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Comparing winter power rates

Power prices are always a popular topic, but the conversation has picked up in recent weeks, with Snapping Shoals EMC touting its low prices in the latest statewide survey and residents elsewhere questioning their rates.

March 13, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Nonprofits to share $25,000 from Newton Fund

Five local nonprofits got a $5,000 boost to their efforts to improve Newton County.

March 13, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Play croquet for a cause

The 23rd annual Georgia Heartland Woman's Club Charity Croquet Tournament will be Saturday at the soccer fields at Oxford College.

March 13, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


23rd annual croquet game Saturday

The 23rd annual Georgia Heartland Woman's Club Charity Croquet Tournament will be Saturday at the soccer fields at Oxford College.

March 13, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Bypass Rd. accident kills 1, injures 5

A three-car accident on the Covington Bypass Road Tuesday afternoon left one Covington resident dead and five other people injured.

March 12, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Mansfield moving on after mayor's resignation

A handful of days after the resignation of mayor Estona Middlebrooks, the Mansfield City Council tried to get back to business Monday, and the residents who had been vocally critical of the former mayor thanked the council for answering questions and getting business done.

March 11, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


County to ramp up social media

Work is already well under way to bring Newton County's website into the current age, but county leaders are also planning to build a social media presence to connect with more citizens.

March 11, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Woman with reported mental illness arrested in car theft at hospital

A woman who family members reportedly said had a known case of schizophrenia reportedly stole another woman's car from Newton Medical Center Saturday.

March 11, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Mass. man walking for heroes

His original intent was to head to what he called "sea to shining sea" from Boston, west to Los Angeles. However, after heading south to visit his nephew in Connecticut, he then continued to New York and the Long Island National Cemetery where his father is buried. That gave him the inspiration to walk to Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C. From there his journey went south through the Carolinas and into Georgia, trying to escape the snow, before now heading west along I-20 past Newton and Rockdale.

March 11, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Burglary report leads to drug arrest

A woman who initially reported that her home was being burglarized later found that her daughter and a Maryland man were hiding in the home.

March 11, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Obama endorses Rep. Hank Johnson

Congressman Hank Johnson, D-Lithonia, who is expected to face a tough primary battle from former DeKalb County Sheriff Tom Brown, received an endorsement Tuesday from President Barack Obama.

March 11, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO won't investigate alleged improper touching by first-grader

Officials with the Newton County Sheriff's Office said an incident involving a 7-year-old male touching other female students at West Newton Elementary school will be handled internally by the school system.

March 11, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful seeking volunteers

Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful (KCNB) needs volunteers to clean up roadside litter during the Great American Cleanup, the nation's largest annual community improvement program. KCNB's kickoff event will be at 9 a.m. March 29 at Longhorn Steakhouse of Covington, rain or shine.

March 11, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local nonprofits get $5K checks

Five local nonprofits got a $5,000 boost to their efforts to improve Newton County.

March 11, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Hank Johnson endorsed by Obama

Congressman Hank Johnson, D-Lithonia, who is expected to face a tough primary battle from former DeKalb County Sheriff Tom Brown, received an endorsement Tuesday from President Barack Obama.

March 11, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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DeKalb superintendent talks leading through unity

DeKalb County School System Superintendent Michael Thurmond challenged Newton County's leaders Friday to expand their comfort zones across racial, economic and geographical barriers and to listen and concern themselves with the welfare of all their constituents. He asked leaders to join him in his "bold, new vision" for a Georgia that isn't separated by race, location, style of living or even political party, but is instead unified.

January 11, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Nelson Heights gets $8,000 more in funding

The newly reorganized Nelson Heights Community Center is impressing county commissioners, who have voted to give the center an additional $8,000 for the second half of fiscal year 2014.

January 11, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Elementary student threatens another with knife

A Flint Hill Elementary School student was charged with terroristic threats after allegedly threatening to kill another student with a knife.

January 11, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Flint Hill dedicates new track to Jonah Barnett

Flint Hill Elementary School students, faculty and community residents walked a newly paved running and walking track in silence Friday afternoon in memory of Jonah Barnett, a former student who died last year after a nearly lifelong battle with brain cancer.

January 11, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Monte Carlo fundraiser set for Southern Heartland

Southern Heartland Arts, Inc. will host its annual fundraiser, Monte Carlo for the Arts, sponsored by United Bank and Air Conditioning Specialists, Feb. 8 in the Conference and Event Center at Georgia Piedmont Technical College.

January 11, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Hands on Newton, Rams United plan MLK event

Two volunteer groups are teaming up to hold a community service event to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s commitment to service.

January 11, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


NCCA offers additional pre-K class

The New Year has brought in additional Pre-K slots at the Newton College and Career Academy.

January 11, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


4-H forever: 70 youths present projects

Seventy young people in fourth through sixth grades competed for top honors at 4-H County Project Achievement Thursday.

January 11, 2014 | Terri Kimble Fullerton Columnist | LOCAL


Info from executive sessions can be shared

Local governments in Newton County and across the state regularly meet in executive sessions, closed to the public, to discuss sensitive topics, but it's not illegal for elected officials to share information discussed in executive sessions, according to one of the state's leading open meetings experts.

January 11, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Local man killed in train crash

Newton County resident Richard "Rick" Furry, 49, was killed Sunday evening when his semi-truck got stuck on a railroad crossing in Morgan County and was hit by a train.

January 10, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington woman talks 'colorism' with Oprah

A Covington freelance writer and mother of three is sharing her experiences dealing with "colorism" on 'Oprah's Lifeclass' - a television program that seeks to help viewers live their best lives. It airs tonight at 9 p.m. on the OWN Network.

January 09, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Troy plans blood drive

Troy University's Covington Campus will host a blood drive Tuesday, Jan 21, from noon-5 p.m. at 1160 Monticello St.

January 09, 2014 | Sue Horn | LOCAL


County Manager Middleton to retire in late '14

County Manager John Middleton announced Tuesday he will retire in late 2014 after a 14-year career with Newton County.

January 09, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Two charged in cellphone battery thefts

Two men who claimed to be power company employees were arrested Tuesday for reportedly stealing more than $8,000 worth of batteries from cellphone towers in Oxford and Social Circle.

January 09, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Motorist shoots himself in the head

A Norcross man, initially thought to be injured in an auto accident Sunday, reportedly had a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

January 09, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


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