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County gives East Ga. court ordered letter

Newton County has handed over one of two letters requested by the East Georgia Land & Development company and ordered by the Georgia Supreme Court, as East Georgia seeks to build a private sanitary landfill on its property located on Lower River Road.

July 13, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Covington attorney elected to Board of Governors of State Bar of Georgia

W. Gregory Pope of The Pope Law Firm P.C. in Covington was elected to serve on the Board of Governors of the 47,000-member State Bar of Georgia and was installed June 20 during the organization's Annual Meeting.

July 12, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Scott received commendation from city

Two ordinances were approved and a Porterdale resident recognized for his action in the recent shooting at the Magnet Bottle Store in Conyers at the city council meeting, Monday Night.

July 12, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


187th Salem Camp Meeting

The 187th Salem Camp meeting kicked off Friday with families from around Georgia and the United States returning for the week-long revival.

July 12, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


At 91 Simpson shows no rust

There are two oaths Jack Simpson has lived by for most of his entire life: "I will do my best to do my duty to God and County," and "If you sit around when you get older you will rust."

July 12, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Benefit to raise money for former wrestler’s stem cell therapy

It's the little things that are taken for granted-like picking up a fork or scratching a nose.

July 12, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Sculptor Andy Davis critically injured in crash

MCDONOUGH - Sculptor Andy Davis, who created a sculpture for the Light House Village in Conyers and was recently tapped to create a statue of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for the Capitol grounds, was critically injured in an accident early Saturday morning.

July 11, 2015 | | LOCAL


Bond millage reduced, tax digest increase

The bond millage rate in the Newton County School System (NCSS) will be reduced to exactly zero for the upcoming fiscal year.

July 11, 2015 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


Flint Hill named a Georgia Focus School

The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) today announced that Flint Hill Elementary School has been named a 2015 Focus School, meaning an achievement gap exists between Flint Hill Elementary School's highest and lowest performing subgroups. Overall, 165 schools were placed on the Focus School list. The GaDOE also released its list of Priority Schools-those among the lowest five percent of Title I schools in terms of academic achievement. Of the 81 Priority Schools in the state, none were from Newton County.

July 11, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


I-20 reopens after crash at exit 93

UPDATE: I-20 westbound at Exit 93 Hazelbrand Road is now reopened after lanes were shut down due to a crash with injuries.

July 11, 2015 | | LOCAL


NCSO involved in shooting near Silos

Newton County Sheriff's Office deputies were involved in a shooting near the Silos at Ellington Friday night, in which two suspects were injured and transported to area hospitals.

July 10, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Kevin Smith named firefighter of the quarter

Stoney Bowles told his crew he wanted "operation excellence," when he was hired as Covington's Fire Chief, and instated a firefighter of the quarter honor. Every quarter he would name someone who displayed the values Bowles wanted in his firefighters, and at the end of the year he would name a firefighter of the year.

July 09, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Green Hill not giving up on landfill deal

Despite being voted out of the running, Green Hill P3 or its members will continue to pursue a contract with Newton County to lease and operate the county landfill, and settle a lawsuit with the East Georgia Land & Development Company.

July 09, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Can KKK 'adopt a highway'? Appellate court weighs matter

ATLANTA (AP) - A Georgia court is weighing whether the state violated a Ku Klux Klan group's constitutional rights by refusing to allow it to participate in a highway cleanup program.

July 09, 2015 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Vote for Covington's 4th as best in nation

Covington's 2015 Independence on the Square celebration brought plenty of people, music, celebration and fireworks to Newton County, and now it has a chance to bring additional recognition to the city.

July 09, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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State Patrol expands motorcycle safety initiative

The Georgia Department of Public Safety has received a grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to collect data over the next two years to improve motorcycle safety. The $70,000 grant will be used to conduct six, one-day safety checkpoints between March 1 of this year and December 31, 2012.

March 09, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Community choir to make a joyful noise

Mack McKibben wants to form a true community choir. He wants 100 to 150 people joining voices for some good old-fashioned Southern gospel music.

March 09, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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


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