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Michael Syphoe to run for Chair

Michael Syphoe announced, Monday, his candidacy for Chair of the Newton County Board of Commissioners.

March 07, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Honoring fallen K9s

The eighth annual K9 memorial was held Saturday in Porterdale Georgia. This event which honors fallen police dogs is hosted by "we ride to provide ...

March 07, 2016 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


Newton Trails hosts Everybody Walk Newton walks Community walks to benefit health, mind and soul

Newton Trails is hosting a series of community walks exploring health, safety, community-building and economic benefits of trails in Newton County.

March 07, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Belton: House sent 50 bills to Senate on Crossover Day

Crossover Day was very long this year as the House passed nearly 50 bills. Unfortunately, most of those bills will probably not clear the Senate ...

March 06, 2016 | Dave Belton | LOCAL


Jeffares: Only nine days left in legislative season

Crossover Day is now behind us as we wrap up days 30 and 31 of the 2016 legislative session. We had a short week, but ...

March 06, 2016 | Rick Jeffares | LOCAL


VanNess: Senate approves Van Ness sponsored bill

This week the Georgia General Assembly hit an important deadline, Crossover Day. All of the bills which originated in either the House or the Senate ...

March 06, 2016 | JaNice VanNess | LOCAL


Covington puts love in award-winning chili seasoning

Clyde and Sherri Hutchison, creators of the Covington-based Backyard Safari, were named finalists in the UGA Taste of Georgia designation for Clyde's white bean ...

March 06, 2016 | Shakeem Holloway | LOCAL


Sorority alumni running collection for a cause

The Newton County Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta alumnae is conducting a shoe collection drive through the end of March to raise funds for organization ...

March 06, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


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Lanners, others honored by chamber of commerce

It was a banner night for the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce at the Charlie Elliot Wildlife Center Tuesday evening, with awards going to several business men and women throughout Newton County.

January 20, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Hillman, Craig, Fuhrey receive MLK honors

The 31st annual Newton County Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a time of tribute, worship and celebration at Newton High School Sunday.

January 20, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Kerr recommends closing some recycling centers

At the Newton County Board of Commissioner (BOC) work session Jan. 12, Interim County Manager Lloyd Kerr recommended that some of the county's recycling, or convenience centers be consolidated to save the county almost $100,000.

January 18, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


BOC could go ahead on waste authority

Indicating they wanted to move forward with a solid waste authority, the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) instructed Attorney Megan Martin of Jarrard and Davis Law Firm, the county's interim attorneys, to reactivate a 1995 resolution creating one.

January 18, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


County ends annual hauling contract with Hilliard

Despite repeated attempts to explain the validity of cancelling a county contract for professional services at a Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) work session on Jan. 12, three commissioners questioned the decision not to renew.

January 18, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Teenager will stand up to raise money for UGA Miracle

Update: Marlee Anne Hopkins wanted to raise $21,000 for the University of Georgia's Miracle fundraiser. On Thursday, March 3, she told the Covington Kiwanis Club she had raised $23,073. The money will go to the Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) in honor of Hopkins' siblings.

January 17, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Our Thoughts: Welcome, GSU

Newton County has long been home to colleges such as Oxford College of Emory University and Georgia Piedmont Technical College, but now it can boast an asset we feel is as valuable as some of the big industries that often makes the front page of this publication - Georgia State University.

January 17, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Stephens: Why do we observe a day for Martin Luther King Jr.?

Have you ever thought why, we as a nation, set aside a day every year to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.? The third Monday of every January is dedicated to honor this man who in less than 40 years had a tremendous impact on how we live together as a nation. He had a dream of great change on how the people and races of this nation live together. And as that dream is being realized in many ways we pause to remember and honor this great leader.

January 17, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LOCAL


Hightower Elementary class tours Capitol with State Sen. Van Ness

Newly elected State Senator JaNice Van Ness, of District 43, met Mrs. Iris Downs class from Hightower Elementary School at the Georgia capitol recently.

January 17, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Belton: The state of our state is better than the rest

Governor Nathan Deal gave his annual State of the State speech this week, and in general, Georgians can be proud that things are much better here compared to the rest of the nation.

January 17, 2016 | Dave Belton | LOCAL


Hwy 278 improvement district now in the hands of legislators

Business owners on Hwy. 278 are awaiting Gov. Nathan Deal's signature on a piece of legislation that is approximately a year and half in the making.

January 17, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


SPLOST: looking at the needs of the community

Newton County had its first meeting on a possible 2017 SPLOST referendum on Thursday, discussing such items as a new animal shelter, veteran's park and African American history center, along with working on completing items from the 2011 SPLOST.

January 17, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Southern Heartland Arts to host annual fundraiser

Art has been proven to help develop motor skills, visual-learning, decision-making, creativity and more in children, but it is not always made a priority in financial commitments or curriculum in some schools.

January 16, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Full-tuition scholarships for three Newton High seniors

Adam Fallah, Irma Soriano-Diaz and Crystal Sermon no longer have to worry about paying for their college educations.

January 16, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Sheriff Ezell Brown to seek third term in Newton County

Sheriff Ezell Brown will seek a third term as Newton County Sheriff after making the announcement before a large group of church members at Bethlehem Baptist Church Sunday, Jan. 10.

January 16, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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