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Georgia DOT restricts lane closures for Christmas, New Year’s weekends

The stresses of the holiday season are upon us and Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) aims to ease traffic congestion and driving anxieties with suspension ...

December 20, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Trash collection centers to be closed Dec. 24-28

The hours of the Newton County Trash Collection Convenience Centers will be altered during the Christmas weekend.

December 19, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Harassment, threats result in warrants

A warrant has been issued for a Covington man after reports of harassments and threats against a local police officer.

December 19, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


Rotary Club fills Empty Stockings

The Rotary Club of Covington delivered presents to around 500 Newton County children Saturday as part of its annual Empty Stocking event.

December 17, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Local judges take oath

Each of the Newton County's Superior Court judges took their oath of office Friday morning at the Newton County Judicial Center from the Honorable ...

December 16, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


NCSO now outfitted with body cams

In September 2015, the Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) was one of only three agencies in Georgia to receive a Department of Justice body ...

December 16, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSS Book Bus ready to hit the road

The Newton County School System (NCSS) Book Bus has been restocked and will hit the road Saturday, December 17 to deliver free books for children ...

December 14, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


City of Porterdale to take over fire department building

The City of Porterdale will take control of the Porterdale Fire Department building after a long period of inactivity.

December 12, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


Library, janitorial contract funding approved

The Newton County Library was granted $27,000 by the Board of Commissioners (BOC) Tuesday night after library officials said the system could lose its ...

December 12, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Suspects in 2015 Silos shooting to face joint trial

Two of the three suspects in the shooting death of a 26-year-old Newton man in the Silos of Ellington neighborhood last year will be tried ...

December 12, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


Solange Lord performs in Brenau University's 'Concerts Connecting Cultures...Christmas Around the Wo

Solange Lord, from Covington, performed in the Brenau University Vocal Chamber Ensemble and Spectrum Singers concert of "Concerts Connecting Cultures...Christmas Around the World" Nov ...

December 12, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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


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Dimsdale runs for BOC office

The last person to announce for the crowded District 5 Newton County Board of Commissioners race is also the only one to previously serve on the board, as Republican Ronnie Dimsdale was District 2 commissioner for eight years.

May 29, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log- May 30

Christopher Shane Haney, 42, 140 River Mist Drive, Covington, May 17. Improper lane usage, DUI.

May 29, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Crime Briefs: Lost driver arrested

When Covington Police arrived at the scene of a DUI call, the officer observed a blue Pontiac blocking traffic at the intersection of Hwy. 278 and Hwy. 142.

May 29, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Chamber recruiter to build on success

Roger Harrison, the chamber's leading economic development recruiter, has been in the business for several years but just recently graduated from a specialized, three-year program at the University of Oklahoma in the hopes of becoming an even more effective recruiter.

May 29, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


A day of remembrance

Approximately 300 people gathered in the Covington square to honor those from the county who died in past wars and thank those who either are serving or have served in the military.

May 29, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Retired general talks new U.S. focus

While the country remembers its veterans this weekend, retired Lt. Gen. John M. Brown III spent Tuesday focusing on what lies ahead for the U.S. Military, specifically a more increased focus on the Asia-Pacific region.

May 26, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Ruling the roost: chickens in the city

The backyard has traditionally been the stomping ground for beloved canines, but a new trend has chickens ruling the backyard roost.

May 26, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Meet the Browns

Adrian and Elaine Brown and their three youngest children were one of the first families that entered the Newton/Rockdale (NewRock) network of the nationwide Family Promise program, which involves a network of 13 churches in Newton and Rockdale counties taking turns to house families in need a week at a time.

May 26, 2012 | Nhi Ho | LOCAL


Crime Briefs: Sister arrested for threatening sibling with knife

When Covington police responded to call about an assault, Shantrianna Thomas told the officer that she and her sister got into an argument over Shantrianna's cell phone.

May 26, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


AHS holds commencement

Alcovy High School's graduating seniors took to the field Saturday morning to receive their well-earned diplomas.

May 26, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Remembering Service: Local vet retires

For Tommy Clack, life is no accident. Life is a daily choice and a daily gift.

May 26, 2012 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Social Circle seniors graduate

Graduates from the Social Circle High School's class of 2012 had their commencement ceremonies at the school's football field Friday night.

May 26, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


EHS Class of 2012

The Eastside High School Class of 2012 were the first of Newton County's high schools to graduate. Ceremonies took place at 7 p.m. Friday at Homer Sharp Stadium.

May 26, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


See the full list of local candidates

Newton County had 26 candidates qualify for local county and school board offices, with a few seats seeing significant competition, while other longtime officials have been assured another term.

May 26, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


GPC interim president releases plan

Interim president Rob Watts released a letter to the faculty and staff of Georgia Perimeter College today, outlining his plan to get the college back on track after it was announced President Anthony Tricoli was stepping down and the college was facing a $16 million budget deficit.

May 25, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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