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No issues found in JDA finances

In a study of the Joint Development Authority's (JDA) financial transactions, in particular bonds, no illegalities or potential liability to Newton County were discovered ...

February 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Stanton Springs neighborhood permit withdrawn

A much maligned residential development planned for Stanton Springs is off the table after the developers withdrew a petition for rezoning recently.

February 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Tragedy strikes Theme School

Tragedy struck Newton County Theme School at Ficquett this week with the death of a 5-year-old kindergarten student Monday.

February 02, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Alcovy Road commercial development no more

The plan to build a movie theater, hotels, offices and retail stores along Alcovy Road in Covington, known as Project Kitchen Sink, has been shut ...

February 02, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Shootings leave one person dead, another injured

UPDATE:

February 02, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Jeffares: Week 3 brings bills and committee meetings

Committee meetings are finally underway here at the Capitol. I, and many of my colleagues, have had a busy week juggling our various committee appointments ...

January 31, 2016 | Rick Jeffares | LOCAL


Belton: House votes on amended budget

The third week of Session we voted on what is called the "Small" or "Amended" budget. It is basically the mid-year adjustment to account for ...

January 31, 2016 | Dave Belton | LOCAL


Newton GOP makes changes ahead of nominating meetings

Considerable confusion reigns within the Newton County Republican Party as precinct mass meetings approach in February.

January 31, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Youth collect during 'Souper Bowl of Caring'

When the Broncos square off against the Panthers in California this weekend, youth at churches around the country will be taking part in a "Souper ...

January 31, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Teen athlete hit by truck still hospitalized

Thomas Mason was on his way to pick up his son, Christian Mason, from a workout with the track team at Alcovy High School. Before ...

January 31, 2016 | Shakeem Holloway | LOCAL


Delta Sigma Theta hosts its annual Cotillion

Debutantes in white gowns. Beaus in top hats and tails. Young men and women make their come out, a mark of passage into adulthood.

January 31, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Council discusses issues facing city at retreat

At the end of the all-day retreat, Covington Mayor Ronnie Johnston said it had been one of the most productive retreats he'd experienced since ...

January 30, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Jury selection begins Monday on 2012 murder case

Jury selection is expected to begin Monday for the trial of Brawny Jarvis McCollough charged with two counts of malice murder and two counts of ...

January 30, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Newton’s unemployment rate down from a year ago

Newton County's unemployment rate was down significantly in December, 2015 from December, 2014.

January 29, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


NHS's Hezekiah Rodgers chosen top alto sax player in the state

Newton High School's Hezekiah Rodgers is in prestigious company.

January 29, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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Brian Keith Terrell execution awaits high court decision

ATLANTA (AP) - A Georgia man convicted of killing a close friend of his mother was scheduled to be executed Tuesday evening, and the planned hour passed with his defense lawyers pressing the nation's highest court to stop the death sentence from being carried out.

December 08, 2015 | Associated Press | LOCAL


NHS to perform RENT this week

The Newton High School Fine Arts Department will be performing the hit Broadway musical Rent this week.

December 08, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man to be executed for Covington killing tonight

ATLANTA (AP) - A Georgia man convicted of forging checks and killing a close friend of his mother is to be executed Tuesday despite his claims that he didn't commit the murder.

December 08, 2015 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Missing woman found after involved in car accident

When the Ford Lincoln with Brenda Thompson waiting in the passenger seat disappeared from the parking lot at the Kroger store on Highway 20, the Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) responded quickly.

December 08, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Missing 61-year-old found

The Newton County Sheriff's Office reports Brenda Thompson, the 61-year-old missing woman has been found at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta.

December 07, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


NCSO investigates kidnapping of 61-year-old woman

The Newton County Sheriff's Office is investigating the abduction of a 61-year-old woman from a shopping center on the southwest side of the county.

December 07, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Order for hauling services signed

A contract extension turned into a testy drama with accusations of conflicts of interest flying, questions of financial procedures raised and queries of ethics posed. Ultimately three Newton County Commissioners forced the Chairman's hand.

December 06, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Christmas parade marches through Covington

The weather outside was nippy Friday night when floats, the Newton High School marching band and Santa and his reindeer came to Porterdale Friday night for the annual Christmas Parade.

December 05, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Chamber recognized statewide for excellence

It might be on the small side, but as the Georgia Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (GACCE) acknowledged, the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce is an excellent organization.

December 05, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


BOC puts hold on Stanton Springs residential development

A residential development in Stanton Springs was put on hold Tuesday, as the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) voted to table a zoning hearing on the proposal.

December 04, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


NCSS graduation dates announced

The Newton County School System announced graduation dates for the Class of 2016 Thursday.

December 03, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Board to present Brickstore Overlay ordinances

Ordinances for the Brickstore Overlay will soon be made available to the public after Lloyd Kerr, Director of Development Services, discussed the long-running issue with the board of commissioners Tuesday night.

December 03, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Van Ness wins State Senate seat

Janice Van Ness edged out Tonya Anderson to win the Georgia State Senate District 43 seat Tuesday night.

December 01, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


General Mills awards $200,000 in grants

General Mills' Covington Plant Manager Mark Bible told a crowded room Tuesday that last Thursday shouldn't be the only day marked on the calendar to give thanks.

December 01, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


NCSO looking for help in armed robbery case

The Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) is looking for help from the public to identify three suspects involved in an armed robbery on Salem Cove Trail Nov. 24.

December 01, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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