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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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BOE approves tech updates

Several schools will see technology updates soon after the Newton County Board of Education approved the updates - most of which will be paid for out of E-rate funding.

Director of Technology and Media Services Dr. Gary Shattuck presented a proposal to the Newton County Board of Education in their June meeting, outlining the schools that are eligible for reimbursement, as well as first and second priority schools that have not had technology updates for many years.

July 19, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Students win big in national competition

Seven Georgia Piedmont Technical College students spent last week in Kansas City, Mo., at the National Leadership and Skills Conference. Jayson Holland competed in the Motorcycle Service Technology category, accompanied by academic adviser Mike Sachs. Jacquelyn Williams, Precious Bright and Cotina Howard competed in Tech Prep Showcase-Business, Management and Technology, accompanied by their adviser Chrisine Hardin Hamilton. This group won the gold medal in their category over competitors from Manatee Technical Institute in Bradenton, Fla., and Rolla Technical Institute in Rolla, Mo. Humberto Fragoso, Rodney Williams and Shana Baker won gold in the Tech Prep Showcase - Industrial and Engineering Technology ...

July 19, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Flanagan edges out Schulz in online poll

Tony Flanagan, the Democratic challenger in the District 3 Newton County Board of Commissioners race, edged out Democratic incumbent Nancy Schulz in The News' online poll.

Flanagan captured 114 votes (52 percent) to Schulz's 104 votes (48 percent). Poll results are completely unscientific.

July 19, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


CPD Chief Cotton named Rotarian of the Year

Covington Public Safety Director Stacey Cotton received the 2012 E.G. Lassiter Rotarian of the Year Award from the Rotary Club of Covington.

July 19, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County moves forward with museum

The Newton County Board of Commissioners moved forward with the restoration of the historic Brick Store building and approved several grants at Tuesday's meeting.

The board unanimously approved spending $189,000 of a previous $250,000 state grant for the restoration Brick Store, located on U.S. Highway 278 about half a mile east of the intersection of Ga. Highway 11. The low bid came in from John W. Spratlin & Son.

July 19, 2012 | Jared Williams | LOCAL


Forgotten stadium lights to cost $539K

The Newton County School Board approved a change order for athletic field lighting Tuesday, after forgetting to add the $539,143 needed into the bid for the replacement Newton High School.

The cost will be paid out of capital project funds and the proposal, submitted by the same contractor that is working on the rest of the replacement high school, and was comparable to the cost of lighting at both Alcovy and Eastside High Schools previously.

July 19, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Three men charged with molestation

Charges have been brought against three men in separate cases of child molestation.

Donta Quintrell Johnson, 26, is being held without bond on charges of parole violation, criminal damage to property, cruelty to children, rape, aggravated child molestation and aggravated sodomy.

July 19, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Police chief named Rotarian of the Year

Covington Public Safety Director Stacey Cotton received the 2012 E.G. Lassiter Rotarian of the Year Award from the Rotary Club of Covington.

July 19, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


See historical spec sheets for mill houses

Much of Porterdale's housing was built by the former Bibb Manufacturing Company for the people who worked at its textile mill.

July 19, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Dead body found in missing man's car

A missing Covington man's vehicle was found engulfed in flames with a dead man's body in the trunk, according to Atlanta Police officials.

July 18, 2012 | Rachel Goff | LOCAL


Teen who claimed rape now being charged

A teenage girl who claimed to be the victim of a rape is now being charged with making the whole thing up.

July 18, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Last days of music and dance

The sound of musical medleys resonates through the Porter Auditorium of Newton High School. Girls and boys of the Arts Association of Newton County's Musical Theater Camp practice for their performance on Friday, July 20 at 7 p.m.

July 17, 2012 | Elizabeth Park | LOCAL


Smart Growth hosts forum Thursday

One of voters' last chances to hear from county chair, commission and school board candidates before the July 31 primary election will take place at Smart Growth Newton County's forum at 7 p.m., Thursday at the Washington Street Community Center.

Because of the large number of candidates expected to attend, 18 or 19, Smart Growth President Jonathan Paschal said there will be no formal question-and-answer session, but each candidate will instead be given five minutes to speak and there will be time to mingle and speak to candidates one-on-one afterward. Paschal said he expects the forum to last ...

July 17, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Gas prices expected to increase

Average gas prices in Atlanta will be rising this week. The average retail price for gasoline has risen 5.2 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.31/gal on Sunday.

The national average this week stands at $3.45/gal, 3 cents higher than a few days ago, according to gasoline price website AtlantaGasPrices.com.

July 17, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Davis seeks re-election as coroner

For almost three decades, Tommy Davis has been in the funeral business, as deputy coroner since 2003 and coroner since 2009. The 44-year-old is running once again, all because of his love for Newton County.

"This is a position that I truly enjoy serving in and serving the people of Newton County," he said. "I am truly devoted and dedicated to the position. I work hard every day to ensure that the people of Newton County are represented professionally."

July 17, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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