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Ellis and Ewing resign from JDA

Citing their protest to the sale of land to a residential developer at "below market" value, Keith Ellis, Chair of the Newton County Board of ...

December 23, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Owens resigns as Interim County Manager

Just as Newton County's Director of Human Resources sent notices to the media on Tuesday, Dec. 22 that the Board of Commissioners (BOC) may ...

December 23, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Rockdale Sheriff's Office files robbery charges against woman

Charges were filed against a 31-year-old female, suspected of being involved with Tuesday's attempted robbery of Lowe's Home Improvement Center in Conyers and ...

December 23, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Fleeing suspect shuts down roads near Hwy. 212

Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) deputies joined Rockdale County Sheriff's deputies and Conyers Police Tuesday in setting up a perimeter block along highways ...

December 22, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Local artist captures holiday scenes on shop windows

She really does do windows.

December 22, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


The miracle of two baby boys celebrated this Christmas

Christmas at the Waddleton house this year will be more than a celebration.

December 22, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Over $8,000 raised during Dine Out Newton County fundraiser

Newton County residents were generous Nov. 5, spent over $78,000 on breakfast, lunch or dinner while making sure children in need get fed.

December 20, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Johnston: A bright future ahead for Covington

Dear city of Covington residents,

December 19, 2015 | Ronnie Johnston | LOCAL


Car break-ins spread through Sterling Lakes

Several vehicles were broken into in the Sterling Lakes subdivision in Covington late Tuesday into early Wednesday.

December 17, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Safety tips for the Christmas season

The Holiday season can often be hectic with decorations needing to be put up, family visiting, traveling and shopping. With all that going on it ...

December 17, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Christmas decorations stolen in Covington

The Holiday season was made a little darker for some as Christmas decorations were stolen from two locations in Covington late Monday or early Tuesday.

December 17, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Three NCSS schools named Title I Reward Schools

The Georgia Department of Education has announced that three Newton County schools have been named 2015 Title I Reward Schools - East Newton Elementary, Mansfield Elementary ...

December 15, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Communication is vital to governing

Newton County has several matters awaiting a decision by the Board of Commissioners. The board has rightfully sought public input and employed citizen committees to ...

December 14, 2015 | Jerry Roseberry | LOCAL


County gets closer to new charter

The Newton County Board of Commissioners are looking to have a new county charter presented during the first meeting of the new year, and got ...

December 14, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


4-H’er builds prosthetic hands

If you're looking for 11-year-old home school seventh grader Croswell "CJ" Harris, you can often find him in the basement.

December 13, 2015 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


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County’s Annual Shred Day May 17

Residents are once again invited to bring all of those sensitive financial or personal documents they no longer need to the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 17 to have them shredded for free.

The annual Shred Day event is being sponsored by the chamber and Newton Federal Bank.

May 08, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Chamber asks for $250K from county

The local chamber of commerce requested Monday that the Newton County Board of Commissioners more than double the chamber's economic development budget next year to $250,000.

May 08, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Real estate lawyer Philip Johnson runs for District 5

Long time real estate attorney Philip A. Johnson is running as a Democrat for the District 5 seat on the Newton County Board of Commissioners seat because he wants to bring more civility to local government.

Johnson, 62, has been practicing law in Newton County for 38 years but said he wants to return to politics to get Newton County back on track.

May 08, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Dancing through her life

Betty Harris' dancing escapades have lead to a lifetime of unforgettable experiences like marching in Kennedy's inauguration parade in 1961 to performing in the Opening Ceremonies of the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.

Harris has also participated in four flash mobs in the metro area with the Atlanta West Coast Swing Club.

May 08, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


GPC President Tricoli steps down

Georgia Perimeter College President Anthony Tricoli has stepped down following the disclosure that the school has a roughly $16 million downfall.

May 08, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Steve Davis runs for re-election

Incumbent Republican Steve Davis announced he is running for his fifth House term in the new District 109, which covers parts of Rockdale, Newton and Henry counties.

"It has been a great honor to represent this district for the last eight years and I am glad that I have been able to deliver on the promises of my original campaign," Davis said in a written statement. "I have focused much of my attention on education, transportation and public safety."

May 08, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Sheriff’s Office participates in roundtable discussion in NYC

Recently at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square, N.Y., a roundtable discussion was held during the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences that focused on some of the key challenges sheriffs' offices face across the state of Georgia. The panelists who served on this roundtable discussion were Sheriff Ezell Brown of Newton County and Sheriff Ira Edwards Jr. of Clarke County. The roundtable discussion was titled "In Focus: Exploring the Challenges and Related Implications Facing Georgia's Sheriffs." Dr. Brian N. Williams, Associate Professor of Public Administration and Policy at the University of Georgia, moderated ...

May 08, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Georgia gas prices fall 6.4 cents since previous week

Average retail gasoline prices in Atlanta have fallen 6.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.61/gal yesterday. This compares with the national average that has fallen 2.9 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.77/gal, according to gasoline price website AtlantaGasPrices.com.

Including the change in gas prices in Atlanta during the past week, prices yesterday were 29.0 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 25.3 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 13.4 cents per ...

May 08, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Officers use Taser on suspect after chase

Covington officers responded to an in-progress vehicle break in. Upon arriving, the first responding officer witnessed Dagger Grier looking out the back window of a 1999 black Ford Super Duty truck and slump down into the passenger seat.

When the officer approached the vehicle and gave a command for Grier to show his hands, he jumped out of the truck's passenger window and ran towards the woods.

May 08, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Family returns from vacation to ransacked home

Upon arriving home from vacation, the Jacobs family found their master bedroom ransacked. Further investigation to the rest of the house, the family noticed other items missing as well.

Two windows on the front side of the house were open and another front window had a small hole in it.

May 08, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Missing man found

UPDATE: Missing 72-year-old Jack McCarty was located at the home of relatives in Waycross.

May 08, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Boy miraculously survives brain cancer

Ask Jonah Barnett what his favorite drink is, and he'll tell you it's strawberry milk.

May 05, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Lassiter: NMC hosts annual Spring Gala

The Gala Committee, consisting of members of the Newton Medical Center Auxiliary along with support from members of the Covington Garden Club, planned a spectacular Annual Spring Gala Saturday, April 28.

The home of Drs. Caralyn and Leon Leonard was the perfect setting for this Asian-flair theme affair. The guests were greeted by the hosts along with some of the Gala Committee members. Professional photos were offered before entering the Leonard's estate and allowing guests to view the personal effects of the owners.

May 05, 2012 | Christy A. Lassiter | LOCAL


Georgia Piedmont graduates Law Enforcement Academy recruits

Georgia Piedmont Technical College's Law Enforcement Academy held its 10th commencement ceremony Friday, April 27 at the college's Covington campus. Five recruits have completed the 17 week law officer training academy. While the class size was low, the caliber of students was high. "This is the smallest graduating class we've had since we began operating. It presented some challenges from an instruction standpoint, however, I believe these students benefited greatly from the small class size. I feel confident they learned the knowledge and skills needed to move forward and do a good job for the community that ...

May 05, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Searching the Internet

Have you had a chance to visit that older relative? Did they give you lots of information and maybe some pictures?

Did you fill out the pedigree chart and decide on your surname? Is the surname on your mother's or father's side?

May 05, 2012 | Ellen Blakeslee Columnist | LOCAL


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