmitted to the House for consideration. Starting Monday, the Senate will only be hearing bills that originated in the House and vice versa.

February 27, 2016 | Rick Jeffares | LOCAL


VanNess Bill presented for protection of child abuse victims

The Georgia General Assembly completed legislative day 29 out of 40 on Friday, Feb. 26. On Friday the Senate debated and voted on several bills and I expect we will continue to pass more legislation protecting the rights of individuals and business owners throughout the state.

February 27, 2016 | JaNice VanNess | LOCAL


Celebrating rejuvenation at GSU-Newton’s daffodil festival

The name of the college may have changed, but the annual festival celebrating the flowering of daffodils continues.

February 27, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Newton chapter of DAR announces essay winners

The Sergeant Newton Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) celebrated its annual Georgia Day and the chapter's 121st birthday at a luncheon on Feb. 10 at Burge Plantation in Mansfield.

February 27, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County Farm Bureau members attend GFB Day at Capitol

Newton County Farm Bureau members traveled to Atlanta, Feb. 4 to participate in Georgia Farm Bureau Day at the Capitol. While at the capitol, members of the Newton County Farm Bureau delegation visited with state legislators and officials. Members of the Newton County Farm Bureau Board of Directors who attended the event included: President Brent Galloway, Secretary/Treasurer Chuck Berry, Legislative Committee Chairman Julius Hays, Kevin Mitcham, and Richard Jolley.

February 27, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Sakamoto pleads not guilty to terroristic threats

A former Oxford College of Emory University student pled not guilty to two charges of making terroristic threats last fall.

February 26, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


67-year-old Covington man dies in wreck

A Covington man died on the scene after his vehicle was struck by another on Butler Bridge Road early Thursday morning.

February 26, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


New application process for theme schools

The Newton County Theme School has modified its application process for the 2016 to 2017 school year.

February 24, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Jeffares: at the halfway point

We have passed the half-way point of the 2016 legislative session and are rapidly approaching Crossover Day as we finish week six. We had the opportunity to hear a number of bills this week, all of which I'm sure will benefit many in our state.

February 23, 2016 | Rick Jeffares | LOCAL


Indian Creek math team take 3rd in regional

The Indian Creek Middle School math team accomplished something no other Newton County School system middle school has accomplished before.

February 21, 2016 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


BOC Wrapup: Fourth of July fireworks to launch from Judicial Center

The fireworks display during the 2016 Fourth of July Celebration will be launched from the roof of the Newton County Judicial Center.

February 21, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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