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State House makes changes to Newton’s proposed charter

Newton County's enabling act, which determines the form of government and how the county is run, passed through the State Senate on March 11 ...

March 17, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Newton County hires fire chief

Newton County hired its Chief of Fire Services with a unanimous vote by the Board of Commissioners Tuesday.

March 16, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Covington moving forward on downtown parking study

Complaints have been heard about the parking - or lack of parking - available on the Square in downtown Covington.

March 13, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Federal Emergency money granted to Newton County

Newton County could receive $3.1 million dollars from the federal government after receiving a presidential disaster declaration following heavy rains.

March 13, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Appointments made to police policy review committee

Covington council members and the mayor made their appointments to the 21st Century Policing Initiative Committee at Monday night's Covington City Council meeting.

March 13, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Robert Nash spent 40 years with Newton County

In January of 1976 Robert Nash started work in the Newton County department of public works. He operated a tractor that was pulled behind a ...

March 13, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Newton County's 2016 election candidates

Qualifying for the 2016 election ended Friday, and all but four local races will be contested.

March 11, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Newton Fund gives out $15,000 in grants

Three Newton County non-profit organizations were presented grants of $5,000 each by the Newton Fund at the Georgia Wildlife Federation building on Hazelbrand Road ...

March 09, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Night shooting of TV series will close Floyd Street

Floyd Street Northeast between Elm Street Northeast and Anderson Avenue Northeast will be closed between 6 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. on Monday ...

March 09, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


City approves road closures around Square

All or part of the Downtown Square will be closed for upcoming events ranging from a riding club's cruise to a agricultural event. The ...

March 09, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Retiring Oxford College dean honored by city

Stephen Bowen was acknowledged for his hard work and service to Oxford College of Emory University Monday.

March 08, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Michael Syphoe to run for Chair

Michael Syphoe announced, Monday, his candidacy for Chair of the Newton County Board of Commissioners.

March 07, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Honoring fallen K9s

The eighth annual K9 memorial was held Saturday in Porterdale Georgia. This event which honors fallen police dogs is hosted by "we ride to provide ...

March 07, 2016 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


Newton Trails hosts Everybody Walk Newton walks Community walks to benefit health, mind and soul

Newton Trails is hosting a series of community walks exploring health, safety, community-building and economic benefits of trails in Newton County.

March 07, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Belton: House sent 50 bills to Senate on Crossover Day

Crossover Day was very long this year as the House passed nearly 50 bills. Unfortunately, most of those bills will probably not clear the Senate ...

March 06, 2016 | Dave Belton | LOCAL


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Search for county manager put on hold

At Thursday night's special called meeting of the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC), District 3 Commission Nancy Schulz made a motion that put a hold on the hiring of a county manager until policies and procedures for hiring executive staff and department heads could be put in place.

January 10, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


A decision on form of government

After years of discussions and shifting responsibilities, the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) voted 4-1 to approve enabling legislation, officially changing the county's 50-year-old charter.

January 10, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


What’s behind the BOC’s vote of no confidence

After four of the five commissioners serving Newton County cast votes of no confidence against the leadership of Chair Keith Ellis, statements and interviews have provided explanations for the vote. A statement from the chair also recounted his reaction to the motion. Here's a look behind the motion.

January 10, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Belton: Regarding Ga. education: Time to bridge the gap

Teachers in Georgia should be proud that our high school graduation rate is at an all-time high of 79 percent (Newton was even better at 82 percent). Georgians should be pleased that we've increased our education spending last year (up 7 percent) more than any state in the South. But 95 percent of our schools have had to increase class sizes as families flock to Georgia seeking the plentiful jobs we're creating (fourth best in the nation). Because of this influx, net funding per student in Georgia is actually down 17 percent since the recession, moving us down ...

January 10, 2016 | | LOCAL


Denny Dobbs named to Joint Development Authority

Former State Representative Denny Dobbs has been appointed to serve as Newton County's citizen representative on the Joint Development Authority of Jasper, Morgan, Newton and Walton counties (JDA).

January 09, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Sheriff’s Toy Ride helps 1,000 get toys

Thanks to more than 250 motorcycle riders and donors and the Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) more than 1,000 children received gifts from the NCSO, Salvation Army and Solid Rock Baptist Church this Christmas.

January 09, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Addison leads the way during annual prayer breakfast

The Georgia legislative session begins Monday, meaning the laws that will shape the future of the state will be made by the men and women elected from all around Georgia.

January 09, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Festival of Trees raises more than $14,000 for Chimney Park

Thanks to the Festival of Trees, a big check was presented to the Friends of Newton County Parks for improvements to Chimney Park Thursday.

January 09, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Former Fire Chief Kevin O'Brien indicted

Former Newton County Fire Chief Kevin O'Brien was booked into the Newton County Detention Center Friday after a Grand Jury handed down an indictment for four counts of "theft by taking by a government employee."

January 09, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


New form of government voted on by BOC

One surprise followed another at Thursday evening's Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) work session and follow-up special called meeting.

The BOC voted for a new form of government, an interim county manager and called for no confidence in Chairman Keith Ellis in an eventful special called meeting and work session Thursday night.

January 08, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


BOC meeting shadowed by conflict

Emotions ran high, framing the year's first meeting of the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) on Tuesday night.

January 07, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Annual Prayer Breakfast to be held Friday

The 2016 Georgia legislative session is set to begin Jan. 11 with a full slate of decisions to be made by state senators and representatives.

January 07, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


County Engineer Aaron Wadley resigns

Newton County Engineer Aaron Wadley resigned from his position Monday, saying he has been disappointed with the County Chairman's actions during the last three public meetings.

January 06, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Newton's first baby of 2016 is ...

The first baby born at Piedmont Newton in the year 2016 is Zarielle Khole Hannah, the daughter of Amber Harris and Martalian Hannah.

January 06, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington purchases bucket truck

The City of Covington agreed to purchase a forestry aerial bucket truck with a dump bed for the city's electric department from Altec Industries for $159,432 Monday night.

January 05, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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