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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


The Pride of Eastside performs in Hollywood Christmas Parade

The Pride of Eastside Marching Band joined the likes of Larry King, Olivia Newton-John and Bill Engvall this past weekend, during the 85th Annual Hollywood ...

December 02, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


3 Newton County children safe after Amber Alert

The Newton County Sheriff's Office issued an Amber Alert late Thursday night after three children were taken by their father after a domestic dispute ...

December 02, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


Newton County Fire graduates four recruits

The 2016 Newton County Fire Recruiting class celebrated the graduation of four recruits Nov. 29.

December 01, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


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

Editor's Note: This is an overview of the Forensic Audit report released by Newton County Monday. More stories on this matter will follow at ...

December 01, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Meet and greet with Chair-elect Banes set for Thursday, Dec. 8

Newton County residents will have a chance to meet their next Chair of the Board of Commissioners Thursday, Dec. 8.

December 01, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Judge Wynne to hear Georgia Supreme Court case

Superior Court Judge W. Kendall Wynne, Jr.of the Alcovy Judicial Circuit has been designated to serve in place of Justice Carol Hunstein in the ...

December 01, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Oxford to hold Fourth of July celebration

Residents will soon bring their patriotic pride as the City of Oxford and the Oxford Lions Club are hosting the annual Fourth of July Parade and Celebration and would like for locals to join in this year's event which will be held Wednesday, July 4.

Participants are encouraged to decorate your bicycle, car, truck or float in a patriotic theme. There will be an award for the best float.

June 12, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Rep. Broun to debate Republican challenger

The campaign of Republican Congressman Paul Broun today released the following statement regarding upcoming primary debates:

"Congressman Broun is enthusiastically looking forward to debating his competitor. He is confident it would be to his political advantage to debate more frequently. However, Congressman Broun is highly focused on fulfilling his official duties, both in Washington and in Georgia, and is not a full-time candidate.

June 12, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO graduates students from program

On January 28 the Newton County Sheriff's Office embarked upon a new journey, the Offender Responsibility Program.

June 12, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local named student president of Georgetown

Earlier this spring, Shaun Zhang was elected the President of the Student Bar Association of Georgetown Law at age 20. The Student Bar Association is law schools' student government. Georgetown Law is the second largest law school in the nation (slightly behind Harvard), and is the most applied to. Georgetown is one of the most prestigious institutions of legal education in the world. Shaun enrolled at Georgetown Law in the Fall of 2010 when he was 19-years-old. He is, by far, the youngest student of his class, which had at the time of his enrollment an average age of 26 ...

June 09, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Web commenter claims harassment

Web commenter Shannon Black is alleging that she is being threatened after coming forward as two of the anonymous bloggers in the lawsuit filed by Alcovy High Principal LaQuanda Carpenter.

June 09, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Carpenter responds to motion to quash

In the case of Alcovy High School Principal LaQuanda Carpenter vs. multiple bloggers and Board of Education representative Jeff Meadors, Carpenter's attorney has filed a response to the motion to quash filed by the Newton Citizen May 1.

June 09, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Collins runs for District 113

Democrat Toney Collins is jumping back into the electoral fray with a challenge for the redrawn state House District 113, a seat he lost two years ago.

June 09, 2012 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Thieves steal thousands in equipment

The theft of $4,500 worth of equipment from the Monroe Power Equipment Company in Covington appears to be part of a multi-state theft spree.

June 09, 2012 | Meghan de St. Aubin | LOCAL


All that jazz

The Washington Street Community Center, a local nonprofit group, hosted its annual Jazz by the River concert fundraiser Friday night at the Porterdale Lofts.

June 09, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Gregory Pope selected as YMCA chairman

Gregory Pope has been selected to serve as the Finance Chairman for the State YMCA of Georgia in Newton County for 2012. The Finance Drive is currently underway to support the State YMCA program in middle and high schools in Georgia through Hi-Y, Tri-Hi-Y and Co-ed "Y" Clubs.

June 09, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Crime Briefs: A recap of local crimes

Request for divorce leads to fight

June 09, 2012 | By Meghan de St. Aubin | LOCAL


Jimmy Buffet cover band performs

As expected the square in Covington was packed with Parrot Heads Friday night. They adorned Jimmy Buffet labeled apparel, typical of this sort of easygoing crowd.

June 09, 2012 | By Meghan de St. Aubin | LOCAL


BOC approve three grants applications

Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown requested the board allow the sheriff's office to apply for a $42,556 grant from General Mills.

June 07, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


BOC candidate Flanagan has criminal past

Anthony Flanagan, who is running as a Democrat for the District 3 Newton County Board of Commissioners seat, served prison time for aggravated assault in Rockdale County in the early 90s and has had several financial troubles, according to public records.

June 07, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Sunflower Festival begins June 30

The West Family will celebrate their 75th anniversary as they welcome visitors to the sunflower farm.

June 07, 2012 | Meghan de St. Aubin | LOCAL


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