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Lanners, others honored by chamber of commerce

It was a banner night for the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce at the Charlie Elliot Wildlife Center Tuesday evening, with awards going to several ...

January 20, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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


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Bid accepted for start of Covington Towne Center

The city of Covington agreed to sell 99.7 acres of land along Alcovy Road to The Foxfield Company for $1.52 million Monday night.

November 09, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Second man arrested in murder case of Adrian Brooks

Just under a year after a warrant for his arrest was issued for his involvment in the murder of Adrian Brooks in July of 2014, Horace Coates was arrested Friday.

November 09, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Percentage of Newton County students graduating surpasses state's average

Newton County schools have something to celebrate. The percentage of students graduating from one of the county's three high schools has risen at two of the schools, while one has graduated the same percentage as last year.

November 09, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Steel from World Trade Center given to Covington Fire Department

Stoney Bowles has been through a lot in his 31 years as a firefighter. He has been involved in his share of saves, had great comradery with his peers and, since taking over as chief in Covington, has led a group of men and women who share his values.

November 08, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


New crosswalk signs make Floyd Street safer for pedestrians

There are new additions on Floyd Street after months of requests from community members.

November 08, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Commissioners call for a scope of work for legal services

Despite the continued protest from Commissioner Nancy Schulz, District 3, the Board of Commissioners approved the September check register, 3-1. Commissioner John Douglas, District 1, who was not present due to illness, told Commissioner Levie Maddox, District 5, that he would join Schulz in voting against approval.

November 08, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Porterdale veterans work to restore park in honor of those who serve

Originally, there were six of them, gathered at the gazebo in Porterdale's Veteran's Memorial Park a couple of years ago.

November 07, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Operation Watchful Eye keeps tabs on sex offenders

During the week of Oct. 26-31 221 registered sex offenders were arrested across Georgia thanks to the state's sheriffs and Operation Watchful Eye.

November 07, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Chicken Tracks Arts Festival

The Chicken Tracks Art Ranch and Chuck Hanes and Elizabeth Collins of Beauty and Beast Art are hosting a new outdoor arts festival the weekend before Thanksgiving.

November 07, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Gangsters come to Porterdale’s Speakeasy Dinner Club

Mobster Duke is in a major conflict about his woman and his money, and he is headed to Porterdale to settle the score. You can decide who you think did it as audience members in the hottest dinner club show in town.

November 07, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Single car accident leaves 2 dead on Halloween

Melody Story and a William Bowman died after a single car accident on Oct. 31.

November 07, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Candlelight Christmas Tour Dec. 3

The Satsuki Garden Club hosts its Candlelight Christmas Tour, featuring eight properties circa 1840-1950 Thursday, Dec. 3 from 3-7 p.m.

November 06, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


New film ordinance brings everyone to table

At times the Newton County Sheriff's Office and Newton County Fire Services have not been alerted to filming happening in the county.

November 05, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


NCSO Toy Ride approaching

The 17th Annual Newton County Toy Ride benefiting local children for Christmas and presented by the Newton County Sheriff's Office is approaching.

November 05, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Human remains found off Highway 81 and State Route 162

Human remains were discovered by a utility worker about 50 yards off of Highway 81 just south of Porterdale. The Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) was at the scene by midmorning Thursday.

November 05, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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