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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


Traffic stop nets drug arrest

After following a truck registered to a known drug house, Covington Police Officer Steve Swann initiated a traffic stopped that resulted in a foot pursuit ...

November 21, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


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BOC approves Bear Creek Reservoir loan

The Newton County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved accepting a $21 million state loan for the construction of Bear Creek Reservoir.

November 20, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Tobacco could be banned at county parks

The Newton County Recreation Commission presented the Newton County Board of Commissioners with a proposed ordinance that would prohibit the use of tobacco products at county parks and recreation facilities.

November 20, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


An elementary view of Thanksgiving

Talking turkey: Porterdale Elementary School students tell The News why they think Thanksgiving (1) is a holiday (2) and how they would make the perfect turkey.

November 20, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Craig: Bear Creek reservoir needed soon

County attorney Tommy Craig attempted to sell the Newton County Board of Commissioners on the financial sense in accepting a $21 million state loan and starting on the process of constructing the long-proposed Bear Creek Reservoir.

November 20, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


City film committee discusses issues

The Covington Film Review Committee met for the first time on Monday morning at city hall to begin their discussions on how to improve filming in the city.

November 20, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Chamber president promotes filming

Hunter Hall, president of the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce, gave the Covington City Council a startling scenario at its Monday meeting when he stressed the importance of having the filming industry locally.

November 20, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Black Friday: A reporter's survival guide

What is it about Halloween? It seems you wait all year for it, and then once it's over, it becomes a race downhill to Christmas. I try to make sure I slow it down this time of year. I like to make cookies and decorate things and make lovely gifts for my son's teachers, like vanilla and sugar scrubs. I typically don't subject myself to the Black Friday insanity, but I have been known to go before, and if you don't prepare yourself, you're in for a rude awakening.

November 20, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Annual Christmas parade Dec. 1

The North Pole is coming to downtown Covington Saturday, Dec. 1 at 11 a.m. for the city's annual Christmas parade.

November 20, 2012 | | LOCAL


Thanksgiving tips from CFD

The kitchen is the center of every home during the holidays, especially at Thanksgiving. Safety in the kitchen is of the utmost importance on Thanksgiving Day when there is a lot of activity and people at the home. According to NFPA, Thanksgiving is the leading day of the year for home fires involving cooking equipment. The Covington Fire Department would like to give a few tips to keep you and your family safe on Thanksgiving.

November 20, 2012 | | LOCAL


First Thanksgiving for Taiwanese student

Angela SuGuro had a typical American high school experience. She took the SAT and ACT tests, studied rigorously for her AP classes, and participated in various extracurricular activities. The only difference was that she was attending an American high school in Taiwan.

November 20, 2012 | Nicole Goetz | LOCAL


Crime briefs: Jealous woman kicks in man's front door

A self-proclaimed bachelor called police Saturday evening after a lady friend became upset that he was in his home with another woman.

November 20, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Black Friday: A reporter's survival guide

What is it about Halloween? It seems you wait all year for it, and then once it's over, it becomes a race downhill to Christmas. I try to make sure I slow it down this time of year. I like to make cookies and decorate things and make lovely gifts for my son's teachers, like vanilla and sugar scrubs. I typically don't subject myself to the Black Friday insanity, but I have been known to go before, and if you don't prepare yourself, you're in for a rude awakening.

November 20, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Part 1: Oglesby and B-29 Superfortress bombers

Unusually tall, handsome and impeccably dressed with a perfect command of the English language, the Japanese officer attempted to hoodwink the captured B-29 crew saying, "I am also an American. I was in Japan visiting my parents when war broke out, so I was pressed into service with the Japanese. I am with you 100 percent. I am a graduate of UCLA and I will take care of you. I will have breakfast served to you." The American flyboys chowed down on scrambled eggs, bacon and biscuits. An uncommon feast for American POWs, but they ate it with gusto, fully ...

November 20, 2012 | Pete Mecca | LOCAL


Attorney defends need for new reservoir

County Attorney Tommy Craig attempted to sell the Newton County Board of Commissioners on the financial sense in accepting a $21 million state loan and starting on the process of constructing the long-proposed Bear Creek Reservoir.

November 19, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Thanksgiving dinner needs volunteers

The Community Food Pantry and Newton County Ministers Union are looking for food donations and volunteers for the 24th annual community Thanksgiving dinner, which is offered to the less fortunate and senior citizens looking for a free, hot meal Thursday.

November 19, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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