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I Have a Dream winner announced

A large crowd remembered, celebrated and honored those who act Sunday afternoon during Newton County's MLK Ecumenical Celebration at Newton High School.

January 18, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Keeping up with your smoke detectors

While having a smoke detector in your house is important, it is also important to keep up with maintenance. Agent Bill Calder of Newton County Farm Bureau and the Georgia Arson Control Board would like to provide the citizens of Newton County with lifesaving smoke detector information and maintenance tips.

January 18, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Honoring the departed

Some two dozen volunteers turned out Saturday to help clean the historically black section of Liberty Cemetery in Porterdale, where boy scouts labored alongside older generations to rake, prune, and restore the site as best they could.

January 18, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Restaurant health inspection scores

Taco Bell, 6151 Highway 278, Covington, Jan 12, 92 A

January 17, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Ice brings numerous crashes to Newton

I-20 reopened and most of Newton County is safe for travel after black ice hit many roadways in North Georgia Friday morning.

January 16, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Deal over landfill likely soon

Newton County is very close to reaching a deal with the East Georgia Land and Development Company following nearly two decades of litigation, the company's head, Jim Baker, told The News Thursday.

January 16, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


SWAT arrest suspect on Griffin Lane

After surrounding a home, Covington Police arrested an armed man at 10116 Griffin Lane with SWAT team responding Friday.

January 16, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Chamber honor award winners

There was a lot of change at this year's Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce annual meeting and awards reception at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center Thursday, but it was the lack of change that was the big moment of the evening.

January 15, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


NMC and Piedmont look to partner up

Newton Medical Center announced today its Board of Directors had authorized hospital management to enter into "exclusive discussions" with Piedmont Healthcare aimed at formalizing a relationship between the two organizations.

January 15, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Jeff Benton dedicated life to family, church, community

Covington resident Jeff Benton was described as a loving father and husband and a pillar of the community by those who knew him following his tragic passing Wednesday night.

January 14, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


BOE considering Clear Touch panels

The Newton County Board of Education is considering a contract to purchase new Clear Touch interactive touchscreen panels for the classrooms.

January 14, 2015 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


Medical marijuana hopes dashed at Capitol

Mike Hopkins had hoped a new, limited medical marijuana bill in Georgia would allow him to bring his family back from Colorado, where his 17-year-old daughter, Michala, is being successfully treated for seizures and pain with cannabis oil.

January 13, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Pacho's receives failing health score

Pacho's Mexican Grill management feels it has already recovered from the failing health score it received during a Jan. 9 inspection.

January 13, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


BOC 'potential litigation' special meeting Wednesday

The Newton County Board of Commissioners will enter into a closed executive session immediately following the opening of a public meeting Wednesday to discuss potential litigation, according to a public notice issued over the weekend.

January 13, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


BOE Chair, Vice-Chair sworn in

Shakila Henderson-Baker and Abigail Coggin were both sworn in to their second term on the Newton County Board of Education recently.

January 13, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Police, public see trends via crime map

There may be only 53 officers at the Covington Police Department, but in the last year they answered around 40,000 calls, not all of which were crimes. In fact, according to Detective Daniel Seals, crime has gone down in the city since the implementation of their interactive crime map.

January 26, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Nominations sought for Pat Patrick award

The Newton Fund is taking nominations for its fourth annual Pat Patrick Big Heart Award, which recognizes exceptional volunteers in the community.

January 26, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local gets national lifetime poultry award

Covington resident Jim Sumner, president of the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council (USAPEEC), has been named the recipient of the 2012 Poultry Industry Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Poultry & Food Distributors Association (NPFDA).

January 26, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


United Community Bank explains losses

An official with United Community Bank, which has branches in Newton and Rockdale counties, says recently reported additional income tax expenses shouldn't have any bearing on day-to-day business.

January 26, 2012 | Crystal Ledford Forsyth News | LOCAL


Accident on Access Road

Traffic is flowing freely after a morning accident that blocked the Access Road in front of Riverside Estates Mobile Home Park, just east of Crowell Road, and at least one person was taken to a hospital in Atlanta, said 1st Lt. Mark Mitchell with the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

January 26, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Fire on I-20 eastbound near Salem Road

IN BRIEF: A fire was reported by the side of Interstate 20 on the eastbound lanes, near the Salem Road exit, around 8 a.m. Check back for more information later.

January 26, 2012 | | LOCAL


Atlanta finally passes air quality test

(ATLANTA - January 25, 2012) The federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined that, for the first time, the 20-county metro Atlanta region now meets the federal standards for air quality established in 1997.

January 25, 2012 | Atlanta Regional Commission | LOCAL


No "Tent City" in Newton County

Turns out, there is no tent city in Newton County.

January 25, 2012 | Douglas Moser | LOCAL


Hiring nearly complete at new Walmart

The new Walmart at the intersection of Brown Bridge and Salem roads has hired 282 workers and nearly completed its hiring.

January 25, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Finding closure

Carl Ray Fuller was full of life.

January 25, 2012 | Douglas Moser | LOCAL


UGA students to design Newborn parks

Newborn officials are on a mission to beautify their town, including replanting trees to replace those uprooted during April's tornado and designing parks to be placed at town hall and the old schoolhouse.

January 25, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Hundreds participate in GPC Day of Service Events

to participate in events for the MLK Day of Service. Volunteers did everything from painting the Clarkston Community Center to digging up periwinkles at Stone Mountain Park to sprucing up a garden for a food pantry in Newton County.

January 25, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton Fund Now Accepting Nominations for Pat Patrick Big Heart Award

The Newton Fund, a local fund of The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, is looking for the most outstanding volunteer in the community for the fourth annual Pat Patrick Big Heart Award. Local nonprofits as well as individuals and other community-based organizations are asked to nominate individuals who have made a measurable difference in the county through selfless endeavors. Along with recognition, the winner of the award, named in honor of the founding chair of the Newton Fund, will receive a $2,000 award grant to be designated to a charity of choice.

January 25, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


CPD unveils new software participation

The Covington Police Department is going one step further to combat crime in local neighborhoods by using a free app available on smart phones that will deliver tips to officers in real time while allowing tipsters to remain completely anonymous.

January 25, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Zon named special prosecutor

Newton County District Attorney Layla Zon has been tapped as a special prosecutor in the Clayton County case against former sheriff Victor Hill, who is accused of committing multiple thefts while in office.

January 25, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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