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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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Covington author publishes inspirational book

God has been good to Covington author Joyce Fincher, who has a new inspirational book available online, "He'll Lead You Through Your Sea."

It's her testimony of how God has led her through the darkest times of her life, as well as through the happy times. Fincher believes that she is simply God's vessel through whom he has written the story of her experiences.

February 22, 2011 | Chris Queen | LOCAL


Fulton firefighters find pot plants

ATLANTA - Fulton County fire officials say firefighters sent to douse an overnight blaze found dozens of suspected marijuana plants growing in the basement.

Fulton fire Battalion Chief Markus Jones says firefighters were sent to the house in south Fulton County early Monday. Jones says there was no one home when the firefighters arrived. He says the signs of a marijuana-growing operation included special lighting.

February 21, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Mama Bee's Tip of the Week - Feb. 20

Pack your lunch and bring your own coffee. It's plain and simple, friends - this saves money! I estimate my family saves $150 a month by using this frugal living strategy. That's $1,800 a year! When you look at it like that, the convenience of not so healthy fast food and an overpriced cuppa joe isn't nearly as attractive, is it? Think about how much you could save if you drove past that shiny coffee shop with a thermos of your favorite in hand, brown bag filled with homemade goodies waiting beside you for lunch! Don't ...

February 20, 2011 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | LOCAL


Horace Johnson: Living in changing times

Judge Horace Johnson has made a lot of memories since being born in Newton County Hospital in the late 50s. But the one that stands out most clearly happened at Ficquett Elementary School when he was one of the first black students to be integrated in Newton County.

February 20, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


An abundant Arbor Day

Planting frenzy: Newton County celebrated Arbor Day in several cities on Saturday.

February 20, 2011 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


A view from the House

The most significant bill by far to reach the house floor was the adjustment to the current, fiscal 2011 budget, also known as the supplemental or little budget bill. A few other items were of interest as well.

February 20, 2011 | By Doug Holt, Representative | LOCAL


Court Sentencings - Feb. 20

o Kevin Scott Hayes, violation of probation, 6 months Newton County Jail.

February 20, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Ozburn wins community service award

Superior Court Judge Samuel D. Ozburn is one of 10 recipients of the 12th Annual Justice Robert Benham Awards for Community Service.

February 19, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Families brace for HOPE cuts

ATLANTA - For Christopher McGee, getting the HOPE scholarship meant he could afford Georgia State University.

But state lawmakers are eyeing cuts to the cash-strapped scholarship program that has paid for more than 1 million Georgians to get a higher education - meaning McGee and other students across the state may have to pay thousands of dollars more for college. The 19-year-old from College Park said he'll likely increase the hours he works at his part-time job as a file clerk at an Atlanta law firm and decrease his class load to help make up the difference.

February 18, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Three Lilburn children die in meth fire

Three young children have died from injuries suffered in a fire in a suburban home in Lilburn that was likely caused when chemicals used to make methamphetamine ignited, authorities said Friday.

February 18, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Monroe County inmates riot over sandwiches

FORSYTH, Ga. - A spokeswoman for the Monroe County Sheriff's Office says a group of jail inmates rioted when they were given a sandwich instead of their usual hot meal.

February 18, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


County mulls roads for 2011 SPLOST

Newton County has hundreds of millions of dollars in road projects it wants to complete over the next several years, but it must choose $17.28 million worth of projects to complete with SPLOST funds if the 2011 SPLOST is passed in March.

February 18, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Celebrate Arbor Day in Newton County

Turner Lake Park: 10 a.m.; Turner Lake Park, sponsored by Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful; (770) 784-2015 or newtonclean@co.newton.ga.us for additional information. 11 a.m.; Turner Lake Recreation Center; tree planting in memory of Mr. Eddie Phillips, Mr. Carl Smith, Mr. Otis Spillers and in honor of Mrs. Connie Waller and Mr. Greg Heid; refreshments; RSVP Debbie Bell (678-625-1231.

February 18, 2011 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Dogfighting ring busted, three arrested

Three men were arrested and several others are still being sought after an anonymous tip uncovered a suspected dog fighting ring last week.

February 18, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Covington student Washington-bound

Alexander Quinlan, a student at the Montessori School of Covington, has been accepted into the People to People World Leadership Forum.

Alexander will join a select group of students in Washington, D.C., next week to study leadership and explore the city's monuments and institutions. Stops will include Capitol Hill, the Smithsonian Institution, Mount Vernon and the National Museum of American History, according to a release.

February 17, 2011 | | LOCAL


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