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Deal over landfill likely soon

Newton County is very close to reaching a deal with the East Georgia Land and Development Company following nearly two decades of litigation, the company's head, Jim Baker, told The News Thursday.

January 16, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


SWAT arrest suspect on Griffin Lane

After surrounding a home, Covington Police arrested an armed man at 10116 Griffin Lane with SWAT team responding Friday.

January 16, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Chamber honor award winners

There was a lot of change at this year's Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce annual meeting and awards reception at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center Thursday, but it was the lack of change that was the big moment of the evening.

January 15, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


NMC and Piedmont look to partner up

Newton Medical Center announced today its Board of Directors had authorized hospital management to enter into "exclusive discussions" with Piedmont Healthcare aimed at formalizing a relationship between the two organizations.

January 15, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Jeff Benton dedicated life to family, church, community

Covington resident Jeff Benton was described as a loving father and husband and a pillar of the community by those who knew him following his tragic passing Wednesday night.

January 14, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


BOE considering Clear Touch panels

The Newton County Board of Education is considering a contract to purchase new Clear Touch interactive touchscreen panels for the classrooms.

January 14, 2015 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


Medical marijuana hopes dashed at Capitol

Mike Hopkins had hoped a new, limited medical marijuana bill in Georgia would allow him to bring his family back from Colorado, where his 17-year-old daughter, Michala, is being successfully treated for seizures and pain with cannabis oil.

January 13, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Pacho's receives failing health score

Pacho's Mexican Grill management feels it has already recovered from the failing health score it received during a Jan. 9 inspection.

January 13, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


BOC 'potential litigation' special meeting Wednesday

The Newton County Board of Commissioners will enter into a closed executive session immediately following the opening of a public meeting Wednesday to discuss potential litigation, according to a public notice issued over the weekend.

January 13, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


BOE Chair, Vice-Chair sworn in

Shakila Henderson-Baker and Abigail Coggin were both sworn in to their second term on the Newton County Board of Education recently.

January 13, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Accident slows I-20 near exit 90

A vehicular accident on I-20 near exit 90 occured around 8:45 Tuesday morning, starting to slow down traffic westbound.

January 13, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington woman who ran over boyfriend arrested

A Covington woman allegedly ran over her boyfriend with his vehicle after the two had a verbal altercation.

January 12, 2015 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


County landfill costs at tipping point

The trash may be buried, but county commissioners caught a whiff of the cost of Newton County's landfill Thursday night, and it did not smell sweet.

January 10, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


How will the merger affect Newton County?

The merger of Georgia State University and Georgia Perimeter College will make the institution the largest university in the state.

January 10, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Honoring Dr. MLK through local service

Thousands of people throughout America will take a day off to celebrate MLK Day, but for many it will not be a day off, but a day on.

January 10, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Sergeant’s hand ripped open by dog

A Newton County sergeant is recovering after an aggressive dog bit his hand deep enough to require stitches early Sunday morning.

September 28, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Court Sentencings - Sept. 28

Melvin C. Belcher, violation of probation, 150-210 days detention center.

September 28, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Annual Mutt show to be held Oct. 8

Newton County pups will be strutting their stuff Oct. 8, at the annual Mutt Show on the square.

September 28, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Covington Rotary car show returns

The Covington Rotary Club will host its 19th annual Cars of the Past car show Sunday on the square. The event highlighted 300 antique cars last year and drew in several thousand visitors. Proceeds from the event will assist the Rotary with civic projects, including the Empty Stocking Fund at Christmas. The event will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

September 28, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton royalty

Breauna Rockett was crowned homecoming queen of Newton High School during Saturday night's football game. Shyheim Stafford was crowned homecoming king.

September 28, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Yoga month at the Y

September is National Yoga Month, and the Covington Y will celebrate this week with yoga prize drawings, yoga guest passes and informational brochures on the benefits of yoga.

September 28, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mom threatens son with knife

A mother remains jailed after allegedly threatening her teen son with a knife because he didn't do his chores.

September 28, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Teen caught urinating on tree

A Newton County teen was arrested for public drunk after officers saw him urinating on a tree next to Checkers.

September 28, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Blazing the trail

Over the years, Susan Boss noticed a disturbing pattern among many of her customers. Every time she turned around, another customer had been diagnosed with breast cancer.

September 25, 2011 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


County to buy 34 NCSO cars w/ SPLOST

Newton County is planning to spend the first of its 2011 SPLOST collections - $811,835 - by purchasing 34 new cars for the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

September 25, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newton to get good return on T-SPLOST

Only a handful of residents attended Thursday night's T-SPLOST open house at Georgia Perimeter College despite the fact the additional penny tax will totally revamp transportation funding in the state and will greatly affect major regional thoroughfares.

September 25, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Honor flight departs from American Legion

Twenty-five World War II veterans, including several from Newton County, and their guardians flew to Washington, D.C. from Atlanta on Thursday in the inaugural flight of Honor Flight Conyers. The group left the American Legion Post 77 at 5 a.m., escorted by police, and spent the day in Washington D.C. visiting monuments and memorials such as the World War II memorial. The veterans, who came from across the metro Atlanta region and the state and ranged from ages 84 - 97, returned at 11:30 p.m travel-weary but proud.

September 25, 2011 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Two airlifted in weekend car accidents

Over the weekend, two separate car accidents resulted in area residents being airlifted to Atlanta hospitals

September 23, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Church helping boy with severe spasms

Tiffany Smith talks like a seasoned health care professional. This local mother of two young boys can spout off the complicated, often times impossibly long, names of disorders, procedures and medications that would leave most people tongue tied. Tiffany came by her knowledge the hard way. Not through years of formal education, but rather seven years of loving, nurturing and understanding her first born son's medical condition.

September 23, 2011 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | LOCAL


Fire burns down house on Ga. 212

A home at 7245 Ga. Highway 212 was destroyed in a fire early Thursday morning, causing the road to be closed between 3:20 a.m. and 9:45 a.m.

September 22, 2011 | | LOCAL


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