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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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Gas prices rose 5 cents last week

Average retail gasoline prices in Atlanta have risen 5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.83 per gallon yesterday. This compares with the national average that has increased 3.2 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.89 per gallon, according to gasoline price website AtlantaGasPrices.com.

April 02, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Roadwork may cause delays

WHEN: 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, April 2, continuing through Thursday, April 5, weather permitting

April 02, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Ex-husband sought in woman's assault

The ex-husband of a woman who was beaten in a hotel off City Pond Road Wednesday is being sought by authorities.

Officers from the Covington Police Department were called to the hotel and when they arrived, met with the victim who was "visibly shaken." Officers noted that her hotel room had items strewn all over the floor and the victim's eyes were bloodshot as if she had been crying.

March 31, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Dead body found on fire in woods off I-20

Authorities in Social Circle are investigating a body found late Thursday night. According to Social Circle director of public safety Tom Fox, a 911 call placed at 11:44 p.m. reported seeing a fire being started in the woods off exit 101 near Interstate 20 and Ga. Hwy. 278. According to Fox, firefighters responded to the blaze and discovered a black male, possibly in his 30s.

Both the GBI and Social Circle Police Department were working the scene throughout the day Friday morning. The GBI conducted an autopsy Saturday but have yet to release the name of the victim ...

March 31, 2012 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL


Covington debates saggy pants law

While Covington council members seem to unanimously dislike the practice of people wearing pants that sag below their waists, they were divided on whether the city should seek to outlaw the practice through an ordinance.

March 31, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Keeping it real

Sharon Sawyer fusses over her husband Forrest, arranging his headphones, as the two sit in the whitewashed, brick radio station on Hendricks Street. In the community, Forrest is known for his vocal activism, but in the studio Sharon is the boss.

"I'm not really the boss. I'm the director," said Sharon laughing.

March 31, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Meneguzzo named principal of Theme School at Ficquett

With the announcement of theme school principal Ruth Anne Smith's retirement, James Meneguzzo has been named principal of the Newton County Theme School at Ficquett.

Meneguzzo, currently an assistant principal at Indian Creek Middle School, will take over at the theme school the start of the next school year. The Newton County Board of Education voted unanimously at a called meeting March 29 to appoint him.

March 31, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Free wireless internet around downtown

As part of its efforts to attract more people to the square, the city of Covington is now offering free wireless internet service on and surrounding the square.

March 31, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Palm Sunday kicks off full week of Easter events

Easter will be celebrated this year on April 8. Local churches have gathered together to present a week full of fun events that the whole family can enjoy during this holiday.

On April 1, the First Baptist Church of Covington will present a musical called "God with Us." It will be performed in the sanctuary of the church at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. During the week after the musical, there will be

March 31, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Covington YMCA gears up for 11th annual Cheerios Challenge

On Saturday, April 21 the Covington family YMCA will be hosting the 11th annual Cheerios Challenge on the square. The event will begin at 7:30 a.m. with the 10K run. The one mile fun run will begin at 9 a.m. followed by the 5K run beginning at 9:30 a.m. All races will start and finish at the Covington Family YMCA located at 2140 Newton Drive.

"The great thing about the race is the fact it is USATF certified," event coordinator Kacie Brown said. "Anyone who plans of running in the Atlanta Journal Constitution's Peachtree ...

March 31, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Woman arrested after hiding crack pipe in pants

While patrolling, two Newton County officers observed a group of three males and one female talking loudly in the backyard of a residence that has been known for drug activity.

Both officers had made numerous arrests in and around the residence and have received complaints about the homeowner and his involvement in drug trading.

March 31, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Woman arrested for stealing from Walmart with her son

A woman was arrested Tuesday afternoon after she and her mentally handicapped son allegedly attempted to steal from Walmart.

According to reports, a loss prevention employee at the Industrial Boulevard store recognized Melva Montgomery and her son from watching them shoplift from the store on video the day before.

March 31, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Body found in Social Circle

Authorities in Social Circle are investigating a body found late last night. According to Social Circle director of public safety Tom Fox, a 911 call placed at 11:44 p.m. reported seeing a fire being started in the woods off exit 101 off Interstate 20 and Ga. Hwy. 278. According to Fox, firefighters responded to the blaze and discovered a black male, possible in his 30s.

March 30, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington warms on natural gas vehicles

In the wake of ever-increasing diesel and gasoline prices, Covington officials continue to warm to the idea of building a compressed natural gas fueling facility that would be available to the city and public.

March 29, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Smith found guilty of '09 murder

Ricky Lewis Smith, 46, of Covington was found guilty of the shooting death of a woman last Wednesday by a Newton County jury.

He was found guilty of malice murder, felony murder, two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of possession of firearms during the commission of a felony and possession of firearm by convicted felon.

March 29, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


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