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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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Year in Review: Newton County

Monetary concerns facing the nation and state were no less pressing for local governments.

December 30, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Story of the Year: Rising waters

Compared to 2008, 2009 was wet - really wet. This year marked the end of the three-year-long, earth-scorching level IV drought much of the state was in as well as posted record-breaking rainfall amounts in Newton County.

December 30, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Year in Review: Crime & Courts

The past year has seen numbers fluctuate where law enforcement is concerned. The number of murder victims is down from 2008's eight to only five in 2009, but the number of people charged with the crime has increased in the county. But while violent crimes may be down, robberies have gone up. The year also saw several murder cases put to rest when their murderers were officially tried and punished for their crimes. And one notorious convicted murderer was laid to rest, but not without protest. What follows is a brief look into crime and courts in Newton County ...

December 30, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Year in Review: Economics and Housing

To find the most important stories of 2009, one simply has to follow the money.

December 30, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Oxendine urges fireworks safety for new year’s night celebration

Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John W. Oxendine and the National Association of State Fire Marshals urges parents to protect their children - and themselves - from the dangers of fireworks during the New Year's holiday.

The sale and individual use of any type of firework, except certain kinds of sparklers, is illegal in Georgia. The penalties are a maximum fine of up to $1,000 and/or a sentence of up to one year in jail. Professional fireworks displays are permitted provided they are licensed through the local judge of probate court.

December 29, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Speeding fines increase

Beginning the first of the year speeding will cost Georgians more than ever when the Super Speeder Law goes into effect.

December 27, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Dropping winter temperatures bring rising need to prepare

As winter weather begins to move across the South, Georgians are being asked to take the time to prepare for what could be colder temperatures this season.

December 27, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


2010 Girl Scout Cookie Program has kicked off

Place your order for Girl Scout Cookies a little earlier this year as girls now have their order cards in hand. Beginning Feb. 20 Girl Scout Cookie Booths will be at local grocery and retail stores.

December 27, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local judge named chairman of Leadership Georgia

Horace J. Johnson Jr., a superior court judge of the Alcovy Judicial Circuit, has been elected as the chairman of the 2010 Board of Trustees for Leadership Georgia.

December 27, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Woman beats man with a stick

Officers from the Covington Police Departmentwere called to Pineneedle Drive Wednesday afternoon regarding a fight in progress. When they arrived, they reportedly found a woman beating a man in the middle of the road

December 27, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


National Guard and Reserve members give the gift of thanks this holiday season

Across the nation, members of the National Guard and Reserve and their families have the opportunity to give the gift of thanks to supportive employers this holiday season by nominating them for the 2010 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award.

December 27, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Holiday safety tip of the week - Dec. 25

The holidays are a time when thieves and con artists are frequently on the prowl. Here are some tips from the Newton County Sheriff's Office to help keep your home, your car, your possessions, and your family safe.

December 25, 2009 | Cpl. Justin Hipps NCSO Uniform Patrol Division | LOCAL


Visions of Sugar Plums

Building houses: Ms. Braselton's and Ms. Green's pre-K classes at South Salem Elementary celebrated the holidays by decorating gingerbread houses with icing, candy, cereal and pretzels.

December 25, 2009 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


City Council plans annual March retreat

The Covington City Council voted to have its annual retreat at Brasstown Valley Resort and Spa in Young Harris on March 18-20.

December 25, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Man wins Farm Bureau prize

Watching on the big screen: Newton County Farm Bureau agent Belinda Rutherford presented George Allen with a 32-inch flat panel television. Allen won the TV as a result of a recent promotion of the new Farm Bureau member benefit, The Farm Bureau Bank.

December 25, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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