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How it happened – Newton County

Editor's note: The following is a statement from Lloyd Kerr, Newton County Manager.

August 19, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


How it happened – Phil Johnson, seller’s agent

Editor's note: The following is a statement from Philip Johnson, agent to Neely Farms Family.

August 19, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Convenience center hours changed

The hours of Newton County's 11 trash collection convenience centers were changed by the county's Solid Waste Authority (SWA) Thursday night.

August 18, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Unknown duo throws fruit at church sign

A complainant claims two people threw cantaloupes at Early Hope Church in Covington, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO).

August 18, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | LOCAL


Proposed place of worship spurs moratorium

Newton County will have a five-week moratorium on permit applications for places of worship after a motion proposed by District 1 Commissioner John Douglas passed ...

August 18, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


County discusses moving community centers under city of Covington

An attempt by some Newton County commissioners to move the operation of Washington Street and Nelson Heights community centers to the city of Covington during ...

August 17, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Covington Town Center project resurrected

A development for retail shopping, Class A business space and a hotel has been in the works for two years. First it was on. Then ...

August 17, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


NCSO forms Body Worn Camera standard operating procedure

The Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) became one of only three agencies in Georgia to receive a Department of Justice Body Worn Camera (BWC ...

August 16, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Government 101: Leadership and teamwork

This year's presidential election campaign has reached a rarely explored depth of absurdity. One candidate makes claims that few believe and still fewer take ...

August 14, 2016 | Jerry Roseberry | LOCAL


Miller attends Washington D.C. Summit on Mort Ewing WLC scholarship

Allen Miller attended the Washington Leadership Conference (WLC) for the Eastside High School Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapter. The Mort Ewing WLC scholarship made ...

August 14, 2016 | Xavier McKnight | LOCAL


One bad decision changed and is changing lives

The hundreds of teens gathered outside on a hot and muggy night weren't checking their phones. They didn't talk over each other to ...

August 14, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


2017 SPLOST discussions underway

The process for a possible vote on the 2017 SPLOST is under way.

August 13, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Reform and outreach in the community

Editor's note: This is part of an ongoing look at crime and law enforcement in and around Newton County by The Covington News.

August 08, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | LOCAL


$40 million in investment, Chili’s announced

One hundred thirty five jobs and around $42,750,000 in investment were announced by Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce President Ralph Staffins to the ...

August 08, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Making cents of property tax dollars

Millage rates. Real and personal property. Taxes and rollback rates.

August 08, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


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21 industries looking at Newton Co.

More than 20 industries are looking to locate or relocate to Newton County, and officials hope that means bright economic times are ahead.

September 08, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Road construction projects coming

Newton County residents will see more construction on roads around the county by the end of this year after the board of commissioners approved four road projects on Tuesday.

September 08, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Eastside’s first drum major visits

Eastside began playing varsity football on Sept. 6, 1996 and the high school's inaugural drum major was a sophomore Lori Johnson.

September 08, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local rock band vying for big break

At first glance, Newton County natives might have trouble believing Chris Nichols is a Mansfield boy. Sure he's the soft-spoken, 30-year-old head chef at Bess' Place in Newborn, but his exterior tells a different tale of his true passion.

September 06, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


‘Vampire Diaries’ films for 4th season

Fans gathered in downtown Covington Wednesday to try to get a glimpse of their favorite stars from the hit TV show "The Vampire Diaries."

September 06, 2012 | Rachel Goff | LOCAL


9th annual Ride for the Cure Sept. 29

Snapping Shoals EMC is getting ready for its annual community benefit for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. The 9th Annual Ride for the Cure will take place on Saturday, Sept. 29, and this year it will include a car show.

September 06, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Deputy investigated for sexual assault

The Newton County Sheriff's Office has asked the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to investigate allegations of a deputy being involved in a sexual assault.

September 06, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


RCSO employee’s wife arrested

The wife of a Rockdale County Sheriff's Office employee was arrested on Sunday after she drove a 2000 Chevrolet Malibu into her husband's 2006 Dodge Charger Saturday night in Covington.

September 06, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


New GOP member for Board of Elections

William Perugino was appointed to fill an unexpired term for the Republican Party seat on the Board of Elections and Registration at the Newton County Board of Commissioner's meeting on Tuesday night.

September 06, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Bluegrass on the square

Residents gathered in the downtown area Thursday afternoon to mingle and enjoy their lunch hour listening to free music from the Sans Abri Band during the first September Luncheon Concert on the square.

September 06, 2012 | Rachel Goff | LOCAL


American Idol to perform at Fuzz Run

Bo Bice, American Idol season four runner-up, will perform at the 29th annual Fuzz Run in Covington this Saturday.

September 06, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County Sentencing, Sept. 5

Billy G. Crooms, violation of probation, 240-305 days detention center. Misdemeanor obstruction, 12 months probation consecutive, $500.

September 06, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Unwashed dishes, date lead to fights

A Covington woman was arrested on Tuesday after she reportedly hit her 39-year-old daughter for not washing the dishes. Covington police responded to a home on Dearing Street in reference to a family fight and spoke with Christy Sexton who said she got into a verbal altercation with her daughter because the dishes weren't washed. Sexton told police that her daughter and her daughter's 7-year-old son moved back in to her house several years ago after her daughter lost her job. Sexton said she left her house that day and when she came back home, she realized her ...

September 06, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Maldonado gets death penalty

What started on June 11, 2009 with the murder of 53-year-old Tim Clements, ended Thursday afternoon when a jury imposed the death penalty on the alleged ringleader, 25-year-old Pablo Maldonado.

September 06, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Car chase after Waffle House robbery

A stolen car suspected of being the get-away vehicle in a Waffle House armed robbery fled when deputies approached, leading a chase through three counties before ending in a crash with the driver escaping on foot.

September 06, 2012 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


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