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Library, janitorial contract funding approved

The Newton County Library was granted $27,000 by the Board of Commissioners (BOC) Tuesday night after library officials said the system could lose its ...

December 10, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


19-year old arrested for murder Tuesday

Elijah William Ramoutar, 19, has been arrested by the Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) for the murder of Alyssa Ann Wright, 19, Tuesday evening.

December 08, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Social Circle officer appeals termination after aggressive actions

A former Social Circle Police Department (SCPD) officer is asking for his job back after being terminated following a traffic stop that crossed the line ...

December 07, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


BOC Summary: 162 proposed to honor Deputy Justin White

The Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) honored Deputy Justin White Tuesday evening by requesting the local legislative delegation to have a portion of Georgia ...

December 07, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Recreation Commission finds ‘no illegal or dishonest behavior’

The Newton County Recreation Commission's board of directors did not make any personnel changes stemming from a recent forensic audit released by Frazier and ...

December 05, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Football coach turning heads in … The Nutcracker

If you happen to take a trip to the Porter Auditorium this coming weekend and you see a familiar local football coach donning a wig ...

December 05, 2016 | Gabriel Stovall | LOCAL


Forensic Audit: Actions ‘caused financial harm and damage to the taxpayers of Newton County’

Eds Note: To read more on the forensic accounting report click for a report on the Bear Creek Reservoir project, here; read about the report ...

December 04, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Sawyer: former attorney’s actions ‘detrimental to taxpayers’

On Oct. 18, 2015, the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) voted to bring a halt to the proposed Bear Creek Reservoir project, under way ...

December 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Accountant points to unapproved contracts at landfill

The landfill has been a financial burden on Newton County for years, especially since a leachate spill in 2015 caused millions of dollars in damage.

December 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


County refutes Sawyer’s SPLOST claims

In David Sawyer's accounting analysis of Newton County's Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) and Impact Fees funds, he reported that at ...

December 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Look at Nelson Heights may spur change in county practices

While David Sawyer's reporting on the Bear Creek Reservoir project, SPLOST and Impact Fees and the county's landfill was released Monday, in May ...

December 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Former commissioners speak out against water sale

The Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority (NCWSA) will present the team it has selected to perform due diligence to the Newton County Board of ...

December 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Christmas marches through Covington

One-hundred floats, including the first-place prize winning Misfits Welcome float by Eastridge Church, participated in Saturday's parade through downtown Covington.

December 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Judge Baker honored prior to his retirement

Judge Henry Baker, Newton County's Probate Court Judge for the last 40 years was celebrated by dozens of Newton County and regional dignitaries for ...

December 02, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Newton County Theme School raises blue ribbon flag

The Newton County Theme School (NCTS) at Fiquett was recently named a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education - a distinction ...

December 02, 2016 | Duane M. Ford | LOCAL


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Mecca: Serving in the first Gulf War

Doug Hinton's kinfolk settled in Rockdale County in the 1800s. His parents and grandparents rest in peace at Green Meadows; a great-uncle killed on Iwo Jima and his great-grand parents are interred at Eastview, and his Civil War relatives rest in peace at Smyrna Presbyterian Camp Ground. His new bride Cindy, was born and raised in Yankeetown, Fla. Go figure.

A 1985 graduate of Heritage High School, Hinton received an appointment to the Merchant Marine Academy from Senator Sam Nunn. He said, "ROTC at Heritage prepared me for the Academy, but within two years I decided on another path ...

September 04, 2012 | Pete Mecca | LOCAL


Farm-to-table food celebration Sept. 30

The Field of Greens festival returns to Whippoorwill Hollow Organic Farm in September for a celebration of the finest in the farm-to-table movement in Georgia.

September 03, 2012 | | LOCAL


Native American festival to be held Sat.

Make plans to explore Native American culture with the 23rd annual Indian Springs Native American Festival and Powwow.

September 01, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Riding for the fallen

One of the most spirited and self-sacrificing veteran support groups wears leather vests and chaps, helmets, riding or after-riding boots, and the ladies might don an assortment of riding beads. They are known as the American Legion Riders.

September 01, 2012 | Pete Mecca | LOCAL


Local GOP sent two to convention

While Paul Ryan attacked President Barack Obama's record, Mitt Romney shared his history and talking points for a brighter future and director Clint Eastwood interviewed an empty chair, two Newton County residents eagerly listened from the audience of the Republican National Convention.

September 01, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Covington woman dies in wreck

The woman killed in a single car accident Thursday afternoon has been identified as 46-year-old Kimberly Pippin of Covington.

September 01, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Porterdale council denies liquor application

Porterdale City Council denied an application for liquor licenses for Porterdale Bar and Grill at a special called meeting on Thursday night.

September 01, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Social Circle fair begins Tuesday

It's time once again for the annual kick-off of fall - the Social Circle Fair.

September 01, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Friendship a perk of Java Joggers group

What started off as a morning workout turned into a friendship for two members of the Covington Y.

September 01, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Crime Briefs: Man punches sister

Man arrested for battery after punching his sister

September 01, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Maldonado guilty on all counts

It took eight days to try the case against Pablo Maldonado but less than an hour for a jury to convict the 25-year-old of the murder of 53-year-old Tim Clements.

August 31, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Sylvia Shy: A fighter to the end

Family members and friends will say goodbye and celebrate the life of Sylvia Shy, 57, on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Richard's Chapel United Methodist Church.

August 30, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Woman killed in car accident

Authorities are still investigating the death of an as-yet unidentified female, killed in a single car accident around 4 p.m. Thursday.

August 30, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


State, defense rest in Maldonado trial

The evidence in the death penalty trial against accused murderer Pablo Maldonado rested Thursday afternoon without the defendant taking the stand to testify.

August 30, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Hundreds could save on flood insurance

Floods aren't a common occurrence these days in drought-stricken Georgia, but they still happen, like the 2009 flood, and certain homeowners still have to worry about flood insurance.

August 30, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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