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Junior Hilliard notifies Newton County of suit to ‘exceed $3 million’

Junior Hilliard will file a lawsuit against Newton County, which recently voted to end its contract with Junior Hilliard General Services, operator of the county ...

November 22, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Newton County School System mourns the passing of Mallard, Nolan

The Newton County School System lost two members last week with the passing of Eastside High School teacher Leo Mallard and Veterans Memorial Middle School ...

November 22, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Sheriff thanks community for support

Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown reached out to Facebook earlier this morning to share his gratitude with the community on its support of the family ...

November 22, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


Young men told to ‘do the little things’

University of Georgia and NFL football player, author and musician Rennie Curran told 21 young men assembled last Friday in the Media Center at Newton ...

November 21, 2016 | Duane M. Ford | LOCAL


Rowe: Making America Great Again

When the Presidential Election ended, I thought the debating, tension and division would be finished as well. But we have more to talk about than ...

November 20, 2016 | Beth Rowe | LOCAL


Alcohol suspension overturned for The Social House

The Social House, located at 2101 Main St. in Porterdale, is able to serve alcohol again after a unanimous vote from the Porterdale City Council ...

November 18, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


Donations for Deputy White accepted at local bank

Donations to the family of Newton County Sheriff's Deputy Justin White can now be made at any branch of Bank of North Georgia by ...

November 18, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


Photos: A Holiday Illumination

The Christmas season officially started in downtown Covington Thursday evening with the Lighting of the Tree.

November 17, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Fire Services selling Cajun Fried Turkeys for a cause

The Newton County Fire Services (NCFS) will host a Cajun Fried Turkey fundraiser to benefit the Salvation Army's Angel Tree program.

November 17, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Hezel: Praying, bargaining, bartering

Click. Hiss. CLICK! Putter-putter. Silence. There it was. My furnace died. Great, I mumbled.

January 01, 2013 | Lisa Hetzel | LOCAL


End of ‘birthday tax’ takes effect March 1

Georgians who buy a new or used car after March 1 will pay a one-time title fee instead of a "birthday tax," the annual ad valorem tax included with license tags.

January 01, 2013 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County sentencing

Henry T. Richie, attempt to violate Georgia Controlled Substance Act, nolle pross. Driving without license, 12 months probation, 5 days Newton County Jail, $500. Giving false information, 12 months probation consecutive, $300. Failure to stop, 12 months probation, $200. Stay away order.

January 01, 2013 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Honoring a hero

Joseph Griffin, 49, the Mansfield man killed Christmas Eve in Afghanistan, was honored with a hero's escort Monday afternoon, when members of the Newton County Sheriff's Office, the Patriot Guard, Henry County Sheriff's Office, Covington and Newton County Fire and EMS and others escorted his body from Atlanta to Covington.

December 31, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Wintry mix for north/central Georgia

A wintery mix of sleet, rain and even some snow flurries can be expected Saturday evening as a winter storm whips into north and central Georgia.

December 29, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


It doesn't take a hero

My thoughts are that of a Vietnam veteran concerning a Vietnam veteran, thus is as it should be.

December 29, 2012 | Pete Mecca | LOCAL


Seminar to help farmers’ exporting decisions

For farmers, the decision to start exporting produce can be daunting or even confusing.

December 29, 2012 | By Michael Wheeler | LOCAL


Tax exemption helps ag producers save money

At more than $3 a gallon, buying 300 gallons of diesel fuel isn't cheap, but it's necessary for Scott Glover to run his dairy and creamery. After Jan. 1, the price tag for all that fuel - along with any other products used in production at Mountain Fresh Creamery and Glo-Crest Dairy in Clermont - will be tax exempt.

December 29, 2012 | By Matt Chambers | LOCAL


Officials table decision for relocation project

The Newton County Board of Commissioners tabled entering into an agreement with the Georgia Department of Transportation for road repairs at Alcovy Trestle Road and River Cove Road.

December 29, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


An artistic view of 2013

While some people may be planning to lose weight, travel more or save more money with in the 2013 New Year, one Covington artist looks to begin a new journey and open a new business.

December 29, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Newton Countians win environmental awards

When it comes to keeping Newton County clean and promoting environmental friendliness, there are a handful of local superstars who lead the charge, and a few of them got some extra recognition this year at the Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation awards ceremony.Keep Covington-Newton Beautiful volunteer Lee Aldridge won the state's woman of the year volunteer award, while the county's landfill manager James Peters won the Public Works Employee of the Year award and Newton County 4-H took second place in the waste reduction recycling category.

December 29, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Stories that shaped 2012

1. Baxter coming to Covington: Baxter International broke ground in early August, bringing Newton Countians hope of a local economic recovery.

December 29, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


New Year, New You?

Statistically, 45 percent of Americans make New Year's resolutions. Of that, only 8 percent actually keep those resolutions, according to the University of Scranton's Journal of Clinical Psychology. The most common is, of course, to lose weight; another popular one is to fall in love. Every year I resolve to drink more water and usually end up only drinking more coffee and wine.

December 29, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Honey Boo Boo in the house

Honey Boo Boo, aka Alana Thompson, of TLC's reality show spin-off "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo," came to Conyers with her family and a TLC film crew on Thursday for a little holiday fun. Thompson took a spin on the ice at the ice skating rink at the Olde Town Pavilion as onlookers and fans watched from the sides. Gina Hartsell, Conyers-Rockdale's Camera Ready Liaison, said TLC producers called that day looking for places to stop by for holiday activities. The episode with the ice skating scenes might air sometime in January or February, she said.

December 29, 2012 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Desert Storm commander Schwarzkopf dies

WASHINGTON (AP) - Truth is, retired Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf didn't care much for his popular "Stormin' Norman" nickname.

December 28, 2012 | Associated Press | LOCAL


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