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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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Part of highway named after Roy, Aaron Varner

The memory of Roy Varner spans the county, and now his name does, too.

September 10, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Wig-wearing bandits strike again

Wig-wearing bandits who have robbed several banks in the metro Atlanta area since July struck again on Wednesday at a bank in Gwinnett County.

September 10, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Libraries celebrate September as library card sign up month

September is National Library Card Sign Up Month - a time when the American Library Association and the Newton County Library System want to make sure that all children, teens and adults in Newton County have the smartest card of all - a library card.

September 10, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington man gets 20-years for attacking Ala. jail guard with mop

A Covington man who is a suspect in 2009 robberies of the Covington Holiday Inn Express and Doster's Store in Newton County has been sentenced to 20 years imprisonment for attacking a guard in an Alabama jail with a mop.

September 10, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Council votes to end airport contract

Aviation customers will soon have a different experience at the Covington Municipal Airport, following the Covington City Council's 3-2 vote Wednesday to end its contract with airport operator Dixie Jet Services.

September 10, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Preparing for the harvest

Southern Heartland Arts Inc. announces the opening of Artful Harvest, the annual juried art exhibit sponsored by United Bank. This year's show will be held at the Newton County Library, 7116 Floyd St., until Sept. 29. All Newton County artists are welcome and encouraged to exhibit, as are artists from throughout the state. Applications are available at Southern Heartland Art Gallery or online at www.southernheartlandart.com.

September 10, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Picture of the Day - Sept. 9

Alcovy's Dallas Hardin strains as she pitches a ball to a Union Grove batter during Wednesday night's softball game.

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

September 09, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Picture of the Day - Sept. 8

Susan Wahl gets help hanging a framed photograph at Southern Heartland Arts' annual Artful Harvest art show which will be on display in the library until September 30.

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

September 08, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Literacy Festival is this weekend

Covington will celebrate the written word on Saturday with the seventh annual Literacy Festival.

September 08, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Meet the Kid Cavalier

Parents in search for some good, spooky fun just in time for Halloween need look no further than the square on Saturday, when local author Erik Oliver will be signing copies of his children's Halloween book, "Kid Cavalier on a Halloween Quest," at Mayfield Ace Hardware.

September 08, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Sisters squabble after alleged voodoo ritual

Two sisters got into a physical altercation after one allegedly attempted to perform a voodoo ritual on the other.

September 08, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Well watered

Newton County recently completed a $12 million expansion of its main water treatment plant, a project that will ensure the county has adequate water for the next five years.

September 08, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Denny Dobbs Park grand opening set for Saturday

The Rev. Ronny Brannen of Prospect United Methodist Church is excited about the opening of Denny Dobbs Park and he's doing his best to make sure everyone knows it.

Prospect is hosting the park's grand opening ceremony from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday at the park, located on Georgia Highway 212 across from Oak Hill Elementary School.

September 08, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Thieves seen stealing rails

As the Norfolk Southern railroad line continues to lie vacant, weeds are overtaking the rails and thieves are literally taking them.

September 08, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


No one injured in house fire Sunday

Up in smoke: Firefighters with the city of Covington received a call to a house fire on Conyers and Elm streets Sunday evening. When they arrived, they found the house in flames. Although initial reports indicated there was someone trapped inside, it was later found that no one was inside. The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

September 08, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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