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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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Lack of water use in 2009 led to EPD violation

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February 10, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Eating healthy on a budget

As the economic crisis continues, Americans continue to closely watch their budgets, including what they spend on groceries. Farm Bureau is helping consumers become more aware of how to stretch their grocery dollars during Food Check-Out Week, Feb. 21-27.

February 10, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Eddie Phillips a behind-the-scenes helper

As with many selfless men, no one person ever knew just how much Eddie Phillips gave to his friends, family and community.

February 10, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Setting precedent

Richard Johnson, 71, remembers most of the names of generations of Newton County's black families. He remembers what they raised on their farms, what kind of buses they drove and who married whom. He also remembers when everything began to change.

February 10, 2010 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Improper parking leads to more serious charges

Four men were arrested and charged with possession of a sawed-off shotgun after catching Porterdale Police Officers' attention by illegally parking in a handicap space.

February 10, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log - Feb. 10

Randy Darius Flournoy, 23, 9285 Cedar Ridge Dr., Covington, Jan. 29. Child support default.

February 10, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Prior arrest allowed in Workman case

Newton County Superior Court Judge Eugene Benton ruled that a prior arrest and conviction of driving under the influence would be allowed in the case of Johnny Otis Workman, the man accused of driving drunk and ending the life of an Oxford man in July.

February 10, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Local legislators introduce bills

Local legislators are working to correct what they see as oversights in the areas of illegal immigration and the authority of boards of health.

February 10, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


2-year road work project begins on 278/142 intersection

Pittman Construction Company has begun work on a $12 million widening and reconstruction of the U.S. Highway 278 and Ga. Highway 142 intersection - a project that could last two years.

February 10, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


C.H.A.M.P.S.

Graduation day: Social Circle Elementary School graduated its class of C.H.A.M.P.S. on Friday. Members of the Walton County Sheriff's Office presented students with information on drugs, gangs, peer pressure and self-respect, and every fifth grader at the school graduated with honors. An essay contest was held, and one winner was selected from each class. The winners were Cassie Mayfield, Courtney Davis, Elena Sherrill, Will Haynes and Yasmine Bolden. A special award for spirit was awarded to Precious Williams.

February 10, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


One sought in murder

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation along with Newton County Sheriff's Investigators are asking for the public's assistance in locating a suspected murderer by the name of Brandon Hambrick. Hambrick has active arrest warrants for the crime of murder in reference to the death of Alvin Hall. Hall's body was found in his burned vehicle the evening of December 30 on McGiboney Lane in Newton County near the Rockdale County line.

February 08, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Construction co. owner and barbers donate to Washington St.

Doug Vason and some of his friends recently donated more than $600 to the Washington Street Community Center, but Vason hopes to gather 10 times that much in donations next year.

February 07, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Trials of a teen mom

For most girls, their junior year in high school is when they start planning which colleges they want to apply to, figuring out what type of dress they'd like to wear to the prom and hanging out with friends. For Chantrail Moody, it was when she first found out she was pregnant.

February 07, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Eagle Scout honor a family tradition

 Boy Scout Law demands that scouts are loyal and kind, trustworthy and courteous, four words that define the Crowe family perfectly. And for three generations, the family's men have taken part in the time-honored tradition of Scouting.

February 07, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Phantom noise angers resident

Just after midnight officers from the Covington Police Department answered a noise complaint on Bohannon Street but when they arrived, heard only the complaints of the caller.

February 07, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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