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The last of the volunteer firefighters?

Newton County's volunteer firefighter base is shrinking. Will that leave behind a more reliable group or does it signal the beginning of the end?

June 07, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


DC or bust!

In Georgia 4-H, most of us call Rock Eagle our home away from home.

June 07, 2014 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


Standing tall: Student overcomes brain injury

When CJ Heard sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in ninth grade, many may have thought it would be easy to throw in the towel and give up on school, athletics and any hopes of college.

June 07, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Woodlee’s Christian Academy to shut down

The private school located on Ga. Hwy 162 walked its final group of graduates this year as school directors made the difficult decision to close the school after four graduating classes.

June 07, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Mansfield youth killed in dirt bike crash

A Mansfield youth died after being ejected from his dirt bike in Jasper County Thursday.

June 06, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


We ride to provide (video)

The annual "we ride to provide" was held in Porterdale Georgia Saturday.

June 06, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


Pests, trash and mold found in hotel

Pests, dirty mattresses and no hot water were just a handful of complaints from guests of Covington Lodge, an extended stay hotel located at 9161 City Pond Rd in Covington.

June 05, 2014 | Samantha Reardon | LOCAL


Knee deep: School in the wetlands

From mud angels to learning about leaves, a group of area teachers and students gained hands-on experience in Georgia's wetlands to better their education and teaching abilities.

June 05, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


County mulls in-home daycares, catering licenses

County officials are going to consider re-allowing in-home day cares and allowing caterers to serve alcohol in the county at special events, after two residents brought up the issues at the May 6 meeting.

June 05, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


The dance will go on

From the heartbreak and frustration recently surrounding the closing of Starbound Dance Studio in Porterdale and its owner's sudden cancellation of a dance recital and failure to refund fees finally came a bright note.

June 05, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


BOE adopts 2015 budget

Even though summer just began, the people working behind the school scenes are ready for next year to begin with a full wallet, doling out more than last year to teachers and other public school employees.

June 05, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Charges pending for dance studio owner

While some parents just want to move on and begin to heal from the sudden closing of Starbound Dance Studio, another group of parents feel they cannot do so until the receive retribution for money the studio's owner, Valerie Odom, as of yet, has failed to refund.

June 05, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Newton Newsflash: Ringo processional

Covington Police Department's fallen K-9 Ringo will be escorted from the Porterdale Police Department to Covington Police Department today between 1:30-2 p.m.

June 05, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton Newsflash: More I-20 road work this weekend

The right lane of I-20 eastbound between mile marker 92-95 will be closed for bridge deck demolition and setting precast panels Sunday.

June 05, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Severe storm advisory

Severe storms are blowing through the area tonight until 9:15 p.m. with winds and wind gusts of 40 mph.

June 05, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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GDOT seeks input on road project

An open house to discuss a Georgia Department of Transportation proposed project on Ga. Highway 212 in Newton County will be held on Nov. 20 at Oak Hill Elementary School. The public is encouraged to drop by anytime between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. No formal presentation will be given.

November 26, 2008 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Shots fired at homes, car aimed at deputy

 A call for deputy assistance in a local subdivision has yet to lead to arrests but has netted several marijuana plants found growing inside a home.

November 24, 2008 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Visions of the past

 In an effort to preserve the county's historical heritage, the Newton County Board of Commissioners passed a Historic Preservation Ordinance which calls for the formation of a new commission.

November 24, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Jury considers death penalty for courthouse gunman

ATLANTA -- Prosecutors urged a jury Wednesday to deliver a death sentence to a gunman convicted of escaping custody and murdering four people in a courthouse shooting spree, warning that otherwise he would spend the rest of his life searching for ways to escape and kill again.

The jury last week found Brian Nichols guilty of all 54 counts against him including murder in the March 2005 shootings that left a judge, a court reporter, a deputy and a federal agent dead. He had pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, claiming he was gripped by a delusional compulsion that he ...

November 23, 2008 | Greg Bluestein Associated Press Writer | LOCAL


Child in crash named

The child killed in Friday's single car accident on Ga. Highway 162 has been identified as 7-year-old Bobby Joe Couch, a second grade student at Ficquett Elementary School.

November 22, 2008 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Celebrating Veteran's Day

A ceremony was held on the Covington square Tuesday morning in honor of Veterans' Day. The ceremony was hosted by American Legion Post 32. The Newton High School Jr. ROTC Color Guard was on hand to post colors at the beginning of the ceremony. Porterdale Baptist Church Pastor Dickie Johnson gave a prayer followed by the Pledge of Allegiance delivered by American Legion Post 32 Commander Bobby Hamby. Joanna Horstmans sang The National Anthem and God Bless America for the crowd before the story of the holiday was delivered by Hamby. Key note speaker Roger Tingler commented before the ceremony ...

November 22, 2008 | Mandi Singer | LOCAL


Child dies in single car accident

A five-year-old child was killed in a single car accident Friday, according to 1st Lt. Mark Mitchell with the Newton County Sheriff's Department.

November 19, 2008 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Young leaders

NAACP Youth member wins award at convention

November 19, 2008 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Poppy Day proclamation

Where poppies grow: Barbara Hunt (left), Poppy Chairman for American Legion Auxiliary Unit #32, and Debra Hamby (right), President of Unit 32, look on as Covington Mayor Kim Carter signs a proclamation designating Saturday, Nov. 8 as Poppy Day. In anticipation of the upcoming Veterans Day on Nov. 11, the American Legion Auxiliary were at various locations in Covington on Nov. 8 to request donations and ask residents to wear the familiar red, handcrafted poppies honoring America's war casualties.

In 1921, the American Legion Auxiliary adopted the poppy as the organization's memorial flower and pledged its use to ...

November 19, 2008 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Smart progress key to saving rural land

If Newton County is to preserve its large swaths of rural land while at the same time continuing its economic development, one possible solution is to encourage the opening of more agritourism businesses. Another solution is to foster more small farms with a focus on growing produce for local consumption.

November 19, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Soldier, citizen, sniper

Like all of America's service men and women, Covington resident Matt Cooper possesses a proud yet tough attitude when it comes to defending our country.

November 19, 2008 | Carrie Huenke | LOCAL


Local ministries out of funds

The News recently ran a story about local ministries being out of funding to provide those in need with shelter, food and utility bill assistance. Several businesses and community organizations have started collecting donations and canned goods for these ministries.

To make a donation send a check to the following local ministries.

November 18, 2008 | Staff Report | LOCAL


The ties that bind

 The day after Barack Obama's historical presidential win and the close of what has been one of the most divisive and tense political seasons in decades, Newton County residents came together to pray for unity and healing for the nation in the days ahead.

November 17, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Sheriff-elect Brown to attend training school

Sheriff-Elect Lt. Ezell Brown will have little time to rest after the election, heading straight back to school Monday morning in order to learn the ins and outs of becoming Newton County's next sheriff.

November 17, 2008 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Green Getaway around corner

 The King of rock 'n' roll will be in the house for the third annual Green Getaway, beginning at 6 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center. The night includes a dinner, a traditional auction, silent auction and musical entertainment.

November 17, 2008 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


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