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Newton Newsflash: Weekend roadwork

The Georgia DOT returns to its roadway construction projects this weekend with the continuation of projects on I-20 in Newton and Rockdale counties.

August 07, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County, city ‘abandon’ roads

Both Covington and Newton County officials took the unusual step of abandoning roads this week, giving them to neighbors who either want to maintain them themselves or simply watch them go to seed.

August 07, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Volunteer, educator, woman of faith

Mary Kate Tribble, Social Circle's Sister, passed away of natural causes in her sleep early Monday morning. She was 86.

August 07, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


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


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Gun drawn in parking lot fight

Two men were arrested last week after an altercation at Newton Medical Center led to one man allegedly pulling a gun on the other.

February 01, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


County faces $5.3 million shortfall

It is highly likely that Newton County will have to layoff some of its employees in the next budget cycle in order to balance a projected $5.3 million deficit.

February 01, 2009 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Getting ready for the big game

For the fans: Five O'Clock Somewhere Bartender Melissa SanFelice hangs Super Bowl themed balloons and streamers over the pool tables Saturday afternoon in preparation for the Super Bowl party hosted by the local Covington establishment. The big game will be featured in surround sound on the 106" theater screen at Five O'Clock Somewhere and a free buffet will be available starting 4 p.m. Sunday.

Porterdale Bar and Grill is also hosting a Super Bowl BBQ Party and two-year anniversary celebration starting 1 p.m Sunday. Customers eat for free.

January 31, 2009 | Mandi Singer | LOCAL


Unemployment soars in Newton County

 Newton County's unemployment rate climbed to new heights in December to 10.4 percent, according to figures released by the Georgia Department of Labor on Thursday.

January 30, 2009 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Smurfit-Stone files for Ch. 11 bankruptcy protection

 Smurfit-Stone Container Corp., the largest producer of cardboard box materials in North America and a large manufacturing employer in Covington, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

January 30, 2009 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Donated car stolen

An attempt to register a recently purchased vehicle proved fruitless when a Covington man realized the car was still owned by someone else who thought she had donated it to charity.

According to reports, officers from the Covington Police Department were called to a location on Washington Street in reference to a stolen automobile. When they arrived, they spoke to the victim who reportedly said he had purchased a 1994 Saturn station wagon from a man named "Ray" at a gas station on Washington Street and Flat Shoals Road. According to reports, the man told officers he paid "Ray" $700 ...

January 30, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Deputies assist in speedy car chase

 An Augusta man was arrested and charged with multiple offenses after leading deputies from several counties on a high speed chase for more than 50 miles.

January 30, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Beautiful Works

Young artists: Jamal Street, 18, (above) and Zae Jackson, 11, (below) of Social Circle stand next to their works, titled "A Man's Strength" and "Hippo in the Round," respectively. Theirs were among the 76 works selected out of 359 submissions in a variety of media, such as painting, printmaking, sculpture and collage, to be exhibited in the Boys and Girl's Club in Atlanta as part of the Youth Art Connection. More than 10 students from the Social Circle Boys and Girls' Club were selected. The students were recognized in a ceremony on Jan. 8. The works will be ...

January 29, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Recycling economics

 Even without looking at the headlines, a passerby can tell there's been a slowdown in the world's economy just by looking at the yard of the Newton County's landfill.

January 27, 2009 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Many leery of 2-year college proposal

 The recommendation made to Gov. Sonny Perdue by the Tough Times or Tough Choices working group to merge two-year colleges and technical schools has both educators and students in Newton County leery of what their educational future may hold.

January 27, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Attorney General’s office refers ‘family fight’ case to Ocmulgee Circuit DA

Georgia's Attorney General's office has assigned the family fight case involving three members of juvenile court Judge Sheri Robert's family to Frederic Bright, district attorney for the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit, in Milledgeville. Newton County District Attorney Ken Wynne recused himself last week saying he wanted to "avoid any sort of appearance of any conflict of interest from this office or Judge Roberts."

January 26, 2009 | Tisa Smart Washington | LOCAL


Home Depot to cut 7,000 jobs, close Expo chain

CHICAGO - Home Depot Inc. plans to eliminate 7,000 jobs while closing four dozen stores under its smaller home improvement brands as the recession continues to batter the nation's housing market. Its shares climbed more than 5 percent in morning trading.

The nation's biggest home improvement retailer said Monday the cuts will affect about 2 percent of its 300,000 workers and cause the Atlanta-based chain to record a $532 million pretax charge, most of which will be recorded in the fourth quarter.

January 26, 2009 | By Ashley M. Heher AP Retail Writer | LOCAL


Report draft recommends closure of GPC

Georgia Perimeter College and all other two-year colleges could close and be absorbed into the state's Technical College System if Gov. Sonny Perdue decides to adopt the recommendations of a working group he formed last summer with the task of researching ways to create long-term, comprehensive education reform.

January 24, 2009 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Reservoir levels back to normal

A little over a year after the county's reservoirs reached unheard of low-levels, water-levels have returned to nearly full levels.

January 24, 2009 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Burglars cut hole into wall to rob store

Deputies with the Newton County Sheriff's Office are investigating a burglary Jan. 15 at a convenience store on Browns Bridge Road where criminals cut a hole in the store's back wall to gain entrance.

January 24, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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