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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


Newton County children wrap up musical theatre camp with finale performance

The '80s get a second life at "We Got the Beat!"

July 15, 2014 | Samantha Reardon | LOCAL


The Covington Police Department to hold 31st annual Fuzz Run

Police Captain Ken Malcolm does not want to tell you about the donuts.

July 15, 2014 | Samantha Reardon | LOCAL


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Severe thunderstorm warning in Walton

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning effective until 5 p.m. for Walton County.

June 09, 2011 | | LOCAL


FBI looking for Decatur bank robbers

The FBI needs your help in identifying and locating bandits who robbed the Bank of America branch at 2850 Candler Road in Decatur on Wednesday.

June 09, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mom charged with throwing baby in trash

ALBANY - Authorities say a south Georgia mother is facing charges after they say she concealed her baby's death by throwing the infant into a trash can.

June 09, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Home invasion turns deadly in Waycross

WAYCROSS - Authorities say a 49-year-old Waycross man was shot to death and a woman was wounded during a home invasion.

June 09, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Suburban party leads to 29 arrests

ALPHARETTA - Police say 29 people are facing charges after police broke up a large party, cited several teenagers and took four adults into custody.

June 09, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Georgia revenues inch up in May

ATLANTA - Georgia revenues crept up 2.5 percent in May, the 11th straight month that tax collections in the state have risen.

June 08, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Sunday package sales on Covington ballot

Covington residents will have a chance in the November General Election to vote on Sunday alcohol package sales.

June 08, 2011 | AJ Archer | LOCAL


Clubs play host to state Supreme Court justice

Covington's Kiwanis and Rotary clubs met in a joint session on Tuesday with a guest speaker, Georgia Supreme Court Justice P. Harris Hines of Marietta. According to Judge Hines, the most pressing problem facing Georgia is the rise in the number of single-parent households. Children in single-parent households are at risk for poverty and for ending up in the court system. "It hurts your heart. It's extremely expensive," he said. Four Newton County Superior Court judges attended the meeting. Attendees included (left to right): Judge Horace Johnson Jr., Judge John Ott, Judge Hines, Judge Ken Wynne and Judge ...

June 08, 2011 | Tharon Giddens | LOCAL


Apted: There's beauty in aging

A 20-something-year-old friend said she wishes she could just make her own decisions and feel confident in her choices, not worrying about what other people thought.

June 08, 2011 | Kari Apted | LOCAL


Court sentencings - June 8

Michael A. Miller, felony theft by taking, 10 years confinement concurrent. Theft by taking felony, nolle pros.

June 08, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


An Eagle heads to sea

Adam Cofer's journey as a Boy Scout recently culminated when he received his Eagle Scout rank from Troop 222 in Covington. Eagle Scout is the highest rank obtainable in the Boy Scouting program of the Boy Scouts of America. Now, he plans to put his skills to use in the U.S. Navy.

June 08, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Cotton: Even police targeted by scammers

I was riding down a street in Covington recently listening to consumer advocate Clark Howard giving advice on WSB radio. A lady called in to ask how to handle a situation involving a company posing as a form of Yellow Pages. She had a business that relied heavily on Yellow Pages advertising so she knew it was important to have current advertisement in the book, but when she read the bill closely she realized it was not the real thing.

June 08, 2011 | Stacey Cotton Director of Public Safety | LOCAL


Eastside hires Freeman as basketball coach

Eastside has a new basketball coach. After tendering a formal offer last week, the Newton County Board of Education approved the hiring of Gregory Freeman to become Eastside's third boys' basketball coach.

June 07, 2011 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL


High temps to last through mid-August

It's hot outside, and Covington residents are staying indoors, which is the safe place to be, but bad for business.

June 07, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Chamber: Promote local film ties

Covington plays host to several movie and TV projects each year, and the chamber suggested a storefront on the square be dedicated to housing film memorabilia.

June 07, 2011 | AJ Archer | LOCAL


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