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Belton: House votes on amended budget

The third week of Session we voted on what is called the "Small" or "Amended" budget. It is basically the mid-year adjustment to account for ...

January 31, 2016 | Dave Belton | LOCAL


Newton GOP makes changes ahead of nominating meetings

Considerable confusion reigns within the Newton County Republican Party as precinct mass meetings approach in February.

January 31, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Youth collect during 'Souper Bowl of Caring'

When the Broncos square off against the Panthers in California this weekend, youth at churches around the country will be taking part in a "Souper ...

January 31, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Teen athlete hit by truck still hospitalized

Thomas Mason was on his way to pick up his son, Christian Mason, from a workout with the track team at Alcovy High School. Before ...

January 31, 2016 | Shakeem Holloway | LOCAL


Delta Sigma Theta hosts its annual Cotillion

Debutantes in white gowns. Beaus in top hats and tails. Young men and women make their come out, a mark of passage into adulthood.

January 31, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Council discusses issues facing city at retreat

At the end of the all-day retreat, Covington Mayor Ronnie Johnston said it had been one of the most productive retreats he'd experienced since ...

January 30, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Jury selection begins Monday on 2012 murder case

Jury selection is expected to begin Monday for the trial of Brawny Jarvis McCollough charged with two counts of malice murder and two counts of ...

January 30, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Newton’s unemployment rate down from a year ago

Newton County's unemployment rate was down significantly in December, 2015 from December, 2014.

January 29, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


NHS's Hezekiah Rodgers chosen top alto sax player in the state

Newton High School's Hezekiah Rodgers is in prestigious company.

January 29, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Hwy. 278 CID to host event on Feb. 4

The Hwy. 278 Community Improvement District (CID) is getting closer to becoming a reality.

January 28, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Goodman given lifetime service award

A crowd gathered in the Covington City Hall meeting room Thursday to celebrate Janet Goodman's 36 years as a councilwoman with a slight surprise ...

January 27, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Local manufacturer, NyloBoard, stops production

The manufacturing plant of NyloBoard, LLC, located at 14187 Industrial Park Blvd NE in Covington has ceased production and the company was put up for ...

January 27, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Juvenile arrested for stealing TVs

Covington police arrested a juvenile for burglary, possession of marijuana and possession of a weapon during a crime after witnesses saw someone believed to be ...

January 27, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Chief ADA Melanie Bell to run for Probate Judge

Melanie McCorey Bell declared her candidacy for Newton County Probate Judge Tuesday.

January 27, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Almond Turner seeks reelection

Throughout his 16 years as a member of the Newton County School Board, Almond Turner feels he has done a lot for the students of ...

January 26, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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Newton County Reads receives state award

Newton County Reads, Executive Director Paryn Wallace recently received an award during the Certified Literate Community Program (CLCP) Conference at Amicalola Falls, Ga. Gov. Nathan Deal and First Lady Mary Deal were guest speakers during the event.

April 10, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Boyfriend chokes girlfriend, rips out weave

A Newton County deputy arrested a man for simple battery after he tried to choke his girlfriend and threw her to the ground.

The girlfriend was upstairs with her eight-month-old daughter texting when the boyfriend entered the room. The boyfriend told the talking baby to shut up and the girlfriend told the boyfriend not to talk to her daughter that way. The girlfriend then went to pick the baby up and the boyfriend grabbed her wrist instructing her not to.

April 10, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Woman woken by intruder looking for attic

A woman was woken up in the wee hours of the morning to someone trying to get into the front door of her home on Conyers Street.

She then heard noises in the house and a male with a Southern voice opened her bedroom door.

April 10, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Goetz: Painting the town

This Thursday, April 12, from 6 to 8 p.m., the city of Covington will be challenged to explore their artistic side during Southern Heartland Arts' first Spring Community Paint Out & Party at the Gallery.

Last year, for Spring Fling, Southern Heartland Arts put on a fashion show that had a satisfying turn-out of 200-300 people, but this year they opted to do something different. Wendy Harrington came up with the idea of the Paint Out.

April 10, 2012 | Nicole Goetz | LOCAL


BBQ fundraiser for stroke victim this Saturday

On Saturday, April 14, The Church at Covington will host a fundraiser for Jason Joyner. Family and friends have put together BBQ plates that consist of pulled-pork BBQ, buns, stew, slaw, chips and a cookie.

Tickets are being pre-sold for $10 and can be purchased by calling Sheri Joyner at (678) 270-0905. Extra plates will be sold at the event after all pre-ordered plates have been filled.

April 10, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Black Easter commemorated

Local black officials held the seventh annual commemoration of Black Easter Sunday on the square.

Elected officials and other community leaders spoke about events past and present as all remembered the civil rights march of 1970 in Covington.

April 10, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Mansfield resident to perform at Young Harris College

Young Harris College student Sam Wolaver, a junior music education major from Mansfield, will perform at the Young Harris College Jazz Band concert on Monday, April 16. The concert will begin at 7 p.m. in Glenn Auditorium of the Clegg Fine Arts Building on the Young Harris College campus. Wolaver is a graduate of Eastside High School.

The Young Harris College Jazz Band will perform a variety of music covering all styles of the jazz genre. Directed by Adjunct Instructor of Music Mike Campbell, D.A., the ensemble guarantees an evening of entertaining instrumental music featuring several student solos.

April 10, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Operation Sandbox looking for volunteers

Operation Sandbox, the local charity organization which sends care packages to American troops overseas, is accepting applications for volunteers.

Each week, volunteers will be expected to meet every Wednesday to prepare the care packages to send overseas.

April 10, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Resurfacing to begin again Tues. on I-20

Pittman Construction expects to restart resurfacing work Tuesday on Interstate 20 between mile marker 102 and 105 in Morgan County, while weekend work in Newton County between mile marker 98 and 93.6 will run from 9 a.m. April 20 through 6 a.m. April 23.

April 09, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Churches hold Easter egg hunts

More than 10,000 plastic Easter eggs fell from the sky over the South Walton Recreation Complex in Social Circle Saturday.

April 08, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Humane Society to host Pet Fest

The Humane Society of Morgan County (HSMC) is excited to host its first "Paw Wash and Pet Fest" event on Saturday, May 19, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Heritage Park in Madison. All pet owners and their animal companions are invited to enjoy a fun time with animal washing stations and numerous vendors on site. This is a family-oriented event and children are encouraged to attend.

April 08, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


BOC reaches alcohol distance consensus

The Newton County Board of Commissioners finally reached a consensus last weekend regarding minimum distances between alcohol-selling establishments and churches, libraries and schools, clearing one of the last major hurdles before a public vote on alcohol by the drink.

April 08, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Local pastor travels to Ghana, Thailand

While Ronny Brannen is known mostly in Covington as the pastor of the Prospect Church UMC, he is Uncle Ronny to more than 100 young girls in both Thailand and Ghana. To one Thai girl in particular, he is lovingly known as father.

April 07, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


BOC takes first look at FY2013 budget

County commissioners got their first look at a proposed $44.89 million budget for fiscal year 2013, which calls a $649,880 increase but would not require a millage rate increase.

April 07, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Daycare employee arrested for DUI

A 22-year-old daycare employee was arrested early Saturday morning and charged with DUI after deputies found she'd crashed into a ditch on Salem Road near Smith Store.

When deputies from the Newton County Sheriff's Office arrived they reportedly saw Allysa Marie Johnson outside of her vehicle attempted to push it out of a ditch. When they asked Johnson what happened, she told them she was heading home and had misjudged where her turn was and ended up in the ditch.

April 07, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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