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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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County hires civil engineer

Newton County has hired civil engineer Tom Garrett to oversee county transportation projects. The county had been without a full-time engineer since July's budget cuts.

February 04, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Five arrested after Monday armed robbery

An armed robbery of a weapon and a gaming system Monday evening led to the arrest of five people in the Oak Hill area. Police are still searching for a sixth person in connection with the incident.

February 04, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


School system holds budget cuts forum

Ways to cut costs: Approximately 75 people braved rainy weather Thursday night to attend a budget forum at Alcovy High School. Parents were told about the current state of the budget and given an overview of potential cuts to the 2011-2012 budget. They were also able to ask questions of school system officials. See Sunday's edition of The Covington News for the full story.

February 04, 2011 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


County spent $45,000 to clean up snow, ice

Newton County spent more than $45,000 to clean up the county's major roads during January's winter storm, one of the worst in recent history.

February 03, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Legislature creates redistricting office

ATLANTA - Legislative leaders are moving redistricting operations in-house and tapping a prominent Republican lawyer to advise the effort.

Redistricting, in which new Census data is used to redraw congressional and legislative lines, had been handled through a state contract with the University of Georgia's nonpartisan Carl Vinson Institute of Government.

February 03, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Forum 6:30 tonight on school budget cuts

You can have your say and get additional information on proposed cuts to the Newton County Schools budget in a forum at 6:30 tonight at Alcovy High School, 14567 Ga. Highway 36.

February 03, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


11 NHS players earn football scholarships

Eleven Newton football players signed college scholarships Wednesday as national signing day presented high school seniors throughout the country to officially choose the next stop of their playing career.

February 02, 2011 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL


Lawmakers consider Sunday liquor sales

ATLANTA - The proposal to allow Georgia voters to decide whether they want to be able to buy alcohol on Sundays is headed to the Senate floor after breezing through a committee weighing the issue.

February 02, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Top prep running back Georgia bound

ATHENS, Ga. - Isaiah Crowell, a top-ranked running back from Columbus, says he is signing with Georgia, giving coach Mark Richt the final piece of his "dream team" recruiting class.

February 02, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Georgia groundhog calls for early spring

LILBURN, Ga. - Georgia's famed groundhog, Gen. Beauregard Lee, is predicting an early spring.

The groundhog did not see his shadow this morning as he braved soggy, 44-degree weather at his home at the Yellow River Game Ranch in Lilburn.

February 02, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Committee boosts SPLOST

Elected officials by law cannot actively campaign in favor of the 2011 SPLOST list, but they've appointed a SPLOST committee of community leaders to carry the banner of support.

February 02, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


County to protect agricultural land

The Board of Commissioners received an update Tuesday on their participation in a state pilot program that gives Newton County residents and farmers ways to protect their agricultural land.

February 01, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Covington motorcyclist dies following crash

A 65-year-old Covington man died of injuries sustained when he was stuck while riding his motorcycle Thursday evening.

February 01, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Early voting begins for SPLOST

Early voting for the 2011 SPLOST election began today and will run through March 11.

February 01, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


HERO operator dies in wreck

ATLANTA - Authorities say a Georgia Department of Transportation "HERO" operator has been killed while helping a motorist on Interstate 85 south of downtown Atlanta.

Authorities say the crash happened late Monday morning near the Metropolitan Parkway exit. The Georgia State Patrol says the operator had stopped in an emergency lane on I-85 and was outside the vehicle. Authorities say a truck pulling a trailer struck the HERO truck, which then collided with the operator. All the southbound lanes of I-85 were closed for a time after the wreck.

January 31, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


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