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Social Circle Parkway opens Tuesday

Social Circle Parkway will open for use Tuesday, five months ahead of schedule, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.

May 30, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Missing Covington woman found

Covington resident Julie Smith, who was the subject of a search in Jackson County, was found Friday in good health.

May 30, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Newton County Solid Waste Panel digs in

Transparency, financial security, inclusiveness, and fairness are just some of the guiding values identified by the citizens solid waste panel during its first facilitated meeting Thursday.

May 28, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Newton-Young Professionals to meet at The Oaks

Newton County's young professionals have a chance not only to network; not only to have an evening out on the golf course but also a chance to learn more about the county they work, live and play in.

May 27, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Newton-Fatality in I-20 crash identified

52-year-old Joel William Simpson, a Newton County resident, has been confirmed dead after he drove his vehicle against traffice on I-20 Tuesday night, crashing into another vehicle around the 89 mile mark between Almon and Salem roads.

May 27, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington-Newton Medical, Piedmont finalize deal

Newton Medical Center will soon become Piedmont Newton Hospital after NMC finalized a partnership agreement with Piedmont Healthcare earlier this week.

May 23, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Covington- Two dead in apparent murder suicide

The Covington Police Department responded to a shooting Thursday, discovering a man and woman shot when arriving on scene.

May 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Social Circle-New section of Social Circle Bypass to open

The new section of the Social Circle Bypass from State road 11 to East Hightower Trail will open Tuesday, June 2, according to Superintendent of traffic, safety and utilities J. Robert Manning of ER Snell Contractor.

May 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Harry Owens likely interim county manager

Newton County revealed the name of the candidate under consideration for the position of interim county manager Friday following the departure of former County Manager Tom Garrett last week.

May 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Action Ministries opens office in Newton

For the first time in 20 years, the charitable nonprofit organization, Action Ministries, has opened a satellite office. The Newton County Action Ministries office opened its doors on May 4 in the Wesley Building of Covington First United Methodist Church, 2160 Church Street, Covington.

May 21, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Board scolded in public comments over legal budget

County Attorney Tommy Craig attempted to soothe public concerns over the county's high legal costs Tuesday night, but his explanation appeared to provoke the opposite reaction.

May 20, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


County seeks city help for library

Newton County will step up to save the Covington branch of the library, commissioners said Tuesday, but not before making one last attempt to get the city of Covington to contribute to the library's costly new heating, air conditioning and ventilation system (HVAC).

May 20, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


BOC to hire interim county manager

The Newton County Board of Commissioners voted to hire a new interim county manager Tuesday night, deliberately stopping short of placing the county chair in charge of the day to day administration of the county.

May 19, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Staffins: tourism big impact on Covington

Hundreds flocked to Covington this weekend, and it was exactly the turnout Newton County Tourism President Jenny McDonald expected, but it was a little much for Newton County-Covington Chamber of Commerce President Ralph Staffins.

May 18, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Peddle for a cause

The students of First Baptist Academy zoomed around the parking lot of the Welcome Center last week to raise money for the parochial school's library and playground as part of the Academy's first bikathon.

May 17, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


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Man arrested for cocaine possession

A man still facing charges of bestiality in Newton County was arrested Saturday afternoon of charges of cocaine possession.

December 07, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


NCSO holding annual bike ride to benefit needy children

It's time once again for the annual Newton County Sheriff's Office toy run bike ride.

December 07, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Homeless man robbed, shot

Authorities from the Newton County Sheriff's Office are searching for the two men who allegedly robbed and shot a homeless man on Usher Lane, off Bethany Road, early Friday morning.

December 04, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Talk redistricting maps on Tuesday

The public will get its first chance to comment on two proposed county redistricting maps at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Historic Courthouse.

December 04, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Clements Middle School, Community band to hold concerts

Clements Middle School holds winter concert Tues.

December 04, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Sunday package sales delayed

Sunday package sales of alcohol will have to wait a little longer in Covington due to a paperwork error.

December 02, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Library cutting employees, hours

The Newton County Library System is going to cut 30 percent of its staff by the end of calendar year 2011, a move that will save the system $200,000 during the remainder of fiscal year 2012.

December 02, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Numerous fundraisers to benefit Miracle League this month

The Miracle League of Newton County is currently working on several events to benefit the program this Christmas.

December 02, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Two Newton students finalists for Georgia Piedmont student of year

Two Newton County students at Georgia Piedmont Technical College were among 10 students selected as semi-finalists for the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL).

December 02, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Teen cited for drinking after leaving party

A Newton County teen was cited after authorities reportedly found him drunk on Oakwood Lane Monday night.

December 02, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Court sentencings

Tabitha Winders, battery, 12 months probation, $500. Stay away order.

December 02, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


NCSO hosting free driver’s ed. course

On Thursday, Dec. 8 and Wednesday, Dec. 14, the Newton County Sheriff's Office will be hosting P.R.I.D.E. (Parents Reducing Injuries and Driver Error) at Alcovy High School in Covington from 6-8 p.m. P.R.I.D.E. is a free two hour course that educates parents and their teen drivers about TADRA (Teenage & Adult Driver Responsibility Act), Joshua's Law, and Driver's Education in Georgia. The Georgia Teens Ride with P.R.I.D.E. classes will complement driver education programs by:

December 02, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Home catches fire Wednesday

The home at 95 Riverbrooke Trail was destroyed Wednesday afternoon when a fire broke out in the back porch area of the home. According to Newton County Fire Chief Mike Satterfield, when firefighters arrived at the home flames were shooting through the roof. The family, two adults and four children, was not injured, but they were displaced and most of their belongings were lost in the blaze.

December 01, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Gunman sought in Subway robbery

Authorities are searching for the man who robbed a Subway at gunpoint Monday night.

December 01, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Emory St. CSX crossing to close Thurs.

CSX has changed its railroad crossing closure schedule.

November 30, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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