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Spearman installed as state Pilot Club governor

Cynthia Spearman, a member of the Pilot Club of Covington, was installed April 8, 2016 as the governor of the Georgia District of Pilot International ...

April 19, 2016 | Scott Rasmussen | LOCAL


Everybody Walk Newton series continues in Porterdale

The third of a series of four walks in Newton County Trails' Everybody Walk Newton campaign will be Wednesday at 6 p.m. in Porterdale.

April 19, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Johnston, Friedman highlight Alcovy’s 2016 class

Anthony Johnston is Alcovy High School's 2016 Valedictorian and Baylee Friedman is the school's Salutatorian, leading the top 10 graduates of this year ...

April 17, 2016 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Unlocking history

The cells on the second floor remain a reminder of the building's original purpose. When it was built, the Newton County Jail on Stallings ...

April 17, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Government 101: Unneeded legislation

Prior to 2016, Georgia law prohibited anyone except law enforcement from having weapons of any kind on school property. The current legislature passed a bill ...

April 17, 2016 | Jerry Roseberry | LOCAL


Kiwanis Club gives $2,000 for scholarship endowment to Southern Heartland

The Kiwanis Club of Covington is Southern Heartland Arts, Inc.'s newest scholarship sponsor, as the Newton County arts organization celebrates its 11th year of ...

April 13, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mayor, CPD Chief to discuss safety on trails

The second of a series of walks in April sponsored by Newton Trails will feature comments by Covington Mayor, Ronnie Johnston and Covington Chief of ...

April 13, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Former Governor endorses local candidate

Former Georgia Governor Roy Barnes was in Newton County Monday, attending a reception for Newton County Board of Commissioners Chair candidate Phil Johnson.

April 12, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Action Ministries benefits from Your Pie training event

Even before Your Pie opened on the downtown Covington Square, the owners knew they wanted to be more than just a restaurant.

April 12, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Bread and Butter earns award

Kelley Johnston, right, of Bread and Buttery Bakery received an award for the best product of a week-long class at the University of Georgia's ...

April 10, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Jeffares: We’ve adjourned Sine Die

The papers went flying and the confetti showered on the Chamber as the gavel promptly fell at midnight on Thursday, signifying the conclusion of the ...

April 10, 2016 | Rick Jeffares | LOCAL


Bowls to hold beads of courage turned out by local woodworking club

Just as charms on a bracelet tell a story, beads in the hands of a critically ill child can trace his or her medical experiences.

April 10, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


High school student raising funds to build electric Beetle

If Grayson Eady reaches his goal, in just more than three years, he'll be driving an electric car north to the Massachusetts Institute of ...

April 09, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


VanNess: Update from the Capitol

The 2016 legislative session was filled with many changes that will impact lives in our District and across the State of Georgia. I look forward ...

April 09, 2016 | JaNice VanNess | LOCAL


Belton: Newton County legislation wraps up season

First, while I do not speak for my fellow legislators, I feel I must address the new form of government for Newton County that will ...

April 09, 2016 | Dave Belton | LOCAL


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Sorority alumni running collection for a cause

The Newton County Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta alumnae is conducting a shoe collection drive through the end of March to raise funds for organization's outreach programs.

February 27, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Ga. State Trooper throws hat in ring for District 1

Georgia State Trooper Nathan Bradley, a 24-year-old Republican, is running for Newton County's Board of Commissioners District 1 seat. This seat is currently held by John Douglas, who recently announced that he will not be running for reelection.

February 27, 2016 | Hezekiah Rodgers | LOCAL


Jeffares: Senate business picks up ahead of Crossover day

We've had some long days this week as we've been working through a considerable amount of legislation. This Monday is Crossover day (or the 30th legislative day) which is the last day in which bills originating in the Senate Chamber can be voted on and transmitted to the House for consideration. Starting Monday, the Senate will only be hearing bills that originated in the House and vice versa.

February 27, 2016 | Rick Jeffares | LOCAL


VanNess Bill presented for protection of child abuse victims

The Georgia General Assembly completed legislative day 29 out of 40 on Friday, Feb. 26. On Friday the Senate debated and voted on several bills and I expect we will continue to pass more legislation protecting the rights of individuals and business owners throughout the state.

February 27, 2016 | JaNice VanNess | LOCAL


Celebrating rejuvenation at GSU-Newton’s daffodil festival

The name of the college may have changed, but the annual festival celebrating the flowering of daffodils continues.

February 27, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Newton chapter of DAR announces essay winners

The Sergeant Newton Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) celebrated its annual Georgia Day and the chapter's 121st birthday at a luncheon on Feb. 10 at Burge Plantation in Mansfield.

February 27, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County Farm Bureau members attend GFB Day at Capitol

Newton County Farm Bureau members traveled to Atlanta, Feb. 4 to participate in Georgia Farm Bureau Day at the Capitol. While at the capitol, members of the Newton County Farm Bureau delegation visited with state legislators and officials. Members of the Newton County Farm Bureau Board of Directors who attended the event included: President Brent Galloway, Secretary/Treasurer Chuck Berry, Legislative Committee Chairman Julius Hays, Kevin Mitcham, and Richard Jolley.

February 27, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Sakamoto pleads not guilty to terroristic threats

A former Oxford College of Emory University student pled not guilty to two charges of making terroristic threats last fall.

February 26, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


67-year-old Covington man dies in wreck

A Covington man died on the scene after his vehicle was struck by another on Butler Bridge Road early Thursday morning.

February 26, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


New application process for theme schools

The Newton County Theme School has modified its application process for the 2016 to 2017 school year.

February 24, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Jeffares: at the halfway point

We have passed the half-way point of the 2016 legislative session and are rapidly approaching Crossover Day as we finish week six. We had the opportunity to hear a number of bills this week, all of which I'm sure will benefit many in our state.

February 23, 2016 | Rick Jeffares | LOCAL


Indian Creek math team take 3rd in regional

The Indian Creek Middle School math team accomplished something no other Newton County School system middle school has accomplished before.

February 21, 2016 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


BOC Wrapup: Fourth of July fireworks to launch from Judicial Center

The fireworks display during the 2016 Fourth of July Celebration will be launched from the roof of the Newton County Judicial Center.

February 21, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Georgia State professor celebrates the music of poetry

Words are music, and they are the notes poets use to write.

February 21, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Gospel comes to Covington

More than just the average service will be given at the Church of Covington Sunday.

February 20, 2016 | Hezekiah Rodgers | LOCAL


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