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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


County to help pay JDA loan

Newton County will join three other counties within the Joint Development Authority (JDA) to pay $2,058,000 over the next 11 years to the ...

January 24, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Man dies from accident on Henderson Mill Road

A 21-year-old male Newton County native died from injuries suffered during a single-vehicle accident Friday afternoon.

January 23, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Piedmont Cattleman’s Association honorees

L to R: Phillip Britton –Commercial Cattlemen of the Year, Scott Shelton-Pure Bred Cattleman of the Year, Trey Gafnea –Member of the Year, Charles Woodward ...

January 23, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Belton: Budget time in the legislative session

The second week of the Georgia legislative session always deals with developing a budget. This week was no different as the governor and the general ...

January 23, 2016 | Dave Belton | LOCAL


Jeffares: A busy week at the Capitol

It has been a short but busy week here at the state Capitol in Atlanta.

January 23, 2016 | Rick Jeffares | LOCAL


Two arrested fleeing Home Depot with stolen items

A man and women fled Home Depot after stealing more than $2,000 in merchandise Thursday.

January 22, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


After school activities cancelled due to weather

All Newton County School system after-school activities have been cancelled for Friday due to expected inclement weather.

January 22, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


BOC activates Solid Waste Management 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 21, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


City approves $1 lease with former land owner

A lease between the city of Covington and the former owner of a property on Williams Road was unanimously approved at the Covington City Council ...

January 21, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Braving winter weather

Be prepared

January 21, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Youth struck by logging truck on Hwy. 36

An Alcovy High School student is sedated at Egleston Hospital in Atlanta after being hit by a logging truck on Hwy. 36 Jan. 14.

January 21, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


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Interim legal firm hired by BOC

The Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) approved a contract with Jarrard and Davis, LLP, of Cumming, Georgia to serve as the county's interim attorneys for the next 90 days.

November 23, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Meeting to approve legal team Monday

The Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) announced a special called meeting for Monday, Nov. 23, at 7 p.m. to approve a contract with an interim legal team.

November 23, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Two suspects in the Walmart murder arrested in Tennessee

A man and woman were arrested in connection with the Covington Walmart murder yesterday in Manchester, Tn., after a citizen tipped off the local media.

November 22, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Learn from history

A day after our president called ISIS "contained" the Islamic State launched a well-coordinated attack on the City of Light. ISIS just took down an airliner and conducted a suicide attack in Beirut. More than 900 citizens of our allies have been murdered by ISIS in a little more than a week.

November 22, 2015 | Dave Belton | LOCAL


Pastor announces candidacy for District 113

As a pastor, Sharon Henderson has been serving the community since 1989. Now she wants to take that service to a broader level, and has announced her candidacy for the Georgia House of Representatives, District 113.

November 22, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


BOC approves money for community afterschool meals

Newton County will cover the cost of pre-packaged foods purchased for the afterschool program at Nelson Heights Community Center.

November 21, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Rezoning recommendation denied

Though attention focused heavily on the future of Newton County's legal counsel at Tuesday night's Board of Commissioners (BOC) meeting, the board did work on other agenda items.

November 21, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Video released of suspects in Walmart death

The Covington Police Department (CPD) issued a "Be on the look-out" (BOLO) tonight for the murder/robbery suspects in the Nov. 16 death of Marsha Johnson at the Covington Wal-Mart.

November 20, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Rodney Clark arrested in murder of Newton man

Rodney Carter Clark was arrested Wednesday in the murder of Mario Demonte Johnson.

November 19, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Police seek Walmart murder suspect in Chattanooga

The Covington Police Department (CPD) has been ardently trying to find the subjects of a senseless killing at Walmart Monday, searching from Covington to Tennessee.

November 19, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Kicking off the season

Local musicians started the Christmas season off in Covington with the annual Lighting of the Square.

November 19, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Wedding ring, thousands in cash stolen from church

A wedding ring, thousands of dollars in cash and a gun permit were among the items stolen from cars in the parking lot of Solid Rock Baptist Church on Brown Bridge Road Sunday.

November 18, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Ellis, Ewing object to JDA land sale

The Joint Development Authority voted to sell land in Stanton Springs to developer Kippy Clarke and partners for a new residential neighborhood Monday, but the authority's two Newton County delegates were not in favor of the deal.

November 18, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Crop production rises

It's been a good year for soybean and corn production, while cotton is down almost 20 percent from a year ago.

November 18, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Two children find adopted homes thanks to CASA, others

Two children recently were recently adopted by families in Newton County after work by many in the area.

November 18, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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