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Runoff voting starts Monday

In-person early voting for the July 22 primary runoff is set to begin Monday, June 30 and will continue through Friday, July 18. There are several key races still up in the air, and the winners of this runoff move on to the general election in November.

June 28, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


A stroll in Savannah

Some 300 miles southeast of Atlanta, Georgia lies a city both rich in history and culture. Savannah, Georgia is the oldest city in the state of Georgia and the county seat of Chatham County. Savannah was established in 1733 and was the first state capital of Georgia.

June 28, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


Playing for the big shots

The nation's birthday hasn't even happened yet this year, but a group of musically inclined students are already looking to next year's Independence Day celebrations that could take them a long way from home.

June 28, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


What are legislative gambits?

If you've ever played chess, you know that an action taken to gain an advantage is called a gambit. Gambits exist in other fields of endeavor, many of which are not games, to include legislating. I'm going to acquaint you with some that I've seen. Many more exist. For the sake of convenience, I'll give them names, but most of those names are just mine.

June 28, 2014 | Doug Holt | LOCAL


CPD: Be wary of phone scams

The Covington Police Department is warning residents to be wary of phone calls asking for any financial or personal information.

June 28, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


BOC increases budget, lowers millage

Newton County Board of Commissioners came to a consensus of a budget of $47.71 million and a millage rate (property tax) of 11.225 for its constituents at its budget meeting Thursday night.

June 27, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


A final look into CRCT scores

Amid announcements of and preparations for a new testing system for public schools throughout the state, signs of both growth and decline were represented in the final year of Criterion Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in Newton County schools.

June 26, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Keeping Georgia’s communities safe

Covington residents Gregory Dozier, assistant commissioner and chief of staff for the Georgia Department of Corrections, and Inspector Sandra Putnam with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation returned from Israel after spending two weeks learning new public safety techniques and technologies.

June 26, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Rotary Club delivers snacks for Sunshine

Around 400 campers descended on Rutledge from June 22-July 4 for a week-long respite from cancer and a chance to be children again, and several of Covington's most philanthropic business owners and leaders were there to greet them.

June 26, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


More construction this weekend

Travelers should avoid I-20 this weekend if possible, as roadwork continues, weather permitting.

June 26, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Social Circle Main St. accredited

A group of hardworking and dedicated residents have made sure "Georgia's Greatest Little Town" remains in the national spotlight for historic preservation and economic development.

June 26, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


School CRCT scores released

The following information was provided by the Newton County School System. Look in Friday's paper for the full story.

June 25, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Man caught in act near Alcovy Fitness

A man fled the scene after allegedly exposing himself outside of Alcovy Fitness early Wednesday morning.

June 25, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Crime Briefs: Full moons and stars in Rockdale

It was a full moon - or moons - in Rockdale Sunday night as two drunk men were arrested for public indecency after being caught pulling down their pants and mooning motorists. One suspect even knocked himself out running into a tree as he attempted to flee.

June 25, 2014 | | LOCAL


Newton Newsflash: 4th of July weekend

Main Street Covington invites residents to a Mix and Mingle for the Fourth of July Independence in the Park to discuss event details and answer questions.

June 24, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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SPLOST passes with 54 percent of vote

The 2011 SPLOST has passed and Newton County's sales tax rate will remain at 7 percent for at least the next couple of years.

March 15, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Final results in for SPLOST

The 2011 SPLOST has passed, 2,168 to 1,851.

March 15, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Wrong lottery ticket wins $300,000

ATLANTA - An 84-year-old woman was upset she hit the wrong button on a lottery ticket vending machine at an Atlanta grocery store, delivering a different scratch-off game than she wanted to play.

That is, until she saw she won $300,000 from the Taxes Paid game.

March 15, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Teen charged in rape of 3-year-old

A 19-year-old Covington teen remains in the Newton County Jail after he allegedly raped a 3-year-old girl early Saturday morning.

March 15, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newton County joins Secure Communities

Newton County is one of the latest counties to join the "Secure Communities" program, which seeks to curb illegal immigration in Georgia.

March 15, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


HOPE changes signed into law

ATLANTA - Just three weeks after unveiling legislation to overhaul the state's cash-strapped HOPE scholarship, Gov. Nathan Deal has signed the measure into law.

March 15, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


"Senior" senior choir performs March 20

Choir performance: A 50-member choir sponsored by Newton County Senior Services will perform at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church at 5 p.m. Sunday, March 20.

The average age of members of "Voices of Wisdom" is 70, with the youngest being 61 and the oldest 84. Most members perform in their local churches, but some sing only with the Voices of Wisdom. The group debuted in a September 2010 play entitled "I Simply Say Thank You."

March 15, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Rain ending, warm temps, sunshine on the way

Rain should taper off today, giving way to bountiful sunshine and warm temperatures through the week.

March 15, 2011 | | LOCAL


Molestation charge filed against Morgan County teacher

MADISON - The Georgia Bureau of Investigation says a 27-year-old Morgan County middle school teacher is charged with child molestation, enticing a minor and sexual assault.

March 15, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Hurry: Polls close at 7 p.m. for SPLOST vote

It's up to Newton County voters on Tuesday to decide the fate of the 2011 SPLOST.

March 15, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Church in the Now facing foreclosure

Church in the Now's properties on Iris Drive in Conyers are going into foreclosure, according to a March 10 listing.

The nondenominational megachurch entered into an $18.5 million agreement with the Evangelical Christian Credit Union in June 2007 for the properties and buildings at 1873, 1875 and 1877 Iris Drive.The market value of 1873 Iris Drive was listed as $11.8 million in 2010 and the assessed value was listed as $4.7 million, according to the Rockdale County Tax Commissioner's office.

March 14, 2011 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Newton teen charged in rape of toddler

A 3-year-old was reportedly raped Saturday and a 19-year-old man was arrested on multiple charges in connection with the assault, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

March 14, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Senate may consider Sunday booze sales after all

ATLANTA - The issue of Sunday liquor sales may have found new life in the Senate now that the bill's sponsor sees renewed support for the measure.

March 14, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Japan earthquake won't stall Votgle

The head of the Atlanta-based Southern Co. does not expect an earthquake that has caused a nuclear crisis in Japan will delay the construction of two more nuclear reactors in eastern Georgia.

Southern Co. CEO Tom Fanning said in a statement that his company is monitoring events in Japan, but it remains committed to building two new reactors at Plant Vogtle near Waynesboro. Fanning said he still expects the project will keep its current construction schedule and remain on budget. Its principal owners are Georgia Power, Oglethorpe Power Corp. Dalton Utilities and MEAG Power. The City of Covington is a ...

March 14, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Liberty Middle instructors honored

Two Liberty Middle School instructors were among 30 from across Georgia who were honored recently for their achievements in education at the United In Christ Forever's annual Unity Conference.

March 13, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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