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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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Secretary of State Kemp announces High School Voter Registration Month

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp today reminded high school principals, parents and eligible students that April is High School Voter Registration Month in Georgia. High schools are encouraged to hold voter registration drives and make registration materials available to eligible students.

March 31, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Puppy dropped from second story window

Officers from the Newton County Sheriff's Office were called to a home on Clover Valley Drive after a teenager reportedly saw her juvenile neighbors drop a puppy out of a window.

March 31, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


DDS offers new teen drinking-driving course

The Georgia Department of Driver Services has created a new internet option for the state mandated teenage Alcohol and Drug Awareness Program. eADAP will provide an additional solution for teens that are unable to obtain the traditional classroom ADAP course.

March 31, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


The Great American Cleanup

Cleanup crew: Members throughout the community participated in The Great American Cleanup on Saturday, March 27, sponsored by Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful. Participating groups took to the streets, rivers and forests of Newton County, picking up any trash or other rubbish they could find.

March 31, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


CharterBank comes to Covington

CharterBank's banners were put up Monday, and company employees worked to integrate their newly purchased Covington location into their network.

March 31, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Welcome home, troops

Heading home: Captain Shilo Crane, Commander of the Covington Armory, and First Sgt. Patrick Eaton are welcomed back to American soil by Sen. John Douglas (R-Social Circle) on their arrival at Hunter Army Airfield near Savannah on Sunday. First Sergeant After a very brief welcoming ceremony at Fort Stewart, the soldiers were reunited with their families. An official welcoming ceremony with the community in Covington is being planned for May 1.

March 31, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Phelps pleads not guilty in overdose death

Jennifer Lynn Phelps pleaded not guilty in Newton County Superior Court Tuesday morning on charges that she supplied a friend with drugs that led to the woman's death.

March 31, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Vincent Van Gogh revived

Vincent Van Gogh came back to life, if only for one day, to celebrate his 157th birthday at Van Go's Studio, Arts and Gifts in Covington.

March 31, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Officer shot at while patrolling Oconee Metal

A man has been arrested after shooting at a Covington Police Department officer who was checking a business for intruders early Tuesday morning.

March 31, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Farmers’ market coming to Snellville this summer

A Saturday morning farmers' market is coming to Snellville, beginning in June.

March 28, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Revised Trade Adjustment Assistance for Farmers Program announced

Hobby Stripling, State Executive Director of USDA's Farm Service Agency in Georgia announced that USDA has a revised Trade Adjustment Assistance for Farmers (TAAF) Program. Under the program, the USDA provides technical assistance and cash benefits to eligible producers of raw agricultural commodities and fishermen who have been hurt by import competition.

March 28, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Alcovy FFA earns second place at Northeast Georgia FFA

The Newton County School System is pleased to announce that Alcovy High School's FFA Team won second place honors in the senior division at the recent Northeast Georgia FFA Floriculture Development Event and will now advance to the state competition on March 20th, 2010, at the State FFA Center in Covington. The team is coached by Ben Brand. Team members included Ethan Kitchens, Luke Bagley and Kileen Ford.

March 28, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


USDA to issue partial 2009 crop counter-cyclical payments for upland cotton and peanuts

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced on March 5 that USDA will issue approximately $121 million in partial 2009-crop counter-cyclical payments to producers with upland cotton and peanut base acres enrolled in USDA's Direct and Counter-cyclical Payment (DCP) program.

March 28, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Herd mentality

The average American consumes roughly 67 pounds of beef per year, according to the United States Department of Agriculture, and the Georgia Cattleman's Association shows that cattlemen in the state own approximately 1.3 million head of cattle - meaning the steak you find on your plate tonight might well have been raised in Newton County.

March 28, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


County, The Center welcome new hires

Hosanna Fletcher is well known in Newton County as half of the two-person team that runs the non-profit group affectionately known as The Center.

March 28, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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