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Welcome to your weekend

This weekend is George Washington's Birthday. You know him as the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army, the presider over the convention that drafted the Constitution, and the first President of the United States.

February 19, 2015 | | LOCAL


Fretwell-Cook cemetery cleanup cancelled

Due to the very cold weather and high probability of precipitation, this Saturday's cleanup of the Fretwell-Cook cemetery is cancelled.

February 19, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


John Middleton: in memoriam

As many of you have heard John Middleton went home to be with the Lord on Monday morning in Winston Salem, North Carolina where he and Carol recently moved. John fought a long hard battle with his health most of his adult life and did so with such dignity and grace. Our hearts are saddened at the loss of our fellow colleague and friend and we are grateful that he was such an important part of our county family for over 15 years. John touched the lives of many here in Newton County and he will be missed by all ...

February 18, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Old Oxford Rd Bridge to open today

The Old Oxford Road Bridge that crosses Interstate 20 west of Covington will reopen Thursday, Feb. 19, when the Georgia Department of Transportation removes all barriers mid-morning.

February 18, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Craig: No way to control legal costs

County Attorney Tommy Craig brushed off concerns over the county's high legal fees at Tuesday's Board of Commissioners meeting, after the financial report revealed that the General Fund had surpassed its legal fees budget at 113 percent just over halfway through the fiscal year.

February 17, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


City to pay $30,000 overrun on Clark St project

The city of Covington voted to pay $30,000 for overruns on the Clark Street Project Monday.

February 17, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Health and Fitness Expo coming Saturday

We are already two months into the new year, meaning the weight-loss plan is well under way or it's getting past time to shed those unwanted Holiday 2014 pounds.

February 17, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man dies in Social Circle fire

Paul Anthony Dunn, 49 of Social Circle, died in a residential fire at 500 Hickory Drive early Monday morning.

February 17, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


BOC meeting at 6:30 tonight

February 17, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


County officials remember Middleton

John Middleton used to tell Newton County Commissioner Lanier Sims that he was the BOC's "eyes in the sky" when it came to running the county's daily affairs. Now that he's passed, those who worked closely with Middleton feel he really is watching from above.

February 17, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Winter weather fallout: schools closed

Newton County Schools are closed Tuesday due to possible icy conditions across the area.

February 17, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Measles outbreak stirs up debate

The national measles outbreak has ignited a firestorm debate over immunization, but while most Newton County parents appear to strongly support vaccination, few of those who spoke with The News were ready to do away with personal choice when it comes to immunization.

February 17, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Covington names Fire Chief

The city of Covington announced the hiring of Stoney Bowles as Fire Chief Monday.

February 16, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Church 213 looking to move on after fire

Church members showed up to worship Sunday morning at Church 213 only to find out that it had burnt down earlier that day.

February 16, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


A Valentine's thank you from Cyler Wilcox

Eleven-year-old Cyler Wilcox has had a difficult year, first losing her father in November and then discovering that her grandmother, who is also her legal guardian, has been diagnosed with breast cancer.

February 15, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


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Snellville man killed in car accident

A Snellville man was killed Thursday evening when he pulled out from Cowan Road onto Ga. Highway 81 into the path of an oncoming tractor trailer.

February 17, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


New Walmart to open in March

The countdown has begun for the area's newest Walmart store to open. With construction complete on the new store at 4200 Salem Road, the retailer will now spend the next few weeks transforming the empty building into a Walmart store complete with a full line of groceries and a wide assortment of merchandise and time-saving services. The new store plans to open to shoppers in March.

February 16, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Cell phone records key in murder trial

The third day of the death penalty trial against accused murderer Rodney Young focused primarily on Young's trip to Georgia in March 2008, with the prosecution attempting to show that the murder of Gary Jones was not the work of someone who is mentally retarded as the defense claims, but of a cold and calculating man who planned it all out.

February 16, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


County begins FY2013 budget process

The county began working in earnest on the fiscal year 2013 budget this week as the finance department began meeting with department heads.

February 16, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


County to translate for Spanish speakers

Some county notices posted in departments' offices and on the county's website will soon be accompanied by Spanish counterparts, after the Board of Commissioners approved a federally mandated Limited English Proficiency Plan.

February 16, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Authorities stumped in double homicide

Authorities are still stumped by the double homicide of 66-year- old Peggy Molden and her 56-year-old nephew Donald Eugene McCullough on Feb. 7 at their Tempie Lane home.

February 16, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Santorum next up in News’ online poll

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum is coming to Georgia Sunday to campaign in advance of the state's March 6 primary, and The News wants to see what readers think about the surging hopeful.

February 16, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newton recognized for water protection

Local officials frequently boast about Newton County's abundant water supply, and they can now boast about their efforts to protect that supply.

February 15, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Experts take the stand in Young trial

The third day of the death penalty trial against Rodney Young focused primarily on Young's trip to Georgia in March 2008, with the prosecution attempting to show that the murder of Gary Jones was not the work of someone who is mentally retarded as the defense claims, but of a cold and calculating man who planned it all out.

February 15, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Free smoke detector helps Mansfield woman

A Mansfield resident was able to escape a small house fire early Wednesday morning without harm thanks to a free smoke detector installed previously by Newton County firefighters.

February 15, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Young murder trial - Day 3 update

Witnesses have taken the stand all day to testify on behalf of the state in the death penalty trial against Rodney Young.

February 15, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Tip of the Week - Update your winter wardrobe

Does your winter wardrobe need a little updating? If so, you can try these frugal tactics to be fabulous! First, hit the thrift stores. You'll find some real gems right here locally.

February 15, 2012 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | LOCAL


Prom dress swap begins Mar. 10

Prom night is often full of memories that will last forever. One of the most important aspects for a girl is what dress she will be wearing the night of the event. Afterwards, a dress that was worn for only one night is often put in the back of the closet waiting for another occasion to be used that will never come.

February 15, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Brutal details emerge in murder trial

The death penalty case against 44-year-old Rodney Renia Young got emotional in day two of the trial Tuesday with both family members of the victim and jurors appearing shocked, and sometimes crying at the evidence presented in the brutal 2008 murder of 28-year-old Gary Jones.

February 15, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Examining Buy Here, Pay Here car sales

Over the last decade, several different types of businesses have sprung up geared toward lending money to people with low income and poor or no credit.

February 15, 2012 | Douglas Moser | LOCAL


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