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How the county budget affects you

Property values are rising, which means property tax revenue would rise, but the Newton County Board of Commissioners promised it would lower the tax rate during the next two years. This leaves officials with the same budget old budget dilemma: keep taxes as low as possible or spend more to help employees and improve some county services?

June 03, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Gun fired near Nelson Heights CC

An event at the Nelson Heights Community Center resulted in gun fire in the surrounding area and two hours of police presence Friday evening.

June 03, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Holt endorses Belton for District 112

State Representative Doug Holt endorsed Dave Belton in the race for State House District 112 Tuesday.

June 03, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Drug drop box campaign launched

With prescription drug abuse growing, the Newton County Sheriff's Office has taken another step in trying to curb the problem, while also adding another way to simultaneously help the environment.

June 02, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Publix donates to help hungry

Publix and its employees are doing their part to feed the hungry in Newton County.

May 31, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Library kicks off summer reading

The Newton County Library System is holding its annual Summer Reading Program and giving prizes to every summer reader who completes the instruction.

May 31, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Summer reading requirements, activities

As students and families pack their cars for summer trips and their bathing suits for the beach, one item not to be forgotten should be a book.

May 31, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


County tightens laws for group homes

Newton County residents have consistently spoken out against efforts to open group or personal care homes in their neighborhoods, saying extra traffic and noise will ruin the peaceful nature of their neighborhoods and open the door for future unwanted development.

May 31, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


HBO's “Bessie” to film in Covington

Just weeks after the crew of the Martin Luther King Jr. biopic "Selma" filmed in Covington, another film about an African-American icon is coming to town.

May 31, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


City hires new transportation director

Covington's newest transportation director has built interstates and worked on the busiest stretches of highway in Atlanta, and he's looking forward to a chance of pace.

May 31, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


10 excuses not to go to camp answered

We're down to the last days of camp registration, and lucky for you there are still a few spaces available! Are your ready for your child to have the most amazing week of adventure?

May 31, 2014 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


Special needs student honorary driver

An Eastside student became an honorary truck driver for the day when Walmart honored him for overcoming the many obstacles life has placed in his path.

May 31, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Dance studio owner fleeing?

About 50 local parents are owed money by a local dance studio and had to tell their kids their dance recital might not have been able to happen after the studio's owner shut down the studio, stopped responding to calls and planned to move out of town.

May 31, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


2 WB lanes on I-20 to close this weekend

Expect delays this weekend as highway construction projects on I-20 in Newton County continue, weather permitting.

May 30, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


CSX employee injured in Social Circle

A CSX railroad employee was significantly injured at General Mills' distribution center in Social Circle around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

May 29, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


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GDOT seeks input on road project

An open house to discuss a Georgia Department of Transportation proposed project on Ga. Highway 212 in Newton County will be held on Nov. 20 at Oak Hill Elementary School. The public is encouraged to drop by anytime between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. No formal presentation will be given.

November 26, 2008 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Shots fired at homes, car aimed at deputy

 A call for deputy assistance in a local subdivision has yet to lead to arrests but has netted several marijuana plants found growing inside a home.

November 24, 2008 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Visions of the past

 In an effort to preserve the county's historical heritage, the Newton County Board of Commissioners passed a Historic Preservation Ordinance which calls for the formation of a new commission.

November 24, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Jury considers death penalty for courthouse gunman

ATLANTA -- Prosecutors urged a jury Wednesday to deliver a death sentence to a gunman convicted of escaping custody and murdering four people in a courthouse shooting spree, warning that otherwise he would spend the rest of his life searching for ways to escape and kill again.

The jury last week found Brian Nichols guilty of all 54 counts against him including murder in the March 2005 shootings that left a judge, a court reporter, a deputy and a federal agent dead. He had pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, claiming he was gripped by a delusional compulsion that he ...

November 23, 2008 | Greg Bluestein Associated Press Writer | LOCAL


Child in crash named

The child killed in Friday's single car accident on Ga. Highway 162 has been identified as 7-year-old Bobby Joe Couch, a second grade student at Ficquett Elementary School.

November 22, 2008 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Celebrating Veteran's Day

A ceremony was held on the Covington square Tuesday morning in honor of Veterans' Day. The ceremony was hosted by American Legion Post 32. The Newton High School Jr. ROTC Color Guard was on hand to post colors at the beginning of the ceremony. Porterdale Baptist Church Pastor Dickie Johnson gave a prayer followed by the Pledge of Allegiance delivered by American Legion Post 32 Commander Bobby Hamby. Joanna Horstmans sang The National Anthem and God Bless America for the crowd before the story of the holiday was delivered by Hamby. Key note speaker Roger Tingler commented before the ceremony ...

November 22, 2008 | Mandi Singer | LOCAL


Child dies in single car accident

A five-year-old child was killed in a single car accident Friday, according to 1st Lt. Mark Mitchell with the Newton County Sheriff's Department.

November 19, 2008 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Young leaders

NAACP Youth member wins award at convention

November 19, 2008 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Poppy Day proclamation

Where poppies grow: Barbara Hunt (left), Poppy Chairman for American Legion Auxiliary Unit #32, and Debra Hamby (right), President of Unit 32, look on as Covington Mayor Kim Carter signs a proclamation designating Saturday, Nov. 8 as Poppy Day. In anticipation of the upcoming Veterans Day on Nov. 11, the American Legion Auxiliary were at various locations in Covington on Nov. 8 to request donations and ask residents to wear the familiar red, handcrafted poppies honoring America's war casualties.

In 1921, the American Legion Auxiliary adopted the poppy as the organization's memorial flower and pledged its use to ...

November 19, 2008 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Smart progress key to saving rural land

If Newton County is to preserve its large swaths of rural land while at the same time continuing its economic development, one possible solution is to encourage the opening of more agritourism businesses. Another solution is to foster more small farms with a focus on growing produce for local consumption.

November 19, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Soldier, citizen, sniper

Like all of America's service men and women, Covington resident Matt Cooper possesses a proud yet tough attitude when it comes to defending our country.

November 19, 2008 | Carrie Huenke | LOCAL


Local ministries out of funds

The News recently ran a story about local ministries being out of funding to provide those in need with shelter, food and utility bill assistance. Several businesses and community organizations have started collecting donations and canned goods for these ministries.

To make a donation send a check to the following local ministries.

November 18, 2008 | Staff Report | LOCAL


The ties that bind

 The day after Barack Obama's historical presidential win and the close of what has been one of the most divisive and tense political seasons in decades, Newton County residents came together to pray for unity and healing for the nation in the days ahead.

November 17, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Sheriff-elect Brown to attend training school

Sheriff-Elect Lt. Ezell Brown will have little time to rest after the election, heading straight back to school Monday morning in order to learn the ins and outs of becoming Newton County's next sheriff.

November 17, 2008 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Green Getaway around corner

 The King of rock 'n' roll will be in the house for the third annual Green Getaway, beginning at 6 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center. The night includes a dinner, a traditional auction, silent auction and musical entertainment.

November 17, 2008 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


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