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Newton County Fire graduates four recruits

The 2016 Newton County Fire Recruiting class celebrated the graduation of four recruits Nov. 29.

December 01, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


Forensic Audit: Actions ‘caused financial harm and damage to the taxpayers of Newton County’

Editor's Note: This is an overview of the Forensic Audit report released by Newton County Monday. More stories on this matter will follow at ...

December 01, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Meet and greet with Chair-elect Banes set for Thursday, Dec. 8

Newton County residents will have a chance to meet their next Chair of the Board of Commissioners Thursday, Dec. 8.

December 01, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Judge Wynne to hear Georgia Supreme Court case

Superior Court Judge W. Kendall Wynne, Jr.of the Alcovy Judicial Circuit has been designated to serve in place of Justice Carol Hunstein in the ...

December 01, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


State representatives provide insight

Five of Newton County's state-level representatives stopped by for the first-ever Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce Pre-Legislative Breakfast sponsored by AT&T Wednesday morning ...

November 30, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


New Jersey man arrested after driving on I-20 without a tire

After reports of a vehicle traveling down Interstate 20 with no tires, Covington Police Department (CPD) found the reported vehicle, which was in fact missing ...

November 30, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


Judges to be sworn in

On Dec. 16, at 9:30 a.m. in the jury impaneling room in the Newton County Judicial Center, the judges of the Superior Courts ...

November 30, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


Representative Jody Hice stops by Newton

U.S. Representative for Georgia's 10th District Jody Hice paid a visit to the Newton County Republican Party Monday night before catching a ...

November 29, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


Judge Henry Baker: 'A rare breed'

Things change and evolve.

November 26, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Social Circle Lt. Downs helps lost Florida couple

After receiving multiple phone calls about a suspicious vehicle in Social Circle, Social Circle Lieutenant Randy Downs found an elderly couple lost on their way ...

November 26, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


NCSO tracks down hot vehicle

The westbound lanes of Interstate 20 were briefly shut down Nov. 23 while fire department personnel extinguished the flames of a stolen vehicle, according to ...

November 23, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Firefighters fry 43 turkeys for Angel Tree program

Newton County firefighters deep fried 43 turkeys Wednesday for its newest fundraiser.

November 23, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Junior Hilliard notifies Newton County of suit to ‘exceed $3 million’

Junior Hilliard will file a lawsuit against Newton County, which recently voted to end its contract with Junior Hilliard General Services, operator of the county ...

November 22, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Newton County School System mourns the passing of Mallard, Nolan

The Newton County School System lost two members last week with the passing of Eastside High School teacher Leo Mallard and Veterans Memorial Middle School ...

November 22, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Sheriff thanks community for support

Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown reached out to Facebook earlier this morning to share his gratitude with the community on its support of the family ...

November 22, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


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Don’t let your holiday cheer go up in smoke

The holiday season is the time of year when most people are thinking about shopping for gifts, office parties and spending time with family and friends. Sadly, this is also the time when home fires peak. State Farm spokesman Justin Tomczak said, "Approximately one-third of home fires and home fire deaths occur during December, January and February."

December 18, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Girl Scout troop 50 years later

Girl Scout Troop 1062 reunited 50 years after receiving their curved bar badges for a fun lunch celebration. The gathering was also in honor of their Scout leader Ruth Moseley's birthday as well as the 100th year of Girl Scouts.

December 18, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Piedmont Academy earns SAIS accreditation

Piedmont Academy is now an accredited member of SAIS and Advanced Ed. To earn accreditation from SAIS, Piedmont Academy complied with quality standards, was evaluated by an outside group of peer professionals, and implemented a school plan focused on strategic improvement and student performance in accordance with the school's mission which is, Piedmont Academy educates, encourages and develops students in a safe, Christian environment where faculty and staff partner with families to guide students into opportunities that build character and prepare them for success.

December 18, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


The Covington Y gives back

The Covington Y LowImpactForEveryone (LIFE) class enjoyed a delicious lunch together on Wednesday, Dec. 12. Presents were brought by all for less fortunate children, and after wrapping them, the gifts are ready for delivery. The Y invites you to join their family of friends.

December 18, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Gas prices drop as motorists prep for holiday travel

Motorists get the gift of falling gas prices right before the holiday travel season begins on Dec. 22. Pump prices are forecast to decrease even more as millions prepare to take their holiday road trip.

December 18, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Horton honored at council meeting

Citizens, family and friends gathered at city hall on Monday night to honor city manager Steve Horton as he attended his last council meeting as city manager.

December 18, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Not-so-merry Christmas for ornament shoplifter

A Covington woman was arrested at Wal-Mart Saturday after she allegedly tried to shoplift 131Christmas decorations and 30 tree ornaments.

December 17, 2012 | Kathy Hooks | LOCAL


GPTC’s longest serving employee retires

Georgia Piedmont Technical College's longest-serving employee Julian P. Wade, who most recently served as the school's dean of operations, has retired after a 43-year career with the school.

Wade began his career in higher education working at the College (then named DeKalb Area Technical School) in 1969 as a part-time evening instructor, teaching accounting. He later became a full-time instructor, teaching in the Data Processing Technology program (today called Computer Information Systems).

December 15, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Flu activity rising, officials urge residents to get vaccinated

A trip to the doctor and a package of Tamiflu are probably not on anyone's Christmas list.

December 15, 2012 | Rachel Goff | LOCAL


Farm Bureau recognized at state level

The Newton County Farm Bureau was recognized as one of the top county Farm Bureau programs in the state during the 75th Annual GFB Convention held Dec. 2-4 on Jekyll Island.

December 15, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Conn. town mourns its loss

Investigators on Saturday worked to understand what led a bright but painfully awkward 20 year old to slaughter 26 children and adults at a Connecticut elementary school, while townspeople took down Christmas decorations and struggled with how to get through a holiday season that has suddenly become a time of mourning.

December 15, 2012 | Associated Press | LOCAL


AMERICAN TRAGEDY

In the wake of the tragic shooting that claimed 26 people's lives, including 20 children, in Newtown, Conn. Friday, communities across the nation weep for those lost and hold their own loved ones closer. But the questions also begin and one rises above the others: Is Newton County prepared to respond to such a tragedy in its own backyard?

December 15, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Tenants’ rent checks stolen

Several occupants of Magnolia Heights apartments had their rent money stolen from the night deposit box last week.

December 15, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Avoid holiday theft this season

For many, the holiday season brings forth thoughts of togetherness and giving, but there are those who use the hustle and bustle of the season to prey on others. Statistically, this time of year crimes against property is up, this includes everything from purse snatching to home robberies.

December 15, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Film committee finalizes filming policy

The Covington Filming Committee revised the final draft of their Film Procedures policy at their meeting on Friday morning.

December 15, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


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