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County department heads asked to reduce budget

County department heads are being asked to cut their budget requests back to amounts used in fiscal year 2016.

May 11, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Imagination has no limits

Friends of Newton County Parks hosted its annual fundraiser for Chimney Park Saturday, bringing imaginations to life with the yearly Fairy Festival. The festival is ...

May 11, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Georgia releases 2014-2015 CCRPI results

The Georgia College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) for the 2014 through 2015 school year was released Tuesday by state school superintendent, Richard Woods.

May 10, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | LOCAL


Unemployment rates drop in Newton County

While Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate in February dropped one-tenth of a percentage in March, the decrease in unemployment claims in Newton County was three-tenths ...

May 10, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Restoring a historic home one project at a time

After all the contracts were signed, he stood in a state of shock and wondered what he had just let himself in for, he said.

May 09, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Covington council approves employee benefits package

As the Covington City Council prepares to meet to go over the first draft of the 2017 budget, council members used Monday night to approve ...

May 09, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Rep. Dave Belton named chair of base realignment student

House Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge) recently appointed State Representative Dave Belton (R-Buckhead) as the Chairman of the House Study Committee on Base Realignment and ...

May 09, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


State to match Newton funds for Agriculture Center

A Newton County Agriculture Center will be built and operated in partnership with the Georgia FFA-FCCLA Center, pending approval from the Newton County Board of ...

May 09, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Commission candidates talk planning ahead of primary voting

Voting for the 2016 election is underway with a little over 800 people visiting the Newton County Administration Building to cast a ballot for either ...

May 09, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Newton County will have a new form of government come January

The county's enabling legislation was signed into law by Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal Tuesday, according to Rep. Dave Belton, who informed Newton's Commissioners ...

May 09, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Department heads make case for new city personnel

Four City of Covington department heads and the E911 Call Center Director made the case for their 2017 budget and staffing requests to the city ...

May 09, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


NCCA holds fourth student film festival

The Newton College and Career Academy (NCCA) held its fourth student Film Festival in the evening of May 5 on campus. It was a small ...

May 09, 2016 | Jasmine Floyd | LOCAL


Newton Federal Bank named 2016 NCSS partner of the year

Newton Federal Bank was named the 2016 Newton County School System Partner of the Year Wednesday.

May 05, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington Rotary Club honors Class of 2016’s top students

The Rotary Club of Covington saluted Newton County School System students Monday in its annual Top 10 reception.

May 04, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


County's form of government signed by Gov. Deal

Newton County will have a new form of government come January.

May 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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Social Circle fair begins Tuesday

It's time once again for the annual kick-off of fall - the Social Circle Fair.

September 01, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Friendship a perk of Java Joggers group

What started off as a morning workout turned into a friendship for two members of the Covington Y.

September 01, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Crime Briefs: Man punches sister

Man arrested for battery after punching his sister

September 01, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Maldonado guilty on all counts

It took eight days to try the case against Pablo Maldonado but less than an hour for a jury to convict the 25-year-old of the murder of 53-year-old Tim Clements.

August 31, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Sylvia Shy: A fighter to the end

Family members and friends will say goodbye and celebrate the life of Sylvia Shy, 57, on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Richard's Chapel United Methodist Church.

August 30, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Woman killed in car accident

Authorities are still investigating the death of an as-yet unidentified female, killed in a single car accident around 4 p.m. Thursday.

August 30, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


State, defense rest in Maldonado trial

The evidence in the death penalty trial against accused murderer Pablo Maldonado rested Thursday afternoon without the defendant taking the stand to testify.

August 30, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Hundreds could save on flood insurance

Floods aren't a common occurrence these days in drought-stricken Georgia, but they still happen, like the 2009 flood, and certain homeowners still have to worry about flood insurance.

August 30, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Sheriff’s Office goes green

Newton County Sheriff's Office announced recently the implementation of a Green Cleaning program at their facilities in Covington.

August 30, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Heartland Woman’s Club attends conference

Heartland Woman's Club members Debbie Pohl, Rachel Gonter and Debbie Vanderbunt attended the Georgia Federation of Women's Clubs at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education on the University of Georgia campus in Athens.

August 30, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


A clearer understanding of Obama

Two weeks ago, I told my wife Molly that I wasn't going to spend the weekend doing Honey Do's especially around the yard. Honestly, I should say I requested this, since I was still suffering from a poison ivy infection on my feet received from picking up sticks in the woods from the weekend before. Molly is very particular about our woods.

She suggested that we go to see the movie "2016" based on the award winning book "The Roots of Obama's Rage" by Dinesh D'Souza.

August 30, 2012 | T. Pat Cavanaugh | LOCAL


Tech Trends: From digital to tangible

Everything is digital now. Your camera is digital: images stored on hard drives and viewed on computer screens. Your books are digital: thousands of e-Books are stored on devices like Kindles. Movies and TV shows are digital: streamed from online services like Netflix or iTunes.

The Internet age has ushered in a whole new way of buying and consuming media. It's pretty much all digital, and therefore it's all instantly obtainable. I love it. When I go out to take photographs with my digital camera, I can then go back to my computer and instantly see the results ...

August 30, 2012 | William Brawley | LOCAL


Homeless man charged with sexual battery

A 32-year-old homeless man was arrested Tuesday, and charged with the sexual battery of a 20-year-old female.

August 30, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


EHS graduate wins scholarship

Eastside High School 2012 graduate Maya Ann Collins has been named a 2012 Buick Scholarship recipient. As one of only 100 national Buick Achievement scholarship winners, Collins will receive up to $25,000 a year, renewable for up to four years, to go toward her college tuition. She is planning on pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Chemical and bimolecular engineering at Georgia Tech. She also plans on completing the school's Ph.D. program in hopes of becoming a professional engineer.

Supported by the General Motors Foundation, the Buick Achievers program is one of the largest scholarship programs in ...

August 30, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mother convicted of ’07 murder of infant

Five years after her 5-week-old Malay Yvette Chandler died, her mother Quanitta Yvette Turner has been convicted of murdering the newborn.

Immediately after the baby's death, Turner told investigators with the Newton County Sheriff's Office that she had accidentally rolled over on the baby while sleeping, but when the child started to cry, she woke up.

August 30, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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