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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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Archive By Section - LOCAL


Two killed in car accident

Two teens were killed and a third remains hospitalized in serious condition following a single car accident Saturday evening on Almon Road.

May 12, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


More room to breathe

The administrative staff of the Newton County Fire Service has a new place to call home after a generous donation from a Newton County resident.

May 12, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


NMC serves up BBQ

Barbecue for NICU: The fourth annual Newton Medical Center Auxiliary barbecue will be held on May 16 from noon to 3 p.m. at Stalvey's Restaurant on U.S. Highway 278. Tickets are $6 for a plate of barbecue, Brunswick stew, slaw and bread. There also will be homemade desserts to choose from for a small additional cost. Patrons can either drive through to pick up their plates or dine inside. All of the food is donated by Jim and Sharon Stalvey, who allow the Auxiliary to apply 100 percent of the ticket price to the neonatal intensive care ...

May 12, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington Fire Department to host ‘Fire House 5’ race

Covington Fire Department officials are organizing an inaugural "Fire House 5" 5K Run and a 1-mile fun run to benefit the Covington Fireman's Memorial Scholarship, which provides scholarships to graduating high school seniors in the Newton County School system, to be held on May 22. The road race will run the same course as the popular Covington Fuzz Run.

May 12, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log - May 12

o Kenneth Glenwood Deberry, 46, 360 E Country Woods Dr., Covington, April 25. Improper lane usage, DUI, duty of driver to stop at or report, obstruction or hindering law enforcement officer.

May 12, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Infant injured in altercation

An infant was transported to an area hospital after a fight between the child's babysitter and her boyfriend ended with the child being injured.

May 12, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Rockdale Sheriff’s Office deputy killed on duty

Deputy Brian Lamar Mahaffey of the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office was shot and killed today in the line of duty while serving warrant papers at a home on Sand Hill Drive.

May 12, 2010 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


The Campout of the Century

From Friday evening until Sunday morning, a small city of Boy Scouts will be encamped at Bert Adams Scout Reservation on Ga. Highway 36 South.

May 12, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Students treated for injuries after school bus accident

An accident between a Newton County school bus and a pick-up truck sent one man to the hospital around 3:45 p.m.

May 10, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Two men killed in Saturday evening wreck

Two men were killed and a third remains in critical condition following a single car accident Saturday evening on Almon Road.

May 09, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


BOE discusses budget, millage rate, rezoning

The Newton County Board of Education met at a called meeting Thursday afternoon to discuss a variety of issues, including the upcoming budget, a possible rise in the millage rate and a possible rezoning for middle schools.

May 09, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


A Mother's Day story of unconditional Love

Newton County has many heroes. Some protect us from harm, others fight for our freedom. And, in a lovely home at the end of a cul-de-sac, lives another Newton County hero - mother of four, Kelli Hopkins.

May 09, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


NHS student reports rape

Authorities at the Newton County Sheriff's Office are investigating an alleged rape that occurred on school grounds March 17.

According to NCSO 1st Lt. Mark Mitchell, they were notified by the parents of the girl, who is "early high school age" on March 31, when the parents of the girl reported the sexual assault to school resource officers.

May 09, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Census workers visiting homes in person

Hundreds of U.S. Census workers will be canvassing Newton County neighborhoods until the end of July, in an effort to reach any local address that did not return a 2010 Census form.

Local Census official Gloria Solomon said with the recent employee additions, approximately 400 census workers have been hired to work in Newton County for the Census, creating a temporary influx of much-needed income to local residents.

May 09, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newborn sends letter of interest to railroad co.

Newborn officials are determined to get all the facts about the Norfolk Southern rail line, no matter what Covington or Newton County officials do.

May 09, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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