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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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Young leaders

NAACP Youth member wins award at convention

November 19, 2008 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Poppy Day proclamation

Where poppies grow: Barbara Hunt (left), Poppy Chairman for American Legion Auxiliary Unit #32, and Debra Hamby (right), President of Unit 32, look on as Covington Mayor Kim Carter signs a proclamation designating Saturday, Nov. 8 as Poppy Day. In anticipation of the upcoming Veterans Day on Nov. 11, the American Legion Auxiliary were at various locations in Covington on Nov. 8 to request donations and ask residents to wear the familiar red, handcrafted poppies honoring America's war casualties.

In 1921, the American Legion Auxiliary adopted the poppy as the organization's memorial flower and pledged its use to ...

November 19, 2008 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Smart progress key to saving rural land

If Newton County is to preserve its large swaths of rural land while at the same time continuing its economic development, one possible solution is to encourage the opening of more agritourism businesses. Another solution is to foster more small farms with a focus on growing produce for local consumption.

November 19, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Soldier, citizen, sniper

Like all of America's service men and women, Covington resident Matt Cooper possesses a proud yet tough attitude when it comes to defending our country.

November 19, 2008 | Carrie Huenke | LOCAL


Local ministries out of funds

The News recently ran a story about local ministries being out of funding to provide those in need with shelter, food and utility bill assistance. Several businesses and community organizations have started collecting donations and canned goods for these ministries.

To make a donation send a check to the following local ministries.

November 18, 2008 | Staff Report | LOCAL


The ties that bind

 The day after Barack Obama's historical presidential win and the close of what has been one of the most divisive and tense political seasons in decades, Newton County residents came together to pray for unity and healing for the nation in the days ahead.

November 17, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Sheriff-elect Brown to attend training school

Sheriff-Elect Lt. Ezell Brown will have little time to rest after the election, heading straight back to school Monday morning in order to learn the ins and outs of becoming Newton County's next sheriff.

November 17, 2008 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Green Getaway around corner

 The King of rock 'n' roll will be in the house for the third annual Green Getaway, beginning at 6 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center. The night includes a dinner, a traditional auction, silent auction and musical entertainment.

November 17, 2008 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Man caught twice in same night

A man advised by a deputy not to drive his vehicle due to a suspended license was arrested later that evening after the same deputy found him driving again.

November 17, 2008 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Casino Royale night fundraiser this weekend

The Washington Street Community Center is holding Casino Night this weekend. The fourth annual event is the center's major fundraiser.

November 17, 2008 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


KCNB awarded 2 state grants for plants, puppets

The Newton County Board of Commissioners approved the awarding of two state grants to Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful with a total amount of $64,000 at their Tuesday meeting.

November 17, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


A day of unity

The day after the country elected its first black president in what has been the nation's longest and most eventful election, residents of Newton County and Rockdale County gathered in the Covington square for an afternoon prayer circle. Led by Rev. Eric Lee of Springfield Baptist Church, the gathered – Republicans and Democrats, black and white – prayed for unity and healing from the recent years of a national divisiveness. They prayed for their counties' elected officials, civil servants, educators, first responders and fighting men and women abroad.

November 16, 2008 | Staff Report | LOCAL


The votes are in...24 of 24 Newton precincts reporting

PARTISAN ELECTIONS

November 15, 2008 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mother robbed at gunpoint

A woman was robbed at gunpoint Tuesday evening while waiting to pick her child up from school outside Fairview Elementary.

November 12, 2008 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Alleged cybersex predator arrested

Investigators from the Newton County Sherriff's Office, assisted by Berrien County Sheriff's deputies, arrested a 34-year-old man for Internet sex crimes.

November 12, 2008 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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