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Hillman, Craig, Fuhrey receive MLK honors

The 31st annual Newton County Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a time of tribute, worship and celebration at Newton High School Sunday.

January 20, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Kerr recommends closing some recycling centers

At the Newton County Board of Commissioner (BOC) work session Jan. 12, Interim County Manager Lloyd Kerr recommended that some of the county's recycling ...

January 18, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


BOC could go ahead on waste authority

Indicating they wanted to move forward with a solid waste authority, the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) instructed Attorney Megan Martin of Jarrard and ...

January 18, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


County ends annual hauling contract with Hilliard

Despite repeated attempts to explain the validity of cancelling a county contract for professional services at a Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) work session ...

January 18, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Hwy 278 improvement district now in the hands of legislators

Business owners on Hwy. 278 are awaiting Gov. Nathan Deal's signature on a piece of legislation that is approximately a year and half in ...

January 17, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Belton: The state of our state is better than the rest

Governor Nathan Deal gave his annual State of the State speech this week, and in general, Georgians can be proud that things are much better ...

January 17, 2016 | Dave Belton | LOCAL


Hightower Elementary class tours Capitol with State Sen. Van Ness

Newly elected State Senator JaNice Van Ness, of District 43, met Mrs. Iris Downs class from Hightower Elementary School at the Georgia capitol recently.

January 17, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Stephens: Why do we observe a day for Martin Luther King Jr.?

Have you ever thought why, we as a nation, set aside a day every year to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.? The third Monday ...

January 17, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LOCAL


Our Thoughts: Welcome, GSU

Newton County has long been home to colleges such as Oxford College of Emory University and Georgia Piedmont Technical College, but now it can boast ...

January 17, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Teenager will stand up to raise money for UGA Miracle

It's called a dance marathon, but the annual University of Georgia (UGA) Miracle fundraiser isn't all about dancing.

January 17, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


SPLOST: looking at the needs of the community

Newton County had its first meeting on a possible 2017 SPLOST referendum on Thursday, discussing such items as a new animal shelter, veteran's park ...

January 17, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Southern Heartland Arts to host annual fundraiser

Art has been proven to help develop motor skills, visual-learning, decision-making, creativity and more in children, but it is not always made a priority in ...

January 16, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Full-tuition scholarships for three Newton High seniors

Adam Fallah, Irma Soriano-Diaz and Crystal Sermon no longer have to worry about paying for their college educations.

January 16, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Sheriff Ezell Brown to seek third term in Newton County

Sheriff Ezell Brown will seek a third term as Newton County Sheriff after making the announcement before a large group of church members at Bethlehem ...

January 16, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Newton County now home to Georgia State

The Georgia State University Panther family extended into Newton County Wednesday as the former Georgia Perimeter College Newton Campus celebrated a merger a year in ...

January 13, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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GPTC student best hope for a cure, marrow transplant

Jamel Lockhart, a student at Georgia Perimeter College and an assistant manager at McDonald's, was born with Sickle Cell Anemia. His best hope for a cure is a marrow transplant. But first, he must find a genetically matched donor. Jamel is African American and he will most likely match someone of his own racial background. Unfortunately, of the more than 10 million members of the Be The Match Registry®, only 8 percent are African American.

June 14, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Dead body found at local motel

A dead body was found Tuesday afternoon at the Covington Lodge after law enforcement officials were called in reference to a cardiac arrest situation.

June 14, 2012 | Meghan de St. Aubin | LOCAL


Ethics commission to talk Deal complaints

ATLANTA (AP) - The state ethics commission is set to meet Friday and is expected to discuss complaints involving Gov. Nathan Deal that are now at the center of a pair of lawsuits by two former commission employees.

June 14, 2012 | ERRIN HAINES, Associated Press | LOCAL


BOC candidate eligible to run for office

Anthony Flanagan, a Democratic for the District 3 board of commissioners seat, is allowed to run for office, having had that right restored after being convicted of a felony in early 1992, according to the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles.

June 12, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Middle Ridge keeps attitude positive

Middle Ridge Elementary may have the highest free and reduced lunch rate in the county and 20 percent of its students may be classified as Students with Disabilities, but none of this keeps MRES from working hard to be the best they can be at everything they do.

"The combination of the highest Free and Reduced lunch rate in the county at approximately 88 percent, combined with a Student with Disabilities population that equals 20 percent of the school population for the last three years offers unique challenges," said Principal Alan Satterfield. "Those challenges have been met and student achievement ...

June 12, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Doctor to run for Sen. District 17

Dr. Nelva Lee of Locust Grove is running for State Senate District 17, focusing her platform on small business development and improving education.

Lee has a three-step plan to revitalize small business in the district.

June 12, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Local residents to celebrate freedom

While all Americans celebrate July 4, for many black Americans the celebration of Juneteenth holds even more meaning as it commemorates the ending of slavery in the United States.

June 12, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Convicted murderers ask for new trials

Two murderers, convicted on separate crimes, are both petitioning the court for new trials this summer, each for different reasons.

June 12, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Official: City residents not double taxed

After a court in Gwinnett County recently ruled that the county double taxed residents for services like fire, many Newton County residents are questioning whether they are also being double taxed for services.

Covington residents pay a 8.20 millage rate on top of the 10.91 county-wide millage rate, confirmed Covington City Manager Steve Horton and Newton County Manager John Middleton.

June 12, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Tech schools talk future job market

America remains the world's dominant superpower, but leaders and educators are worried by trends that show the competitiveness of the American worker continues to fall.

Cynthia Edwards is the vice president of institutional advancement for Georgia Piedmont Technical College, formerly known as DeKalb Tech, and her role is to spread the word about an institution dedicated to helping Georgians get job and Georgia remain competitive in recruiting industry.

June 12, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


AT&T strengthens mobile coverage in Covington

As part of its continuing network investment to support growing demand for mobile devices and services, AT&T announced Tuesday the activation of a new cell site in southern Newton County near the intersection of Highway 136 and 212, expected to enhance network coverage for area residents and businesses.

"Delivering dependable wireless coverage for consumers and businesses that need to stay connected is the company's ultimate objective," said Paul Chambers, Regional Director of External Affairs for AT&T. "AT&T's ongoing investments in Newton County will help ensure that the company's customers have access to the wireless ...

June 12, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Cat fight complaint leads to drug arrest

A phone call about a cat quickly turns into an officer allegedly finding two juveniles with marijuana.

June 12, 2012 | Meghan de St. Aubin | LOCAL


Gas prices down from previous week

Average retail gasoline prices in Atlanta have fallen in the past week, averaging $3.33/gal yesterday. This compares with the national average that has fallen in the last week to $3.56/gal, according to gasoline price website AtlantaGasPrices.com.

Including the change in gas prices in Atlanta during the past week, prices yesterday were lower than the same day one year ago and are 23.3 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased during the last month and stands lower than this day one year ago.

June 12, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Oxford to hold Fourth of July celebration

Residents will soon bring their patriotic pride as the City of Oxford and the Oxford Lions Club are hosting the annual Fourth of July Parade and Celebration and would like for locals to join in this year's event which will be held Wednesday, July 4.

Participants are encouraged to decorate your bicycle, car, truck or float in a patriotic theme. There will be an award for the best float.

June 12, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Rep. Broun to debate Republican challenger

The campaign of Republican Congressman Paul Broun today released the following statement regarding upcoming primary debates:

"Congressman Broun is enthusiastically looking forward to debating his competitor. He is confident it would be to his political advantage to debate more frequently. However, Congressman Broun is highly focused on fulfilling his official duties, both in Washington and in Georgia, and is not a full-time candidate.

June 12, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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