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Parched in Newton’s food desert

There is a large food desert in Newton County.

March 26, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Alcovy High students dismissed early

The students of Alcovy High School have been dismissed after a county water main break Friday.

March 25, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man pulls gun on another at SKC

A man pulled a gun on a fellow employee at SKC after an argument in the Covington Plant early Friday morning.

March 25, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Go Fund Me page made for Ashton Hills geese

After trying around a dozen ways to remove geese that have caused damage to the greens at Ashton Hills Golf Course, without killing the birds ...

March 24, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Newton's form of government passes in both chambers

Newton County's enabling legislation has been passed by the state legislature.

March 24, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Eastside's academic team wins state championship

For the second consecutive year, and the fourth in the last six years (2016, 2015, 2012 and 2011), the Eastside High School Academic team won ...

March 24, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


K9 training offered by Covington Police

The Covington Police Department is offering monthly training classes to officers and their K9 partners.

March 23, 2016 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


Easter Sunday Church services

Churches with services on Palm Sunday

March 23, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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


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Search for county manager put on hold

At Thursday night's special called meeting of the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC), District 3 Commission Nancy Schulz made a motion that put a hold on the hiring of a county manager until policies and procedures for hiring executive staff and department heads could be put in place.

January 10, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


A decision on form of government

After years of discussions and shifting responsibilities, the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) voted 4-1 to approve enabling legislation, officially changing the county's 50-year-old charter.

January 10, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


What’s behind the BOC’s vote of no confidence

After four of the five commissioners serving Newton County cast votes of no confidence against the leadership of Chair Keith Ellis, statements and interviews have provided explanations for the vote. A statement from the chair also recounted his reaction to the motion. Here's a look behind the motion.

January 10, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Belton: Regarding Ga. education: Time to bridge the gap

Teachers in Georgia should be proud that our high school graduation rate is at an all-time high of 79 percent (Newton was even better at 82 percent). Georgians should be pleased that we've increased our education spending last year (up 7 percent) more than any state in the South. But 95 percent of our schools have had to increase class sizes as families flock to Georgia seeking the plentiful jobs we're creating (fourth best in the nation). Because of this influx, net funding per student in Georgia is actually down 17 percent since the recession, moving us down ...

January 10, 2016 | | LOCAL


Denny Dobbs named to Joint Development Authority

Former State Representative Denny Dobbs has been appointed to serve as Newton County's citizen representative on the Joint Development Authority of Jasper, Morgan, Newton and Walton counties (JDA).

January 09, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Sheriff’s Toy Ride helps 1,000 get toys

Thanks to more than 250 motorcycle riders and donors and the Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) more than 1,000 children received gifts from the NCSO, Salvation Army and Solid Rock Baptist Church this Christmas.

January 09, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Addison leads the way during annual prayer breakfast

The Georgia legislative session begins Monday, meaning the laws that will shape the future of the state will be made by the men and women elected from all around Georgia.

January 09, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Festival of Trees raises more than $14,000 for Chimney Park

Thanks to the Festival of Trees, a big check was presented to the Friends of Newton County Parks for improvements to Chimney Park Thursday.

January 09, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Former Fire Chief Kevin O'Brien indicted

Former Newton County Fire Chief Kevin O'Brien was booked into the Newton County Detention Center Friday after a Grand Jury handed down an indictment for four counts of "theft by taking by a government employee."

January 09, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


New form of government voted on by BOC

One surprise followed another at Thursday evening's Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) work session and follow-up special called meeting.

The BOC voted for a new form of government, an interim county manager and called for no confidence in Chairman Keith Ellis in an eventful special called meeting and work session Thursday night.

January 08, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


BOC meeting shadowed by conflict

Emotions ran high, framing the year's first meeting of the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) on Tuesday night.

January 07, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Annual Prayer Breakfast to be held Friday

The 2016 Georgia legislative session is set to begin Jan. 11 with a full slate of decisions to be made by state senators and representatives.

January 07, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


County Engineer Aaron Wadley resigns

Newton County Engineer Aaron Wadley resigned from his position Monday, saying he has been disappointed with the County Chairman's actions during the last three public meetings.

January 06, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Newton's first baby of 2016 is ...

The first baby born at Piedmont Newton in the year 2016 is Zarielle Khole Hannah, the daughter of Amber Harris and Martalian Hannah.

January 06, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington purchases bucket truck

The City of Covington agreed to purchase a forestry aerial bucket truck with a dump bed for the city's electric department from Altec Industries for $159,432 Monday night.

January 05, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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