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Newton County FFA members attend summer leadership camp

This summer 19 students from Newton High School and Newton County FFA were challenged to grow as leaders to find their "hero within." They were part of more than 2,500 students who attended the FFA-FCCLA Summer Leadership Camp at the Georgia FFA-FCCLA Center in Covington. Summer Leadership camp provides a fun and exciting environment for students to develop their leadership and teamwork skills and to interact with other students from across the state.

July 19, 2014 | Ashley Vilmenay Newton County FFA | LOCAL


View the 2050 public hearing No. 2

Here is a recording of the entirety of the second public hearing on the 2050 Plan Baseline Ordinances and TDRs (in the related content section). The meeting starts at about the 14 minute mark of the video.

July 18, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


County OKs tax increase

The Newton County Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 to adopt a 5 percent tax increase as part of its new annual budget.

July 17, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Hospital asks for more from county

Officials say the combination of Obamacare with an increase in people using the emergency room as their primary doctors is putting Newton Medical Center in trouble.

July 17, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Starbound Dance Studio owner arrested

The former owner of Starbound Dance Studio in Porterdale was arrested on Wednesday by the Newton County Sheriff's Office on 13 counts of theft by conversion.

July 17, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Newton Newsflash: More construction this weekend

If you're out and about this weekend, avoid sections of I-20 in Newton County as construction continues. Lane closures and long delays can be expected in the following areas and times:

July 17, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Social Circle home moving to new location

It took about five years to get funds and to complete the process to move the 186-year-old home, said Mike Owens, owner of Magnolia Manor, the new location of the home. The Historic Preservation Society of Social Circle (HPSSC) had pledged $10,000 for anyone who promised to move and restore the home, which was a significant chunk of the fundraising efforts needed to make the move official. The money was officially presented to Owens Monday by HPSSC President Dena Johnston and Treasurer Charles Thompson. Owens, utility workers and others who are invested in the preservation of the building worked ...

July 17, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


County tightens Salem/Crowell zoning overlay

There will be no pawn shops or check-cashing businesses in the Salem/Almon/Crowell roads overlay district, according to changes adopted Tuesday night by the Newton County Board of Commissioners.

July 17, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Golfing for Laurie

More than six months of fundraising efforts by donors, including Covington residents, will come to a head this Saturday at the Golfing for Laurie golf tournament at Ashton Hills.

July 17, 2014 | Samantha Reardon | LOCAL


Get the beat

Students attending Arts Association in Newton County's Musical Theater Camp rehearse for their final performance of the summer.

July 17, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Crowell, Ga. 81 to get stoplights

County Commission chairman Keith Ellis describes the intersection of Georgia Highway 81 and Crowell Road as the worst in the county. But not for much longer.

July 17, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Riley announces candidacy for Mansfield mayor

Although the full ballot has not yet been revealed for the upcoming special election for Mansfield's mayor, one candidate is known.

July 17, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Hospital asks for more from county

Officials say the combination of Obamacare with an increase in people using the emergency room as their primary doctors is putting Newton Medical Center in trouble.

July 16, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Starbound Dance Studio owner arrested

The former owner of Starbound Dance Studio in Porterdale was arrested on Wednesday by the Newton County Sheriff's Office on 13 counts of theft by conversion.

July 16, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Firearms, stolen diesel and thrown ice cream

The reluctant felon

July 15, 2014 | Samantha Reardon | LOCAL


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Severe storm warning for Newton

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning until 9 p.m. for Newton County.

June 15, 2011 | | LOCAL


Social Circle welcome center repairs continue

Social Circle's welcome center remains closed as crews continue to clean up from a fire that struck the structure on June 2.

June 15, 2011 | | LOCAL


DeKalb officer shoots man

DECATUR - A DeKalb County police officer shot a man about 3 p.m. today outside a home in the county's Kings Park subdivision.

June 15, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Jordan to undergo mental evaluation

A judge on Tuesday ordered Byron Christopher Jordan to undergo a mental evaluation before the court proceeds with charges against him of bestiality.

June 15, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Court sentencings - June 15

Maurice S. Forman. Misdemeanor obstruction, 12 months probation, 10 days confinement, $1,000.

June 15, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Unsolved murders

Wendell Barber's lifeless body was found dumped like so much garbage last year in woods off Piper Road.

June 15, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Commissioners to present budgets Thursday

After weeks of discussions, the Newton County Board of Commissioners may finally get down to choosing a budget at a 6:30 p.m. work session Thursday at the Historic Courthouse.

June 15, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Covington News owner honored

From paper boy to reporter to owner of more than 70 media companies, Charles Hill Morris Sr. has made improving community journalism his life's ambition.

June 15, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


School board approves 2011-2012 budget

The Newton County School Board unanimously approved the 2011-12 budget last night; a budget that is nearly $6 million less than this year's operating budget.

June 14, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Deal: Farmers should hire probationers

ATLANTA - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal said Tuesday that farmers who complain that a crackdown on illegal immigrants has scared off their workforce should hire people on probation to work the fields.

June 14, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Body found in woods identified

The man whose skeletal remains were found in the woods off Crowell Road has been identified as Delbert Cecil Wimberly, who had been missing since 2009.

June 14, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Porterdale work session rescheduled

The Porterdale work session on the city budget and an animal ordinance that was scheduled for Tuesday will instead be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday.

June 14, 2011 | AJ Archer | LOCAL


DeKalb officer robbed, shot

STONE MOUNTAIN - An off-duty DeKalb County police officer is reported in critical condition after being shot during a robbery at a Stone Mountain apartment complex.

June 14, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Mom charged with child cruelty

A 35-year-old mother has been arrested after allegedly dropping her child off with a hotel clerk.

June 13, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Charges pending for molestation

Charges are pending against a man who reportedly admitting sexually abusing his stepdaughter since she was an infant.

June 13, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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