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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


Hall to leave Chamber of Commerce

Hunter Hall is leaving the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce for a business development position with Kelly Products after informing his staff of the change Monday.

January 06, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Legislative Prayer Breakfast Friday

The Rotary Club of Covington will host its annual Prayer Breakfast Friday at First Baptist Church in Covington.

January 06, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Crowe requests another trial

Christina Renee Crowe was before Newton County Superior Court Judge Horace J. Johnson, Jr., Thursday afternoon, requesting a new trial after being found guilty in the death of 7-year-old Bobby Joe Couch in December.

July 11, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


County misses DCA deadline; won’t get new state money

For the second time in 2010, Newton County has missed a deadline to turn in required planning documents to the state and will be ineligible to receive some new state funding during July and most of August.

July 11, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Railroad purchase debate still rages

Newborn Mayor Roger Sheridan continues to spearhead efforts to acquire the local Norfolk Southern rail line, and is in the process of forming a partnership with the Newton County Trail Path Foundation to facilitate an acquisition.

July 11, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Straight shootin’

The inaugural Eagles Droppin' Arrows 3-D Archery Fun Shoot, hosted by the Eastside High School FFA, was held Saturday morning at the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division Saturday morning. Archers fired at 3-D targets of mountain goats and deer, and some rogue shots ended up in trees. The event raised funds for the Eastside High School FFA to use to travel to the Indianapolis FFA convention in October.

July 11, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Chamber releases new mission statement

New President Hunter Hall is in the process of reorganizing of the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce and is hoping to return it to its roots - providing services for its membership.

July 11, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


The Positive Place

Bethlehem Baptist Church is currently holding its annual Summer Feeding Youth and Enrichment Ministry program. From June 21 to July 16, the program will be providing children ages 4 to 12 a wealth of fun activities while instilling educational and social skills.

July 11, 2010 | Sabastian Wee news@covnews.com | LOCAL


Newton County misses state planning deadline

For the second time in 2010, Newton County has missed a deadline to turn in required planning documents to the state and will be ineligible to receive some new state funding during July and most of August.

Newton County was late turning in its Capital Improvement Elements plan to the Georgia Department of Community Affairs; the plan spells out which projects the county will build with its collected impact fees, when they will be built and how much they will cost.

July 10, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


BOC officially approves millage rollback rate

On Tuesday, the Newton County Board of Commissioners officially approved a 10.91 millage rate for FY2011, three weeks after approving the $46.3 million budget that depended on increased property revenues from that rollup millage rate.

July 09, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Race for statewide utility regulatory commission under radar

Although the Georgia Public Service Commission gets little fanfare, the outcome of the 2010 race for one of its open seats could affect local residents more than any other statewide race.
The PSC regulates services provided by telecommunications, electric and natural gas companies, as well as the rates they charge to customers. The PSC does not regulate city-owned services, like the utilities sold by the city of Covington. It does regulate companies like Atmos Energy, Atlanta Gas Light and Georgia Power.
One seat on the five-member board is up for election in 2010. Democrat Keith Moffett and four republicans, Sen ...

July 09, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Jam-packed: jail overcrowding worsened by guard lay offs

The Newton County Jail was built to hold 650 inmates, but with budget cuts and an increase in crime in the county, there are several inmates sleeping on cots on the floor. And according to Detention Administrator Captain Sammy Banks, the detention center is scheduled to take a hit with significant cuts to its staff this week.

July 09, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newborn to host bad weather preparedness presentation

The Newborn Neighborhood Watch Program launched three meetings in the month of June with more than 30 citizens participating. The Block Captains worked very hard to meet, speak and hand out information to as many citizens within Newborn as possible.

Information presented by Deputy Doug Clifton gave citizens a guide to knowing how to help resolve some of the issues presented. With the focus of the organization being on "Citizens Doing Their Part," the overall feeling was that we felt that we have an organized method to voice our concerns to the mayor and with the mayor and council's ...

July 08, 2010 | Suzanne Bean Coordinator, Newborn Neighborhood Watch | LOCAL


Man dies in work release

A 21-year-old man was found dead in the Newton County work release facility Saturday morning.

July 08, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


BOC clarifies senior services; could be restructured

The BOC held a senior services work session Tuesday night, and once again decided that the current structure of the organization's board of directors was not working. Two key shortcomings cited by officials were a lack of participation and the inability or unwillingness to do fundraising.

After a year of discussion about a dysfunctional board of directors structure at senior services, the BOC approved a memorandum of agreement Tuesday night with the non-profit Newton County Senior Services, which operates the county's senior center. However, as part of the MOA, the BOC and NCSS board will work together during ...

July 07, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


BOC officially approves 10.91 rollup rate

On Tuesday, the Newton County Board of Commissioners officially approved a 10.91 millage rate for FY2011, three weeks after approving the $46.3 million budget that depended on increased property revenues from that rollup millage rate.

The millage rate approval had to be delayed in order to give the county time to properly advertise the revised 10.91 rate as required by law; previously the 9.73 rate had been the only rate publicly advertised.

July 07, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Weekend train accident victims identified

Georgia State Patrol Public Information Officer Gordy Wright said Danny and Linda Long were the occupants of an SUV travelling north on Ga. Highway 81 near The Depot early Saturday afternoon when they were hit by a westbound train.

July 07, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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