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County studies Salem Rd zoning more

County officials want to make sure they're on the same page when it comes to future development in the Salem Road area, so they're placing a temporary ban on some zoning requests.

April 06, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Ribbon cut on CNG station

The City of Covington's Green Fuels Facility, a compressed natural gas station, held its grand opening Friday.

April 06, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


2014 Governor’s Honors Program finalists

Six Newton County School System high school students plan to spend part of their summer jump-starting their college learning after being selected to participate in the 2014 Governor's Honors Program.

April 06, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


GOP hosting candidate meet-and-greet

Newton County residents planning to vote in the Republican primary May 20 will have a chance to meet and question several candidates in one place at the Newton County Republican Party's April 15 political rally.

April 06, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Covington Student a Finalist at Mr. ABAC Contest

After speaking to the Lions Club of Oxford this week about 4-H opportunities, I noticed yet again that my old classmates simply aren't present in service clubs.

April 06, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Are service clubs outdated?

After speaking to the Lions Club of Oxford this week about 4-H opportunities, I noticed yet again that my old classmates simply aren't present in service clubs.

April 06, 2014 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


Joint effort helped stem fire damage

Five Social Circle police officers responded with fire personnel to an alarm received through 911 on Tuesday in an effort that both departments said helped prevent widespread damage or injuries.

April 03, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Woman, who takes 15-pill cocktail, drives on curb

A woman who told police "it wasn't against the law" and "it wasn't a big deal, no one was on the road" in reference to her scrubbing the curb on Jefferson Blvd was arrested for failure to maintain lane and DUI Wednesday.

April 03, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Covington man arrested in sting

A Covington man was one of three arrested during a Conyers Police Department prostitution sting at a Conyers hotel Wednesday.

April 03, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Murder victim's identity released

A 45-year-old Newton County woman was fatally shot around 8 p.m. Tuesday, and Aaron Garsua McClain, also age 45 and the women's alleged domestic partner, is being charged with the murder.

April 03, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County talking to grant writing co.

Newton County is getting closer to hiring a firm to write grants to seek out more state and federal funding.

April 02, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


BOC not behind Henderson SPLOST plans

County Commissioner J.C. Henderson wanted to move forward with purchasing land to expand some existing parks and build some new ones using 2011 SPLOST money, but his fellow commissioners weren't on board with his plan Tuesday.

April 01, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


State superintendent forum Friday

With Common Core's place in Georgia schools being hotly debated and education being linked ever closer with business needs and the health of the economy, Georgia's state school superintendent race has no shortage of pressing issues.

April 01, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Tips that could help get a job at Baxter

While state and local officials celebrated breaking ground on a training center that will serve Baxter International and help recruit future bioscience industries, area residents want to know how they can get a shot at one of Baxter's high-quality jobs.

April 01, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Basketball leads to pepper spray

During a fight, a woman's daughter was reportedly hit with a pipe and a group of juveniles pepper sprayed on West Street Sunday, between 6 and 7 p.m.

April 01, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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Main Street may finally move under chamber

Main Street Covington, the program responsible for promoting and developing downtown, could finally be moving under the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce after more than eight months of discussions.

February 01, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Survivor Sunday to honor cancer survivors

While two teams battle for the ultimate prize in football today, next Sunday will see Covington and Newton County honor true fighters, those who literally battle death.

February 01, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Public invited to offer opinions of retail needs, wants

You've shared your thoughts about Newton County's lack of shopping and dining options for years with friends and on Facebook, but now is your chance to finally tell someone who can do something about it.

February 01, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


County investigates landscaper’s claims

Newton County is investigating claims made by former county lawn-care contractor Billy Durden, who informed the county in late November he is planning to sue, claiming wrongful termination and libel and slander.

February 01, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Former lawn care contractor to sue county

Update, 12:51 p.m.: County Attorney Tommy Craig said the county is investigating the claims made by Billy Durden in the ante litem notice and expects to finish the investigation shortly.

January 31, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


County could change leadership structure

Newton County's future county manager is already in place with transportation director Tom Garrett being appointed to assistant county manager, but what happens when Garrett leaves?

January 30, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Slippin' n' slidin'

The winter storm that came through Newton County Tuesday evening resulted in around 20 car accidents (five known by the Covington Police Department, and an estimate of around 15 from the Newton County Sheriff's Office), plenty of people out of school and work, and a closure of the county and local city offices.

January 30, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County Jail log

Taurus O'Neal Baynes, 29, 145 Avontea Drive, Covington, Jan. 21. Probation violation.

January 30, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man charged with stealing car after release

A LaGrange man, released from the Newton County Jail Tuesday under a charge of theft by receiving stolen property from May 2013, reportedly stole a man's car from a gas station the next day.

January 30, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


NCSS to hold spelling bee next week

S-P-E-L-L-I-N-G, B-E-E… Spelling Bee.

January 30, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Icy drive was snow going

Snow is an unfamiliar enough sight for Metro Atlanta residents, but ice-skating Fords, Hondas and Chevrolets? That's just plain out-there.

January 30, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Hackathon to connect local web developers, businesses

Businesses and organizations needing web help and local web designers and developers looking for work have a chance to connect Saturday at a first-of-its-kind event in Newton County.

January 30, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Covington honors 2013 retirees at reception

The City of Covington held its retirement reception Thursday evening honoring the 19 former employees who made 2013 their swan song.

January 30, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man charged with drag racing

A Covington man was arrested for reportedly "laying drags" in the early hours of Sunday morning.

January 30, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


NCSS schools closed for students Jan. 31

Due to continued icy conditions on the roadways, all Newton County Schools will be closed for students tomorrow, Jan. 31, a release from the school system said.

January 30, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


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