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Making cents of property tax dollars

Millage rates. Real and personal property. Taxes and rollback rates.

August 08, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


A walk among the tombstones

There is a tombstone lying on the bed of Ashley Shares' pick-up truck.

August 08, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Rotary Club to provide benches for park

The Rotary Club of Covington will help build out a park behind the Newton County Administrative Building.

August 08, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Fun with fall veggies

The fall is the best time to grow food in Georgia. You get to ride out the late season heat and you're rewarded with ...

August 07, 2016 | Corey Mosser | LOCAL


Yellow River offers Porterdale ways to build tourism product

Tourism is big business, a key part of economic development in the area.

August 07, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Mock disaster drill coordinated by Covington Police Department

The City of Covington Police Department (CPD) recently teamed with 10 other agencies to conduct a large-scale active shooter drill. Held last Friday at Peachtree ...

August 06, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Staffins appointed to Chamber Association board

Ralph Staffins, president of the Covington-Newton Chamber of Commerce was appointed to fill a one year term on the Georgia Association of Chamber of Commerce ...

August 06, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Solid Waste Authority lets citizens know its history

Two nights after citizens showing concern for the possible closure of the county's convenience centers packed the Newton County Historic Courthouse for a board ...

August 04, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Citizens show displeasure during BOC meeting

The Newton County Solid Waste Authority (SWA) was granted the legal ability to work on the county's solid waste stream after the board of ...

August 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Newton County approves $54 million budget

Newton County tax payers will see an increase on their bills now that the board of commissioners (BOC) approved the 2017 budget and millage rate ...

August 02, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Photos: Construction around the community

New Dining Hall at Oxford College of Emory University, Oxford: With construction almost half way complete, the dining hall is anticipated to open and begin ...

August 02, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Topic of gazebo makes return to council agenda

Despite knowing Newton Federal Bank was no longer willing to give the money to build a gazebo on the Square, Covington Mayor Ronnie Johnston left ...

August 02, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


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Crime Briefs: Woman’s truck stolen from Kroger

A Covington woman told police that someone drove off in her truck on Thursday afternoon when she went into the store.

October 20, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Covington postmaster gets to work

Deborah Kinsey graduated from Morris Brown College in 1983 with a teaching degree.

October 20, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


County approves bid for resurfacing

The Newton County Board of Commissioners at their meeting Tuesday approved a low bid contract with ER Snell Contractor for $492,392.96 for the resurfacing of Kirkland Road.

October 20, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Sentencing scheduled for two in murder trial

The sentencing date for two of the four accused in the 2009 murder of landscaper Timothy Clements has been set for Nov. 1, just over two months since the alleged ringleader Pablo Maldonado, received the death penalty for his role in the murder.

October 20, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


County moves forward with 2050 plan

The 2050 Plan is moving forward, as both the Newton County Board of Commissioners and Covington City Council unanimously approved last week spending $50,000 each to develop and implement zoning ordinances that will put teeth into the future land use plan.

October 20, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Explorers receive excellence award

The Newton County Sheriff's Office Explorers recently received the 2012 National Explorers Excellence Award from Boy Scouts of America after exceeding specific objectives in order to obtain the award.

October 20, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local revives talent for stained glass

Covington resident Cheria Veal understands light - how it strikes her stained-glass pieces and is reflected and altered into shimmering patterns of color on the walls and floor.

October 20, 2012 | Anastasia Graves | LOCAL


Several schools celebrate Red Ribbon Week

Several Newton County Schools will celebrate Red Ribbon Week with a plethora of activities. A national campaign observed annually in October, Red Ribbon Week is an alcohol, tobacco and drug and violence prevention awareness campaign.

October 20, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Celebrating cultures of the world

CultureFest 2012 was in downtown Covington on Saturday.

October 20, 2012 | Rachel Goff | LOCAL


Bradley running against incumbent for coroner

After spending more than 30 years as a contractual licensed embalmer in Florida and four in Georgia, Robert Bradley is running against Tommy Davis for the position of coroner of Newton County.

October 20, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Post office celebrates breast cancer

Post office employees raised awareness to breast cancer by wearing pink shirts to work.

October 20, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Merryvale’s Bark in the Park

The cutest dogs and puppies in Newton County strutted their stuff Saturday morning.

October 20, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Simple but Powerful

Though the new Church at Conyers Christian Ministries holds their Sunday services on Saturday, Pastor Moses Little and his wife Arleshia Little want to be clear they are not a Jehovah Witness church or a Seventh Day Adventist church.

October 20, 2012 | Nhi Ho | LOCAL


Get your sample ballot!

Download the attached PDF to grab your sample ballot for this year's 2012 General Election.

October 18, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSS energy update

Energy saving measures made by the Newton County School System has shown a decrease in the money spent out the last two years.

October 18, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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