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Reform and outreach in the community

Editor's note: This is part of an ongoing look at crime and law enforcement in and around Newton County by The Covington News.

August 08, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | LOCAL


$40 million in investment, Chili’s announced

One hundred thirty five jobs and around $42,750,000 in investment were announced by Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce President Ralph Staffins to the ...

August 08, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Making cents of property tax dollars

Millage rates. Real and personal property. Taxes and rollback rates.

August 08, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


A walk among the tombstones

There is a tombstone lying on the bed of Ashley Shares' pick-up truck.

August 08, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Rotary Club to provide benches for park

The Rotary Club of Covington will help build out a park behind the Newton County Administrative Building.

August 08, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Fun with fall veggies

The fall is the best time to grow food in Georgia. You get to ride out the late season heat and you're rewarded with ...

August 07, 2016 | Corey Mosser | LOCAL


Yellow River offers Porterdale ways to build tourism product

Tourism is big business, a key part of economic development in the area.

August 07, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Mock disaster drill coordinated by Covington Police Department

The City of Covington Police Department (CPD) recently teamed with 10 other agencies to conduct a large-scale active shooter drill. Held last Friday at Peachtree ...

August 06, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Staffins appointed to Chamber Association board

Ralph Staffins, president of the Covington-Newton Chamber of Commerce was appointed to fill a one year term on the Georgia Association of Chamber of Commerce ...

August 06, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Solid Waste Authority lets citizens know its history

Two nights after citizens showing concern for the possible closure of the county's convenience centers packed the Newton County Historic Courthouse for a board ...

August 04, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Citizens show displeasure during BOC meeting

The Newton County Solid Waste Authority (SWA) was granted the legal ability to work on the county's solid waste stream after the board of ...

August 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Newton County approves $54 million budget

Newton County tax payers will see an increase on their bills now that the board of commissioners (BOC) approved the 2017 budget and millage rate ...

August 02, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Photos: Construction around the community

New Dining Hall at Oxford College of Emory University, Oxford: With construction almost half way complete, the dining hall is anticipated to open and begin ...

August 02, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Topic of gazebo makes return to council agenda

Despite knowing Newton Federal Bank was no longer willing to give the money to build a gazebo on the Square, Covington Mayor Ronnie Johnston left ...

August 02, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


4-H’er wins third in state

Did you know the blue tongued skink, a lizard found in Australia, gives birth to live young? Or that you can see one at Bear ...

August 01, 2016 | Terri Fullerton | LOCAL


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Sitting down with soldiers

What started off as a quiet, intimidated room full of students attending the Military Panel at Oxford College on Wednesday, turned into a engaging and moving experience between both the soldiers and audience.

Many students did not know what to expect when they first walked into this unstructured panel. Some thought it would be a recruiting session, others just went for extra credit for a class. A student even asked how long the panel was going to be and if they could leave early, but that soon changed as the panel started. The program was supposed to be only an ...

April 19, 2012 | Nicole Goetz | LOCAL


Local resident opens for Merle Haggard

Twenty-five-year-old Mansfield native Gannon Adams has been in love with country music his whole life.

He first became interested in performing while he attended Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, Ga. He started a self-titled band six months ago and has been traveling solo with Merle Haggard for the past few weeks as Haggard's opening act. He will open for Haggard again next Wednesday, April 25 at Macon City Auditorium.

April 19, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Leaders: skilled workforce needed

Following the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Newton County College and Career Academy, the annual Workforce Development Summit was held in the new building last Tuesday.

April 19, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Lee Peck named to a top school spot

Newton County School System is pleased to announce that Lee Peck has been selected as the district's Executive Director for School Improvement. Peck was approved by unanimous vote at the Newton County Board of Education's April 17 monthly meeting.

April 19, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton lands medical industry, 1,500 jobs

Global medical manufacturer Baxter International announced Thursday plans to build a $1 billion manufacturing center in Newton County that will employ more than 1,500 full-time workers.

April 19, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Rockdale passport fees to go nonprofits

The issue of passport fees took center stage again at Tuesday evening's Board of Commissioners work session as the Clerk of Courts proposed a new split that would give a third to charitable non-profits, a third to the county, and a third to the Clerk of Courts Office but eliminate the amount taken as income by the Clerk.

April 18, 2012 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


I-20 WB accident, traffic congested

An accident on Interstate 20 westbound has traffic heavy near exit 90. Use extreme caution.

April 18, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Summer art camp opens registration

The Southern Heartland Art Gallery will be hosting its annual art camps in June and July for children ages six through 12.

April 17, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


First responders simulate disaster

The multi-vehicle accident left many blood-covered victims scattered along Hwy 278 outside of Newton County Tuesday. Some were nursing shattered bones and cuts while others stumbled around, confused and moaning for help. The skilled first responders who arrived on scene only had an allotted amount time to take care of the injured and the shipment of radioactive waste that was involved in the wreck.

April 17, 2012 | Rachel Goff | LOCAL


Passport fee debate reaches Newton

Newton County residents have had their passports processed by the Newton County Superior Court clerk for many years, but a longstanding state law that allows the clerk of courts to take the $25 passport processing fee as personal income is being scrutinized and reconsidered across the state.

April 17, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Schools looks to save on transportation

If approved, the school system's transportation department could save hundreds of thousands of dollars by partnering with a company that would bring a parts store to them and stock it with Newton County's needs in mind.

April 17, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Georgia gas prices fall 4.5 cents in past week

Average retail gasoline prices in Atlanta have fallen 4.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.82/gal yesterday.

This compares with the national average that has fallen 1.4 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.89/gal, according to gasoline price website AtlantaGasPrices.com.

April 17, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Get out and go

Spring might be my favorite season. After a ceaseless winter with gray skies and not a hint of green in sight, colorful flowers begin to make their appearance forecasting warmer weather ahead.

And although our spring came early this year and our winter wasn't very cool, it still is a sense of excitement for me. Now, I can hang the jacket in the closet, roll out of bed in the mornings without worrying about the cold hardwood floor touching my feet and toss the layers of clothing to the side.

April 17, 2012 | Rachel Goff | LOCAL


Passed out mom hit with ball by children

A call about a possible cardiac arrest on West Drive turned out to be a mom, passed out in the bushes Sunday evening.

April 17, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mom found with malnourished baby, charged with meth possession

A 33-year-old mom was arrested and her child taken by the Department of Family and Children Services after officers reportedly found her with her undernourished baby in a trashed hotel room with methamphetamine.

Officers were called to the Covington Lodge by an anonymous caller who was concerned about the safety of a 2-month-old baby. When they arrived, they reportedly saw Frances Deanna Mattheus standing in front of a room's open door "thrusting the baby up and down in the air and grinding her teeth back and forth, tensing her facial muscles. The baby appeared to be slender and undernourished."

April 17, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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