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Ms. Tribble, Social Circle icon, has died

Mary Kate Tribble, long-time volunteer for and life-long resident of Social Circle, passed away of natural causes in her sleep early Monday morning. She was 86.

August 06, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Adolph Brown to head NCSS Ed. Summit

The Newton County School System is pleased to announce that visionary and instructional leader Dr. Adolph Brown will headline the district's Education Summit scheduled for August 23 at Newton High School. Dr. Brown is a "no excuse leader" who will keep attendees thoroughly engaged.

August 06, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


School buses to catch motorists illegally passing at stops

Now that school is back in full swing, Newton County's roadways are busier with students getting on and off of buses twice a day.

August 05, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


School district needs 7th graders for Student Council

If any seventh graders in Newton County are looking for a way to become involved in the school system, openings in a student council are available.

August 05, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Dance studio revival

Dancers and parents banded together for the grand opening of the Rhythm Elements Dance Studio Saturday morning in Porterdale in the space that was abandoned by the previous owner.

August 05, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


City demands seven seats on 2050 panel, but county overrides

The idea was for a 13-member citizens' panel to focus on the details of the 2050 Plan's minimum lot sizes and the proposed "transferrable development rights." But things are in flux.

August 05, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Chief assessor heads to Gwinnett

Newton County Chief Assessor Tommy Knight will leave the job he's held for 18 years at week's end for a position with Gwinnett County.

August 05, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


‘Project Honeycomb’ gets hefty offer from city

"Project Honeycomb" is a local company interested in re-locating within the city of Covington, investing millions in new equipment and expanding its workforce. That's all anybody not on the Covington City Council or with the Newton County Office of Economic Development knows at this point.

August 05, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Hospital struggling with uninsured, underinsured

A month ago, Newton Medical Center officials asked the county to up its millage from 1.2 to 1.5 to help care for ever-increasing numbers of under- and uninsured patients. The county dismissed it, citing a tight budget and a tighter timeframe. The $600,000 that the extra millage would have provided didn't come through.

August 05, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Cell tower resurrected, approved

A lawsuit over the cell tower denied by the Covington City Council last month isn't something the city can likely win, Mayor Ronnie Johnston said. That's why he changed his vote at Monday's council meeting to break a tie and approve a shorter version of the tower than originally requested.

August 05, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


County denies city's request for more panel members

The Newton County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday dismissed the city of Covington's request for six more members on the planned 2050 citizens' panel, quickly reaching a consensus that 13 was the number of members originally agreed upon and there was no reason to change that.

August 05, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Company recaptures stolen tow truck in chase and crash

When a Loganville company's signature rollback tow truck - custom painted with blue streaks on red - was stolen in broad daylight, the employees of Leadfoot Transport took matters into their own hands.

August 05, 2014 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Covington cell tower approved second time around

The Covington City Council reversed a decision to deny a cell tower on Monticello Road at its Monday night meeting, voting 4-3 to approve a 169-foot tower rather than a 199-foot tower as originally proposed.

August 04, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Covington asks for seven on 2050 panel

The Covington City Council decided to level the playing field or just not play when it comes to the 2050 Plan.

August 04, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Chief assessor leaves county

Newton County Chief Assessor Tommy Knight will leave the job he's held for 18 years at week's end for a position with Gwinnett County.

August 04, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


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Keep on inVESTing

Continuing generosity: Covington Kiwanis Club Treasurer Don Floyd presented a check on behalf of the Kiwanis Club to Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown to cover the cost of a level III bulletproof vest for a county deputy. "This special unbudgeted donation is a recognition by the membership of the importance of the InVEST project to the NCSO and the community" said club President Bill Loeble.

September 13, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Women charged with forgery after trying to fill fradulent prescriptions

Two women were arrested Friday afternoon when they allegedly tried to forge a prescription for Oxycontin.

September 13, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newton’s JROTC earns 8th Naval Honor Unit distinction

For the eighth consecutive year, the Newton High School Marine Corps Junior ROTC program has earned national distinction as a Naval Honor Unit. This award places Newton High in the top 20 percent of the 225 MCJROTC programs in the nation.

September 13, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newborn mayoral race heats up with 3 candidates in mix

The Newborn mayoral race will be one of the most contested in the county, as three candidates vie for the top position in the small town of Newborn.

Eight-year incumbent J.W. Cummings, long-time council member James King and world-travelled engineer Roger Sheridan are all running in the Nov. 3 election.

September 13, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Hundreds turn out for the annual Fuzz Run

Runners began their 5K trek at 8:30 a.m. Saturday. Kirchirchir Kimitei, 27, of Kennesaw crossed the finish line as the overall winner with a time of 14:40. Other top winners are grand master male (50+) Clark Walker, left, 51 of Hardwick, 18:39; master male (40+) Jeffrey Dundes of Conyers, 17:56; overall female Janet Cherobon, 31, of Rome, 16:40, master female (40+) Joan Walls, 51, 21:29; and grand master (50+) female Monika McCool, 62, of Athens, 23:40Children enjoyed games after the Fun Run.

After the Fun Run, which began before the 5K race ...

September 12, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington now a certified literate community

Local organizations have helped more than 6,262 Newton County adults improve their reading skills over the past eight years, and as a result, Newton County was named a Certified Literate Community by the Technical College System of Georgia.

The ceremony took place at Saturday's annual Literacy Festival, where Mayor Kim Carter also declared September to be Family Literacy month in Newton County.

September 12, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Boothby to resign as Chamber president

John Boothby announced today that he is resigning as president of the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce, effective on Tuesday. Boothby, who has been Chamber president for more than three years, said he has enjoyed his time in Newton County, but was looking forward to pursuing some new opportunities.

September 11, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


DeKalb Tech to train new firefighters

DeKalb Technical College is preparing to launch its Fire Academy in October at its Alcovy Road Campus, in an effort to produce trained firefighters, while saving local fire departments money.

September 11, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Fuzz Run just around the corner

The 26th annual Fuzz Run is nearly here and although the race is just days away, it isn't too late to sign up to compete. Runners can visit Baker Field from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Friday and even early Saturday morning prior to the start of the race to register.

September 10, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


"Vampire Diaries" to premiere tonight

The latest television series to be filmed in Covington, the "Vampire Diaries, will premiere tonight at 8 p.m. on The CW network.

September 10, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Burned man identified

At approximately 7:15 p.m. Tuesday Newton County Fire received a call for a house fire at 15858 Ga. Highway 36, across from Campbell Road.

Firefighters who entered the home were able to find a man -- identified by NCFD Deputy Chief Tim Smith as 72-year-old Charles Rainwater Sr -- lying in the kitchen area of the home and drag him to safety. EMTs on the scene were able to open an airway and stabilize the man for transport to Grady Medical Center. Smith said Rainwater was receiving treatment at the Grady Medical Burn Center for third burns over 70 percent ...

September 09, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


The Georgia Kill-a-Watt Challenge

The Governor's Energy Challenge has partnered with Georgia Public Library Services to offer Georgia residents an opportunity to measure the energy consumption of appliances throughout their home and to take steps to reduce their electricity consumption and lower their utility bills.

The Kill-a-Watt meter is compatible with any electrical outlet and is used to assess both the efficiency and the actual consumption of standard home appliances. The LCD display measures consumption by the Kilowatt-hour (just like your local utility). This meter can be used to estimate the cost of running each appliance for a day, week, month or year.

September 09, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man severely burned in house fire

At approximately 7:15 p.m. Newton County Fire received a call for a house fire on Ga. Highway 36 across from Campbell Road.

September 09, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Holiday weekend ‘quite uneventful’

According to local law enforcement officials the Labor Day weekend - Friday through Monday - was a quiet one.

The Newton County Sheriff's Department reported four DUI arrests, two underage drinking arrests and one arrest for public intoxication. Only one accident with injuries was reported and occurred at the intersection of Ga. Highway 142 and U.S. Highway 278.

September 08, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


The women in charge

September 08, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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