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BOE approves budget, improvements to Eastside's field

With a new fiscal year beginning next week for the Newton County school district, the Newton County Board of Education (BOE) approved several different contracts for the upcoming school year.

June 24, 2015 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


Woman shot by boyfriend

A 31-year-old woman was shot in the leg by her boyfriend Monday, prompting an investigation by the Newton County Sheriff's Office, according to Deputy Felicia Jefferson.

June 24, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Thunderstorm watch in effect

Caution is urged this evening after the National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Newton, Rockdale and surrounding counties through 10 p.m. Wednesday.

June 24, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Grace Christian Academy celebrates academic, artistic achievements

Newton County's Grace Christian Academy's academic quiz bowl team became international champions for the third time in four years recently at the Accelerated Christian Education International Student Convention in Las Cruses, New Mexico.

June 24, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO deputies arrest Fla. fugitive

COVINGTON- An attempted murder suspect in a case out of Escambia County in Florida was arrested by deputies last week, the Newton County Sheriff's Office announced Thursday.

June 24, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local Prayer Vigil for Charleston

COVINGTON- The public is invited to attend a prayer vigil for the victims of the mass shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, Wednesday, June 24, at the St. Paul AME Church, 13108 Brown Bridge Road, Covington.

June 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Cavanaugh retires from The News

T. Pat Cavanaugh, publisher of The Covington News, The Rockdale News, and their respective digital products, has announced his retirement from The News Company.

June 21, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Eastside students travel to Galapagos

Although school is out for the summer, Newton County students are still busy learning. Such a group recently had the ultimate in science and ecological learning experience, heading to Ecuador and the Galapagos islands.

June 21, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local teachers participate in institute for environmental education

The 2015 Oxford Institute for Environmental Education (OIEE) recently concluded at Oxhouse Science Center, science field station of Oxford College. Teachers from across Georgia wrapped up an intensive week of professional development. Founded in 1992, OIEE provides an opportunity for teachers in grades K-12 to collaborate with college biology faculty, gaining new science teaching methods and investigative techniques.

June 21, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Gardening for and as a community

Nothing tastes like a still-warm from the sun, freshly picked beefsteak tomato. It's juicy, red and taste like, well, a tomato.

June 21, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Shifty Business

The stories seem to follow a pattern.

June 21, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Covington celebrates Juneteenth

Tommy Gregory Sr. told the crowd gathered at Nelson Heights Community Center that summer was the season to celebrate two of America's independence days.

June 20, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Jimmy Johns to open in Covington by end of summer

As a child, he waited tables in his mother's restaurant. Since then, John Nissan, 25, has worked every station in food service, most recently as a server at Cheddar's Casual Café in Columbus; Locos Grill and Pub in Athens; and Buffalo Wild Wings in Kennesaw.

June 20, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Community to celebrate Juneteenth

COVINGTON- Today marks the Juneteenth celebration for many members of the Newton County Community.

June 19, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Porterdale mom wins $1M Powerball prize

A Porterdale mother of four erupted with excitement, having picked up a winning Powerball ticket worth $1 million. Kimberly Little, 43, matched the first five winning numbers of the June 13 Powerball drawing, winning a $1 million prize.

June 19, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Stop signs coming down at old rail crossings

Those pesky stop signs at railroad crossings in Covington where the train no longer runs should be taken down within the next month or so.

January 05, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


United buys McIntosh bank building

United Bank has purchased the 16,684-square foot McIntosh Commercial Bank building on U.S. Highway 278 for $2.25 million.

January 04, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Deputies search for bandits

Police are searching for bandits who robbed a Shell station on Brown Bridge Road on New Year's Day.

January 04, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


County didn’t refund Bridgestone taxes

Bridgestone Golf will not receive an $83,000 tax refund from Newton County for taxes it overpaid in 2006 and 2007, after the Board of Commissioners let the matter lapse.

January 04, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Ozburn honored

Newton County Superior Court Judge Samuel Ozburn has been named recipient of the prestigious Justice Robert Benham Award for Community Service by the Georgia Bar Association.

January 04, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Oxford may hire city manager

The Oxford City Council voted Monday to consider changing the city's form of government to one led by a full-time city manager.

January 04, 2011 | Tharon Giddens | LOCAL


Rams win Wingslinger Holiday Bash

Newton's boys finished returned home with a tournament championship thanks to a 54-50 win over Cedar Shoals in the final of the inaugural Wingslinger Holiday Bash at East Jackson Thursday.

January 03, 2011 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL


Wreck snaps Salem Road power pole

Power is out along portions of Salem Road today after a green Volvo sedan crashed into a power pole and snapped the top from the pole about 2 p.m. today near Golfview Drive.

January 03, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Linda Hayden to retire

Newton County schools have announced that Linda Hayden, associate superintendent for curriculum, instruction and assessment, will retire, effective June 30.

January 03, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Deputy arrested for simple battery

A Newton County Sheriff's Office deputy was arrested New Year's Eve and charged with simple battery under the Family Violence Act.

January 03, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


What's next in 2011

Welcome to 2011.

January 01, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Prayer breakfast to be held Friday

Tickets remain for the Newton County Legislature Prayer Breakfast, which will be held at 7 a.m. Friday at the Turner Lake Recreation Complex in Covington.

December 31, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Eagle Scout demystifies wetlands pier

Nic Walter has unraveled the mysteries surrounding the pier next to Covington City Hall, and he's sharing that knowledge with others.

December 31, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Man arrested for child molestation

A 50-year-old Newton County man has been charged with child molestation, just six months after his arrest for family violence.

December 31, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Tourism spending down

Like the rest of the economy, tourism was down in Newton County in 2009, but visitors still spent an estimated $72.75 million with local merchants.

December 31, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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