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Commissioners push for security enhancements under bridge

OXFORD, Ga. – Newton County Board of Commissioners Chairman Marcello Banes, along with District 3 Commissioner Nancy Schulz and District 5 Commissioner Ronnie Cowan met with ...

August 17, 2017 | Darryl Welch | County


Banes: This is not going to be Virginia

COVINGTON, Ga. – The controversy about what to do with Confederate monuments affecting the rest of the South came to Newton County Tuesday night during the ...

August 16, 2017 | Darryl Welch | County


Pipe bursts at Judicial Center

COVINGTON, Ga. - Shortly after 5 p.m. on Thursday a flange on a water line going into the Newton County Judicial Center failed. The failure ...

August 11, 2017 | Staff Report | County


Newton County adds 17 full-time fire recruits

COVINGTON, Ga. - Newton County's Fire Services has grown by 17 members this week.

August 09, 2017 | Staff Report | County


BOC completes HUD agreement requirements

COVINGTON, Ga. – The Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) completed the last step needed to settle a complaint filed against the county by the United ...

August 09, 2017 | Darryl Welch | County


BOC gives go ahead to pursue water improvements funding

COVINGTON, Ga. - The Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) voted Thursday evening to give Carter and Sloope, the county's consulting engineers for water resources ...

August 06, 2017 | Darryl Welch | County


BOC votes to table juvenile court judge pay again

COVINGTON, Ga. - For the second time in as many regularly scheduled meetings, the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) voted to table a proposed pay ...

August 05, 2017 | Darryl Welch | County


Public input sought as comprehensive transportation planning begins

COVINGTON, Ga. - Newton County is preparing for its future by developing a long-range transportation plan and is utilizing input from the community to do so.

August 04, 2017 | Staff Report | County


BOC approves FY18 budget

COVINGTON, Ga. – The Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) voted to approve the county's fiscal year 2018 budget during a special called meeting Tuesday ...

July 26, 2017 | Darryl Welch | County


BOC approves final bond resolution

COVINGTON, Ga. - The Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) gave final approval to a $22,730,000 bond issuance by the county's Solid Waste ...

July 22, 2017 | Darryl Welch | County


BOC members suggest revisiting remaining Convenience Centers

COVINGTON, Ga. – Late in Tuesday night's marathon Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) meeting, two members suggested the county's Solid Waste Management Authority ...

July 19, 2017 | Darryl Welch | County


Piedmont Newton in talks with National EMS to provide ambulance service

COVINGTON, Ga. - Piedmont Newton Hospital has confirmed that it is in talks with National EMS to provide ambulance service in Newton County.

July 09, 2017 | Darryl Welch | County


County schedules budget hearings

COVINGTON, Ga. - The Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) has scheduled a series of public hearings to discuss the County's fiscal year 2018 budget ...

July 09, 2017 | Darryl Welch | County


Newton County reports hang tag sales

COVINGTON, Ga. – Newton County Public information Officer Bryan Fazio released the number of convenience center and recycling center hang tags sold during the first six ...

July 03, 2017 | Darryl Welch | County


Stafford resigns from SWMA

COVINGTON, Ga. – Bob Stafford, one of two remaining citizen members of the Newton County Solid Waste Management Authority (SWMA) resigned over the weekend leaving the ...

July 03, 2017 | Darryl Welch | County


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SWMA elects new officers, gives final approval to bonds

COVINGTON, Ga. – The Newton County Solid Waste Management Authority (SWMA) elected a new chairman and gave final approval to a $25 million bond issuance at its regular meeting Thursday.

June 16, 2017 | Darryl Welch | County


BOC votes to amend IGA, sell landfill

COVINGTON, Ga. – The Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) voted Tuesday night at a special called meeting to amend its intergovernmental agreement (IGA) with the Newton County Solid Waste Management Authority (SWMA), and sell the county landfill and convenience centers.

June 15, 2017 | Darryl Welch | County


County to let state pick EMS provider

COVINGTON, Ga. - The Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) voted during a special called meeting Tuesday night to not pursue a license to provide Emergency Medical Services (EMS) for the county, opting instead to let the State of Georgia find a provider.

June 14, 2017 | Darryl Welch | County


BOC hears budget plan

COVINGTON, Ga. – A consensus of the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) gave County Manager Lloyd Kerr and Finance Director Nicole Cross the go-ahead to prepare the county's final FY 2018 budget at Wednesday's work session.

June 08, 2017 | Darryl Welch | County


BOC votes to shrink SWMA for now

COVINGTON, Ga. – The Newton County Board Commissioners (BOC) unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday night to pare the number of voting members on the Solid Waste Management Authority (SWMA) from seven to five with the agreement that it will be raised back to seven in August.

June 07, 2017 | Darryl Welch | County


Wayne Haynie resigns from Solid Waste Management Authority

COVINGTON, Ga. - Wayne Haynie resigned from the Newton County Solid Waste Management Authority (SWMA), effective Monday, June 5.

June 07, 2017 | Staff Report | County


Nine Newton County firefighters honored for life-saving efforts

Newton County Fire Services members Skyler Blankenship, Richard Aaron, Dave Harper, Ashley Moss, Chris Fox, Noel Anson, Chris Barnes, Randy Monchrief and Steve Raulerson were among a group of heroes honored in Atlanta Tuesday evening.

June 04, 2017 | Staff Report | County


Majority of BOC leaning toward tax hike to support public safety raises

COVINGTON, Ga. – Four of five members of the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) said Tuesday night they either support or are leaning toward supporting a 0.20 increase in the county's millage rate to make public safety salaries competitive with surrounding counties and enhance the county's ability to recruit and retain deputies and firefighters.

May 31, 2017 | Darryl Welch | County


Convenience Center tags on sale now

COVINGTON, Ga. – Vehicle hang tags to Newton County's Trash Collection Convenience Centers are on sale now.

May 31, 2017 | Staff Report | County


Do low salaries impact public safety in Newton County?

COVINGTON, Ga. – According to Newton County Human Resources Director Keyra Fray, there are currently 32 vacant positions in the Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO). Sheriff Ezell Brown said low salaries are a main contributor to the personnel shortage among deputies.

May 28, 2017 | Darryl Welch | County


SWMA approves bond resolution by narrow vote

COVINGTON, Ga. - The Newton County Solid Waste Management Authority (SWMA) voted 3-2 to authorize preparations for a $25 million bond issuance Thursday night.

May 21, 2017 | Darryl Welch | County


SWMA approves convenience centers and fees

COVINGTON, Ga. – The Newton County Solid Waste Management Authority approved the five full-service convenience centers and one center for recycling and yard waste only that will remain open after June 30 at its Thursday night meeting.

May 19, 2017 | Darryl Welch | County


Newton Sheriff challenges BOC

COVINGTON, Ga. – Sheriff Ezell Brown called on the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) to consider raising taxes in order to adequately fund public safety at Wednesday night's BOC budget work session.

May 18, 2017 | Darryl Welch | County


BOC establishes budget priorities

COVINGTON, Ga. –

May 10, 2017 | Darryl Welch | County


Newton County Water Resources receives Gold Award

COVINGTON, Ga. - Newton County Water Resources provides award-winning quality water to the residents of Newton County.

May 07, 2017 | Staff Report | County


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