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Leadership uncertainty dogs Nelson Heights

Last Tuesday, the Newton County Board of Commissioners voted to remove Commissioner J.C. Henderson as chairman of the Nelson Heights Center, a facility dedicated to helping children after school. The matter seemed open and closed - he was the chairman, then he wasn't.

September 04, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


NCSO Sgt. wins Instructor of Year award

Newton County Sheriff's Office Sergeant Randy Downs received the Dale Moorefield award for Firearms Instructor of the Year at the 2014 Georgia Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (GALEFI) conference on Aug. 26.

September 03, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Ellis’ responsibilities changed by BOC

Newton County Board of Commissioners Chairman Keith Ellis lost at least some of his power Tuesday night, as the board voted to strip him of his control of the county's vehicle fleet and engineering department.

September 02, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Henderson stripped of financial powers

The Newton County Board of Commissioners simply crushed Commissioner J.C. Henderson Tuesday night, stripping him of all financial powers and forcing him off the boards of the Nelson Heights Community Center and the Recreation Commission.

September 02, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


NCSS announces Scholars of the Week

Newton County School System plans to highlight exceptional students with a new weekly spotlight. Two high school seniors will be recognized each week as NCSS Scholars of the Week starting in October and will be chosen to recognize and promote "exemplary academic performance and outstanding contributions to their school and community."

September 02, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


DOE offers free digital textbooks

As the 2014-2015 academic year begins, teachers, school leaders, parents and students should be aware they can access free, interactive digital textbooks through the Georgia Department of Education's website.

September 02, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO dep. restores heartbeat to boy

A Newton County Sheriff's Office deputy may have saved the life of a minor who was not breathing after drowning.

September 02, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Man subdued by Taser

After a call concerning an intoxicated male riding his bicycle into a trash can, police officers had to subdue the suspect by deploying a Taser.

September 02, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Legality of Henderson’s check questionable

There's a clause in the Georgia constitution that says governments can't give money without receiving a "benefit" in exchange. It's reiterated in numerous handbooks for local governments.

September 02, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Family to move to CO for med. marijuana

It may be their last resort, but the Hopkins family is making a big move with full hopes they will find sanctum for one of their daughters in Colorado's medical marijuana. Still, they'll be packing their family minus one.

September 02, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


New pavers to honor longtime businesses

Covington City Councilwoman Janet Goodman wants to honor the handful of families who have maintained their businesses on the Square for 50-plus years.

September 02, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Weather, granite delay Square’s reopening

Don't get blue, the jazz concert set for Thursday on the Covington Square will still happen – just not on the Square.

September 02, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Video purports to show beheading of US journalist

BEIRUT (AP) - An Internet video posted online Tuesday purported to show the beheading by the Islamic State group of U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff, who went missing in Syria last year.

September 02, 2014 | ZEINA KARAM, Associated Press | LOCAL


Hit-and-run driver strikes child in stroller

A Conyers driver who struck a Covington woman and a 2-year-old and then tried to flee the scene was arrested and charged with driving under the influence.

September 02, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Home on the Range (video)

A visit to Cottonwood Farm.

September 02, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


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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


Parents of injured deputies thank local InVest donors

It's been less than a year since Newton County Sheriff's Deputies James Trent and Wesley Atha were shot and injured in the line of duty, but thanks to the generosity of the community, the InVest fund has raised roughly $90,000 to purchase new state-of-the-art bulletproof vests for all 156 mandated officers.

March 28, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


InVest meets goal

It began on August 3, 2009 when deputies James Trent and Wesley Atha were shot and injured during a standoff. That same month, the NCSO and Atha's parents organized a fundraising campaign to purchase improved vests for the deputies to wear on the job. In March of 2010, their goal was finally met.

March 26, 2010 | Lee Sandow | LOCAL


Key players plead not guilty for murder

The four men charged with the murder of 38-year-old Andrew "Drew" Nichols in late-2009 pleaded not guilty in Newton County Superior Court Thursday.

March 26, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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