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Snapping Shoals awards $15,000 in grants

Teachers in Newton County were awarded approximately $15,000 in grants from Snapping Shoals EMC through the co-ops Bright Ideas program.

October 15, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSS celebrates School Lunch Week

In recognition of National School Lunch Week, children at the Newton County Theme School at Ficquett saw a surprise guest serving them their chicken nuggets Wednesday.

October 15, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCCA initiates new computer program

The Newton College and Career Academy is initiating a new program that will help low-income middle-school students get access to a desktop computer.

October 15, 2014 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


Hwy 138 underpass project advances

Rockdale County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the hiring of a contractor for the Old Covington Highway widening project at its Tuesday voting session.

October 15, 2014 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


Tornado watch lifted

The tornado watch for areas including Rockdale and Newton has been lifted. It is still in place for east central counties, such as Baldwin, Putnam, Taliaferro and more until 10 p.m., according to the National Weather Service in Peachtree City.

October 14, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Cocaine, fight, Taser lead to arrest

The Porterdale Police Department made an arrest early Oct. 7 that would be a natural fit in any criminal drama in the movie theaters or on television.

October 14, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Author Carolyn Curry to speak at library

Author Carolyn Newton Curry will be speaking during the Friends of the Library meeting at the Covington branch of the Newton County Library at 7 p.m. tonight.

October 14, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Social Circle fair October 21

Fun for a good cause is coming to Social Circle Oct. 21-25.

October 14, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


GPC wins 3 USG Chancellor's awards

Georgia Perimeter College captured gold, silver and bronze awards during the Chancellor's Annual Service Excellence Awards Friday, Oct. 10. The annual awards, conducted at Kennesaw State University this year, recognized University System of Georgia employees for demonstrating consistently high levels of performance while accomplishing normal job responsibilities as it relates to service for the past year.

October 14, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Rivers Alive 2014 helped clean, educate

More than 40 kayakers, and more volunteers on foot, showed up to help clean up the Yellow River during the annual Rivers Alive cleanup event Saturday.

October 13, 2014 | | LOCAL


Oxford to require sewer connection

The clock is ticking for 18 Oxford homeowners who haven't adhered to a city ordinance requiring residents within 100 feet of the city's sanitary sewer system to connect.

October 11, 2014 | Randy Schafer | LOCAL


Intersection solution selected

It's been called the "worst intersection in the county," or the "Burger King intersection."

October 11, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


It's time for the 2014 Elections

Early or Advance Voting

October 11, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NMC prepared for Ebola

Newton Medical Center is prepared for the arrival of a suspect or confirmed case of Ebola following recommendations set forth by the Center of Disease Control & Prevention.

October 11, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


State Rep. District 112 candidates

Dave Belton

October 11, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Three arrested in two burglaries

Three men were arrested in two different burglaries earlier this week, according to Newton County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer, Deputy Cortney Morrison.

July 11, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Crowe requests another trial

Christina Renee Crowe was before Newton County Superior Court Judge Horace J. Johnson, Jr., Thursday afternoon, requesting a new trial after being found guilty in the death of 7-year-old Bobby Joe Couch in December.

July 11, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


County misses DCA deadline; won’t get new state money

For the second time in 2010, Newton County has missed a deadline to turn in required planning documents to the state and will be ineligible to receive some new state funding during July and most of August.

July 11, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Railroad purchase debate still rages

Newborn Mayor Roger Sheridan continues to spearhead efforts to acquire the local Norfolk Southern rail line, and is in the process of forming a partnership with the Newton County Trail Path Foundation to facilitate an acquisition.

July 11, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Straight shootin’

The inaugural Eagles Droppin' Arrows 3-D Archery Fun Shoot, hosted by the Eastside High School FFA, was held Saturday morning at the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division Saturday morning. Archers fired at 3-D targets of mountain goats and deer, and some rogue shots ended up in trees. The event raised funds for the Eastside High School FFA to use to travel to the Indianapolis FFA convention in October.

July 11, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Chamber releases new mission statement

New President Hunter Hall is in the process of reorganizing of the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce and is hoping to return it to its roots - providing services for its membership.

July 11, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


The Positive Place

Bethlehem Baptist Church is currently holding its annual Summer Feeding Youth and Enrichment Ministry program. From June 21 to July 16, the program will be providing children ages 4 to 12 a wealth of fun activities while instilling educational and social skills.

July 11, 2010 | Sabastian Wee news@covnews.com | LOCAL


Newton County misses state planning deadline

For the second time in 2010, Newton County has missed a deadline to turn in required planning documents to the state and will be ineligible to receive some new state funding during July and most of August.

Newton County was late turning in its Capital Improvement Elements plan to the Georgia Department of Community Affairs; the plan spells out which projects the county will build with its collected impact fees, when they will be built and how much they will cost.

July 10, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


BOC officially approves millage rollback rate

On Tuesday, the Newton County Board of Commissioners officially approved a 10.91 millage rate for FY2011, three weeks after approving the $46.3 million budget that depended on increased property revenues from that rollup millage rate.

July 09, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Race for statewide utility regulatory commission under radar

Although the Georgia Public Service Commission gets little fanfare, the outcome of the 2010 race for one of its open seats could affect local residents more than any other statewide race.
The PSC regulates services provided by telecommunications, electric and natural gas companies, as well as the rates they charge to customers. The PSC does not regulate city-owned services, like the utilities sold by the city of Covington. It does regulate companies like Atmos Energy, Atlanta Gas Light and Georgia Power.
One seat on the five-member board is up for election in 2010. Democrat Keith Moffett and four republicans, Sen ...

July 09, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Jam-packed: jail overcrowding worsened by guard lay offs

The Newton County Jail was built to hold 650 inmates, but with budget cuts and an increase in crime in the county, there are several inmates sleeping on cots on the floor. And according to Detention Administrator Captain Sammy Banks, the detention center is scheduled to take a hit with significant cuts to its staff this week.

July 09, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newborn to host bad weather preparedness presentation

The Newborn Neighborhood Watch Program launched three meetings in the month of June with more than 30 citizens participating. The Block Captains worked very hard to meet, speak and hand out information to as many citizens within Newborn as possible.

Information presented by Deputy Doug Clifton gave citizens a guide to knowing how to help resolve some of the issues presented. With the focus of the organization being on "Citizens Doing Their Part," the overall feeling was that we felt that we have an organized method to voice our concerns to the mayor and with the mayor and council's ...

July 08, 2010 | Suzanne Bean Coordinator, Newborn Neighborhood Watch | LOCAL


Man dies in work release

A 21-year-old man was found dead in the Newton County work release facility Saturday morning.

July 08, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


BOC clarifies senior services; could be restructured

The BOC held a senior services work session Tuesday night, and once again decided that the current structure of the organization's board of directors was not working. Two key shortcomings cited by officials were a lack of participation and the inability or unwillingness to do fundraising.

After a year of discussion about a dysfunctional board of directors structure at senior services, the BOC approved a memorandum of agreement Tuesday night with the non-profit Newton County Senior Services, which operates the county's senior center. However, as part of the MOA, the BOC and NCSS board will work together during ...

July 07, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


BOC officially approves 10.91 rollup rate

On Tuesday, the Newton County Board of Commissioners officially approved a 10.91 millage rate for FY2011, three weeks after approving the $46.3 million budget that depended on increased property revenues from that rollup millage rate.

The millage rate approval had to be delayed in order to give the county time to properly advertise the revised 10.91 rate as required by law; previously the 9.73 rate had been the only rate publicly advertised.

July 07, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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