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Leadership uncertainty dogs Nelson Heights

Last Tuesday, the Newton County Board of Commissioners voted to remove Commissioner J.C. Henderson as chairman of the Nelson Heights Center, a facility dedicated to helping children after school. The matter seemed open and closed - he was the chairman, then he wasn't.

September 04, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


NCSO Sgt. wins Instructor of Year award

Newton County Sheriff's Office Sergeant Randy Downs received the Dale Moorefield award for Firearms Instructor of the Year at the 2014 Georgia Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (GALEFI) conference on Aug. 26.

September 03, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Ellis’ responsibilities changed by BOC

Newton County Board of Commissioners Chairman Keith Ellis lost at least some of his power Tuesday night, as the board voted to strip him of his control of the county's vehicle fleet and engineering department.

September 02, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Henderson stripped of financial powers

The Newton County Board of Commissioners simply crushed Commissioner J.C. Henderson Tuesday night, stripping him of all financial powers and forcing him off the boards of the Nelson Heights Community Center and the Recreation Commission.

September 02, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


NCSS announces Scholars of the Week

Newton County School System plans to highlight exceptional students with a new weekly spotlight. Two high school seniors will be recognized each week as NCSS Scholars of the Week starting in October and will be chosen to recognize and promote "exemplary academic performance and outstanding contributions to their school and community."

September 02, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


DOE offers free digital textbooks

As the 2014-2015 academic year begins, teachers, school leaders, parents and students should be aware they can access free, interactive digital textbooks through the Georgia Department of Education's website.

September 02, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO dep. restores heartbeat to boy

A Newton County Sheriff's Office deputy may have saved the life of a minor who was not breathing after drowning.

September 02, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Man subdued by Taser

After a call concerning an intoxicated male riding his bicycle into a trash can, police officers had to subdue the suspect by deploying a Taser.

September 02, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Legality of Henderson’s check questionable

There's a clause in the Georgia constitution that says governments can't give money without receiving a "benefit" in exchange. It's reiterated in numerous handbooks for local governments.

September 02, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Family to move to CO for med. marijuana

It may be their last resort, but the Hopkins family is making a big move with full hopes they will find sanctum for one of their daughters in Colorado's medical marijuana. Still, they'll be packing their family minus one.

September 02, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


New pavers to honor longtime businesses

Covington City Councilwoman Janet Goodman wants to honor the handful of families who have maintained their businesses on the Square for 50-plus years.

September 02, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Weather, granite delay Square’s reopening

Don't get blue, the jazz concert set for Thursday on the Covington Square will still happen – just not on the Square.

September 02, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Video purports to show beheading of US journalist

BEIRUT (AP) - An Internet video posted online Tuesday purported to show the beheading by the Islamic State group of U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff, who went missing in Syria last year.

September 02, 2014 | ZEINA KARAM, Associated Press | LOCAL


Hit-and-run driver strikes child in stroller

A Conyers driver who struck a Covington woman and a 2-year-old and then tried to flee the scene was arrested and charged with driving under the influence.

September 02, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Home on the Range (video)

A visit to Cottonwood Farm.

September 02, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


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Mainstream Dance visits Porterdale Elementary

Keep the beat: Dancers from Mainstream Dance visited Porterdale Elementary Thursday afternoon. The dances demonstrated for the students included samples from The Nutcracker Ballet, a solo and a jazz routine. Students also got a chance to learn a few ballet terms and positions. Check mainstreamdance.com to learn how you can get involved in local performances, including The Little Mermaid, which will be performed in the spring.

December 17, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Hometown holiday cocoa

Braving the cold: Sarai Baker enjoyed a steaming cup of hot cocoa and marshmallows in the festive Covington News store on the square Thursday evening. The Hometown Holiday Celebration, a Mainstreet Covington event to promote holiday shopping and festivities on the square, happens every Thursday evening and includes caroling, horse and carriage rides and extended shopping hours.

December 17, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Commissioners split on SPLOST

County Commissioner Mort Ewing's $57.6 million Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax proposal is expected to gain formal approval of the commission when it meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Historic Courthouse.

December 17, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Teens arrested for sex acts on school bus

Two Newton County high school students are facing several serious charges after reportedly having sexual contact with a female student on a school bus in late November.

December 16, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


UPDATE: County SPLOST list not changed

County Commissioner Mort Ewing's original 2011, $57.6 million SPLOST proposal is expected to be the final list presented to voters at the March 15 special election.

December 15, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Watch for a wintry mix this evening

There may be some sleet and snowflakes mixed in with rain this afternoon on your way home this evening.

December 15, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL




Mansfield prepares 2011 budget

The Mansfield City Council is expected to pass its $1.22 million 2011 budget at its Jan. 3 meeting.

December 15, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


School board scheduled to meet tonight

The Newton County Board of Education will meet at 7 tonight for a combined work session/meeting.

December 14, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington man killed in robbery faced many previous charges

An alleged would-be robber shot and killed on Saturday in a grocery store parking lot had rotated in and out of Rockdale County jail for nearly a decade on charges ranging from simple battery to posession and selling of drugs.

December 14, 2010 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


At home with the Hodges

Who: Bill and Sue Hodges; Tootles the cat

December 12, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Six Generations

A local family recently welcomed their sixth generation into the world.

December 12, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Cold fronts interrupting warmer, drier winter

With low temperatures set to dip into the teens tonight and Monday, Newton County residents are eager for climatologists predictions of a warmer than average winter to come true.

December 12, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


‘Money Mont’ sentenced to life in prison

Ricky Lamont "Money Mont" Matthews was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison without the possibility of parole after being found guilty on two counts of armed robbery and two counts of aggravated assault in connection with the 2009 death of Calvin Kentrell Banks.

December 12, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Superior Court Adjudications

o Rachael N. Barnwell, violation of probation. RSAT Program, must remain in custody until transferred to RSAT and successfully completes the program. First degree forgery, 10 years on each count.

December 12, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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