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Newton Federal Bank brings financial literacy to Newton County schools

Newton Federal Bank presented a check to Newton County Schools in the amount of $54,000 Friday.

March 23, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Club restores pollinator garden at Academy Springs Park

Volunteers aren't always wanted. At least, they aren't always welcomed in a garden.

March 23, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


BOC approves bill for charter legislation

The Newton County Board of Commissioners approved Senate Bill 423 in a special called meeting Monday night. The board's decision paved the way for ...

March 21, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Irish Bred to open in April

The face of the Covington Square has changed after a balcony was constructed on the Irish Bred Pub last week.

March 20, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Let spring fever begin

Greetings Springlings. The season has arrived and as people emerge from a winter of ignoring their gardens, the fever begins.

March 20, 2016 | Cory Mosser | LOCAL


100 years of Scouting celebrated at Bert Adams

Six years after the founding of the Boy Scouts of America in 1910, the metro Atlanta area council opened its doors, and it's been ...

March 20, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Attempted utilities scam made to Scoops, Blimpie’s

Blimpie's Restaurant and Scoops Gourmet Coffee & Sweet Treats in Covington contacted the Covington Police Department (CPD) concerning two separate attempted scams of the businesses ...

March 19, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Final member of solid waste authority named

Newton County's reactivated solid waste management authority's board of directors is set.

March 19, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


State House makes changes to Newton’s proposed charter

Newton County's enabling act, which determines the form of government and how the county is run, passed through the State Senate on March 11 ...

March 17, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Newton County hires fire chief

Newton County hired its Chief of Fire Services with a unanimous vote by the Board of Commissioners Tuesday.

March 16, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Covington moving forward on downtown parking study

Complaints have been heard about the parking - or lack of parking - available on the Square in downtown Covington.

March 13, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Federal Emergency money granted to Newton County

Newton County could receive $3.1 million dollars from the federal government after receiving a presidential disaster declaration following heavy rains.

March 13, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Appointments made to police policy review committee

Covington council members and the mayor made their appointments to the 21st Century Policing Initiative Committee at Monday night's Covington City Council meeting.

March 13, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Robert Nash spent 40 years with Newton County

In January of 1976 Robert Nash started work in the Newton County department of public works. He operated a tractor that was pulled behind a ...

March 13, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Newton County's 2016 election candidates

Qualifying for the 2016 election ended Friday, and all but four local races will be contested.

March 11, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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Man called gay slurs, attacked

When a Covington police officer arrived at the scene of an assault call, Elijah Bagby said he was jogging down the street when he was approached by three men.

Bagby told the officer that Quindarious Webb, Quincy Jackson and Ronald Hayes started following him while yelling expletives and saying they did not like gay people on their street. The three men grabbed Bagby.

May 31, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Kicking off our school Report Card series

(To see the full infographic that goes with today's story see today's newspaper. The graphic contains data about the theme school's budget, test scores, student-teacher ratio, police calls and demographics.)

May 31, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Warm weather brings more DUI arrests

The Newton County Sheriff's Office and the Covington Police Department reported eight arrests for driving under the influence and several noise complaints this Memorial Day weekend.

With the warmer weather, police departments do not expect the increase in DUI arrests and noise complaints to lessen.

May 31, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Meet Social Circle’s new superintendent

Longtime Atlanta-area principal and former Social Circle educator Todd McGhee is returning to Social Circle City Schools as its new superintendent.

The Social Circle Board of Education chose McGhee last week to man the school system's top spot and replace longtime Superintendent Bettye Ray, who is retiring June 30. He received a three-year contract with an annual salary of $138,500.

May 31, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


7 structure fires over holiday weekend

The Memorial Day weekend was a busy one for the Newton County Fire Department, which ran a total of 68 calls from Friday evening through Monday evening.

Of those calls, seven were for structure fires, three of which were total losses. The first occurred Saturday around 1 a.m. on Cornish Mountain Road. Firefighters arrived within five minutes of the call and found the home fully engulfed. With the nearest fire hydrant roughly a mile and a half away, the 10,000-square foot home was a total loss in both property and contents. Homeowners were out of town for the ...

May 31, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Water authority to raise rates in July

Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority customers should expect to see their monthly bill increase almost $1.50. The increase will be used to bring the water system up to regulatory requirements, replace worn out equipment and combat the increased costs of purchasing water.

For the average household that consumes 5,000 gallons of water per month, the monthly increase will be $1.43. For customers receiving water and wastewater service, the monthly increase will be $3.79 based on the same usage.

May 31, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Lower county ISO could save you money

Newton County's Fire Service improved its Insurance Services Office rating this year which could lead to lower insurance payments for some residents.

May 31, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Nonprofit hosts Jazz by the River

Newton County's not known for its vibrant night life, but next Friday, residents will have the opportunity to enjoy a picnic dinner by candlelight on the banks of the Yellow River while listening to the soothing sounds of jazz music.

The Washington Street Community Center, a local nonprofit group, is hosting its annual Jazz by the River concert fundraiser from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday, June 8, at the Porterdale Mill Lofts. The doors open at 6 p.m.

May 31, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Team “Pinkalicious” to hold family fun day

On a bright Saturday, the ladies of Team Pinkalicious brought food, games and prizes to Covington.

May 31, 2012 | Meghan de St. Aubin | LOCAL


Tech trends: Twitter tips

All aboard the Twitter train! The tiny "microblogging" service that lets people send out short, 140-character posts known as "tweets" is one of the most popular social networks out there. As of 2012, there are over 140 million active users, who generate over 340 million tweets a day.

In my experience, people seem divided into two camps when it comes to Twitter: those who use it and those who don't "get it." I'm firmly in the pro-Twitter camp. I love it. I use it to get news, for entertainment and to interact with various people, both people I ...

May 31, 2012 | William Brawley | LOCAL


Oh, what a night

I remember in 1971, Frankie Valli, who had been singing on his own, had just reunited with the Four Seasons and they were touring the country.

On a warm Saturday in June, a friend and I went to Carowinds, an amusement park located in South Carolina, and joined 5,000 other devoted fans and sat through one of the most enjoyable concerts I had ever attended. During the middle of the concert, a horrific summer rain storm struck, and for 15 minutes, it rained so hard that you could barely see the covered stage and not one person left.

May 31, 2012 | T. Pat Cavanaugh | LOCAL


Man enters WWII in waning months

As a young 17-year-old man, Covington resident Bill Henderson enlisted in the U.S. Navy in the waning months of World War II in April 1945, and though he thought he'd entered a war, Henderson ended being a part of the world's recovery.

May 29, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Gas prices fall 4.8 cents in last week

Average retail gasoline prices in Atlanta have fallen 4.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.42/gal yesterday. This compares with the national average that has fallen 3.6 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.65/gal, according to gasoline price website AtlantaGasPrices.com.

Including the change in gas prices in Atlanta during the past week, prices yesterday were 30.5 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 26.0 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 15.7 cents per ...

May 29, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Fuzz Run seeks sponsors, participants

September may seem worlds away right now, but before long it will be here, bringing with it the 29th annual Fuzz Run, so now is the time to start signing up to participate or to donate to or become a sponsor of the fundraiser.

May 29, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Local Sawyer to run for state rep 113

Newton County resident Sharon Sawyer has qualified for the newly drawn District 113 for the Georgia House of Representatives.

May 29, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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