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Blues on the square

The Newton County Arts Association's final spring concert on the Square entertained residents Thursday. The John Brown Quartet rounded out the season's five performances, playing familiar hits from the 1960's and 70's such as "Mustang Sally."

May 29, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


SE Newton to get better AT&T 4G coverage

AT&T recently installed a new mobile internet cell site on Ga. Highway 213 near Mansfield that will boost the company's 4G access in the area.

May 29, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


CSX employee injured in Social Circle

A CSX railroad employee was significantly injured at General Mills' distribution center in Social Circle around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

May 28, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Lions give for education

The Oxford Lions Club awarded bicycles to a most improved boy and girl from each of the third, fourth and fifth grades at Flint Hill Elementary School during their awards programs. The Covington Pilot Club contributed the helmets. Top photo are fourth grade recipients; Kevon Smith and Larekia Terrell. Above are third grade recipients; Calvin Brown and Melyssa Valencia. Not pictured are fifth grade recipients; Darius Green and Shaylee Anderson. Lions presenting were John Burson, Mike Willard, Larry Willard, Ronnie Jones, Bob Gregory, and photos by Richard and Nancy Henderson. Pilots presenting were Mary Barnes, Ann Cargile and Dean Willard.

May 27, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Kiwanis Club donates 702 books to preschoolers

Local Kiwanis Club officials wanted to help Newton County's youngest students became better readers, so they set out to place a book into the hands of every single preschooler in the public school system.

May 27, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Unemployment continues to drop

Newton County's unemployment continued its fall in 2014, dropping to 7.3 percent in April.

May 27, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Savannah port deepening boosts Newton Co.

Savannah's international shipping port is deepening, and while the coastal city is best known as a vacation spot for locals, its effects on Newton County's economy could be much larger.

May 27, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newton High grad accepted to Naval Academy

For one high school graduate, a dream is about to become a reality.

May 27, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Sports bar, Jimmy John’s, 3 others coming

Covington is getting five new businesses, including three restaurants, a medical products company and a women's clothing boutique on the square, continuing an uptick in retail businesses for the city.

May 27, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Dogs attack two year old

A Memorial Day weekend in the sun turned terrifying when a two year old was mauled by two large dogs Saturday between 6 and 6:45 p.m., suffering extensive injuries above his shoulders.

May 27, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


1 local dead, 2 arrested after shooting

A Covington was shot to death Sunday night in Rockdale County, and two men have been arrested, according to the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office

May 27, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Memorial Day on the Square (slideshow)

Memorial Day Ceremony (SLIDESHOW)

May 26, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


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DDS announces Governor’s Commendation Award winner

The Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) is proud to announce that Charles "Chuck" Courtois was recently honored by Gov. Sonny Perdue for outstanding customer service efforts. Chuck received a Team Georgia Customer Service Award presented by the Governor's Office of Customer Service (OCS). OCS honors State employees who demonstrate exemplary customer service and who also exhibit strong leadership and serve as a role model to others.

May 23, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


A walk for Ryan

Many people would feel lucky to have a few people who were supportive in their life, but for Oxford resident Ryan Cartledge, he has several families worth, and all those people will stand by his side today, as they walk to raise awareness and funds for autism.

May 23, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Execution rescheduled for Melbert Ray Ford

The execution date for convicted murdered Melbert Ray Ford has been rescheduled for June 9 at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson.

May 21, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


County to switch health insurance; save $300,000

In order to save nearly $300,000, the Newton County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to switch the county's health insurance from Blue Cross Blue Shield to Cigna.

The vote will end the county's 15-year relationship with Blue Cross and will move the county from a self insurance pool to a fully insured plan with Cigna. The Cigna plan will cost $6.54 million and the exact savings is $297,388.36. A fully insured plan from Blue Cross would have cost nearly $7.12 million.

May 21, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


County to switch health insurance; save $300,000

In order to save nearly $300,000, the Newton County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to switch the county's health insurance from Blue Cross Blue Shield to Cigna.

May 21, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Parade for local troops to be held June 6

The Covington-based National Guard troops will be officially welcomed home June 6, beginning with a parade around the square at 1:15 p.m.
Most of the 131 members of Bravo Company will march from the Covington Armory to the square, followed by an event in front of the Historic Courthouse, said Josephine Kelly, director of Main Street Covington.
Kelly said she and the National Guard are still working on the event details, but all elected officials and some military dignitaries will be invited to the homecoming celebration. There will be an invocation, followed by speeches from the military and ...

May 21, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Man accidentally shoots friend while trying to scare off menace

A man was accidentally shot in the calf by his neighbor Tuesday morning then sent authorities on a chase for the wrong man.
According to Lt. Paul Dailey with the Covington Police Department, officers and detectives responded to the home on Tara Drive around 11 a.m. where they found the 32-year-old victim shot in the calf.
The victim allegedly told authorities that a young black male with dreadlocked hair had approached him while he was outside of his home smoking a cigarette and shot him, fleeing toward the Turner Lake complex walking/running track.
Officers immediately began a search ...

May 21, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newborn neighborhood watch announces June meetings

The Newborn Neighborhood Watch Program will erect six more signs within Newborn's city limits. These signs are visual indicators that our community is very interested and involved in providing a safe and secure environment to live and raise our families.

May 19, 2010 | By Suzie Bean | LOCAL


Two men arrested for meth possession Monday

Two men were arrested early Monday morning after one pulled his vehicle out in front of a Covington Police patrol car, causing the officer to brake quickly to keep from hitting their vehicle with his car.

May 19, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Meet the BEAT

The Mall at Stonecrest and 95.5 The BEAT will celebrate the beginning of summer season with the fourth annual "Meet the BEAT," a live concert event featuring international superstar Jay Sean ("Down," "Do You Remember") and Atlanta's hometown favorites B.o.B ("Nothin' on You," "Haterz Everywhere") and Travis Porter ("Go Shorty Go," "All Da Way Turnt Up,") the very popular D&D Custom Car Show and a fun kid's activity area on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. on the plaza.

May 19, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


The place to be: bringing industry to Newton County

This is final story in a six-part series examining the history and economic effects of industry in Newton County. This final part discusses the county's continuing efforts to attract new business.

May 19, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


County may have to cut many jobs to avoid tax increase

If the county does not raise the millage rate, it may have to cut nearly 100 employees - a sixth of its workforce - based on early projections. Even if the commissioners do raise the millage rate to the rollback rate, from 9.73 mills to 10.9 mills, they will still likely have to cut more than 70 employees.
These preliminary budgets have not been voted on and won't be official until late June. However, that's the stark reality facing the Newton County Board of Commissioners, as they head into their second straight of year of cutting millions from ...

May 19, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Parents and students flock to BOE meeting to protest dissolving Clements Theme

More than 30 parents and teachers addressed the Newton County Board of Education while dozens more held signs protesting the board's May 11th decision to dissolve Clements Theme School.

May 18, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newton Co. library system ranked the best in state

The Newton County Library System has been ranked the top system in the state by Hennen's American Public Library Ratings, based on statistics submitted for the Fiscal Year 2009.
The ranking is performed by HAPLR, system that ranks libraries on how well they are using financial resources based on the number of people who use the system and the size of the community the library is located in.
According to Greg Heid, Director for the Newton County Library, "We are ecstatic. The staff at this library has been working so very hard to give the public the best service ...

May 18, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


60th reunion for the Newton County High School’s first graduating class

Together again: The first ever graduating class of Newton County High School, after the school system consolidation, celebrated its 60th anniversary Monday afternoon at the Oaks Golf Course. The 1950 graduating class originally consisted of 103 members. Around 40 classmates attended Monday's event to catch up and reminisce, and to honor their 33 deceased classmates. Betty Jaynes was named the class mascot because of her integral role in founding the Women's Basketball Coaches Association. She had been ruled ineligible to join the existing BCA because she was a woman. She was elected into both the Georgia and Virginia ...

May 16, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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