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Newton County faces tough choices on budget

Newton-By limiting spending, increasing revenue, the Board of Commissioners is seeking to tidy the books while keeping the budget within range of this year's ...

June 07, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Hometown Hero: Todd Scott

Covington-Todd Scott was down on the floor staring into the eyes of a stranger. He didn't think the gunshots that forced him to take ...

June 07, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | LOCAL


County settles wrongful termination suit

Newton-Newton County has agreed to settle with former landscaping contractor William Durden for $45,000 after the latter filed a wrongful termination suit in 2013.

June 07, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Newton County turns out for Family Fun Day

Family Fun Day attracted happy crowds to Turner Lake Park Saturday with music, food, and prizes. The event was sponsored by Congressman Hank Johnson, Senator ...

June 06, 2015 | | LOCAL


5 Covington men arrested for pandering

The Covington Police Department, in a joint operation with the Conyers Police Department, arrested 20 males for pandering and other charges throughout a five day ...

June 05, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Magnet shooter, Pitts, death ruled a suicide

Jeffrey Scott Pitts, 36, committed suicide during a shootout with Rockdale County deputies Sunday, May 31, according to an autopsy report.

June 05, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Library to get $1,000,000, new HVAC

Dr. Steve Whatley, Chairman of the Newton County Board of Trustees, said there was a time when he thought the Covington branch would have shut ...

June 04, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


County contracts in committee crosshairs

Covington-The Newton County Purchasing Policy Committee has agreed to recommend requiring a contract, scope of work, and purchase order for professional services, which would include ...

June 04, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Salem Camp meeting speakers announced

Salem-The 187th Salem Camp meeting begins July 10 with supper at the Salem Hotel and the Covington UMC Picnic at the pavilion at 6 p ...

June 04, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Outpouring of love at vigil for Covington man and Magnet package shop owner killed in rampage

CONYERS - Tears and hugs flowed freely as hundreds of mourners and supporters packed the parking lot of Magnet Bottle Shop Wednesday night to celebrate the ...

June 04, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Blimpie reopens after truck crashes into it

Covington-The Blimpie sandwich shop on Elm Street was open Tuesday after being forced to close by Covington Fire Marshall Tony Smith Sunday.

June 03, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Family Fun Day Saturday!

Covington-The Pavilion at Turner Lake Park will be the site of Family Fun Day featuring food, prizes, and music this Saturday, June 6, from 12 ...

June 03, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Air Methods coming to Covington airport

Covington-As the city of Covington looks toward expanding its airport, a new tenant will help pave the way.

June 03, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Car fire on I-20 westbound near Hwy 138

A vehicle caught fire around 3 p.m. Wednesday on Interstate 20 westbound just before the exit for Ga. Highway 138 in Conyers.

June 03, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Three arrested in two burglaries

Three men were arrested in two different burglaries earlier this week, according to Newton County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer, Deputy Cortney Morrison.

July 11, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Crowe requests another trial

Christina Renee Crowe was before Newton County Superior Court Judge Horace J. Johnson, Jr., Thursday afternoon, requesting a new trial after being found guilty in the death of 7-year-old Bobby Joe Couch in December.

July 11, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


County misses DCA deadline; won’t get new state money

For the second time in 2010, Newton County has missed a deadline to turn in required planning documents to the state and will be ineligible to receive some new state funding during July and most of August.

July 11, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Railroad purchase debate still rages

Newborn Mayor Roger Sheridan continues to spearhead efforts to acquire the local Norfolk Southern rail line, and is in the process of forming a partnership with the Newton County Trail Path Foundation to facilitate an acquisition.

July 11, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Straight shootin’

The inaugural Eagles Droppin' Arrows 3-D Archery Fun Shoot, hosted by the Eastside High School FFA, was held Saturday morning at the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division Saturday morning. Archers fired at 3-D targets of mountain goats and deer, and some rogue shots ended up in trees. The event raised funds for the Eastside High School FFA to use to travel to the Indianapolis FFA convention in October.

July 11, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Chamber releases new mission statement

New President Hunter Hall is in the process of reorganizing of the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce and is hoping to return it to its roots - providing services for its membership.

July 11, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


The Positive Place

Bethlehem Baptist Church is currently holding its annual Summer Feeding Youth and Enrichment Ministry program. From June 21 to July 16, the program will be providing children ages 4 to 12 a wealth of fun activities while instilling educational and social skills.

July 11, 2010 | Sabastian Wee news@covnews.com | LOCAL


Newton County misses state planning deadline

For the second time in 2010, Newton County has missed a deadline to turn in required planning documents to the state and will be ineligible to receive some new state funding during July and most of August.

Newton County was late turning in its Capital Improvement Elements plan to the Georgia Department of Community Affairs; the plan spells out which projects the county will build with its collected impact fees, when they will be built and how much they will cost.

July 10, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


BOC officially approves millage rollback rate

On Tuesday, the Newton County Board of Commissioners officially approved a 10.91 millage rate for FY2011, three weeks after approving the $46.3 million budget that depended on increased property revenues from that rollup millage rate.

July 09, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Race for statewide utility regulatory commission under radar

Although the Georgia Public Service Commission gets little fanfare, the outcome of the 2010 race for one of its open seats could affect local residents more than any other statewide race.
The PSC regulates services provided by telecommunications, electric and natural gas companies, as well as the rates they charge to customers. The PSC does not regulate city-owned services, like the utilities sold by the city of Covington. It does regulate companies like Atmos Energy, Atlanta Gas Light and Georgia Power.
One seat on the five-member board is up for election in 2010. Democrat Keith Moffett and four republicans, Sen ...

July 09, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Jam-packed: jail overcrowding worsened by guard lay offs

The Newton County Jail was built to hold 650 inmates, but with budget cuts and an increase in crime in the county, there are several inmates sleeping on cots on the floor. And according to Detention Administrator Captain Sammy Banks, the detention center is scheduled to take a hit with significant cuts to its staff this week.

July 09, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newborn to host bad weather preparedness presentation

The Newborn Neighborhood Watch Program launched three meetings in the month of June with more than 30 citizens participating. The Block Captains worked very hard to meet, speak and hand out information to as many citizens within Newborn as possible.

Information presented by Deputy Doug Clifton gave citizens a guide to knowing how to help resolve some of the issues presented. With the focus of the organization being on "Citizens Doing Their Part," the overall feeling was that we felt that we have an organized method to voice our concerns to the mayor and with the mayor and council's ...

July 08, 2010 | Suzanne Bean Coordinator, Newborn Neighborhood Watch | LOCAL


Man dies in work release

A 21-year-old man was found dead in the Newton County work release facility Saturday morning.

July 08, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


BOC clarifies senior services; could be restructured

The BOC held a senior services work session Tuesday night, and once again decided that the current structure of the organization's board of directors was not working. Two key shortcomings cited by officials were a lack of participation and the inability or unwillingness to do fundraising.

After a year of discussion about a dysfunctional board of directors structure at senior services, the BOC approved a memorandum of agreement Tuesday night with the non-profit Newton County Senior Services, which operates the county's senior center. However, as part of the MOA, the BOC and NCSS board will work together during ...

July 07, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


BOC officially approves 10.91 rollup rate

On Tuesday, the Newton County Board of Commissioners officially approved a 10.91 millage rate for FY2011, three weeks after approving the $46.3 million budget that depended on increased property revenues from that rollup millage rate.

The millage rate approval had to be delayed in order to give the county time to properly advertise the revised 10.91 rate as required by law; previously the 9.73 rate had been the only rate publicly advertised.

July 07, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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