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Fix water system before expanding it: Water Authority

Newton County should investigate alleged infrastructural weaknesses in its current water system before deciding if and when to build another reservoir, Water and Sewerage Authority Executive Director Mike Hopkins will advise the Board of Commissioners in the coming days.

January 21, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


National Weather Service needs volunteers

The National Weather Service is looking for help in building a climate database and predicting floods.

January 21, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


BOC to seek public input on government reform

Commissioners urged citizens at Tuesday's board meeting to come out to a public hearing on February 5 to discuss amending the form of county government.

January 20, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Pacho's, Wing Cafe receive failing scores

The follow up inspection on Pacho's Mexican Grill saw its already-failing score lower five points after tallying a 51 on its Jan. 9 inspection.

January 20, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Turner murder conviction upheld

According to pickensprogressonline.com, the Supreme Court of Georgia upheld the murder conviction of Quanitta Yvette Turner, a mother who was charged in the death of her infant daughter, Malay Chandler. Turner was sentenced to life in prison for holding her hand over her the 5-week-old baby girl's nose and mouth and smothering her to death.

January 20, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington offers commercial license opportunities

COVINGTON, Ga. (Jan. 15, 2015) – Larry Baines took advantage of a program now open to all City of Covington employees, and is commercially licensed driver.

January 20, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Volunteers honor MLK with Day of Service

Martin Luther King Jr. Day was about "a day on" not "a day off" and volunteers throughout Newton County proved that mantra Monday.

January 19, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Newton Reps.receive committees

The 2015-16 Legislative Term committee assignments were handed out in the Georgia legislature last week, and Newton County's representatives are in key positions.

January 19, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton man, gay porn star, arrested

An Oxford man and male porn star whose company recently offered Justin Bieber $2 million to star in a porn movie with him was arrested in December for allegedly choking and assaulting his girlfriend in Rockdale.

January 19, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


I Have a Dream winner announced

A large crowd remembered, celebrated and honored those who act Sunday afternoon during Newton County's MLK Ecumenical Celebration at Newton High School.

January 18, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Keeping up with your smoke detectors

While having a smoke detector in your house is important, it is also important to keep up with maintenance. Agent Bill Calder of Newton County Farm Bureau and the Georgia Arson Control Board would like to provide the citizens of Newton County with lifesaving smoke detector information and maintenance tips.

January 18, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Honoring the departed

Some two dozen volunteers turned out Saturday to help clean the historically black section of Liberty Cemetery in Porterdale, where boy scouts labored alongside older generations to rake, prune, and restore the site as best they could.

January 18, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Restaurant health inspection scores

Taco Bell, 6151 Highway 278, Covington, Jan 12, 92 A

January 17, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Ice brings numerous crashes to Newton

I-20 reopened and most of Newton County is safe for travel after black ice hit many roadways in North Georgia Friday morning.

January 16, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Deal over landfill likely soon

Newton County is very close to reaching a deal with the East Georgia Land and Development Company following nearly two decades of litigation, the company's head, Jim Baker, told The News Thursday.

January 16, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


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Fire department asking for community's help for grant

The Covington Fire Department is calling on the people of Covington to help them win a $10,000 grant from Liberty Mutual's Be Fire Smart Safety Pledge program.

September 21, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log - Sept. 21

Crystal Gail Shackleford, Kimberly Linn Shelton, 34, 1288 Cannon Farm Road, Oxford, Sept. 12. Possession of marijuana less than one ounce, possession of Schedule I & II drug (methamphetamine) with intent to distribute

September 21, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Legislators discuss redistricting maps

Five of Newton County's state legislators, including new additions Rep. Steve Davis (R-McDonough) and Sen. Ronald Ramsey (D-Lithonia), introduced themselves and talked about the new redistricting maps Tuesday at the Covington Rotary Club.

September 21, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newton’s top teachers

Three Newton County teachers were surprised and excited Monday - more so than usual, of course - when they were named finalists for the county's 2012 Teacher of the Year award.

September 21, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Stubborn thieves refuse jail reprieve

Thieves were busy again this weekend stealing more than $38,250 in 18 separate cases.

September 21, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Man shoots daughter, wife in Stockbridge

UPDATE, 12:30 p.m. - The mother is reportedly in stable condition after going through surgery at Atlanta Medical Center. The 10-year-old daughter is reportedly in critical condition and out of surgery.

September 20, 2011 | | LOCAL


Missing disabled teen found near home

Update, 10:39 a.m. - The missing girl, Antonia Carpintero, was located near her residence and is doing well, according to 1st Lt. Mark Mitchell of the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

September 18, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Miss Sweetheart Relay for Life pageant accepting applications

Strut your stuff and make a difference at the same time at the upcoming Miss Sweetheart Relay 2012 Pageant.

September 18, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Sen. Ramsey meet and greet is Friday

Newton County's new state senator, Ronald B. Ramsey (D-Decatur), will have a meet and greet from 3 to 5 p.m., Friday at Oxford City Hall, 110 W. Clark St.

September 18, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Johnston, Sigman go on video to talk issues

The 2011 election for the next mayor of Covington comes at a pivotal time for the 13,000-person city, as a tumultuous city council increasingly splits votes, while City Manager Steve Horton, a source of stability, plans to retire within a year.

September 18, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Man arrested for choking daughter

A Covington man was arrested late Sunday night after officers witnessed the 49-year-old choking his juvenile daughter in their home.

September 18, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Drunk couple makes accusations, get arrested

A couple was arrested Friday evening after allegedly getting drunk and arguing with another person on Washington Street.

September 18, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Locals, state discuss Hazelbrand median

The cries of business owners along Hazelbrand Road have been heard, and it's possible the Georgia Department of Transportation will adjust its plans for the concrete median on U.S. Highway 278.

September 18, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Golfers join B.C. Crowell fundraiser for scholarships

Golfers from around the community gathered Friday at The Oaks Course for the second annual B.C Crowell Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament. The tournament helped raise funds for the two $1,000 scholarships which are awarded to students from Eastside, Alcovy and/or Newton high schools.

September 18, 2011 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL


City to evacuate unsafe apartments

The city continues to crackdown on unsanitary and unsafe housing, and some unlicensed apartments on Lunsford Circle in Covington are scheduled to be evacuated Thursday.

September 18, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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