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Information kiosk added on Eastside Trail

Walkers, joggers and cyclists will be able to find out information concerning the Eastside Trail and surrounding area without missing a beat.

March 23, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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


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Missing 72-year-old located in Waycross

A 72-year-old man reported missing late last week was located safely at a family member's home in Waycross Sunday.

Jack McCarty went missing Thursday afternoon when he walked away from a home he was visiting with a person caregiver. He was next seen hours later on video surveillance at the Kroger store on Salem Road accompanied by three men. He was located two days later.

May 08, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County’s Annual Shred Day May 17

Residents are once again invited to bring all of those sensitive financial or personal documents they no longer need to the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 17 to have them shredded for free.

The annual Shred Day event is being sponsored by the chamber and Newton Federal Bank.

May 08, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Chamber asks for $250K from county

The local chamber of commerce requested Monday that the Newton County Board of Commissioners more than double the chamber's economic development budget next year to $250,000.

May 08, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Real estate lawyer Philip Johnson runs for District 5

Long time real estate attorney Philip A. Johnson is running as a Democrat for the District 5 seat on the Newton County Board of Commissioners seat because he wants to bring more civility to local government.

Johnson, 62, has been practicing law in Newton County for 38 years but said he wants to return to politics to get Newton County back on track.

May 08, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Dancing through her life

Betty Harris' dancing escapades have lead to a lifetime of unforgettable experiences like marching in Kennedy's inauguration parade in 1961 to performing in the Opening Ceremonies of the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.

Harris has also participated in four flash mobs in the metro area with the Atlanta West Coast Swing Club.

May 08, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


GPC President Tricoli steps down

Georgia Perimeter College President Anthony Tricoli has stepped down following the disclosure that the school has a roughly $16 million downfall.

May 08, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Steve Davis runs for re-election

Incumbent Republican Steve Davis announced he is running for his fifth House term in the new District 109, which covers parts of Rockdale, Newton and Henry counties.

"It has been a great honor to represent this district for the last eight years and I am glad that I have been able to deliver on the promises of my original campaign," Davis said in a written statement. "I have focused much of my attention on education, transportation and public safety."

May 08, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Sheriff’s Office participates in roundtable discussion in NYC

Recently at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square, N.Y., a roundtable discussion was held during the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences that focused on some of the key challenges sheriffs' offices face across the state of Georgia. The panelists who served on this roundtable discussion were Sheriff Ezell Brown of Newton County and Sheriff Ira Edwards Jr. of Clarke County. The roundtable discussion was titled "In Focus: Exploring the Challenges and Related Implications Facing Georgia's Sheriffs." Dr. Brian N. Williams, Associate Professor of Public Administration and Policy at the University of Georgia, moderated ...

May 08, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Georgia gas prices fall 6.4 cents since previous week

Average retail gasoline prices in Atlanta have fallen 6.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.61/gal yesterday. This compares with the national average that has fallen 2.9 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.77/gal, according to gasoline price website AtlantaGasPrices.com.

Including the change in gas prices in Atlanta during the past week, prices yesterday were 29.0 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 25.3 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 13.4 cents per ...

May 08, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Officers use Taser on suspect after chase

Covington officers responded to an in-progress vehicle break in. Upon arriving, the first responding officer witnessed Dagger Grier looking out the back window of a 1999 black Ford Super Duty truck and slump down into the passenger seat.

When the officer approached the vehicle and gave a command for Grier to show his hands, he jumped out of the truck's passenger window and ran towards the woods.

May 08, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Family returns from vacation to ransacked home

Upon arriving home from vacation, the Jacobs family found their master bedroom ransacked. Further investigation to the rest of the house, the family noticed other items missing as well.

Two windows on the front side of the house were open and another front window had a small hole in it.

May 08, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Missing man found

UPDATE: Missing 72-year-old Jack McCarty was located at the home of relatives in Waycross.

May 08, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Boy miraculously survives brain cancer

Ask Jonah Barnett what his favorite drink is, and he'll tell you it's strawberry milk.

May 05, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Lassiter: NMC hosts annual Spring Gala

The Gala Committee, consisting of members of the Newton Medical Center Auxiliary along with support from members of the Covington Garden Club, planned a spectacular Annual Spring Gala Saturday, April 28.

The home of Drs. Caralyn and Leon Leonard was the perfect setting for this Asian-flair theme affair. The guests were greeted by the hosts along with some of the Gala Committee members. Professional photos were offered before entering the Leonard's estate and allowing guests to view the personal effects of the owners.

May 05, 2012 | Christy A. Lassiter | LOCAL


Georgia Piedmont graduates Law Enforcement Academy recruits

Georgia Piedmont Technical College's Law Enforcement Academy held its 10th commencement ceremony Friday, April 27 at the college's Covington campus. Five recruits have completed the 17 week law officer training academy. While the class size was low, the caliber of students was high. "This is the smallest graduating class we've had since we began operating. It presented some challenges from an instruction standpoint, however, I believe these students benefited greatly from the small class size. I feel confident they learned the knowledge and skills needed to move forward and do a good job for the community that ...

May 05, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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