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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


County refutes Sawyer’s SPLOST claims

In David Sawyer's accounting analysis of Newton County's Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) and Impact Fees funds, he reported that at ...

December 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Look at Nelson Heights may spur change in county practices

While David Sawyer's reporting on the Bear Creek Reservoir project, SPLOST and Impact Fees and the county's landfill was released Monday, in May ...

December 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Former commissioners speak out against water sale

The Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority (NCWSA) will present the team it has selected to perform due diligence to the Newton County Board of ...

December 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Christmas marches through Covington

One-hundred floats, including the first-place prize winning Misfits Welcome float by Eastridge Church, participated in Saturday's parade through downtown Covington.

December 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Judge Baker honored prior to his retirement

Judge Henry Baker, Newton County's Probate Court Judge for the last 40 years was celebrated by dozens of Newton County and regional dignitaries for ...

December 02, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Newton County Theme School raises blue ribbon flag

The Newton County Theme School (NCTS) at Fiquett was recently named a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education - a distinction ...

December 02, 2016 | Duane M. Ford | LOCAL


The Pride of Eastside performs in Hollywood Christmas Parade

The Pride of Eastside Marching Band joined the likes of Larry King, Olivia Newton-John and Bill Engvall this past weekend, during the 85th Annual Hollywood ...

December 02, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County Fire graduates four recruits

The 2016 Newton County Fire Recruiting class celebrated the graduation of four recruits Nov. 29.

December 01, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


Forensic Audit: Actions ‘caused financial harm and damage to the taxpayers of Newton County’

Editor's Note: This is an overview of the Forensic Audit report released by Newton County Monday. More stories on this matter will follow at ...

December 01, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Meet and greet with Chair-elect Banes set for Thursday, Dec. 8

Newton County residents will have a chance to meet their next Chair of the Board of Commissioners Thursday, Dec. 8.

December 01, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Judge Wynne to hear Georgia Supreme Court case

Superior Court Judge W. Kendall Wynne, Jr.of the Alcovy Judicial Circuit has been designated to serve in place of Justice Carol Hunstein in the ...

December 01, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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What to do with the kids this summer

Now that students' are out for summer vacation, the question becomes how to keep them occupied for the next couple of months without breaking the bank. Thankfully Newton County has plenty to not only keep the kids occupied, but also enjoy time together as well.

May 24, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Local mom supports "Duets" contestant

With eight No. 1 singles and several Grammys, American Country Music and Country Music Awards under her belt, it is obvious to mostly everyone that Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles is the person to beat on the new ABC show Duets which premiered last night at 8/7c.

May 24, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Children eat small packets of detergent

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Poison Center is warning parents to be on guard after young children have eaten laundry detergent "pods."

May 24, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County's jobless rate drops

Newton County's unemployment rate dropped slightly from to 9.9 percent in April compared to 10.2 percent in March and 10.9 percent in April 2011.

May 24, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County budget won’t need tax hike

Four county commissioners informally agreed at Monday night's work session to support a $44.89 million budget that will restore five paid working days to employees, but will not give the chamber of commerce any additional funding for economic development.

Commissioners Mort Ewing, Tim Fleming, Nancy Schulz and Lanier Sims said Monday they were comfortable with the proposed budget as created by County Manager John Middleton, Finance Director Michelle Kelly and staff. Commissioner J.C. Henderson did not attend the budget work session.

May 22, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Cousins had lockdown due to suicide threat

Cousins Middle School was on lockdown Monday for several hours, after calls came in to 911 about a man threatening suicide in the woods behind the school.

According to Newton County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Cortney Morrison, the man called 911 around 2:30 p.m. He gave a name but officials were - and are - unsure if it was a nickname. He also called from an untraceable cell phone. Morrison said he called several times, reiterating that he planned to kill himself.

May 22, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


The News wins 17 AP contest awards

The Covington News won 17 awards in this year's 2011 Georgia Associated Press contest, nabbing the second most awards among papers in its class size behind only sister paper The Statesboro Herald.

May 22, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Qualifying for political offices Wed-Fri

After a slow start to the political season, candidate's announcements have come fast and furious the past couple of weeks and official qualifying will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday and from 9 a.m. to noon Friday.

May 22, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


City approves water rate increase

The Covington city council voted 4-2 to increase the water rate by 30 cents for every 1,000 gallons used over the 3,000 minimum, with councilman Chris Smith and councilwoman Hawnethia Williams opposing.

The increase is based on usage and comes as a result of the county raising the wholesale price of water.

May 22, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Children hurt in bus accident back home

All 56 children from Burke County Middle School, who were injured in the chain collision involving six school buses on Saturday, are back home in Waynesboro.

May 22, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Trespasser cuts off tops of flowers

When Covington police arrived at the scene of a trespassing call, Kelly Smith told the officer that an unknown person had cut the tops out of several of her petunias.

The petunias were planted under her bedroom window. The damage was valued at approximate $10. Smith requested an extra patrol in the area.

May 22, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Man walks home after striking school bus

Newton County deputies arrived at the Riverside Mobile Home Park in reference to a motor vehicle accident involving a school bus. The school bus driver, told the deputies that a white station wagon had backed into the passenger side of the bus while children were getting off of the bus near the front of the park.

May 22, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County Sentencing, May 23

Bobby R. Dennis, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, 30 years probation, 15 confinement, $2,500. Possession with intent to distribute marijuana, 10 years probation concurrent, $1,500. Sale of marijuana, 10 years probation consecutive, $1,500. 80 hours community service.

May 22, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Regional banks collect more than six tons of peanut butter and jelly to benefit locals

Bank of North Georgia and Bank of Coweta, divisions of Synovus Bank, collected 8,782 jars of peanut butter, 12,227 pounds worth, enough to make 97,818 sandwiches.

The fifth annual "Spread the Love" peanut butter and jelly food drive will benefit 37 food pantries in the banks' local communities.

May 22, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Apollo Staffing hosts fundraiser to benefit Wounded Warrior Project

Local staffing company Apollo Staffing is beginning a company-wide fundraiser to assist the Wounded Warrior Project.

Beginning on Memorial Day and continuing for 30 days, Apollo will be donating $1 to the Wounded Warrior Project for every new like their "Facebook" site receives, and selling T-shirts for $10 a piece, with all proceeds going to the Wounded Warriors Project.

May 22, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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