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Lightening congestion: proposed projects

Newton County Commission Chairman Keith Ellis proposed an aggressive and ambitious series of road projects designed to ease congestion in the western half of the county Tuesday, but he didn't get the immediate support he wanted.

September 04, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Holocaust survivor to speak at 1st UMC

When Elizabeth Ungar Lefkovits was 20 years old in June of 1944, she was separated from most of her family, never to see them again. She was forced on a train with 100 people packed into a cattle car for a 10-day journey, having to feed her 2-year-old nephew the little food she had brought with them.

September 04, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Weekend I-20 lane closures resume

Question: How do you know you live in the South?

September 04, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Bridge to reconnect county nearly finished

It's been a busy week on the Little River, as construction crews from Newton County have worked hard and fast to finish rebuilding a bridge connecting a handful of residents to the rest of the county.

September 04, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Leadership uncertainty dogs Nelson Heights

Last Tuesday, the Newton County Board of Commissioners voted to remove Commissioner J.C. Henderson as chairman of the Nelson Heights Center, a facility dedicated to helping children after school. The matter seemed open and closed - he was the chairman, then he wasn't.

September 04, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


NCSO Sgt. wins Instructor of Year award

Newton County Sheriff's Office Sergeant Randy Downs received the Dale Moorefield award for Firearms Instructor of the Year at the 2014 Georgia Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (GALEFI) conference on Aug. 26.

September 03, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Ellis’ responsibilities changed by BOC

Newton County Board of Commissioners Chairman Keith Ellis lost at least some of his power Tuesday night, as the board voted to strip him of his control of the county's vehicle fleet and engineering department.

September 02, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Henderson stripped of financial powers

The Newton County Board of Commissioners simply crushed Commissioner J.C. Henderson Tuesday night, stripping him of all financial powers and forcing him off the boards of the Nelson Heights Community Center and the Recreation Commission.

September 02, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


NCSS announces Scholars of the Week

Newton County School System plans to highlight exceptional students with a new weekly spotlight. Two high school seniors will be recognized each week as NCSS Scholars of the Week starting in October and will be chosen to recognize and promote "exemplary academic performance and outstanding contributions to their school and community."

September 02, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


DOE offers free digital textbooks

As the 2014-2015 academic year begins, teachers, school leaders, parents and students should be aware they can access free, interactive digital textbooks through the Georgia Department of Education's website.

September 02, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO dep. restores heartbeat to boy

A Newton County Sheriff's Office deputy may have saved the life of a minor who was not breathing after drowning.

September 02, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Man subdued by Taser

After a call concerning an intoxicated male riding his bicycle into a trash can, police officers had to subdue the suspect by deploying a Taser.

September 02, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Legality of Henderson’s check questionable

There's a clause in the Georgia constitution that says governments can't give money without receiving a "benefit" in exchange. It's reiterated in numerous handbooks for local governments.

September 02, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Family to move to CO for med. marijuana

It may be their last resort, but the Hopkins family is making a big move with full hopes they will find sanctum for one of their daughters in Colorado's medical marijuana. Still, they'll be packing their family minus one.

September 02, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


New pavers to honor longtime businesses

Covington City Councilwoman Janet Goodman wants to honor the handful of families who have maintained their businesses on the Square for 50-plus years.

September 02, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


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Tandem bike rally brings county revenue

Newton County residents may see nearly 100 tandem bikes riding around this weekend, and some local businesses will see thousands of extra dollars enter their registers.

May 14, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


A dedicated man

For more than 54 years, Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Thomas T. Irvin has dedicated his life to public service, but Wednesday afternoon, the tables were turned when Irvin had a cabin dedicated to him at the FHA/FCCLA Center.

May 13, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


National Salvation Army Week

May 13, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Woman injured by neighbor's pit bull

A 56-year-old woman was attacked and seriously injured Saturday morning when her nephew's pit bull attacked her.

According to reports from the Covington Police Department, when officers arrived they spoke with the dog's owner who reportedly told them every day his aunt walks through the fence on the right side of his home, heading around the backyard where he resides with his grandparents, but on this day, he heard his brother saying "get off" and ran outside to see what was happening.

May 13, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Charlie Elliott hosts J.A.K.E.S. Day

Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center's Wildlife Discovery Area in Mansfield will play host the 14th annual J.A.K.E.S. Day Festival on Saturday. This fun-filled family event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Admission is free and includes an array of activities that focus on wildlife, conservation efforts and outdoor recreational opportunities in Georgia. Children can try their hands at archery, fishing, shooting sports, go on a mini-boat ride with a WRD conservation ranger and have their faces decorated with wildlife art.

May 13, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Main Street Covington dedicates art wall in honor of Irene Smith

Wednesday afternoon young artists, Mainstreet Covington board members, Covington-Newton Chamber of Commerce members and friends and family of Irene Smith gathered at the chamber visitor center to honor her service to the organization's tourism division as well as the Main Street program.

May 13, 2010 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Two killed in car accident

Two teens were killed and a third remains hospitalized in serious condition following a single car accident Saturday evening on Almon Road.

May 12, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


More room to breathe

The administrative staff of the Newton County Fire Service has a new place to call home after a generous donation from a Newton County resident.

May 12, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


NMC serves up BBQ

Barbecue for NICU: The fourth annual Newton Medical Center Auxiliary barbecue will be held on May 16 from noon to 3 p.m. at Stalvey's Restaurant on U.S. Highway 278. Tickets are $6 for a plate of barbecue, Brunswick stew, slaw and bread. There also will be homemade desserts to choose from for a small additional cost. Patrons can either drive through to pick up their plates or dine inside. All of the food is donated by Jim and Sharon Stalvey, who allow the Auxiliary to apply 100 percent of the ticket price to the neonatal intensive care ...

May 12, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington Fire Department to host ‘Fire House 5’ race

Covington Fire Department officials are organizing an inaugural "Fire House 5" 5K Run and a 1-mile fun run to benefit the Covington Fireman's Memorial Scholarship, which provides scholarships to graduating high school seniors in the Newton County School system, to be held on May 22. The road race will run the same course as the popular Covington Fuzz Run.

May 12, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Infant injured in altercation

An infant was transported to an area hospital after a fight between the child's babysitter and her boyfriend ended with the child being injured.

May 12, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Rockdale Sheriff’s Office deputy killed on duty

Deputy Brian Lamar Mahaffey of the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office was shot and killed today in the line of duty while serving warrant papers at a home on Sand Hill Drive.

May 12, 2010 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


The Campout of the Century

From Friday evening until Sunday morning, a small city of Boy Scouts will be encamped at Bert Adams Scout Reservation on Ga. Highway 36 South.

May 12, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log - May 12

o Kenneth Glenwood Deberry, 46, 360 E Country Woods Dr., Covington, April 25. Improper lane usage, DUI, duty of driver to stop at or report, obstruction or hindering law enforcement officer.

May 12, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Students treated for injuries after school bus accident

An accident between a Newton County school bus and a pick-up truck sent one man to the hospital around 3:45 p.m.

May 10, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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