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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


Newton County Fire graduates four recruits

The 2016 Newton County Fire Recruiting class celebrated the graduation of four recruits Nov. 29.

December 01, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


Forensic Audit: Actions ‘caused financial harm and damage to the taxpayers of Newton County’

Editor's Note: This is an overview of the Forensic Audit report released by Newton County Monday. More stories on this matter will follow at ...

December 01, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Meet and greet with Chair-elect Banes set for Thursday, Dec. 8

Newton County residents will have a chance to meet their next Chair of the Board of Commissioners Thursday, Dec. 8.

December 01, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Judge Wynne to hear Georgia Supreme Court case

Superior Court Judge W. Kendall Wynne, Jr.of the Alcovy Judicial Circuit has been designated to serve in place of Justice Carol Hunstein in the ...

December 01, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Daughter’s comment sparks family feud

Officers responded to a domestic dispute that resulted from a daughter making a comment about her father's girlfriend's backside.

When the officer arrived, the daughter stated that her younger sister had told her father's girlfriend that she had a "big booty." However, the girlfriend stated that the daughter made a comment about one of the kids "wanting her booty."

April 24, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Kimble: Throw a snag on the barbie

We crossed the International Date Line and the equator, and so far have traveled nearly 40 hours by plane.

I'm still no fan of Vegemite (I tried Mighty Mite, which is supposed to be less strong), but the rest of Australia is incredible.

April 24, 2012 | Columnist | LOCAL


Couple arrested trying to enter new home

The neighbors who allegedly prevented Jean-Joseph and Angelica Kalonji from entering their recently purchased Newton County home at gunpoint have been charged with aggravated assault, false imprisonment and criminal trespass.

April 24, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Insurance tax helps county budget

Newton County commissioners will not have to cut their budget for the first time in four years, in part thanks to receiving $1.28 million more in insurance premium tax money, a little discussed revenue source.

In order to receive insurance coverage, people must pay a premium to their insurance company. Those premium payments are then taxed by the state, with revenues split between the state and local governments.

April 21, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Boy tells escape tale to students

Hundreds of students filled the Oxford Chapel Thursday to listen to a single boy speak. But this was no ordinary boy. His name is Santos and he had escaped only a few years ago from the child armies of Ugandan guerilla leader Joseph Kony.

Santos came to Oxford with the organization Invisible Children to speak out about the evils of Kony and what local students can do to stop his reign in Africa.

April 21, 2012 | Nicole Goetz | LOCAL


Accreditation Assessment Team invites public comment on local law enforcement

A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies will arrive April 29 to examine all aspects of the Covington Police Department's policies and procedures, management, operations and support services, Police Chief Stacey Cotton said recently.

Verification by the team that the CPD meets the commission's state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation - a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence, he said.

April 21, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Ardent volunteer bids farewell

Jim Means hates to sit around and has spent most of his retirement volunteering with organizations - lots of them.

April 21, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Nonprofit hosts Scrabble tournament

Residents can test their vocabulary for a good cause at the annual Scrabble tournament and fundraiser for Newton County READS from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Card Student Center at Oxford College.

April 21, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Two arrested for loitering and prowling

Two men were arrested Friday night after loitering around vacant houses in the city.

April 21, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


The history of Earth Day

Each year on April 22 the world celebrates Earth Day to recognize what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement back in 1970.

The goal of Earth Day 2012 is to "Mobilize the Earth." The original idea for Earth Day came from founder Gaylord Nelson who was a U.S. senator from Wisconsin. After witnessing the horrendous damage left behind by the massive 1969oil spill in Santa Barbara, Calif., Nelson decided that it was time to stand up for Mother Earth.

April 21, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Earth Day in Newton County

Some local organizations have events planned to celebrate Earth Day and keep Newton County green and beautiful.

Front Door Litter Challenge

April 21, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Arrests for attempt to steal alcohol

One man and one teen were arrested early Thursday morning, after an observant delivery driver alerted authorities to two suspicious men hanging out around the back of Walmart.

When officers met with the driver, he explained that there had been approximately 25 burglaries in the Atlanta area in the last month, and when he saw the two men hanging out behind the store where no one should be, he called 911. Walmart management was also notified when the two entered the store around 2:57 a.m.

April 21, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Juveniles arrested after street fight

Several juveniles and one adult were arrested Wednesday evening after reportedly fighting on Thrash and Fair streets.

April 21, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Piedmont Academy Class of '82 celebrates 30th anniversary

Piedmont Academy's Class of 1982 celebrated their 30th reunion by meeting at the school and afterwards enjoying dinner at Deptula's in Monticello. The group invited several classmates including Roy Mote, Jack Mote, Timmy Price, Tammy Price and Scott Pruitt. Former faculty members attending or invited included Charlotte and Lamar Crawley, Miriam Stone, Margaret Watson, Bill Cox, Tammy Youngblood Duffey, Sid Kennedy, Ann Pope, Hillary Kight, Allene Amos and Piedmont's high school English teacher, Martha Mock.

April 21, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Indian Creek principal wins award

Newton County School System is pleased to announce that Dr. Mallard, principal of Indian Creek Middle School, was recently awarded the Georgia State University Principals Center's Joe Richardson Award for the 2011-2012 school year.

April 21, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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