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Henderson’s check not the first

Newton County Commission Chairman Keith Ellis cut fellow Commissioner J.C. Henderson a loan, or "paycheck advance," for $4,500 on Aug. 12. Henderson said he needed the money to send his son to college after financial aid promises from Tuskegee University fell through.

August 30, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


No surprises on county agenda

Tuesday's Newton County Board of Commissioners' meeting agenda contains nothing out of the ordinary. Specifically, there's nothing there to talk about the form of government, which was put off for a month in a work session last week but has been lingering just under the surface since.

August 30, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Thieves swipe metal grates from I-20

Newton County's Interstate 20 is missing its metal.

August 30, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Mansfield to work on square of its own

August was a busy month in Mansfield.

August 30, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


NCSO detention officer fired

A Newton County Sheriff's Office detention officer was arrested Thursday, Aug. 28 for inappropriate contact with a minor and, as of Friday, remained in custody at the Newton County Detention Center, according to NCSO Sgt. Cortney Morrison.

August 29, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Ellis' letter about Henderson check

Following is the letter Newton County Commission Chairman Keith Ellis sent the Covington News about the $4,500 paycheck advance given to Commissioner J.C. Henderson. It is reprinted here in its entirety.

August 29, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Lorraine Elementary evacuation ends after sweep due to possible bomb threat

A lockdown on Lorraine Elementary after a possible bomb threat was lifted shortly after noon Friday after a security sweep found the campus to be clear.

August 29, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


I-20 construction postponed

Don't worry much about orange cones on the area's highways this holiday weekend. Instead, just worry about all those other cars.

August 28, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


GPTC hosts healthy choices fair

Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) recently hosted a series of events targeting health and wellness on its DeKalb and Newton campuses. As a part of its "Be ACTive" initiative to encourage faculty, staff and students to engage in healthy choices that will nourish the mind, body and spirit, GPTC held a "Healthy Choices Fair" in the Conference Center on the college's DeKalb Campus.

August 28, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Lunchtime concerts set for Thursdays

A series of concerts, all featuring different styles of music, are set for noon each Thursday in September. All will be held on the Square in Covington, and all are free to the public.

August 28, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Student plans fundraising walk

Tammy Hammonds's daughter is the chair for a committee that worked all year to organize fundraising events to bring awareness to a rare but serious disease the needs a brighter spotlight. And Tammy Hammonds's daughter is only 16.

August 28, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


NHS student arrested for pot, knife

A local high school student was in the custody of the Newton County Sheriff's Office Thursday afternoon after being arrested on campus.

August 28, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Middleton career reaches end

The end of an era of Newton County government is quickly approaching.

August 28, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


County cuts Henderson pay advance

Newton County Commissioner J.C. Henderson was issued a paycheck advance of $4,500 on Aug. 15. He paid everything back by Aug. 25.

August 27, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Immunizations aren’t just for children

Earlier this month, about 30,000 of our county's population returned to school. Whether starting kindergarten, returning for their seventh grade year, or heading off to college, there is a lot that goes into preparing a student to start school. School supplies, new shoes, uniforms, new technology, new backpacks and lunchboxes, dorm room fixtures… the list goes on and on. On that list sometimes is a visit to your pediatrician for an update to your child's immunizations. It should be on all our lists, whether we have small children, grown children or no children.

August 26, 2014 | Hosanna Fletcher | LOCAL


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Body found Sunday off Crowell Road

A body was found in a wooded area off Crowell Road on Sunday evening.

May 16, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Top state court overturns charter school law

ATLANTA - A Georgia law that cleared the way for a surge in new charter schools was struck down by the state's top court in a high-profile decision that will affect thousands of students and could reshape how the state's public school system is funded.

May 16, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Temporary jobs available

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.

May 15, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Agriculture Celebration

Down on the farm: The Square in Downtown Covington was covered with antique tractors and other old farm equipment Saturday afternoon when the Agriculture Celebration rolled into town. Dozens of vendors also showed up to show off their wares. The event was presented by the Center for Community Preservation and The Newton County Farm Bureau. Local elected officials also took their annual tour of three local farms.

May 15, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Tip of the Week - May 15

Packing snacks and drinks for when you're on the go is frugal and fabulous, but rethink that bottled water. Bottled water is not only expensive, it's not environmentally friendly and its quality is largely unregulated.

May 15, 2011 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | LOCAL


JAKES Day at Charlie Elliott

The threat of rain didn't stop the 15th annual JAKES (Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship) Day from continuing at Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center Saturday.

May 14, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Antique tractors on square Saturday

Antique farm equipment will be showcased at an Agricultural Celebration on the Square from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in downtown Covington.

May 14, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Porterdale performers stage ‘Wizard of Oz’

Porterdale Elementary School students will be putting on a production of "The Wizard of Oz" at 6 p.m. Saturday Tickets cost $5 and will be available at the door. The performance will be held at the Newton High School auditorium. Concessions will be available.

May 14, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Celebrate great outdoors today at JAKES

Lessons on the outdoors are combined with play at the annual JAKES Day event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center in Mansfield.

May 14, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Caterpillar outbreak threatens Georgia oaks

ATHENS - University of Georgia researchers are tracking an outbreak of caterpillars that pose a threat to the health of oak trees in the state.

May 14, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


McDowell returns to Braves after suspension

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.

May 13, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Deal signs immigration bill

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.

May 13, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Bringing Special Olympics to Newton County

Newton County's special athletes are losing an advocate and a friend to retirement, Pam Dew.

May 13, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Eastside baseball coach steps down

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.

May 13, 2011 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL


Spring concert

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.

May 13, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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