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Council discusses issues facing city at retreat

At the end of the all-day retreat, Covington Mayor Ronnie Johnston said it had been one of the most productive retreats he'd experienced since ...

January 30, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Jury selection begins Monday on 2012 murder case

Jury selection is expected to begin Monday for the trial of Brawny Jarvis McCollough charged with two counts of malice murder and two counts of ...

January 30, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Newton’s unemployment rate down from a year ago

Newton County's unemployment rate was down significantly in December, 2015 from December, 2014.

January 29, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


NHS's Hezekiah Rodgers chosen top alto sax player in the state

Newton High School's Hezekiah Rodgers is in prestigious company.

January 29, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Hwy. 278 CID to host event on Feb. 4

The Hwy. 278 Community Improvement District (CID) is getting closer to becoming a reality.

January 28, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Goodman given lifetime service award

A crowd gathered in the Covington City Hall meeting room Thursday to celebrate Janet Goodman's 36 years as a councilwoman with a slight surprise ...

January 27, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Local manufacturer, NyloBoard, stops production

The manufacturing plant of NyloBoard, LLC, located at 14187 Industrial Park Blvd NE in Covington has ceased production and the company was put up for ...

January 27, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Juvenile arrested for stealing TVs

Covington police arrested a juvenile for burglary, possession of marijuana and possession of a weapon during a crime after witnesses saw someone believed to be ...

January 27, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Chief ADA Melanie Bell to run for Probate Judge

Melanie McCorey Bell declared her candidacy for Newton County Probate Judge Tuesday.

January 27, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Almond Turner seeks reelection

Throughout his 16 years as a member of the Newton County School Board, Almond Turner feels he has done a lot for the students of ...

January 26, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Work on SR36 bridge to be done Thursday and Friday

Delays near the South River bridge on State Route (SR) 36 at the Newton/Butts county line can be expected Thursday and Friday due to ...

January 26, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Social Circle City Council tables vote on annexation

Despite the recommendation made by the Planning and Zoning Board, the Social Circle City Council moved to table the vote on annexing two tracts of ...

January 24, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Magistrate Judge Henry Baker to retire

Judge Henry Baker, Probate Judge and Chief Magistrate of Newton County announced he will retire and not run for re-election in 2016 Friday.

January 24, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local attorney Shannon Sneed announces run for probate judge

Local attorney Shannon Sneed has announced his intention to seek the office of Probate Judge of Newton County.

January 24, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


BOC reactivates waste authority

Newton County's waste needs will soon be handled through a Solid Waste Management Authority after a unanimous vote during Thursday night's Board of ...

January 24, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


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Three NCSS schools named Title I Reward Schools

The Georgia Department of Education has announced that three Newton County schools have been named 2015 Title I Reward Schools - East Newton Elementary, Mansfield Elementary and Oak Hill Elementary.

December 15, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Communication is vital to governing

Newton County has several matters awaiting a decision by the Board of Commissioners. The board has rightfully sought public input and employed citizen committees to study some of the most important items. Now, the time is approaching for the board to wrap up the studying and public meetings and make decisions that only it can make. Those decisions will impact every resident of Newton County, including residents of the municipalities.

December 14, 2015 | Jerry Roseberry | LOCAL


County gets closer to new charter

The Newton County Board of Commissioners are looking to have a new county charter presented during the first meeting of the new year, and got a step closer to that during a work session Tuesday.

December 14, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


4-H’er builds prosthetic hands

If you're looking for 11-year-old home school seventh grader Croswell "CJ" Harris, you can often find him in the basement.

December 13, 2015 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


A righteous ride

The Newton County Sheriff's Office sponsored Toy Ride took to the streets of Covington and Newton County Saturday for a good cause.

December 12, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Nutcracker returns

The annual Holiday tradition returns to Newton County with the Covington Regional Ballet performing the classic Nutcracker Suite this weekend.

December 11, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Piedmont Healthcare and Athens Regional enter discussions

Last night, the Athens Regional Health System's Board of Directors voted unanimously in favor of exploring a partnership with Piedmont Healthcare.

December 11, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Rep. Johnson announces bid for 6th term

Congressman Hank Johnson, Georgia's fourth district, announced he is running for a sixth term Thursday.

December 10, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


CPD officers turn into Santa’s helpers

One young girl made a beeline for the bicycles, an anxious boy headed for the electronics section and a dozen or so other children perused each and every aisle of toys at the Covington Walmart Wednesday.

December 09, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


City says goodbye to Goodman, Dalton

An era came to an end Monday as Covington said farewell to two city council members.

December 09, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


'A Myers Christmas' to film on the Square

Washington, Monticello, Clarke and Church streets will be used for upcoming filming of Universal Pictures movie A Myers Christmas from 5 a.m.-9 p.m. on Sunday Dec. 13.

December 09, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Georgia Perimeter, Georgia State gets approval of prospectus

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) gave its approval Tuesday to the consolidation plans of Georgia State University and Georgia Perimeter College (GPC).

December 09, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Chimney Park receives musical fence from Pilot Club

The Pilot Club officially presented Chimney Park with a musical fence Tuesday.

December 09, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


A $100,000 day for Oxford

Newton County District 4 Commissioner J.C. Henderson presented a $100,000 check, on behalf of the Newton County Board of Commissioners, to the city of Oxford Tuesday.

December 09, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Brian Keith Terrell executed for killing Newton County man

JACKSON, Ga. (AP) - A death row inmate who insisted he was innocent shook his head while looking at Georgia officials before his death sentence was carried out early Wednesday.

December 09, 2015 | Associated Press | LOCAL


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