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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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Chief of the Year

After 15 years as chief of police, Covington's Stacey Cotton was been named Outstanding Chief of the Year from the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police Tuesday.

According to Cotton, he was not expecting the award and was taken completely off guard.

July 26, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Covington man charged in rape

A Covington man is being held without bond after being charged with rape July 19.

Richard Timothy Dillon, 43, was arrested following an investigation into accusations made on June 28.

July 26, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Challengers lose SSEMC board bid

All three challengers who petitioned to get their names on the ballot for the Snapping Shoals EMC Board of Directors lost their bids in a landslide but brought higher than average turnout.

July 26, 2012 | | LOCAL


Social Circle woman celebrates 112 birthday

The memories and tales were told with laughter and smiles as I listened to Mattie's friends and family as they shared the stories of years past. This July marks the 112th year Mattie Crutchfield Bates has been blessed to make her life's memories.

Mattie was born July 28, 1900, just three years after the world's current oldest living person Besse Cooper.

July 24, 2012 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


City plans to increase spending by 1.7M

The city of Covington plans to increase spending by $1.7 million this fiscal year as it plans to tackle some large projects, including work on a new airport terminal, a natural gas fueling facility, improving lighting on the square and the completion of the trail from Eastside High School to the Covington Branch Library.

The city council approved of more than $124 million for fiscal year 2013 in June, and much of the increase in the budget was due to the city's plans to spend its remaining saved funds from the 2005 SPLOST in addition to incoming 2011 ...

July 24, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Local helps fight deadly disease

Covington resident Shelley Campbell has traveled all over the world studying deadly diseases from the caves of Uganda to the town of Pune, India to the diverse country of South Africa.

For her most recent work on a vaccine for Rift Valley Fever, a potentially lethal mosquito-borne disease that affects animals and humans, Campbell won the Charles C. Shepard Science Award for Laboratory Science.

July 24, 2012 | Elizabeth Park | LOCAL


Pilot Club announces officers

Average retail gasoline prices in Atlanta have risen 10.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.42/gal yesterday. This compares with the national average that has increased 4.9 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.49/gal, according to gasoline price website AtlantaGasPrices.com.

July 24, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Principals from the private sector?

By next school year, school-level leadership could come from the private sector.

July 24, 2012 | By Lee Johnson | LOCAL


Man arrested after Gaither Street fire

Richard Douglas Norton, 31, was arrested late Tuesday in connection with a fire that destroyed the home at 3126 Gaither St. earlier in the day.

Norton was one of the renters and, at this time, is believed to have set the fire for insurance purposes. He was arrested in Athens and charged with obstruction of justice Tuesday, but Assistant Fire Marshall said he planned to bring three other charges against Norton today including insurance fraud, arson in the first degree and criminal damage of property.

July 24, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Education millage rate stays the same

Despite declining property tax revenues, the Newton County Board of Education was unable to raise its millage rate because it was already at the max rate of 20 mils.

July 24, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Paratrooper tells tales from WWII

Born into a Fayetteville farming community in 1924, Lofton Lee Hill helped harvest cotton and corn until joining the CCC (civilian conservation corps) during the Great Depression. He helped complete the paratrooper jump school at Fort Benning, on Nov 11, 1941. Hill said, "Little did I know I'd be going through the same jump school in 1943."

July 24, 2012 | Pete Mecca | LOCAL


Survival kit for the road

As we go full swing into the summer months, are you thinking about taking a genealogy trip out of town? Are you planning to go to the State and National Archives, State College Libraries, out of town cemeteries, out of town Probate Court Office? Wherever you go, you will need a survival kit and be well prepared.

July 24, 2012 | Ellen Blakeslee | LOCAL


Man gets disorderly at Mexican restaurant

On Monday, an officer was walking into El Charro when a blue Honda, occupied by two men, drove into the parking area.

July 24, 2012 | Meghan de St. Aubin | LOCAL


House destroyed on Gaither Street

A fire broke out this morning at 3126 Gaither Street in Covington. The cause of the fire is still being investigated, officials said, but the fire was under control by around 8:40 p.m.

July 24, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


More industrial interest in Newton

More and more industries are showing interest in Newton County, representing millions in investment and thousands of jobs, and Covington Mayor Ronnie Johnston believes Covington could be set for its own boom.

July 21, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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