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County mulls costs to keep guns out

The county would have to spend at least $283,559 to prevent people from legally carrying a gun into the Newton County Administration Building or the Historic Courthouse.

June 03, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


How the county budget affects you

Property values are rising, which means property tax revenue would rise, but the Newton County Board of Commissioners promised it would lower the tax rate during the next two years. This leaves officials with the same budget old budget dilemma: keep taxes as low as possible or spend more to help employees and improve some county services?

June 03, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Gun fired near Nelson Heights CC

An event at the Nelson Heights Community Center resulted in gun fire in the surrounding area and two hours of police presence Friday evening.

June 03, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Holt endorses Belton for District 112

State Representative Doug Holt endorsed Dave Belton in the race for State House District 112 Tuesday.

June 03, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Drug drop box campaign launched

With prescription drug abuse growing, the Newton County Sheriff's Office has taken another step in trying to curb the problem, while also adding another way to simultaneously help the environment.

June 02, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Newton County School System honors 38 retirees

The Newton County School System honored 39 retirees at their annual retirement dinner at Turner Lake Thursday evening, paying tribute to a combined 915 years of service to Newton County and its children.

May 31, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Turner Lake shelter final OK delayed again

Once again, the Garden of Gethsemane homeless shelter on Turner Lake Circle is almost ready to open.

May 31, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


County calls work session to discuss 911 fees

Porterdale, Covington and Newton County officials will attempt to resolve the contentious dispute over 911 center charges and services at a special joint work session Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the Historic Courthouse.

May 30, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


13-year-old Newton County girl victim of online predator

The 13-year-old Newton County girl believed that she was going to be a big star and that the cute 22-year-old New York photographer who was talking to her online was going to help her reach her dreams of becoming a model, all she had to do was send him some pictures. Nothing could have been further from the truth.

May 30, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Westbound ramp to Alcovy Road to close temporarily

The westbound ramp of Interstate 20 at exit 92 (Alcovy Road) will be closed for repairs, weather permitting, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 5 - June 26.

May 30, 2009 | Georgia Department of Transportation | LOCAL


Jealous rage at Newton Medical

Officers from the Covington Police Department responded to Newton Medical Center Tuesday evening after a woman's ex-boyfriend reportedly attacked her car in a jealous rage.

According to reports the woman, as she was coming from inside the hospital with friends, was confronted by a former boyfriend, identified as Nicholas Partain. She reportedly told officers that when she saw Partain she quickly walked to her car and despite his attempts to speak with her, she ignored him. This allegedly caused him to become angry and throw a backpack at her, striking her in the upper back.

May 29, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Parties rally before FY budget decided

The county's budget deficit quandary engaged local political parties over the past month by sparking the classic debate over the size and role of government and the amount of taxes the government should levy.

May 29, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Legion remembers fallen soldiers

American Legion Post 32 of Covington held a Memorial Day ceremony on the Covington square.

May 28, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


BOC approves FY2010 budget

The Newton County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a balanced budget for fiscal year 2010 on Wednesday night, which will keep the millage rate at 9.73 and will cut approximately 16 jobs.

May 28, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Local Democrats to counter rally

Before the commissioners debate next year's budget in the Historic Courthouse at 7 p.m. tonight, Newton County's political parties will take to the square to give their thoughts on property taxes and county jobs.

May 27, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


County aid coming for Fairview Estates

Newton County will attempt to revitalize the Fairview Estates subdivision by spending $1.74 million in Neighborhood Stabilization Funds to purchase and rehabilitate foreclosed and bank-owned properties. Fairview Estates is located off Fairview Road near its intersection with Salem Road.

May 27, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Memorial Day's accident numbers

Memorial Day festivities ended in one fatality and multiple arrests in Newton County over the holiday weekend.

May 27, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


25 new cougars on the prowl

On Saturday morning, Piedmont Academy held its 39th commencement exercises and awarded high school diplomas to 25 graduates in the school's gymnasium. The procession was lead by Headmaster Dr. Michael Rossi, the school's Board of Trustees, the school's faculty, junior class ushers and senior class mascots to "Largo" by Handel and "Pomp and Circumstance" by Elgar.

May 27, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Bidding begins for gas providers

As the price of gas continues to rise, Covington is trying to save money and gain supply stability by purchasing in bulk. In April Covington joined the North Georgia Fuel Cooperative, a 16-local-government-agency cooperative that is pooling its fuel needs in an effort to secure less expensive gas prices.

May 27, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Future scholars of the arts

During the Southern Heartland Art Guild May 21, 2009 meeting, Southern Heartland Arts, Inc. awarded Cardinal Fund scholarships to 3 college-bound seniors, who are pursuing degrees in the visual arts. The Cardinal Fund was established in memory of James Hayes, with donations made by his wife, Lisa Hayes, of Air Conditioning Specialist, Inc. Susan Adams, SHA, Inc. Chairperson, presented checks to Alexandria Lester and Crystal Howell of Newton High and Malaceo Ivey of Alcovy High.

May 27, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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