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Early voting begins today

It’s a presidential election year, which means more voting than usual and for the need-to-know, which is everyone that can vote, there are a ...

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Watch: Jet Rawls wins Spelling Bee

Watch: Jet Rawls wins Spelling Bee

Watch our video of INdian Creek Middle School student Jet Rawls winning the Newton County School System's Spelling Bee Friday.

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Posted: feb. 05, 2016 6:22 p.m.
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Local B&B featured in GPB special

Local B&B featured in GPB special

Twelve Oaks, the historic Covington Bed and Breakfast, will be featured as one of eight of the most romantic places in Georgia in an upcoming ...

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Posted: feb. 05, 2016 9:31 a.m.
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Dailey family opens third Zaxby’s in Covington

Dailey family opens third Zaxby’s in Covington

A new Zaxby’s restaurant is opening in west Newton County, and with it an opportunity for 40 new jobs.

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Posted: feb. 05, 2016 9:23 a.m.
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Appreciation and accreditation for NCSO

Appreciation and accreditation for NCSO

Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown shared, not only a plaque signifying his office’s recent accreditation, but also some of the rave reviews bestowed upon ...

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Posted: feb. 04, 2016 6:00 p.m.
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District spelling bee starts Friday

District spelling bee starts Friday

The Newton County School System will host the 2016 District Spelling Bee on Friday, February 5, at 10:30 a.m. at Newton High School ...

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Posted: feb. 04, 2016 11:52 a.m.
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Elementary School death ruled accidental, caused by asphyxia

Five-year-old Andrea Tyrah DeBruhl died due to asphyxia after being caught in playground equipment at the Newton County Theme School at Ficquett Monday, according to ...

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Posted: feb. 03, 2016 6:39 p.m.
No issues found in JDA finances

No issues found in JDA finances

In a study of the Joint Development Authority’s (JDA) financial transactions, in particular bonds, no illegalities or potential liability to Newton County were discovered ...

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Posted: feb. 03, 2016 2:33 p.m.
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Stanton Springs neighborhood permit withdrawn

Stanton Springs neighborhood permit withdrawn

A much maligned residential development planned for Stanton Springs is off the table after the developers withdrew a petition for rezoning recently.

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Posted: feb. 03, 2016 2:31 p.m.
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Tragedy strikes Theme School

Tragedy struck Newton County Theme School at Ficquett this week with the death of a 5-year-old kindergarten student Monday.

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Posted: feb. 02, 2016 3:42 p.m.
Alcovy Road commercial development no more

Alcovy Road commercial development no more

The plan to build a movie theater, hotels, offices and retail stores along Alcovy Road in Covington, known as Project Kitchen Sink, has been shut ...

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Posted: feb. 02, 2016 1:52 p.m.
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Shootings leave one person dead, another injured

Shootings leave one person dead, another injured

UPDATE:

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Posted: feb. 02, 2016 9:35 a.m.
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You have more options for college funding than you think

The cost of their children’s college education will take a big bite out of parents’ retirement savings.

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Posted: jan. 30, 2016 3:03 p.m. | Updated: jan. 31, 2016 5:00 a.m.

Jeffares: Week 3 brings bills and committee meetings

Committee meetings are finally underway here at the Capitol. I, and many of my colleagues, have had a busy week juggling our various committee appointments ...

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Posted: jan. 30, 2016 3:11 p.m. | Updated: jan. 31, 2016 5:00 a.m.

Belton: House votes on amended budget

The third week of Session we voted on what is called the “Small” or “Amended” budget. It is basically the mid-year adjustment to account for ...

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Posted: jan. 30, 2016 3:12 p.m. | Updated: jan. 31, 2016 5:00 a.m.
Newton GOP makes changes ahead of nominating meetings

Newton GOP makes changes ahead of nominating meetings

Considerable confusion reigns within the Newton County Republican Party as precinct mass meetings approach in February.

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Posted: jan. 30, 2016 4:17 p.m. | Updated: jan. 31, 2016 5:00 a.m.
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Youth collect during 'Souper Bowl of Caring'

Youth collect during 'Souper Bowl of Caring'

When the Broncos square off against the Panthers in California this weekend, youth at churches around the country will be taking part in a “Souper ...

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Posted: jan. 30, 2016 4:25 p.m. | Updated: jan. 31, 2016 5:00 a.m.
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Teen athlete hit by truck still hospitalized

Teen athlete hit by truck still hospitalized

Thomas Mason was on his way to pick up his son, Christian Mason, from a workout with the track team at Alcovy High School. Before ...

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Posted: jan. 30, 2016 4:29 p.m. | Updated: jan. 31, 2016 5:00 a.m.
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Delta Sigma Theta hosts its annual Cotillion

Delta Sigma Theta hosts its annual Cotillion

Debutantes in white gowns. Beaus in top hats and tails. Young men and women make their come out, a mark of passage into adulthood.

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Posted: jan. 30, 2016 4:27 p.m. | Updated: jan. 31, 2016 4:00 a.m.
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Council discusses issues facing city at retreat

Council discusses issues facing city at retreat

At the end of the all-day retreat, Covington Mayor Ronnie Johnston said it had been one of the most productive retreats he’d experienced since ...

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Posted: jan. 30, 2016 4:37 p.m.
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Jury selection  begins Monday on 2012 murder case

Jury selection begins Monday on 2012 murder case

Jury selection is expected to begin Monday for the trial of Brawny Jarvis McCollough charged with two counts of malice murder and two counts of ...

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Posted: jan. 30, 2016 4:22 p.m.
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Newton’s unemployment rate down from a year ago

Newton’s unemployment rate down from a year ago

Newton County’s unemployment rate was down significantly in December, 2015 from December, 2014.

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Posted: jan. 29, 2016 3:46 p.m.
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NHS's Hezekiah Rodgers chosen top alto sax player in the state

NHS's Hezekiah Rodgers chosen top alto sax player in the state

Newton High School’s Hezekiah Rodgers is in prestigious company.

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Posted: jan. 29, 2016 9:17 a.m.
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Newton County Jail Log: Jan. 28

Jacob Garland Abernathy, 18, Covington, January 21, back for court

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Posted: jan. 28, 2016 9:52 p.m.
Hwy. 278 CID to host event on Feb. 4

Hwy. 278 CID to host event on Feb. 4

The Hwy. 278 Community Improvement District (CID) is getting closer to becoming a reality.

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Posted: jan. 28, 2016 2:01 p.m.
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