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Social Circle Parkway opens Tuesday

Social Circle Parkway will open for use Tuesday, five months ahead of schedule, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.

May 30, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Missing Covington woman found

Covington resident Julie Smith, who was the subject of a search in Jackson County, was found Friday in good health.

May 30, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Newton Sheriff's deputy shot, injured in training

At approximately 2:45 p.m., the Newton County Sheriff's department received a call from the gun range on Lower River Road in reference to an officer-involved shooting during training.

May 29, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Newton County Solid Waste Panel digs in

Transparency, financial security, inclusiveness, and fairness are just some of the guiding values identified by the citizens solid waste panel during its first facilitated meeting Thursday.

May 28, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Newton-Young Professionals to meet at The Oaks

Newton County's young professionals have a chance not only to network; not only to have an evening out on the golf course but also a chance to learn more about the county they work, live and play in.

May 27, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Newton-Fatality in I-20 crash identified

52-year-old Joel William Simpson, a Newton County resident, has been confirmed dead after he drove his vehicle against traffice on I-20 Tuesday night, crashing into another vehicle around the 89 mile mark between Almon and Salem roads.

May 27, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington-Newton Medical, Piedmont finalize deal

Newton Medical Center will soon become Piedmont Newton Hospital after NMC finalized a partnership agreement with Piedmont Healthcare earlier this week.

May 23, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Covington- Two dead in apparent murder suicide

The Covington Police Department responded to a shooting Thursday, discovering a man and woman shot when arriving on scene.

May 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Social Circle-New section of Social Circle Bypass to open

The new section of the Social Circle Bypass from State road 11 to East Hightower Trail will open Tuesday, June 2, according to Superintendent of traffic, safety and utilities J. Robert Manning of ER Snell Contractor.

May 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Harry Owens likely interim county manager

Newton County revealed the name of the candidate under consideration for the position of interim county manager Friday following the departure of former County Manager Tom Garrett last week.

May 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Action Ministries opens office in Newton

For the first time in 20 years, the charitable nonprofit organization, Action Ministries, has opened a satellite office. The Newton County Action Ministries office opened its doors on May 4 in the Wesley Building of Covington First United Methodist Church, 2160 Church Street, Covington.

May 21, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Board scolded in public comments over legal budget

County Attorney Tommy Craig attempted to soothe public concerns over the county's high legal costs Tuesday night, but his explanation appeared to provoke the opposite reaction.

May 20, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


County seeks city help for library

Newton County will step up to save the Covington branch of the library, commissioners said Tuesday, but not before making one last attempt to get the city of Covington to contribute to the library's costly new heating, air conditioning and ventilation system (HVAC).

May 20, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


BOC to hire interim county manager

The Newton County Board of Commissioners voted to hire a new interim county manager Tuesday night, deliberately stopping short of placing the county chair in charge of the day to day administration of the county.

May 19, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Staffins: tourism big impact on Covington

Hundreds flocked to Covington this weekend, and it was exactly the turnout Newton County Tourism President Jenny McDonald expected, but it was a little much for Newton County-Covington Chamber of Commerce President Ralph Staffins.

May 18, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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Newton wants $260 million for roads

Newton County submitted $260 million in road projects for the upcoming transportation-only SPLOST, but local officials must wait to see how many projects make the final regional list.

May 11, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Food aid to tornado victims in Georgia

ATLANTA - Federal officials have approved food assistance for tornado victims in 25 Georgia counties.

May 11, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Local Eagle Scout finishes project

Jimmy Greenich built a bridge for his Eagle Scout project.

The 40-foot-long beams and wood plank bridge is over the creek that feeds Hicks Lake on Georgia Highway 212 and is dedicated to Nita and Charlie Tarleton, members of Prospect United Methodist Church, the home for Jimmy's Troop 748.

May 11, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Court Sentencings - May 11

o Jerrod Jenkins, violation of probation, revoke balance to Newton County Jail. Attempted violation Georgia Controlled Substance Act, 1 year confinement, $500.

May 11, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local filmmaker to debut movie

Arlando Usher is a dreamer. He's pursuing a career in acting, and when he couldn't land a significant role with an established company, he decided to make his own movie. The plot: The struggles of a young man trying to turn his life around by becoming an actor and making his own movie. The title: "Dream Killerz."

May 11, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Search on after Mother’s Day gone wrong

A refusal to accept a Mother's Day gift has Covington Police officers searching for a man who reportedly assaulted a woman in front of her two daughters.

May 11, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


City will not fund library increase

Update, Tuesday, 8:55 p.m.: The Covington City Council reached an informal consensus Tuesday night not to double its funding to the Newton County Library System to $30,000 next year.

May 10, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


City considers stormwater fee options

The city of Covington is considering its options to collect stormwater bills it claims is owed by the county government and school board. The county owes $88,000 and the school board owes $74,235.

May 10, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


City tightens parking rules downtown

Parking rules on and around the square are changing this week, and those not following the rules will receive warnings followed by fines.

May 10, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Sheriff Brown personally assists in police pursuit

Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown engaged in some patrol work Saturday night, helping Covington police arrest a man on multiple charges.

May 10, 2011 | | LOCAL


Onions for sale

Bag 'em up: Covington Rotarians Wayne Pugh, President Bob Stafford, kneeling, and Terry Ozburn, along with volunteer members of the Eastside Football team gathered in the hot sun Tuesday and distributed 840 bags of Vidalia Onions to fellow Rotarians. The Rotarians have been selling onions in the community for over 50 years in order to raise funds to conduct their annual Christmas stocking delivery. This year the price is $18 for a 25 pound bag of fresh picked onions. Contact any Rotarian to order your onions.

May 10, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Perimeter to offer four-year degrees

ATLANTA (AP) - The state Board of Regents has approved a plan to let four two-year colleges in Georgia begin offering bachelor's degrees.

May 10, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Fight leads to two arrests

Two men were arrested Monday afternoon, after calling 911 for help during a fight.

May 10, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Woman killed by falling debris ID'd

ATLANTA - Authorities have released the name of the woman killed by falling debris when a construction crew demolished an abandoned home in Atlanta.

May 10, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Racing school moving to Georgia

ATLANTA - The Skip Barber Racing School is leaving Connecticut and moving to Georgia.

May 10, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


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