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Rep. Johnson announces bid for 6th term

Congressman Hank Johnson, Georgia's fourth district, announced he is running for a sixth term Thursday.

December 10, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Newton County Farm Bureau receives district awards

Newton County Farm Bureau was recently recognized during the Georgia Farm Bureau 3rd District Annual Meeting for its outstanding member programs. Brent Galloway is the NCFB president.

September 26, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Alcovy FFA to host Aggie Academy during Fall Break

Alcovy Future Farmers of America (FFA) is offering a day camp for Newton County School System elementary students for fall break, Oct. 19 through 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

September 26, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Top of the class

Surprising each teacher in their classroom Friday morning, Newton County School Superintendent Samantha Fuhrey presented a bouquet of flowers and balloons to the three finalists for teacher of the year.

September 25, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


New 350-seat Irish Bred pub to open in 2016

Newton County's Director of Commercial Development Serra Hall stated it simply, "The Square is definitely changing."

September 24, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Months of deliberation ends in city retirement debate

Months after the initial discussion of changing a retirement provision in the city of Covington's Defined Benefit Plan was brought up by the Covington city Council, the provision has been officially amended.

September 24, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


County unemployment rate drops slightly

Newton County's unemployment rate dropped infinitesimally in August, down from 7.1 percent in July to 6.7 percent. The slight decline mirrors metro Atlanta's figures, according to the Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL).

September 24, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


I-20 lane closures continue near Exit 90

Reconstruction on the Interstate-20 bridge at Exit 90 continues this weekend, causing possible congestion from 9 p.m. Friday through 5 a.m. Monday.

September 24, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Three new officers sworn in to CPD

Three new Covington Police Officers were sworn in by Mayor Ronnie Johnston during Monday's city council meeting.

September 23, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Two candidates announce for 5th District BOC seat

Local business owners Jared Rutberg and Travis Moore have announced that they will run for the District 5 seat on the Newton County Board of Commissioners in November 2016.

September 23, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington heats up for series reunion in October

It's been 21 years since the TV series "In the Heat of the Night" went off the air, but for fans of the Southern crime drama, the series lives on in Covington.

September 23, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Army Corps clarifies 'withdrawn' in reference to Bear Creek Reservoir project

In a 10-page letter, Newton County Attorney W. T. "Tommy" Craig told the Army Corps of Engineers that the number of project managers assigned to oversee the county's 404 dredge and fill permit may have caused confusion, misunderstanding and delays for the proposed Bear Creek Supply Reservoir.

September 23, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


What to do with downtown parking?

If Mystic Grill is any indication, the influx of people coming to Covington for lunch and dinner will increase with the opening of the Irish Bread and Your Pie restaurants in 2016.

September 23, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Newton County files motion against Sam Hay

Newton County Attorney W.T. "Tommy" Craig and attorney Edward Tolley filed a response to Sam Hay's lawsuit against Newton County Monday, answering several allegations that the county did not answer open records requests and seeking legal fees from Hay.

September 22, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Southern Heartland announces Artful Harvest winners

The painting "Three Sisters," by Bernadette Smith won first place recently at the Southern Heartland's Annual Artful Harvest Art Show.

September 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


School system, chamber select teachers of the year

Twenty-three teachers have been named Newton County School System and the New County Chamber of Commerce's 2014 to 2015 teachers of the year.

September 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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