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Newton Medical, Piedmont finalize deal

Newton Medical Center will soon become Piedmont Newton Hospital after NMC finalized a partnership agreement with Piedmont Healthcare earlier this week.

May 23, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Two dead in apparent murder suicide

The Covington Police Department responded to a shooting Thursday, discovering a man and woman shot when arriving on scene.

May 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


New section of Social Circle Bypass to open

The new section of the Social Circle Bypass from State road 11 to East Hightower Trail will open Tuesday, June 2, according to Superintendent of traffic, safety and utilities J. Robert Manning of ER Snell Contractor.

May 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Harry Owens likely interim county manager

Newton County revealed the name of the candidate under consideration for the position of interim county manager Friday following the departure of former County Manager Tom Garrett last week.

May 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Action Ministries opens office in Newton

For the first time in 20 years, the charitable nonprofit organization, Action Ministries, has opened a satellite office. The Newton County Action Ministries office opened its doors on May 4 in the Wesley Building of Covington First United Methodist Church, 2160 Church Street, Covington.

May 21, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Board scolded in public comments over legal budget

County Attorney Tommy Craig attempted to soothe public concerns over the county's high legal costs Tuesday night, but his explanation appeared to provoke the opposite reaction.

May 20, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


County seeks city help for library

Newton County will step up to save the Covington branch of the library, commissioners said Tuesday, but not before making one last attempt to get the city of Covington to contribute to the library's costly new heating, air conditioning and ventilation system (HVAC).

May 20, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


BOC to hire interim county manager

The Newton County Board of Commissioners voted to hire a new interim county manager Tuesday night, deliberately stopping short of placing the county chair in charge of the day to day administration of the county.

May 19, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Staffins: tourism big impact on Covington

Hundreds flocked to Covington this weekend, and it was exactly the turnout Newton County Tourism President Jenny McDonald expected, but it was a little much for Newton County-Covington Chamber of Commerce President Ralph Staffins.

May 18, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Peddle for a cause

The students of First Baptist Academy zoomed around the parking lot of the Welcome Center last week to raise money for the parochial school's library and playground as part of the Academy's first bikathon.

May 17, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Kelly takes over Porterdale downtown development

Everyone living in Porterdale is a stakeholder in the promotion of the town's Main Street Program, says Josephine Kelly.

May 17, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Cotton receives Rotary ethics award

In his more than a decade and a half as Covington Police Chief, Stacey Cotton has led his men and women in the way he was taught to conduct himself by Judge Stacey W. Cotton and Suzanne Cotton - with ethics.

May 17, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Stacey Cotton appointed to medical marijuana study group

Covington Police Chief Stacey Cotton has been named one of 11 members named to Gov. Nathan Deal's new panel charged with making recommendations about what type of medical marijuana use Georgia should allow.

May 17, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Certified Quality Breast Center at Newton Medical Center

Newton Medical Center's Women's Diagnostic Center has recently been recognized as a Certified Quality Breast Center in the National Quality Measures for Breast Centers Program™. This distinguished honor represents a commitment by this breast center to provide the highest level of quality breast health care to patients in the community.

May 16, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Preparing for graduation

The Newton County School System's high schools will be celebrating graduation Friday and Saturday.

May 16, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Dispute ends with BB gun shooting

An argument between two Newton County teens ended Wednesday evening with one shooting the other 10 times with a BB gun.

July 14, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Violinist adds to experience at Salem

Jackson Ramsey this week returned to Salem Campmeeting for the first time since he was 4 years old. Now that's he's here, he hopes to come back.

July 14, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Rain, then cooler in Newton

A bit of respite from the heat is on the way.

July 14, 2011 | | LOCAL


Newton All-Stars win state title

The 13-under Newton County All-Star captured the Junior Dixie Boys state title Tuesday with a 23-9 win over West Georgia White in Columbus and will represent Georgia in the Dixie Boys World Series. Newton County won its opening games 10-9 and 10-6 on Saturday and Sunday respectively in the double-elimination tournament.

July 13, 2011 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL


Woman gives false report for a ride

Deputies called to a home for an assault with a weapon found only an intoxicated woman who wanted a ride.

July 13, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newton gets school pedestrian grant

Newton County has received a $316,700 federal grant to pay for improvements that will make it safer for schoolchildren to walk and bike along Brown Bridge, Fairview and Kirkland roads.

July 13, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


In Memory

The Hutchinson family paints the arbor and fence that they donated to Ficquett Elementary School this past spring in memory of George B. and Sara W. Hutchinson.

July 13, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Cooking for a crowd at Salem

It's 10:45 a.m. in the Elliott cabin at Salem Campground. Agnes Elliott has been cooking since 6 a.m. and she has yet to make several dishes.

July 12, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Woman arrested for assault with bat

A woman called for help late Sunday night after she had been hit in the head with a bat.

July 12, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Woman arrested after shoving child

A 19-year-old woman was arrested Monday evening after she allegedly shoved a 6-year-old.

July 12, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Hall deputies shoot, kill man in stabbing death

Hall County deputies shot and killed a man they believed stabbed two women, killing one of them in a scene that ended in the street of an upscale lakeside community Monday.

July 12, 2011 | Ashley Fielding Gainesville Times | LOCAL


Safe found in Rome sewer

ROME - Authorities say an employee working on a sewer line in the northwest Georgia town of Rome called police after making an unexpected discovery - a large Brinks safe in the sewer.

July 11, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Woman arrested for stealing underwear

A 29-year-old woman was arrested Sunday for stealing underwear from Kmart.

July 11, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Man robbed at gunpoint in Covington

A man told Covington police that he was robbed at gunpoint Friday afternoon after giving a ride to two men.

July 11, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newton man stabbed in home

Deputies are searching for a man who broke into a home early Friday and stabbed the homeowner before fleeing.

July 11, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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