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What’s next for Newton County’s water supply

The Bear Creek Water Supply Reservoir project has been a hot topic for its questions of validity and expenses. But the overlying issue is the ...

October 25, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Snapping Shoals awards $15,000 in grants

Snapping Shoals EMC awarded $15,000 in grants to 21 projects in Newton County through the co-op's Bright Ideas program. The grants, which are ...

October 24, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Peachtree Academy to Host Annual Harvest Festival Fundraiser

Peachtree Academy will host its annual Harvest Festival fundraiser Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1801 Ellington Road ...

October 24, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Search continues for missing Newton County man

The Community United Effort (CUE) Center for the Missing will be in Covington Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 24 and 25, searching for missing Newton County ...

October 23, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

County suspends Purchasing Cards

The suspension of Newton County Fire Chief Kevin O'Brien pending investigation into the misuse of county purchasing cards, or P-cards, last week seemed to ...

October 22, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Newton's unemployment rate drops

The Georgia Department of Labor announced a decline in Newton County's unemployment rates for September, as well as for the Metro Atlanta area as ...

October 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

NCSO sponsors Halloween Shut-In

Newton County Sheriff's Office and the Department of Community Supervision will sponsor its Ninth Annual Halloween Shut-In on Oct. 31, 2015 from 6 to ...

October 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Computer believed to be taken from homeless shelter

The Covington Police Department received a call of unlawful entry at the Rainbow Community Shelter on Turner Lake Circle after a witness saw three black ...

October 21, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Convenience centers to stop accepting tires

The Newton County convenience centers will stop accepting tires on Nov. 1.

October 21, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Eat out and feed the hungry

Breakfast, lunch or dinner -- it doesn't matter which.

October 21, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Watch: BOC suspends all work on Bear Creek Reservoir

All work on the Bear Creek Reservoir has been suspended by a 4-0 vote of the county commission, with Commission J.C. Henderson abstaining.

October 20, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Police department to get new weapons

The Covington Police Department will get new service weapons, both for primary use and backup weapons, after a unanimous vote by the Covington City Council ...

October 19, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Candidates Forum Oct. 22 for District 43 Special Election

While early voting may have already started, voters will have a chance to hear from candidates themselves at the State Senate District 43 Candidates forum ...

October 19, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Newton County fire chief on unpaid leave

Update: According to Newton County Manager Harry Owens, Fire Services Chief Kevin O'Brien's administrative leave is unpaid.

October 19, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Covington completes storm water project

An area of Covington recently re-engineered to handle mass amounts of storm water runoff held off the recent surge in rainfall.

October 19, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

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Piedmont receives warm welcome at public hearing for hospital deal

Doctors and local officials praised the pending acquisition of Newton Health System by Piedmont Healthcare during a public hearing moderated by a representative of the Attorney General's office, as required by law.

August 09, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL

Congressman Johnson hosts town hall on hot national issues

Congressman Hank Johnson covered a broad range of topics during a town hall meeting at the Historic Courthouse Wednesday, which was briefly interrupted by an argument between constituents over accusations of engrained racism in the Republican Party.

August 09, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL

Happy 100th to Sarah Hardeman

The family and friends of Mrs. Sarah T. Hardeman celebrated her 100 years of life at Grace United Methodist Church on her birthday Sunday.

August 09, 2015 | | LOCAL

Nine-month investigation uncovers gang activity

Three defendants in a racketeering and conspiracy to commit murder case pled guilty before Judge Samuel D. Ozburn of the Alcovy Circuit Superior Court on Thursday in return for a negotiated plea bargain. A fourth defendant will return to court on Aug. 20 to accept or reject a negotiated plea.

August 09, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

CPD cites 10 clerks for selling alcohol to minors in undercover operation

Beginning July 24 the Covington Police Department, led by compliance/operations lieutenant Wendell Wagstaff and a specialized patrol division, led an undercover operation into underage alcohol sales at all off-premise sales establishments – anywhere you can buy alcohol and take it with you – inside the city limits of Covington. Of the 37 establishments, 10 clerks at 10 different locations sold alcohol to teenagers posing as adults able to buy alcohol.

August 08, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | LOCAL

Newton County to get Civic Center

The Newton County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to use $5 million in SPLOST funds to renovate Porter Memorial Auditorium as a civic center to be administered by the Newton County Arts Association.

August 06, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL

Severe thunderstorms possible 2 p.m. - 10 p.m. Thursday

The National Weather Service in Peachtree City issued a statement warning of scattered but severe thunderstorms possible Thursday 2 p.m. - 10 p.m. for most of central and north Georgia. There is a slight risk of hazards from possible strong winds of up to 60 miles per hour, lightning, heavy rainfall and hail. These storms are forecast for the metro Atlanta area just as schools let out and afterschool activities take place. Check back later for more.

August 06, 2015 | | LOCAL

Newton County schools searched after social media threat

Newton County schools were deemed clear after a night of searching by the Newton County Sheriff's Office in conjunction with school officials after a threat was made against the school system on social media Wednesday around 9:30.

August 06, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL

For Mansfield, home is where the art is

Last week, Mansfield cheered the unveiling of a new outdoor mural painted by local artist Tamara Haase celebrating the events, places and people that make the town special.

August 05, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL

Douglas feels the heat at BOC meeting

Newton County Commissioner John Douglas faced blistering criticism Tuesday night from angry members of the public over a racist, sexist comment he wrote on Facebook, with many calling for his resignation.

August 04, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL

Crash on I-20 eastbound near exit 80

An accident on Interstate 20 eastbound near Exit 80 in Rockdale County Sunday afternoon left a car on the median and traffic backed up. First responders are on the scene. Drivers are advised to use alternate routes. Check back later for more information.

August 02, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Arts Association to propose Porter Memorial for civic center

Officials with the Newton County Arts Association feel they have found a way to get its long-sought civic center up and running.

August 02, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Douglas faces fallout as more call for resignation

Calls for Newton County Commissioner John Douglas to resign grew louder this week following his racially charged comments on Facebook, with several groups announcing their intention to make their position known at Tuesday's Board of Commissioners' meeting.

August 02, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL

Oxford College prof. looks at tick populations


August 02, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Covington fire fighter leaving for higher calling

If you were to ask a room of firefighters why they chose their dangerous profession, the majority would give you the same answer: They were called to it.

August 02, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

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