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Craig controversy gathers steam with 11Alive report

Some local residents expressed anger at County Attorney Tommy Craig and the Board of Commissioners Friday following a Channel 11 news report on Craig's longstanding tax problems and his $1.1 million income from the county last year. Watch it here.

January 30, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Craig reappointment brings attention

Newton County Attorney Tommy Craig is in the Metro Atlanta news this evening.

January 29, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Mannington Mills coming to Covington

Since 2012, when the plant closed its doors for good, the buildings at 9172 Industrial Dr., N.E., formerly Berry Plastics, have been slowly deteriorating.

January 29, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Smoke may be seen in Newton today

Smoke may be present in Newton County today as a prescribed fire is being conducted in Jasper and Jones counties.

January 29, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Traffic stop leads to gun, cocaine charges

A traffic stop for a broken headlight led to the seizer of a 45 cal. handgun, a crack pipe and an open container of alcohol early Thursday morning.

January 29, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Second suspect in chase still at large

South Salem Elementary and Liberty Middle School were both briefly on lockdown Tuesday as police chased two burglary suspects on car and foot, leading to an arrest behind one of the schools.

January 28, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


NCSS Spelling Bee returns

The 2015 System Spelling Bee has returned, and The Newton County School System will host the annual event. Each of the system's elementary and middle schools will compete this year at Newton High School on Feb. 6 at 10:30 a.m. Students in grades four through eight are eligible to participate, with each school sending their own spelling bee champion and runner up to compete in the tournament.

January 28, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton represented in merger committee

One of the first steps in consolidating Georgia State University and Georgia Perimeter College is a implementation committee, helping to find ways to make the two institutions blend together.

January 28, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Pacho's, Wing Cafe's scores improve

After two failing scores, Pacho's Mexican Grill received a 79 on its inspection report done Monday, Jan. 26.

January 27, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


CFD accepting Explorer applicants

The Covington Fire Department is offering anyone interested in learning about firefighting techniques and technology the opportunity to join the Explorer Program.

January 27, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Theme School accepting applications

The Newton County Theme School at Ficquett will accept applications for the 2015-16 school year beginning Monday, Feb. 2.

January 26, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Science Fair winners

Newton County School System's middle and high schools' first place winners will move on to challenge students from Fayette, Henry, Griffin-Spalding, Butts, Pike, Lamar and Thomaston Upson county schools in the Regional Science Fair at Griffin RESA on Feb. 3.

January 26, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton Firefighter falls on busy weekend

Newton County Fire Services had a busy weekend with a total of 66 calls in a 48-hour period.

January 26, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


MLK forum to youth: 'Cooperate but know your rights'

Young people should cooperate with law enforcement, but also know their rights and register to vote if they wish to enact broader change, a community forum held in honor of Martin Luther King Day concluded.

January 26, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


End of Eastminster School

Eastminster School has faced tough funding times in the past and managed to pull through, but this year could be its last, according to administrators.

January 25, 2015 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


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County mulls tax hike or service cut

Newton County officials and residents are in for a tough decision this budget year: Should the county cut services or choose some combination of raising the property tax rate and implementing new fees for the right to own pets, to use parks or to use county recycling centers?

May 16, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Ford vs. Chevy spat leads to stabbing

CALHOUN - Sheriff's officials say a northwest Georgia man was stabbed after an argument with another man over which vehicles are better: Ford or Chevrolet.

May 16, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Man charged in wife's death in Spalding

GRIFFIN - Authorities say they've charged a man with murder after his wife's body was found in the living room of their Spalding County home.

May 16, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Manager wounded at Conyers store

A gun-wielding bandit shot and wounded the manager of the Fred's Department Store in Northside Village Shopping Center today.

May 16, 2011 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Body found Sunday off Crowell Road

A body was found in a wooded area off Crowell Road on Sunday evening.

May 16, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Top state court overturns charter school law

ATLANTA - A Georgia law that cleared the way for a surge in new charter schools was struck down by the state's top court in a high-profile decision that will affect thousands of students and could reshape how the state's public school system is funded.

May 16, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Temporary jobs available

Laid-off workers in Newton County may be able to get a temporary job cleaning and repairing public property damaged by the late April storms.

May 15, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Agriculture Celebration

Down on the farm: The Square in Downtown Covington was covered with antique tractors and other old farm equipment Saturday afternoon when the Agriculture Celebration rolled into town. Dozens of vendors also showed up to show off their wares. The event was presented by the Center for Community Preservation and The Newton County Farm Bureau. Local elected officials also took their annual tour of three local farms.

May 15, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Tip of the Week - May 15

Packing snacks and drinks for when you're on the go is frugal and fabulous, but rethink that bottled water. Bottled water is not only expensive, it's not environmentally friendly and its quality is largely unregulated.

May 15, 2011 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | LOCAL


JAKES Day at Charlie Elliott

The threat of rain didn't stop the 15th annual JAKES (Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship) Day from continuing at Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center Saturday.

May 14, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Antique tractors on square Saturday

Antique farm equipment will be showcased at an Agricultural Celebration on the Square from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in downtown Covington.

May 14, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Porterdale performers stage ‘Wizard of Oz’

Porterdale Elementary School students will be putting on a production of "The Wizard of Oz" at 6 p.m. Saturday Tickets cost $5 and will be available at the door. The performance will be held at the Newton High School auditorium. Concessions will be available.

May 14, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Celebrate great outdoors today at JAKES

Lessons on the outdoors are combined with play at the annual JAKES Day event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center in Mansfield.

May 14, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Caterpillar outbreak threatens Georgia oaks

ATHENS - University of Georgia researchers are tracking an outbreak of caterpillars that pose a threat to the health of oak trees in the state.

May 14, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


McDowell returns to Braves after suspension

ATLANTA - His eyes red and voice wavering, Roger McDowell returned as the Braves' pitching coach Friday and apologized for his crude conduct that led to a suspension. He spent a "very humbling" two weeks away from the game and promised there will be no repeat of such actions.

May 13, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


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