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Are service clubs outdated?

After speaking to the Lions Club of Oxford this week about 4-H opportunities, I noticed yet again that my old classmates simply aren't present in service clubs.

April 06, 2014 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


Joint effort helped stem fire damage

Five Social Circle police officers responded with fire personnel to an alarm received through 911 on Tuesday in an effort that both departments said helped prevent widespread damage or injuries.

April 03, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Woman, who takes 15-pill cocktail, drives on curb

A woman who told police "it wasn't against the law" and "it wasn't a big deal, no one was on the road" in reference to her scrubbing the curb on Jefferson Blvd was arrested for failure to maintain lane and DUI Wednesday.

April 03, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Covington man arrested in sting

A Covington man was one of three arrested during a Conyers Police Department prostitution sting at a Conyers hotel Wednesday.

April 03, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Murder victim's identity released

A 45-year-old Newton County woman was fatally shot around 8 p.m. Tuesday, and Aaron Garsua McClain, also age 45 and the women's alleged domestic partner, is being charged with the murder.

April 03, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County talking to grant writing co.

Newton County is getting closer to hiring a firm to write grants to seek out more state and federal funding.

April 02, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


BOC not behind Henderson SPLOST plans

County Commissioner J.C. Henderson wanted to move forward with purchasing land to expand some existing parks and build some new ones using 2011 SPLOST money, but his fellow commissioners weren't on board with his plan Tuesday.

April 01, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


State superintendent forum Friday

With Common Core's place in Georgia schools being hotly debated and education being linked ever closer with business needs and the health of the economy, Georgia's state school superintendent race has no shortage of pressing issues.

April 01, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Tips that could help get a job at Baxter

While state and local officials celebrated breaking ground on a training center that will serve Baxter International and help recruit future bioscience industries, area residents want to know how they can get a shot at one of Baxter's high-quality jobs.

April 01, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Basketball leads to pepper spray

During a fight, a woman's daughter was reportedly hit with a pipe and a group of juveniles pepper sprayed on West Street Sunday, between 6 and 7 p.m.

April 01, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


BioScience training center breaks ground

Officials celebrated construction starting on the Georgia BioScience Training Center, a facility set to open in early 2015 that will both help train future Baxter International employees and be used to recruit other life sciences industries to Georgia.

April 01, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Rotary’s Public Service Person of 2014

The Rotary Club of Covington's motto is simple, "service above self."

April 01, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Gun pulled in Turner Lake hoops game

After a shoving spat during a basketball game at the Turner Lake Recreational Complex, a man pulled a gun from his bag Thursday.

April 01, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Rolling lane closures planned

Newton County State route 81 will have rolling closures from mile marker 0-11 from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday, March 31 through April 3, weather permitting.

March 31, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO involved in fatal shooting

A woman who, was shot by Newton County Sheriff's deputies and died in a nearby hospital Monday afternoon, has been identified as Shirley Joyce Brown.

March 31, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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Storm Debris center opened

A specially designated spot has been created for Newton County residents to get rid of much of the debris left in the wake of Wednesday night's tornado and severe storms.

February 21, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Judicial Center building fence

Newton County began construction Monday on an approximately $220,000 fenced-off parking area at the Newton County Judicial Center. The 20-parking space area is being built to ensure the safety of judges, the district attorney and other courtroom officials, County Engineer Kevin Walter said.

February 21, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Ozburn nominated to Georgia Supreme Court

Alcovy Circuit Superior Court Judge Samuel D. Ozburn was nominated by State Sen. John Douglas to the Georgia Judicial Nominating Commission to fill the vacancy left by Chief Justice Leah Sears of the Georgia Supreme Court when she retires effective June 30. If Governor Sonny Perdue accepts the nomination, Judge Ozburn would become Associate Justice of the court.

"I am proud to announce the nomination of Samuel Ozburn to the Georgia Supreme Court," said Douglas (R-Social Circle). "Judge Ozburn is a credit to our judicial system, the legal profession as a whole and to all who strive to give back ...

February 20, 2009 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


You need a Plan E

"It's always good to have a Plan B, but you've got to have a Plan E - for education," Thurbert Baker told the Newton Youth Leadership Institute students.

February 20, 2009 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


Local man escapes burning car crash

A local man was pulled from his vehicle after it burst into flames following a single-car accident Tuesday afternoon.

February 20, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Taking the Cheerios Challenge

The Cheerios Challenge returns to the Covington YMCA on April 18 with a 10K/5K Road Race and 1-mile Fun Run/Walk.

February 19, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


BOC delays salary cut talks

At a packed Newton County Board of Commissioner's meeting Tuesday, Chairwoman Kathy Morgan and County Administrative Officer John Middleton proposed three options for balancing the roughly $5 million deficit for Fiscal Year 2009.

February 19, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


High Point hit hard

According to the National Weather Service, the fierce storms that blasted Newton County Wednesday night, leaving downed trees and destroyed property in their wake and pelting the southern end of the county with golf ball-sized hail were courtesy of an EF1 tornado with winds reaching 109 m.p.h.

February 19, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Tornado watch for Newton until 11 p.m. Wednesday

Tonight: Showers and thunderstorms likely before 1am, then a slight chance of showers. Some of the storms could be severe and produce heavy rainfall. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 42. West wind between 5 and 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent.

February 18, 2009 | The National Weather Service | LOCAL


Experts share tips on how to grow the local economy

If Newton County wants to attract more industry, it needs to develop a stronger consumer base, produce a more highly educated and talented work force and promote itself to the state's department of economic development.

February 18, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Council says no to raises

The Covington City Council voted unanimously to remove a discussion of pay raises for council members from the agenda of Monday night's council meeting, effectively dropping the issue.

February 18, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


If terror strikes...

School resource and day officers from the Newton County Sheriffs Department and the Covington Police Department joined forces with drama students from local high schools to prepare themselves for the worst should terror strike the schools of Newton County.

February 18, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Man attacked in home

A local man received a beating after others disagreed with the way he was disciplining his child Monday night.

February 18, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


County breaks with collaborative to save on pest control services

When the Leadership Collaborative first decided to contract out services together, they were hoping that buying in bulk would result in savings for everyone involved. Their trial run with pest control services didn't work out as planned, but still led to savings for most entities, including $8,000 in savings for Newton County.

In November, the Newton County Board of Commissioners, the Newton County School System, the Newton County Water and Sewage Authority, the city of Covington and Social Circle City Schools joined together to search for a single pest control provider to service all five entities. Nine pest ...

February 15, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Salary cuts loom for county personnel

At a special called meeting Saturday, members of the Newton County Board of Commissioners concluded that, in light of an anticipated $5 to $5.5 million budget shortfall, payroll adjustments would have to be made in order to make up the deficit.

"This is very painful," said District 5 Commissioner Tim Fleming, "but these are hard times we're in."

February 15, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


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