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Solange Lord performs in Brenau University's 'Concerts Connecting Cultures...Christmas Around the Wo

Solange Lord, from Covington, performed in the Brenau University Vocal Chamber Ensemble and Spectrum Singers concert of "Concerts Connecting Cultures...Christmas Around the World" Nov ...

December 12, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Football coach turning heads in … The Nutcracker

If you happen to take a trip to the Porter Auditorium this coming weekend and you see a familiar local football coach donning a wig ...

December 05, 2016 | Gabriel Stovall | LOCAL


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

Eds Note: To read more on the forensic accounting report click for a report on the Bear Creek Reservoir project, here; read about the report ...

December 04, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Sawyer: former attorney’s actions ‘detrimental to taxpayers’

On Oct. 18, 2015, the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) voted to bring a halt to the proposed Bear Creek Reservoir project, under way ...

December 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Accountant points to unapproved contracts at landfill

The landfill has been a financial burden on Newton County for years, especially since a leachate spill in 2015 caused millions of dollars in damage.

December 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


County refutes Sawyer’s SPLOST claims

In David Sawyer's accounting analysis of Newton County's Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) and Impact Fees funds, he reported that at ...

December 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Look at Nelson Heights may spur change in county practices

While David Sawyer's reporting on the Bear Creek Reservoir project, SPLOST and Impact Fees and the county's landfill was released Monday, in May ...

December 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Former commissioners speak out against water sale

The Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority (NCWSA) will present the team it has selected to perform due diligence to the Newton County Board of ...

December 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Christmas marches through Covington

One-hundred floats, including the first-place prize winning Misfits Welcome float by Eastridge Church, participated in Saturday's parade through downtown Covington.

December 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Judge Baker honored prior to his retirement

Judge Henry Baker, Newton County's Probate Court Judge for the last 40 years was celebrated by dozens of Newton County and regional dignitaries for ...

December 02, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Newton County Theme School raises blue ribbon flag

The Newton County Theme School (NCTS) at Fiquett was recently named a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education - a distinction ...

December 02, 2016 | Duane M. Ford | LOCAL


The Pride of Eastside performs in Hollywood Christmas Parade

The Pride of Eastside Marching Band joined the likes of Larry King, Olivia Newton-John and Bill Engvall this past weekend, during the 85th Annual Hollywood ...

December 02, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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


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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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