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County nears budget consensus

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.

June 10, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Breast Party Ever

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.

June 10, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Madeline Burgess: Volunteer of the year

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.

June 10, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Golf tournament funds fireworks

It's not quite Christmas in June, but July 4 celebrations are set to begin early in Social Circle this year.

June 10, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Storm power outages

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.

June 10, 2014 | | LOCAL


Livingston Elementary named Heart Safe School

Livingston Elementary School is officially good for the heart.

June 07, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


School transfer bill procedures announced

Parents who wish for their children to attend a different school in the fall may now be able to do so.

June 07, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


GPTC Foundation hosts annual Family Fun and Food Fest

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.

June 07, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


News staff members win GPA awards

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.

June 07, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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


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Newborn town budget finally approved for 2009

The Newborn Town Council finally approved its 2009 calendar year budget after months of discussion and uncertainty. Councilwoman Suzanne Bean said the $297,342.92 budget wasn't passed until March 16 because of council members' differing opinions and uncertainty about how the economy would affect the city's revenue, particularly property taxes.

April 19, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Police, deputies look for robbery suspects

Both the Covington Police Department and the Newton County Sheriff's Office are seeking the community's help in finding men that they say are responsible for robberies on April 11 and 14.

April 19, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


The power of public service

A visit from the congressman: Congressman Jim Marshall (D-District 8) speaks to ninth through 11th graders on Thursday at Newton High School, while Principal Roderick Sams looks on, about the importance of serving their country through the military and other public agencies.

April 17, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Local leader, business owner mourned

Prominent Newton County resident Otis Spillers passed away April 14 at the age of 90, but not before he touched many lives in the community he had called home since 1935.

April 17, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


The end of the drought

Newton County is no longer under "drought" conditions, but that doesn't mean the county will no longer have drought restrictions.

April 17, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


A motorcycle ride for Heather

In many ways, Alcovy High School freshman, Heather Munson is like any other 15 year-old teenager. She chats on the cell phone, has a crush on a boyfriend at school, engages in sibling spats with her 12 year-old sister Amber and loves watching American Idol. But for Heather, every day begins and ends with the challenges of coping with cerebral palsy.

April 17, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | LOCAL


Learning safety through shooting sports

The solitary "crack" of a BB pellet hitting its target breaks the silence of the Walton County Livestock Barn. Then a volley of shots begin to hit their marks, kicking off the district 4-H BB match.

April 17, 2009 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


Fair day on the fairway

Putting on the green:

April 16, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


National Public Safety Telecommunications Week

Proclaimation signed by Covington Mayor Kim Carter and County Chairman Kathy Morgan:

April 16, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO investigates man's death

Newton County Sheriff's Department officials have released the name of the man killed Sunday after engaging in a high-speed chase with a deputy of the NCSO.

April 16, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


When seconds count

Ever wonder what happens when you call 911 for help after an accident? Tuesday afternoon members of the Rotary Club of Covington had an opportunity to find out firsthand from Covington Police Chief Stacey Cotton as he hosted a public safety program.

April 15, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Remembering where we came from

About 30 city and county leaders and residents gathered on a beautiful Sunday afternoon to commemorate the 39th anniversary of the Black Easter march of 1970.

April 15, 2009 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


A TEA party unlike any other

Elizabeth Christian thinks state and federal politicians are wastefully spending taxpayers' money and she's going to give them a piece of her mind. Christian and a group of Newton County residents will join thousands of other protestors at the state capitol for a TEA (Taxed Enough Already) Party tonight at 7 p.m.

"I have a 12-year-old son, and all of the spending will be on his shoulders and his kid's shoulders," Christian said. "We're against all of this wasteful spending."

April 15, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newton hopeful for stimulus funds from GDOT

Newton County didn't receive any federal stimulus money for road projects in the first round of money given out by Georgia Department of Transportation, but the county is hoping to receive federal funding soon.

April 15, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Deadly games

They take their hands and place them around their throats, squeezing and breathing heavily until their blood vessels dilate. Their blood pressure falls causing their brains to become inadequately supplied with blood and oxygen. Sometimes a belt or scarf, a rope or bicycle chain is used to impede the flow of blood and oxygen to the brain, causing light-headiness before kids pass out. And the average age of the people participating in what is known as "The Pass-Out Game" is 14.

April 12, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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