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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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Sheriff’s toy run collects 155 toys

The Newton County Sheriff's Office collected 155 toys, as well as money to purchase more, during their 14th annual toy run Saturday.

December 11, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Accused sex offenders caught in Fla.

The two accused sex offenders on the run have been caught in Florida, according to Newton County Sheriff's Office Lt. Tyrone Oliver.

December 09, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Win $1,500 in restaurant gift certificates

The Kiwanis Club of Covington is hosting its annual Christmas season raffle and this year, the winner will get around $1,500 worth of gift certificates from local restaurants.

The 2012 Restaurant Roundup Raffle is new this year, but club members have been soliciting donations from restaurants around the county and so far, around 30 restaurants have agreed to participate.

December 08, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Two roads to see drainage improvements

County officials at their Dec. 4 board meeting approved a new fee proposal for design of alignment and drainage improvements to Livingston Lane and Veal Road.

County engineer Tom Garrett made the recommendation to the board to replace the existing purchase order with Hatch Mott McDonald, which has a remaining balance of $135,759.06, with a purchase order to Moreland Altobelli Associates in the amount of $87,687.80.

December 08, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


‘River of Words’ contest winners

"River of Words" poetry and art contest winners were recognized by the Newton County Board of Commissioners.

The contest, which is sponsored by Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful, required local students to create art or poetry that must feature water.

December 08, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


A holiday classic

The Arts Association of Newton County continued its holiday tradition Saturday with its annual production of "The Nutcracker" at Porter Hall at Newton High School. Dancers let the audience's imagination take over as they led them through the fields of battle, the land of snow and finally into the land of sweet in the classic holiday favorite.

December 08, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County OKs Baxter loan

The Newton County Board of Commissioners at their meeting Tuesday approved a resolution and intergovernmental agreement for a $5.9 million GEFA loan that will help to fund a wastewater pretreatment facility for Baxter International.

December 08, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


CPD earns eighth accreditation award

The Covington Police Department has earned its eighth accreditation award from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. The award was presented at the recent conference held in Jacksonville, Fla. The program has 480 standards and the department is required to meet all applicable standards. The department was the first agency in Georgia to be accredited in 1985 and the 10th in the nation. Of the original 10 agencies, only four have remained accredited.

During the exit interview, the assessors said they were very impressed with the entire department and their obvious commitment to the accreditation process. CPD ...

December 08, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


911 Center receives third accreditation

The Covington-Newton County 911 Center has received its third accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.

The Covington-Newton County 911 Communications Center attended the CALEA Conference in Jacksonville, Fla., in November, where they received their Gold Standards accreditation, according to a release from the communications center.

December 08, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Festival of Trees raises $9,000

If this year's success is any indication, the annual Festival of Trees celebration is going to be a holiday mainstay in Covington for years to come.

December 08, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Sheriff's office hosts motorcycle ride Sat.

The Newton County Sheriff's Office is hosting its 14th annual Toy Run Motorcycle Ride at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Covington Kmart.

December 07, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Shop with a Hero

Thirty-three local children received a special treat Thursday, after receiving gifts thanks to Walmart and the Covington Police Department, Newton County 911 Center, Georgia State Patrol and the Covington Fire Department during their annual Shop with a Hero event.

Previously called Shop with a Cop, this year expanded to include more city emergency workers.

December 06, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Local completes GBI Special Agent course

Brandon Tisdale, formerly of Covington, recently completed the Special Agent Candidate Course at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth.

December 06, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Committee discusses filming policy

The Covington Filming Committee met again on Monday morning and discussed a possible policy that will be established for filming in the city of Covington.

Mayor Ronnie Johnston and committee members Willie Davis, the city's human resources department training manager; columnist Barbara Morgan; John Howard, chairman of the Covington Municipal Airport Authority; Irene Smith local TV show host; Teresa Waters with the "About Covington to Madison" magazine; and Susan Kirk, owner of Scoops, attended the meeting.

December 06, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Accused child molesters remain at large

Authorities are still searching for two accused sex offenders, believed to be hiding out in Newton County after allegedly assaulting a local child.

December 06, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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