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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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Ga. Music Hall of Fame to close

MACON, Ga. - Officials say the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in downtown Macon is scheduled to close June 12 after the hall of fame's authority voted 4-3 Tuesday to close the museum next month.

May 24, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Former Gov. Barnes treated for prostate cancer

ATLANTA - Former Gov. Roy Barnes says he's been treated for prostate cancer but is hopeful he has "whipped" the disease.

May 24, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Contest on to design Ga. car tags

ATLANTA - The governor is inviting the public to leave their mark on car bumpers across the state in the search for Georgia's new license plate.

May 24, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Hot weekend for air conditioner thefts

The Newton County Sheriff's Office filed police reports regarding air conditioner thefts from vacant homes in Lakeside Crossing early Saturday.

May 23, 2011 | AJ Archer | LOCAL


Vandals active over weekend

Vandals wielding cans of spray paint were busy over the weekend, defacing cars, homes, lawn decorations and neighborhood and county signs, according to police.

May 23, 2011 | AJ Archer | LOCAL


Record timber loss in Georgia

A state agency said timber owners across Georgia are suffering record losses after nature delivered a nasty one-two punch this spring.

May 23, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Macon man drowns trying to rescue kids

MACON, Ga. - Authorities say a 24-year-old man drowned in Lake Tobesofkee outside of Macon while trying to save three children.

May 23, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Court Sentencings - May 22

Robert D. Perry, burglary, 10 years probation, 5 years confinement, $1,000. Possession of cocaine, 20 years probation concurrent, $1,000. Possession of tools for the commission of a crime, 5 years confinement, concurrent. Stay away order.

May 22, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton property values decline again

Property tax assessments were sent out May 10, and the results in Newton County were similar to the past two years as 85 to 90 percent of all parcels declined in value.

May 22, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


NAACP hosts health forum

On April 30, the Newton County NAACP hosted a community-wide health forum to raise awareness of Snapping Shoals EMC's plan to build two new coal-fired power plants. Presenters explained that pre-development costs have already totaled over $8 million - about $100 per customer - and that burning coal emits toxic air pollutio, which can cause asthma attacks and heart disease, and mercury, which can cause the permanent loss of intelligence in young children. Attendees were encouraged to use the energy savings programs Snapping Shoals offers on its website, ssemc.com, in order to reduce the need for new generations, and to ...

May 21, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


One Tank Trips: The Renaissance Festival

A short drive South down Interstate 85 can become a time machine to take you back to the age of knights in armor, chivalry and swordplay. The annual Georgia Renaissance Festival has returned to Fairburn.

May 21, 2011 | Lee Sandow | LOCAL


The News wins AP Story of the Year

The Augusta Chronicle, The Times of Gainesville, The Daily Citizen of Dalton and The Covington News have received story of the year honors in the 2010 Georgia Associated Press Association awards.

May 21, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Water authority raising rates

The Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority is raising water and sewer rates July 1 in response to increased costs, including a higher purchase price from Newton County.

May 20, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Sunny, but smog alert today

It's a great weekend to get out and about, with forecasters calling for bountiful sunshine and summerlike high temperatures.

May 20, 2011 | | LOCAL


Pocket dial leads to Hall drug arrest

Talk about a smart phone. This one called police as its owner, now a drug suspect in jail, was involved in an alleged illegal transaction.

Hall County 911 got a call about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, but when the operator answered, no one was on the other end of the line.

May 20, 2011 | The Gainesville Times | LOCAL


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