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County tightens Salem/Crowell zoning overlay

There will be no pawn shops or check-cashing businesses in the Salem/Almon/Crowell roads overlay district, according to changes adopted Tuesday night by the Newton County Board of Commissioners.

July 17, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Golfing for Laurie

More than six months of fundraising efforts by donors, including Covington residents, will come to a head this Saturday at the Golfing for Laurie golf tournament at Ashton Hills.

July 17, 2014 | Samantha Reardon | LOCAL


Get the beat

Students attending Arts Association in Newton County's Musical Theater Camp rehearse for their final performance of the summer.

July 17, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Crowell, Ga. 81 to get stoplights

County Commission chairman Keith Ellis describes the intersection of Georgia Highway 81 and Crowell Road as the worst in the county. But not for much longer.

July 17, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Riley announces candidacy for Mansfield mayor

Although the full ballot has not yet been revealed for the upcoming special election for Mansfield's mayor, one candidate is known.

July 17, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Social Circle home moving to new location

It took about five years to get funds and to complete the process to move the 186-year-old home, said Mike Owens, owner of Magnolia Manor, the new location of the home. The Historic Preservation Society of Social Circle (HPSSC) had pledged $10,000 for anyone who promised to move and restore the home, which was a significant chunk of the fundraising efforts needed to make the move official. The money was officially presented to Owens Monday by HPSSC President Dena Johnston and Treasurer Charles Thompson. Owens, utility workers and others who are invested in the preservation of the building worked ...

July 17, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


County OKs tax increase

The Newton County Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 to adopt a 5 percent tax increase as part of its new annual budget.

July 17, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Newton Newsflash: More construction this weekend

If you're out and about this weekend, avoid sections of I-20 in Newton County as construction continues. Lane closures and long delays can be expected in the following areas and times:

July 17, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Starbound Dance Studio owner arrested

The former owner of Starbound Dance Studio in Porterdale was arrested on Wednesday by the Newton County Sheriff's Office on 13 counts of theft by conversion.

July 17, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Hospital asks for more from county

Officials say the combination of Obamacare with an increase in people using the emergency room as their primary doctors is putting Newton Medical Center in trouble.

July 17, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


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Sex offender laws change

A new law that was signed into effect by Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue May 21 could make things a little easier for some registered sex offenders, specifically those whose crimes are now considered a misdemeanor.

July 02, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Turner Lake facility to remain open on Sat.; fees will increase

A variety of recreation fees, including those for youth sports, will be increasing July 1, but Turner Lake Complex will remain open on Saturdays, the recreation commission board of directors officially decided Monday.

July 02, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Covington businesses eligible for new job tax credits

Business owners in Covington's downtown business district and Washington Street commercial corridor will be able to save on their income taxes if they create two or more jobs and follow a few other steps.

July 02, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Early voting begins for Aug. 10 runoff

Early voting has started for the Aug. 10 runoff election and will last until Friday at 5 p.m. Registered voters can vote at the Board of Elections located on the first floor of the Newton County Administration Building at 1113 Usher St.

July 01, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Turner Lake facility to remain open on Saturday; fees will increase

A variety of recreation fees, including those for youth sports, will be increasing July 1, but Turner Lake Complex will remain open on Saturdays, the recreation commission board of directors officially decided Monday. (For a full list of fee changes download and view the document attached to this article.)

The commission had discussed the several changes at a June 2 called meeting as it sought ways to cover a $154,870 budget deficit for FY2011. The budget approved by the Newton County Board of Commissioners resulted in a $94,870 cut to the commission's appropriations, on top of an ...

June 30, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


29 employees laid off due to county budget

The new, leaned down structure of Newton County is beginning to take shape, as 29 county employees were laid off, including three prominent department heads.

June 30, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Listen to Ken Wynne's Full Speech

Members of the Newton County District Attorney's office filed out of the courthouse Tuesday morning, as they prepared to travel to Atlanta to see their long-time leader and friend, Ken Wynne, officially sworn in as judge.

June 30, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Red, white and blue weekend

This 4th of July, there will be celebrations all-around the Newton County area, including:

June 30, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Two men arrested after impregnating 10-year-old family member

Two men were arrested and charged with having sex with and impregnating a 10-year-old family member after the girl's relatives in Newton County reported the incident.

June 29, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


2010 Property Taxes Guide

During the county's recent budget discussions, there was fierce debate about whether adopting the county's 10.9 rollback millage rate would result in a tax increase. The answer is: for some property owners it will and for others it won't.

June 27, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


County committee nomination process runs until August

Farmers, ranchers and other agricultural producers may begin nominating eligible candidates to serve on local Farm Service Agency county committees, announced Pat E. Ray, CED, of the USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA).

June 27, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Keeping Forests in Forests program helps clean Georgia’s air

Trees preserved as part of the Keeping Forests in Forests (KFIF) carbon offset program helped clean Georgia's air by sequestering 7,816 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents (MtCO2e) since the program was launched in March 2009. The sequestration figures are included in a report prepared for the Carbon TreeBank, LLC – one of three partners in the Keeping Forests in Forests initiative – by Forecon EcoMarket Solutions, LLC, an independent environmental sciences consultant hired to verify program results.

June 27, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Snapping Shoals EMC CEO to retire in July, VP to take charge

On July 16, Randall Meadows will retire as President and Chief Executive Officer of Snapping Shoals EMC. Brad Thomas, who is currently the Senior Vice President of Engineering and Operations, will become the new President and CEO.

June 27, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Multi-faceted farm

Farms today are faced with multiple challenges. Between natural circumstances like droughts and floods to a market that grows more fickle by the year, farmers have had to evolve over the years in order to stay in the agricultural business.

Hodges Farm is one such business that has learned to adapt. The farm started as a cotton farm until the mid-70s, when the market for cotton plummeted and the cost of raising the crop skyrocketed. Realizing it was not feasible to invest everything into a single crop, the farm began to grow a larger variety of crops like grain, wheat ...

June 27, 2010 | By Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


Judge denies motion to withdraw Crowder guilty plea

A request made by convicted murderer Darrell Antonio Crowder to withdraw his guilty plea in the murder of his estranged wife, was denied by Newton County Superior Court Judge Eugene Benton.

Crowder initially pleaded guilty in December 2009 but said he did so under pressure from his attorney Garland Benny Cook, Jr., who he alleged told him that if he took a plea he could "probably get out in 15 years or so." He also testified that Cook did not come up with a defense for him.

June 27, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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