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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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Three local officers honored for service

An academic achievement award is given to the top graduate of the police academy each year based on their grade point average and performance during their time at the academy. The Covington Police Department has had three graduates receive this honor for three years in a row which is rare for any police department, but what is even rarer is the fact that they are all women.

The Sheriff Franklin Thornton Award, named after the long-time Walton County Sheriff, is a prestigious award for any upcoming law enforcement officer.

April 03, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Driving growth

Golf fans around the world have their attention focused on Augusta this week as the game's best descend on The Masters.

However, attention should also be brought elsewhere in Georgia. Bridgestone Golf in Covington is providing more than the thrill of competition and the pageantry of Amen Corner.

April 03, 2012 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Lawyer Strauss to run for BOC seat

Local attorney John Strauss announced Tuesday that he will run as a Republican for the District 1Board of Commissioners seat.

April 03, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Possible probation company audit

The city's former probation services provider, East Georgia Correctional Services, turned over its records to the city Friday, and interim Municipal Court Judge Ben Hendricks recommended that the city approve an audit of the records.

"For the protection and edification of all the parties involved, both the outgoing and the incoming probation services for the court as well as the permanent judge, when appointed, I respectfully request that an audit of the court be done by the city auditors. I am not aware that a comprehensive audit of the court has been done in recent memory," Hendricks wrote in ...

April 03, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


City council drops pants ordinance

The Covington City Council voted Monday to table a proposed sagging pants ordinance, after the majority of council members remained unconvinced they could or should legislate how people wear their pants.

Councilman Chris Smith had asked the city attorneys to research the topic, and after the council had a lively debate at a Wednesday work session, Smith asked the council Monday whether it wanted to move forward.

April 03, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Teacher accused of sex with student

A Conyers high school teacher who lives in Covington was arrested Friday on charges of a teacher having sexual contact with a student.

April 03, 2012 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Annual McDonough festival adds evening concert

Downtown McDonough will host its 35th annual Geranium Festival on May 19 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. followed by an evening concert.

The festival will host exhibitors from all over the Southeast who will be selling homemade crafts. Food vendors will also offer festival goers a wide selection of options. Admission and parking are free.

April 03, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Commemorating the past

The seventh annual gathering on the square to commemorate Black Easter, Covington's most famous civil rights event, will take place Sunday at 3 p.m.

The gathering will feature singing, fellowship and speakers like Georgia Rep. Tyrone Brooks, D-Atlanta.

April 03, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Hicks found not guilty of child molestation

A man accused of molesting his adopted daughter was found not guilty last week on all charges.

Daniel Lee Hicks, 46, was originally arrested in May 2009 and charged with four counts of child molestation.

April 03, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Social Circle murder victim ID’d

The body found burning off Interstate 20 in Social Circle late Thursday night has been identified as 36-year-old Akili Jabari Stewart of Stone Mountain. According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, he was killed as a result of gunshot wounds.

A press release issue by the GBI confirms what Social Circle authorities have already released, that around 11:45 p.m. a motorist on I-20 called 911 to report what they believed was a brush fire near U.S. Highway 278 and I-20. When firefighters began to extingush the blaze they found Stewart's body.

April 03, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newton County: sentencing

Francisco Jarier-Serraro, first degree forgery, 5 years probation, 60 days confinement, $1000. Speeding, 12 months probation, $150. Driving without license, 12 months probation, $200. Credit for time served.

April 03, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local church group to give away scholarship

Covington residents Ralph and Gerri Murphy were surprised recently when the Sunday school class they teach created a scholarship in their honor.

"Murphy's Gang," a couple's class at the First Baptist Church in Covington, will award one deserving graduating senior this year with an undisclosed amount of money to help the student in college.

April 03, 2012 | Rachel Goff | LOCAL


Georgia gas prices rose five cents over the last week

The average gasoline price in Atlanta rose five cents per gallon in the past week to $3.83 per gallon.

According to the gasoline price website AtlantaGasPrices.com, the national average increased 3.2 cents in the last week to $3.89 per gallon.

April 03, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Teacher accused of sexual contact

A Covington man who was a Conyers high school teacher was arrested Friday on charges of a teacher having sexual contact with a student.

April 02, 2012 | | LOCAL


Social Circle murder victim ID'd

The body found burning off Interstate 20 in Social Circle late Thursday night has been identified as 36-year-old Akili Jabari Stewart of Stone Mountain. According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, he was killed as a result of gunshot wounds.

April 02, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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