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The Top 16 of 2016

A look back throughout the last 366 days finds many important stories throughout Newton County that were spread throughout the pages of this newspaper. The ...

January 02, 2017 | Staff Report | TOP 16 OF 2016


1: A proposed mosque - August

Newton County was in the national spotlight in 2016 as the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) learned that 165 acres of land on Highway ...

January 02, 2017 | Staff Report | TOP 16 OF 2016


2: NCSO Deputy Justin White dies in the line of duty – Nov. 2

2016 brought a lot of firsts for Newton County; however, on Nov. 15 the Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) had a first it never ...

January 02, 2017 | Staff Report | TOP 16 OF 2016


3: 2016 New County leadership – Nov. 8

Newton County, as a governmental entity, will see a change in leadership, both politically and administratively in 2017 with the election of the first-ever black ...

January 02, 2017 | Staff Report | TOP 16 OF 2016


4: Square transformation

The Square is like the "remember when" of Covington, with changes to stores and restaurants as well as mobility. This year downtown Covington has received ...

January 02, 2017 | Staff Report | TOP 16 OF 2016


5: Crime increases

Local law enforcement saw an increase in violent crime in 2016. Newton County saw more murders in 2016 than the seven in 2015. The Covington ...

January 02, 2017 | Staff Report | TOP 16 OF 2016


6: BOC financial issues

Newton County's finances were under scrutiny for much of the year with Fire Services Chief Kevin O'Brien indicted on four counts of theft ...

January 02, 2017 | Staff Report | TOP 16 OF 2016


7: Convenience center cost implemented/SWA

For the first time Newton County residents were charged for using the county's Neighborhood Recycling Centers. The centers, which have been in use by ...

January 02, 2017 | Staff Report | TOP 16 OF 2016


8: Georgia State officially comes to Newton County – Jan. 13

The Georgia State University (GSU) family extended into Newton County Jan. 13 as the former Georgia Perimeter College Newton Campus celebrated a merger a year ...

January 02, 2017 | Staff Report | TOP 16 OF 2016


9: Sheldon Rankins drafted by Saints – April 29

Sheldon Rankins made history April 19 as he became the first player from Eastside High School to be drafted in the first round of the ...

January 02, 2017 | Staff Report | TOP 16 OF 2016


10: Major production studio announced – June 28

The Newton County Office of Economic Development announced a production studio that is set to break ground in Covington in June of 2016. The studio ...

January 02, 2017 | Staff Report | TOP 16 OF 2016


11: Performing Arts Center opens

After being approved by voters in the 2005 SPLOST, Newton County's performing arts center opened with a performance of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Oct ...

January 02, 2017 | Staff Report | TOP 16 OF 2016


12: Theme School recognized nationally – Oct. 5

The Newton County Theme School (NCTS) was recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a National Blue Ribbon School in October. NCTS was ...

January 02, 2017 | Staff Report | TOP 16 OF 2016


13: Newton County public servants retire

The year 2016 saw several long-time public servants finish their service to the community.

January 02, 2017 | Staff Report | TOP 16 OF 2016


14: Henderson’s announces end, others celebrate their longevity

For more than 60 years Henderson's Restaurant has served the people of Newton County and 2016 marked the beginning of the end of that ...

January 02, 2017 | Staff Report | TOP 16 OF 2016


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