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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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A look into the law

The 2014 legislative session ended in March, but there may still be questions among residents about how these new laws passed by Governor Deal will directly affect local cities, governments and residents.

May 03, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


2 things you should never see

Yeah, what is this strange job you hired me to do for the last decade?

May 03, 2014 | Doug Holt | LOCAL


4-H graduates ready to conquer world

My husband said he ought to look up an old teacher from high school - a teacher, who for some reason, seemed to think he should learn certain math skills before graduating.

May 03, 2014 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


The new gun law has passed - now what?

Gov. Nathan Deal signed an expansive gun bill into law two weeks ago, bringing it into the national spotlight and renewing a polarizing debate among proponents, critics and those trying to figure out how it affects them.

May 03, 2014 | Kayla Robins and Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Arrest tough to swallow

A Covington Police officer was patrolling an area near Washington Street when he stopped a silver Jeep Grand Cherokee for speeding around 4:45 p.m. Wednesday.

May 03, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Rotary Club onion sale to benefit stocking fund

The weather has been nice and hopefully April showers have made way for May flowers.

May 03, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


State: Avoid I-20 eastbound this weekend

State transportation officials are warning residents avoid portions of Interstate 20 this weekend if possible, unless they want to face the possibility of very long delays.

May 02, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Festival season has begun

With spring having arrived, a few festival events will allow Newton County residents a chance to enjoy the mild weather this weekend.

May 01, 2014 | Zach Lang | LOCAL


County denies allegations

Newton County formally denied allegations that it illegally breached its contract with former landscaper Billy Durden, who is suing the county and seeking at least $150,000 in damages plus legal costs.

May 01, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Local industry gets television spotlight

Newton County industry NyloBoard's environmentally-friendly building product is garnering some national TV attention.

May 01, 2014 | Zach Lang | LOCAL


Update on power outages

Covington - Covington Utility Director Tim Morris said around 11:30 a.m. that outages continue to pop up around Covington's service area, with two of the more persistant areas being the Alcovy Road and Alcovy Trestle Road area and the Odum Street area.

April 30, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Top 32 students honored

In the 2013-14 school year, ten wasn't enough.

April 30, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Some paper deliveries delayed until 11 am

Some newspaper deliveries have been delayed because of roads blocked by debris.

April 30, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


List of blocked roads

Below is a list of roads blocked by fallen trees or other debris according to county Fire Chief Kevin O'Brien and Covington Fire Marshal Tony Smith.

April 30, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


T.K. Adams (video)

T.K. Adams led the Newton County Community Band in his final concert Monday night.

April 30, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


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