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Newton County FFA members attend summer leadership camp

This summer 19 students from Newton High School and Newton County FFA were challenged to grow as leaders to find their "hero within." They were part of more than 2,500 students who attended the FFA-FCCLA Summer Leadership Camp at the Georgia FFA-FCCLA Center in Covington. Summer Leadership camp provides a fun and exciting environment for students to develop their leadership and teamwork skills and to interact with other students from across the state.

July 19, 2014 | Ashley Vilmenay Newton County FFA | LOCAL


County OKs tax increase

The Newton County Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 to adopt a 5 percent tax increase as part of its new annual budget.

July 17, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Hospital asks for more from county

Officials say the combination of Obamacare with an increase in people using the emergency room as their primary doctors is putting Newton Medical Center in trouble.

July 17, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Starbound Dance Studio owner arrested

The former owner of Starbound Dance Studio in Porterdale was arrested on Wednesday by the Newton County Sheriff's Office on 13 counts of theft by conversion.

July 17, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Newton Newsflash: More construction this weekend

If you're out and about this weekend, avoid sections of I-20 in Newton County as construction continues. Lane closures and long delays can be expected in the following areas and times:

July 17, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Social Circle home moving to new location

It took about five years to get funds and to complete the process to move the 186-year-old home, said Mike Owens, owner of Magnolia Manor, the new location of the home. The Historic Preservation Society of Social Circle (HPSSC) had pledged $10,000 for anyone who promised to move and restore the home, which was a significant chunk of the fundraising efforts needed to make the move official. The money was officially presented to Owens Monday by HPSSC President Dena Johnston and Treasurer Charles Thompson. Owens, utility workers and others who are invested in the preservation of the building worked ...

July 17, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


County tightens Salem/Crowell zoning overlay

There will be no pawn shops or check-cashing businesses in the Salem/Almon/Crowell roads overlay district, according to changes adopted Tuesday night by the Newton County Board of Commissioners.

July 17, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Golfing for Laurie

More than six months of fundraising efforts by donors, including Covington residents, will come to a head this Saturday at the Golfing for Laurie golf tournament at Ashton Hills.

July 17, 2014 | Samantha Reardon | LOCAL


Get the beat

Students attending Arts Association in Newton County's Musical Theater Camp rehearse for their final performance of the summer.

July 17, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Crowell, Ga. 81 to get stoplights

County Commission chairman Keith Ellis describes the intersection of Georgia Highway 81 and Crowell Road as the worst in the county. But not for much longer.

July 17, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Riley announces candidacy for Mansfield mayor

Although the full ballot has not yet been revealed for the upcoming special election for Mansfield's mayor, one candidate is known.

July 17, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Hospital asks for more from county

Officials say the combination of Obamacare with an increase in people using the emergency room as their primary doctors is putting Newton Medical Center in trouble.

July 16, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Starbound Dance Studio owner arrested

The former owner of Starbound Dance Studio in Porterdale was arrested on Wednesday by the Newton County Sheriff's Office on 13 counts of theft by conversion.

July 16, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Firearms, stolen diesel and thrown ice cream

The reluctant felon

July 15, 2014 | Samantha Reardon | LOCAL


Newton County children wrap up musical theatre camp with finale performance

The '80s get a second life at "We Got the Beat!"

July 15, 2014 | Samantha Reardon | LOCAL


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Ga storm losses at $75 million

ATLANTA - A cluster of tornadoes that killed 15 people in northwest Georgia inflicted at least $75 million in insured property losses, State Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens said Monday.

May 02, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Gas costs continue to rise in Covington

Gasoline prices in the metro Atlanta area are averaging $3.86 per gallon after a price hike of 10.3 cents in the past week.

Nationally, the average price increased 7.1 cents per gallon in the past week, to $3.92 per gallon, according to gasbuddy.com. Check Covington area gas prices here.

May 02, 2011 | | LOCAL


Trouble on the way

Reader Matthew Ozburn sent this photo to us of the storm that wreaked havoc early Thursday in Newborn.

May 02, 2011 | | LOCAL


Here's how bin Laden body was ID'd

WASHINGTON - The U.S. used multiple means to confirm the identity of Osama bin Laden during and after the firefight in which he was killed, before placing his body in the North Arabian Sea from aboard a U.S. aircraft carrier, senior U.S. officials said Monday.

May 02, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Let the games begin!

The Newton County Special Olympics spring games kicked off this morning with a parade and the torch run at Sharp Stadium.

May 02, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Full pool at Lanier through summer

GAINESVILLE, Ga. - State climatologist David Stooksbury says Lake Lanier should remain at a high level through the summer.

May 02, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Pregnant woman shot dead in DeKalb

LITHONIA - DeKalb County police say a pregnant woman was killed and her husband was injured when shots were fired outside a DeKalb County apartment complex.

Police spokesman Darrien Thomas says two men opened fire on the couple at the complex near Lithonia early Sunday.

May 02, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Redistricting forum Tuesday

The Rockdale-Newton League of Women Voters will host a redistricting forum at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Rockdale Career Academy, 1064 Culpepper Drive S.W. in Conyers.

May 02, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Bin Laden killed in raid

ABBOTTABAD, Pakistan - Four helicopters swooped in early Monday and killed Osama bin Laden in a fiery American raid on his fortress-like compound in a Pakistani town that is home to three army regiments.

May 02, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Special Olympics parade at 10 a.m. today

Since 1974 Newton County has rallied around its Special Olympians, and it's time once more to do just that today.

May 01, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Optimism up over job outlook in Newton

Hiring is on the rise in Newton County, and local staffing companies say they're optimistic that trend could continue for the rest of 2011.

May 01, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Y gets new executive director

Louly Hay-Kapp loves to work out and she's long been dedicated to helping families in need.

May 01, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Tip of the Week - May 1

You can whip up flavorful, frugal fare for your family with a little creativity and not a lot of know-how. One of my family's monthly staples is something we call "Ziti con Salsa Aurora." That fancy moniker is a completely made up name for a simple, yet delicious dish we first enjoyed in Florence. The cost for this quick and easy meal that serves four adults (or my family of two adults and three Littles) is around $6. Add some homemade bread and a salad and you have an Italian feast without breaking the bank!

May 01, 2011 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | LOCAL


Beaver Manufacturing celebrates 40 years

Beaver Manufacturing celebrated its 40th anniversary in business with a banquet Saturday night at DeKalb Technical College in Covington.

April 30, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Hornyhead Fish Head Festival winners

Touting their horns: The results are in for the Hornyhead Fish Head Festival, which was held Saturday in Newborn. (L-r) Youth Winner: Eli Galloway - 8 inches long with 8 horns. Adult Winner: Tom Krieger - 6 inches long with 11 horns. Children's Winner: Malcom Whitaker - 7 1/8 inches long with 9 horns. The festival also included a parade, a flea market and other arts and crafts booths. The fish were fried, and according to residents, taste like trout.

April 30, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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