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Ways to help prevent electronic theft

With multiple ways to access your information, authorities suggest multiple ways to keep your information safe. Here are a few suggested by the NCSO:

March 30, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Baxter to split into two companies

Baxter International's Thursday announcement to split its business, which had more than $15 billion in revenue in 2013, into two companies in mid-2015 won't have any effect on the construction of the $1 billion manufacturing campus being built just outside Social Circle. One thing that will change for sure is the plant's name.

March 29, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


AgSouth Farm Credit Has Record Earnings: Members to receive more than $27 million in cash

AgSouth Farm Credit members will receive a combined amount in the millions after the company took in record earnings during 2013.

March 29, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local Re/Max agents bring home awards

Local Re/Max agents recently picked up several awards at the East Metro Board of Realtors awards ceremony, held March 6. Several agents picked up Pinnacle awards, top producer awards, and top team producer awards. Pictured in the front row is Mandy Young of the Marshall Ginn team. In the second row, left to right, are: Ethel Boyle-Pinnacle Award, Sherry Wyatt-Pinnacle Award, Becky Phillips-Pinnacle Award, Donna Newman-Pinnacle Award, Tracy Moon-Pinnacle Award, Patsy Bright-Gold Pinnacle Award & Pioneer Award, Sandy Greene-2nd-Top Producer & Pinnacle Award, Lori Krieger-Pinnacle Award, Evelyn McCullers & LauraLee Johnson (not pictured)-2nd-Top Team-Producer Award & Pinnacle Award, Scott Alexander-1st-Top Team-Producer Award ...

March 29, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Gun pulled during basketball game at Turner Lake

After a shoving spat during a basketball game at the Turner Lake Recreational Complex, a man pulled a gun from his bag Thursday.

March 29, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Vampires take a bite out of The News

"The Vampire Diaries" filmed an episode for its fifth season, including a scene of two cast members walking through a farmer's market - real life Ramsey's Produce. Fans from all over watched the filming around the Covington square Wednesday through early Friday morning.

March 29, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


4-H’ers learn actions speak louder than words

If you're not on Facebook, you probably haven't heard about the latest polar plunges and make-up-free selfies.

March 29, 2014 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


BBQ fundraiser for firefighter's son

Newton County firefighters are continuing their efforts to take care of Brayden Eavenson, the son of Brad Eavenson, the firefighter who died in a vehicular accident in February.

March 29, 2014 | Xavier McKnight | LOCAL


Covington airport gets new fuel tanks

Covington continues to make upgrades to the city's airport and is seeing increased traffic.

March 29, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Electronic thefts hard to pinpoint

Debit and credit cards have added an ease to life that most people have grown accustomed to.

March 29, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Durden's allegations formally denied

Former Newton County landscaper Billy Durden believes county officials and current county landscaper Gary Campbell conspired to cause him to lose his longtime contract with the county.

March 29, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Mystic Grill takes steps to prevent credit card theft

While credit card information is being stolen in multiple places, restaurants and other public places are the most visible businesses affected.

March 29, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Former teacher donates first book to school library

What started out as a former elementary school teacher's quest to explore her family tree ended in a pioneer authorship that reveals the history of an entire community.

March 29, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Jackson prison warden shares stories

Three Newton County criminals are on death row, and if they're ever put to death, the lethal injections will take place at Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson.

March 29, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


1 eastbound lane on I-20 to be closed

Bridge rehab work is continuing on I-20 eastbound next week and the far left lane will be closed for milling and asphalt work.

March 29, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Storm Debris center opened

A specially designated spot has been created for Newton County residents to get rid of much of the debris left in the wake of Wednesday night's tornado and severe storms.

February 21, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Judicial Center building fence

Newton County began construction Monday on an approximately $220,000 fenced-off parking area at the Newton County Judicial Center. The 20-parking space area is being built to ensure the safety of judges, the district attorney and other courtroom officials, County Engineer Kevin Walter said.

February 21, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Ozburn nominated to Georgia Supreme Court

Alcovy Circuit Superior Court Judge Samuel D. Ozburn was nominated by State Sen. John Douglas to the Georgia Judicial Nominating Commission to fill the vacancy left by Chief Justice Leah Sears of the Georgia Supreme Court when she retires effective June 30. If Governor Sonny Perdue accepts the nomination, Judge Ozburn would become Associate Justice of the court.

"I am proud to announce the nomination of Samuel Ozburn to the Georgia Supreme Court," said Douglas (R-Social Circle). "Judge Ozburn is a credit to our judicial system, the legal profession as a whole and to all who strive to give back ...

February 20, 2009 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


You need a Plan E

"It's always good to have a Plan B, but you've got to have a Plan E - for education," Thurbert Baker told the Newton Youth Leadership Institute students.

February 20, 2009 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


Local man escapes burning car crash

A local man was pulled from his vehicle after it burst into flames following a single-car accident Tuesday afternoon.

February 20, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Taking the Cheerios Challenge

The Cheerios Challenge returns to the Covington YMCA on April 18 with a 10K/5K Road Race and 1-mile Fun Run/Walk.

February 19, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


BOC delays salary cut talks

At a packed Newton County Board of Commissioner's meeting Tuesday, Chairwoman Kathy Morgan and County Administrative Officer John Middleton proposed three options for balancing the roughly $5 million deficit for Fiscal Year 2009.

February 19, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


High Point hit hard

According to the National Weather Service, the fierce storms that blasted Newton County Wednesday night, leaving downed trees and destroyed property in their wake and pelting the southern end of the county with golf ball-sized hail were courtesy of an EF1 tornado with winds reaching 109 m.p.h.

February 19, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Tornado watch for Newton until 11 p.m. Wednesday

Tonight: Showers and thunderstorms likely before 1am, then a slight chance of showers. Some of the storms could be severe and produce heavy rainfall. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 42. West wind between 5 and 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent.

February 18, 2009 | The National Weather Service | LOCAL


Experts share tips on how to grow the local economy

If Newton County wants to attract more industry, it needs to develop a stronger consumer base, produce a more highly educated and talented work force and promote itself to the state's department of economic development.

February 18, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Council says no to raises

The Covington City Council voted unanimously to remove a discussion of pay raises for council members from the agenda of Monday night's council meeting, effectively dropping the issue.

February 18, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


If terror strikes...

School resource and day officers from the Newton County Sheriffs Department and the Covington Police Department joined forces with drama students from local high schools to prepare themselves for the worst should terror strike the schools of Newton County.

February 18, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Man attacked in home

A local man received a beating after others disagreed with the way he was disciplining his child Monday night.

February 18, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


County breaks with collaborative to save on pest control services

When the Leadership Collaborative first decided to contract out services together, they were hoping that buying in bulk would result in savings for everyone involved. Their trial run with pest control services didn't work out as planned, but still led to savings for most entities, including $8,000 in savings for Newton County.

In November, the Newton County Board of Commissioners, the Newton County School System, the Newton County Water and Sewage Authority, the city of Covington and Social Circle City Schools joined together to search for a single pest control provider to service all five entities. Nine pest ...

February 15, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Salary cuts loom for county personnel

At a special called meeting Saturday, members of the Newton County Board of Commissioners concluded that, in light of an anticipated $5 to $5.5 million budget shortfall, payroll adjustments would have to be made in order to make up the deficit.

"This is very painful," said District 5 Commissioner Tim Fleming, "but these are hard times we're in."

February 15, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


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