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Sheriff thanks community for support

Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown reached out to Facebook earlier this morning to share his gratitude with the community on its support of the family ...

November 22, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


Traffic stop nets drug arrest

After following a truck registered to a known drug house, Covington Police Officer Steve Swann initiated a traffic stopped that resulted in a foot pursuit ...

November 21, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


Young men told to ‘do the little things’

University of Georgia and NFL football player, author and musician Rennie Curran told 21 young men assembled last Friday in the Media Center at Newton ...

November 21, 2016 | Duane M. Ford | LOCAL


Rowe: Making America Great Again

When the Presidential Election ended, I thought the debating, tension and division would be finished as well. But we have more to talk about than ...

November 20, 2016 | Beth Rowe | LOCAL


Alcohol suspension overturned for The Social House

The Social House, located at 2101 Main St. in Porterdale, is able to serve alcohol again after a unanimous vote from the Porterdale City Council ...

November 18, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


Donations for Deputy White accepted at local bank

Donations to the family of Newton County Sheriff's Deputy Justin White can now be made at any branch of Bank of North Georgia by ...

November 18, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


Photos: A Holiday Illumination

The Christmas season officially started in downtown Covington Thursday evening with the Lighting of the Tree.

November 17, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Fire Services selling Cajun Fried Turkeys for a cause

The Newton County Fire Services (NCFS) will host a Cajun Fried Turkey fundraiser to benefit the Salvation Army's Angel Tree program.

November 17, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


District 4 commissioner makes accusations against fellow commissioners

District 4 Commissioner J.C. Henderson accused District 3 Commissioner Nancy Schulz and District 5 Commissioner Levie Maddox of corruption, and the Newton County Board ...

November 16, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Georgia DNR issues Code Red air quality alert

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Environmental Protection Division issued a Code Red (unhealthy) air quality alert for Atlanta today due to the smoke from ...

November 16, 2016 | Jasmine Floyd | LOCAL


2017 SPLOST list approved

More than $18 million for transportation, just under $4 million for the Emergency-911 Center, just under $2 million for expansion of the Senior Service Center ...

November 16, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Santa’s appearance on Square drawing closer

The Covington Square is decorated and ready for the arrival of Santa during Thursday night's Lighting of the Tree.

November 16, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


BOC summary: Developments of Community Impact zoning approved

After District 1 Commissioner John Douglas requested any language of burial be removed and the acreage increased from four to 10 acres, the Newton County ...

November 16, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Water restrictions imposed

Newton County residents are now under restrictions for water use after the Board of Commissioners (BOC) unanimously approved to raise the county's Drought Response ...

November 16, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


NCSO Capt. Banks speaks to BOC of fallen deputy

The Newton County Board of Commissioner's meeting started off on a somber note Tuesday as Newton County Sheriff's Office Capt. Sammy Banks spoke ...

November 15, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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Teen who claimed rape now charged

A teenage girl who claimed to be the victim of a rape is now being charged with making the whole thing up.

July 19, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


BOE approves tech updates

Several schools will see technology updates soon after the Newton County Board of Education approved the updates - most of which will be paid for out of E-rate funding.

Director of Technology and Media Services Dr. Gary Shattuck presented a proposal to the Newton County Board of Education in their June meeting, outlining the schools that are eligible for reimbursement, as well as first and second priority schools that have not had technology updates for many years.

July 19, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Students win big in national competition

Seven Georgia Piedmont Technical College students spent last week in Kansas City, Mo., at the National Leadership and Skills Conference. Jayson Holland competed in the Motorcycle Service Technology category, accompanied by academic adviser Mike Sachs. Jacquelyn Williams, Precious Bright and Cotina Howard competed in Tech Prep Showcase-Business, Management and Technology, accompanied by their adviser Chrisine Hardin Hamilton. This group won the gold medal in their category over competitors from Manatee Technical Institute in Bradenton, Fla., and Rolla Technical Institute in Rolla, Mo. Humberto Fragoso, Rodney Williams and Shana Baker won gold in the Tech Prep Showcase - Industrial and Engineering Technology ...

July 19, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Flanagan edges out Schulz in online poll

Tony Flanagan, the Democratic challenger in the District 3 Newton County Board of Commissioners race, edged out Democratic incumbent Nancy Schulz in The News' online poll.

Flanagan captured 114 votes (52 percent) to Schulz's 104 votes (48 percent). Poll results are completely unscientific.

July 19, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


CPD Chief Cotton named Rotarian of the Year

Covington Public Safety Director Stacey Cotton received the 2012 E.G. Lassiter Rotarian of the Year Award from the Rotary Club of Covington.

July 19, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County moves forward with museum

The Newton County Board of Commissioners moved forward with the restoration of the historic Brick Store building and approved several grants at Tuesday's meeting.

The board unanimously approved spending $189,000 of a previous $250,000 state grant for the restoration Brick Store, located on U.S. Highway 278 about half a mile east of the intersection of Ga. Highway 11. The low bid came in from John W. Spratlin & Son.

July 19, 2012 | Jared Williams | LOCAL


Forgotten stadium lights to cost $539K

The Newton County School Board approved a change order for athletic field lighting Tuesday, after forgetting to add the $539,143 needed into the bid for the replacement Newton High School.

The cost will be paid out of capital project funds and the proposal, submitted by the same contractor that is working on the rest of the replacement high school, and was comparable to the cost of lighting at both Alcovy and Eastside High Schools previously.

July 19, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Three men charged with molestation

Charges have been brought against three men in separate cases of child molestation.

Donta Quintrell Johnson, 26, is being held without bond on charges of parole violation, criminal damage to property, cruelty to children, rape, aggravated child molestation and aggravated sodomy.

July 19, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Police chief named Rotarian of the Year

Covington Public Safety Director Stacey Cotton received the 2012 E.G. Lassiter Rotarian of the Year Award from the Rotary Club of Covington.

July 19, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


See historical spec sheets for mill houses

Much of Porterdale's housing was built by the former Bibb Manufacturing Company for the people who worked at its textile mill.

July 19, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Dead body found in missing man's car

A missing Covington man's vehicle was found engulfed in flames with a dead man's body in the trunk, according to Atlanta Police officials.

July 18, 2012 | Rachel Goff | LOCAL


Teen who claimed rape now being charged

A teenage girl who claimed to be the victim of a rape is now being charged with making the whole thing up.

July 18, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Last days of music and dance

The sound of musical medleys resonates through the Porter Auditorium of Newton High School. Girls and boys of the Arts Association of Newton County's Musical Theater Camp practice for their performance on Friday, July 20 at 7 p.m.

July 17, 2012 | Elizabeth Park | LOCAL


Smart Growth hosts forum Thursday

One of voters' last chances to hear from county chair, commission and school board candidates before the July 31 primary election will take place at Smart Growth Newton County's forum at 7 p.m., Thursday at the Washington Street Community Center.

Because of the large number of candidates expected to attend, 18 or 19, Smart Growth President Jonathan Paschal said there will be no formal question-and-answer session, but each candidate will instead be given five minutes to speak and there will be time to mingle and speak to candidates one-on-one afterward. Paschal said he expects the forum to last ...

July 17, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Gas prices expected to increase

Average gas prices in Atlanta will be rising this week. The average retail price for gasoline has risen 5.2 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.31/gal on Sunday.

The national average this week stands at $3.45/gal, 3 cents higher than a few days ago, according to gasoline price website AtlantaGasPrices.com.

July 17, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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