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Behind the ballot - Amendment 3

In previewing this year's election, here's a look at the proposed amendments to the Georgia Constitution.

October 22, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Behind the ballot - Amendment 2

In previewing this year's election, here's a look at the proposed amendments to the Georgia Constitution.

October 22, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Behind the ballot – Amendment 1

In previewing this year's election, here's a look at the proposed amendments to the Georgia Constitution.

October 22, 2016 | Duane M. Ford | LOCAL


Troy University to close Covington center

Troy University is closing its Covington Support Center sometime before September 30, 2017. That is when its lease for the building it has been using ...

October 22, 2016 | Duane M. Ford | LOCAL


Concert under the stars this Saturday

Music fans have the opportunity to come down to the Covington Square Park to enjoy a live band, try some of the downtown restaurants and ...

October 19, 2016 | Xavier I. Lewis | LOCAL


NCSO sponsors sex-offender shut-in

Newton County Sheriff's Office and the Department of Community Supervision will sponsor its Tenth Annual Halloween Shut-In on Oct. 31, 2016 from 6 p ...

October 19, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Piedmont Healthcare introduces new grant program

After recent community health assessments, officials at Piedmont Healthcare created a grant program and put forth a plan aimed at improving the health and well-being ...

October 19, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Cities negotiate for bigger SPLOST cut

The mayors of Newton County's five municipalities negotiated for a bigger cut of potential 2017 Special Purpose Local Options Sales Tax (SPLOST) money during ...

October 18, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


BOC summary: Newton County Judicial Center to expand

The Newton County Judicial Center will be expanded soon after a unanimous decision by the Board of Commissioners (BOC) to utilize excess funds from the ...

October 18, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Covington wrapup: Design students return with drafts of logo

University of Georgia (UGA) Design Studio students submitted logo designs for the City of Covington, and its utility company, to the city council on Monday ...

October 17, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


New outdoor outfitter driven by desire for adventure

Ryan Roth is a self-confessed adrenaline junkie.

October 17, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Crowds form for early voting

A line began to form at 8 a.m. and continued at least through lunch at the Newton County Administration Building Monday morning.

October 17, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Fans of Vampire Diaries, Heat of the Night descend on Covington

On Friday night, Oct. 21, fans of things that bite in the night will congregate in the Downtown Historic Square for the premiere of the ...

October 17, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Tourists flock to Newton’s filming locations

Television fans will descend on Covington this weekend as a showing of the premier of the final season for The Vampire Diaries on Friday, Oct ...

October 17, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Text-to-9-1-1 now available at county emergency call center

At the Covington-Newton County 911 Center there are five monitors and three keyboards at each station. Each 9-1-1 Call Center dispatch operators monitors the calls ...

October 17, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


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Man arrested in restaurant owner killing

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta police say they've made an arrest in connection with the slaying of an Atlanta restaurant owner last month.

Authorities say 53-year-old Vanessa Thrasher was preparing to testify in an upcoming murder trial when she was gunned down at her northwest Atlanta business, OT's Lounge and Soul Food Grill, on Aug. 16.

October 08, 2012 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Online opinions can lead to legal tests

Online commenting. Facebook. Blogging, Social media.

October 07, 2012 | By Norman Baggs Gainesville Times General Manager | LOCAL


City retired employees to get pavers

Covington City Council members approved for pavers that would recognize former employees and city officials to be placed on the sidewalks around the square at their meeting on Monday.

October 06, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


City to spend $4K to evaluate Main Street

The city agreed to fund bringing in a consultant to conduct an evaluation on Main Street Covington at their meeting on Monday.

October 06, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


BOE to discuss local charter school

Newton County's Board of Education will discuss Tuesday whether or not to renew Challenge Charter Academy's charter. This comes on the heels of a resolution, signed by all members but District 1 representative Jeff Meadors, requesting that voters oppose the Constitutional amendment relative to the state approval of charter schools.

October 06, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Shelter gets nearly $15K in donations

The residents of Newton County came to the rescue of the local homeless shelter Friday, donating a combined $14,800 to keep the lights on and the water running.

October 06, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Oak Hill sets the standard

In the lobby of Oak Hill Elementary, the trophy case is packed full of recognition.

In barely more than 10 years since opening, the students, faculty and staff have earned a variety of trophies, but eight bear the 4-H logo.

October 06, 2012 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


Crime: Money taken from Coke machine

A manager and employees at Food Depot reported that two unknown men took money out of the outside Coca-Cola vending machine. According to a report, a Covington police responded to the Food Depot on U.S. Highway 278 on Wednesday around 9 a.m. in reference to someone breaking into the Coke machine.

October 06, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Child molester to be sentenced

Charles Leslie Skrobot is scheduled to be sentenced on charges that he molested a 4-year-old female relative in 2010.

October 06, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Continuance requested in child exploitation case

An attorney for Andrew Patrick Harper, charged with 15 counts of sexual exploitation of children, has asked for a continuance in the case, which was on the trial calendar for Newton County Superior Court Judge Horace Johnson during the week of Oct. 8.

The charges against Harper, 22, stem from his April, 2011 arrest.

October 06, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Woman sets woods on fire

A local woman charged with setting the woods on fire near City Pond and Alcovy Road was ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation.

Alecia Charlette Jackson, 28, was charged at the beginning of the year with arson of lands in the third degree, a felony.

October 06, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


2012 Newton County Mutt Show

Dozens of puppies and dogs came out Saturday morning to strut their stuff for the Humane Society's annual Newton County Mutt Show fundraiser.

The show, hosted on the Covington square, began at 10 a.m. and featured five different categories: Face Only a Mother Can Love, Most Beautiful, Most Handsome, Best Dressed, and Best Trick. First, second, and third place ribbons were awarded in each category.

October 06, 2012 | Rachel Goff | LOCAL


Conyers cracks down on local spa

Two people were recently charged under Conyers' new regulations on spa businesses, the first such charges after the city began cracking down massage parlors.

October 06, 2012 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Help keep our ‘Rivers Alive’

Update: Laurie Riley, executive director of Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful, said the staging area for the "Rivers Alive" event has changed.

October 05, 2012 | Hayley Williams | LOCAL


Lane closures begin Oct. 9

Georgia DOT maintenance crews have scheduled to continue tractor mowing on Ga. Highway 212 and Ga. Highway 36 and have scheduled to continue roadway ditch maintenance requiring a single lane closure on Ga. Highway 12, Ga. Highway 142 and Ga. Highway 162 in Newton County. This work is tentatively scheduled daily between 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., weather permitting.

Flagmen may be used for this work. Motorists are asked to use caution, reduce their speed and be alert to changing traffic conditions.

October 04, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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