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Students tbe introduced to new testing system

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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A home for the holidays

Newton County man got an early holiday present this year, thanks to members of the Newton County Homebuilders Association, who brought his home up to code Dec. 15. Because of the work, the home passed inspection Dec. 16.

December 29, 2008 | Tisa Smart Washington | LOCAL


Police arrest woman for fraud, forgery

 Officers with the Covington Police Department arrested Lisa Eileen Jackson Dec. 17 after authorities discovered a warrant for her arrest from Fulton County for fraud and several pieces of fraudulent identifications and checks were found in her vehicle. Jackson faces nine counts of second-degree forgery in Newton County.

December 29, 2008 | Tisa Smart Washington | LOCAL


Court adjourned

 For Judge Billy Waters, leaving his position as Newton County Juvenile Court Judge isn't so much of a retirement as a changing of office.

December 29, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Kmart shoplifter fakes a seizure inside store

Officers with the Covington Police Department arrested Wendy Brock Dec. 15 for shoplifting at the Kmart on Turner Lake Road. Brock faked a seizure to avoid arrest.

December 29, 2008 | Tisa Smart Washington | LOCAL


Fatal truck crash victim identified

The victim of a fatal single-vehicle wreck on Butler Bridge Road yesterday morning has been identified as Covington resident Millford Hefton.

December 28, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Mansfield Elementary custodian arrested

A custodian at Mansfield Elementary School was arrested last week after Georgia Bureau of Investigations agents found child pornography on a computer at his residence.

Brian Evan Morgan, 49, of Covington was charged with two counts of sexual exploitation of children, both felonies, after GBI investigators, with the assistance of Newton County Sheriff's Office deputies, served a Dec. 11 search warrant at his residence, said GBI spokesperson John Bankhead.

December 28, 2008 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Helping the helpers

Sue Alloway never knew what a "well spouse" was until she became one.

December 27, 2008 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


A new beginning

Nestled in downtown historic Social Circle is beautiful Magnolia Hall, which was built in 1912.With its tall white columns and arching, brick driveway, you can stand in front on the wide veranda, close your eyes, and picture a Southern plantation with horse-drawn carriages bringing guests for afternoon tea. Enter the front door, and you are enveloped with a sense of Southern hospitality as you roam through the drawing room or gaze at the grand piano in the music room.

December 27, 2008 | Sue W. Lee | LOCAL


2 Newton crashes involve children

More than 2,018 accidents, 555 injuries and 17 fatalities occurred on Georgia streets and highways during the holiday period which began 6 p.m. Wed. Dec. 24 and ended noon yesterday. The accidents included two in Newton County involving 7-year-olds.

December 27, 2008 | Tisa Smart Washington | LOCAL


County to revisit daycare ordinance

The Newton County Board of Commissioners may be revising an ordinance that bans any new daycares in residential districts after outgoing District 3 Commissioner Ester Fleming requested the board revisit the matter.

December 27, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Clearing a path

The envisioned system of interlocking pedestrian and cyclist trails connecting Oxford, Covington and Porterdale has made significant progress in 2008.

December 27, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Drive-through sleeper charged with DUI

Deputies with the Newton County Sheriff's Office arrested and charged a Covington man Dec. 20 for DUI after he was found asleep at the wheel in the drive-through at the McDonald's on Salem Road.

December 27, 2008 | Tisa Smart Washington | LOCAL


Peoples Bank Lithonia Branch bought by Citizens Trust Bank

The Citizens Trust bank recently purchased the Lithonia branch of Peoples Bank, which also has branches in Covington and Conyers.

December 27, 2008 | Staff Report | LOCAL


At the service of the county

A reception was held Monday at the Newton County Historic Courthouse for outgoing Newton County commissioners Monty Laster and Ester Fleming as well as Chairman Aaron Varner.

District 1 Commissioner Mort Ewing spoke to the assembled crowd, thanking all the county employees for the assistance and advice they give the commission. He said that the BOC relies on consultants and experts in a number of areas to help them make important decisions, but said that God is who the board members look to most often.

December 27, 2008 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Residents can apply for home heating assistance

Newton County residents who meet certain financial thresholds are invited to apply for assistance in paying their heating bills this winter through the federal government's Low Income Home Energy Assistance program.

To find out if you qualify for this year's one-time payment, residents should call either (770) 875-2642 or (770) 875-6385 to schedule an interview. An office has been set up to conduct applicant interviews by the nonprofit Action Inc. which will be dispensing the funds received from the Georgia Department of Human Resources, at the Conyers Street Gym located at 1146 Conyers Street across from the Covington ...

December 27, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


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