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Honoring fallen K9s

The eighth annual K9 memorial was held Saturday in Porterdale Georgia. This event which honors fallen police dogs is hosted by "we ride to provide ...

March 07, 2016 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


Newton Trails hosts Everybody Walk Newton walks Community walks to benefit health, mind and soul

Newton Trails is hosting a series of community walks exploring health, safety, community-building and economic benefits of trails in Newton County.

March 07, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Belton: House sent 50 bills to Senate on Crossover Day

Crossover Day was very long this year as the House passed nearly 50 bills. Unfortunately, most of those bills will probably not clear the Senate ...

March 06, 2016 | Dave Belton | LOCAL


Jeffares: Only nine days left in legislative season

Crossover Day is now behind us as we wrap up days 30 and 31 of the 2016 legislative session. We had a short week, but ...

March 06, 2016 | Rick Jeffares | LOCAL


VanNess: Senate approves Van Ness sponsored bill

This week the Georgia General Assembly hit an important deadline, Crossover Day. All of the bills which originated in either the House or the Senate ...

March 06, 2016 | JaNice VanNess | LOCAL


Covington puts love in award-winning chili seasoning

Clyde and Sherri Hutchison, creators of the Covington-based Backyard Safari, were named finalists in the UGA Taste of Georgia designation for Clyde's white bean ...

March 06, 2016 | Shakeem Holloway | LOCAL


Sorority alumni running collection for a cause

The Newton County Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta alumnae is conducting a shoe collection drive through the end of March to raise funds for organization ...

March 06, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Newton Fire Chief to be recommended to BOC

The Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) is being recommended to hire Jeffrey L. Monroe, of Five Points, Alabama, as the county's new fire ...

March 05, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Newton County faces $4,000 in fines for EPD violation

Newton County has to pay a $4,000 fine and meet a list of conditions detailed in a consent order by the Department of Natural ...

March 05, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Lyons speaks on the future of Perimeter College

Georgia State Perimeter College's Newton Campus celebrated renewal this week in two ways.

March 05, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Blinder marketing seminar coming this week

Mike Blinder, author of the book Survival Selling and one of the world's leading digital marketing experts, is giving a seminar on the secrets ...

March 05, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Early voting starts for November ballot

Many people might not realize but the polls are already open for early voting in the State Senate District 43 special election and Covington City Council.

October 17, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Library board approves completion of HVAC replacement

The Newton County Library System's Board of Trustees has agreed to move forward with the second and final phase of the replacement of the Covington branch's HVAC system.

October 16, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Hospital will continue running ambulance service

The celebration for Piedmont Healthcare's affiliation with Newton Medical Center continued during the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce's lunch link Wednesday.

October 15, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Covington man arrested in child pornography sting

A Covington man was one of 18 people arrested and charged with crimes related to possession, production, or distribution of images of child pornography by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Wednesday.

October 15, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Student released on bond after threat on Yik Yak to shoot up campus

OXFORD - The Oxford College student who was arrested after threatening on social media to shoot up campus has been released on bond.

October 14, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


BOC to hold emergency executive session tonight

The Newton County Board of Commissioners called an emergency executive session meeting for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Newton County Historic Courthouse.

October 14, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


BOC makes headway on changes to chair, manager roles

There was a flash of temper toward the end of a Board of Commissioners work session Tuesday night, but the rest of the evening brought quick work on a list of 12 questions concerning changing the Chairman's role in government.

October 14, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Oxford student arrested for threat to shoot up campus

OXFORD - An Oxford College sophomore was arrested after threatening on social media to "shoot up" campus Saturday night.

October 12, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Bear Creek Reservoir application reinstatement denied by Army Corps

COVINGTON - Citing the county's failure to provide the information requested in August – information that was also requested in February – the Army Corps of Engineers decided not to reinstate the permit application for the proposed Bear Creek Reservoir, a project that has already cost Newton County more than $21 million over 18 years.

October 10, 2015 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Film tax breaks could lead to big movie/TV breaks

Even as states like North Carolina and Louisiana cut tax incentives for film and television production companies, Georgia continues to offer the most generous incentives in the country. That generosity has made Georgia third in the country in productions.

October 09, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Bagwell named NCSS Teacher of the Year

Tears welled up as Kristen Bagwell accepted the award as Newton County School Systems 2016 Teacher of the Year Award, saying, "I've always wanted to be a teacher and I'm blessed Newton County has given me a chance to do that."

October 09, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Social Circle fair returns

The Social Circle Rotary Club fair returns to Social Circle High School Tuesday, Oct. 13 through Saturday, Oct. 17.

October 08, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington woman wins $250K lottery prize

Jessica Herrick, 39, of Covington won a quarter-million dollar prize from the Georgia Lottery earlier this month.

October 08, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Response to Heat Homecoming leads to changes in event locations

Though the event was only promoted on Facebook and in the local papers, response to the upcoming Heat Homecoming 2015 has been so good, changes have had to be made to the location of events.

October 08, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


First candidates forum Oct. 8 for District 43 Special Election

The first candidates forum for the special elections taking place on the November ballot will be held Thursday, Oct. 8, at 6:30 p.m.

October 08, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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