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Leadership uncertainty dogs Nelson Heights

Last Tuesday, the Newton County Board of Commissioners voted to remove Commissioner J.C. Henderson as chairman of the Nelson Heights Center, a facility dedicated to helping children after school. The matter seemed open and closed - he was the chairman, then he wasn't.

September 04, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


NCSO Sgt. wins Instructor of Year award

Newton County Sheriff's Office Sergeant Randy Downs received the Dale Moorefield award for Firearms Instructor of the Year at the 2014 Georgia Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (GALEFI) conference on Aug. 26.

September 03, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Ellis’ responsibilities changed by BOC

Newton County Board of Commissioners Chairman Keith Ellis lost at least some of his power Tuesday night, as the board voted to strip him of his control of the county's vehicle fleet and engineering department.

September 02, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Henderson stripped of financial powers

The Newton County Board of Commissioners simply crushed Commissioner J.C. Henderson Tuesday night, stripping him of all financial powers and forcing him off the boards of the Nelson Heights Community Center and the Recreation Commission.

September 02, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


NCSS announces Scholars of the Week

Newton County School System plans to highlight exceptional students with a new weekly spotlight. Two high school seniors will be recognized each week as NCSS Scholars of the Week starting in October and will be chosen to recognize and promote "exemplary academic performance and outstanding contributions to their school and community."

September 02, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


DOE offers free digital textbooks

As the 2014-2015 academic year begins, teachers, school leaders, parents and students should be aware they can access free, interactive digital textbooks through the Georgia Department of Education's website.

September 02, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO dep. restores heartbeat to boy

A Newton County Sheriff's Office deputy may have saved the life of a minor who was not breathing after drowning.

September 02, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Man subdued by Taser

After a call concerning an intoxicated male riding his bicycle into a trash can, police officers had to subdue the suspect by deploying a Taser.

September 02, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Legality of Henderson’s check questionable

There's a clause in the Georgia constitution that says governments can't give money without receiving a "benefit" in exchange. It's reiterated in numerous handbooks for local governments.

September 02, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Family to move to CO for med. marijuana

It may be their last resort, but the Hopkins family is making a big move with full hopes they will find sanctum for one of their daughters in Colorado's medical marijuana. Still, they'll be packing their family minus one.

September 02, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


New pavers to honor longtime businesses

Covington City Councilwoman Janet Goodman wants to honor the handful of families who have maintained their businesses on the Square for 50-plus years.

September 02, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Weather, granite delay Square’s reopening

Don't get blue, the jazz concert set for Thursday on the Covington Square will still happen – just not on the Square.

September 02, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Video purports to show beheading of US journalist

BEIRUT (AP) - An Internet video posted online Tuesday purported to show the beheading by the Islamic State group of U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff, who went missing in Syria last year.

September 02, 2014 | ZEINA KARAM, Associated Press | LOCAL


Hit-and-run driver strikes child in stroller

A Conyers driver who struck a Covington woman and a 2-year-old and then tried to flee the scene was arrested and charged with driving under the influence.

September 02, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Home on the Range (video)

A visit to Cottonwood Farm.

September 02, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


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Together again

A gathering of old friends: the Newton County High School class of 1990 celebrated 20 years on Saturday, Sept. 25. More than 40 former students attended the event.

September 29, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


The News, chamber to host forum

The General Election is a month away, and The Covington News and Covington/Newton County Chamber of Commerce will seek to prepare voters at a forum from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Covington Branch Library on Floyd Street.

September 29, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Slow HOA formation upsets some in Fairview Estates

Last fall, the Rev. Sharon Collins stood proudly in front of her peers and told them she believed in Newton County, IECDG and the public park being built in her neighborhood, Fairview Estates, calling it a field of dreams.

September 29, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Think Pink

In 31 years, Trish Baker never missed work for illness, but that changed in 2006 when she was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer.

September 29, 2010 | Tharon Giddens | LOCAL


Social Security hearing office opens in Covington

A Social Security Administration office opened in Covington Sept. 7 bringing 54 jobs to Newton County and reducing wait times for those awaiting or appealing disability decisions.

September 29, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Fairview Estates Park groundbreaking today at 10 a.m.

After 18 months of intense debate and compromise, a public park is being built in Fairview Estates, with a groundbreaking ceremony at 10 a.m. today in the neighborhood off Fairview Road.

Several officials will speak, including Newton County Chairman Kathy Morgan, District 3 Commissioner Nancy Schulz and Scott Sirotkin, director of the county's developmental services department.

September 29, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


County to hold SPLOST work session at 6 tonight

Newton County residents will vote next year on whether to approve a special local option sales tax that would last until 2015.

September 29, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Picture of the Day - Sept. 28

Trisha Baker, a four-year survivor of breast cancer, will have her portrait, along with approximately 55 other breast cancer survivors' portraits, featured on the square this Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Portraits of Hope portion of the Pink on the Square event as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

To see more photos, click on the links under Related Content.

September 28, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


SPLOST meeting to be held 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Historic Courthouse

In 2011, the first time in five years, Newton County residents will vote on whether to have another special local option sales tax. However, before a ballot is formed, the Newton County Board of Commissioners must select a list of projects to put to a referendum.

September 28, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington woman dies in wreck Sunday evening

A Covington woman died and two people were injured in a two-car collision Sunday evening on Georgia Highway 20 at Buckingham Drive.
Kayla Quinnisha Ward, 20, was killed in the wreck, which occurred about 7:30 p.m. Sunday, according to the Georgia State Patrol.
It was raining at the time and the driver apparently lost control of the car, according to Newton County Coroner Tommy Davis. Ward died at the scene of blunt force injuries suffered in the wreck, Davis said.
According to the State Patrol:
Ward was southbound in a Honda Accord and attempted to pass another vehicle ...

September 27, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Social Security hearing office opens in Covington

A Social Security hearing office recently opened in Covington, and had its grand opening today at 10 a.m. at the office, which is located on the Covington ByPass Road next to Patrick's and across from the Indian Creek Golf Course. Social Security Commissioner Michael Astrue gave brief remarks at the event.

September 27, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Oak Hill, Ga. 212, called ‘death trap,’ to get traffic light

A traffic light is still coming to the intersection of Oak Hill Road and Ga. Highway 212, but it might not be completed until September 2011.

On Tuesday, the Newton County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a $106,548 bid from Moye Electric of Dublin to install the traffic signal; the money comes from previously allocated federal stimulus money. Chairman Kathy Morgan said in a Thursday e-mail that the contract calls for completion prior to Oct. 1, 2011.

September 26, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


The menace of Cyber Bullying

When Leslie first moved to Newton County from her small Midwestern hometown, her biggest concern was leaving the friends she had grown up with. She never guessed that finding friends here would be as much heartbreak as it has turned out to be.

"I have zero friends," the 15-year-old, whose last name was withheld to protect her from further bullying, said in a telephone conversation earlier this month. "And it's not like I had these friends and we got into a fight or anything. I just have never had them here. Kids make fun of everything about me."

September 26, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Ride for the CURE

Snapping Shoals EMC, in support of the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, held its seventh annual Ride for the Cure motorcycle ride fundraiser on Saturday.

September 26, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


USDA announces surveys

Over the next two months, vegetable growers in the United States will have the opportunity to provide first-hand information on their production practices when they participate in the Vegetable Chemical Use Survey, conducted by the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service.

"This survey will give 160 Georgia vegetable producers the opportunity to explain how they use agricultural chemicals and manage pests to produce a safe, high-quality food supply," said Doug Kleweno, director of the NASS Georgia Field Office. "The data will help support the policies and programs that protect the health ahnd safety of agriculture producers, workers and consumers alike."

September 26, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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