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Chamber hosts record-breaking night

With a record turnout, the Covington Newton Chamber of Commerce celebrated a record year during its 2017 Annual Meeting Thursday night at the Charlie Elliot ...

January 12, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


Newton Board of Elections officials recognized

Newton County Board of Elections Director (BOE) Angela Mantle and Assistant Director Angela White-Davis were commended recently by board members Hugh Steele, Chair, Jeanette Perry ...

January 10, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Red Cross issues an emergency call for blood and platelet donations during severe winter blood short

The American Red Cross has a severe winter blood shortage and is issuing an emergency call for blood and platelet donors to make a donation ...

January 10, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Groundbreaking on Judicial Center Expansion set for Friday

Newton County judges and officials will grab a hold of a shovel to break ground on the expansion of the Judicial Center at 2 p ...

January 06, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Deputy White’s memory rooted in Newton

The memory of Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) Deputy Justin White will continue to take root in Newton County as he was honored Tuesday ...

January 04, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


Porterdale property rezoned for Waffle House

A piece of property off Covington Bypass Road in Porterdale, across from the Burger King, was rezoned Thursday night in preparation to become a Waffle ...

December 22, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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Annual MLK awards, celebration next Sunday

The annual 2013 Martin Luther King Jr. Ecumenical Program will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, in Porter Memorial Auditorium at Newton High School.

January 12, 2013 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Covington resident named to Leadership Ga.

Michael Geoffroy, partner in LaMalva, Geoffroy & Oeland PC, has been named to the Leadership Georgia class of 2013.

Leadership Georgia is a prestigious 40-year-old organization of community and state leaders. Affiliated with the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Georgia trains and builds a network of emerging young leaders from across the state. Past participants include a number of influential state and national leaders ranging from former U.S. Senator Sam Nunn to University of Georgia athletic director Vince Dooley.

January 12, 2013 | Staff Report | LOCAL


BOC chair has to cast tie-break vote

The Newton County Board of Commissioners' first meeting with its newly elected board members on Thursday night had its moments of controversy as the board disagreed over who to appoint to the Joint Development Authority and new Chairman Keith Ellis had to cast a tie-breaking vote in his first meeting.

January 12, 2013 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newton reps in favor of lobbyist limits

The Georgia legislature is considering a couple of different measures to tighten lobbyist rules, and the state representatives for Newton County are in support of the efforts.

January 12, 2013 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Kimble: Project portfolios wins highest percent increase

What an incredible, exhausting, exhilarating week!

We made a list and we checked it twice. (Or maybe 12 or 13 times.)

January 12, 2013 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


Eastside High opens ‘Footloose’ play

Next week, the Eastside High School Drama Department will present "Footloose." The show will open at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday evening, followed by another performance on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and will conclude Sunday afternoon at 2:30 p.m.

"Footloose" is a musical about the young and spunky Ren McCormack, a Chicago native who has been forced by his mother to relocate to the small town of Bomont. When he arrives in Bomont and enrolls in school, he quickly learns from his classmates that dancing of any kind is outlawed within city limits. "Footloose" will ...

January 12, 2013 | Hayley Williams | LOCAL


Celebrating 127 years of worship

Early Hope Ministries is looking to change lives and teach the message of Christ to everyone in the community and has done so for more than 100 years with its five generations of members.

January 12, 2013 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


County approves several board appointments

A number of individuals were appointed to several boards during the Newton County Board of Commissioners' first meeting of the year on Thursday.

Though the meeting became controversial as the board had a split decision on who should be appointed as the citizen representative to the Joint Development Authority, the board unanimously approved several other appointments to a number of boards that would represent the county.

January 12, 2013 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


New NHS on schedule

The replacement school for Newton High is beginning to resemble the finished product. While it might be several more months before students enter those hallowed halls, work on the school is right on schedule.

The 117.7 acres on Crowell Road north is a few miles from the current NHS. Construction began in spring 2011 and the school is scheduled to open officially at the start of the 2013-14 school year. The Newton County Board of Education accepted the low bid of $42,603,500 for the construction of the replacement for NHS. Part of the current five-year facilities plan ...

January 12, 2013 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Jones leads prayer breakfast

Good leaders are selfless, bold and trustworthy, and they lead their communities by their actions as a lighthouse leads ships to safety.

U.S. District Judge Steve C. Jones shared that message with elected officials and business and community leaders at Friday's annual Legislative Prayer Breakfast at the Turner Lake Community Center.

January 12, 2013 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Child playing with lighter likely started fire

Investigators concluded that a child playing with a lighter caused the Conyers house fire that killed four children on Tuesday.

January 12, 2013 | Kathy Hooks | LOCAL


County approves board appointments

A number of individuals were appointed to several boards during the Newton County Board of Commissioners first meeting of the year on Thursday.

January 11, 2013 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


BOC split at first meeting of 2013

The Newton County Board of Commissioners' first meeting with its new board members on Thursday night had its moments of controversy as the board disagreed over who to appoint to the Joint Development Authority and new Chairman Keith Ellis had to cast a tie-breaking vote in his first meeting.

January 11, 2013 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Clark Street crash kills one

A Covington man was killed Wednesday afternoon in a wreck that blocked traffic on Clark and West streets around 4:20 p.m.

Johnnie Delmar, 44, was killed after being knocked off his motorcycle. According to a press release from Georgia State Patrol spokesman Gordy Wright, Delmar was driving a 1998 Kawasaki ZXE motorcycle northbound on West Street heading toward Clark Street. A 2010 Dodge Caliber being driven by 65-year-old Irene Stanford was on West Street at Clark, facing south. She began to turn left and then stopped partially in the northbound lane of West Street after seeing the motorcycle ...

January 10, 2013 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Staff supports local for superintendent

A group of Newton County parents, teachers and residents converged on the monthly work session of the board of education Tuesday in order to offer their support, and a list of signatures, to the board in favor of promoting Samantha Fuhrey, current deputy superintendent for curriculum and instruction, to the position of superintendent.

Lynn House, an instructional coach with the Newton County School System (NCSS), addressed the board with a prepared letter and a list of signatures, many of them from NCSS employees.

January 10, 2013 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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