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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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Vigil tonight for student killed in crash

A candlelight vigil will be held tonight in remembrance of 13-year-old Cousins Middle School student Nigel Griffey and his mother Alice Goolsby, 39, who were killed in a car accident last week.

November 30, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Blue Willow owner Van Dyke dies

Update: Funeral services for Blue Willow Inn Owner Louis Van Dyke, who died Wednesday, will be held at 6 p.m., today at Meadows Funeral Home, 760 Hwy 11 SW, Monroe.

November 29, 2010 | Tharon Giddens | LOCAL


Cousins student dies in car crash

A Cousins Middle School student is dead following a car crash in Jasper County.

Nigel Griffey, 13, as well as his mother, 39-year-old Alice Goolsby, were both killed when a car being driven by a 16-year-old female was unable to stop at a stop sign in Monticello. The crash occurred at 6:50 p.m. Wednesday.

November 28, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Have a ‘Berry’ merry Christmas

Chuck Berry has some deep roots in agriculture.

He represents the fifth generation of his family to work the land.

November 28, 2010 | Janet Jernigan | LOCAL


BB&T Lighthouse Project teams up with Miracle League

BB&T is helping the Miracle League Newton County through the financial institute's Lighthouse Project.

November 28, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man fires gun into air after driver passes him

A Covington man was arrested for discharging a firearm in the city after allegedly firing a gun in the air after another driver passed him.

According to reports by officers from the Covington Police Department, a woman called authorities and told them that she had been traveling south on Alcovy Road and turned onto Herring Street where she got behind a silver Grand AM. She said that the driver of that vehicle turned on his emergency flashers and began hitting the brakes.

November 27, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Days of giving

Alcovy Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children of Covington has received a $1,000 grant from Wells Fargo's Rockdale Main branch through the company's Days of Giving program.

November 26, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Pets of the Week - Nov. 26

Come visit the Newton County Animal Shelter at 210 Lower River Road, open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. They would love for you to see what great animals they have for adoption. Telephone (770) 786-9514.

November 26, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Crime Briefs

DUI

November 26, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Officers honored as Men of Valor

Two law enforcement officers were recently honored by the Newton County Rotary Club for their valiant efforts late last year that saved the lives of other officers from a gunman on the interstate.

November 26, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Retailers work to spur holiday sales

Surveys show Americans are planning to buy more holiday gifts this year and local retailers are increasing advertising, including their use of social media, and offering aggressive deals in 2010 in an effort to make sure they don't get left behind.

November 25, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Local tree on way to Gov's Mansion

With a mixture of sadness and excitement, JoAnn Sims watched her 35 ft. tall red cedar tree be cut down and loaded onto a flat bed truck Wednesday morning, as it prepared to head on its journey to the front yard of the Governor's Mansion.

November 24, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newton unemployment drops

The unemployment rate in Newton County declined for a second straight month in October, with the rate at 11.4 percent, a .5 percent drop from September, according to information released today by the Georgia Department of Labor.

November 24, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Double lung transplant recipient thankful

During the holiday season it's easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle, to forget about being thankful for what we have and focus on other things. That won't be a problem this year For Jo Ellen Kimball. She is thankful just to be alive after recently surviving a double lung transplant.

November 24, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


African Art

Sharing a culture: The first African and African American Festival was held on Saturday, Nov. 13. Event Coordinator Mary (Terri) James said, "I feel we all should know our history after reading the book 'The Middle Passage.' I felt it was my duty to make a difference in educating people. The event was educational, informative, and enriching to all, history as we know it and live it, featuring African Folk Tales, Slave Ship dialog, local designers and hair stylists. Look for us in Feb. 2011 for Black History Month."

November 23, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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