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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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Zoning changed for $22 million nursing home

A $22 million nursing home facility and more than 100 jobs could be headed toward Covington as the city council approved to rezone an area on Dearing Street.

April 20, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Tornado watch issued until 8 p.m.

A tornado watch is in effect for Newton, Rockdale and surrounding counties until 8 p.m. Monday.

April 20, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Tornado watch ends for Rockdale, Newton

UPDATE: The tornado watch for 13 Georgia counties, including Rockdale and Newton counties, ended at 3 p.m. A tornado watch is in effect for Aiken County in the Augusta area until 4:15 p.m. According to the National Weather Service in Peachtree City, Doppler radar picked up indications of a possible tornado near Jackson, 11 miles southeast of Augusta at 3:53 p.m.

April 19, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Hazardous weather outlook remains in effect

The tornado watch for Newton, Rockdale and surrounding counties has been lifted, but a hazardous weather outlook still remains for Sunday and Sunday evening.

April 19, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Bear Creek permit still not close

Despite spending more than $21 million to date on the proposed Bear Creek Reservoir, Newton County appears nowhere close to obtaining a permit from the Army Corps of Engineers, which recently questioned the continued need for the project as well as the information presented in the county's application.

April 19, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Running in the rain

The wet weather didn't dampen spirits for an early morning run to benefit the Covington YMCA Saturday. Racers participated in a 10K, 5K, 1-mile fun run and Trix Tot Trot during the 14th Annual Cheerios Challenge. The event is held annually for people in the community to get out and come together, and be active during the spring time, and it also helps raise funds for YMCA's Why It Matters annual fundraising camping. The campaign is used to help families participate in Y programs that otherwise might not be able to afford it.

April 19, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Heart of a Champion

A full throated roar of victory and more than a few tears erupted as adaptive athlete Michael Mills successfully pulled a 4,000 pound Honda Pilot SUV across more than 330 feet in a wheelchair for a Guinness world record attempt on Saturday. The event, a fundraiser for the Bert's Big Adventure charity for children with terminal illnesses, was held at the Etowah Crossfit's Festivus Games in Woodstock, Ga. Mills team of family, friends, fellow adaptive athletes and supporters, identified as Team "Dirtbags," also carried the flag for non-profits such as More Heart than Scars, for adaptive athletes ...

April 18, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


School system figures out what it will be

What kind of school system will Newton County be in the next five years?

April 18, 2015 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


CMS community based class wins 1st place

The Cousins Middle School Community Based Instruction Class received first place national and state Youth Recognition Awards at both the annual Keep America Beautiful (KAB) National Awards Dinner in Washington, D.C. and the annual Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation (KGBF) State Awards Luncheon in Atlanta. The class was nominated by Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful (KCNB) for its outstanding recycling efforts in our community.

April 18, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Special called meeting for Hwy. 278 Improvement Association

The Hwy. 278 Improvement Association, Inc. will hold its sixth Board of Directors meeting Friday, April 24 at the Covington/Newton Office of Economic Development.

April 18, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSS students win awards at State Science Fair

Newton County School System middle school students brought home several awards from the recent Georgia Science and Engineering Fair (GSEF).

April 18, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Free ribs coming

Shane's Rib Shack in Covington is holding their annual Rib Giveaway on May 16. The first 100 guests at Shane's Rib Shack on that day will receive a free half rack of slow-cooked baby back ribs, a 20-ounce beverage and special edition Rib Giveaway T-shirt in honor of the official month of BBQ.

April 18, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Carl Vinson Institute facilitation proposal

The University of Georgia's Carl Vinson Institute of Government has offered to facilitate four citizen landfill committee meetings for $12,500.

April 17, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Row, row, row your boat

The recent rains may have kept kayaks and canoes off the river, but thanks to the Yellow River Water Trail, Georgians will be able to enjoy the watershed for years to come.

April 17, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Department heads begin budget review

The Newton County Board of Commissioners moved a step further to a budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year this week.

April 16, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


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