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Newton County now home to Georgia State

The Georgia State University Panther family extended into Newton County Wednesday as the former Georgia Perimeter College Newton Campus celebrated a merger a year in ...

January 13, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Watch: Landfill issues take center stage

The Newton County landfill has been a hot topic in the county and with the board of commissioners.

January 12, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Baxalta enters in $32B deal with Shire

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Irish drugmaker Shire PLC's second attempt to buy Baxalta looks more likely to succeed, with Baxalta's board backing the ...

January 12, 2016 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Oxford College graduate to speak at MLK Celebration

The Keynote speaker at this year's King Celebration, to be held Jan. 17 at the Newton County High School Auditorium, 1 Ram Way, Covington ...

January 10, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Belton: Regarding Ga. education: Time to bridge the gap

Teachers in Georgia should be proud that our high school graduation rate is at an all-time high of 79 percent (Newton was even better at ...

January 10, 2016 | | LOCAL


What’s behind the BOC’s vote of no confidence

After four of the five commissioners serving Newton County cast votes of no confidence against the leadership of Chair Keith Ellis, statements and interviews have ...

January 10, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


A decision on form of government

After years of discussions and shifting responsibilities, the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) voted 4-1 to approve enabling legislation, officially changing the county's ...

January 10, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Search for county manager put on hold

At Thursday night's special called meeting of the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC), District 3 Commission Nancy Schulz made a motion that put ...

January 10, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Denny Dobbs named to Joint Development Authority

Former State Representative Denny Dobbs has been appointed to serve as Newton County's citizen representative on the Joint Development Authority of Jasper, Morgan, Newton ...

January 09, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Sheriff’s Toy Ride helps 1,000 get toys

Thanks to more than 250 motorcycle riders and donors and the Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) more than 1,000 children received gifts from ...

January 09, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Addison leads the way during annual prayer breakfast

The Georgia legislative session begins Monday, meaning the laws that will shape the future of the state will be made by the men and women ...

January 09, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Festival of Trees raises more than $14,000 for Chimney Park

Thanks to the Festival of Trees, a big check was presented to the Friends of Newton County Parks for improvements to Chimney Park Thursday.

January 09, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Former Fire Chief Kevin O'Brien indicted

Former Newton County Fire Chief Kevin O'Brien was booked into the Newton County Detention Center Friday after a Grand Jury handed down an indictment ...

January 09, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


New form of government voted on by BOC

One surprise followed another at Thursday evening's Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) work session and follow-up special called meeting.

The BOC voted for ...

January 08, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


BOC meeting shadowed by conflict

Emotions ran high, framing the year's first meeting of the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) on Tuesday night.

January 07, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


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Chief of the Year

After 15 years as chief of police, Covington's Stacey Cotton was been named Outstanding Chief of the Year from the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police Tuesday.

According to Cotton, he was not expecting the award and was taken completely off guard.

July 26, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Covington man charged in rape

A Covington man is being held without bond after being charged with rape July 19.

Richard Timothy Dillon, 43, was arrested following an investigation into accusations made on June 28.

July 26, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Challengers lose SSEMC board bid

All three challengers who petitioned to get their names on the ballot for the Snapping Shoals EMC Board of Directors lost their bids in a landslide but brought higher than average turnout.

July 26, 2012 | | LOCAL


Social Circle woman celebrates 112 birthday

The memories and tales were told with laughter and smiles as I listened to Mattie's friends and family as they shared the stories of years past. This July marks the 112th year Mattie Crutchfield Bates has been blessed to make her life's memories.

Mattie was born July 28, 1900, just three years after the world's current oldest living person Besse Cooper.

July 24, 2012 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


City plans to increase spending by 1.7M

The city of Covington plans to increase spending by $1.7 million this fiscal year as it plans to tackle some large projects, including work on a new airport terminal, a natural gas fueling facility, improving lighting on the square and the completion of the trail from Eastside High School to the Covington Branch Library.

The city council approved of more than $124 million for fiscal year 2013 in June, and much of the increase in the budget was due to the city's plans to spend its remaining saved funds from the 2005 SPLOST in addition to incoming 2011 ...

July 24, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Local helps fight deadly disease

Covington resident Shelley Campbell has traveled all over the world studying deadly diseases from the caves of Uganda to the town of Pune, India to the diverse country of South Africa.

For her most recent work on a vaccine for Rift Valley Fever, a potentially lethal mosquito-borne disease that affects animals and humans, Campbell won the Charles C. Shepard Science Award for Laboratory Science.

July 24, 2012 | Elizabeth Park | LOCAL


Pilot Club announces officers

Average retail gasoline prices in Atlanta have risen 10.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.42/gal yesterday. This compares with the national average that has increased 4.9 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.49/gal, according to gasoline price website AtlantaGasPrices.com.

July 24, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Principals from the private sector?

By next school year, school-level leadership could come from the private sector.

July 24, 2012 | By Lee Johnson | LOCAL


Man arrested after Gaither Street fire

Richard Douglas Norton, 31, was arrested late Tuesday in connection with a fire that destroyed the home at 3126 Gaither St. earlier in the day.

Norton was one of the renters and, at this time, is believed to have set the fire for insurance purposes. He was arrested in Athens and charged with obstruction of justice Tuesday, but Assistant Fire Marshall said he planned to bring three other charges against Norton today including insurance fraud, arson in the first degree and criminal damage of property.

July 24, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Education millage rate stays the same

Despite declining property tax revenues, the Newton County Board of Education was unable to raise its millage rate because it was already at the max rate of 20 mils.

July 24, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Paratrooper tells tales from WWII

Born into a Fayetteville farming community in 1924, Lofton Lee Hill helped harvest cotton and corn until joining the CCC (civilian conservation corps) during the Great Depression. He helped complete the paratrooper jump school at Fort Benning, on Nov 11, 1941. Hill said, "Little did I know I'd be going through the same jump school in 1943."

July 24, 2012 | Pete Mecca | LOCAL


Survival kit for the road

As we go full swing into the summer months, are you thinking about taking a genealogy trip out of town? Are you planning to go to the State and National Archives, State College Libraries, out of town cemeteries, out of town Probate Court Office? Wherever you go, you will need a survival kit and be well prepared.

July 24, 2012 | Ellen Blakeslee | LOCAL


Man gets disorderly at Mexican restaurant

On Monday, an officer was walking into El Charro when a blue Honda, occupied by two men, drove into the parking area.

July 24, 2012 | Meghan de St. Aubin | LOCAL


House destroyed on Gaither Street

A fire broke out this morning at 3126 Gaither Street in Covington. The cause of the fire is still being investigated, officials said, but the fire was under control by around 8:40 p.m.

July 24, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


More industrial interest in Newton

More and more industries are showing interest in Newton County, representing millions in investment and thousands of jobs, and Covington Mayor Ronnie Johnston believes Covington could be set for its own boom.

July 21, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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