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Millage increase likely

Newton County officially announced Thursday the "tentative" adoption a 12.99 millage rate for county operations in fiscal year 2016, as county commissioners emphasized that the tax hike represents a shift in millage rather than a significant increase in spending.

June 25, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


BOE approves budget, improvements to Eastside's field

With a new fiscal year beginning next week for the Newton County school district, the Newton County Board of Education (BOE) approved several different contracts for the upcoming school year.

June 24, 2015 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


BOE approves budget, improvements to Eastside's field

With a new fiscal year beginning next week for the Newton County school district, the Newton County Board of Education (BOE) approved several different contracts for the upcoming school year.

June 24, 2015 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


Woman shot by boyfriend

A 31-year-old woman was shot in the leg by her boyfriend Monday, prompting an investigation by the Newton County Sheriff's Office, according to Deputy Felicia Jefferson.

June 24, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Thunderstorm watch in effect

Caution is urged this evening after the National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Newton, Rockdale and surrounding counties through 10 p.m. Wednesday.

June 24, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Grace Christian Academy celebrates academic, artistic achievements

Newton County's Grace Christian Academy's academic quiz bowl team became international champions for the third time in four years recently at the Accelerated Christian Education International Student Convention in Las Cruses, New Mexico.

June 24, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO deputies arrest Fla. fugitive

COVINGTON- An attempted murder suspect in a case out of Escambia County in Florida was arrested by deputies last week, the Newton County Sheriff's Office announced Thursday.

June 24, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local Prayer Vigil for Charleston

COVINGTON- The public is invited to attend a prayer vigil for the victims of the mass shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, Wednesday, June 24, at the St. Paul AME Church, 13108 Brown Bridge Road, Covington.

June 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Cavanaugh retires from The News

T. Pat Cavanaugh, publisher of The Covington News, The Rockdale News, and their respective digital products, has announced his retirement from The News Company.

June 21, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Eastside students travel to Galapagos

Although school is out for the summer, Newton County students are still busy learning. Such a group recently had the ultimate in science and ecological learning experience, heading to Ecuador and the Galapagos islands.

June 21, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local teachers participate in institute for environmental education

The 2015 Oxford Institute for Environmental Education (OIEE) recently concluded at Oxhouse Science Center, science field station of Oxford College. Teachers from across Georgia wrapped up an intensive week of professional development. Founded in 1992, OIEE provides an opportunity for teachers in grades K-12 to collaborate with college biology faculty, gaining new science teaching methods and investigative techniques.

June 21, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Gardening for and as a community

Nothing tastes like a still-warm from the sun, freshly picked beefsteak tomato. It's juicy, red and taste like, well, a tomato.

June 21, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Shifty Business

The stories seem to follow a pattern.

June 21, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Covington celebrates Juneteenth

Tommy Gregory Sr. told the crowd gathered at Nelson Heights Community Center that summer was the season to celebrate two of America's independence days.

June 20, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Jimmy Johns to open in Covington by end of summer

As a child, he waited tables in his mother's restaurant. Since then, John Nissan, 25, has worked every station in food service, most recently as a server at Cheddar's Casual Café in Columbus; Locos Grill and Pub in Athens; and Buffalo Wild Wings in Kennesaw.

June 20, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


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Court Sentencings - March 9

Patti B. Jacobson, felony habitual violator 5 years probation consecutive to earlier case, $1,000; DUI, 12 months probation, serve 180 days, $1,000; failure to maintain lane, 12 months probation, $200, plus stipulations.

March 09, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Two shot in fight at ‘the barn’

An 18-year-old man remains in critical condition after a party ended in gunfire early Saturday.

March 08, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Kelsey’s Courage

Randy and Kelsey Upton are more than just father and daughter, they are a team, standing up and telling Kelsey's story in hopes of changing somewhat antiquated laws.

March 08, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


State revenues continue to grow

ATLANTA - Georgia's revenues are continuing to show signs of life.

State money managers reported Tuesday that tax collections rose 26 percent in February from the same month one year ago.

March 08, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Garbage service privatization could save Oxford money

Privatizing garbage and recycling collection service could save the city of Oxford

March 08, 2011 | Tharon Giddens | LOCAL


Cleanup volunteers needed

Volunteers are needed for Covington's Great American Cleanup Event, to be held Saturday, March 26.

March 08, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Art contest opens

An art contest to raise awareness of exception children and their recreational needs is being offered by

March 08, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Two shot at party

An 18-year-old man remains in critical after an early morning party Saturday ended in gunfire.

March 08, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Top state court upholds voter ID law

ATLANTA - The Georgia Supreme Court on Monday upheld a state law requiring voters to show identification before they cast ballots, dismissing objections from Democrats who contended lawmakers had no proof when they approved the new rules that anyone had tried to vote illegally.

The court's 6-1 decision found that no voter has been disenfranchised by the 2006 law, despite claims by the Democratic Party of Georgia that the law creates an undue burden on the poor, the disabled and minorities. The decision, written by Justice Hugh Thompson, concluded that the law was a "minimal, reasonable, and nondiscriminatory restriction."

March 07, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Deal scales back pre-K cuts

ATLANTA - Gov. Nathan Deal said Monday he is revamping his plans to cut the state's prekindergarten program to half-day after an outcry from parents and teachers.

The program will remain a full day but the school year will be cut from 180 days to 160 days, and class sizes will increase by two students to 22 each, Deal said. The moves will allow the state to cut $54 million from the cash-strapped program while adding 2,000 slots, which will put a dent in the 10,000-student waiting list.

March 07, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


HOPE in Senate

ATLANTA - The Georgia Senate is expected to take up a bill overhauling the cash-strapped HOPE scholarship this week.

The bill was introduced two weeks ago by Gov. Nathan Deal and has moved at lightning speed through the Legislature, gaining approval from the House last week. The full Senate could see the bill as early as Tuesday.

March 07, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton loses to Valdosta

FORT VALLEY - Valdosta High School built a lead and held on late Saturday to top Newton High School 68-61 in the quarterfinals of the Class AAAAA playoffs.

March 06, 2011 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL


Chamber supports state film tax credit

Local officials hope the state continues to provide tax reductions to film companies in Georgia, because Newton County receives sales tax from a regular stream of filming projects and the thousands of tourists who come solely because of The Dukes of Hazzard, In the Heat of the Night and the Vampire Diaries.

March 06, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Teen strikes other with bat

An 18-year-old remains in the Newton County Jail after allegedly busting another teen's head open with a baseball bat in a fight over a girl.

According to Newton County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Cortney Morrison, the 17-year-old victim was hanging out with friends at a neighborhood gazebo when a girl walked by. One of the teens exchanged words with the girl and the conversation turned ugly.

March 06, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Remembering Audrey Atkinson

Audrey Atkinson was the all-American girl. Blonde and bubbly, she could have been anyone's daughter, granddaughter, sister or best friend. But Audrey had a secret. The 19-year-old was being abused by her boyfriend.

March 06, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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