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House weighs measures to amend U.S. Constitution

The House began shifting gears toward more floor work last week as the intensity of the session ratcheted up. We voted on 33 bills and resolutions.I'm going to focus on four that were rather out of the ordinary.

February 22, 2014 | Doug Holt R-Social Circle | LOCAL


Family movie night to support cancer research

This Friday night, make it a family movie night with Newton County 4-H.

February 22, 2014 | | LOCAL


NCSO seeks missing teen

The Newton County Sheriff's Office is actively seeking the assistance of the public in locating runaway juvenile, Amani McNeal.

February 21, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Chamber's eco. dev. office in transition

(Covington, GA), February 20, 2014 – The Newton County Chamber of Commerce announced today that Dave Bernd has been named as Vice President of Economic Development.

February 21, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Makeup days approved for students

School will be in session a little longer before summer break this school year, that's if you're not a graduating high school senior.

February 20, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


BOE to purchase emergency devices for schools

The Newton County School System is continuing its security efforts to protect students.

February 20, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


County BOC could return power to chairman

County commissioners could decide to return ultimate authority to the county chairman, a move that would reverse, or least alter, the decision by a previous board in November 2011 to create a county manager form of government.

February 20, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


A look at some House bills

Last week the House voted on 11 bills and resolutions in our weather-abbreviated floor time. Several items are worthy of note.

February 20, 2014 | Rep. Doug Holt R-Social Circle | LOCAL


City unveils full plan for square

Covington officials took another step toward adding a gazebo to the square Tuesday and also unveiled a full landscaping plan that reinvents areas of the square.

February 20, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Pageant accepting applications

Applications are currently being accepted for the 2015 Miss GA South Pageant.

February 20, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Senate candidate Kingston visits Covington

U.S. Senate candidate Congressman Jack Kingston, R-Savannah, stopped by Covington Wednesday morning for a meet and greet as he tours around the state seeking support in a crowded Republican field.

February 20, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


GPTC honors student, faculty member

Robert Knox, a CIS computer support specialist student attending Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) has been selected as the college's 2014 GOAL Award winner. The Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) is a statewide program of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) that honors excellence in academics and leadership among the state's technical college students. GOAL winners are selected at each of the state's 24 technical colleges as well as one Board of Regent college with a technical education division.

February 20, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO promotes three employees

The Newton County Sheriff's Office has recently promoted three employees: Deputy Cortney Morrison and Investigator Michael Cunningham were both promoted to sergeant and Sgt. Kenny Ridling was promoted to lieutenant.

February 20, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO searching for missing teen

The Newton County Sheriff's Office is actively seeking the assistance of the public in locating runaway juvenile, Amani McNeal.

February 20, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


More car break-ins reported in Covington

Several more entering auto calls have been received at the Covington Police Department.

February 20, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


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Flipping for flapjacks

Stacks of pancakes were gobbled down and runners hit the pavement Saturday morning as more than 500 people participated in the Kiwanis Club of Covington's second annual pancake breakfast and the Newton Education Foundation's Pancake Stampede 5K.

February 08, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Details released from BOC exec session

In light of continuing public questions and complaints, County Attorney Tommy Craig, with permission from a majority of commissioners, released some details from the Jan. 21 executive session in which commissioners discussed choosing the next county manager.

February 08, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


County to discuss form of govt, org chart

Though Newton County's next county manager is set to take over later this year, the Board of Commissioners is still planning to review its organizational chart and charter.

February 08, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


2nd Whitehead twin pleads guilty

Jasmiyah Whitehead, one of the young twins charged with the bloody 2010 killing of their mother in Conyers, followed her sister in admitting to the crime Friday.

February 08, 2014 | | LOCAL


CPD arrests two after road signs reportedly taken

Two men were arrested late last week after reportedly trying to steal a street sign.

February 08, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


NMC Fitness Forum plans Heart Health Fair

In recognition of Cardiac Rehabilitation Week, Newton Medical Center's Fitness Forum will host a Heart Health Fair for the community from 8 a.m.-noon Feb. 11 in the lobby of the Knox Surgical Center.

February 08, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton Farm Bureau holds Legislative Dinner

The Newton County Farm Bureau's Legislative Dinner was held Jan. 30 at the Newton College and Career Academy.

February 08, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Brown fires up spelling bee win

Ralph Brown, an eighth-grader at Newton County Theme School at Ficquett, picked up a trophy and the title as the 2014 Newton County Spelling Bee Champion after competing in the county-wide spelling competition at Newton High School Friday.

February 08, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Award-winning teen has big dreams

An academic-minded athlete and young man of many talents, Ralph Brown, 14, may not be your typical teenager.

February 08, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Weather delays Miracle League project

Abundant rain and, more recently, extreme cold, have set back the timetable back for completion of the Miracle League field project at City Pond Park, but the concession building should be completed within six to eight weeks, with work on the actual fields set to get underway soon.

February 06, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newton Medical Center reschedules emergency drill

Newton Medical Center has rescheduled an emergency drill to take place on Thursday, Feb. 13, at 9 a.m. The original drill scheduled for Jan. 30 had to be postponed due to the inclement weather conditions.

February 06, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local high schools shine in mock trial

Newton County's high schools could be education some pretty talented future lawyers.

February 06, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Trees on square get treatments

With Arbor Day a couple of weeks away, the trees on the square were getting their monthly maintenance to keep them healthy.

February 06, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newton County jail log

Ricky Dural Bates, 55, 16B Ivey St., Porterdale, Feb. 4. Back for court.

February 06, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Indian Creek students on bus involved in minor accident

A group of students from Indian Creek Middle School were reportedly on a school bus that was involved in a minor accident Monday.

February 06, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


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