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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


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


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Madison to host Peach State Blues Festival

King Communications Group and Main Street Madison Ga. will kick off the summer with the first Peach State Blues Festival in Madison, Ga., on Saturday, June 2, from noon to 10 p.m.

The celebrated, legendary Blues singer Bobby Rush will be the festival's headliner. Blues singers Claudette King (daughter of legendary B.B. King), Willie Hill, Bobbye (Doll) Johnson, Cantwise and Freedom, Cruisers, and Lady D and the Set it Off Band will also perform.

May 15, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


U.S. Rep. Broun to visit Newton County on tour

U.S. Representative Paul Broun, R-Athens, will be in Newton County May 23 as part of a five-day, re-election bus tour to visit all 25 counties in the newly drawn 10th Congressional District.

Broun will visit Newton County at 4:30 p.m. at the Newton County GOP Headquarters, located at 1107 Church St. on the square next to Square Perk Café.

May 15, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Councilwoman judges children contest

Covington City Councilwoman Hawnethia Williams was one of four city officials to serve as a judge of the Georgia Municipal Association's "If I Were Mayor, I Would" essay contest this year. The "If I Were Mayor, I Would" essay contest gives students the opportunity to share their visions of what their community would be like under their guidance.

May 15, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO holding free firearm safety course

The Newton County Sheriff's Office is holding a free Citizen's Firearms Safety Course.

The eight-hour course will be conducted on Saturday, June 2, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Newton County Law Enforcement Training Center located at 15151 Alcovy Road.

May 15, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County’s 2050 Plan featured in foundation’s report

Newton County has been featured by the Orton Family Foundation in a report for its strong stewardship program, the 2050 Plan.

The 2050 Plan aims to house 88 percent of the county's future population on just 30 percent of the county's land by 2050.

May 15, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Soaring for Service

The local Boy Scouts Troop 222 had a bumper crop of Eagle Scouts this past year, as nine young men completed the capstone projects necessary to gain the Boy Scouts' top honor.

May 15, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Crime roundup for May 16

When the officer asked Rico Garrett for his driver's license, he said that he didn't have one. He told the officer that it was suspended because he hadn't paid child support.

May 15, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Arraignment schedule for two charged in Tempie Lane double homicide

The two men charged in the shooting deaths of 56-year-old Donald Eugene McCullough and his 66-year-old aunt and caretaker Peggy Molden are scheduled for arraignment next week.

Brawny Jarvis McCullough, the 31-year-old son of victim Donald McCullough, and Jonathan Michael Henderson, 28, both Villa Rica residents, were arrested in February by Newton County Sheriff's Investigators, Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents, U.S. Marshals and the Villa Rica police.

May 15, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Officials serve it up

Mayor Ronnie Johnston cooked burgers and Police Chief Stacey Cotton handled the fries, while council members Chris Smith and Hawnethia Williams took orders and police Lt. Wendell Wagstaff took care of the drive-thru.

Covington council members and police officers worked at the newly reopened Covington McDonald's Monday evening, as part of the store's groundbreaking ceremony.

May 15, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newton leaders graduate from economic development academy

The Board of the Georgia Academy for Economic Development announces Newton County graduates from the 2012 Region 5 Multi-Day Training Program. Class participants represented a number of professional and non-professional economic development fields, including elected officials, public servants, business leaders, educators, and social service providers from twelve counties in Northeast Georgia. The academy provided each of the graduates an opportunity to gain a unique understanding of the complexities of economic and community development on the local, regional and state levels.

Newton County graduates at the May 3 ceremony included: Hunter Hall, Newton County Chamber of Commerce; Rick Henderson, Georgia Department ...

May 15, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Edward Jones ranks highest in investor satisfaction

For the sixth year out of the past eight, financial-services firm Edward Jones ranks highest in investor satisfaction with full service brokerage firms, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2012 Full Service Investor Satisfaction Study.

The study measures overall investor satisfaction with full service Investment firms based on seven factors: investment advisor, investment performance, account information, account offerings, commissions and fees, website and problem resolution.

May 15, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Commissioner Sims completes training

Newton County Commissioner Lanier Sims received a certificate for the Commissioners Training Program at the 2012 Association County Commissioners of Georgia Annual Conference, along with more than 100 county officials.

The annual conference was recently held at the Savannah Civic Center in Chatham County.

May 15, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Sprucing up the square

The square is being spruced up this week just in time for 11 Alive's Friday morning broadcast live from Covington, which will feature the downtown.

City workers were out in force Tuesday, replacing the main light fixtures with brighter lights that are purer white, sanding and repainting benches, installing new bike racks and weeding the sidewalks and planters.

May 15, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Woodstock to take over Porterdale

Porterdale Woodstock will bring live, free music from the 1960s and 1970s to the Porterdale Depot on Main Street Saturday, May 19.

May 15, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Ex-county employee seeks BOC seat

Andre Cooper is once again running for the District 3 Newton County commission seat as a Democrat, but he believes he's four years wiser and more experienced this time around.

May 15, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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