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How will the merger affect Newton County?

The merger of Georgia State University and Georgia Perimeter College will make the institution the largest university in the state.

January 10, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Honoring Dr. MLK through local service

Thousands of people throughout America will take a day off to celebrate MLK Day, but for many it will not be a day off, but a day on.

January 10, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Thoughts headed into 2015 legislative session

Representative Doug Holt did a wonderful job keeping you up to date, writing weekly letters during the legislative session.

January 10, 2015 | | LOCAL


NMC hosts community blood drive

In recognition of National Blood Donor Month, Newton Medical Center will host a Blood Drive through LifeSouth Community Blood Centers, Inc. this Thursday, Jan. 15 from noon to 6 p.m. on the bloodmobile located in the front visitor parking lot.

January 10, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Christmas is over

The holiday season seems to be the best time of the year, and most people start off their Christmas by going out and picking the right tree for their household. After Christmas is over, those who picked up artificial tree can pack it up and store it until next year. But, those who went out and bought a real tree may face the problem of what to do with their tree after Christmas is over. There are plenty of valuable things to do with your leftover Christmas tree.

January 10, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Coming together to help homeless families

Have you ever thought of what it means to be homeless?

January 10, 2015 | | LOCAL


Getting back into your routine

2015 is here. Your resolutions are made… and in some cases already forgotten. The Christmas decorations have been packed away… or in some cases put on the to-do list for next weekend. The last of the casseroles and cookies have been made, delivered, eaten, or frozen. Now we are back to our regular routine. When most of us emerge from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, we take a look around as the dust settles and wonder why our holiday is just a blur, where that time off disappeared to, and why you don't feel more relaxed.

January 10, 2015 | Hosanna Fletcher | LOCAL


NHS senior wins D.A.R. essay contest

Rhyan Davis, a senior at Newton High School, recently won the Good Citizen Essay Contest, sponsored by the local Newton County Sergeant Newton Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

January 10, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


MLK awards and events approaching

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Observance Committee of Newton County Georgia presents solicitation for the nomination of 2015 awards.

January 10, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Community prays for leaders

The Rotary and Kiwanis clubs of Covington met for the annual Prayer Breakfast at First Baptist Church of Covington Friday.

January 09, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Lanier Sims sworn in for another term

Lanier Sims was sworn in for his second term as District 2 commissioner in Newton County Tuesday.

January 08, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


New Year, new hope

The holidays are meant to be a time of joy, renewal, and togetherness. Howev er, in the relations between people, there can also be less-than-positive interactions – even jealousy and anger. Sometimes, we don't take very good care of each other or ourselves.

January 08, 2015 | jennifer cabe | LOCAL


Unlucky crook attempts break in at cop's home

A man who was attempting to break into a Covington home on New Year's Day was surprised when the off duty state police officer who lived there opened the door and took him into custody at gunpoint.

January 07, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Keeping animals safe in the cold

A fur coat only goes so far, the Georgia Department of Agriculture's Animal Industry Division warned Wednesday when it urged pet owners and farmers to take precautions with their animals as temperatures drop.

January 07, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Tommy Craig reappointed county attorney

County Attorney Tommy Craig will serve another year in that position after the Newton County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to reappoint him at Tuesday night's meeting.

January 06, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


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Community choir to make a joyful noise

Mack McKibben wants to form a true community choir. He wants 100 to 150 people joining voices for some good old-fashioned Southern gospel music.

March 09, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Court Sentencings - March 9

Patti B. Jacobson, felony habitual violator 5 years probation consecutive to earlier case, $1,000; DUI, 12 months probation, serve 180 days, $1,000; failure to maintain lane, 12 months probation, $200, plus stipulations.

March 09, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Two shot in fight at ‘the barn’

An 18-year-old man remains in critical condition after a party ended in gunfire early Saturday.

March 08, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Kelsey’s Courage

Randy and Kelsey Upton are more than just father and daughter, they are a team, standing up and telling Kelsey's story in hopes of changing somewhat antiquated laws.

March 08, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


State revenues continue to grow

ATLANTA - Georgia's revenues are continuing to show signs of life.

State money managers reported Tuesday that tax collections rose 26 percent in February from the same month one year ago.

March 08, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Garbage service privatization could save Oxford money

Privatizing garbage and recycling collection service could save the city of Oxford

March 08, 2011 | Tharon Giddens | LOCAL


Cleanup volunteers needed

Volunteers are needed for Covington's Great American Cleanup Event, to be held Saturday, March 26.

March 08, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Art contest opens

An art contest to raise awareness of exception children and their recreational needs is being offered by

March 08, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Two shot at party

An 18-year-old man remains in critical after an early morning party Saturday ended in gunfire.

March 08, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Top state court upholds voter ID law

ATLANTA - The Georgia Supreme Court on Monday upheld a state law requiring voters to show identification before they cast ballots, dismissing objections from Democrats who contended lawmakers had no proof when they approved the new rules that anyone had tried to vote illegally.

The court's 6-1 decision found that no voter has been disenfranchised by the 2006 law, despite claims by the Democratic Party of Georgia that the law creates an undue burden on the poor, the disabled and minorities. The decision, written by Justice Hugh Thompson, concluded that the law was a "minimal, reasonable, and nondiscriminatory restriction."

March 07, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Deal scales back pre-K cuts

ATLANTA - Gov. Nathan Deal said Monday he is revamping his plans to cut the state's prekindergarten program to half-day after an outcry from parents and teachers.

The program will remain a full day but the school year will be cut from 180 days to 160 days, and class sizes will increase by two students to 22 each, Deal said. The moves will allow the state to cut $54 million from the cash-strapped program while adding 2,000 slots, which will put a dent in the 10,000-student waiting list.

March 07, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


HOPE in Senate

ATLANTA - The Georgia Senate is expected to take up a bill overhauling the cash-strapped HOPE scholarship this week.

The bill was introduced two weeks ago by Gov. Nathan Deal and has moved at lightning speed through the Legislature, gaining approval from the House last week. The full Senate could see the bill as early as Tuesday.

March 07, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton loses to Valdosta

FORT VALLEY - Valdosta High School built a lead and held on late Saturday to top Newton High School 68-61 in the quarterfinals of the Class AAAAA playoffs.

March 06, 2011 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL


Chamber supports state film tax credit

Local officials hope the state continues to provide tax reductions to film companies in Georgia, because Newton County receives sales tax from a regular stream of filming projects and the thousands of tourists who come solely because of The Dukes of Hazzard, In the Heat of the Night and the Vampire Diaries.

March 06, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Teen strikes other with bat

An 18-year-old remains in the Newton County Jail after allegedly busting another teen's head open with a baseball bat in a fight over a girl.

According to Newton County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Cortney Morrison, the 17-year-old victim was hanging out with friends at a neighborhood gazebo when a girl walked by. One of the teens exchanged words with the girl and the conversation turned ugly.

March 06, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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