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Be on the lookout issued for Newton man

The Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) has issued a Mattie's Call for Ernest Stanton.

May 13, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Vampires flock to Covington Square

A large crowd gathered on the Covington Square Friday to watch the season eight finale of The Vampire Diaries.

May 13, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Oxford Lions to hold yard sale to benefit those needing eye exams

The Oxford Lions will hold their annual yard sale on Saturday, May 14, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the corner of ...

May 13, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


BOC moves Tuesday’s meeting to May 31

The Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) postponed its May 17 meeting to May 31 after three commissioners voted in favor of the change during ...

May 13, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Oxford Lions to hold yard sale to benefit those needing eye exams

The Oxford Lions will hold their annual yard sale on Saturday, May 14, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the corner of ...

May 13, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Forensic audit questions spending at Nelson Heights

Forensic accountant David Sawyer reported findings of questionable spending, possible preferential treatment and inadequate financial documentations concerning the Nelson Heights Community Center to the Newton ...

May 12, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Sims to replace Craig on IDA

Lanier Sims will represent the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) on the Industrial Development Authority (IDA) after a 4-1 vote by the BOC Wednesday.

May 12, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Leighlynn Shine a must-see

Hello, C-town! It's so good to be back with you for another installment of the Minute. And what's with this cold weather?! I ...

May 12, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LOCAL


NCSS students will retake assessment test

Multiple problems, including inability to log in, stalled tests and frozen screens, were thought to effect the test results of third, fifth and eighth grade ...

May 11, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


County department heads asked to reduce budget

County department heads are being asked to cut their budget requests back to amounts used in fiscal year 2016.

May 11, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Imagination has no limits

Friends of Newton County Parks hosted its annual fundraiser for Chimney Park Saturday, bringing imaginations to life with the yearly Fairy Festival. The festival is ...

May 11, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Georgia releases 2014-2015 CCRPI results

The Georgia College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) for the 2014 through 2015 school year was released Tuesday by state school superintendent, Richard Woods.

May 10, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | LOCAL


Unemployment rates drop in Newton County

While Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate in February dropped one-tenth of a percentage in March, the decrease in unemployment claims in Newton County was three-tenths ...

May 10, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Restoring a historic home one project at a time

After all the contracts were signed, he stood in a state of shock and wondered what he had just let himself in for, he said.

May 09, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Covington council approves employee benefits package

As the Covington City Council prepares to meet to go over the first draft of the 2017 budget, council members used Monday night to approve ...

May 09, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


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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 are now seeking the approval of the opposite chamber. The Senate voted and approved almost 50 different bills to send to the House on legislative days 29 and 30. There is much more work to be done in the remaining nine legislative days and I look forward to working with my colleagues as we debate and vote on important legislation.

March 06, 2016 | JaNice VanNess | 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 that didn't stop us from passing a significant amount of legislation. We are also eager to begin working our way through bills passed out of the House, a task that will keep us busy for the rest of the session.

March 06, 2016 | Rick Jeffares | 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 as they simply do not have enough time in 10 days to do the work we have done over the last 30 days. The Founding Fathers made it hard, not easy, to pass bills - in the hope that the laws we create will be good ones.

March 06, 2016 | Dave Belton | 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 chief.

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 Resources Environmental Protection Division (EPD).

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 for small to medium businesses in multimedia marketing Wednesday, March 9 from noon-1:30 p.m. and Thursday, March 10 from 8:30-10 a.m. at The Center, 2104 Washington Street, Covington.

March 05, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


BOC names new Solid Waste Authority board

The Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) named seven out of the eight members to the Solid Waste Management Authority (SWMA) Board of Directors Tuesday.

March 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Read across America comes to Porterdale Elementary

Students at Porterdale Elementary School celebrated Read Across America and the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, Dr. Suess, thanks to the Newton High School Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) team from Newton High School Wednesday.

March 02, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Walmart murder suspects arraigned in Newton County Superior Court

Stephanie Maria Rodriguez and Brandon Shawn Smith, suspects in a murder at Walmart on Nov. 16, were arraigned in Newton County Superior Court on Wednesday morning. A pretrial date has been set for May 25.

March 02, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Newton County chooses Trump, Clinton

Super Tuesday was a big day for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in Newton County.

March 01, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


New clothing boutique to open on Square

Words tumble out of Tiffany Miller's mouth as she talks about relocating Sweet River Boutique to Covington's Downtown Square. Her partner and fiancé Bill Bates is a bit more laconic, but it's obvious he shares the excitement.

March 01, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Shots Fired gun store 'hit hard' in burglary

Shots Fired, a gun store on Washington Street in Covington, was burglarized early Monday morning.

February 29, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Legislation moves forward

Newton County is one step closer to a new form of government.

February 29, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Belton: Campus carry comes through house

As Crossover Day draws closer in the state Capital, week seven was a very long one. Feb. 29 is the day that a bill must pass in one chamber to be considered by the other.

February 28, 2016 | Dave Belton | LOCAL


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