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Newton County now home to Georgia State

The Georgia State University Panther family extended into Newton County Wednesday as the former Georgia Perimeter College Newton Campus celebrated a merger a year in ...

January 13, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Watch: Landfill issues take center stage

The Newton County landfill has been a hot topic in the county and with the board of commissioners.

January 12, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Baxalta enters in $32B deal with Shire

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Irish drugmaker Shire PLC's second attempt to buy Baxalta looks more likely to succeed, with Baxalta's board backing the ...

January 12, 2016 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Oxford College graduate to speak at MLK Celebration

The Keynote speaker at this year's King Celebration, to be held Jan. 17 at the Newton County High School Auditorium, 1 Ram Way, Covington ...

January 10, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Belton: Regarding Ga. education: Time to bridge the gap

Teachers in Georgia should be proud that our high school graduation rate is at an all-time high of 79 percent (Newton was even better at ...

January 10, 2016 | | LOCAL


What’s behind the BOC’s vote of no confidence

After four of the five commissioners serving Newton County cast votes of no confidence against the leadership of Chair Keith Ellis, statements and interviews have ...

January 10, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


A decision on form of government

After years of discussions and shifting responsibilities, the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) voted 4-1 to approve enabling legislation, officially changing the county's ...

January 10, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Search for county manager put on hold

At Thursday night's special called meeting of the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC), District 3 Commission Nancy Schulz made a motion that put ...

January 10, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Denny Dobbs named to Joint Development Authority

Former State Representative Denny Dobbs has been appointed to serve as Newton County's citizen representative on the Joint Development Authority of Jasper, Morgan, Newton ...

January 09, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Sheriff’s Toy Ride helps 1,000 get toys

Thanks to more than 250 motorcycle riders and donors and the Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) more than 1,000 children received gifts from ...

January 09, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Addison leads the way during annual prayer breakfast

The Georgia legislative session begins Monday, meaning the laws that will shape the future of the state will be made by the men and women ...

January 09, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Festival of Trees raises more than $14,000 for Chimney Park

Thanks to the Festival of Trees, a big check was presented to the Friends of Newton County Parks for improvements to Chimney Park Thursday.

January 09, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Former Fire Chief Kevin O'Brien indicted

Former Newton County Fire Chief Kevin O'Brien was booked into the Newton County Detention Center Friday after a Grand Jury handed down an indictment ...

January 09, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


New form of government voted on by BOC

One surprise followed another at Thursday evening's Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) work session and follow-up special called meeting.

The BOC voted for ...

January 08, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


BOC meeting shadowed by conflict

Emotions ran high, framing the year's first meeting of the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) on Tuesday night.

January 07, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


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Trick or treats in Covington

Thousands of children put on their best princess, super hero, fireman, policeman and pumpkin costumes for Halloween Saturday.

November 01, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Johnston: The time is now

The retail development referred to by Mr. Dalton in his letter to the citizens of Covington and Newton County, is one of the most important opportunities our community has seen in decades.

November 01, 2015 | Ronnie Johnston | LOCAL


To vote or not to vote?

It's election time, and you know all about it-debates have been going on for months; that Trump guy is all over the TV; socialism is a hot topic; and a day doesn't go by without the national news stations mentioning Hillary's emails.

November 01, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Bobby Weaver search ends after remains found near Hwy. 142

For more than 25 months the family of Robert "Bobby" Weaver has been looking for the Oxford resident who took his dog for a walk down Hwy. 142.

November 01, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Development seeks 99 acres of city land

A large commercial development could be close to arriving in Covington.

November 01, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Chamber Board: Project Kitchen Sink

Dear Citizens of Covington and Newton County:

November 01, 2015 | Chamber Board of Directors | LOCAL


Newton County leads the way in state roundabouts

Like many residents of the county, Newton County Board of Commissioners Chair Keith Ellis, was skeptical.

October 31, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Referendum next step in urban redevelopment

Porterdale voters are being asked to give the city to go-ahead in the next step of its urban redevelopment plan.

October 31, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


CPD officer John Laudermilk arrested

Covington Police Department (CPD) Officer John Alex Laudermilk was arrested by the Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) Wednesday.

October 29, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Remains identified as those of Bobby Weaver

During a search by the Community United Effort (CUE) Center for Missing Persons and the Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) for missing person Robert (Bobby Weaver, III), human remains were found Oct. 24.

October 29, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Daylight Saving Time set to end; time to replace smoke alarm batteries

Sunday morning -- really early, as in 2 a.m. -- the clocks roll back for daylight savings time.

October 29, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


CPD officer placed on leave during internal affairs investigation

A Covington police officer has been placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation into an anonymous tip that alleged the officer might have possession of stolen DeKalb County property.

October 28, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Candidates for Senate District 43 debate ahead of election

The field for the vacated District 43 seat in the Georgia Senate is a crowded one.

October 28, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Nelson Heights Community Center management may change again

After a discussion of a Bright from the Start grant, the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) voted 4-1 to shift organization of management for the Nelson Heights Community Center from county staff back to a 501c3 nonprofit run by the center.

October 28, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


James Michael Atkins shot, killed his wife, then himself

Amanda Atkins was shot to death at 275 Deer Trail on Oct. 23, and her husband James Michael Atkins was found dead from self-inflicted gunshot wounds by SWAT team members at 454 Deer Trail later that day.

October 28, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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