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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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Literacy Festival on Sept. 23

The 10th Annual Newton County Literacy Festival, co-sponsored by The Learning Center, Main Street Covington, and Newton County Community Partnership, brings together organizations and businesses committed to strengthening family literacy in an afternoon of fun.

September 20, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Wildlife Center hosts event Sept. 22

In honor of National Hunting and Fishing Day, an event will be held at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center in Mansfield tomorrow, Sept. 22 from 8 a.m. to noon.

September 20, 2012 | Anastasia Graves | LOCAL


Covington man shot on Salem Road

A 20-year-old Covington man was shot in the leg Thursday morning after he tried to run from and pointed an AK-47 rifle at a Georgia State Patrol trooper who was trying to pull the man over.

September 20, 2012 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Celebrate peace Friday

The community is invited to a peaceful event at the Covington Montessori School Friday.

September 19, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County approves tree service operation

The Newton County Board of Commissioners approved a tree service operation to start a business at 126 Larue Road, a street located on Ga. Highway 162, at their meeting Tuesday night.

Commissioners voted 3 to 2 on a proposal that modified the uses allowed on the site to include a tree service business, modified the site plan standards and modified the standards to construct an entrance that meet all commercial standards.

September 19, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Resident scolds BOE over various things

A disgruntled resident from Newton County School System's District 1 scolded board members Tuesday night for a variety of things, including not enforcing their own rules for public participation and for passing a resolution that asked voters to vote no for the charter school amendment.

September 18, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Police get new cars from drug funds

The Covington Police Department is getting nine new cars, thanks to forfeited drug funds.

September 18, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Panhandling not allowed in city

City of Covington council members were split on making a decision to amend an ordinance that would make it unlawful to engage in panhandling at their council meeting Monday night.

Council voted 3 to 3 on approving the first reading of an amended ordinance that would prohibit people from soliciting in public places in the city.

September 18, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Breast-feeding mother asked to leave

A Douglasville woman was reportedly asked to leave a Covington restaurant recently after she refused to leave the table to breast-feed her 20-month-old son.

September 18, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Farm Bureau recognized by state

The Newton County Farm Bureau was recently recognized during the Georgia Farm Bureau 3rd District Annual Meeting for its outstanding member programs. Brent Galloway is the NCFB President.

The NCFB Young Farmer Committee, chaired by B.J. Marks, was honored with the GFB 3rd District Outstanding Young Farmer Committee Award.

September 18, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County sentencing

Sherry Lynn Tyler, Family Violence Act simple battery, 12 months probation, 10 days confinement, $500. Cruelty to children, nolle pross. Hindering Emergency worker, 12 months probation consecutive, $500. No violent contact, no alcohol.

September 18, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log

A Newton High School student was arrested for underage drinking on Thursday. A deputy with the Newton County Sheriff's Office responded to the school's suspension room just before 1 p.m. where a juvenile male was sitting at a desk. According to the report, the teen was leaning against the desk and covered in vomit. An assistant principal searched the student's book bag and found a clear plastic water bottle containing a clear liquid, which was believed to be vodka. The deputy contacted EMS and called the teen's mother, who also arrived on the scene. The ...

September 18, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Student reportedly found with alcohol

A Newton High School student was arrested for underage drinking on Thursday. A deputy with the Newton County Sheriff's Office responded to the school's suspension room just before 1 p.m. where a juvenile male was sitting at a desk. According to the report, the teen was leaning against the desk and covered in vomit. An assistant principal searched the student's book bag and found a clear plastic water bottle containing a clear liquid, which was believed to be vodka. The deputy contacted EMS and called the teen's mother, who also arrived on the scene. The ...

September 18, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


A Scout's life

Jerry Aldridge loves teaching and few in Newton County have helped as many boys develop into young men as the former educator and current scoutmaster.

September 18, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


NCSS to have early release Friday

Students will be released early Friday for teacher professional learning activities, and also will be the upcoming week (Sept. 24-28) for fall break.

September 18, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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