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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


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


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Farewell, Pierce

Called a visionary, a gentleman and a kind and generous man, Covington suffered a blow with the death of Pierce Cline on Nov. 3. None can feel the loss like his widow Margie. What started as a blind date in 1958, turned into the love of a lifetime.

Margie came to Covington to teach in 1957 and met her husband in March of 1958. The two spent summer vacations, enjoying time with family and having dinners with family and friends. They were married in Brookhaven on Nov. 2, 1958 - 54 years and one day before Pierce died of Amyotrophic lateral ...

November 08, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Parents complain about Obama cookies

Several parents have complained about Barack Obama cookies being served at Alcovy High School following the presidential election Tuesday. Although cookies were served, they were not exclusively Obama cookies.

November 08, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Woman name drops to avoid arrest

Deputies rushed to Ga. Highway 162 Wednesday, after a prison guard in charge of inmate workers called about a woman screaming that someone was going to kill her and a man with a shotgun.

November 08, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Love, passion art

This story can be told from two different perspectives, but in either case, it's about love and passion. It's a story about a woman whose passion is rescuing dogs and cats founded abandoned, neglected, abused or hurt, then giving them a safe and secure life. It's a story about how she turned the hunter she married into a passionate advocate for abused and neglected pets, as well. And it's a story about the unique gift he commissioned to commemorate the passion they share. "...Just because I love her," he said.

November 08, 2012 | Barbara Morgan | LOCAL


Obamacare overhaul turns into a sprint

WASHINGTON (AP) - Its place assured alongside Medicare and Medicaid, President Barack Obama's health care law is now in a sprint to the finish line, with just 11 months to go before millions of uninsured people can start signing up for coverage.

November 08, 2012 | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press | LOCAL


Veterans Day ceremony, Nov. 12

Veterans Day may fall on a Sunday this year, but that doesn't mean that the annual remembrance ceremony on the square will be canceled; the ceremony will be held on the next day, Nov. 12, instead.

Beginning on the square at 11 a.m. Monday, there will be a speech by keynote speaker Doug Gilreath, senior pastor of Covington First United Methodist Church. The Marine Junior ROTC will be posting colors.

November 06, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Pros, cons of filming “Vampire Diaries”

Covington City Council members agreed to form a committee at their next meeting that would address filming issues in neighborhoods after several residents and businesses discussed the pros and cons of having "The Vampire Diaries" film in Covington.

Mayor Ronnie Johnston told the council that he would like them to bring in suggestions of who should serve on a committee that would primarily focus on setting guidelines for filming crews in the city. Johnston said he would like the committee to consist of residents, business owners and representatives from Bonanza Productions, which films "The Vampire Diaries."

November 06, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


City to add sidewalk to Carlton Trail

Covington City Council unanimously approved at their meeting Monday to amend their 2012-2013 fiscal year budget to add a sidewalk on Carlton Trail, after citizens voiced their concerns about adding the sidewalk for what some council members say has been more than 10 years.

November 06, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Elderly man holds teens at gunpoint

A man, 77, was arrested and charged after reportedly holding two teens at gunpoint and getting into a physical altercation with one of the teen's mothers Saturday evening.

November 06, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Crime briefs: Fruit stand burglarized

Money and meat were reportedly stolen from Covington's well-known fruit stand over the weekend.

November 06, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Rain on election day

Election Day is off to a rainy start, but for those planning to vote later in the day, rain is expected to largely clear up by around 1 p.m., according to The Weather Channel, while The National Weather service said occasional rain could continue until 3 p.m.

November 06, 2012 | | LOCAL


Voting advice from the secretary of state

Polling precincts across Georgia will be open to voters from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6 for presidential election and statewide and local electons. Individuals can verify their polling location by visiting the Secretary of State's My Voter Page - www.sos.ga.gov/mvp.

November 05, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Fall back: Set clocks back an hour

It's finally time to reclaim that hour of sleep you lost last spring.

November 03, 2012 | Associated Press | LOCAL


More details on high progress schools

Several administrators responded to recently being named as Reward Schools by the Georgia Department of Education's new four-part list created as a waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

November 03, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


3 in Clement's trial take plea deals

Bringing to end the case that started in June 2009 when 53-year-old Tim Clements was murdered, the remaining three charged in his death all took plea deals.

November 03, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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