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Welcome to your weekend

This weekend is George Washington's Birthday. You know him as the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army, the presider over the convention that drafted the Constitution, and the first President of the United States.

February 19, 2015 | | LOCAL


Fretwell-Cook cemetery cleanup cancelled

Due to the very cold weather and high probability of precipitation, this Saturday's cleanup of the Fretwell-Cook cemetery is cancelled.

February 19, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


John Middleton: in memoriam

As many of you have heard John Middleton went home to be with the Lord on Monday morning in Winston Salem, North Carolina where he and Carol recently moved. John fought a long hard battle with his health most of his adult life and did so with such dignity and grace. Our hearts are saddened at the loss of our fellow colleague and friend and we are grateful that he was such an important part of our county family for over 15 years. John touched the lives of many here in Newton County and he will be missed by all ...

February 18, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Old Oxford Rd Bridge to open today

The Old Oxford Road Bridge that crosses Interstate 20 west of Covington will reopen Thursday, Feb. 19, when the Georgia Department of Transportation removes all barriers mid-morning.

February 18, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Craig: No way to control legal costs

County Attorney Tommy Craig brushed off concerns over the county's high legal fees at Tuesday's Board of Commissioners meeting, after the financial report revealed that the General Fund had surpassed its legal fees budget at 113 percent just over halfway through the fiscal year.

February 17, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


City to pay $30,000 overrun on Clark St project

The city of Covington voted to pay $30,000 for overruns on the Clark Street Project Monday.

February 17, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Health and Fitness Expo coming Saturday

We are already two months into the new year, meaning the weight-loss plan is well under way or it's getting past time to shed those unwanted Holiday 2014 pounds.

February 17, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man dies in Social Circle fire

Paul Anthony Dunn, 49 of Social Circle, died in a residential fire at 500 Hickory Drive early Monday morning.

February 17, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


BOC meeting at 6:30 tonight

February 17, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


County officials remember Middleton

John Middleton used to tell Newton County Commissioner Lanier Sims that he was the BOC's "eyes in the sky" when it came to running the county's daily affairs. Now that he's passed, those who worked closely with Middleton feel he really is watching from above.

February 17, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Winter weather fallout: schools closed

Newton County Schools are closed Tuesday due to possible icy conditions across the area.

February 17, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Measles outbreak stirs up debate

The national measles outbreak has ignited a firestorm debate over immunization, but while most Newton County parents appear to strongly support vaccination, few of those who spoke with The News were ready to do away with personal choice when it comes to immunization.

February 17, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Covington names Fire Chief

The city of Covington announced the hiring of Stoney Bowles as Fire Chief Monday.

February 16, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Church 213 looking to move on after fire

Church members showed up to worship Sunday morning at Church 213 only to find out that it had burnt down earlier that day.

February 16, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


A Valentine's thank you from Cyler Wilcox

Eleven-year-old Cyler Wilcox has had a difficult year, first losing her father in November and then discovering that her grandmother, who is also her legal guardian, has been diagnosed with breast cancer.

February 15, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


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Newton man, gay porn star, arrested

An Oxford man and male porn star whose company recently offered Justin Bieber $2 million to star in a porn movie with him was arrested in December for allegedly choking and assaulting his girlfriend in Rockdale.

January 19, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


I Have a Dream winner announced

A large crowd remembered, celebrated and honored those who act Sunday afternoon during Newton County's MLK Ecumenical Celebration at Newton High School.

January 18, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Keeping up with your smoke detectors

While having a smoke detector in your house is important, it is also important to keep up with maintenance. Agent Bill Calder of Newton County Farm Bureau and the Georgia Arson Control Board would like to provide the citizens of Newton County with lifesaving smoke detector information and maintenance tips.

January 18, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Honoring the departed

Some two dozen volunteers turned out Saturday to help clean the historically black section of Liberty Cemetery in Porterdale, where boy scouts labored alongside older generations to rake, prune, and restore the site as best they could.

January 18, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Restaurant health inspection scores

Taco Bell, 6151 Highway 278, Covington, Jan 12, 92 A

January 17, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Ice brings numerous crashes to Newton

I-20 reopened and most of Newton County is safe for travel after black ice hit many roadways in North Georgia Friday morning.

January 16, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Deal over landfill likely soon

Newton County is very close to reaching a deal with the East Georgia Land and Development Company following nearly two decades of litigation, the company's head, Jim Baker, told The News Thursday.

January 16, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


SWAT arrest suspect on Griffin Lane

After surrounding a home, Covington Police arrested an armed man at 10116 Griffin Lane with SWAT team responding Friday.

January 16, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Chamber honor award winners

There was a lot of change at this year's Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce annual meeting and awards reception at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center Thursday, but it was the lack of change that was the big moment of the evening.

January 15, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


NMC and Piedmont look to partner up

Newton Medical Center announced today its Board of Directors had authorized hospital management to enter into "exclusive discussions" with Piedmont Healthcare aimed at formalizing a relationship between the two organizations.

January 15, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Jeff Benton dedicated life to family, church, community

Covington resident Jeff Benton was described as a loving father and husband and a pillar of the community by those who knew him following his tragic passing Wednesday night.

January 14, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


BOE considering Clear Touch panels

The Newton County Board of Education is considering a contract to purchase new Clear Touch interactive touchscreen panels for the classrooms.

January 14, 2015 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


Medical marijuana hopes dashed at Capitol

Mike Hopkins had hoped a new, limited medical marijuana bill in Georgia would allow him to bring his family back from Colorado, where his 17-year-old daughter, Michala, is being successfully treated for seizures and pain with cannabis oil.

January 13, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Pacho's receives failing health score

Pacho's Mexican Grill management feels it has already recovered from the failing health score it received during a Jan. 9 inspection.

January 13, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


BOC 'potential litigation' special meeting Wednesday

The Newton County Board of Commissioners will enter into a closed executive session immediately following the opening of a public meeting Wednesday to discuss potential litigation, according to a public notice issued over the weekend.

January 13, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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