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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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Gas costs up for Thanksgiving

Expect plenty of company on the roads this Thanksgiving holiday, and expect to pay more for gas, too.

November 22, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


SPLOST list pared to $57.6 million

Despite the split among the Board of Commissioners, it did reach an informal consensus on a final SPLOST list Thursday night, totaling $57.6 million in projects.

November 21, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


County divided over SPLOST

A divided Board of Commissioners continued to disagree Friday about whether Thursday night's 3-2 consensus decision in favor of Commissioner Mort Ewing's SPLOST proposal was the result of backroom politics or a show of leadership.

November 21, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Garden Club gathering

Leading ladies: The Satsuki Garden Club of Covington recently held their first membership meeting of the year. Club officers from left to right: Elaine Luginbill and Ellen Drossman, Co-Secretaries; Beverly Copeland, 1st Vice President; Christy Lassiter, President; Mary Mansker, 2nd Vice President; Cora Tilley, Treasurer; Bettye Robertson, Chaplain; Susie Jefferson, Parliamentarian.

November 21, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Something to cheer about

Winning ladies: Five Newton County girls were on cheer team that recently won second-place at a United Youth Football Conference Cheer Competition and was awarded the "Atlanta Falcon's Cheer Squad of the Week" in early November. The ladies are Mikenzie Armstead, fifth grade at Fairview Theme Elementary, N'kia Johnson, fifth grade at Ficquett Elementary, Kiara Cannon, fifth grade at Live Oak Elementary, Jamiah Giles, sixth grade at Cousins Middle School and Amayyah Smith-Browning, seventh grade at Indian Creek Middle School.

November 21, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Governor's tree has Newton roots

In 1980, JoAnn Sims dug up a 1-foot pine tree from the forest and moved it to a pot. Thirty years later, the tree is nearly twice as tall as her house and will soon find itself in front of the Governor's Mansion, where it will play a part in the annual state tree lighting ceremony.

November 21, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Got a few minutes to help the hungry?

Families in need in Newton County can get a free Thanksgiving feast on Thursday, with some help from you.

November 21, 2010 | Tharon Giddens | LOCAL


Holiday Helpers

The holidays are all about giving. Here are some agencies that provide help to the needy. Is your group doing something special for others during the holidays? Send an e-mail to tiddens@covnews.com, post on our Facebook page or comment below.

November 19, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Police search for suspect in Tuesday armed robbery

Covington Police are looking for a gun-wielding bandit who tried to rob the Dollar General on U.S. Highway 278 on Tuesday.

November 19, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Great shot!

November 19, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Program offers help paying for heat

Help is available for paying your heating bills this winter through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

November 19, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


BOC reaches SPLOST consensus amid contentious debate

The Board of Commissioners came to an informal consensus, 3-2, on a final $57.6 million SPLOST list Thursday night, but not before a contentious discussion broke out about which projects should be included and whether or not the three commissioners in favor had met illegally prior to the meeting.

November 18, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Covington's Guiding Lights

The three women chosen to flip the switch on the holiday decorations at the Historic Courthouse, Carrie Freeman, Lula V. Smith-Rachels and Betty Bellairs, are Shining Lights in their own rights.

November 18, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Architects share renderings of new Newton High

Newton County Board of Education members got a look at what the new Newton High may look like when system architects on Tuesday unveiled initial renderings.

November 18, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Father of infant attacked by raccoons charged

The father of a Newton County child who was attacked by raccoons earlier this month has been charged with keeping the animals that attacked his infant daughter as pets.

November 18, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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