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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


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


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


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City looking to replace 27 miles of waterlines

The city looks to replace about 27 miles of waterlines under their Waterline Replacement Program.Covington City Council approved for grant writer Randy Conner to apply for a loan for $5,981,115.25 with the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority under the State Revolving Fund to replace aging water lines in the city's water system; and approved for Richard Aiken with Rindt-McDuff Associates to assist with the engineering for the project.

November 23, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Downtown gets a little brighter

Downtown Covington is shining a little more after the installation of new lights around the square.

November 22, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


County takes next steps for reservoir

The Newton County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved accepting a $21 million, low-interest state loan for the construction of the long-proposed Bear Creek Reservoir and spending $2 million to have an engineering firm to design the reservoir's dam.

November 22, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


A gift helps rebuild

Snapping Shoals EMC recently donated $5,000 to the Project ReNeWal domestic violence shelter for women and families. The donated funds come from SSEMC's unclaimed capital recovery credits. The shelter building was gutted earlier this year after a sprinkler malfunction dumped 18,000 gallons of water and ruined all the shelter's donated supplies for families. Pictured, from left: Project ReNeWal executive director Vickie Stephenson receives a check from Snapping Shoals EMC's manager of member services Danny Stone.

November 21, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Giving Thanks

Anyone who knows Andy Copeland's story would know how thankful he is for his daughter's health, but Wednesday morning, Copeland came to Conyers to share a Thanksgiving message of hope that would touch any heart.

November 21, 2012 | Kathy Hooks | LOCAL


Thankful through the trials

My heart is heavy during this time of Thanksgiving and I haven't been able to stop thinking about the tragic loss of two fathers of two different families involved in a recent hit-and-run accident in Henry County.

November 21, 2012 | Nhi Ho | LOCAL


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Give the gift of community news today! Purchase a 1 year subscription today for $59.99 and a get a second subscription to give as a gift for FREE.

November 21, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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


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