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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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6 ways to celebrate Halloween

With Halloween just days away, there is plenty for Newton County residents on all sides of the county to look forward to, from the popular trick or treating on the square to ghost tours. So get your costumes on and get ready for a spook-tacular good time!

Tour of Southern Ghosts - Oct. 28

October 27, 2012 | Anastasia Graves | LOCAL


Parker happy to be giving back

Lydia Parker has been going to the Covington Y since the early 2000s, but a decision to run in the annual Cheerios Challenge seven years ago led her to where she is today as the Y's Volunteer of the Year.

October 27, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Parent upset at school reaction to gun

A Newton County Theme School third grader was suspended Monday for accidentally bringing an unloaded pellet gun to school and his family is accusing the school of punishing the 8-year-old boy for doing the right thing and telling his teacher the gun was in his book bag.

October 27, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


NCSO to shut in sex offenders for Halloween

Newton County Sheriff's Office and the Covington Probation Office will sponsor its Sixth Annual Halloween Shut-In on Oct. 31, from 6 to 10 p.m.

October 27, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


UGA students to design study Porterdale

A group of students and faculty with the University of Georgia's College of Environment and Design plans to hold a public design session with the city of Porterdale.

October 27, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Kimble: Forget your troubles, remember your blessings

You're late for another deadline. There are 16 emails waiting for responses with more coming in every time you turn around. Two programs need to be scheduled, but the calendar is already packed. The phone is ringing...

October 27, 2012 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


Women steal Georgia Dawg hat

5-finger discount on Dawg items

October 27, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Sure shot: welcome to the gun show

It's been a tough few months for me, what with people leaving notes on my front door and sending me nasty messages on Facebook. I started thinking about how to protect myself and - more importantly - my son, and then a friend made a brilliant suggestion: Learning to shoot.

October 27, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Daycare shooter pleads guilty

The man who shot his estranged wife and step-daughter outside a Rockdale County daycare last year will spend the next 50 years in prison after pleading guilty Friday.

October 27, 2012 | Kathy Hooks | LOCAL


Daycare shooter pleads guilty

The man who shot his estranged wife and step-daughter outside a Rockdale County daycare last year will spend the next 50 years in prison after pleading guilty Friday.

October 26, 2012 | Kathy Hooks | LOCAL


Newton County's Shining Educator

The auditorium burst into applause as East Newton fourth grade teacher Julie Thompson was named Newton County School System's 2013 Teacher of the Year; however, as in years past, Thompson accepted the award on behalf of not only herself, but her family, friends, co-workers and students.

"You are the reason I do what I do and that I love what I do," she said to her students, cheering from the audience. "These students make it a pleasure to come to work every day."

October 25, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newton jobless rate back under 10 %

The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that the preliminary unemployment rate in Newton County declined to 9.6 percent in September, down four-tenths of a percentage point from a revised 10 percent in August. The rate was 12 percent in September 2011.

October 25, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Educators remember girl killed by car

The child killed on Ga. Highway 81 Wednesday morning has been identified as 12-year-old Lynneah Browning, and while many are working to come to grips with the tragedy, the Georgia State Patrol is working to figure out why the child was walking along the road.

October 25, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Downtown preps for courthouse lighting

From writing competitions to shining individuals and organizations, Main Street Covington invites the community to participate in several events in its preparations for the Lighting of the Courthouse event to be held on Nov. 15 at 6 p.m.

October 25, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Still unclear if city probation co. took $

The city of Covington will put policy changes in place after receiving results from an audit performed on the former probation services company at an Oct. 15 council meeting. However, there is still no clear answer as to if funds were mishandled by the previous company.

October 25, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


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