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Newborn celebrates its big history

Honoring the town's historic roots, citizens of Newborn gathered at the town's old school house for their first inaugural community fall festival.

November 11, 2014 | Rasheera Dopson-Robinson | LOCAL


One veteran remembers

September, 1970: I was finally home after 2½ years in Southeast Asia fighting a war our government had written off before I ever arrived in Vietnam. My skin still reeked of Southeast Asia, a musky scent no soap could lather off, but with enough time finally wore off. My mom and dad and a few relatives welcomed me home at Memphis International Airport and offered hugs and kisses and a few touchy-feely slights of hand to see if all my appendages were still intact. No Purple Hearts; didn't want any.

November 09, 2014 | Pete Mecca | LOCAL


Remember for Veteran's Day

In a story found on covnews.com, "A Veteran's Story" writer Pete Mecca details what it was like when he returned home from his service in the Vietnam War in 1970.

November 08, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Porterdale to host town hall meeting

The City of Porterdale is hosting a town hall meeting, Nov. 13 from 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. The event space and catering are sponsored by the Porterdale Mill Lofts. The primary reason for the meeting is for the Start-Up Main Street Program that is trying to get accredited for in 2015.

November 08, 2014 | Javon Dickerson | LOCAL


The long road to Bear Creek

Divisions over how to address Newton County's future water needs resurfaced this week, pitting proponents of the proposed Bear Creek Reservoir against critics who question its necessity and timing.

November 08, 2014 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Newborn to install speed bumps

Speed Bumps have been approved to be installed throughout Newborn after Monday's city council meeting. The total cost of speed bumps for the city is $5,625.59. Seven speed bumps will be installed on South Johnson Street, Pitts Chapel Road and Spring Street. Speed bumps will be placed in areas based on safety needs.

November 06, 2014 | Rasheera Dopson-Robinson | LOCAL


Newborn reviews 2015 budget

The Newborn City Council came to a consensus on a $381,635.04 budget for the 2015 fiscal year at Monday night's meeting.

November 06, 2014 | Rasheera Dopson-Robinson | LOCAL


Bear Creek numbers told to BOC

Water was a hot topic of conversation in Newton County this week, capped by a very public Board of Commissioners work session Wednesday.

November 06, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


General Mills awards $200,000

A celebratory crowd shared laughs, heart-felt stories and good will at the General Mills Covington plant Thursday.

November 06, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


The Covington Garden Club

The Covington Garden Club

November 05, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


28,699 vote in Newton County

Voting in Tuesday's midterm elections was down slightly from the last cycle in 2010.

November 05, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Person shot on Lakeview Drive

A Covington man was shot in the hip and his right arm from a gunshot wound at 7223 Lakeview Drive was flown to an Atlanta hospital early Wednesday morning.

November 05, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Lanier Sims reelected to BOC

Board of Commissioner Lanier Sims will represent District 2 for four more years.

November 04, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Jody Hice wins seat in U.S. House

Jody Hice will represent District 10 in the Hosue of Representatives.

November 04, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Dave Belton wins Ga House seat

Dave Belton won the State House District 112 seat, defeating Patsy Harris Tuesday night.

November 04, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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Execution rescheduled for Melbert Ray Ford

The execution date for convicted murdered Melbert Ray Ford has been rescheduled for June 9 at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson.

May 21, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


County to switch health insurance; save $300,000

In order to save nearly $300,000, the Newton County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to switch the county's health insurance from Blue Cross Blue Shield to Cigna.

The vote will end the county's 15-year relationship with Blue Cross and will move the county from a self insurance pool to a fully insured plan with Cigna. The Cigna plan will cost $6.54 million and the exact savings is $297,388.36. A fully insured plan from Blue Cross would have cost nearly $7.12 million.

May 21, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


County to switch health insurance; save $300,000

In order to save nearly $300,000, the Newton County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to switch the county's health insurance from Blue Cross Blue Shield to Cigna.

May 21, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Parade for local troops to be held June 6

The Covington-based National Guard troops will be officially welcomed home June 6, beginning with a parade around the square at 1:15 p.m.
Most of the 131 members of Bravo Company will march from the Covington Armory to the square, followed by an event in front of the Historic Courthouse, said Josephine Kelly, director of Main Street Covington.
Kelly said she and the National Guard are still working on the event details, but all elected officials and some military dignitaries will be invited to the homecoming celebration. There will be an invocation, followed by speeches from the military and ...

May 21, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Man accidentally shoots friend while trying to scare off menace

A man was accidentally shot in the calf by his neighbor Tuesday morning then sent authorities on a chase for the wrong man.
According to Lt. Paul Dailey with the Covington Police Department, officers and detectives responded to the home on Tara Drive around 11 a.m. where they found the 32-year-old victim shot in the calf.
The victim allegedly told authorities that a young black male with dreadlocked hair had approached him while he was outside of his home smoking a cigarette and shot him, fleeing toward the Turner Lake complex walking/running track.
Officers immediately began a search ...

May 21, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newborn neighborhood watch announces June meetings

The Newborn Neighborhood Watch Program will erect six more signs within Newborn's city limits. These signs are visual indicators that our community is very interested and involved in providing a safe and secure environment to live and raise our families.

May 19, 2010 | By Suzie Bean | LOCAL


Two men arrested for meth possession Monday

Two men were arrested early Monday morning after one pulled his vehicle out in front of a Covington Police patrol car, causing the officer to brake quickly to keep from hitting their vehicle with his car.

May 19, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Meet the BEAT

The Mall at Stonecrest and 95.5 The BEAT will celebrate the beginning of summer season with the fourth annual "Meet the BEAT," a live concert event featuring international superstar Jay Sean ("Down," "Do You Remember") and Atlanta's hometown favorites B.o.B ("Nothin' on You," "Haterz Everywhere") and Travis Porter ("Go Shorty Go," "All Da Way Turnt Up,") the very popular D&D Custom Car Show and a fun kid's activity area on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. on the plaza.

May 19, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


The place to be: bringing industry to Newton County

This is final story in a six-part series examining the history and economic effects of industry in Newton County. This final part discusses the county's continuing efforts to attract new business.

May 19, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


County may have to cut many jobs to avoid tax increase

If the county does not raise the millage rate, it may have to cut nearly 100 employees - a sixth of its workforce - based on early projections. Even if the commissioners do raise the millage rate to the rollback rate, from 9.73 mills to 10.9 mills, they will still likely have to cut more than 70 employees.
These preliminary budgets have not been voted on and won't be official until late June. However, that's the stark reality facing the Newton County Board of Commissioners, as they head into their second straight of year of cutting millions from ...

May 19, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Parents and students flock to BOE meeting to protest dissolving Clements Theme

More than 30 parents and teachers addressed the Newton County Board of Education while dozens more held signs protesting the board's May 11th decision to dissolve Clements Theme School.

May 18, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newton Co. library system ranked the best in state

The Newton County Library System has been ranked the top system in the state by Hennen's American Public Library Ratings, based on statistics submitted for the Fiscal Year 2009.
The ranking is performed by HAPLR, system that ranks libraries on how well they are using financial resources based on the number of people who use the system and the size of the community the library is located in.
According to Greg Heid, Director for the Newton County Library, "We are ecstatic. The staff at this library has been working so very hard to give the public the best service ...

May 18, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


60th reunion for the Newton County High School’s first graduating class

Together again: The first ever graduating class of Newton County High School, after the school system consolidation, celebrated its 60th anniversary Monday afternoon at the Oaks Golf Course. The 1950 graduating class originally consisted of 103 members. Around 40 classmates attended Monday's event to catch up and reminisce, and to honor their 33 deceased classmates. Betty Jaynes was named the class mascot because of her integral role in founding the Women's Basketball Coaches Association. She had been ruled ineligible to join the existing BCA because she was a woman. She was elected into both the Georgia and Virginia ...

May 16, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Campout of the Century

Thousands of boy scouts converged on the Bert Adams Scout Reservation this weekend to take part in the Campout of the Century, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of scouting and the 50th of the camp and to be part of the largest gathering in the council's history.

May 16, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Farm tour shows county’s riches

Several county officials went on a tour of some of Newton County's most successful farms Saturday, learning about some of the intricacies of fruit, cattle and hay farms.

May 16, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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