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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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Man charged in bomb hoax pleads guilty

Willard Anthony Montgomery, 52, the man who was charged with robbing a bank inside of the Covington Wal-Mart and threatening the staff with "explosives" pleaded guilty to armed robbery and hoax devices last week.

June 02, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Charter Charity Golf Classic to benefit Miracle League

The Newton County Recreation Commission will continue throughout the week to ask local businesses and community residents to sponsor holes in the inaugural Charter Charity Golf Classic to benefit the Miracle League of Newton County.

June 02, 2010 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Close-knit

Spinning a yarn: Knitting instructor Gabrielle Green teaches Ryann Jones, 8, how to make beginning stitches. The Kids Knitting Club will meet every Tuesday at the library. Beginning knitters will learn more basic skills and experienced knitters are welcome to come work on fun projects at 2:30 p.m. in the story Room of the Covington Branch Library. This class is designed for children eight and up. Parents will be waiting on pins and needles to see what their children create!

June 02, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man found drowned at Factory Shoals

A man whose family reported him missing Saturday afternoon was found drowned at Factory Shoals Park.

Check Wednesday's edition for more on this story.

June 01, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO launches summer driving safety initiative

The Newton County Sheriff's Office is launching traffic initiatives this summer aimed at keeping motorists in Newton safe. 100 Days of Summer Heat will stretch from May 17 through Labor Day. Click It or Ticket will last May 24 through June 6.

May 30, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Up the creek

Waterlogged: A head-on collision ended with four people in the hospital and one vehicle in a creek Friday afternoon. The accident between a pickup truck carrying one person and a van with three occupants took place on Oak Hill Road around 1 p.m. The van flipped over the guardrail and landed in a creek, partially submerged. All involved sustained non-life threatening injuries.

May 30, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Kenneth K. Davis retires after 38 years of service on the Newton County Board of Health

Kenneth K. Davis, a man well-known in the Covington and Newton County community as a long-time, respected and versatile pharmacist, recently retired from his 38 year position on the seven member Newton County Board of Health. Always an active and devoted member, for many of those years Davis served as the Chairman or Vice-Chairman of the Board.

May 30, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Don and Sherry Smith Named conservationist’s of the year

Don and Sherry Smith have been named Newton County's Conservationists of the Year by the Upper Ocmulgee River Soil and Water Conservation District. The award was presented at the district's annual program for their achievements in soil and water conservation on the farm.

May 30, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Deadline approaching for direct and counter Cyclical Payments Program enrollment

Hobby Stripling, State Executive Director of USDA's Georgia Farm Service Agency, reminds farmers of the approaching deadline to enroll eligible farms into the 2010 Direct and Counter Cyclical Payments Program or DCP. To enroll, contracts must be recorded in the applicable County FSA Office by June 1, 2010, and all persons sharing in the payments generated from the contract must have signed the contract by the deadline or the contract cannot be approved.

May 30, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Free tuition grants available for Natural Resources Camp at ABAC

Twenty tuition grants will be available to high school students who want to participate in the 49th Annual Natural Resources Conservation Workshop on June 13-17 at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. These tuition grants are for rising 10th – 12th grade students from Georgia. The deadline for applications for the grants is June 4.

May 30, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Organic experience

Nicolas Donck is a business owner, but he wouldn't mind if his competition increased tenfold. In fact, he'd probably help those competitors get started.

May 30, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Fixing up the old school

Time for a fix-up: Peachtree Construction Services President Tom Smithdeal, Newborn Mayor Roger Sheridan and project engineer Michael Clark stand in front of the Newborn Community Center after signing a contract to begin renovations.

May 30, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Infantryman glad to be alive this Memorial Day

It has been almost four months since a suicide bomb attack in Afghanistan nearly made Staff Sgt. Marty Brownlee someone remembered on Memorial Day rather than someone observing it.

Brownlee's National Guard unit had been assigned to a desolate border outpost in November 2009. On Feb. 10 Brownlee and his comrades were relaxing in their bunks watching a movie after an all-day training session with the Afghan National Police. He had just hung up with his wife, Autumn, when a large explosion blew the metal door of the barracks into tiny missiles mixed with dirt, concrete and glass.

May 30, 2010 | By Janet Jernigan | LOCAL


Railroad not being abandoned; service being discontinued

Norfolk Southern is no longer in the process of abandoning its 14.9 mile portion of rail line running from Porterdale to Newborn, but has instead applied to discontinue service, said Director of Public Relations Susan Terpay.

"The rules around abandoning and discontinuing are different … If we apply for discontinuance we may not have to maintain it [the line], however, the tracks stay there. If we resume service we can still use it. If we abandon it we will have forfeited all opportunity to use the tracks," she said in a phone interview.

May 30, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Crowell Rd. McDonalds robbed at gunpoint

Authorities are searching for the two men who robbed the McDonalds on Crowell Road Friday morning.

May 29, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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