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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


Hwy. 278 CID to host event on Feb. 4

The Hwy. 278 Community Improvement District (CID) is getting closer to becoming a reality.

January 28, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Goodman given lifetime service award

A crowd gathered in the Covington City Hall meeting room Thursday to celebrate Janet Goodman's 36 years as a councilwoman with a slight surprise ...

January 27, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Local manufacturer, NyloBoard, stops production

The manufacturing plant of NyloBoard, LLC, located at 14187 Industrial Park Blvd NE in Covington has ceased production and the company was put up for ...

January 27, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Juvenile arrested for stealing TVs

Covington police arrested a juvenile for burglary, possession of marijuana and possession of a weapon during a crime after witnesses saw someone believed to be ...

January 27, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Chief ADA Melanie Bell to run for Probate Judge

Melanie McCorey Bell declared her candidacy for Newton County Probate Judge Tuesday.

January 27, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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T-SPLOST failed; so now what?

Voters in Newton County, the Northeast Georgia Region and across Georgia struck down T-SPLOST Tuesday, leaving leaders to look at what went wrong and what to do next.

August 02, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Staffing Struggles

For decades Carol Durusau has been a staple at the children's desk of the Newton County Library on Floyd Street. It was not unusual to see her dressed up, dancing with children, acting out the stories in the books and speaking with children and parents about which book would fit perfectly with each child. But since the spring, her desk has been empty - in fact, it has been removed. And although Durusau has not been cut, the position of a full-time children's librarian has been, leaving many parents upset and concerned about the future of the library. But ...

August 02, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Democratic dinner to be held Saturday

The Newton and Rockdale County Democratic Parties will host the inaugural Jefferson-Jackson Dinner at 6 p.m. at the Georgia Piedmont Technical College on Saturday, Aug. 4.

August 02, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Teen arrested for showing juveniles porn

A teenage girl who called deputies to report that she was a victim of sexual battery was arrested and charged with providing juveniles with pornography, as well as filing a false police report.

August 02, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newton to have two runoff elections

The Primary Election is over, but two races have yet to be decided and some Newton County voters will have to head back out to the polls for an August runoff election if they want to have a final say.

August 02, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Crime Briefs: Woman attacked at hotel

Covington police spoke to a woman at the Newton Medical Center on Tuesday night that said she was injured when another woman attacked her behind a hotel. The woman said on Sunday night while standing in the back parking lot of Covington Lodge located on City Pond Road, a woman named Teontea walked up to her and started yelling and pushing her. She said as Teontea stepped backwards, her foot slipped off the sidewalk. She said Teontea then left. According to the police report, the woman had several bruises on both of her arms.

August 02, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Chick-fil-A supporters flock to restaurant

An army of supporters stood in long lines Wednesday at the Covington Chick-fil-A using their orders of chicken and fries to defend the restaurant chain.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a Baptist minister, declared Wednesday "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day."

August 02, 2012 | Rachel Goff | LOCAL


From the Battle of the Bulge to magistrate judge

During the Depression, young men in Atlanta picked prestigious Boys High School (now Grady H.S.) to groom their aptitudes for a college education. John Campbell graduated from Boys in 1939. After high school, he worked for Standard Oil on Marietta Street while attending night school at Atlanta Junior College (now Georgia State). He participated in both ROTC programs.

"I met my future wife Rebecca in college," Campbell said. "But after Pearl Harbor, I knew I'd be called up." He was. Campbell received training as an anti-aircraft gunner at Camp Maxey, Texas, and was chosen for Officer Candidate School ...

July 31, 2012 | Pete Mecca | LOCAL


Primary Election Results

Results are below for the 2012 Newton County Primaries. Click on the name of the race to read more about the winning candidate and their reaction.

July 31, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Crime Briefs: Teen stabbed in parking lot during fight

A teen was reportedly stabbed after several fights broke out in the parking lot of Communication Workers-America early Monday morning.

July 31, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Water restored to residents after four days without

Water was restored on Tuesday afternoon to residents of Alcovy Mobile Home Park, after tenants complained to their landlord about being without running water for four days when a water pump stopped working on Friday.

July 31, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Q&A for state representative 113 race

As part of The News' last minute election coverage, below is a Q&A with the candidates for the District 113 state represenative seat, a race that will be decided in the primary.

July 30, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Campaign contributions for state races

Who's giving money to whom?

July 30, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Water restored for Mobile home park without water

Update: As of 2 p.m. Tuesday, water has been restored for residents at Alcovy Mobile Home Park. Maintenance manager Gary Drake said the pump has been repaired and residents can now use their water. Drake said he advised everyone in the community to boil their water for the next couple of days to ensure its clean and not contaminated.

July 30, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


The rise and fall of Newton's dairy farms

Brad Marks wants his grandchildren to grow up knowing how to handle a calf, milk a cow and run a farm. He wants the future generations to know the experience of their ancestors, working the same fields that have been in the family for 180 years.

July 28, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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