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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


Kelly takes over Porterdale downtown development

Everyone living in Porterdale is a stakeholder in the promotion of the town's Main Street Program, says Josephine Kelly.

May 17, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Cotton receives Rotary ethics award

In his more than a decade and a half as Covington Police Chief, Stacey Cotton has led his men and women in the way he was taught to conduct himself by Judge Stacey W. Cotton and Suzanne Cotton - with ethics.

May 17, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Stacey Cotton appointed to medical marijuana study group

Covington Police Chief Stacey Cotton has been named one of 11 members named to Gov. Nathan Deal's new panel charged with making recommendations about what type of medical marijuana use Georgia should allow.

May 17, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Certified Quality Breast Center at Newton Medical Center

Newton Medical Center's Women's Diagnostic Center has recently been recognized as a Certified Quality Breast Center in the National Quality Measures for Breast Centers Program™. This distinguished honor represents a commitment by this breast center to provide the highest level of quality breast health care to patients in the community.

May 16, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Preparing for graduation

The Newton County School System's high schools will be celebrating graduation Friday and Saturday.

May 16, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Golf Tournament to raise funds for Haiti missions

Teams of four golfers will play Ashton Hills Golf Course in Covington at the Drive4Hope Charity Golf Tournament on Thursday, May 21. The event is sponsored by Covington First Baptist Church and will raise money for the church's Haiti Mission Projects.

May 16, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Alcovy UMC charity run benefits men’s residential recovery program

Walkers and runners will be raising money for the Damascus Road Recovery, Inc., a nonprofit long-term residential recovery program for men suffering from dependence on drugs and alcohol in Newton County.

May 15, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


All options on the table for Solid Waste Panel

The solid waste citizen's panel will explore all options, including closing the current landfill on Lower River Road, while emphasizing the need to reduce waste across the board, its members decided Thursday.

May 14, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Fatal crash on Gum Creek Rd./Ellis Rd.

A 19-year-old Newton County man sustained fatal injuries in a single-vehicle accident at the intersection of Gum Creek Road and Ellis Road Tuesday afternoon.

May 13, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Woman arrested after chasing firefighters with shovel

Firefighters who responded to a call for medical assistance on Gum Creek Road Saturday were ambushed by a woman who leapt out of the bushes armed with a shovel and began chasing them while shouting threats such as "I'm going to kill you."

May 11, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Volvo chooses South Carolina for new $500 million auto plant

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Volvo Cars will build a $500 million plant - its first in the U.S. - in South Carolina and eventually employ up to 4,000 people there, the company announced Monday.

May 11, 2015 | Associated Press | LOCAL


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Newton to benefit from redistricting

Newton County stands to gain two additional state legislators in 2012, a new senator and representative, under the proposed redistricting maps released to the public Friday.

August 13, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Skeletal remains found by Yellow River

Men spending their night cat fishing on the Yellow River came across more than they bargained for early this morning - skeletal remains.

August 13, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Deal visits Newton County

Gov. Nathan Deal visited the Newton County FFA-FCCLA camp Thursday night to speak to members of the Piedmont Cattleman's Association.

August 13, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Road worries not over at Airport Road

Concerns from parents attempting to navigate back to school traffic at Flint Hill Elementary may have dissipated, but road worries are far from over for Airport Road and Ga. Highway 142.

August 13, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


One robbery suspect dead, other jailed

One of the suspects in Thurdsay's robbery of Bank of North Georgia has died.

August 12, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newborn votes to keep millage rate from rising

Newborn voted to keeps its millage stable at 1.935, despite a 7.7 percent reduction in property values.

August 12, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Bank of North Georgia robbed

Two men who reportedly robbed the Bank of North Georgia at the intersection of Salem and Old Salem this afternoon have been arrested.

August 11, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


2nd man arrested for armed robbery

A second man was arrested Saturday and charged with the May robbery at Bailey's Food Pride.

August 11, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Covington panhandler arrested for meth

A man panhandling in a gas station parking lot was arrested for possession of methamphetamine late Friday evening.

August 10, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Steve Jones appointed deputy coroner

The county coroner position in Georgia is one of the state's quirky institutions.

August 10, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Residents upset by new power line

Some Mansfield city residents are unhappy with plans to place new power lines right through the middle of their neighborhood on County Road 213, and they're planning to discuss the issue at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Mansfield Community Center, 3158 Ga. Highway 11.

August 10, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


The faces of Chimney Park

There are two new reasons to visit Chimney Park located behind the Newton County Library, 7116 Floyd Street, in Covington. Chainsaw artist Ben Eidson of Shady Dale turned his chainsaw loose on the massive trunk of an oak that fell during the spring storms and created an interesting bench with three seating areas, perfect for a peaceful afternoon's rest. Then he turned his attention to creating a mystical face of a wood nymph in the trunk of a dead tree near the storytelling area.

August 10, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local woman charged in 2009 car death

Nearly two years since the car accident that claimed the life of a 67-year-old retired DOT worker, the woman accused of causing the accident entered a pre-trial order in Superior Court Tuesday.

August 09, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Man guilty of taking ex hostage

When a 27-year-old woman was found running naked down Taylor Road Sept. 19, 2010 she told authorities she had escaped from her ex-boyfriend who had held her hostage and assaulted her. That man pleaded guilty to charges stemming from that incident Tuesday.

August 09, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


U.S. 278 railroad crossing being paved

The railroad crossing at U.S. Highway 278 near West Street will be paved over beginning Aug. 8. Although the road will remain open to traffic, travelers can expect single lane closures in the area from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. through Aug. 11.

August 08, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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