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County OKs tax increase

The Newton County Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 to adopt a 5 percent tax increase as part of its new annual budget.

July 17, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Hospital asks for more from county

Officials say the combination of Obamacare with an increase in people using the emergency room as their primary doctors is putting Newton Medical Center in trouble.

July 17, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Starbound Dance Studio owner arrested

The former owner of Starbound Dance Studio in Porterdale was arrested on Wednesday by the Newton County Sheriff's Office on 13 counts of theft by conversion.

July 17, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Newton Newsflash: More construction this weekend

If you're out and about this weekend, avoid sections of I-20 in Newton County as construction continues. Lane closures and long delays can be expected in the following areas and times:

July 17, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Social Circle home moving to new location

It took about five years to get funds and to complete the process to move the 186-year-old home, said Mike Owens, owner of Magnolia Manor, the new location of the home. The Historic Preservation Society of Social Circle (HPSSC) had pledged $10,000 for anyone who promised to move and restore the home, which was a significant chunk of the fundraising efforts needed to make the move official. The money was officially presented to Owens Monday by HPSSC President Dena Johnston and Treasurer Charles Thompson. Owens, utility workers and others who are invested in the preservation of the building worked ...

July 17, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


County tightens Salem/Crowell zoning overlay

There will be no pawn shops or check-cashing businesses in the Salem/Almon/Crowell roads overlay district, according to changes adopted Tuesday night by the Newton County Board of Commissioners.

July 17, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Golfing for Laurie

More than six months of fundraising efforts by donors, including Covington residents, will come to a head this Saturday at the Golfing for Laurie golf tournament at Ashton Hills.

July 17, 2014 | Samantha Reardon | LOCAL


Get the beat

Students attending Arts Association in Newton County's Musical Theater Camp rehearse for their final performance of the summer.

July 17, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Crowell, Ga. 81 to get stoplights

County Commission chairman Keith Ellis describes the intersection of Georgia Highway 81 and Crowell Road as the worst in the county. But not for much longer.

July 17, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Riley announces candidacy for Mansfield mayor

Although the full ballot has not yet been revealed for the upcoming special election for Mansfield's mayor, one candidate is known.

July 17, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Hospital asks for more from county

Officials say the combination of Obamacare with an increase in people using the emergency room as their primary doctors is putting Newton Medical Center in trouble.

July 16, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Starbound Dance Studio owner arrested

The former owner of Starbound Dance Studio in Porterdale was arrested on Wednesday by the Newton County Sheriff's Office on 13 counts of theft by conversion.

July 16, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Firearms, stolen diesel and thrown ice cream

The reluctant felon

July 15, 2014 | Samantha Reardon | LOCAL


Newton County children wrap up musical theatre camp with finale performance

The '80s get a second life at "We Got the Beat!"

July 15, 2014 | Samantha Reardon | LOCAL


The Covington Police Department to hold 31st annual Fuzz Run

Police Captain Ken Malcolm does not want to tell you about the donuts.

July 15, 2014 | Samantha Reardon | LOCAL


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Gingrich talks testing presidential bid today

ATLANTA - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will talk about his plans to begin raising money to test whether a bid for the GOP presidential nomination is feasible.

March 03, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


House panel OKs horse racing resolution

ATLANTA - A House panel has approved legislation that could pave the way for pari-mutuel betting on horse racing in Georgia.

The constitutional amendment would allow voters in local communities to decide whether to allow gambling on horse racing.

March 02, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Police: Man stuffed chicken in pants

ROME, Ga. - Authorities say a north Georgia man was arrested after police say he stuffed a rotisserie chicken, chicken wings, a mouth guard and two toothbrushes down the front of his pants and walked out of a Walmart without paying for the items.

March 02, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Tuned in to Dark Shadows

Growing up watching "Dark Shadows," Oxford College history professor David Leinweber had no idea that decades later his love for the cult hit would inspire him to pen songs that have attracted national attention and even a phone call from one of the show's stars, nearly 40 years after the show went off the air.

March 02, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newton County reserves low

The economic downturn apparently hit Newton County much harder than surrounding counties and similar-sized counties around the state.

March 02, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Richard Bellairs: A life of service

Whether it was ensuring that a child had a toy at Christmas through the Empty Stocking Fund or tallying Sunday school attendance at First United Methodist Church, community service was second nature for Richard E. (Dick) Bellairs.

March 02, 2011 | Tharon Giddens | LOCAL


Airport authority names chairman

The Covington Municipal Airport Authority elected officers and set its meeting schedule in its inaugural session on Monday.

March 02, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Dedicated to the department

Four of the finest: The Covington Police Department honored four of their finest Tuesday night with a retirement reception at 1138 Monticello Street. (from left) Captain Willie Davis, Captain Barney Anglin and Officer Oscar Rogers have a combined 92 years of service between them to the city. Not pictured is administrative assistant Chris Harrison who was honored for her 24 years of service. All retired in 2010.

March 02, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County joins “Secure Communities”

Newton County is one of the latest counties to join the "Secure Communities" program, which seeks to curb illegal immigration in Georgia.

March 01, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Burglar found naked in school ceiling

Officers responding to a burglary call at Cousins Middle School in the wee hours of the morning Saturday got more than they bargained for when they eventually found their suspect naked in the school ceiling.

March 01, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Shining light lost: Carrie Freeman dies

A shining light went out in Newton County last week.

February 28, 2011 | | LOCAL


Tornado watch in effect through 8 p.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for Newton County, Rockdale County and much of north Georgia through 8 p.m.

February 28, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newborn states intent to buy railroad

Newborn Mayor Roger Sheridan sent a letter of intent to Norfolk Southern Monday to state Newborn's "strong interest in purchasing the railroad right of way (for) Rails to Trails in Newton County."

February 28, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Little Mr. and Miss Newton - Meet the winners

Little Mister Newton County, Best Boy Talent winner

February 27, 2011 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Man arrested for pulling gun on woman

Officers were called to a home late Tuesday evening after a woman called and told them that Willie Adam Blackwell, 20, had been at her home and had pulled a gun on her.

February 27, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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