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GDOT awards $868,000 for SR 142 in Newton

Newton County will receive more than $800,000 of the recently announced $7 million in resurfacing contracts awarded by the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT).

November 14, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Voters reject Opportunity School District

Georgia voters rejected Amendment 1, or the Opportunity School District, proposition on this year's ballot.

November 13, 2016 | Duane M. Ford | LOCAL


Velinda Hardy: November and December full of activities on the Square

Fall is a beautiful time of year in Covington, and there are few places better to find activities and moments of reflections than downtown.

November 13, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Steps being taken for water conservation

Water resources from around the entire state are suffering, according to James Brown, Newton County water resources director.

November 12, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Newton County to send financial report to law enforcement

After reviewing a forensic audit of various departments within the Newton County Government Thursday evening, the board of commissioners (BOC) voted to send the financial ...

November 12, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Photos: Veteran's Day 2016

The northwest corner of the Covington Square was full of Veterans, friends, family and supporters Friday morning as homage was paid to Newton County's ...

November 11, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Washington Street Community Center hosts casino night Saturday

The Washington Street Community Center's annual casino night fundraiser is Saturday, Nov. 11, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Covington Ford ...

November 11, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Deputy improving after wreck

Newton County Sheriff's Deputy Justin White is improving daily, according to a statement from the Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) Friday.

November 11, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


Newton County to send financial report to law enforcement

After reviewing a forensic audit of various departments within the Newton County Government Thursday evening, the board of commissioners (BOC) voted to send the financial ...

November 10, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Four charged with drug possession at Newton High

Four students were charged with possession of marijuana, in two separate incidents, at Newton High School Tuesday.

November 10, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Dispute over election erupts at Alcovy High

A verbal dispute broke out at Alcovy High School Wednesday morning concerning the results of Tuesday night's Presidential Election.

November 09, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Smoke in area from north Georgia fires

The haze and odor of smoke was prevalent in Newton County Wednesday morning due to forest fires burning in North Georgia, according to Brad Stapp ...

November 09, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Piedmont Newton Hospital earns top marks for patient safety

Piedmont Newton Hospital has received an "A" grade for its commitment to patient safety, according to the fall 2016 Hospital Safety Score, which grades hospitals ...

November 09, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County’s vote paves the way for 150 jobs, $52.8 million investment

The Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) elected not to exercise their first right of refusal on two tracts of land on the corner of ...

November 07, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Bomb threat reported at Covington Waffle House

Employees and patrons of the Covington Waffle House, located at 10106 Alcovy Road, received quite the wakeup call Nov. 3 when they received a phone ...

November 07, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


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Kimble: Don’t worry about the doughnut hole

Do you ever wonder about the doughnut hole?

November 24, 2012 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


Housing dilemma for buyers, sellers

Local officials are working hard to attract Baxter executives and employees to live in Newton County, but there's a dilemma. The county doesn't appear to have enough moderate-to-large, high-quality homes available on the market and officials aren't sure if more can become available.

November 24, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Possible tobacco ban at parks

The Newton County Recreation Commission presented the Newton County Board of Commissioners with a proposed ordinance that would prohibit the use of tobacco products at county parks and recreation facilities.

November 24, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Local Marine protects, serves

Covington native Tyler Crook stands proud as a man who believes in sacrificing for others. The 21-year-old Marine will serve as a Towed Artillery Systems Technician and lead as a gunner for convoy security operations for his upcoming deployment before the end of the year.

November 24, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Santa returns to Covington Saturday

Santa's Workshop has returned to Ramsey's Furniture Annex again this year.

November 23, 2012 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Heartland Gallery hosts holiday themed classes

The Southern Heartland Art Gallery hopes to deck the halls with holiday paintings as they invite artists of all ages to the gallery for several workshops and classes focused on painting holiday themed paintings.

November 23, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Festival of Trees underway

Covington's Festival of Trees is back, and residents once again are able to bid on a variety of pre-decorated Christmas trees courtesy of area nonprofits and businesses.

November 23, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


City looking to replace 27 miles of waterlines

The city looks to replace about 27 miles of waterlines under their Waterline Replacement Program.Covington City Council approved for grant writer Randy Conner to apply for a loan for $5,981,115.25 with the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority under the State Revolving Fund to replace aging water lines in the city's water system; and approved for Richard Aiken with Rindt-McDuff Associates to assist with the engineering for the project.

November 23, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Downtown gets a little brighter

Downtown Covington is shining a little more after the installation of new lights around the square.

November 22, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


County takes next steps for reservoir

The Newton County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved accepting a $21 million, low-interest state loan for the construction of the long-proposed Bear Creek Reservoir and spending $2 million to have an engineering firm to design the reservoir's dam.

November 22, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


A gift helps rebuild

Snapping Shoals EMC recently donated $5,000 to the Project ReNeWal domestic violence shelter for women and families. The donated funds come from SSEMC's unclaimed capital recovery credits. The shelter building was gutted earlier this year after a sprinkler malfunction dumped 18,000 gallons of water and ruined all the shelter's donated supplies for families. Pictured, from left: Project ReNeWal executive director Vickie Stephenson receives a check from Snapping Shoals EMC's manager of member services Danny Stone.

November 21, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Giving Thanks

Anyone who knows Andy Copeland's story would know how thankful he is for his daughter's health, but Wednesday morning, Copeland came to Conyers to share a Thanksgiving message of hope that would touch any heart.

November 21, 2012 | Kathy Hooks | LOCAL


Thankful through the trials

My heart is heavy during this time of Thanksgiving and I haven't been able to stop thinking about the tragic loss of two fathers of two different families involved in a recent hit-and-run accident in Henry County.

November 21, 2012 | Nhi Ho | LOCAL


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November 21, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


BOC approves Bear Creek Reservoir loan

The Newton County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved accepting a $21 million state loan for the construction of Bear Creek Reservoir.

November 20, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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