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County chair to get back full powers

The Newton County Board of Commissioners narrowly approved this week a motion to restore the county chair with the full powers invested in the position by the charter, effective January 1, 2017, and to set up another citizens committee to review and update the language of the charter.

March 22, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


County lawyers see 13% raise

Newton County's legal fees continue to soar above budget, as commissioners approved more than $83,000 in payments to longtime County Attorney Tommy Craig's firm for the month of February alone.

March 22, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


At a crossroads

Newton County has 60 days to come up with a solution to its landfill crisis or face costly litigation and possibly the construction of a private, regional landfill. The head of the East Georgia Land & Development Company announced his intention this week to seek damages and a new landfill permit in response to the county's failure to approve a settlement.

March 22, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Meet Eastside's Val and Sal

Anna Davis believes much wasn't expected of her academically.

March 21, 2015 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


Newton County Farm Bureau members attend GFB Day at Capitol

Newton County Farm Bureau members traveled to Atlanta, Feb. 19 to participate in Georgia Farm Bureau Day at the Capitol. While at the capitol, members of the Newton County Farm Bureau delegation visited with Representatives Pam Dickerson and Dave Belton. Members of the Newton County Farm Bureau who attended the event included: Brent Galloway, Charles Berry, Chuck Berry, Julius Hays, Lori McCart, and Kevin Mitcham.

March 21, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCFB hosts Chinese delegation

Newton County Farm Bureau hosted a delegation of Chinese feed producers on Jan. 29 attending the International Poultry Expo in Atlanta. NCFB President Brent Galloway welcomed the group to the NCFB office, telling the group about agriculture in the county and Farm Bureau.

March 21, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Landfill tabled, chair powers to be restored

The Newton County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to table a vote on a controversial landfill settlement for at least 60 days in order to allow an independent review with input from a citizen committee.

March 18, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


NCSS receives climate star ratings

According to surveys conducted during the 2013-14 school year the climate, or quality and character of school life, of Newton County's middle schools are above average.

March 18, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Robbery suspect caught after 5 years on the run

After five years, the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office has the final suspect of an armed robbery case in custody.

March 18, 2015 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


County postpones vote on landfill deal

The Newton County Board of Commissioners agreed Thursday to postpone a vote on a contentious landfill settlement after several hundred citizens turned out to voice their opposition to an overly hasty resolution.

March 18, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


BOC meeting livestream

March 17, 2015 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


LIVE STREAM: St. Paddy's Day Parade

March 17, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


New grant will aid GPC student veterans

Student veterans, active military and their families at Georgia Perimeter College will receive more personal attention, increased scholarship opportunities and potential help in emergencies, thanks to a Marcus Foundation grant. The grant was announced during a special ceremony held Tuesday, March 17 on the GPC Decatur Campus.

March 17, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Library requests funds for HVAC system

The Newton County library, in recent years, has had to cut $500,000 out of its budget, and last year completed a $350,000 renovation of the roof on its Covington location.

March 16, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Upcoming road closures

The Covington City Council voted on several road closures during Monday's meeting.

March 16, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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Mark Twain to visit Newborn Saturday

Though reports of his death are indeed correct, Mark Twain will appear in Newborn at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Old Newborn Schoolhouse, 4326 Ga. Highway 142.

November 16, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


After school programs cancelled today

The Newton County School System cancelled after school programs at Indian Creek, Liberty Middle and Newton High due to inclimant weather. Students are to ride their assigned buses home.

November 16, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County under a tornado watch

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED TORNADO WATCH 890 IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM EST THIS EVENING FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS

November 16, 2011 | | LOCAL


Wreck on I-20 Eastbound

An overturned tractor-trailer stalled traffic this morning on I-20 East. The accident occured between the Covington and Alcovy exits.

November 16, 2011 | | LOCAL


BOC appoints Middleton county manager

The Newton County Board of Commissioners voted 3-2 Tuesday to immediately create a county manager position and to place John Middleton in that position.

November 16, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Supporter Spotlight: Hometown Realty

Hometown Realty owner and longtime Covington resident Darlene Smallwood has spent the last eight years building a reputation for helping her customers. The business, located on Hazelbrand Road, has become known in the community for those efforts.

November 16, 2011 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


Power line still going through Mansfield

Three months of discussions between Mansfield residents and the Georgia Transmission Corporation ended Tuesday without compromise, and the corporation is moving forward with its original plan to build a new 3.2 mile transmission line that will pass through part of Mansfield.

November 16, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Behind the Counter: Heartscapes Art

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November 16, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Re-living the 80s

The Eastside High Chorus Show Choir will be presenting their Fall Musical Review, "Re-living the 80s," this Thursday. The show will take place in the Eastside High School Auditorium on Thursday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 19, at 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., and will cost $4 for adults, $3 for students and $3 for senior citizens. The show will feature the best of the 1980s music in an upbeat atmosphere.

November 15, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


BOC to pursue alcohol by the drink vote

A public vote on whether to allow restaurants and hotels to sell alcohol in unincorporated Newton County is likely in 2012, after the Newton County Board of Commissioners gave a consensus Monday night to move forward on the issue.

November 14, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Drunk teen discovered rolling around in street

Covington Police officers were called to Settlers Grove Road around 5:30 a.m. Thursday after neighbors called 911 to report two people fighting in the street.

November 13, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Couple arrested for fighting in parking lot

An irate couple was arrested Wednesday morning after fighting with the police who came to break up their fight in a CVS parking lot.

November 13, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


POLL: Arts funding drops, but programs remain

The Arts Association in Newton County wants the arts to be accessible. Art advocates want children and young adults to be able to dance, sing, play instruments, perform on stage, paint and create.

November 13, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


New civic organization, “2 Cups of Kindness,” to hold first meeting

Newton County resident Dorothy Frazier-Piedrahita will be hosting an informational meeting for her new civic group, "2 Cups of Kindness," at the Porter Memorial Branch Library on Wednesday from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.

November 13, 2011 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | LOCAL


Oxford native recounts D-Day

John Wood Burson landed on Omaha Beach before dawn on June 7, 1944 under barrage balloons to protect from strafing German aircraft as a nearby landing vessel exploded.

November 11, 2011 | Douglas Moser | LOCAL


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