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Early SPLOST voting begins Monday

Early voting for the March 21 SPLOST vote begins Monday.

February 24, 2017 | Darryl Welch | LOCAL


Detour coming March 7 for new bridge over Yellow River

Replacing the Yellow River bridge on State Route (SR) 36 requires a one-year detour beginning Tuesday, March 7. Traffic will use SR 162 and SR ...

February 22, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington resident claims $9.6 million Jumbo Bucks Lotto prize

Michael Camp, of Covington, recently came forward as the winner of the $9.6 million jackpot prize from the Feb. 6 Jumbo Bucks Lotto drawing.

February 22, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO honors officers at annual awards ceremony

The Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) honored its own and remembered a fallen brother Friday night as the department held its Eighth Annual Awards ...

February 18, 2017 | Darryl Welch | LOCAL


Hardy resigns as Main Street director

Velinda Hardy, Covington Main Street director, has resigned effective immediately, according to an email to merchants from Newton County Chamber of Commerce President Ralph Staffins ...

February 18, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


SPLOST deadline Tuesday

Feb. 21 is the last day to register to vote on next month's SPLOST referendum. The election is March 21.

February 17, 2017 | Darryl Welch | LOCAL


NCSO Explorers take home 2nd

The Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) Explorers received second place at the Boy Scouts of America "Winterfest" competition held in Gatlinburg, Tennessee Feb. 11.

February 17, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO recognizes promotions

The Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) recently promoted two employees; Deputy Jacob Rice and Deputy Steve Walden were both promoted to the rank of ...

February 16, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Record-breaking $9.6 million Jumbo Bucks Lotto ticket sold in Covington

A Covington convenience store has sold the largest Jumbo Bucks Lotto jackpot ticket in Georgia Lottery history. A winning ticket worth a record $9.6 ...

February 09, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


GSP Trooper SFC Tony Henry succumbs to injuries from December motorcycle accident

Georgia State Trooper SFC Tony Henry succumbed to injuries Tuesday in an Atlanta hospital from a Dec. 3, 2016 motorcycle accident in Florida. The husband ...

February 08, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


NCSO to offer Citizen's Firearm Safety Course

Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) announced last month the dates for an upcoming Citizen's Firearm Safety Course.

February 07, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Social Circle auction house to sell bed frame connected to Manson murders

A historic bed, originally from 10050 Cielo Drive, in Los Angeles, California, will be up for auction Feb. 10 at Ole Hound Auction House. The ...

February 02, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


One person killed in Jan. 26 crash on Bypass

A 75-year-old woman was killed and two other people were injured in a two-vehicle crash on the Covington Bypass near Puckett Street Jan. 26 after ...

February 01, 2017 | Darryl Welch | LOCAL


Covington’s blue bloods

With more than 75 years of combined law enforcement experience, three generations of the Bradford family have accepted their callings in serving the community through ...

January 29, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


JDA elects officers for 2017

The Joint Development Authority (JDA) of Jasper, Morgan, Newton and Walton Counties held its first meeting of 2017 Jan. 25 at the Old Moore House ...

January 26, 2017 | Darryl Welch | LOCAL


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Celebrating 127 years of worship

Early Hope Ministries is looking to change lives and teach the message of Christ to everyone in the community and has done so for more than 100 years with its five generations of members.

January 12, 2013 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


County approves several board appointments

A number of individuals were appointed to several boards during the Newton County Board of Commissioners' first meeting of the year on Thursday.

Though the meeting became controversial as the board had a split decision on who should be appointed as the citizen representative to the Joint Development Authority, the board unanimously approved several other appointments to a number of boards that would represent the county.

January 12, 2013 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


New NHS on schedule

The replacement school for Newton High is beginning to resemble the finished product. While it might be several more months before students enter those hallowed halls, work on the school is right on schedule.

The 117.7 acres on Crowell Road north is a few miles from the current NHS. Construction began in spring 2011 and the school is scheduled to open officially at the start of the 2013-14 school year. The Newton County Board of Education accepted the low bid of $42,603,500 for the construction of the replacement for NHS. Part of the current five-year facilities plan ...

January 12, 2013 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Jones leads prayer breakfast

Good leaders are selfless, bold and trustworthy, and they lead their communities by their actions as a lighthouse leads ships to safety.

U.S. District Judge Steve C. Jones shared that message with elected officials and business and community leaders at Friday's annual Legislative Prayer Breakfast at the Turner Lake Community Center.

January 12, 2013 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Child playing with lighter likely started fire

Investigators concluded that a child playing with a lighter caused the Conyers house fire that killed four children on Tuesday.

January 12, 2013 | Kathy Hooks | LOCAL


County approves board appointments

A number of individuals were appointed to several boards during the Newton County Board of Commissioners first meeting of the year on Thursday.

January 11, 2013 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


BOC split at first meeting of 2013

The Newton County Board of Commissioners' first meeting with its new board members on Thursday night had its moments of controversy as the board disagreed over who to appoint to the Joint Development Authority and new Chairman Keith Ellis had to cast a tie-breaking vote in his first meeting.

January 11, 2013 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Clark Street crash kills one

A Covington man was killed Wednesday afternoon in a wreck that blocked traffic on Clark and West streets around 4:20 p.m.

Johnnie Delmar, 44, was killed after being knocked off his motorcycle. According to a press release from Georgia State Patrol spokesman Gordy Wright, Delmar was driving a 1998 Kawasaki ZXE motorcycle northbound on West Street heading toward Clark Street. A 2010 Dodge Caliber being driven by 65-year-old Irene Stanford was on West Street at Clark, facing south. She began to turn left and then stopped partially in the northbound lane of West Street after seeing the motorcycle ...

January 10, 2013 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Staff supports local for superintendent

A group of Newton County parents, teachers and residents converged on the monthly work session of the board of education Tuesday in order to offer their support, and a list of signatures, to the board in favor of promoting Samantha Fuhrey, current deputy superintendent for curriculum and instruction, to the position of superintendent.

Lynn House, an instructional coach with the Newton County School System (NCSS), addressed the board with a prepared letter and a list of signatures, many of them from NCSS employees.

January 10, 2013 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


School board lists preferences for job

The Newton County School Board is one step closer to its search for a superintendent after the board unanimously approved a list of qualifications and preferences it wants in its next top official.

Current Superintendent Gary Mathews announced late last year his plan to retire June 30, at the end of the school system's fiscal year.

January 10, 2013 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Cookie Time

The holidays may be over, but you may not want to start your weight lost programs just yet as cookie lovers will be pleased to know that the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta have kicked off their cookie sells.

Girl Scout troops around Atlanta and in Newton County have begun accepting pre-orders for boxes of their cookies for 2013. Membership specialist Lisa Wust who represents Newton, Rockdale and Butts counties said the organization kicked off their cookie sales on Jan. 4 and will be accepting orders until the last week in January. Cookies will be delivered on Feb. 8, which ...

January 10, 2013 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Main Street board talks next steps with plan

The Main Street board chimed in on a review of their program and is positive in working with the city to possibly incorporate some of the ideas.

January 10, 2013 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Celebrate Recovery for the New Year

Christmas and the holiday season can bring hope, joy and peace. For some however, it can also bring sadness, regret and turmoil. All too often, we remember the past year or years of poor choices, broken relationships and missed opportunities. If we admit it, we've all at one time or another hurt ourselves, hurt someone else, and others have hurt us.

January 10, 2013 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Springfield Baptist to hold graduations

After holding graduation at Sharp Stadium last year for Newton, Eastside and Alcovy high schools, the school system will move back Rockdale County County's mega church in Rockdale County this year.

January 10, 2013 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Chair, vice-chair to be chosen

The Newton County Board of Education will choose their new chairman and vice-chairman for the year at their monthly meeting Tuesday.

January 10, 2013 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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