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Green Hill Gone

The Newton County Board of Commissioners voted down a controversial proposal to lease the county landfill to a private startup Wednesday night following passionate testimony from the affected community, environmentalists and concerned citizens.

July 01, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


East Georgia to pursue damages, landfill

The East Georgia Land & Development Company will move forward with its plan to construct a private landfill and sue Newton County for damages related to a 17-year legal battle, according to the company's head, Jim Baker.

July 01, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


TV Land pulls 'Dukes of Hazzard' reruns from its schedule

TV Land has dumped "The Dukes of Hazzard."

July 01, 2015 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Sheriff's Office issues fireworks caution

The Newton County Sheriff's Office would like you to have a happy-and safe-Fourth of July.

July 01, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Fireworks, hotel fee, gas tax changes hit July 1 with new laws

July 1 typically brings a bevy of new laws into effect that were approved by the General Assembly earlier in the year. This year, Georgians can expect to see a new $5 fee tacked on to hotel/motel stays, slight changes to their gas taxes, and will now be able to buy aerial fireworks that were formerly illegal.

July 01, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Landfill Meeting Tonight

The Newton County Board of Commissioners will meet tonight, Wednesday, July 1, at 7:00 p.m. to discuss and likely vote on the Green Hill P3 proposal to lease and operate the county landfill.

July 01, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Davis named Rotary Club president

COVINGTON- The Covington Rotary Club closed out its 76th year Tuesday, handing out awards from 2014-15 and inducting its next president.

June 30, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Authorities investigating possible anti-gay hate crime in northwestern Forsyth County

NORTHWEST FORSYTH - Authorities say they are treating the burning of a rainbow flag on a vehicle at a northwestern Forsyth County home as an anti-gay hate crime.

June 30, 2015 | Kayla Robins krobins@forsythnews.com | LOCAL


Georgia State Patrol steps up enforcement this weekend

The July Fourth weekend is not only a chance for many people to celebrate, it is also the busiest travel period of the year. The holiday weekend is recognized as beginning Thursday at 6 p.m. and running through Sunday, July 5 at midnight, according to the Georgia Department of Public Safety.

June 30, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


AKA Chi Tau Omega chapter awards $20,000 in scholarships

COVINGTON- The Chi Tau Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated of Covington, Ga., serving Newton and Rockdale counties, awarded $20, 000 in scholarships on June 21, 2015 at Antioch AME Church in Conyers to high school students heading to various colleges and universities including HBCUs in the state of Georgia and nationwide.

June 30, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Checkers closed after grease fire

The Checkers on Hwy. 278 is closed after a small grease fire ignited Monday morning.

June 29, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Road construction restricted this weekend

The Georgia Department of Transportation is suspending construction-related lane closures on interstates and major state system highways for the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

June 29, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Ruling brings same-sex marriage to Newton

The "thunderbolt" struck the nation around 11 a.m. Friday morning. For some Newton County residents the storm had been brewing for two decades, and for a local couple the ringing began at 3 p.m. – ringing of wedding bells.

June 28, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


4th of July events sparkle across Newton

COVINGTON- One of the joys of small town Georgia is the town square. It's not just an area where people can shop and eat, but it's a place where they can come together to celebrate holidays, hear seasonal concerts, and take a breather under the trees during a hectic work day.

June 27, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Council re-imagines amenities for Yellow River Park

There have been changes in Porterdale since the plans for Yellow River Park were drawn up in 2011-12.

June 27, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


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Unwavering Faith: A Survivor's Story

Sylvia Shy isn't just a survivor. She's also a natural born storyteller whose message of hope and love captivates and deeply touches anyone who cares to listen. Shy, 57, has been sharing the story of her journey with cancer since 2002, when she was first diagnosed.

October 16, 2011 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | LOCAL


Tip of the Week - Oct. 16

The cooler fall weather means it's time for yard sales. You can save a bundle by shopping at yard sales and, while I love the thrill of the hunt when it comes to other people's junk coupled with the opportunity to make new friends, I sure like this new wave of virtual yard sales. Did you know you can shop at yard sales from the comfort of your own computer? There are many local communities and counties with Facebook pages where people buy and sell all kinds of objects daily. The system is free and easy to use ...

October 16, 2011 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | LOCAL


Early voting for 2011 begins Monday

Some of this year's city races are beginning to take shape, and voters who have already made up their mind will be able to cast their votes beginning Monday during early voting.

October 16, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Drunk flees with IV in his arm

Officers were called to the area of Newton Medical Center after an intoxicated patient reportedly fled the hospital with an IV in his arm.

October 16, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Eagles take flight

October 16, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


See poll results on Sigman, alcohol sales

The biggest news of the week was clearly Covington mayoral candidate Bobby Sigman being arrested for allegedly paying people to steal the campaign signs of his opponent, Ronnie Johnston. He has been charged with three misdemeanors to date.

October 16, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Man shot after pointing gun at deputies

Newton County deputies were involved in a shooting around 2:15 a.m. Saturday after being called to a residence on Melton Way, off Butler Bridge Road in the western part of the county.

October 15, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Host families needed now for

Foreign high school students are scheduled to arrive soon for academic semester homestay programs, and the sponsoring organization needs a few more local host families. The students are anxiously awaiting news of their new families. These young ambassadors are looking forward to fulfilling their life-long dreams.

October 14, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Miracle League continues fundraising efforts

The Miracle League of Newton County continues raise funds and build awareness for the need for a Miracle Field, which would serve more than 2,500 children with mental and/or physical disabilities.

October 14, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Authorities search for masked intruder

Investigators are looking for a masked intruder who reportedly broke into a woman's house and attacked her with a gun Wednesday afternoon.

October 14, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Middle school student found with shank

A middle school boy was found with a shank on the bus Wednesday afternoon.

October 14, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Man charged after deadly ’10 wreck

A 20-year-old Newton County man has been charged with eight counts of vehicular homicide after a single car wreck in May 2010 claimed the life of two men who were passengers in his vehicle.

October 14, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Court Sentencings - Oct. 14

James Aikens, violation of probation, 180-240 days detention center suspended into six months work release if proof of viable employment is provided.

October 14, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Jeffares named to state committee

Sen. Rick Jeffares (R-Locust Grove) has been named Chairman of the Senate State Institutions and Property Committee for the 2011-2012 Term by the Committee on Assignments. Jeffares replaces Sen. Earl "Buddy" Carter (R-Pooler), who was appointed Chairman of the Senate Higher Education Committee.

October 14, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County to repair Alcovy River dam

In order to get water to flow into the county's pump station on the Alcovy River, the county had to build a 2-foot-high weir (or rock dam) in the river more than 20 years ago to raise the level of the river. The river bank was severely eroded during the 2009 flood, allowing water to flow around the weir instead of over it as intended.

October 13, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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