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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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County budget not cut

The Board of Commissioners did not cut nearly $1 million from the county budget Tuesday night, because Chairman Kathy Morgan and the finance staff recommended that the county wait to see how much money came in through taxes and other revenues later this fiscal year before making any budget cuts or changes.

August 18, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


County budget to be cut by $1 million

County employees are watching every dollar they spend. With the Board of Commissioner preparing to cut nearly $1 million more from the budget, every dime and penny will now have to be called into question.

August 16, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Farm Bureau collects food to help hungry Georgians

The Newton County Farm Bureau is collecting staple food items and monetary donations until Sept. 11 during the statewide Harvest for All Campaign, coordinated by Georgia Farm Bureau, in an effort to help Georgians in need. The donations collected will be distributed to the Eight Food Banks throughout Georgia.

August 16, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Group makes plans for a greener Newton County

Josephine Kelly wants more locally grown foods to be sold in restaurants and at a downtown market. Frank Turner Jr. wants to see more agriculture and biotechnology jobs. James Woodard wants a more agriculture and greenspace-focused curriculum in the school system. Clara Deemer wants more residents and tourists to use the county's rivers and trails.

August 16, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Start your engines

The roar of engines filled the silence at Georgia International Horse Park as nine rail buggies pulled into the grass for their close-up Saturday morning. What began as Ted Trammell's lone project to build his own rail buggy in 2004 quickly turned into Georgia Rail, a club of twelve.

August 16, 2009 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Newton County man charged in Atlanta vehicular homicide

A Newton County man has been charged with vehicular homicide after striking and killing a 6-year-old girl as she was stepping off a MARTA bus Tuesday.

August 15, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Puffins are cool, but peaches are cooler

I have had the incredible opportunity to explore the Avalon Peninsula of Newfoundland, Can., this week on vacation.

August 14, 2009 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


Judge Ozburn not appointed to Georgia Supreme Court

Update, Wednesday 3:29 p.m.

August 13, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Open communication

Once again, the makers of Newton County's 911 radio system came before the Board of Commissioners, and once again they said the problems will be solved soon.

August 12, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Never make the same mistake twice

Outrageous, captivating, and unafraid to tell it like it is, Nene Leakes shares her wild journey from a scandalous past to the pinnacle of reality television stardom in her new book Never Make the Same Mistake Twice. The Atlanta Housewives star will appear at the Mall at Stonecrest on Thursday, Aug. 13, to sign her new book at Borders Books and Music at 7 p.m. Fans are invited to meet Nene Leakes and access the VIP meet and greet with purchase of her book from Borders Stonecrest. Proof of purchase is required.

August 12, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Merryvale to host screening of ‘The Alzheimer’s Project’

 Merryvale Assisted Living will host a special screening event and discussion of HBO's "The Alzheimer's Project" as part of a local discussion to encourage individuals to learn more about the disease and the research being done, as well as to gain a greater understanding of the issues surrounding it.

August 12, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


National champions

Straight shooting: The Lake Oconee Shotgun Team (L.O.S.T.) traveled to the World Shooting and Recreation Complex in Sparta, Ill., July 23-26 to compete in the Scholastic Clay Target Program's (SCTP) National Championships. L.O.S.T. represented Georgia well by finishing strong in several age groups: The Rookie Squad (5th-6th graders) as well as the Senior Varsity Squad finished second in the nation in their respective divisions in Sporting Clays. The Junior Varsity Squad, pictured above, also finished third in their division in Sporting Clays and followed up with a first place national championship in Skeet ...

August 12, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Property taxes raised by glitch

Covington, Newton County and the county's school system are going to be collecting a combined $3 million less in property taxes than they originally expected, exacerbating the NCSS' budget crunch and bringing the county's budget woes back to the forefront.

August 07, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Awarded for service

Proud service: Greg Ceaser Jr. (center), recently received an Army Achievement Medal for his work in Iraq. Greg Ceaser Sr., is the Director of Environmental Services at Newton Medical Center.

August 07, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Rotary inducts Paul Harris Fellows, entertains district governor

Rotary District Governor Shane Burr of Canton visited the Covington Rotary Club Tuesday. He spoke about Rotary's priorities for 2009 - water and sanitation, health and hunger, and literacy - as well as participating in the Biggest Loser Polio Plus Challenge. He encouraged club members to attend Georgia Rotary's state convention at Jekyll Island. He also commended the Covington Rotary for inducting 50 Paul Harris Fellows in the past two years.

"I want to recognize what those truly represent," Burr said of Paul Harris Fellow awards, "and that is exceptional service and giving."

August 07, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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