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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


Eagle Scout project in Porterdale

Camden Wyman received a proclamation Friday after his work on the old Porterdale city jail. As part of his Eagle Scout project with troop 93, Wyman treated the roof, pressure washed, painted and landscaped the old jail.

April 04, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


An eggstravaganza

The city of Social Circle held its Egg-stravaganza Saturday, celebrating the Easter weekend. The free community event held at Social Circle Elementary School hosted egg hunts for children up to 12 years old.

April 04, 2015 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


Updated Landfill Committee

Springhill resident Sierra Benton has declined to serve on the landfill citizens' committee. She will be replaced by Sharon Sawyer.

April 02, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington man caught in smash-and-grab burglary at Dunkin Donuts

A smash-and-grab robber who has been hitting businesses in Rockdale and Newton counties since March 23 has been caught, thanks to the quick action of a Rockdale County Sheriff's Office deputy.

April 02, 2015 | | 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.

April 01, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Purchasing policy change could have big impact

The county's controversial legal spending was the elephant in the room Tuesday as a joint citizen-county committee met for a second time to discuss tightening the county's purchasing policy.

April 01, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Eastside Academic team wins state championship

The Eastside High School Academic team won the Division 4 state championship after cruising through the competition at the Georgia Academic Team Association (GATA) State Championship Tournament held at Collins Hill High School on March 21.

March 31, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Old soldiers never die

The closing paragraph of General Douglas MacArthur's April 19, 1951 address to Congress: "I still remember the refrain of one of the most popular barracks ballads of the day which proclaimed most proudly that old soldiers never die; they just fade away. And like the old soldier in the ballad, I now close my military career and just fade away, an old soldier who tried to do his duty as God gave him the light to see that duty."

March 31, 2015 | Pete Mecca | LOCAL


Landfill committee announced as citizens debate options

An open meeting Monday night generated a few suggestions and more than a few questions over the future of the county landfill, as the citizen panel to study the issue was finalized.

March 30, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


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Hometown Heroes star in Nutcracker

The annual production of "The Nutcracker" is a tradition for so many in Newton County, but it doesn't come cheap. Thanks to one girl's entrepreneurial spirit, and the junior ballet company's hard work, this year some of the older costumes have been replaced at a cost of about $1,100.

December 08, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Henderson to draw own redistricting map

Newton County Commissioner J.C. Henderson was the lone elected official to oppose proposed redistricting maps at Tuesday's public hearing, and he will be given the chance to draw a map he agrees with despite fellow officials saying he's already had several chances.

December 08, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Remains of US troops dumped in landfill

According to a report by the Washington Post, the US Air Force secretly dumped the cremated remains of over 274 US troops in a landfill up until 2008. The procedure was never authorized or disclosed to senior Pentagon officials. The procedure was also never disclosed to the families of the troops, who had given the military permission to dispose of remains in a respectful and dignified manner.

December 08, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Shooting on Va. Tech campus

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) - Virginia Tech officials said a police officer and another person were shot and killed on the school's campus Thursday and the university locked down the campus, where 33 people died in 2007 in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

December 08, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Get free tickets for legislative breakfast

The Covington Kiwanis and Rotary clubs are hosting the Legislative Prayer Breakfast for the second straight year from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Jan. 6 at the Turner Lake Complex.

December 07, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


‘The Nutcracker’ to be performed Saturday and Sunday

For the last decade, the Covington Regional Ballet has presented the holiday classic, "The Nutcracker," and this year the ballet has new choreography, production and directors.

December 07, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County Reads finds new home

December 07, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log

William Fred Adams, 60, 4197 Ga. Highway 36, Covington, Nov. 23. Disorderly conduct, possession of marijuana.

December 07, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Man arrested for cocaine possession

A man still facing charges of bestiality in Newton County was arrested Saturday afternoon of charges of cocaine possession.

December 07, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


NCSO holding annual bike ride to benefit needy children

It's time once again for the annual Newton County Sheriff's Office toy run bike ride.

December 07, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Homeless man robbed, shot

Authorities from the Newton County Sheriff's Office are searching for the two men who allegedly robbed and shot a homeless man on Usher Lane, off Bethany Road, early Friday morning.

December 04, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Talk redistricting maps on Tuesday

The public will get its first chance to comment on two proposed county redistricting maps at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Historic Courthouse.

December 04, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Clements Middle School, Community band to hold concerts

Clements Middle School holds winter concert Tues.

December 04, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Sunday package sales delayed

Sunday package sales of alcohol will have to wait a little longer in Covington due to a paperwork error.

December 02, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Library cutting employees, hours

The Newton County Library System is going to cut 30 percent of its staff by the end of calendar year 2011, a move that will save the system $200,000 during the remainder of fiscal year 2012.

December 02, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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