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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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Council: $30,000 too much for strategic planning

After everything was said and done, the city of Covington only spent $2,325 on the three-day elected officials' strategic planning retreat that took place in March.

April 23, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Bestowed blessings

Two weeks before Barbara Hunt was scheduled to retire she decided to get eyelid surgery on a droopy eyelid that had gotten worse as she aged. She never expected to be faced with a battle for her life.

April 23, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Pridgett case ends in mistrial

The murder case against Jamaall Pridgett ended in a mistrial. Jurors were unable to come to a unanimous verdict.

April 22, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Earth Day: Snapping Shoals EMC celebrates Earth Day

In honor of Earth Day, Snapping Shoals EMC is raising awareness about the importance of nourishing a clean, sustainable environment by providing area elementary schools and educating customers about energy conservation. Planting trees encompasses the spirit of Earth Day, as it is a day for actions that enhance the environment and trees naturally help improve air quality, conserve water and save energy. All elementary schools that the co-op serves received a 6-foot Autumn Blaze Maple for planting on school grounds.

April 21, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Earth Day: Oxford College to unveil solar-panel project

Oxford College will observe Earth Day by focusing on the sun. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at April 22 at 12 p.m. on the lawn of Lil's Dining Hall at Oxford College on Pierce and Wesley streets.

April 21, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Earth Day: First Solar Power being generated in Covington

Solar Power is now being generated in Covington for the first time in the city's history, just in time for Earth Day.

April 21, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Earth Day: Chamber to use eco-friendly water filtration system

Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce officials recently pledged to stop drinking and supplying bottled water, because, frankly, all that plastic is not good for the environment.

April 21, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Earth Day: Chamber Of Commerce says “yes” to shredding

Today, April 21, the Covinton-Newton County Chamber of Commerce, along with sponsor member Newton Federal and member A Cut Above Shredding, will offer local residents and businesses the opportunity to bring documents for shredding and recycling at no charge.

April 21, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


LNC asking community for food donations

The 2009-2010 class of Leadership Newton County, sponsored by the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce, is asking the community for assistance on a service project they have organized during the last week in April.

April 21, 2010 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Fairy House Festival returns to Chimney Park May 1

Chimney Park behind the Newton County Library is being turned into a magical fairyland for the second annual "Fairy Houses at Chimney Park" from 2 p.m. 5 p.m. on May 1. Last year's debut event, sponsored by the nonprofit Friends of Newton Parks, drew some 1,500 attendees of all ages - many in winged costumes - to Chimney Park, a protected urban woodland right in Covington where plans are being made to create an outdoor park experience for people of all ages and abilities.

April 21, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington not to pursue railroad purchase

The City of Covington will not purchase the Norfolk Southern railroad, nor have anything to do with it. The council voted 5-1 to end any city involvement in the purchase of the railroad. Councilwoman Janet Goodman was the only member opposed.

April 21, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Council briefs

In other news from Monday night's Covington city council meeting, the city approved using an old $265,648 federal sidewalk grant and $175,412 in local match funds to build sidewalks along Clark Street from Carroll Street to the planned roundabout. In-kind services, or planning and other work done by city officials, can be counted toward the local match.

April 21, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Tax Break: How industries help cover the tax gap left by homes

This is the second part of a series examining the history and economic effects of industry in Newton County, as well as the county's continuing efforts to attract new business. This second part examines how industry supports a community's ability to provide public services to its residents.

April 21, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Open burning ban begins May 1 for Newton County

Beginning May 1 and ending Sept. 30, EPD's open burning ban will be enforced in 54 Georgia counties. The open burning ban prohibits citizens and businesses from burning yard and land-clearing debris. This rule is in addition to the year-round state ban on the burning of household garbage.

April 21, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Getting the band together

Trombonanza! The Newton County Community Band will perform their annual spring concert on Monday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Eastside High School. Admission to the event is free. The concert is directed by T. K. Adams, and this year the community band will be joined onstage during their performance of "Trombonanza" by eighth grade trumpet players from all four middle schools. Eighth grade musicians are Javontre Lanier and Devin Patton from Veterans Memorial, Michael Conner and Kelsey Foster from Liberty, Ben Bohannon and Damel Hardamon from Indian Creek and Jacob Hill and Margaret Holley ...

April 21, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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