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BOE to hold public hearings on FY2017 budget

The Newton County Board of Education (BOE) tentatively adopted a maintenance and operation budget for fiscal year 2016-17. The total millage rate of 20 mills ...

June 23, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County Tomorrow requests funds from Covington

Mike Hopkins, director of the Newton County Sewer and Water Authority, appeared before the Covington City Council Monday night on behalf of Newton County Tomorrow ...

June 23, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


CPD searching for man who robbed Covington bank

The Covington Police Department is in search of a man who robbed the Bank of North Georgia at 4128 Hwy 278 NE Wednesday afternoon, according ...

June 22, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Solid Waste Authority tasked with assessing fee for convenience centers

The Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) did not levee a fee or tax for the use of the county's convenience centers at its ...

June 22, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


After 16 years, Spires in downtown Covington will close

It's been one of the hardest things she's had to do, but on Saturday, Denise Spires is closing the doors on her shop ...

June 22, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Bailey announces intent to run for Board of Education

On Tuesday June 14, 2016, current Board of Education District 1 member Trey Bailey submitted his Declaration of Intent to run for election.

June 22, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Video: BOC discusses Nelson Heights

The Newton County Board of Commissioners approved a motion to clarify the wording of administrative services regarding the Nelson Heights Community Center's administrative services ...

June 22, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Info on Zika virus prevention told to city council

At Monday night's Covington City Council meeting, Dr. Lloyd Hofer, director of the Gwinnet, Newton, Rockdale counties Public Health Departments, shared information about the ...

June 21, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Registration for Newton County Art Association dance and music programs is open

Register before July 1 for one or more of five music and dance programs offered for the 2016 through 2017 year and the Newton County ...

June 21, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Youth charged with murder of Covington man found on Lower River Road

The Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) charged a 16-year-old Covington youth with murder of Enrique Ramirez Trejo of Covington.

June 20, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local rancher says his cattle are being chased to death

The farm off Old Hickory Road in Oxford looks peaceful. The cows crowd together in pastures that sweep down to Lake Varner in Covington. Yet ...

June 20, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Man’s body found on side of road in Covington

The Newton County Sheriff's Office is investigating a possible homicide after finding a man's body on Lower River Road Sunday morning, according to ...

June 19, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Summer vacation: How to prevent home burglaries while away

With the summer months comes plenty of time for family vacations, but sadly unoccupied homes are easy targets for potential burglars.

June 19, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | LOCAL


Rocking in the park

Hundreds attended a grand opening celebration for Covington's Legion Field Park on Mill Street Friday night.

June 18, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Bicycle unit to patrol Porterdale

Come July 4, a new police patrol will hit the streets in Porterdale.

June 18, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


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Teen who claimed rape now being charged

A teenage girl who claimed to be the victim of a rape is now being charged with making the whole thing up.

July 18, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Last days of music and dance

The sound of musical medleys resonates through the Porter Auditorium of Newton High School. Girls and boys of the Arts Association of Newton County's Musical Theater Camp practice for their performance on Friday, July 20 at 7 p.m.

July 17, 2012 | Elizabeth Park | LOCAL


Smart Growth hosts forum Thursday

One of voters' last chances to hear from county chair, commission and school board candidates before the July 31 primary election will take place at Smart Growth Newton County's forum at 7 p.m., Thursday at the Washington Street Community Center.

Because of the large number of candidates expected to attend, 18 or 19, Smart Growth President Jonathan Paschal said there will be no formal question-and-answer session, but each candidate will instead be given five minutes to speak and there will be time to mingle and speak to candidates one-on-one afterward. Paschal said he expects the forum to last ...

July 17, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Gas prices expected to increase

Average gas prices in Atlanta will be rising this week. The average retail price for gasoline has risen 5.2 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.31/gal on Sunday.

The national average this week stands at $3.45/gal, 3 cents higher than a few days ago, according to gasoline price website AtlantaGasPrices.com.

July 17, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Davis seeks re-election as coroner

For almost three decades, Tommy Davis has been in the funeral business, as deputy coroner since 2003 and coroner since 2009. The 44-year-old is running once again, all because of his love for Newton County.

"This is a position that I truly enjoy serving in and serving the people of Newton County," he said. "I am truly devoted and dedicated to the position. I work hard every day to ensure that the people of Newton County are represented professionally."

July 17, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Thunderstorms possibile through 6 p.m.

Though the severe thunderstorm warning has passed, thunderstorms are expected to continue in Covington until after 6 p.m., according to The Weather Channel.

July 17, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Car crashes into Kelly's Pool Service

A woman accidentally drove her car into the front of Kelly's Pool Service Monday afternoon damaging part of the store's brick exterior, breaking a window and knocking down the railing in front of the store.

July 16, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Newton County Sentencing, July 15

Richard W. Galban, manufacture of marijuana, 10 years probation, 5 years confinement, $2,000. Possession with intent to distribute marijuana, nolle pross. Trafficking in marijuana, merged with count 1. Testify truthfully, no contact, banished from Newton County.

July 14, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Chi Tau Omega awards scholarships

Chi Tau Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. awards thousands of dollars in scholarships to deserving high school students in Newton and Rockdale County. Our scholarships recognize outstanding high schools seniors who have been accepted to an accredited four-year college or university. The awards are given to students who have high scholastic achievement, proven leadership, and have actively participated in community service.

Since 2005, Chi Tau Omega has proudly awarded nearly $33,000 to students in an effort to promote, encourage, and prepare our next generation of leaders with higher education.

July 14, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSS sets Technology nights

Eastside High School and Newton County Schools' Technology Department are sponsoring a "Back to School with Technology Night" tomorrow from 5 to 8 p.m. Three NCSS-approved computer companies - Apple Computers, ByteSpeed Computers and Dell Computers will have numerous products on display which parents and students can touch and test.

At approximately 7 p.m., each company will make a presentation highlighting their special educational programs and discount pricing available for parents attending the event.

July 14, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Judge and coroner candidates speak

Two of the lesser publicized local races are Alcovy Judicial Circuit Superior Court judge and county coroner. Candidates for both seats spoke at a Democratic party forum this week.

July 14, 2012 | Danielle Everson Special to The News | LOCAL


Chemical spill injures one at Nisshinbo

A worker at Nisshinbo, a brake manufacturer off Ga. Highway 142, suffered second degree burns Thursday afternoon, when several hundred gallons of hydrogen peroxide spilled out of a container that was being loaded onto a truck.

According to Covington Assistant Fire Marshal Tony Smith, roughly 350 gallons of highly concentrated hydrogen peroxide spilled when a forklift driver lost control of his truck, dropping the container which then split. Other than the one worker who was transported to Grady Hospital "in pain, but in good spirits," no one else was injured.

July 14, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Williams elected to GMA board of directors

Covington Councilwoman Hawnethia Williams was elected to the Board of Directors for the Georgia Municipal Association during the association's annual meeting in Savannah June 25.

Williams will serve as president of GMA's 5th District. The district includes cities in the following counties: Jackson, Madison, Elbert, Barrow, Clarke, Oglethorpe, Morgan, Greene, Newton, Jasper, Walton and Oconee.

July 14, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Woman reports missing peaches

Irvine Duplan of Covington reported a theft at her home on Bear Creek Trail to officers on Thursday.

July 14, 2012 | Meghan de St. Aubin | LOCAL


Recreating remnants from the past

When local artist Andrew Sabori visited Ellis Island to find out more information about his ancestors, his encounter with a small photo of a mural would change his life.

July 14, 2012 | Elizabeth Park | LOCAL


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