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Ms. Tribble, Social Circle icon, has died

Mary Kate Tribble, long-time volunteer for and life-long resident of Social Circle, passed away of natural causes in her sleep early Monday morning. She was 86.

August 06, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Adolph Brown to head NCSS Ed. Summit

The Newton County School System is pleased to announce that visionary and instructional leader Dr. Adolph Brown will headline the district's Education Summit scheduled for August 23 at Newton High School. Dr. Brown is a "no excuse leader" who will keep attendees thoroughly engaged.

August 06, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


School buses to catch motorists illegally passing at stops

Now that school is back in full swing, Newton County's roadways are busier with students getting on and off of buses twice a day.

August 05, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


School district needs 7th graders for Student Council

If any seventh graders in Newton County are looking for a way to become involved in the school system, openings in a student council are available.

August 05, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Dance studio revival

Dancers and parents banded together for the grand opening of the Rhythm Elements Dance Studio Saturday morning in Porterdale in the space that was abandoned by the previous owner.

August 05, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


City demands seven seats on 2050 panel, but county overrides

The idea was for a 13-member citizens' panel to focus on the details of the 2050 Plan's minimum lot sizes and the proposed "transferrable development rights." But things are in flux.

August 05, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Chief assessor heads to Gwinnett

Newton County Chief Assessor Tommy Knight will leave the job he's held for 18 years at week's end for a position with Gwinnett County.

August 05, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


‘Project Honeycomb’ gets hefty offer from city

"Project Honeycomb" is a local company interested in re-locating within the city of Covington, investing millions in new equipment and expanding its workforce. That's all anybody not on the Covington City Council or with the Newton County Office of Economic Development knows at this point.

August 05, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Hospital struggling with uninsured, underinsured

A month ago, Newton Medical Center officials asked the county to up its millage from 1.2 to 1.5 to help care for ever-increasing numbers of under- and uninsured patients. The county dismissed it, citing a tight budget and a tighter timeframe. The $600,000 that the extra millage would have provided didn't come through.

August 05, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Cell tower resurrected, approved

A lawsuit over the cell tower denied by the Covington City Council last month isn't something the city can likely win, Mayor Ronnie Johnston said. That's why he changed his vote at Monday's council meeting to break a tie and approve a shorter version of the tower than originally requested.

August 05, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


County denies city's request for more panel members

The Newton County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday dismissed the city of Covington's request for six more members on the planned 2050 citizens' panel, quickly reaching a consensus that 13 was the number of members originally agreed upon and there was no reason to change that.

August 05, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Company recaptures stolen tow truck in chase and crash

When a Loganville company's signature rollback tow truck - custom painted with blue streaks on red - was stolen in broad daylight, the employees of Leadfoot Transport took matters into their own hands.

August 05, 2014 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Covington cell tower approved second time around

The Covington City Council reversed a decision to deny a cell tower on Monticello Road at its Monday night meeting, voting 4-3 to approve a 169-foot tower rather than a 199-foot tower as originally proposed.

August 04, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Covington asks for seven on 2050 panel

The Covington City Council decided to level the playing field or just not play when it comes to the 2050 Plan.

August 04, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Chief assessor leaves county

Newton County Chief Assessor Tommy Knight will leave the job he's held for 18 years at week's end for a position with Gwinnett County.

August 04, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


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Downtown events cost city $19,000

Street closures and detours for downtown events have cost the city nearly $19,000 since September, according to a report from Transportation Project Manager Billy Skinner.

August 07, 2011 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


Residents, businesses vexed by ‘Diaries’

Local residents and business owners are voicing concerns to the Covington City Council over the filming of "The Vampire Diaries," saying the crew has taken over the streets and is displaying rude behavior.

August 07, 2011 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


Two arrested for Taco Bell brawl

A racial tirade directed at Taco Bell employees ended with one woman arrested for DUI and another for battery Thursday evening.

August 06, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


OSHA cites Georgia company after trench collapse

ATLANTA - Federal officials say they found that a Georgia firm violated safety regulations after a Covington man died when a trench collapsed at a subdivision in Cumming.

August 05, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Boo Hoo Breakfast

Kindergartners and their parents were invited to attend a "Boo Hoo Breakfast" at the Newton County Theme School at Ficquett yesterday morning.

August 05, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Commissioners approve grant applications

The Newton County Board of Commissioners approved a number of grant applications on Aug. 2 to help organizations continue its services for the citizens of Newton County.

August 05, 2011 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


‘I didn’t hit you, you hit the bat’

A warrant has been issued for a Covington man who reportedly pushed his roommate into a baseball bat over money for utilities.

August 05, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


One burgler captured, one on the run

A would-be burglar was arrested outside Johnson's Supermarket after a neighbor called police when they heard a loud banging noise early Tuesday morning.

August 05, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


SPLOST projects discussed at meeting

The county commissioners met Monday night to discuss the 2005 and 2011 SPLOST projects.

August 04, 2011 | Lee Sandow | LOCAL


A man turns himself in after accidentally shooting wife in the hand

Gary Lee Hunt, 47, and his wife had been drinking Friday evening when Hunt decided to show his wife his gun. According to Newton County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer, Lt. Tyrone Oliver, he was trying to show his wife how to shoot his gun.

August 03, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Eyesore of the Week - Aug. 3

Reader Greg Dennington submitted this photo of a pole in Porterdale on Broad Street.

August 03, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man charged in drunken fight

Warrants have been obtained for the arrest of 23-year-old Kyle Nelson Callahan on charges of battery after a drunken fight at the Ozone Saturday night.

August 03, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Speeding woman caught with marijuana and gun

A woman stopped for driving too fast ended up charged with firearm and drug possession as well Sunday afternoon.

August 03, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Georgia booster seat law changes

Changes to the state's booster seat law affect all children under the age of 8 and can result in significant penalties for adults if not followed.

August 03, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Court Sentencings - Aug. 3

Andrew G. Snow, possession of dangerous drugs, 12 months probation, $1,000. Discharging a gun, 12 months probation consecutive, $500. Criminal trespass consecutive. Loitering and prowling, 12 months probation concurrent. Stay away order.

August 03, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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