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Meet Alcovy's Val and Sal

Alcovy High School senior Alex Yang was extremely proud of himself when he was named valedictorian of the school's 2015 graduation class. It was a goal of his since the start of his senior year.

March 22, 2015 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


Meet Newton's Val and Sal

Newton County High School senior Ian Cole isn't worried about much these days.

March 22, 2015 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


County chair to get back full powers

The Newton County Board of Commissioners narrowly approved this week a motion to restore the county chair with the full powers invested in the position by the charter, effective January 1, 2017, and to set up another citizens committee to review and update the language of the charter.

March 22, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


County lawyers see 13% raise

Newton County's legal fees continue to soar above budget, as commissioners approved more than $83,000 in payments to longtime County Attorney Tommy Craig's firm for the month of February alone.

March 22, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


At a crossroads

Newton County has 60 days to come up with a solution to its landfill crisis or face costly litigation and possibly the construction of a private, regional landfill. The head of the East Georgia Land & Development Company announced his intention this week to seek damages and a new landfill permit in response to the county's failure to approve a settlement.

March 22, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Meet Eastside's Val and Sal

Anna Davis believes much wasn't expected of her academically.

March 21, 2015 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


Newton County Farm Bureau members attend GFB Day at Capitol

Newton County Farm Bureau members traveled to Atlanta, Feb. 19 to participate in Georgia Farm Bureau Day at the Capitol. While at the capitol, members of the Newton County Farm Bureau delegation visited with Representatives Pam Dickerson and Dave Belton. Members of the Newton County Farm Bureau who attended the event included: Brent Galloway, Charles Berry, Chuck Berry, Julius Hays, Lori McCart, and Kevin Mitcham.

March 21, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCFB hosts Chinese delegation

Newton County Farm Bureau hosted a delegation of Chinese feed producers on Jan. 29 attending the International Poultry Expo in Atlanta. NCFB President Brent Galloway welcomed the group to the NCFB office, telling the group about agriculture in the county and Farm Bureau.

March 21, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Landfill tabled, chair powers to be restored

The Newton County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to table a vote on a controversial landfill settlement for at least 60 days in order to allow an independent review with input from a citizen committee.

March 18, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


NCSS receives climate star ratings

According to surveys conducted during the 2013-14 school year the climate, or quality and character of school life, of Newton County's middle schools are above average.

March 18, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Robbery suspect caught after 5 years on the run

After five years, the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office has the final suspect of an armed robbery case in custody.

March 18, 2015 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


County postpones vote on landfill deal

The Newton County Board of Commissioners agreed Thursday to postpone a vote on a contentious landfill settlement after several hundred citizens turned out to voice their opposition to an overly hasty resolution.

March 18, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


BOC meeting livestream

March 17, 2015 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


LIVE STREAM: St. Paddy's Day Parade

March 17, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


New grant will aid GPC student veterans

Student veterans, active military and their families at Georgia Perimeter College will receive more personal attention, increased scholarship opportunities and potential help in emergencies, thanks to a Marcus Foundation grant. The grant was announced during a special ceremony held Tuesday, March 17 on the GPC Decatur Campus.

March 17, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Write-in candidate for Covington mayor

The Rev. James T. Walden will be a write-in candidate for the Covington mayor seat.

September 09, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Council divided on city charter update

The city charter was originally written in 1962 and council members agree it needs to be updated; they can't just agree on how.

September 09, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


9/11 remembrance Sunday at courthouse

Newton County's official remembrance of the 10th anniversary of 9/11 will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30a.m. Sunday in front of the Historic Courthouse.

September 09, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Literacy Festival scheduled for Saturday

For the ninth year Covington will set aside a time to promote and celebrate reading and the written word, with the annual Literacy Festival on the square.

September 09, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Sandhill-Texas Alley hosting reunion

Current and former residents of Sandhill and Texas Alley take a lot of pride in their neighborhoods as evidenced by the more than 500 people expected to attend a reunion celebration Saturday.

September 09, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Covington man killed in crash

Richard Arthur Swift, 24, was killed Thursday afternoon when he lost control of his motorcycle.

September 08, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


County gets free used van, buses

The Newton County Board of Education and Snapping Shoals EMC helped out the county recently by donating used vehicles.

September 08, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Man charged with molesting two boys

A Covington man was arrested Saturday evening and charged with molesting two boys.

September 07, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Woman slaps other’s false teeth out

An argument between two women turned physical Monday night when one woman smacked the other's false teeth out.

Annette Aikens was staying at a home on Emory Street with an acquaintance when that man's daughter, Sherry Hill-Devoe, came to the home to get a check. During that time the women got into an argument which is when Hill-Devoe slapped Aiken's false teeth out of her mouth.

September 07, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Mother swipes beers with child in tow

A woman was arrested over the weekend after she allegedly stole several cases of beer from a local grocery store while her toddler was with her.

September 07, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Fuzz run takes off Saturday

The Covington Police Department is on the lookout once again, but instead of searching for rule breakers, they are looking for record breakers for the 28th annual Fuzz Run.

September 07, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


The real world of pageants

Madaleine Nicolette Moye-Lowery is pageant royalty, but you won't see any screaming fits or sassy mouth on her. Nor will you ever see her wearing fake hair and spray tans, because despite what television might show, the real world of children's pageants is far from "Toddlers and Tiaras."

September 07, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Three vie for open Porterdale seat

Three candidates qualified for Porterdale council Post 3 Friday, turning the race into the most contested in the county.

September 07, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Spell of rain helps amidst dry summer

Covington residents largely got what they wanted this weekend, a little bit of rain without any damage from Tropical Storm Lee.

September 07, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Court Sentencings - Sept. 7

Anthony L. Freeman, violation of probation, 90 days Newton County Jail.

September 07, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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