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BOC approves raises for Sheriff's office

The Board of Commissioners voted 3-1 Tuesday to approve $135,000 in raises for Sheriff's office and another $48,000 in pay increases for the Fire Department over the next three months until a budget can be drawn up for next year.

April 07, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


New group works on Newton planning

In Newton County's past government groups worked separately, so when the water authority heard that the school board was working to build a high school down Hwy. 36 it was a bit of a surprise.

April 07, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Lions Club hosts 43rd BBQ Chicken sale

For the 43rd year the Covington Lions Club will host its Annual Chicken BBQ, Wednesday, April 15 from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. at its Academy Springs Park Club house on Conyers Street.

April 07, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Live: Newton Board of Commissioners meeting

April 07, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


'Dukes of Hazzard' sheriff dies at 88

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The prolific character actor best known for his role as Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane on "The Dukes of Hazzard" has died. James Best was 88.

April 07, 2015 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Form of Government meeting: April 13

The Form of Government Citizen Committee will meet publicly Monday, April 13, at 5:30 p.m. at the Turner Lake Recreation Complex/Crowell Boardroom, 6185 Turner Lake Road, Covington.

April 07, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Minor police-involved accident on 278

A Covington Police officer was involved in a minor accident read the Raceway gas station on 278 Tuesday morning, with no injuries reported. State police were called in, as per protocol, to conduct an independent investigation.

April 07, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington to budget $20,000 for Christmas lights

The city of Covington will take $20,000 from its general fund in the 2015-16 fiscal year budget and help fund the Christmas lights on the Square this year.

April 06, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Everyone safe after fire on West St.

A kitchen fire set an apartment complex on West Street abalxe Monday afternoon.

April 06, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Hwy. 278 Improvement Association delayed

The Hwy. 278 Improvement Association took a big step forward when it was approved as a community improvement district by the Georgia General Assembly in March.

April 06, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Ag Career & College Expo highlights job opportunities in agriculture

More than 300 agriculture students from high schools in Newton, Henry, Jasper and Butts counties had the chance to learn about potential careers in agriculture during the 3rd Annual Ag Career & College Expo held March 17 at the FFA Camp in Covington. The event, organized by the Newton County Farm Bureau, gave students the chance to meet with representatives of 12 colleges and representatives of 16 agribusinesses in Newton and surrounding counties.

April 05, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton legislators law passes at 11th hour

Newton County State Representatives Pam Dickerson and Dave Belton welcomed the passage of two pieces of legislation this week to crack down on potentially dangerous cyberbullying.

April 05, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Faulkner leaving behind a long legacy

When Dr. Robert "Bob" Faulkner first began practicing medicine in Newton County 50 years ago, an office appointment cost $3. Waiting rooms were segregated by race. There were no mental health facilities, and delinquent children were subjected to the regular court system.

April 05, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Covington council discusses blighted houses

The Covington City Council spent a full day of work at the Carl Vinson Institute of Government in Athens during its 2015 retreat Tuesday, hashing through several issues for the city going forward.

April 04, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Oxford dedicates maintenance faciltiy

Oxford's City Maintenance Facility was named the Thomas Turner Building during a ceremony in Oxford Friday.

April 04, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Recreation staple Carol Rooks retires

Not once during her 11 years with the Newton County Recreation Commission did Carol Rooks ever dread going into work. That doesn't mean every day was easy, but she loved her job and her fellow employees.

June 28, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log - June 29

Monica Latrice Kellet, 31, Atlanta, June 20. Deposit account fraud.

June 28, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Court Sentencings - June 29

Douglas L. Cocchi, Violation of Family Violence Order, bond denied.

June 28, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man harasses woman, tries to break in

A Newton County man was arrested after he allegedly followed a woman and her child home late Monday night and tried to get into the home.

June 28, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Federal immigration agent arrested for DUI

Covington police reported that they arrested a federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent on a charge of drunk driving early Saturday.

June 28, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


A patriotic celebration on the square Sunday

The city of Covington will have its 2011 Independence in the Park festival on Sunday.

June 28, 2011 | AJ Archer | LOCAL


Newton cheerleaders earn bid to Nationals

The Newton competition cheerleading squad returned from the National Cheerleading Association cheerleading camp at the University of Georgia last week with some new hardware. In addition, the team earned a berth at the NCA Senior and Junior High School National Championship at Dallas in January.

June 28, 2011 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL


Georgia wins round in water wars

ATLANTA - A federal appeals panel handed Georgia a victory Tuesday by overturning a lower court ruling that would have significantly restricted the main source of water for roughly 3 million people in metro Atlanta starting next year.

June 28, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


911 center to add dispatchers

The 911 center will get its four requested dispatchers by the end of fiscal year 2012.

June 28, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Turner Lake to shut most Saturdays

Turner Lake Complex will be closed 39 Saturdays next year, and financial aid may no longer be available for youth sports as the Newton County Recreation Commission tries to make ends meet.

June 28, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Six arrested in immigration protest

ATLANTA - Six young illegal immigrants were arrested after they sat down in an intersection next to the Georgia Capitol blocking traffic to protest state policies targeting illegal immigration.

June 28, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Paralyzed vet's family to leave Ga. home

EVANS - Relatives of a paralyzed war veteran said Monday the family plans to leave their suburban Augusta neighborhood after a home owners' association objected to their new home plans because the house wasn't large enough.

June 28, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


County legal costs down; see breakdown

Newton County is cutting back everywhere, including spending $300,000 less in legal costs this year to date.

June 27, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Judge blocks part of Ga. immigration law

ATLANTA - A federal judge on Monday blocked parts of Georgia's law cracking down on illegal immigration from taking effect until a legal challenge is resolved.

June 27, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Car tag design up for vote

The design for Georgia's next car tag is up for a vote.

June 27, 2011 | | LOCAL


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