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Making cents of property tax dollars

Millage rates. Real and personal property. Taxes and rollback rates.

August 08, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


A walk among the tombstones

There is a tombstone lying on the bed of Ashley Shares' pick-up truck.

August 08, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Rotary Club to provide benches for park

The Rotary Club of Covington will help build out a park behind the Newton County Administrative Building.

August 08, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Fun with fall veggies

The fall is the best time to grow food in Georgia. You get to ride out the late season heat and you're rewarded with ...

August 07, 2016 | Corey Mosser | LOCAL


Yellow River offers Porterdale ways to build tourism product

Tourism is big business, a key part of economic development in the area.

August 07, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Mock disaster drill coordinated by Covington Police Department

The City of Covington Police Department (CPD) recently teamed with 10 other agencies to conduct a large-scale active shooter drill. Held last Friday at Peachtree ...

August 06, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Staffins appointed to Chamber Association board

Ralph Staffins, president of the Covington-Newton Chamber of Commerce was appointed to fill a one year term on the Georgia Association of Chamber of Commerce ...

August 06, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Solid Waste Authority lets citizens know its history

Two nights after citizens showing concern for the possible closure of the county's convenience centers packed the Newton County Historic Courthouse for a board ...

August 04, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Citizens show displeasure during BOC meeting

The Newton County Solid Waste Authority (SWA) was granted the legal ability to work on the county's solid waste stream after the board of ...

August 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Newton County approves $54 million budget

Newton County tax payers will see an increase on their bills now that the board of commissioners (BOC) approved the 2017 budget and millage rate ...

August 02, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Photos: Construction around the community

New Dining Hall at Oxford College of Emory University, Oxford: With construction almost half way complete, the dining hall is anticipated to open and begin ...

August 02, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Topic of gazebo makes return to council agenda

Despite knowing Newton Federal Bank was no longer willing to give the money to build a gazebo on the Square, Covington Mayor Ronnie Johnston left ...

August 02, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


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Couple banished from home for fighting

A man and woman were banished from the Covington Housing Authority after reportedly getting into a fight. Covington police responded to a call at Nixon Circle (inside the Housing Authority) in reference to a family fight around 11 p.m. on Friday.

August 28, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Co-defendants testify at Clements trial

Re-enactments of the murder of 53-year-old Tim Clements by co-defendants Brittney Beasley and Christian Caldwell had family members of the slain landscaper in tears this week, as the death penalty trial against Pablo Maldonado, the alleged ringleader of the murder, continues.

August 28, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Residents could feel effects of Isaac

Newton County residents can expect stormy weather for the next few days as the effects of Hurricane Isaac pass through the area.

August 28, 2012 | Rachel Goff | LOCAL


Storage facility robbed at gunpoint

Covington police are looking for a man they said robbed the South of the Square Storage located on Ga. Highway 36 on Tuesday.

Chief Ken Malcom said the robbery happened around noon, when a black male wearing a black hoodie, black shorts and black tennis shoes with red laces walked in and demanded money from a female clerk in the store.

August 28, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Crime briefs: Man given counterfeit $

Man calls police after reportedly receiving counterfeit money

August 28, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Clements murder reenacted in court

One of the co-defendants in the murder of Tim Clements took the stand on the fourth day of the death penalty trail against the alleged ringleader, Pablo Maldonado and, along with Chief Assistant District Attorney Anne Kurtz, reenacted the 2009 murder of the popular landscaper.

August 27, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


No one injured in car fire on I-20

A passenger vehicle caught on fire around 4 p.m. Monday on Interstate 20 near the Almon Road exit, but there were no injuries and the fire was contained shortly after firefighters arrived on the scene, said Brad Stapp, Newton County Fire Deputy Chief.

August 27, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Ex-girlfriend testifies against Maldonado

Katria McClain was just 16-years-old when she was charged as an adult in the murder of Conyers landscaper 53-year-old Tim Clements. On the third day of the death penalty trial against alleged ringleader Pablo Maldonado, jurors sat rapt as she gave details of how the plan to rob Clements, turned into a plan to murder him.

August 27, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Couple has car egged by vandals

Couple calls police after their vehicle is egged

August 25, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Local farm to produce Italian cheeses

Russell Johnston is tired. He's tired of putting in 90 to 100 hours a week producing milk, bottling it, marketing and selling the popular beverage and driving it around the region. He's tired of missing out on his life and that of his two sons.

August 25, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Zoning administrator resigns

Branin Burdette will no longer be Newton County's zoning administrator. Board of Commissioner Chairman Kathy Morgan made the announcement at their meeting on Tuesday night as she thanked Burdette for his services to the county saying he has done an excellent job.

Burdette's last day with the county will be on Aug. 29. He said he will move back to his hometown of Seattle, Wash. to take a new position as a zoning inspector.

August 25, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Company to dredge South River

The board of commissioners approved an operational use permit at their meeting on Tuesday night, after a sand dredging business petitioned to continue its operations at a portion of the South River in Newton County.

August 25, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Social Circle municipal judge resigns

Social Circle municipal court judge Jeff Foster is stepping down, after Social Circle city council members unanimously accepted his resignation at their meeting on Tuesday night.

August 25, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Newton County Reads names new chair

Newton County Reads, a nonprofit, community service organization, has taught adults in Newton County to read since 2000. Their free classes in basic reading skills and GED preparation are conducted through small group instruction and one-on-one tutoring at six locations throughout the county, providing program access to Newton County residents in their own neighborhoods.

August 25, 2012 | Lisa Dorward Special to The News | LOCAL


More students take ACT, score rise

A record high number of Newton County School System students took the ACT college entrance exam in 2012 and in the process, increased scores in three content areas (English, reading and science) and the composite score. The district also matched scores from the previous year on the math portion of the test. Although NCSS students increased or maintained in each category, the district's overall scores are still below state and national averages.

August 25, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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