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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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Public can weigh in on alcohol by drink

Alcohol by the drink in unincorporated Newton County is moving toward a vote in November, but first the public will have a chance to comment on the proposed ordinance, which will strictly control where alcohol sales are allowed.

June 02, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Fire Department awarded safety, prevention grant

Newton County Fire Service has been awarded the Chesney Fallen Firefighters Memorial Grant Award by the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation.

The grant is for $2,826 and will be used to support local fire safety and burn prevention efforts in Newton County.

June 02, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


CPD Officer’s vehicle hit by drunk driver

A Covington Police Officer was rear-ended by a suspected drunk driver last week.

The accident occurred on U.S. Highway 278 at approximately 1:45 a.m. Friday, May 25. Officer Bob Yarbrough was backing up another officer on a traffic stop when a vehicle driven by 37-year-old Conson Wilson Starr struck the car and drug it roughly 40-feet.

June 02, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Jimmy Buffett tribute band to play

Calling all Parrot Heads! Covington is about to experience a little bit of paradise.

June 02, 2012 | Meghan de St. Aubin | LOCAL


First Alcovy evening hike a success

The Alcovy Conservation Center has begun an evening hike tradition.

June 02, 2012 | Meghan de St. Aubin | LOCAL


Woman tries to steal beer, gets ticket

Officers from the Covington Police Department were dispatched Wednesday around 12:30 p.m. when an alleged shoplifting was reported at the Covington area Kroger.

June 02, 2012 | Meghan de St. Aubin | LOCAL


Car crashes into Wells Fargo

A car driven by a cleaning crew crashed into the Wells Fargo bank on Industrial Boulevard late Friday night.

June 02, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Late filing fees for most candidates

A warning to elusive campaign filers: Georgia wants its money. The state's campaign finance commission is enforcing penalties for anyone who was required to report election finances since 2011 for either filing reports late or not at all.

June 02, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


I-20 WB reopened after crash at Sigman Road

UPDATED (June 1, 12:04 p.m): The single-car crash that shut down I-20 westbound sent four children and one adult to the hospital.

June 01, 2012 | | LOCAL


Thunderstorms to last until midnight

After seeing very hot temperatures dominate the Newton County area during the past holiday weekend into the early portion of this week, the pattern is flipping to a cooler one as the jet stream dives southward causing stormy weather, according to weather.com

May 31, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man called gay slurs, attacked

When a Covington police officer arrived at the scene of an assault call, Elijah Bagby said he was jogging down the street when he was approached by three men.

Bagby told the officer that Quindarious Webb, Quincy Jackson and Ronald Hayes started following him while yelling expletives and saying they did not like gay people on their street. The three men grabbed Bagby.

May 31, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Kicking off our school Report Card series

(To see the full infographic that goes with today's story see today's newspaper. The graphic contains data about the theme school's budget, test scores, student-teacher ratio, police calls and demographics.)

May 31, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Warm weather brings more DUI arrests

The Newton County Sheriff's Office and the Covington Police Department reported eight arrests for driving under the influence and several noise complaints this Memorial Day weekend.

With the warmer weather, police departments do not expect the increase in DUI arrests and noise complaints to lessen.

May 31, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Meet Social Circle’s new superintendent

Longtime Atlanta-area principal and former Social Circle educator Todd McGhee is returning to Social Circle City Schools as its new superintendent.

The Social Circle Board of Education chose McGhee last week to man the school system's top spot and replace longtime Superintendent Bettye Ray, who is retiring June 30. He received a three-year contract with an annual salary of $138,500.

May 31, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


7 structure fires over holiday weekend

The Memorial Day weekend was a busy one for the Newton County Fire Department, which ran a total of 68 calls from Friday evening through Monday evening.

Of those calls, seven were for structure fires, three of which were total losses. The first occurred Saturday around 1 a.m. on Cornish Mountain Road. Firefighters arrived within five minutes of the call and found the home fully engulfed. With the nearest fire hydrant roughly a mile and a half away, the 10,000-square foot home was a total loss in both property and contents. Homeowners were out of town for the ...

May 31, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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