County commissioners appeared to be close Monday to reaching a consensus on next year's budget, agreeing to lower the millage rate (informally called the property tax rate) from its current 11.54 rate to somewhere around 11, a change that would save a $150,000 property owner around $30 a year in county taxes.
The Women's Diagnostic Center of Newton Medical Center is hosting the Breast Party Ever on Saturday, June 14 from 2 - 4 p.m. The community is invited to avoid the "Booby Trap" by attending a fun-filled afternoon of learning about breast cancer awareness and prevention from breast patient navigator Wendy Hankins, RN, CBPN-IC.
Madeline Burgess is 81 years old and still enjoys taking a 5K-run and vows to remain active in her mind and body. This vow translated into making her city of Social Circle a better place to live in, and her fellow residents have not overlooked her efforts.
It's not quite Christmas in June, but July 4 celebrations are set to begin early in Social Circle this year.
IN BRIEF: Snapping Shoals EMC is reporting 58 outages affecting 6696 customers. Snapping Shoals EMC provides electricity to 95,000 homes and businesses primarily in Newton, Rockdale, Henry and southern DeKalb counties.
Livingston Elementary School is officially good for the heart.
Parents who wish for their children to attend a different school in the fall may now be able to do so.
Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC), through its Foundation, will host its annual Family Fun and Food Fest, Saturday, June 7, 2014, from 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. The Family Fun and Food Fest will be held at the Newton Campus D Building and Conference Center. Now in its third year, the festival serves as a fundraiser for the GPTC Foundation. Admission to the event, including all activities, is free.
The News is proud to announce several staff members were given 2013 news coverage and design awards by the Georgia Press Association, including the pioneer winner for a new category, which were presented at the GPA Convention on June 6, 2014.
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?
In Georgia 4-H, most of us call Rock Eagle our home away from home.
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.
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.
A Mansfield youth died after being ejected from his dirt bike in Jasper County Thursday.
The annual "we ride to provide" was held in Porterdale Georgia Saturday.
ATHENS - University of Georgia researchers are tracking an outbreak of caterpillars that pose a threat to the health of oak trees in the state.
ATLANTA - His eyes red and voice wavering, Roger McDowell returned as the Braves' pitching coach Friday and apologized for his crude conduct that led to a suspension. He spent a "very humbling" two weeks away from the game and promised there will be no repeat of such actions.
ATLANTA - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, calling it "a rather historic moment," on Friday signed a bill that cracks down on illegal immigration in the state by increasing some enforcement powers and requiring many employers to check the immigration status of new hires.
"While I believe immigration is an issue that can ideally be identified and addressed - and should be addressed- at the federal level, this legislation I believe is a responsible step forward in the absence of federal action," Deal told reporters who crowded elbow-to-elbow into his office for the signing.
Newton County's special athletes are losing an advocate and a friend to retirement, Pam Dew.
After taking the Eagles to the second round of the Class AAA baseball playoffs the past three years, Eastside head coach Michael Poor is stepping aside.
Newton's finest players: T.K. Adams conducted the Newton County Honor Band during the concert Thursday on the square. Made up of students from Newton, Eastside and Alcovy High schools, the honor band was conducted by all three schools' band directors as well as Adams.
General Mills was the winner in the Covington Family YMCA's Corporate Cup division of the 2011 Cheerios Challenge.
Tameka S. Cullins, keeping a disorderly house (misdemeanor), 12 months probation, $1,000, first offender treatment.
Redistricting discussions are beginning to heat up, and Newton County will have its first redistricting workshop at 2 p.m., Saturday at the Holiday Inn Express, 9159 Access Road N.W. in Covington.
ATLANTA - Georgia's long-held reputation as a draw for young professionals is on the line as those in their 20s and 30s appear to be looking elsewhere for opportunities.
Laid-off workers in Newton County may be able to get a temporary job cleaning and repairing public property damaged by the late April storms.
The Oxford College women's tennis team has won the 2011 NJCAA Division III National Championship.
DULUTH - Gwinnett County police say a woman shot and killed a knife-wielding intruder who attacked her in her home near Duluth.
JONESBORO - Clayton County Police Chief Greg Porter says his gun, badge and other items were stolen from his car while he was playing golf.
Recruits who earned certificates from DeKalb Technical College's Law Enforcement Academy will be honored at a graduation ceremony to recognize their achievement on May 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the Conference Center of DeKalb Technical College's Newton Center located at 8100 Bob Williams Parkway. Ken Vance, Executive Director of the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T) Council will deliver the keynote address.