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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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I-20 WB reopened after crash at Sigman Road

UPDATED (June 1, 12:04 p.m): The single-car crash that shut down I-20 westbound sent four children and one adult to the hospital.

June 01, 2012 | | LOCAL


Thunderstorms to last until midnight

After seeing very hot temperatures dominate the Newton County area during the past holiday weekend into the early portion of this week, the pattern is flipping to a cooler one as the jet stream dives southward causing stormy weather, according to weather.com

May 31, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man called gay slurs, attacked

When a Covington police officer arrived at the scene of an assault call, Elijah Bagby said he was jogging down the street when he was approached by three men.

Bagby told the officer that Quindarious Webb, Quincy Jackson and Ronald Hayes started following him while yelling expletives and saying they did not like gay people on their street. The three men grabbed Bagby.

May 31, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Kicking off our school Report Card series

(To see the full infographic that goes with today's story see today's newspaper. The graphic contains data about the theme school's budget, test scores, student-teacher ratio, police calls and demographics.)

May 31, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Warm weather brings more DUI arrests

The Newton County Sheriff's Office and the Covington Police Department reported eight arrests for driving under the influence and several noise complaints this Memorial Day weekend.

With the warmer weather, police departments do not expect the increase in DUI arrests and noise complaints to lessen.

May 31, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Meet Social Circle’s new superintendent

Longtime Atlanta-area principal and former Social Circle educator Todd McGhee is returning to Social Circle City Schools as its new superintendent.

The Social Circle Board of Education chose McGhee last week to man the school system's top spot and replace longtime Superintendent Bettye Ray, who is retiring June 30. He received a three-year contract with an annual salary of $138,500.

May 31, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


7 structure fires over holiday weekend

The Memorial Day weekend was a busy one for the Newton County Fire Department, which ran a total of 68 calls from Friday evening through Monday evening.

Of those calls, seven were for structure fires, three of which were total losses. The first occurred Saturday around 1 a.m. on Cornish Mountain Road. Firefighters arrived within five minutes of the call and found the home fully engulfed. With the nearest fire hydrant roughly a mile and a half away, the 10,000-square foot home was a total loss in both property and contents. Homeowners were out of town for the ...

May 31, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Water authority to raise rates in July

Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority customers should expect to see their monthly bill increase almost $1.50. The increase will be used to bring the water system up to regulatory requirements, replace worn out equipment and combat the increased costs of purchasing water.

For the average household that consumes 5,000 gallons of water per month, the monthly increase will be $1.43. For customers receiving water and wastewater service, the monthly increase will be $3.79 based on the same usage.

May 31, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Lower county ISO could save you money

Newton County's Fire Service improved its Insurance Services Office rating this year which could lead to lower insurance payments for some residents.

May 31, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Nonprofit hosts Jazz by the River

Newton County's not known for its vibrant night life, but next Friday, residents will have the opportunity to enjoy a picnic dinner by candlelight on the banks of the Yellow River while listening to the soothing sounds of jazz music.

The Washington Street Community Center, a local nonprofit group, is hosting its annual Jazz by the River concert fundraiser from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday, June 8, at the Porterdale Mill Lofts. The doors open at 6 p.m.

May 31, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Team “Pinkalicious” to hold family fun day

On a bright Saturday, the ladies of Team Pinkalicious brought food, games and prizes to Covington.

May 31, 2012 | Meghan de St. Aubin | LOCAL


Tech trends: Twitter tips

All aboard the Twitter train! The tiny "microblogging" service that lets people send out short, 140-character posts known as "tweets" is one of the most popular social networks out there. As of 2012, there are over 140 million active users, who generate over 340 million tweets a day.

In my experience, people seem divided into two camps when it comes to Twitter: those who use it and those who don't "get it." I'm firmly in the pro-Twitter camp. I love it. I use it to get news, for entertainment and to interact with various people, both people I ...

May 31, 2012 | William Brawley | LOCAL


Oh, what a night

I remember in 1971, Frankie Valli, who had been singing on his own, had just reunited with the Four Seasons and they were touring the country.

On a warm Saturday in June, a friend and I went to Carowinds, an amusement park located in South Carolina, and joined 5,000 other devoted fans and sat through one of the most enjoyable concerts I had ever attended. During the middle of the concert, a horrific summer rain storm struck, and for 15 minutes, it rained so hard that you could barely see the covered stage and not one person left.

May 31, 2012 | T. Pat Cavanaugh | LOCAL


Man enters WWII in waning months

As a young 17-year-old man, Covington resident Bill Henderson enlisted in the U.S. Navy in the waning months of World War II in April 1945, and though he thought he'd entered a war, Henderson ended being a part of the world's recovery.

May 29, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Gas prices fall 4.8 cents in last week

Average retail gasoline prices in Atlanta have fallen 4.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.42/gal yesterday. This compares with the national average that has fallen 3.6 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.65/gal, according to gasoline price website AtlantaGasPrices.com.

Including the change in gas prices in Atlanta during the past week, prices yesterday were 30.5 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 26.0 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 15.7 cents per ...

May 29, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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