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Newton County FFA members attend summer leadership camp

This summer 19 students from Newton High School and Newton County FFA were challenged to grow as leaders to find their "hero within." They were part of more than 2,500 students who attended the FFA-FCCLA Summer Leadership Camp at the Georgia FFA-FCCLA Center in Covington. Summer Leadership camp provides a fun and exciting environment for students to develop their leadership and teamwork skills and to interact with other students from across the state.

July 19, 2014 | Ashley Vilmenay Newton County FFA | LOCAL


View the 2050 public hearing No. 2

Here is a recording of the entirety of the second public hearing on the 2050 Plan Baseline Ordinances and TDRs (in the related content section). The meeting starts at about the 14 minute mark of the video.

July 18, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


County OKs tax increase

The Newton County Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 to adopt a 5 percent tax increase as part of its new annual budget.

July 17, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Hospital asks for more from county

Officials say the combination of Obamacare with an increase in people using the emergency room as their primary doctors is putting Newton Medical Center in trouble.

July 17, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Starbound Dance Studio owner arrested

The former owner of Starbound Dance Studio in Porterdale was arrested on Wednesday by the Newton County Sheriff's Office on 13 counts of theft by conversion.

July 17, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Newton Newsflash: More construction this weekend

If you're out and about this weekend, avoid sections of I-20 in Newton County as construction continues. Lane closures and long delays can be expected in the following areas and times:

July 17, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Social Circle home moving to new location

It took about five years to get funds and to complete the process to move the 186-year-old home, said Mike Owens, owner of Magnolia Manor, the new location of the home. The Historic Preservation Society of Social Circle (HPSSC) had pledged $10,000 for anyone who promised to move and restore the home, which was a significant chunk of the fundraising efforts needed to make the move official. The money was officially presented to Owens Monday by HPSSC President Dena Johnston and Treasurer Charles Thompson. Owens, utility workers and others who are invested in the preservation of the building worked ...

July 17, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


County tightens Salem/Crowell zoning overlay

There will be no pawn shops or check-cashing businesses in the Salem/Almon/Crowell roads overlay district, according to changes adopted Tuesday night by the Newton County Board of Commissioners.

July 17, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Golfing for Laurie

More than six months of fundraising efforts by donors, including Covington residents, will come to a head this Saturday at the Golfing for Laurie golf tournament at Ashton Hills.

July 17, 2014 | Samantha Reardon | LOCAL


Get the beat

Students attending Arts Association in Newton County's Musical Theater Camp rehearse for their final performance of the summer.

July 17, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Crowell, Ga. 81 to get stoplights

County Commission chairman Keith Ellis describes the intersection of Georgia Highway 81 and Crowell Road as the worst in the county. But not for much longer.

July 17, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Riley announces candidacy for Mansfield mayor

Although the full ballot has not yet been revealed for the upcoming special election for Mansfield's mayor, one candidate is known.

July 17, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Hospital asks for more from county

Officials say the combination of Obamacare with an increase in people using the emergency room as their primary doctors is putting Newton Medical Center in trouble.

July 16, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Starbound Dance Studio owner arrested

The former owner of Starbound Dance Studio in Porterdale was arrested on Wednesday by the Newton County Sheriff's Office on 13 counts of theft by conversion.

July 16, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Firearms, stolen diesel and thrown ice cream

The reluctant felon

July 15, 2014 | Samantha Reardon | LOCAL


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Oxford man dies in wreck

The victim of Monday afternoon's fatality wreck has been identified as 39-year-old Terrance Michael Collins of Oxford. He was killed after being thrown from his motorcycle during the accident.

November 09, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Fatality motorcycle accident on Stone Road

A fatality accident involving a motorcycle occurred near the recycling center on Stone Road around 4:30 p.m.

November 08, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Local communities to honor veterans on Thursday

Ceremonies will be held in Covington and Social Circle on Thursday to mark Veterans Day.

November 08, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Heroes by Happenstance

Two Snapping Shoals EMC employees are being honored for their bravery Monday by receiving Life Saving Awards from Georgia EMC. If not for Farron Head and Ken Ellington, two Newton County residents may have lost their lives this year.

November 07, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Baby attacked by raccoons remains critical

A 9-month-old baby remains in critical condition and will have to receive rabies vaccinations after being attacked in her crib by two raccoons early Wednesday morning.

November 07, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Erosion and sediment control plan reviews protect Newton County’s environmental resources

The Upper Ocmulgee River Soil and Water Conservation District strives to protect soil and water resources in Newton and Jasper Counties. While Jasper County remains predominantly rural, Newton County has become more urban in nature. Considering the potential environmental impacts from land disturbing activities to Newton County's streams and stream buffers and possible Federal Clean Water Act violations, a thorough review of the erosion and sediment control plans is important. The Newton County Board of Commissioners contracts with the Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission on behalf of the county and the soil and water conservation district to fund ...

November 07, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


More filming projects looking at county

Two more movie projects are looking at sites in Newton County as the area continues to be a hotbed for filming.

A horror movie is looking to film in Newton County's rural southern portion, an area that recently served as a desolate backdrop for the TV series "The Walking Dead", which is playing currently on AMC.

November 07, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


A quiet day at the library

A novel way to spend a weekend: Saturdays are always nice, relaxing days at the Covington library.

November 07, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Classic hunter

A successful hunt: This spike was killed by Jeannine Marchesseau on Oct. 22 in Newton County. It was taken using a one-piece, self-made bow. The arrow was made of bamboo with a flint tip.

November 07, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Scouts’ service

The pack provides: Cub Scout Pack 163 from Shiloh United Methodist Church donated 2,018 cans to the food bank on Oct. 26. Top row (l-r): David Miller, Melvin Green, Tammy Laan, Greg Bryan, Debbie Kittle, Billy Kittle. Middle row: Christopher Kittle, J.D. Coltharp and Lee Chriswell. Front row: Matthew Hire, Cam Bryan, Jackson Mcintyre, Justin Jenkins and Gavin Mcann.

November 07, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man violates probation when found with gun

A 23-year-old man violated his probation and picked up a new charge late Thursday night after his probation officer reportedly caught him with a gun.

November 06, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


NCSO receives COPS grant

The Newton County Sheriff's Office has received a grant that will allow them to hire two additional deputies and pay their salaries and benefits for three years, according to Sheriff Ezell Brown.

November 06, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Two more film projects consider Newton County

Two more movie projects are looking at sites in Newton County as the area continues to be a hotbed for filming.

November 05, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Roundabout on hold pending lighting installation

Construction is mostly complete on the Turner Lake Road roundabout project, but it will remain closed pending installation of streetlights.

November 05, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Infant remains in critical condition after attack by raccoons

The 9-month-old baby attacked by raccoons in her crib early Wednesday remains in critical condition. Authorities are investigating to see if the parents were keeping the animals as pets.

November 05, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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