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Row, row, row your boat

The recent rains may have kept kayaks and canoes off the river, but thanks to the Yellow River Water Trail, Georgians will be able to enjoy the watershed for years to come.

April 17, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Department heads begin budget review

The Newton County Board of Commissioners moved a step further to a budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year this week.

April 16, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Tom Garrett leaves for Barrow County

Newton County Manager Tom Garrett will be stepping down from his position next month to become the public works director for Barrow County.

April 15, 2015 | Stanley Dunlap Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Veterans Memorial Highway unveiled

Covington already had a memorial to its veterans with the monument on the Square, but Tuesday it added another way to honor those who served while driving around town.

April 14, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


GPC tuition increasing 2.5 percent

Georgia Perimeter College tuition will increase 2.5 percent for the upcoming academic year.

April 14, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Peachtree Academy shows off new labs

Peachtree Academy showed off its newest addition Tuesday, conducting a tour and ribbon cutting of its new science labs at the Covington campus, located at 14101 Hwy. 278.

April 14, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Monticello St to be Veterans Memorial Hwy

A part of Monticello Street will officially be known as Veterans Memorial Highway starting Tuesday.

April 13, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


3rd Annual Spring Fling Saturday

The Porterdale Volunteer Fire Department hosts its 3rd Annual Spring Fling this Saturday at the Porterdale Ball Park.

April 13, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


$150K to be allocated for jail sewer system repairs

In addition to approving raises for the Fire Department and Sheriff's Office, the Board of Commissioners took care of several other items of business at Tuesday's meeting.

April 12, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


City of Covington gets its shovels ready

Construction for new businesses in Covington will now be welcomed with a traditional groundbreaking ceremony from the City of Covington, with the first scheduled for Monday.

April 10, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Ellis pulls Craig critic from purchasing policy committee

County Chairman Keith Ellis has rescinded his invitation to local citizen Ann Neuhierl to serve on the committee seeking to reform the purchasing policy, telling her that "the original candidate is now available."

April 10, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Porterdale puts brakes on landfill traffic

The City of Porterdale passed a new ordinance Monday banning vehicles from using compression and engine brakes except in emergencies in an effort to prohibit large garbage trucks from passing through the town as the county weighs a deal to expand and privatize the landfill.

April 08, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


BOC approves raises for Sheriff's office

The Board of Commissioners voted 3-1 Tuesday to approve $135,000 in raises for Sheriff's office and another $48,000 in pay increases for the Fire Department over the next three months until a budget can be drawn up for next year.

April 07, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


New group works on Newton planning

In Newton County's past government groups worked separately, so when the water authority heard that the school board was working to build a high school down Hwy. 36 it was a bit of a surprise.

April 07, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Lions Club hosts 43rd BBQ Chicken sale

For the 43rd year the Covington Lions Club will host its Annual Chicken BBQ, Wednesday, April 15 from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. at its Academy Springs Park Club house on Conyers Street.

April 07, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Jamaican gets 3 years for molestation

A Jamaican man will be deported after serving time for the ongoing molestation of a 3-year-old girl.

January 06, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Hundreds turn up for Walmart hiring

Walmart has hired around 100 employees - 75 percent of which are full time - for its new store at the intersection of Brown Bridge and Salem roads.

January 05, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Man gets 15 years for bestiality

The question of whether Byron Christopher Jordan was competent to stand trial on charges of bestiality was settled Tuesday, when he was sentenced on the charges.

January 05, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


2011 candidates hit with filing fines

Two 2011 candidates for office in Newton County have been hit with at least $500 in fines each for failing to file on time, or at all, required campaign and financial documents to the state, according to the state ethics commission.

January 05, 2012 | Douglas Moser | LOCAL


Man arrested for arson, death of dog

The call for help came in just before 11 p.m. A woman returned to her home and found it ablaze Dec. 9, and she had information for authorities on who might be responsible: her estranged husband.

January 05, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Doug Holt to seek reelection

State Rep. Doug Holt (R-Social Circle) announced Thursday that he will seek reelection for a fifth time.

January 05, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mort Ewing will not run for reelection

District 1 County Commissioner Mort Ewing will not run for reelection in 2012.

January 05, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Wolverine Gym court named after coach

Coach Henry James "Jimmy" Wright is remembered as a talented basketball player and coach, but friends and family were even more impressed by his loving and generous spirit.

January 04, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


County manager reappointed, update

The Newton County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved annual reappointments for County Manager John Middleton, County Attorney Tommy Craig and County Clerk Jackie Smith Tuesday night.

January 03, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Covington Kmart survives store cuts

The Kmart in Covington was spared in the latest round of store closings, though the bargain retail chain may close dozens more stores in the near future.

January 03, 2012 | Douglas Moser | LOCAL


BOC, BOE approve redistricting map

Update, Jan. 3: The Newton County Board of Education unanimously approved a county redistricting map Monday at a special called meeting.

January 03, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Homeless shelter gets Christmas party

Residents of the Garden of Gethsemane Homeless Shelter got several early Christmas presents, when a group of local residents put together a Christmas celebration for the residents.

December 31, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Prayer Breakfast to be held Jan. 6

The second annual Legislative Prayer Breakfast will take place Jan. 6 from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at the Turner Lake Complex. Hosted by the Covington Kiwanis and Rotary clubs, the event is free to the public and will feature a guest speaker and light breakfast and coffee.

December 31, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Singing through life

Ask Anita Denny about music and she'll tell you a dozen a stories and then break out singing the songs she wrote to match. She is a country music singer after all.

December 31, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Library announces staff cuts

The Newton County Library System will lay off 12 employees beginning Jan. 1 because of declining revenues and increasing costs.

December 31, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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