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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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Archive By Section - LOCAL


Crime: 'Little Jesus', birds, ex-revenge

When Covington police arrived at the scene of a domestic dispute, Ruby Benton told the officers that her brother, Garfield Johnson, came into her room, grabbed her by the right arm and drug her through the house.

May 12, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


State to do road work next week

The Georgia Department of Transportation is going to performing shoulder work and mowing along several state routes between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday of next week.

May 11, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Georgia's American Idol finalist coming home

LEESBURG, Ga. (AP) - American Idol finalist Phillip Phillips is coming home to southwest Georgia.

May 11, 2012 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Heroin found in tampon wrapper

A Covington police officer responded to a report of a white female wearing a purple bandana shoplifting at the Walmart on Industrial Boulevard.

May 10, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Gun accidentally fired in Home Depot

Four customers were slightly injured Sunday after a gun accidentally discharged at the Home Depot on Industrial Park Boulevard.

May 10, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Tech trends: secret iPhone tips

I got my first iPhone, the 3GS model, as a college graduation present. The iPhone 3GS was the third generation of iPhone. I remember sitting in the student center at Georgia Tech watching the Apple keynote speech when Steve Jobs announced the first iPhone in 2007.

"I have to get this phone!" I said to myself. "This is exactly the phone I've been waiting for!"

May 10, 2012 | William Brawley | LOCAL


Good Hope celebrates 100 years

The Good Hope Baptist Church will celebrate their 100 year anniversary on Sunday, May 20 at 3 p.m. with a special anniversary service. On May 18, the music department will have a free concert for all who would like to attend. Saturday, May 19, there will be a community cook out as well.

May 10, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Exploring Atlanta’s vast history

The end of the school year means many things, in particular children and travel website operators, formerly called travel agents, are rejoicing.

Those trying to figure out what to do with all those kids eager to forget everything that they have learned and all the visitors eager to explore the top-tourist attractions are experiencing the opposite of rejoice.

May 10, 2012 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Downtown square gets jazzed up

Local residents and various Newton County schools filled the downtown area Thursday afternoon to mingle and enjoy a day of free music from the Daniel Jackson Band during the second Luncheon Concert on the square.

May 10, 2012 | Rachel Goff | LOCAL


East Georgia to undergo financial audit

After weeks of discussion and a request by former municipal court judge David Strickland, the Covington City Council voted unanimously Monday to conduct a financial audit on the city's former probation services provider East Georgia Correctional Services.

May 10, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Standing in the gap

Seventeen-year-old Robert Bradford is a Kroger bag boy being heralded as a hometown hero after tackling a man who punched a fellow female employee in the face.

Bradford was bagging groceries when he saw Jeffery Pace, who had stuffed three packages of tenderloin steaks in the front of his pants, punch a loss prevention associate in the lower jaw and attempt to run out of the store.

May 10, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Businessman, veteran runs for BOC

Business owner and veteran Jared Rutberg is running as Republican for the District 5 board of commissioners seat in the hope of improving his community while keeping taxes down.

May 10, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


'Vampire Diaries' not affected by fire

The interior of the Mystic Grill burned, but the popular façade for the fictional restaurant featured prominently in "The Vampire Diaries" remains intact and shouldn't affect filming.

May 10, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


15 cows killed in U.S. 278 accidents

Drivers making their morning commute along U.S. Highway 278 in eastern Newton County Thursday morning were shocked to see 15 dead cows laying alongside the road.

May 10, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Mystic Grill caught fire early Thursday

The building that houses the law firm of Alexander Royston, but is more widely known as the Mystic Grill, burned this morning. The roadway around the square is still blocked with emergency vehicles and firefighters are working the scene.

May 10, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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