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County OKs tax increase

The Newton County Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 to adopt a 5 percent tax increase as part of its new annual budget.

July 17, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Hospital asks for more from county

Officials say the combination of Obamacare with an increase in people using the emergency room as their primary doctors is putting Newton Medical Center in trouble.

July 17, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Starbound Dance Studio owner arrested

The former owner of Starbound Dance Studio in Porterdale was arrested on Wednesday by the Newton County Sheriff's Office on 13 counts of theft by conversion.

July 17, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Newton Newsflash: More construction this weekend

If you're out and about this weekend, avoid sections of I-20 in Newton County as construction continues. Lane closures and long delays can be expected in the following areas and times:

July 17, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Social Circle home moving to new location

It took about five years to get funds and to complete the process to move the 186-year-old home, said Mike Owens, owner of Magnolia Manor, the new location of the home. The Historic Preservation Society of Social Circle (HPSSC) had pledged $10,000 for anyone who promised to move and restore the home, which was a significant chunk of the fundraising efforts needed to make the move official. The money was officially presented to Owens Monday by HPSSC President Dena Johnston and Treasurer Charles Thompson. Owens, utility workers and others who are invested in the preservation of the building worked ...

July 17, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


County tightens Salem/Crowell zoning overlay

There will be no pawn shops or check-cashing businesses in the Salem/Almon/Crowell roads overlay district, according to changes adopted Tuesday night by the Newton County Board of Commissioners.

July 17, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Golfing for Laurie

More than six months of fundraising efforts by donors, including Covington residents, will come to a head this Saturday at the Golfing for Laurie golf tournament at Ashton Hills.

July 17, 2014 | Samantha Reardon | LOCAL


Get the beat

Students attending Arts Association in Newton County's Musical Theater Camp rehearse for their final performance of the summer.

July 17, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Crowell, Ga. 81 to get stoplights

County Commission chairman Keith Ellis describes the intersection of Georgia Highway 81 and Crowell Road as the worst in the county. But not for much longer.

July 17, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Riley announces candidacy for Mansfield mayor

Although the full ballot has not yet been revealed for the upcoming special election for Mansfield's mayor, one candidate is known.

July 17, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Hospital asks for more from county

Officials say the combination of Obamacare with an increase in people using the emergency room as their primary doctors is putting Newton Medical Center in trouble.

July 16, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Starbound Dance Studio owner arrested

The former owner of Starbound Dance Studio in Porterdale was arrested on Wednesday by the Newton County Sheriff's Office on 13 counts of theft by conversion.

July 16, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Firearms, stolen diesel and thrown ice cream

The reluctant felon

July 15, 2014 | Samantha Reardon | LOCAL


Newton County children wrap up musical theatre camp with finale performance

The '80s get a second life at "We Got the Beat!"

July 15, 2014 | Samantha Reardon | LOCAL


The Covington Police Department to hold 31st annual Fuzz Run

Police Captain Ken Malcolm does not want to tell you about the donuts.

July 15, 2014 | Samantha Reardon | LOCAL


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The first Young Legend

The Washington Street Community Center is an important part of Covington's black history, but many of the young students who pass through its doors every day wouldn't know that if not for Breisha Dupree.

February 24, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Local Lions host fundraisers for Ga charities

Even though the days have been warming up in Newton County, the nights can still be pretty chilly. That's why the Covington Lion's Club will host their 9th annual chili supper fundraiser from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Lions Club Pavilion at Academy Springs Park.

February 24, 2010 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Faithworks fundraiser will make the rafters ring

Choirs and performers from among the 35 churches that support Faithworks will lift their voices high in a fundraiser to benefit the ministry on Friday, Feb. 26.

February 24, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


‘Swinging for Sight’

The Oxford Lions Club is hosting its first golf tournament, "Swinging for Sight" on March 26 at the Oaks Golf Course. The entry fee of $75 for each player includes green fee, cart, lunch, beverages and prizes. There is a $10,000 prize for a hole-in-one on a par 3 hole. Lunch and registration begin at 11:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. All of the proceeds from the event will raise funds for sight-related charities supported by the club.

February 24, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Little Mr. and Miss Newton County

The 49th Annual Little Mr. and Miss Newton County Pageant was a great success last Saturday with 10 beautiful little girls and six handsome young men competing for the crowns in the Alcovy High School auditorium. Colorful ice cream cone balloons decked the stage as part of the "Ice Cream Dreams! Kids Scream for Ice Cream" theme this year.

February 24, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


BOC considers umbrella 501(c)(3) org. to simplify donation process

The Newton County Board of Commissioners are considering the formation of an umbrella 501(c)(3) organization that would oversee all other non-profits related to the county and simplify accounting.

February 23, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


BOC discusses sale of alcohol by the drink

Newton is a dry county, but some commissioners feel its time to hold another public vote on liquor by the drink to see if public sentiment has changed.

February 23, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


BOC considers umbrella 501(c)(3) to simplify donation process

The Newton County Board of Commissioners are considering the formation of an umbrella 501(c)(3) organization that would oversee all other non-profits related to the county.

February 23, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL




Former Chamber President Kip Purvis dies

Former Newton County Chamber of Commerce President Kip Purvis died suddenly Sunday at his home from a heart attack. Kip was a member of GEDA and had been the director of the Meriwether County Development Authority for the past ten years. Kip was the President of the Covington/Newton County Chamber of Commerce in the mid-late 1990s.

February 22, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


City receives engineering grant for Pace Street

The City of Covington received a $160,000 federal grant this week to move forward on the Pace Street Liveable Communities Initiative streetscape project.

February 21, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Many changes coming to theme schools

Students entering Clements Theme School for the 2011-2012 school year should be prepared for lots of changes, including a new name and additional academic rigor.

February 21, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Garden of Gethsemane shares the love in their hearts

After losing her job and being evicted from her apartment, Sabrina Ortiz now calls The Garden of Gethsemane Homeless Shelter in Covington her home. As part of a DeKalb Technical College cosmetology department project called "From Our Hearts to Yours" she recently received an eyebrow wax, a facial, hair styling and color as well as a manicure and pedicure.

February 21, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Woman claims to be “professional drinker”

Despite assuring officers that she was a "professional drinker" a 57-year-old woman was arrested on Feb. 14 for DUI.

February 21, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Shipmate scouts

In the Navy: Cub Scout Pack 2291 recently relived a part of history when they participated in the camping program aboard the World War II Aircraft Carrier USS Yorktown at Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum in Charleston Harbor. The scouts became "shipmates" with other youth as they toured the USS Yorktown, the submarine USS Clamagore, the Medal of Honor Museum, and the Vietnam Era Naval Support Base. Morning and evening meals were prepared and served in the "Chief's Mess" aboard the Yorktown to give the scouts the full effect of naval life. Pack 2291 also took a boat ...

February 21, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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