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Two GDOT Newton County road projects to begin this summer

The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) announced its schedule for construction this summer and beyond. While there are four projects on the GDOT list, only ...

May 26, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Former county fire chief appears in court Thursday

Former Newton County Fire Chief Kevin O'Brien appeared in court Thursday as his lawyer, John L. Straus, filed a request for continuance. Judge Horace ...

May 26, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


What about those questions on the ballots?

Ballot questions made an appearance on Tuesday's primary ballots - four on the Democratic ballot, one on the Republican.

May 25, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


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Newton County now home to Georgia State

The Georgia State University Panther family extended into Newton County Wednesday as the former Georgia Perimeter College Newton Campus celebrated a merger a year in the making.

January 13, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Watch: Landfill issues take center stage

The Newton County landfill has been a hot topic in the county and with the board of commissioners.

January 12, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Baxalta enters in $32B deal with Shire

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Irish drugmaker Shire PLC's second attempt to buy Baxalta looks more likely to succeed, with Baxalta's board backing the sweetened offer of $32 billion in cash and stock. If the deal goes through, the combined company would be one of the world's top 20 drugmakers by revenue and a leader in the sizzling niche of rare disease medicines.

January 12, 2016 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Oxford College graduate to speak at MLK Celebration

The Keynote speaker at this year's King Celebration, to be held Jan. 17 at the Newton County High School Auditorium, 1 Ram Way, Covington will be Noah Cole.

January 10, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Search for county manager put on hold

At Thursday night's special called meeting of the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC), District 3 Commission Nancy Schulz made a motion that put a hold on the hiring of a county manager until policies and procedures for hiring executive staff and department heads could be put in place.

January 10, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


A decision on form of government

After years of discussions and shifting responsibilities, the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) voted 4-1 to approve enabling legislation, officially changing the county's 50-year-old charter.

January 10, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


What’s behind the BOC’s vote of no confidence

After four of the five commissioners serving Newton County cast votes of no confidence against the leadership of Chair Keith Ellis, statements and interviews have provided explanations for the vote. A statement from the chair also recounted his reaction to the motion. Here's a look behind the motion.

January 10, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Belton: Regarding Ga. education: Time to bridge the gap

Teachers in Georgia should be proud that our high school graduation rate is at an all-time high of 79 percent (Newton was even better at 82 percent). Georgians should be pleased that we've increased our education spending last year (up 7 percent) more than any state in the South. But 95 percent of our schools have had to increase class sizes as families flock to Georgia seeking the plentiful jobs we're creating (fourth best in the nation). Because of this influx, net funding per student in Georgia is actually down 17 percent since the recession, moving us down ...

January 10, 2016 | | LOCAL


Denny Dobbs named to Joint Development Authority

Former State Representative Denny Dobbs has been appointed to serve as Newton County's citizen representative on the Joint Development Authority of Jasper, Morgan, Newton and Walton counties (JDA).

January 09, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Sheriff’s Toy Ride helps 1,000 get toys

Thanks to more than 250 motorcycle riders and donors and the Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) more than 1,000 children received gifts from the NCSO, Salvation Army and Solid Rock Baptist Church this Christmas.

January 09, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Addison leads the way during annual prayer breakfast

The Georgia legislative session begins Monday, meaning the laws that will shape the future of the state will be made by the men and women elected from all around Georgia.

January 09, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Festival of Trees raises more than $14,000 for Chimney Park

Thanks to the Festival of Trees, a big check was presented to the Friends of Newton County Parks for improvements to Chimney Park Thursday.

January 09, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Former Fire Chief Kevin O'Brien indicted

Former Newton County Fire Chief Kevin O'Brien was booked into the Newton County Detention Center Friday after a Grand Jury handed down an indictment for four counts of "theft by taking by a government employee."

January 09, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


New form of government voted on by BOC

One surprise followed another at Thursday evening's Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) work session and follow-up special called meeting.

The BOC voted for a new form of government, an interim county manager and called for no confidence in Chairman Keith Ellis in an eventful special called meeting and work session Thursday night.

January 08, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


BOC meeting shadowed by conflict

Emotions ran high, framing the year's first meeting of the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) on Tuesday night.

January 07, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


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