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Oxford adopts 2015 budget

Oxford is ready to roll into next fiscal year as its wallet is set and spending in order.

June 03, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


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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General Mills donates more than $240K to local nonprofits

The Covington plant of General Mills donated more than $240,000 to 17 non-profit organizations in Newton and Rockdale counties at a reception Friday.

Grants were awarded to organizations that encourage good nutrition and exercise, especially for children.

February 27, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Zombie sighting

This past week the crew of H2 has been filming in and around Covington.

February 27, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Facebook for "adults"

If you're not on Facebook, you're part of an ever shrinking crowd these days.

February 27, 2009 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


Badge of Honor

Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown currently holds one of the most powerful positions in the county, but before he decided to dedicate his life to serving and protecting others, he was just a little boy in Blakely with a predilection for uniforms.

February 27, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Former Kiwanis president well remembered

Former Covington Kiwanis president and active community member Richard Rawlins quietly passed away Saturday morning while preparing to teach a Sunday school lesson the next day. He died holding his Bible, but lived following the principles within it.

February 27, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Newton Medical Auxiliary raises funds for new equipment to detect cancer

The Auxiliary Board of Newton Medical Center held a general luncheon meeting Tuesday at First Baptist Church of Covington.

February 26, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


House set OK's Georgia Power plan to raise power bills

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Power customers could pay an average of $1.30 more per month on their electricity bills beginning in 2011 under a bill approved by the Legislature on Thursday.

February 26, 2009 | SHANNON McCAFFREY Associated Press Writer | LOCAL


County employees safe from furloughs, pay cuts until June 30

Newton County employees are safe from firings, furloughs and pay cuts until at least June 30. Five county departments made last-minute, non-personnel cuts totaling more than $1.1 million, to erase fully the previous $5 million budget deficit for Fiscal Year 2009.

February 26, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Sheriff announces his new command staff

Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown has formally announced his command staff which will help the citizens identify those people at the NCSO whom they can go to should they need assistance in any specific area. It will also allow the new sheriff to have a group of people he can rely on to carry things through.

February 25, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Teen killed in single-car accident identified

 A sixth grade student killed in a car crash last weekend was identified by Georgia State Patrol as 13-year-old Caschona Nequail Robinson, a student at Veterans Memorial Middle School.

Known as "Sweetie Pie" by those close to her, she was killed in a single car accident just before noon Saturday. According to GSP Sgt. John Cronin, Caschona was in the passenger seat of a Chevrolet Malibu driven by her 18-year-old brother.

February 25, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Through the lens of unemployment

When longtime Newton County resident Kathy Butler Allen Brown stopped working last year, she and her husband tightened their budget to make ends meet.

"We went from two salaries to one salary in January '08 and adjusted, adjusted, adjusted our lifestyle," Brown said. "We adjusted our spending, we adjusted our wanting with the loss of one income, and we felt real good about that."

February 25, 2009 | Tisa Smart Washington | LOCAL


Satsuki Garden Club donation

A friend of the trees: Satsuki Garden Club Treasurer Virginia Ann Hoffman, left, presents a $100 check to Loy Summers, chairman of the Covington Tree Board, in celebration of Arbor Day.

February 24, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


13-year-old killed in car accident

A 13-year-old Newton County girl was killed Saturday when she was ejected from a vehicle she was riding in.

February 23, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Product of Pride

Although Superior Court Judge Horace Johnson was reared in Newton County at a time when the image of a black Superior Court Judge was non-existent, his memories of his childhood home are marked more by the people in his community than a resistance to the change brought on by the civil rights movement.

February 22, 2009 | Tisa Smart Washington | LOCAL


Ultimate damage

The house on High Point Falls Drive was Retha and Richard Garner's pride and joy. They built the home in February of 1979 and 30 years later, a tornado ripped through the neighborhood, shattering the sanctuary they had found in their home and sending a tree crashing into the second story.

February 22, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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