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Great American Cleanup kicks off in Newton County

Great American Cleanup kicks off in Newton County

Over 600 volunteers turned out Saturday for the start of the Great American Cleanup, which will continue from March until May.

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Updated: mar. 29, 2015 5:00 a.m.

NCSS named a REACH school system

Realizing Educational Achievement Can Happen (REACH) Georgia has announced that the Newton County School System (NCSS) is one of 19 additional Georgia school systems that will be participating in the program in the 2015-2016 school year. Georgia school systems had the opportunity to apply to participate in REACH Georgia during the application process that was open from December 1 through February 25.

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Posted: mar. 28, 2015 2:44 p.m. | Updated: mar. 29, 2015 4:00 a.m.

Covington to start extensive water line improvement project

The City of Covington will continue another section of the City’s major water line improvement project this month, resulting in the temporary closure of a sidewalk along Jackson Highway from Town Branch Court north to Pennington Street.

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Posted: mar. 28, 2015 3:03 p.m. | Updated: mar. 29, 2015 4:00 a.m.

Farm Bureau hosted inaugural gala

Georgia Farm Bureau (GFB) members and members of Georgia’s ag community enjoyed a festive evening March 7 as the organization held its inaugural gala for the GFB Foundation for Agriculture at the Evergreen Marriott Resort in Stone Mountain Park.

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Posted: mar. 28, 2015 2:51 p.m. | Updated: mar. 29, 2015 2:00 a.m.

Annual Cheerios Challenge returns April 18

In the midst of this beautiful spring weather, it’s the perfect time to get out and run or just enjoy the outdoors. It can also be a good time to bond with the family. This is why there is so much anticipation for the 14th Annual Cheerios Challenge held right here in Covington, at the YMCA on April 18.

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Posted: mar. 28, 2015 3:21 p.m. | Updated: mar. 29, 2015 2:00 a.m.
Governor Deal gives cannabis oil green light

Governor Deal gives cannabis oil green light

Local families living with seizure disorders welcomed Governor Nathan Deal’s executive order this week greenlighting cannabis oil medical treatment in Georgia, but emphasized that they remain committed to in-state growing.

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Posted: mar. 27, 2015 12:59 p.m. | Updated: mar. 27, 2015 1:00 p.m.
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Newton’s Baxter, now Baxalta

Baxalta Incorporated is still making its way toward bringing a large amount of new jobs and a new level of industrial growth to Newton County, and it progressed another step during a meeting of the Joint Development Authority (JDA) Tuesday.

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Posted: mar. 27, 2015 8:38 a.m.

Newton County Jail Log; Mar.26

Vision Marie Archuleta, 24, Norcross, Mar 20, Driving While License Suspended

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Posted: mar. 26, 2015 3:15 p.m.

County finalizes form of gov't citizen panel

Each of Newton County's commissioners and chairman have chosen a citizen to sit on a panel to review the county charter, which dictates the local form of government. 

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Posted: mar. 26, 2015 3:07 p.m.

Newton unemployment rate dips in February

As metro Atlanta unemployment dropped, so has Newton County’s.

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Posted: mar. 26, 2015 8:43 a.m.
Landfill: Executive Summary from Green Hill

Landfill: Executive Summary from Green Hill

Newton County — East Georgia Settlement and Newton County — Green Hill P3, LLLPLandfill Lease and Operating Agreement

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Posted: mar. 25, 2015 2:17 p.m.
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Former mayor, others show support of White

The St. Patrick’s Day holiday didn’t keep people from attending a called meeting in Social Circle Tuesday, as city hall’s community room was filled with concerned citizens.

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Posted: mar. 21, 2015 5:26 p.m. | Updated: mar. 22, 2015 5:00 a.m.
Meet Alcovy's Val and Sal

Meet Alcovy's Val and Sal

Alcovy High School senior Alex Yang was extremely proud of himself when he was named valedictorian of the school’s 2015 graduation class. It was a goal of his since the start of his senior year.

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Posted: mar. 21, 2015 6:32 p.m. | Updated: mar. 22, 2015 5:00 a.m.
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Meet Newton's Val and Sal

Meet Newton's Val and Sal

Newton County High School senior Ian Cole isn’t worried about much these days.

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Posted: mar. 21, 2015 6:35 p.m. | Updated: mar. 22, 2015 5:00 a.m.
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County chair to get back full powers

The Newton County Board of Commissioners narrowly approved this week a motion to restore the county chair with the full powers invested in the position by the charter, effective January 1, 2017, and to set up another citizens committee to review and update the language of the charter.

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Posted: mar. 21, 2015 7:15 p.m. | Updated: mar. 22, 2015 5:00 a.m.

County lawyers see 13% raise

Newton County’s legal fees continue to soar above budget, as commissioners approved more than $83,000 in payments to longtime County Attorney Tommy Craig’s firm for the month of February alone.

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Posted: mar. 21, 2015 7:18 p.m. | Updated: mar. 22, 2015 5:00 a.m.
At a crossroads

At a crossroads

Newton County has 60 days to come up with a solution to its landfill crisis or face costly litigation and possibly the construction of a private, regional landfill. The head of the East Georgia Land & Development Company announced his intention this week to seek damages and a new landfill permit in response to the county’s failure to approve a settlement.

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Posted: mar. 21, 2015 7:19 p.m. | Updated: mar. 22, 2015 5:00 a.m.
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Meet Eastside's Val and Sal

Meet Eastside's Val and Sal

Anna Davis believes much wasn’t expected of her academically.

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Posted: mar. 21, 2015 6:33 p.m.
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Newton County Farm Bureau members attend GFB Day at Capitol

Newton County Farm Bureau members attend GFB Day at Capitol

Newton County Farm Bureau members traveled to Atlanta, Feb. 19 to participate in Georgia Farm Bureau Day at the Capitol. While at the capitol, members of the Newton County Farm Bureau delegation visited with Representatives Pam Dickerson and Dave Belton. Members of the Newton County Farm Bureau who attended the event included: Brent Galloway, Charles Berry, Chuck Berry, Julius Hays, Lori McCart, and Kevin Mitcham.

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Posted: mar. 21, 2015 4:59 p.m.
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NCFB hosts Chinese delegation

NCFB hosts Chinese delegation

Newton County Farm Bureau hosted a delegation of Chinese feed producers on Jan. 29 attending the International Poultry Expo in Atlanta. NCFB President Brent Galloway welcomed the group to the NCFB office, telling the group about agriculture in the county and Farm Bureau. 

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Posted: mar. 21, 2015 4:58 p.m.
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Landfill tabled, chair powers to be restored

Landfill tabled, chair powers to be restored

The Newton County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to table a vote on a controversial landfill settlement for at least 60 days in order to allow an independent review with input from a citizen committee.

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Posted: mar. 17, 2015 11:52 p.m. | Updated: mar. 18, 2015 4:42 p.m.
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NCSS receives climate star ratings

According to surveys conducted during the 2013-14 school year the climate, or quality and character of school life, of Newton County's middle schools are above average.

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Posted: mar. 18, 2015 4:38 p.m.

Robbery suspect caught after 5 years on the run

After five years, the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office has the final suspect of an armed robbery case in custody.

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Posted: mar. 18, 2015 2:08 p.m.
County postpones vote on landfill deal

County postpones vote on landfill deal

The Newton County Board of Commissioners agreed Thursday to postpone a vote on a contentious landfill settlement after several hundred citizens turned out to voice their opposition to an overly hasty resolution.

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Posted: mar. 12, 2015 10:41 p.m. | Updated: mar. 18, 2015 12:02 p.m.
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BOC meeting livestream

Posted: mar. 17, 2015 5:52 p.m. | Updated: mar. 17, 2015 5:53 p.m.

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