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How the county budget affects you

Property values are rising, which means property tax revenue would rise, but the Newton County Board of Commissioners promised it would lower the tax rate during the next two years. This leaves officials with the same budget old budget dilemma: keep taxes as low as possible or spend more to help employees and improve some county services?

June 03, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Gun fired near Nelson Heights CC

An event at the Nelson Heights Community Center resulted in gun fire in the surrounding area and two hours of police presence Friday evening.

June 03, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Holt endorses Belton for District 112

State Representative Doug Holt endorsed Dave Belton in the race for State House District 112 Tuesday.

June 03, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Drug drop box campaign launched

With prescription drug abuse growing, the Newton County Sheriff's Office has taken another step in trying to curb the problem, while also adding another way to simultaneously help the environment.

June 02, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Publix donates to help hungry

Publix and its employees are doing their part to feed the hungry in Newton County.

May 31, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Library kicks off summer reading

The Newton County Library System is holding its annual Summer Reading Program and giving prizes to every summer reader who completes the instruction.

May 31, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Summer reading requirements, activities

As students and families pack their cars for summer trips and their bathing suits for the beach, one item not to be forgotten should be a book.

May 31, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


County tightens laws for group homes

Newton County residents have consistently spoken out against efforts to open group or personal care homes in their neighborhoods, saying extra traffic and noise will ruin the peaceful nature of their neighborhoods and open the door for future unwanted development.

May 31, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


HBO's “Bessie” to film in Covington

Just weeks after the crew of the Martin Luther King Jr. biopic "Selma" filmed in Covington, another film about an African-American icon is coming to town.

May 31, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


City hires new transportation director

Covington's newest transportation director has built interstates and worked on the busiest stretches of highway in Atlanta, and he's looking forward to a chance of pace.

May 31, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


10 excuses not to go to camp answered

We're down to the last days of camp registration, and lucky for you there are still a few spaces available! Are your ready for your child to have the most amazing week of adventure?

May 31, 2014 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


Special needs student honorary driver

An Eastside student became an honorary truck driver for the day when Walmart honored him for overcoming the many obstacles life has placed in his path.

May 31, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Dance studio owner fleeing?

About 50 local parents are owed money by a local dance studio and had to tell their kids their dance recital might not have been able to happen after the studio's owner shut down the studio, stopped responding to calls and planned to move out of town.

May 31, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


2 WB lanes on I-20 to close this weekend

Expect delays this weekend as highway construction projects on I-20 in Newton County continue, weather permitting.

May 30, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


CSX employee injured in Social Circle

A CSX railroad employee was significantly injured at General Mills' distribution center in Social Circle around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

May 29, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


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23rd annual croquet game Saturday

The 23rd annual Georgia Heartland Woman's Club Charity Croquet Tournament will be Saturday at the soccer fields at Oxford College.

March 13, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Bypass Rd. accident kills 1, injures 5

A three-car accident on the Covington Bypass Road Tuesday afternoon left one Covington resident dead and five other people injured.

March 12, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Mansfield moving on after mayor's resignation

A handful of days after the resignation of mayor Estona Middlebrooks, the Mansfield City Council tried to get back to business Monday, and the residents who had been vocally critical of the former mayor thanked the council for answering questions and getting business done.

March 11, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


County to ramp up social media

Work is already well under way to bring Newton County's website into the current age, but county leaders are also planning to build a social media presence to connect with more citizens.

March 11, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Woman with reported mental illness arrested in car theft at hospital

A woman who family members reportedly said had a known case of schizophrenia reportedly stole another woman's car from Newton Medical Center Saturday.

March 11, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Mass. man walking for heroes

His original intent was to head to what he called "sea to shining sea" from Boston, west to Los Angeles. However, after heading south to visit his nephew in Connecticut, he then continued to New York and the Long Island National Cemetery where his father is buried. That gave him the inspiration to walk to Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C. From there his journey went south through the Carolinas and into Georgia, trying to escape the snow, before now heading west along I-20 past Newton and Rockdale.

March 11, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Burglary report leads to drug arrest

A woman who initially reported that her home was being burglarized later found that her daughter and a Maryland man were hiding in the home.

March 11, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Obama endorses Rep. Hank Johnson

Congressman Hank Johnson, D-Lithonia, who is expected to face a tough primary battle from former DeKalb County Sheriff Tom Brown, received an endorsement Tuesday from President Barack Obama.

March 11, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO won't investigate alleged improper touching by first-grader

Officials with the Newton County Sheriff's Office said an incident involving a 7-year-old male touching other female students at West Newton Elementary school will be handled internally by the school system.

March 11, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful seeking volunteers

Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful (KCNB) needs volunteers to clean up roadside litter during the Great American Cleanup, the nation's largest annual community improvement program. KCNB's kickoff event will be at 9 a.m. March 29 at Longhorn Steakhouse of Covington, rain or shine.

March 11, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local nonprofits get $5K checks

Five local nonprofits got a $5,000 boost to their efforts to improve Newton County.

March 11, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Hank Johnson endorsed by Obama

Congressman Hank Johnson, D-Lithonia, who is expected to face a tough primary battle from former DeKalb County Sheriff Tom Brown, received an endorsement Tuesday from President Barack Obama.

March 11, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO: Man inappropriately touched teen

A man has been charged with cruelty to children and child molestation after he reportedly inappropriately touched a teen while at a gas station.

March 08, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Officer Morgan gets specialized wheelchair

As promised at "Officer Morgan Day," Quantum Rehab officials presented 5-year-old Morgan Steward with a new specialized wheelchair, complete with police lights and sirens, at a special ceremony Friday afternoon at the Covington Police Department.

March 08, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Georgia House considers three high-interest bills

The Georgia General Assembly began last week at a fast pace, since Monday was what we call crossover day. Crossover day is the 30th day of our 40-day annual legislative session. More importantly, it is the last day that you can move a bill out of one chamber of the legislature and still have the opportunity to try and move it in the other chamber. In the House, we considered 64 bills and resolutions during the week, with 52 of those being on crossover day itself. I'll cover the three, by far, most interesting measures.

March 08, 2014 | | LOCAL


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